Monday, July 29, 2002

Local Digest

Gasoline poured on woman; man held

        NORWOOD - A 32-year-old Norwood man was arrested early Sunday after police say he tried to set fire to the mother of his 16-month-old child.

        Jeffrey L. Williams faces a domestic violence charge after he poured gasoline on the woman's feet while she was in bed with their child in the 5200 block of Rolston Avenue, Norwood police said.

        Mr. Williams then threatened physical harm to the woman by flicking a lighter, police said.

        Police did not identify the woman or child.

        Mr. Williams also poured gas on the front porch, police said. He was arrested just after 3 a.m. at the Rolston Avenue home.

Macy, Ind. woman dead in SUV crash

        CORINTH, Ky. - A 58-year-old Macy, Ind., woman was killed Sunday afternoon when her sport utility vehicle overturned on southbound Interstate 75.

        Barbara Frey, who was ejected from the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene after the 2:48 p.m. crash, the Grant County Sheriff's Department said.

        Ms. Frey's 2002 Chevy Trailblazer overturned several times before coming to rest on the shoulder of I-75 near the Corinth exit, the sheriff's department said.

        Because of the crash, southbound I-75 was closed for two hours.

Priest on leave; allegations made

        COLUMBUS - A pastor has been relieved of his duties while the Columbus Roman Catholic Diocese investigates allegations of inappropriate conduct involving a minor.

        The Rev. Martin Weithman, 47, has been placed on administrative leave from Seton Parish in Pickerington, pending a hearing before a review board.

        Monsignor William Maroon, a visiting priest, at a weekend Mass read a statement from . Father Weithman, in which he denied the allegations.

        Bishop Griffin and Daniel Volkema, the attorney representing the man who has accused . Father Weithman of sexually abusing him when he was a teenager, said the case is being settled for $115,000.

Builders ignore plans for bridge

        JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. - Developers plan to continue building new homes in the planned path of a new Ohio River bridge, saying they doubt it will ever be built.

        That construction, however, could add millions of dollars to the amount bridge planners estimated to buy out homeowners - and county officials say they are powerless to stop the home builders.

        When the governors of Indiana and Kentucky last week announced their intentions to build a new bridge east of Jeffersonville that would link the two states' sections of Interstate 265, their plans said five Indiana homes lay in its path.

        That number grew to 80 houses after project managers conducted a recount.

Artifact auction brings protests

        CLEVELAND - The Western Reserve Historical Society plans to sell about 400 American Indian artifacts at auction despite objections from American Indian groups who say the items should be returned to their respective tribes.

        The items, all from the Southwest and Pacific Northwest, will be sold because they lack connections with Cleveland, said Cynthia Miller, curator at the society's history museum.

        Among the items is the Ghost Dance shirt, a hand-painted cotton shirt adorned with eagle feathers that was seized from the body of a slain Sioux warrior of Sitting Bull's tribe.

        The shirt is so sacred that it should not be on display or belong to those “who don't hold it with the respect that we do,” said Chris Begay of the Committee of 500 Years, a Cleveland-based American Indian group.

Road foes say review time too short

        BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Opponents of the planned extension of Interstate 69 from Indianapolis to Evansville are angry that they will have only a few weeks to review an environmental report on the proposed routes that was 30 months in the making.

        Opponents said they expected the Federal Highway Administration to release the environmental impact report this week, but that the public was not being given enough time to educate themselves on its findings.

No girls allowed at Mickey's Camp

        INDIANAPOLIS - A retreat that is expected to draw more than 100 business executives and entrepreneurs

        will feature plenty of networking, but for the second year no women are welcome.

        Mickey's Camp, at which Indianapolis businessman Michael “Mickey” Maurer will play host, is planned for the Ruth Lilly YMCA Outdoor Center 30 miles from Indianapolis.

        Mr. Maurer said the all-male environment supports camaraderie and argued that baseball camps, professional sports teams and spas also separate men from women.

        Excluding woman from an event where networking takes place makes it more difficult for them to succeed in business, said Ellen Bravo, director of 9to5, National Association of Working Women.

        Participants in the sold-out camp pay $1,500, two-thirds of which goes to charities. to learn cards from a professional poker champion and get basketball lessons from former Pacer George McGinnis.


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