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Saturday, September 15, 1984
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Saturday, September 15, 1984 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER METRO D-3 Metro Digest Educator Is Endorsed For SORTA Board Post illeanor Hicks, an associate professor of political science at the University of Cincinnati, received the enthusiastic backing of Democrats this week for appointment to the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) board. Hicks, 41, a former career foreign service officer who now lives in North Avondale, is expected to be approved by city council to succeed business executive Markus Trice In a five-year term on the SORTA board. Trice resigned from the board when he moved to Chicago this year. "We are very proud to nominate Eleanor Hicks for a seat on the SORTA board," said Democratic Councilwoman Sally Fellerhoff. She said she did not anticipate any objections to the appointment from her fellow council members when It comes up for approval in two weeks. Hicks, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a master's degree in International relations from Johns Hopkins, resigned from foreign service last year to open a consultant business for U.S. entrepreneurs seeking to do business with Third World countries. X- f ELEANOR HICKS !. . . Democrats' choice During her tenure with the U.S. diplomatic corps, Hicks served in Germany, Thailand, France, Tunisia and Egypt. Her last assignment was with the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, as deputy chief of the political section. Her father, Carl Hicks, Is chairman of the Third Ward Democratic Club in Evanston. Cruiser Collides With Car In Clifton A Cincinnati police officer was Injured late Friday when his patrol car collided head on with another vehicle near Clifton and St. Clair Aves. in Clifton, police reported. The District Five officer, whose Identity was being with held pending notification of family members, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital where his condition was being evaluated early today, a hospital spokesman said. Details about the accident weren't available. Trial To Open In Butler County Slaying Trial for James Donald Pierce, 32, charged In the shoot-. ing death of a Hamilton man, will get under way Monday before a Jury in Butler County Common Pleas Court. Pierce, formerly of 925 S. 12th St., Is charged with aggravated murder in the death of Donald O. Reeder Jr., 31, 2148 Vizedom Rd., whose frozen body was found in a field off Hamilton-Eaton Road, north of Collins-ville, last Dec. 27. Authorities said the victim had been shot twice in his head. Maureen Reagan Visit Called Off A Cincinnati campaign visit today by Maureen Reagan, daughter of President Reagan, has been scrubbed, local campaign officials said Friday. "It never was definite," said Hamilton County Commissioner Robert A. Taft II, a state co- chairman of the Reagan-Bush '84 Campaign Committee. Informed sources said it was canceled because local campaign workers did not have sufficient advance notice to plan a campaign fund-raiser featuring the President's daughter. Body Washes Ashore At New Richmond A body of a white male washed up on the Ohio River landing at New Richmond late Friday afternoon, but authorities said they are uncertain whether it Is a man who is believed to have drowned Wednesday. George E. Kohus, 44, 1072 US 52, was last seen about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday as he was swimming alone across the river toward th? Kentucky side, said Detective Sgt. T.G. Cooper of the Clermont County Sheriff's Department. A man on the riverbank reported that Kohus went under about midway across the river. The New Richmond Life Squad searched the river by boat Wednesday night, and the Hamilton County Underwater Search and Rescue Team searched Thursday, Cooper said. Kohus was not found. Clermont County Coroner Dr. Nick Capurro will not be able to Identify the body until sometime today or Sunday, a dispatcher at the sheriff's office said. More City Manager Applicants Sought A stalemate over two finalists for the city manager's job in Lincoln Heights prompted City Council this week to order advertising for new candidates. In a 4-3 vote, council asked Clerk Dorothy Fletcher to put out a call for applicants. Voting against the measure were Arthur Evans, Jennifer Gray and Oliver Lackey. Favoring ?t were James Harding, James Mobley, Eugene Shearer and Mayor Arthur Dawson. Dawson has been acting city manager since William Franklin left the post in June. There were 14 applicants for the job this summer and council representatives interviewed eight of them. After the field was cut to four, the seven coun-cil members became deadlocked on two Lincoln Heights residents, Dawson said. A November ballot Issue on repealing the city manager-charter form of government may further complicate the job selection. Lincoln Heights has had a city manager since 1974. College Building To Be Demolished Twin Ash, one of the oldest buildings on the Wilmington College campus, will be torn down sometime late this month, said Michael Miller, superintendent of buildings and grounds at the college. Miller said the building would be costly to renovate to meet modern standards. It has been vacant for several years after having served as the campus art center for some time. The building's demolition will be done by Steve R. Rauch Inc., of Centerville, and Is expected to take about two weeks. Twin Ash was erected in 1871-72 and was occupied by various private owners. The college bought the building In 1904. It served as a dormitory until 12 years ago. United Appeal: Helping People Jane, a shy 13-year-old, felt like she couldn't do anything right. She would sign up for activities at Brighton Center, a United Appeal-funded agency, but would never participate. Helen Brewster, a volunteer who teaches a sewing class at the center, encouraged Jane to enter a quilt in the county fair. After some persuasion, Jane entered her quilt and won. With this new-found confidence, Jane is now a volunteer working with the youth programs at the Brighton Center. When Mary Frost, a cancer patient, was released from the hospital, she was referred to Catholic Social Service of Southwest Ohio, a United Appeal-funded agency. An immediate home care assessment showed Mary's husband. Fred, was disabled, sometimes confused and alienated from Mary and their adult children. Catholic Social Service provided a counselor to assist in resolving these differences, a nurse to care for Mary and Fred and a homemaker home health aide to provide personal care and structured activities for the couple. When Mary died two months later, she and Fred had been reconciled, thanks to the agency's efforts. o Family Of Worker Believed Killed In Salt Oven Wants To Get Benefits BY DAVID WELLS Enquirer Reporter The family of a man who disappeared June 18 while working at the NLO (National Lead of Ohio) Inc. plant at Fernald want him declared legally dead so they can collect his estate. Hamilton County sheriff's investigators believe David Bocks fell, jumped or was pushed into a salt oven at the Fernald plant sometime during his mldnight-8:30 a.m. shift there, said Chief Deputy Victor Carrelli. Bocks, 39, was a pipefitter at the plant. The oven is a large tank of molten salt heated to more than 1,300 degrees. The furnace is so hot a human body would have been virtually consumed by it, police said. The furnace was shut down and searched after Bocks' disappearance. In it, searchers found the keys to Bocks' tool box, the metal eyelets and toe plates from Selection Of Jurors Is Monday Jury selection is expected to begin Monday in the aggravated murder trial of William G. Zuern, accused of fatally stabbing a Hamilton County Sheriff's deputy in June. A Jury could sentence Zuern, 25, to death If he is convicted of killing Deputy Sheriff Phillip Pence in the Hamilton County Community Correctional Institution June 9. Zuern, 726 State Ave., Apt. 4, has entered a plea of not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity. Monday, 53 persons will be interviewed individually by defense and prosecution attorneys before Common Pleas Judge William J. Morrissey. The trial is expected to last at least two weeks and attorneys say the Jury will probably be sequestered when deliberations begin. Friday, 35 persons appeared at a Jury review before attorneys and Morrissey for permission to be excused from jury duty because of personal and job-related problems. All were excused. Should Zuern be convicted In the Pence case, it is not known whether defense attorneys Robert V. Wood and Thomas Stueve will go forward with Zuern's second murder trial for the May 12 shooting death of Gregory Earls, of Staebler St. in Lower Price Hill. The Pence case will be tried a pair of boots, other bits of metal and a few bone fragments, Carrelli said. BOCKS PUNCHED the time clock when he started his shift, but didn't punch out. His street clothes were found in his locker at the plant, and his car was found where he usually parked It while at work. Carrelli said police are no longer actively investigating the case, although the coroner's office has never issued a death certificate because of the lack of physical remains. Technically the case remains open, he said. Ohio law ordinarily requires five years to elapse after a person's disappearance before that person can be declared legally dead. However, Bocks' three minor children, and his former wife, Car-line R. Bocks, Williamsburg, Ohio, have filed suit in Hamilton County Probate Court to have the five years waived and Bocks declared dead now. The suit claims Bocks already is presumed dead because of what was found in the oven. BOCKS AND his wife were divorced several years ago. The children, Anthony Paul, 17, Casey Lynn, 15, and Matthew Payton, 12, all live with their mother, said Leo Breslln, one of the family's attorneys. "We've got people who can suffer greatly if they have to wait five years for benefits that under any other circumstance would come to them now," Breslin said. "All we want is for the children to be able to collect the same benefits they would be getting if their father had been killed In a car accident." The suit said the estate included an Allstate life insurance policy, two cars, the home Bocks lived in at 11688 Kosine n., Love-land; shares in his company credit union, 100 shares of stock in Cincinnati Microwave, his checking account, and five rooms of furniture and miscellaneous possessions. The suit names as defendants David Anthony Bocks, presumed dead; Fernald Nalco Credit Union Inc.; Allstate Life Insurance Co.; Allstate Insurance Co.; Credit Life Insurance Co.; National Ironwork-ers District Council of Southern Ohio & Vicinity Pension Trust; National Lead of Ohio Inc., and Workmen's Compensation Bureau of Ohio. Last week the attorneys for the family subpoenaed Carrelli and gative file on the case. The county . prosecutor, representing the sheriff's department, filed a motion to quash the subpoena, because the police case is still open, Carrelli said. A Vioa ri ncr rr i ho enhnnana ie scheduled for next Thursday. A hearing on the suit itself Is sched- V Schools Back Request For More State Funds WILLIAM G. ZUERN . . . charged in slaying first because it carries specifications for the death penalty, Hamilton County Prosecutor Arthur M. Ney has said. Ney and Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Longano will try both cases against Zuern. Zuern is accused of stabbing Pence In the chest with an icepick-like weapon fashioned from the metal handle of a toilet bucket. The metal buckets, standard issue at the institution for several years, have now been replaced with plastic buckets without handles. Ironically, Pence and another officer went to Zuern's cell to search for weapons. They were acting on a tip that Zuern and another inmate had made weapons and that Zuern had threatened an inmate, corrections officials said. BY KEITH WHITE Gannett News Service COLUMBUS-An Ohio Board of Regents request for extra state funding to avoid further increases In student fees at state colleges and universities was welcomed Friday by Cincinnati area colleges. "Certainly we react very positively, particularly to the effort to reduce the student's share of tuition costs," said Richard Little, spokesman for Miami University In Oxford. MIAMI'S UNDERGRADUATE students pay $955 per semester, the most of any state-assisted college or university in Ohio. They provide 52 of the university's instructional costs, far above the state average of 40. Regents Friday approved a $2.5 billion budget request for fiscal years 1986-87. It Is a $741 million increase over what legislators appropriated for fiscal years 1985-85. Of the increased spending, regents want $60.5 million to be used to prevent student fee increases, $100 million to improve or develop quality programs and $124 million to compensate for increased operating costs. University of Cincinnati spokesman Jim Langley said the university does not know what the regents' proposal will mean for its students, who are paying $565 per quarter. "THE FIGURES have been so inexact as to make any projection Impossible. We would need to know what they're talking about before we project that into our budget," he said. But the university likes the fact regents are talking about the need to keep student fees stable. "It is a concern to a university like this," he said, since UC traditionally has offered a college education to those who could not afford It elsewhere. "The overall goal is very good," said Michelle Imhoff of the Cincinnati Technical College. Ohio students there pay $22 per credit hour but out-of-state students this year saw their fees rise from ' $32 to $40 per credit hour. Under the regents' proposal, basic state aid to colleges and universities would Increase from $816 million to $953 million in fis- . cal 1986 and more than $1 billion in fiscal 1987. UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS are paying approximately 40 of the cost of their education in Ohio, said Duane Rogers, vice , chancellor for administration. If the $60.5 million is appropriated, that would drop to 36 in 1987. "That is still too high," he said, but it's probably the best the regents can hope to accomplish within the limitations of the state budget. Although students' share . of total costs would drop, their ; fees would remain the same since colleges and universities will be spending more. The regents' proposal now goes to Gov. Richard F. Celeste's budget office. OirflflO Strip Mines May Be Used For Animals COLUMBUS (AP) Ohioans may soon be seeing Chinese deer and Siberian horses on the slopes of reclaimed strip mines in a pilot project to set up non-profit breeding centers for rare animals. The proposed International Center for the Preservation of Wild Animals would be established on about 2,000 acres of land in southeast Ohio. It would be expanded by about 1,000 acres a year until it reaches 10,000 acres-in total, a $25 million project, said Robert Teater, a consultant for the center and former state director of natural resources. WILLIAM DENXLER, executive director of the Toledo Zoo, said he and representatives of Ohio's other large zoos in Cleveland, Colum bus and Cincinnati would have places on a 49-member board to control the animal center. He said the project would be the first such co-operative venture by five zoos and would test the potential of other such centers around the United States. . Similar centers now are run on a smaller scale by the New York Zoological Society's Bronx Zoo, which breeds and studies endangered species on St. Catherine's Island, off the Georgia coast, and at the San Diego Zoo's 1,800-acre Wild Animal Park. Representatives of both those zoos and others are expected to attend a Nov. 8-10 workshop on the proposal to be held at strip-mined lands owned by the American Electric Power Co. in Muskingum and Guernsey counties. TEATER SAID the private, non-profit organization trying to start the center would like to place the center on the American Electric Power property. The coal lands are about the only place in Ohio where enough land is available for such a center, Teater said. Use of a reclamation site also would show that strip-mined land can be used again, he said. Unlike the two other wild animal centers now operating, the Ohio center would be open to the public. Admission charges, along with private and foundation grants, corporate gifts, and government funds for saving endangered species, would finance the center. It was first considered by a zoological advisory council created by the Ohio General Assembly in the 1970s. The council was trying to find ways for the state to financially aid its zooi. 4-' j ; i ' : rvih. . jiemmm m mm Associated Pres3 FINISHING IT OFF: A workman inserts caulking into the addition built onto the Ohio Theatre in downtown Columbus. The public will see the pavilion area for the first time today with the first concert on the new stage in late September. Mock Checks Attack Celeste COLUMBUS (AP)-Republlcans have stepped up their campaigns in key Ohio Senate races with a mass mailing of authentic-looking tax rebate "checks" and a blistering attack on Gov. Richard Celeste and Democrats. Mailed in envelopes bearing an image of the Statehouse and the phrases "void in 60 days" and "additional tax refund Information enclosed," the light-green "checks" are marked "pay to the order of" the addressee. But over the payable amount of $102.43 is stamped, in block red letters, "Canceled By Dick Celeste." The checks are marked "non-negotiable." ALSO IN the mailing is a letter from GOP Senate candidates and a return envelope thit disgruntled taxpayers are invited to use for their share of the $55 million in actual state income tax rebates to the Ohio Republican Party. James Tilling, an executive assistant to Senate Minority Leader Paul Gillmor. R-Port Clinton, said Friday that about 400.000 of the letters were mailed in Senate districts state-wide where a maximum GOP effort is being made. Democrats control the 33-member upper chamber by one vote, and Republicans are trying to reverse that in November. Tilling acknowledged that there had been some consideration that the mailing, with its combination political and fund-raising pur-, poses, might backfire if people thought the.-checks were real. "We tried to make it very clear that it's not." Tilling said. He said that the amount listed represents what taxpayers would have received if Democrats had refunded the entire surplus, which the GOP pegged at $400 million, from the 90 ' stafe income tax increase. "In that sense, the figures are real. Obvi-. ously . . . what we hope they realize Is they could have gotten that if the Democrats had refunded the full surplus," Tilling said. DEMOCRATS CONTEND that the actual surplus was $94 million, excludir 'he rebates. John Mahoney, executive si Jjy for the Democratic-controlled Senate, said the tax question had been resolved last year when voters defeated two anti-tax measures on the November ballot. "

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