Thursday, June 17, 2004

Public safety briefs



Woman, 72, dies after 2-vehicle crash

GREENHILLS - A 72-year-old Greenhills woman was killed Wednesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Winton and Farragut roads.

Tirzah Amrein of Damon Road was attempting to cross Winton Road about 1:05 p.m. when her vehicle collided with a vehicle traveling south on Winton Road, police said. Amrein was transported to University Hospital, where she died.

The driver of the other vehicle, whose name was not released, was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

Dismissed officer goes to arbitration

FOREST PARK - Former Officer Todd Halusek plans to take his May 24 firing to arbitration, according to Forest Park officials.

City Manager Ray Hodges said Wednesday he received notice this week that the firing, which Halusek had appealed, would go to arbitration.

Hodges wrote Halusek last week informing him he wouldn't overturn Police Chief Ken Hughes' decision.

In his letter, dated June 10, Hodges called Halusek's alleged behavior in a March 25 arrest of a 17-year-old "totally unacceptable."

Halusek, who had been on the force six years, is accused of assaulting the teen at the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center.

A Hamilton County Sheriff's Office review resulted in Halusek's indictment on a misdemeanor assault charge. Forest Park police also investigated.

Missing girl, 14, found in Mississippi

A 14-year-old New Mexico girl missing since Saturday from a Cincinnati hotel has been found in Mississippi.

Cincinnati police were notified Wednesday that Catherine Garcia was found in McComb, Miss. Garcia's mother told authorities she recently stopped a relationship her daughter was having with a 19-year-old Mississippi man she met on the Internet.

Garcia was in Cincinnati with her mother for a Christian conference and was expected to be picked up here by her father. When she left, she left a note that said she had to go live her own life.

Wilmington names Huber new editor

WILMINGTON - Mark Huber, 42, sports editor of the Wilmington News Journal for 13 years, has been promoted to editor of the newspaper.

He replaces Jeff Hibbs, who was charged last month with kidnapping a woman. Hibbs had worked at the newspaper since 1997.




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