Sunday, May 26, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report

Crash downtown sends 3 to hospital

        Cincinnati police said alcohol and excessive speed may have been factors in a one-car crash that sent three people to the hospital and closed two blocks of Sycamore Street downtown for several hours early Saturday.

        Carlos Hicks, 17, of Chesterdale Drive in Springdale was speeding on Sycamore Street when he lost control of his vehicle, ran over a fire hydrant and hit a building near the intersection with Fourth Street, according to Cincinnati Police Sgt. Bill Coombs.

        The vehicle Mr. Hicks was driving then caught fire, police said.

        Mr. Hicks was treated at University Hospital and released.

        Two passengers in the vehicle were also injured. Marcus Robinson, 17, of Hebron Court in Winton Place was treated and released from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. His brother, Christopher, was listed in critical condition Saturday afternoon at University Hospital.

Boy thought to have drowned in hotel pool

        EVENDALE — A 14-year-old Chicago boy on a field trip to Paramount's Kings Island apparently drowned in a hotel swimming pool, police said.

        The teen, whose name was not released, was found at the bottom of a pool at the Quality Inn, 1717 Glendale-Milford Road. He had been missing for about 30 to 45 minutes when he was found in the indoor pool at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, according to police.

        A clerk who answered the phone at the hotel Saturday evening declined to comment. The hotel, which has recently been remodeled, has an indoor and outdoor pool. Police said there was no lifeguard at the time the boy was found, but that hotel officials had opened the pool area to the group from the school.

        The teen was pronounced dead shortly after being taken to Bethesda North Hospital. Police said life-saving measures were attempted at poolside.

        He was traveling with the Nathan R. Goldblatt School in Chicago. Evendale Police are continuing an investigation.

Ballpark signatures won't be painted over

        It's official: The thousands of signatures on the steel canopy beam to be placed in Great American Ball Park will not be painted over.

        Hamilton County commissioners put the beam, already painted white, on display at Cinergy Plaza Thursday and invited people to sign their names with black markers.

        It is the last beam to be placed and, since the others have yet to be painted, Eric Stuckey, a county official, said the autographed one might be, too.

        But on Friday, officials decided to leave the signatures, according to Mr. Stuckey.

        The beam, which will support the canopy, will be placed on the southwest side of the ballpark.

One-car crash kills Blanchester woman

        GOSHEN — A wreck at 7:20 a.m. Saturday on Ohio 133 claimed the life of a 22-year-old Blanchester woman.

        Carrie J. Bradshaw was driving a 2000 Volkswagen Beetle northbound near Martin Road in Wayne Township, Clermont County, when she lost control of her car, police said. The Beetle slid off the left side of the road, struck a concrete culvert and slammed into several trees, according to authorities. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

        The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the single-car crash is under investigation.

Robber who attacked video clerk sought

       NORTH COLLEGE HILL — Police are looking for a man who attacked a pregnant clerk at a Hollywood Video store during a Saturday morning robbery.

        A man in his 20s walked in the store at 1571 W. Galbraith Road at 8:30 a.m. and demanded money, police said. The robber attacked the clerk at gunpoint before fleeing in a Nissan that was maroon or another dark color, they said.

        Police would like to interview the drivers of two cars traveling eastbound on West Galbraith Road that were almost hit by the robber as he sped away.

        Police did not provide a detailed description of the robber, but said he was in his 20s, wearing black clothes, a mask and armed with a small dark handgun.

        Police did not release the name of the clerk, who was treated at Mercy Franciscan Hospital and released.

        Anyone with information is asked to call police at (513) 521-7171.

Memorial Day

Postal service ....... No delivery.
Library ....... Closed.
Banks ....... *Closed
Trash collection
• Cincinnati: One-day delay.
• Rumpke: Regular collection.
• CFI: Regular collection.
....... Holiday schedules and fares.
Parking meters ....... No coins required (Cincinnati).
....... Closed.
• Federal ....... Closed.
• City and county ....... Closed.
• State ....... Closed.
Stock markets ....... Closed.
*In-store branches of Firstar Bank will be open holiday hours. The Fifth Third Banking Center at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport will be open.

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