Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report

Bank officer accused of embezzlement

        A collection officer at U.S. Bank, whose job was to help the banking company recover unpaid debts, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of embezzling more than $150,000.

        Vincent Pavcovich, 36, appeared in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati after being arrested Saturday in Lebanon by the FBI and the Warren County Sheriff's Office.

        The charges stem from allegations by U.S. Bank, previously known as Firstar Bank, that Mr. Pavcovich diverted funds into his personal account that were intended to go to the bankas part of its collection efforts.

        According to court and FBI documents, Mr. Pavcovich worked as an assistant vice president in the bank's retail loss prevention department, where his duties included managing the collection of delinquent and charged-off receivables.

        In late July, a collection agency informed U.S. Bank of a problem in transferring money by wire into a U.S. Bank account for the purchase of charged-off accounts.

        It was discovered that a U.S. Bank account number provided by Mr. Pavcovich was not a business account number, but a personal account at the bank in Mr. Pavcovich's name, where the funds were directed to be transferred to, the documents said.

        Mr. Pavcovich was released after posting bond Tuesday. If convicted, he could be fined up to $1 million and be imprisoned up to 30 years.

Ex-deputy's rape trial winding up

        HAMILTON — The rape trial of a former Butler County sheriff's deputy is expected to conclude today. Kirk Kash, who turned 38 Tuesday, faces three counts of rape and a count of kidnapping. The four first-degree felonies carry potential sentences of three to 10 years apiece.

        Mr. Kash, a Colerain Township resident who previously worked as a Sharonville officer, waived his right to a jury trial. Judge Matthew J. Crehan will decide the case.

        On Tuesday, a forensic scientist testified that Mr. Kash's semen was found on his uniform shirt mixed with cells from his accuser.

Police check arrest outside church

        Cincinnati police supervisors are sorting through two versions of an incident last week outside the Rev. Damon Lynch III's church in which a man was arrested.

        The pastor and members of the Cincinnati Black United Front were leaving New Prospect Baptist Church about 8:45 p.m. July 24 when an undercover police officer, Spc. Jim Perkins, was chasing a man through the lot.

        The BUF members said the officer sped through the lot, forcing them to dive for cover, according to a complaint filed Monday by Ken Lawson, attorney for the church and the group. Spc. Perkins said he wasn't driving the Honda Civic too fast, that he was aware of every person in the lot and did not come close to hitting anyone.

        Mr. Lawson's complaint says Officer Mike Brogan yelled and cursed at the BUF members, then shoved one, a woman who was more than 60 years old and recently released from the hospital. The officers told a different story, saying at one point they were surrounded by people and were hindered from making the arrest. One, Officer Jenny Jones, said she was kicked.

        Antonio Weathington, whom Spc. Perkins had arrested before for drugs, was arrested for obstruction of justice because he ran after Spc. Perkins identified himself as a police officer. Department spokesman Lt. Kurt Byrd said the incident would be investigated.

Type O blood supply down 45 percent

        Greater Cincinnati's supply of Type O blood is more than 45 percent below normal levels, which has prompted the Hoxworth Blood Center to issue a call for more blood donors.

        Blood donations have been running low for days. On Monday, the blood bank collected 242 units of all blood types, well short of the 325 units a day that it needs to support 24 area hospitals.

        Type O blood, the most common type and important because it can be given to any patients, regardless of their blood type, isdown452 units from normal.

        Information: 451-0910.

Smile — your pill's a little camera

        Christ Hospital announced Tuesday that it has begun using a camera-in-a-pill device to diagnose intestinal disorders.

        The M2A Capsule Endoscope, made by Given Imaging Ltd., is a pill that contains a tiny video sensor and transmitter that was approved for general use in August 2001. Once swallowed, the capsule transmits images to a recording belt worn by the patient. After eight hours of recording, the patient returns the belt to the hospital, where images can be viewed on a computer.

        Dr. Michael Kreines, chief of gastroenterology at Christ Hospital, said the technology offers a new way to spot hard-to-diagnose bleeding, Crohn's Disease and tumors in the small intestine.

        Later, the capsule gets flushed after it passes through the gastrointestinal tract.

Pickup driver dies in crash with Escort

        SARDINIA — A Sardinia man was killed and two other people received minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash at Stieman Road and Tri-County Highway near Sardinia on Monday evening.

        James E. Sanger, 67, was taken to Clermont Mercy Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Judy L. Sanger, 59, and Aaron Boling, 18, both of Sardinia, were taken to hospitals for treatment.

        Mr. Sanger was driving a 1992 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck south on Stieman Road approaching the highway, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said. After stopping at a stop sign, he pulled into the path of a 1990 Ford Escort traveling west on Tri-County Highway.

        The Escort, driven by Mr. Boling, collided with the pickup, causing the truck to overturn and slide off the road, troopers said.

        Mrs. Sanger was a passenger in the pickup.

        The crash happened at about 7:48 p.m.

        Mr. Boling was wearing a seat belt, but it has not been determined if the Sangers were wearing theirs, troopers said. The accident remains under investigation.

Weather Service to build new radar

        EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The National Weather Service has bought land in southern Indiana for construction of a new Doppler radar that will help better forecast tornadoes, the agency said Tuesday.

        The new radar will be used for southwestern Indiana, southern Illinois and western Kentucky, said Gary Foltz, deputy director of the agency's central region.

        Construction is to begin in September at the site about 15 miles north of Evansville, and be completed by January.

— Compiled from staff and wire reports


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