Thursday, October 14, 2004

Local news briefs



Mistakenly freed suspect arrested

Leonard Drister is headed to jail - again. Police and FBI agents in Houston arrested the bank robbery suspect Wednesday after more than five months.

Drister and another suspect, James Black, were mistakenly freed from the Hamilton County Justice Center in May after a series of miscommunications between local and federal authorities.

Drister and Black are charged, along with a third suspect, in the April 12 robbery of a PNC Bank branch in Springfield Township. Drister is accused of firing shots at police while trying to get away. Black remains at large.

FBI officials said Drister was arrested Wednesday at the Houston airport.

Housing opens for patients' families

AVONDALE - Out-of-town cancer patients and their families have a new place to stay when seeking treatment in Cincinnati. The American Cancer Society will hold a grand opening today of its 21st Hope Lodge nationwide at Reading Road and Oak Street, Avondale.

The $9.5 million, 23-room lodge occupies the castle-like 124-year-old Hopewell mansion, a building that once housed the Ursuline Academy. The Hope Lodge features several kitchen areas, a chapel, exercise room, library, computer access and a van for transportation to treatments, outings and errands.

Parent advisory group to meet

The Gear Up Parent Advisory Council is sponsoring a parent reception at 5:30 p.m. today.

Gear Up is a college access program targeting middle-school students. The program is being offered in the following schools: Bond Hill, Burton, Central Fairmount, Clifton, Douglass, Hays, Heberle, McKinley, Oyler, Parham, Rockdale, Rothenberg, South Avondale, Washington Park, Whittier and East End Community Heritage School.

The meeting will be at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, 2950 Gilbert Ave. Reservations: (513) 981-7404. Information: Cincinnati Parents for Public Schools at (513) 751-5437.

TRAFFIC WATCH

The shoulders on Interstate 275 westbound in Boone County from Mineola Pike and Ky. 212 will be closed today and Friday for road work.




TOP STORIES
Bishop Woods in peril?
Seton High School details expansion plan
Officer graduates, loses job
County settles on stadium

PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
Gay-rights sides target black vote
Bush, Kerry spar on domestic issues
Noonan: Kerry 'worst of party'
Kerry's plan, Bush's past declarations scrutinized
Xavier students gather, let own voices be heard
Transcript of Bush, Kerry debate

ELECTION 2004
Taft: 'No' on same-sex issue
Insults fly in Senate race
Vote monitor optimistic
Lawyers rate candidates
Westwood and Groob square off tonight
Lawyer sues over lost form to vote
Middletown streets on ballot
Election 2004 page

IN THE TRISTATE
EPA, trash firm debate leak from closed landfill
Council rejects police plans
Fire union disputes cost-saving plan
Museum faces cutbacks
Frist: Doctors leaving Ohio
Two teenagers arrested in Royal Crown hotel fire
Witness: Mom not hysterical, though fire trapped her infant
Local news briefs
Mayor of Madeira retires, is moving to Warren County
Man ruled insane in murder of activist
Milford police chief resigns, halting property misuse case
State audit faults Morrow
Neighbors briefs
Killer who blamed his victim is executed at Lucasville prison
Public safety briefs
Northwest Local Schools loses board president
Sierra Club pushes renewable energy
New drivers get look at real-life tragedies
OT for Bush rally covered

THEATER REVIEWS
'Thirty Ghosts' uneven
Dancers make impact

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Bronson: Council deaf to pleas for crime control
Good Things Happening

LIVES REMEMBERED
Alex C. Papas, 84, made candy

KENTUCKY STORIES
Towne Center should proceed with latest OK
River view the draw for condos
Losing weight inspired teacher to help others
State insurance plan outlined
N. Ky. news briefs
Dad, lawyer run from SUV after custody case; mom held
Most N.Ky. schools meeting state goals
House fire victim loses Fla. home, too
Fletcher blamed for flap