Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Regional Report

Compiled from staff and wire reports

Columbus manatee lands in Cincinnati

AVONDALE - The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden has a new manatee.

Dundee, a 1,500-pound male, moved from the Columbus Zoo to Cincinnati Tuesday. He was placed in the Manatee Springs exhibit tank with Stoneman, another manatee.

Dundee was sent to Cincinnati to replace Douglas, who was flown to Miami Saturday for eventual release into the wild. Dundee was named after the main character in the 1986 movie Crocodile Dundee, which was a hit the year he was born. He is a star in his own right, thanks to his appearance on an Endangered species postage stamp.

Five arrested in pizza deliveryman robbery

NORTHSIDE - Five Cincinnati men were arrested Tuesday in connection with the robbery of a pizza deliveryman in Northside.

Police were questioning the men in hopes of determining whether they are responsible for a string of robberies of pizza delivery drivers in Cincinnati and Hamilton County during the past few weeks.

The five suspects, ranging in age from 16 to 27, were arrested within an hour of a robbery of a NYPD Pizza delivery driver on the 4100 block of Gordon Avenue.

Police arrested Lashawn Williams, 27; Dwayne Baggett, 18; Derrick Dyer, 18, and Chaz Black, 19. All four were charged with aggravated robbery. The fifth suspect, who was not named because he is a juvenile, was charged with complicity to aggravated robbery.

Christ Hospital offers $30,000 signing bonus

MOUNT AUBURN - It's the return of the $30,000 signing bonus.

Christ Hospital is offering bonuses of up to $30,000 for nurses and certain health technicians who commit to work for three years in selected areas of the hospital. The hospital hopes to hire about 100 full-time staff, including a mix of new jobs and unfilled positions, in areas including cardiac and surgical intensive care, the emergency department and a cardiac catheterization lab.

The Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, which runs Christ Hospital, offered similar bonuses in April 2002. This year, the hospital is repeating the offer because it is trying to add staff for its new cardiac wing, slated to open later this month, officials said.

For information, call 513-585-6633 or check the hospital Web site at

Man charged in Halloween bully case

MONROE - A 22-year-old man was in the Butler County Jail Tuesday on charges he bullied a child out of his Halloween candy and drove recklessly as children were trick-or-treating last week.

Bill Mayhon of Germantown was among five people arrested after residents of the Bridle Creek neighborhood reported that a truck was being driven recklessly Friday evening. A police report alleges Mayhon pushed down a 12-year-old boy, took his candy and then dragged Joshua King, 24, of Middletown, with his truck when King tried to stop him.

Mayhon was charged with robbery, aggravated vehicular assault, carrying a concealed weapon, open container of alcohol, three counts of contributing to the delinquency of minors, reckless operation and driving a vehicle with expired license tags.

A police report says officers found three knives, a white pillowcase containing candy and several empty and full bottles of alcoholic beverages in Mayhon's truck.

Drivers face road rage charges in I-71 crash

LEBANON - Dueling drivers face road rage-related charges in an Interstate 71 traffic crash.

A Warren County grand jury on Monday indicted Thomas J. Hatton, 31, of Arlington Heights, on charges of aggravated assault and felonious assault and Gregory T. Maish, 34, of Columbus, on charges of vehicular assault, aggravated assault and felonious assault.

The charges stem from an Aug. 7 incident in Washington Township.

Authorities say the men were each driving south on I-71 and swerved toward each other. Hatton's vehicle was forced into the median, where it flipped, injuring Hatton and his passenger.

Derailed train blocks streets in Hamilton

HAMILTON - Several intersections were blocked Tuesday morning while three derailed train cars were cleared downtown, police said.

The train cars left the railroad tracks near Seventh and Walnut streets around 12:20 a.m., said Officer Dave Crawford, city police spokesman. They were part of a 113-car southbound CSX train.

No one was injured and the train was carrying no hazardous materials, Crawford said. One of the cars caused damage when it fell on top of a fence and a car parked at Hamilton Provision, a meat-packing company.

West Chester Road overpass reopens

WEST CHESTER TWP. - The West Chester Road overpass was expected to reopen Tuesday evening, ending months of detours.

The bridge was widened as part of an ongoing $31 million construction project on Interstate 75 from just north of the Tylersville Road exit in West Chester Township to the Kemper Road exit in Sharonville. That eight-mile stretch of the highway is being widened from six to eight lanes.

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