Tuesday, May 07, 2002

Tristate A.M. report

Racial profiling suit settled out of court

Enquirer staff and news services

        WAYNESVILLE — A $3 million federal suit claiming racial profiling by the Waynesville police has ended with a $22,500 out-of-court settlement.

        The recent settlement, negotiated by the village's insurance company, avoided drawn-out litigation costs. It does not include any admission of wrongdoing by police, Waynesville Law Director Pat Long said.

        Saul Plaza Jr., a Hispanic soldier from Monroe, and his African-American companions, Dwenton Jackson and DeAngelo Harrington, of Middletown, sued village officials, Officers Ryan Stanaford and Marc Walters, Warren County and a sheriff's investigator last year.

        The men claimed that race was the reason for a Feb. 26, 2000, traffic stop in which Officers Walters and Stanaford drew their guns, handcuffed them and searched Mr. Plaza's car.

        Hyland planning to run as independent

        Marilyn Hyland, who ran unsuccessfully for Hamilton County commissioner as a Democrat in 1998 and 2000, filed Monday to run as an independent in the November county commission election.

        Ms. Hyland, 54, of Indian Hill, opted not to run in this year's Democratic primary. The party endorsed Jean Siebenaler, a Green Township physician, who is unopposed in today's primary.

        Leader backs out of speech at seminary

        COLUMBUS — The embattled leader of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has canceled his Saturday commencement speech at a seminary amid the church sex abuse scandal.

        Cardinal Bernard F. Law on Monday notified the Pontifical College Josephinum of his withdrawal. The ceremony for 26 graduates of various undergraduate and graduate programs will continue without a speaker, said Monsignor Earl Boyea of the Columbus seminary.

        Web site created for accused priest

        Supporters of a local priest accused of sexual misconduct have set up a Web site “designed to help clear his good name from the allegations made against him.”

        The Rev. James G. Kiffmeyer took a leave of absence from his teaching post at Elder High School after the accusation became public last month. He has denied the complaint by a former student from Middletown's Fenwick High School.

        The site, www.fatherkiff.com, encourages people to join a list of support for the priest.

        Coordination urged with education board

        Cincinnati's city manager has been asked to develop a process for coordinating with the city's Board of Education on its proposed decadelong $1 billion school construction project.

        In a joint meeting of a City Council subcommittee and a board of education committee Monday, Councilman David Crowley made a motion directing City Manager Valerie Lemmie to provide a framework for cooperation between the two governmental agencies.

        Mr. Crowley asked that Ms. Lemmie create a report outlining the process by June 17.

        The motion must be approved by City Council.

        Building estimates for schools lowered

        Cincinnati Public Schools officials announced Monday the projected cost for its nearly $1 billion school construction plan has dropped by $11.7 million.

        The revised estimate for the decadelong building project is now $985 million. The board of education is expected to approve the plan May 20,

        The state will pay a portion of the project's costs, as long as the district can raise the rest. After some negotiating, the cost to the state has increased by about $5.3 million, for a total $210.7 million.

        The cost to the district has dropped by $17 million, for a total of $774.5 million. About $500 million of that will have to be raised through a bond issue.

        The plan includes building 35 new schools and renovating 31 others.

        Woman arrested in traffic death

        A 22-year-old Fairview woman was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in the April 12 traffic crash death of a Corryville man.

        According to police, Anita P. Hopkins, of the 2400 block of Fairview Avenue, was driving south on Interstate 75 about 2:30 a.m. when she lost control of her car near the Mitchell Avenue exit.

        The car struck the highway's center concrete divider, crossed over and hit the guardrail on the right shoulder of the road. Philip Harten, 22, a passenger in the vehicle, was ejected and was pronounced dead at the scene,

        Police said Ms. Hopkins was driving in a reckless manner while under the influence of alcohol.


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