Sunday, February 10, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report

Police seek man accused of indecency

        READING — Police are looking for a man they have charged with three counts of child enticement and two counts of public indecency for incidents they say occurred at the Reading Public Library.

        Warrants for the arrest of 63-year-old Edwin J. Lotz were issued Thursday in Hamilton County Municipal Court, but police have been unable to find Mr. Lotz, who rents an apartment in Reading.

        Police said Saturday night that three young girls came to the police station to report that a man had exposed himself and spoke lewdly to the girls Tuesday while they were at the public library at 9001 Reading Road.

        The girls left the library and went to a nearby gas station, where they called the mother of two of the girls, who took them to the police.

        A library worker told police that the man is at the library frequently.

        The man is described as white, 5-foot-10 inches, and weighing about 230 pounds. He has no facial hair and was wearing a blue Kentucky Speedway shirt and blue pants.        

One hurt in I-75 crash

        A 24-year-old Middletown man remained in critical condition Saturday at University Hospital after an early morning traffic accident Friday on Interstate 75 in Warren County.

        Craig D. Johnson Jr., 24, was thrown from his Ford Explorer and pinned underneath it after he lost control of the vehicle on southbound Interstate 75 near Springboro about 2:25 a.m. Friday, according to the Lebanon post of the Ohio Highway Patrol.

        There were no passengers and no one else was injured.

        Mr. Johnson was transported to University Hospital by Air Care. The accident occured on a stretch of Interstate 75 where the highway patrol has increased its patrols in recent weeks, after a string of fatal accidents.

Police seek suspect in shooting death

        Cincinnati police were still looking Saturday night for a suspect in the shooting death of a 23-year-old man early Friday evening in Walnut Hills.

        Terrell Cannon, 23, of Walnut Hills, was found dead on the sidewalk in the 1000 block of William Howard Taft Road shortly before 7 p.m. Friday. He had been shot once in the neck.

        Police said Saturday they are looking for a suspect they decribed as a black male in his early 20s, about 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall with a slender build and wearing a dark shirt and dark baggy pants.

        The suspect was armed with a dark handgun and may have fled the scene in a white-over-brown Dodge Caravan-type vehicle.

        Mr. Terrell was apparently shot after an altercation on a basketball court on Kemper Lane. Police said Mr. Terrell fled on foot and collapsed in front of 1001 William Howard Taft Road. He was dead when paramedics arrived.

        Police ask that anyone with information about the shooting death call the homicide unit at 352-3542 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Neighbors to meet about new school

        MILFORD — Neighbors of a proposed elementary school along Mount Zion Road are holding a meeting Monday with Milford Exempted Village School Board members to air their concerns.

        The meeting will be 7 p.m. at the Lemming House, 5951 Buckwheat Road. Voters last May approved a bond issue to build four new elementary schools to eliminate crowding in the district.

        However, some of the proposed sites are controversial.

        Neighbors on Mount Zion Road are concerned that construction of the K-6 school will begin without improvements to roads being completed. Other concerns include noise and water runoff in the area.

Fernald cleanup gets new chairman

        CROSBY TOWNSHIP — The company in charge of cleaning up the former Fernald uranium processing plant has a new chairman and chief executive.

        Woodrow Jameson, who had been president of Fluor Fernald, took over as chairman on Jan. 31, replacing John Bradburne, who retired after 32 years with the company.

        Mr. Jameson, a 30-year Fluor construction veteran, came to Fernald in August 2001 and took charge of day-to-day operations.

Activists crash Ohio Pork Congress

        DAYTON, Ohio — Animal rights activists crashed the 34th annual Ohio Pork Congress on Friday night, shouting “Meat is murder.”

        Nathan Runkle, 17, president of the Urbana-based group Mercy for Animals, was arrested after he and other protesters were removed from the Dayton Convention Center by audience members.

        Police charged Mr. Runkle with criminal trespassing and disruption of a lawful meeting.

        The demonstration began with about 15 people carrying signs at a candlelight vigil across from the convention center, where a crowd of about 240 attended the Pork Congress. When it moved inside, some in the audience scuffled with the protesters.

Board of Health president to retire

        William M. Kuhlmann, current president of the Hamilton County Board of Health, is retiring this month.

        Mr. Kuhlmann's departure means the end of a legacy that spans three generations and more than 70 years. The Harrison man has served on the board for 11 years, following his father, Earl (1940-1945), and his grandfather William H. (1930-1940).

        Hamilton County Health Commissioner Tim Ingram says Dr. Kuhlmann was instrumental in shaping and expanding existing programs.

        “The fact that he is the third member of his family to serve on the board is remarkable; the Kuhlmann family's contribution has been tremendous.”

Health Alliance elects new chairman

        Thomas Petry, retired chief executive of Eagle-Picher Industries, has been elected chairman of the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, the Tristate's biggest health care system.

        The Health Alliance includes the Christ, University, Jewish, St. Luke and Fort Hamilton hospitals as well as the Alliance Primary Care physician group.

        Mr. Petry has served as a trustee on the Health Alliance and Christ Hospital boards since 1997.

        The Health Alliance also added two new trustees: Mark Collar, president of P&G Pharmaceuticals, and Dr. Frank McWilliams. a radiologist and president of Alliance Physicians & Surgeons.

Giovanni to have poetry reading

        Nikki Giovanni, an acclaimed poet who has spent most of her life in the Cincinnati area, will give a poetry reading at the University of Cincinnati main campus on Friday, Feb. 22.

        Ms. Giovanni, 58, is the author of more than 14 books of poetry. She is professor of English at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va.

        Ms. Giovanni will read her poetry at 8 p.m. that day in Zimmer Auditorium. The reading, sponsored by the English Department, is free to the public.


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