The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on October 4, 1991 · Page 45
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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 45

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Friday, October 4, 1991
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EDITOR: KERRY KLUMPE, 369-1003 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER FRIDAY, OCTOSER 4, 1991 SECTION D Jail shortage New at the zoo ed for Main is ; .1 ,: If I 1 f i o o rise ie crime Couple killed on 1-75 Birthday tragedy shocks family BY SMITA MADAN PAUL The Cincinnati Enquirer Beulah Stapperfenne and her husband, Edward, were on their way home to Taylor Mill, Ky., from Beulah's 71st birthday party at their daughter's home in Springboro, Ohio, on Wednesday night when their car ran out of gas on Interstate 75 near Springboro. They pulled the car over to the shoulder, got out and were apparently Construction delay blasted "P eople who ( might be deterred from committing crimes if they knew they were ' i" '" , I i 1 i .... going to be imprisoned have no fear. 5 J David Rager, city safety director walking toward a telephone when they were struck and killed by an oncoming car in the northbound lanes. The deaths were hard on family and friends. "They just don't come any better," said a neighbor, Lois Meier. "They would bring anybody into their home. They had 13 grandchildren, and she would have taken 13 more of someone else's." Bob Sanning, a neighbor for 35 T; 1 - : - , .V ; ' " : - J i .-'V i l '' . ' . fit"., i. 1 J BY RICHARD GREEN The Cincinnati Enquirer Hamilton County's shortage of jail space which means some criminals are on the streets instead of behind bars has contributed to a sharp rise in Cincinnati crime, city officials said Thursday. Angry that county commissioners have been "putzing around" on jail construction for almost two years, Mayor David Mann said the failure to keep convicted criminals in jail has "a significant negative impact on the ability of our officers to fight the battle against crime in our community." Monthly crime statistics compiled by David Rager, safety director, show that reported crime primarily burglary, aggravated assault and auto theft started to increase dramatically in April. That month, Sheriff Simon Leis Jr. stopped jailing prisoners arrested for non-violent crimes because the county lacked space for them. City and county officials agree that the jump in crime since April cannot be blamed entirely on a shortage of jail space. Not only is drug-related criminal activity on the rise in the Tristate, but violent crimes reported in the first four months of the year before Leis' policy took effect were up nearly 22 from the same period in 1990. But, "the lack of adequate jail space has been and continues to be identified by the (Cincinnati) Police Division as the single largest cause Beulah, above, vears. said Edward and Edward Stap- Stapperfenne, 72, perfenne wh( had retired from Heekin Can Co. in Anderson Township after 30 years, was known in the neighborhood for his woodwork. Beulah Stapperfenne, who had retired as a first-grade teacher at White's Tower School in Independence, was known for her generosity. The Stapperfennes had spent their Retirement traveling and visiting with their 13 grandchildren, frequently going from one child's home to another's, said a son, Gene Stapperfenne of Burlington. The neighborhood is still in shock, said Sanning. "We just couldn't figure out what they were doing on the expressway," he said. Meier, who lives across the street, kept an eye out for the Stapperfennes to return from their numerous trips. "I don't know what we are going to do. Whenever they would go away, we would just wait for them to come back," she said. According to the Ohio Highway Pa ware building in Queensgate will be unable to open as scheduled in mid-October. State authorities have ordered additional security measures, pushing back the opening to December, said County Commissioner Steve Chabot. While Chabot said he supports the contention that the jail space crunch has contributed to a surge in crime, he said all of the blame should not lie with the county. Sharing the blame "There is nobody in this whole process, including David Mann, who has clean hands. There is fault that can be directed at many, many elected officials," Chabot said. "Council's hands are not clean entirely on this one either." Chabot's gripe is council's opposition three years ago, spearheaded by Mann, to the location of the new jail. "David was right out in front of the opposition to building it in Camp Washington," Chabot said. "I know that delayed it for a year at the minimum. And I know because I was on council at the time." Mann said council's disagreement on the jail's location might have caused a delay, "but that's in the past. "Where it gets really irksome, is that commissioners have taken bids on this project and have no idea where the money is going to come to pay for it. There is no certainty that the commissioners are going to move forward at all, and that's what I find very I' - ... . . , i r , , ,,, rl ,1 The Cincinnati Enquirer ,ijjM"7k rr "' I Gary Landers 'jPlilfy -". ABOVE: The Cincinnati Zoo jiMdj' ' on Thursday dedicated the itkv irtr 'V- S f. " Carl H.Lindner Jr. Family tUfiWi i'. hJPv nN Center for Reproduction of . j fe f v i Endangered Wildlife. The $jfLfV - , M-- 1 cf w center's "frozen zoo" N'--Ii&V' I? Ajn laboratory specializes in ;T i ryF Wf T fv S high-tech reproductive "v: t av . H I ',M!,S,X methods to preserve V, A ' , 'j " - y ." " j -y6 X of current crime conditions, Rager said in a report to Mann. "People who might be deterred from committing crimes if they knew they were going to be imprisoned have no fear. Regardless of the causes of crime, one fact is indisputable: Crimes are committed by criminals when they are not incarcerated." Plans being studied Commissioners are considering whether to proceed with plans to build a $73 million jail in Queens-gate that could house 1,500. And today, the McHenry Commission, a group of business leaders tapped by commissioners to offer an examination of county operations, holds a 1:30 p.m. public hearing on the jail issue. Rager's report also comes on the heels of the commissioners' announcement this week that a temporary, privately owned, 800-bed jail at the former Kruse Hard- trol, the Stapperfennes were trying to species oi pnms ana '.. 'A- - . j ' lr walk across six lanes of interstate south of the Springboro exit in Warren County when a car driven by Jennifer Jefferson of Dayton, Ohio, struck them. Mrs. Stapperfenne's body came through the front window, hit the (Please see ACCIDENT, RIGHT: Carl H.Lindner Jr., I . ,Cf , i lf' left, and Betsy Dresser, U 1 V f director of research, chat - r " ' i during the center's , 7'' - r dedication Thursday. ; , " ; , . Page D-3) I School community rolls up its sleeves Roger Bacon sponsors blood donation to help grad suffering from leukemia V v. . V Withrow teacher gives up gun to school official BY PATRICIA LOPEZ BADEN The Cincinnati Enquirer A Withrow High School teacher brought a loaded gun into the school Wednesday morning, school officials said. No one was harmed. Karl P. Kross, a vocational teacher, apparently brought the weapon into the school at about 8 a.m., where he was seen with it by an assistant principal, said Roger Effron, personnel director for Cincinnati Public Schools. Kross was sent home and will remain there on sick leave until an investigation is complete, Effron said. Kross was seen carrying the gun in a holster, Effron said. "At no time did he take it out of the holster or point it at anyone." Gary Vale, an assistant principal, took Kross into the principal's office and called a police officer stationed at the school. Kross gave up the weapon and unloaded it, Effron said. "We have sent an internal investigation team to Withrow," he said. "We will be making a report." Tom Mooney, president of the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers, said Kross entered counseling Wednesday afternoon after the incident. "We don't know what prompted it, although it apparently was not a dispute with any other teacher," Mooney said. Kross declined to comment. Monica Curtis, district spokeswoman, said the district will consider possible legal or disciplinary action against Kross after its investigation. The district would not release information about how long Kross had taught in Cincinnati schools or any personal information about him. ( help is a reflection of Hill's warm personality and the family atmosphere at Roger Bacon, Meece said. "The school has been extremely supportive of him," Meece said. "People have visited him in the hospital. They've sent cards. People he doesn't really know go up to him and offer support when he comes to games or visits." Nearly 16 years ago, the school was the first in this area to have a blood drive to help a student with Reye's syndrome. It became an annual blood drive that is held in February. "It kind of surprised me that they would have this blood drive and still have the annual one," Hill said. "I was surprised that so many parents and so many kids were willing to do it." It's real important to Hill that the blood is replaced, said his girlfriend, Ann Wood, 16, a junior at Bacon. "He wants to be able to help other people in the same predicament and give them a chance," Wood said. "He's thankful about all the support he got and all our friends have made this a lot easier." Hill's sense of humor and caring attitude made the students stronger as they stood by him, said Sarah Wagner, 17, a senior. She and her boyfriend often double date with Hill and Wood. BY BRENDA J. BREAUX The Cincinnati Enquirer Students at Roger Bacon High School in St. Bernard didn't forget Paul Hill just because he graduated. Hill, of Carthage, who graduated earlier this year was diagnosed with leukemia Aug. 22. Hill, 18, was in University Hospital for 30 days, as doctors used as much as 30 pints of blood a day to save his . life. To replenish that supply, Roger Bacon is holding a blood drive today from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the school auditorium, 4320 Vine St., said Traci Meece, school spokeswoman. Also, blood can be given in care of Hill or the high school at any of the six Hoxworth Blood Center sites. More than 150 students, parents and school boosters have already signed up. "It makes me feel good to know that it's not just students volunteering to help," said Hill, who has been out of . the hospital about two weeks. "It's friends and friends of friends. People who just met me once. It's people like that, that make you feel good inside." Hill is in remission now, but will return to the hospital Monday for chemotherapy. '. The number of people willing to The Cincinnati EnquirerCathy A. Lyons Paul Hill, who was diagnosed with leukemia last summer, has the support of his girlfriend, Ann Wood, a junior at Roger Bacon High School. and Hill helped him, Hoyt said. As a senior, Hill received the John Philip Sousa Award from his classmates for epitomizing the essence of class spirit. "I'm giving blood because he is suffering a whole lot more than we would just giving blood," Hoyt said. "It's real neat how people are coming together to give blood for him, even if they don't like to give blood." "I can't really be upset about it because he's so full of hope and confidence," Wagner said. "He's a really friendly person. If you have a problem he would be the first person you'd go to. He's always really tuned into oth-ers. Senior Chris Hoyt, 17, met Hill three years ago in band class. The two teen-agers both played the trumpet a

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