Thursday, June 13, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report

Woman, grandson die in apparent drowning

        ST. BERNARD — A woman and her 4-year-old grandson apparently drowned Wednesday in an apartment complex swimming pool.

        Rescue workers arrived at 6:05 p.m. at the outdoor pool at Alpine Terrace apartments in the 5000 block of Chalet Drive following a 911 call, police said.

        They immediately began resuscitation efforts on the two, police said.

        The woman, 62, was taken to University Hospital and her grandson to Children's Hospital Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead.

        Names of the victims were being withheld late Wednesday until relatives could be notified.

        Signs are posted near the apartment complex's swimming pool saying that the pool does not have a lifeguard on duty.

Methadone clinic wins on appeal

        COVINGTON — City officials discriminated against a company that tried to open a methadone clinic to treat heroin and other opiate addicts, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

        The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled in favor of MX Group Inc., which uses methadone to treat drug addicts. The appeals court's decision upheld U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman's September 2000 ruling in favor of MX Group.

        Company officials said Covington refused to issue MX Group a zoning permit to open a treatment clinic in an area zoned for commercial use, then amended Covington's zoning ordinance to prevent the clinic from opening anywhere in the Northern Kentucky city.

30-day sentence in dog-cruelty case

        BATAVIA — The Stonelick Township man who cut off the tails of four puppies in March was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in jail, fined $300, ordered to do community service and cannot own dogs for four years.

        Clermont County Municipal Judge James Shriver found George Goodin, 54, guilty of four counts of animal cruelty and one count of failing to obtain a dog license.

        As part of Mr. Goodin's probation for four years, he cannot own or keep any domestic animals, including dogs and cats.

        The five Labrador retriever mix puppies that Mr. Goodin owned — including one that did not lose its tail — have all found permanent homes, said Roncy Roehm, of the Eastgate Animal Hospital in Union Township.

        Mr. Goodin had told people who adopted three of the puppies that he cut off their tails because the tails were knocking things off a table at his house.

        Judge Shriver ordered Mr. Shriver to do 30 hours of community service once he finishes his jail term. Mr. Goodin is serving his sentence at the Clermont County Jail.

Sexual predator gets year in jail

       COVINGTON — Clyde Herald was sentenced to 12 months in jail after he pleaded guilty Tuesday to solicitation of first-degree sexual abuse, a misdemeanor, in Kenton County District Court.

        Mr. Herald will be required to undergo sex offender treatment and register as a sex offender in Kentucky as part of his plea agreement.

        Mr. Herald, 49, of downtown Cincinnati, is a registered sexual predator in Ohio. His criminal record dates to a 1978 public indecency conviction.

        He was arrested in January after he repeatedly tried to approach a minor at Value City Department store in the Latonia neighborhood of Covington.

        Mr. Herald has also been convicted of failing to register as a sex offender, a felony, and is awaiting a transfer to Ohio on charges that allege he stalked girls in department stores.

Ky. man indicted in kidnappings, rapes

        A Hamilton County grand jury Wednesday indicted a 41-year-old Newport man on 24 counts in the kidnapping and rapes of seven women from August to January.

        Paul Hearld, of the 1000 block of Brighton Street, was previously indicted in February in four other rapes, plus two kidnappings and one count of impersonating a police officer. He returns to court on those charges June 28.

        Officials said a serial rapist took his victims from Over-the-Rhine to spots such as the East End or off Spring Grove Avenue in Winton Place.

        Prosecutor Mike Allen said the rapist used handcuffs and a box-cutter type blade, and sometimes indicated he was a police officer or informant.

        Mr. Hearld is a convicted sex offender. In 1980, he was sentenced to 16 years for committing rape and sodomy in Campbell County. He threatened the president while in prison and, in 1990, served another two years for promoting contraband material, Kentucky Department of Corrections officials said.

Pete Rose to tour new ballpark Friday

        A piece of the Cincinnati Reds' storied past will get a firsthand look at the team's future Friday.

        Pete Rose, the all-time hits leader who is banned from the game for gambling, will make an appearance in Cincinnati to tour the new ballpark before making an appearance at a Knothole baseball game.

        “There's a lot going on and we were asked to stop by, see some friends and shake some hands,” said Warren Green, Mr. Rose's agent. “Pete is a Cincinnati guy.”

        County Commissioner Todd Portune and county staff have been trying to organize an event to honor Mr. Rose and other members of the Big Red Machine before Cinergy Field is torn down in December.

        John Allen, the Reds chief operating officer, said the team isn't concerned about Mr. Rose's appearance at their future home. “We haven't taken possession of the ballpark yet and it's a county project,” Mr. Allen said. “The county is free to take anyone they want over there and give a tour.”

UC doctors given honors in their fields

        A University of Cincinnati expert on osteoporosis and a visiting professor who is an authority on breast cancer have received high honors in their fields.

        Dr. Nelson Watts, director of the University of Cincinnati Bone Health and Osteoporosis Center, has been elected president of the American College of Endocrinology. Dr. Watts has built a career studying new treatments and tests for osteoporosis, including studies of Procter & Gamble's new drug Actonel.

        Dr. Elwood Jensen, a visiting professor in UC's department of cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy, is one of three researchers to win an international award for cancer research.

        Dr. Jensen received the Dorothy P. Landon Prize for Translational Cancer Research from the American Association for Cancer Research for his role in studies of estrogenic hormones and breast cancer.

        The honor includes a cash award of $200,000.


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