Saturday, April 21, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Teen to be tried as adult in killing

        A 16-year-old North Fairmount youth will be tried as an adult in connection with the March killing of the driver of an ice cream truck.

        Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Thomas R. Lipps on Friday ordered Charles Roberts of the 900 block of Grand Avenue be held in lieu of $1 million bond and transferred to Common Pleas Court.

        The teen is charged with one count of aggravated robbery and one count of aggravated murder.

        Officials said he and three others left a party shortly after 9 p.m. on March 23 and robbed 51-year-old Floyd Kilpatrick, an ice cream truck driver.

        Mr. Roberts told police a gun he was carrying in his waistband went off when he pulled it out and the bullet struck Mr. Kilpatrick in the chest.

[photo] Blue Ash Elementary students help break ground for their new school on the campus of Raymond Walters College Friday. Students who most closely guessed the number of bricks on their new school got to help turn dirt.
(Craig Ruttle photo)
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        Mr. Kilpatrick was shot inside his truck at Bleeker Lane and Knob Court. The shooting occurred about 9:30 p.m.

        If convicted, Mr. Roberts could face life in prison.

Protesters: Free those jailed over riots

        A group of protesters, some calling for release of those jailed in last week's riots, held signs Friday evening and marched near the Hamilton County Justice Center.

        Less than a dozen protesters, including some members of the Cincinnati chapter of the Black Panthers, gathered at Sycamore and East Court streets, encouraging motorists to honk in support.

        “I'm here to fight for the political prisoners,” said Rufus Johnson of Cincinnati.

        A Hamilton County grand jury on Friday indicted 63 people on riot-related charges stemming from the unrest last week.

        The rioting followed the shooting death April 7 of an unarmed African-American teen-ager, Timothy Thomas, by a Cincinnati police officer.

Criticism greets plan on nursing homes

        DAYTON, Ohio — A state proposal requiring nursing homes to meet minimum federal guidelines for staffing is drawing criticism from consumer advocates and the nursing home industry.

        The new standard requires a daily average of 2.75 hours of direct care per nursing home resident, replacing the current daily average of 1.6 hours.

        Advocates for the elderly are disappointed that state officials didn't propose a higher standard.

        “The reality is that these minimum standards become the maximum,” said Doug McGarry, head of the Area Agency on Aging. “In many cases, facilities don't meet them. Or it's only on paper and not in practice.”

[photo] A NEIGHBOR IN NEED: A neighbor runs to comfort a homeowner after a fire Friday on Mulberry Street at North Wayne Avenue in Lockland. The homeowner thought her dog had died, but it was safe at the neighbor's house. Firefighters from Lockland, Reading, Wyoming and Woodlawn responded to the blaze. No one was home when the fire broke out. The amount of damage and the cause weren't available.
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        Nursing home industry officials are unhappy that the new standard comes at a time when Gov. Bob Taft's administration is proposing a reduction in the growth of state funding to nursing homes.

        “How ever you slice it, this kind of regulation has a cost,” said Peter Van Runkle, chief executive of the Ohio Health Care Association, the main lobbying group for the state's nursing homes.

        Ohio Health Department officials say the proposal would provide Ohioans with reasonable assurance that nursing home residents will have a safe environment, while also recognizing the labor shortage.

        Department officials estimate that the new standard, if adopted by a citizen review panel and state lawmakers, would affect about 65 of Ohio's 1,000 or so nursing homes.

Curfew sweep nets 27 youths in Hamilton

— Police picked up 27 youths for curfew violations during a citywide sweep Thursday night.

        Sgt. Steve Henderson said officers concentrated their efforts in areas where there had been complaints.

        He said police had noticed an increase in juvenile crime during schools' spring break.

        The city's curfew for juveniles begins at 10 p.m.

        Of the 27 youths picked up, seven were sent to juvenile court as repeat offenders. The others were released to their parents.

        One youth was charged with possession of tobacco.

        Police said there will be random curfew sweeps during the summer.

        Parents of youths picked up during a sweep may be cited for failure to control their children, police said.

10 schools win reprieve in closings

        DAYTON, Ohio — Ten of 14 city schools that were to be closed as part of a three-year reorganization plan will remain open this year under a revised plan approved unanimously by school board members.

        Superintendent Jerrie Bascome McGill backed down from her plan to close the schools as part of a reorganization that she said would improve efficiency and help students academically.

        “We believe very strongly our reworked plan for Dayton Public Schools is sound,” she said at Thursday's board meeting.

        Only four of the 14 schools will close this year under the revised plan. The district's enrollment and finances will be re-examined next year to see if more schools need to be closed.

        Any schools closed in the future will be selected on the basis of academic performance, enrollment and parental involvement.

        “Our schools' futures are going to be in their own hands,” Ms. McGill said.

        Ms. McGill said she will judge academic performance on new tests assessing student progress during the academic year, progress toward state report card standards and attendance.


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