Friday, May 10, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report

2 arrested, more sought in beating

        WAYNESVILLE — Two men were arrested Thursday in connection with the beating of a Waynesville man who was taken by CareFlight helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital, where he remains in fair condition.

        Warren County Sheriff officials said Chaim Levi, 49, of Centerville and Nickolas Boscarino, 18, of Bellbrook were arrested and charged with felonious assault after the early morning beating of Clifton Hatfield.

        According to police, the 19-year-old Mr. Hatfield, whose address was unavailable, was found after the beating lying near the road in the 4300 block of Township Line Road near Old State Route 122 in Wayne Township. He suffered severe head injuries from the attack, which police said involved at least three other males in a charcoal gray Jeep Grand Cherokee seen driving from the scene.

        Police said their investigation has determined that the occupants of the vehicle are from the Kettering area.

        Anyone with information regarding the attack may call police and remain anonymous. Call Warren County Sheriff Detective Greg Callahan at (513) 695-1280.

Store clerks busted over "crack packs'

        HAMILTON — A neighborhood store was selling a “crack pack” of drug paraphernalia among its regular merchandise, police say.

        For $2.68, including tax, customers could buy a small glass tube with a rose inside and a small amount of steel wool in a separate brown paper bag — items that can be used to smoke crack cocaine, officers said.

        On Wednesday, police searched the Sycamore Market, 602 Sycamore St. They arrested two clerks and seized cases of the alleged paraphernalia, along with prescription painkillers and small amounts of marijuana and cocaine.

        Dianne Obglesby, 54, of Hamilton, was charged with possession of drugs, possession of cocaine, complicity to dealing or selling paraphernalia, and dealing or selling drug paraphernalia. Most of the charges are misdemeanors.

        Christine Marie Vega, 37, of Hamilton was charged with selling drug paraphernalia, and in connection with six warrants for her failure to appear in court on previous charges.

        More charges could follow, and the store could face action on its liquor license, said Sgt. Carl Sigmon, vice section supervisor.

Federal judge for Cincinnati wins OK

        WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously approved Thomas M. Rose to be a federal judge in Cincinnati.

        “He has had extensive experience, he is well respected in the community and he's the kind of judge you'd want judging your case,” Sen. Mike DeWine said Thursday before the 95-0 vote.

        Mr. DeWine, R-Ohio, served with Mr. Rose as an assistant Greene County prosecutor in 1973 and later as a law partner. Mr. Rose, 53, of Xenia, has been a Greene County Common Pleas judge since 1991.

        He succeeds U.S. District Judge Herman Weber of Cincinnati, who reduced his caseload at the end of last year.

River watchers wary as storms forecast

        The Ohio River is expected to crest in Cincinnati early Saturday morning at 43 feet — 9 feet below flood level, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

        But if thunderstorms predicted for Sunday are severe, it could cause flooding in low areas near the Ohio River and the Little Miami River, and in areas near creeks, said Julie Dian-Reed, National Weather Service hydrologist.

        “We're not anticipating anything major at this time,” she said. “But with the Ohio River and other tributaries being high, you need to look with caution on any thunderstorms coming in.”

Warren seeks $2M to widen Montgomery

       DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP — Warren County has asked for $2 million from the state to take the next step toward widening Montgomery Road — which is also U.S. 22/Ohio 3 — from Fields Ertel Road north to Old 3C Highway.

        County Engineer Neil Tunison submitted the application to the Transportation Review Advisory Council — the body that decides which projects to fund statewide.

        “If TRAC OKs it, that's big,” Deerfield Township Trustee Bill Morand said. “That would be the first money that TRAC would have given to this project in Warren County.”

        The $2 million would go to buy right-of-way easements alongside the 3-mile stretch so the road can be widened from its current two lanes, Mr. Tunison said. The county is working on the design of the new road, which will be five lanes from Fields Ertel to Old Mill Road and three lanes from there to Old 3C, he said.

        TRAC's final decision on the request is a year away,, spokesman Michael Cull said.

        The widening is expected to cost $22 million — $16 million of it from the state — Mr. Tunison said. However, it can't begin until the state gets more federal money or a pre-approved construction project runs into delays.

Target, Bigg's take aim at West Chester

       WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP — Retail giants Target and Bigg's filed for building permits this week to anchor a new, 500,000-square-foot shopping center on the northeast corner of Cox and Tylersville Roads.

        Voice of America Shopping Centre is expected to break ground on 75 acres this summer and open next spring.

        According to the building permits, the Target store will be 125,000 square feet and the Bigg's will be 65,000 square feet.

        Borders Books & Music, Pier 1 Imports, Bed Bath & Beyond, Famous Footwear and T.J. Maxx also are shown on proposed plans for the complex, which will face Cox Road and back up to the Voice of America Park.

        National bakery/cafe chain Panera Bread and Chipotle Mexican Grill, a Tex-Mex national chain, also may rise at the site.

        Cox Road is being widened from two to five lanes to help hold the 1,200 cars the center would draw daily.

Here's your chance for Condon souvenirs

        The public will have a last chance Saturday to walk through and buy a piece of the now-closed Condon School in Avondale before it's demolished this summer.

        A new Rockdale Academy is to be built at Condon's location.

        The walk-through will begin at 9 a.m. at the school located at 335 Rockdale Ave.

        Condon was built in 1928 and designed by Samuel Hannaford and Sons, the architects who designed City Hall and Music Hall. The school closed in 1982.

        A public auction will begin at noon. Condon's interior fixtures, such as built-in wooden cases, cabinets and shelves, extra-wide wooden doors and jungle gym equipment, will be up for auction, as will surplus items from other school buildings.

Settlement monitor request out today

        A bid request for a monitor to oversee police reforms in Cincinnati that was not published Thursday is now expected today at noon.

        Lawyers involved in settlements to end a federal investigation of the Police Department and a racial profiling lawsuit had said bid proposals would be published Thursday.

        But S. Gregory Baker, executive manager of the city's new police relations office, said Thursday that the bid requests would not be published until today.

        The request for proposals will be posted at noon on Web sites of the U.S. Department of Justice, the city and the American Civil Liberties Union.

        An agreement on how to phrase the bid request was reached Wednesday after a two-hour conference call among federal Justice Department officials, city lawyers, the police union and plaintiffs of a racial-profiling lawsuit against the city, said lawyer Al Gerhardstein.

Man convicted of using car to kill

       A Hamilton County jury has convicted an 18-year-old Sycamore Township man of intentionally running over Timothy Mills with his car after a drunken Mr. Mills vomited in the vehicle.

        Ray Enfinger was convicted on two counts of murder in the June 23, 2001 attack, in which Mr. Enfinger beat and kicked Mr. Mills, 38, before running him down, crushing his chest.

        He died six weeks later at University Hospital.

        Sentencing is scheduled for June 6 before Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge David Davis.

        Mr. Enfinger could be sentenced to life in prison.

City pools need lifeguards, other help

       The Cincinnati Recreation Commission needs lifeguards, pool managers and gate monitors to staff area swimming pools for the summer.

        The pay range for lifeguards is $7.50 to $9.50 per hour, and for pool managers, $10 to $13 per hour. Lifeguards must be at least 15. Red Cross training is free for those hired.

        Information: 357-POOL (357-7665).


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