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v V TV t f r D-2MetrO THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Friday, October 4, 1991 Jim Rohrer 14 "i v- i Til I 1 Men plead not guilty in slaying A man charged with luring his wife into a deathtrap and the man charged with pulling the trigger both pleaded not guilty at their arraignment on murder charges Thurs day. i FRIDAY MONITOR Lionel Harris, 24, of Lincoln Heights, was charged with complicity to aggravated murder in the Tuesday morning shooting death of his wife of nine weeks, Ellen M. Bradley-Harris, 29. of I f 4- ' Vr- : y j v ir v I J if t, 5WSw Hi"- i Harris Forest Park. Matthew Pearson, 24, who gave police an Addyston address, was charged with aggravated murder in Bradley-Harris' death. Both men, who were arrested Wednesday, are in the Hamilton County Justice Center on $500,000 cash bonds. Bradley-Harris was shot in the face at close range with a shotgun while she sat in a red Chevrolet Camaro between 8 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. in the 9800 block of Valley Junction Road Tuesday. Hamilton County Sheriff's spokesman Frank Weikel would not discuss whether Bradley-Harris had a life-insurance policy that named her husband as beneficiary. Bradley-Harris' brother, Ed Bradley, declined to discuss the case or his sister. "We are putting 100 faith in the criminal-justice system," he said. The Cincinnati EnquirerTony Jones STROLL FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Elder High School students walk en masse up Harrison Avenue on Thursday morning to honor pledges amounting to $40,589. Fifteen teachers joined all of Elder's 862 students on the 1212-mile walk through Price Hill. Three-quarters of the money raised will go to financial aid for Elder students; charities get the remainder. THE ANNUAL "DOWN HOME ON THE FARM" festival put on by the Ohio Valley Goodwill will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 10600 Springfield Pike, Woodlawn. Admission is free. The event continues Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Booths will feature books, collectibles, arts and crafts, and games. An animal show is scheduled Saturday. Proceeds go to help people with mental, physical, psychological and social disabilities. A MOUNT ADAMS STREET WALK, featuring hay rides, face-painting, pumpkin-decorating and jazz guitarist Eddie Allen on St. Gregory Street Square, will be from 6 to 10 p.m. INSIDE FILE $100,000 in funds claimed What's the next best thing to a winning lottery ticket? In Hamilton County, it might be the unclaimed funds records kept by the treasurer's office. Since the treasurer's office launched its campaign to find residents entitled to unclaimed funds, the Ohio Unclaimed Funds Division has approved claims totaling more than $100,000 to Hamilton County residents. The greatest single account claimed so far is for $1 0,350 a record that soon may be topped. A claim for $1 1 ,000 is being filed by a woman who found her deceased mother's name in the treasurer's records last weekend during a two-day display of listings at Beechmont Mall. About $9.8 million remains unclaimed, officials said. Examples of where the money comes from include dormant savings and checking accounts, uncashed cashier checks, uncompleted layaway transactions, safe-deposit box contents, and unreturned rent and untility deposits. Treasurer Robert A. Goering says much of the credit for finding the recipients should go to the Public Library of Cincinnati, area shopping malls and government officials who have provided places for residents to view the listings. REPORTER: Nancy Firor UNITED WAY PEOPLE Police dog bites two city officers Veterans take a step toward union Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote, "All your strength is in your union, all your danger is in discord," a directive local veterans' groups may, at last, have heard. Military veterans are a fractious bunch. It's as if, after having united to fight in war, they were determined ever after to splinter into a thousand quarreling pieces. Thus, the Vietnam Veterans of America have few warm feelings for Veterans of the Vietnam War, while the After-Nam Group aims to heal wounds of the soul. The American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, established groups, tend to be concerned with issues of older veterans, particularly medical care. Groups of younger veterans are more interested in reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs and pursuing agendas that include such issues as Agent Orange claims. There are groups for former prisoners of war, Vietnam veterans who ride motorcycles, mothers of soldiers killed in action, nurses and those primarily concerned with community projects. There are Amvets, the Service Star Legion and the POWMIA Coalition, to name a few more. Seeking coalition "There are splinter groups all over with no common purpose," said Milton Kafoglis, commander of the Hamilton County Council of the American Legion. "In order to bring to bear any pressure, it's going to take numbers a coalition with millions of members." It's a noble goal but has rarely worked in practice. "If no one group is looking for all the credit, but everyone gets together as a united voice, we could get answers on a lot of questions," said Roger Zellars, founder of the After-Nam Group. One step toward unity is to gather the scattered groups around a topic all can support in this case, to honor prisoners of war and those missing in action. It's a first step, but only that. To this end, a 12-hour candlelight vigil will be held Nov. 2 at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Eden Park, during which the names of more than 10,000 POWMIAs from Korea and Vietnam will be read. The sponsoring group has an awkward name: The POWMIA Coalition, Korea, Vietnam and Persian Gulf. But once the vigil is over, the group will assume a more encompassing name: the Greater Cincinnati Veterans Coalition. Group's vision "We need to constantly be after the government," said Jeanne Stophlet of Service Star Legion, a traditionally female service organization that has joined the new coalition, along with Amvets Post 1983, the OKI chapter of American Ex-Prisoners of War, the After-Nam Group, American Legion Post 513 and Veterans of the Vietnam War Post 3. "All groups need to rally together to really wake people up." The group has a vision where their coalition spreads beyond Greater Cincinnati. If they can get their member groups to agree on an agenda, they could be on to something. 4 Past experience is not on their side. Each war spawns unique issues and is separated in time from the next war. Many Vietnam veterans are loathe to join any organization, Korean veterans feel forgotten, and World War II veterans are of retirement age. Some groups focus on prisoners of war, others seem united only in their hatred of Jane Fonda, still others want to clean out the Department of Veteran Affairs. Will a united coalition work? History says no. But it's time to try. Jim Rohrer is an Enquirer columnist. One Cincinnati police officer was hospitalized and another was treated for injuries Thursday after an attack by a police dog during training. Cincinnati patrol officer Ed Farris of District 5 was admitted to University Hospital for a dog bite to the stomach. He was in good condition late Thursday. Lt. Michael Cotton was bitten on the finger when he tried to pull the dog off Farris. He was treated at University and released. The incident occurred at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in a Cincinnati police K-9 training center on the grounds of St. Mary's Seminary, 5300 Montgomery Road. , During an exercise, Farris played the attack subject, wearing padded sleeves for protection. Before Farris could raise his padded arms, the dog attacked him. extra lime increased the hydroxide in the water, giving it a odd taste and odor. When city officials discovered the problem, they shut down the new system and temporarily switched over to the old lime-feed system. But by then, there was enough extra lime in the system to last several days, Stickler said. A technician from Chemco, the Lawrenceburg, Pa., company that installed the new lime-feed system, finished adjustments Thursday. Mary Ann Ray thinks that if you look good, you feel good that's why she took a friend's advice two years ago to volunteer at Tender Mercies Inc. She shares her hair-dressing skills with homeless, mentally ill people at the shelter in Over-the-Rhine. Ray said she now makes her weekly visit to find v f 4 ACCIDENTS Police say victim distracted, speeding A Batavia Township woman involved in a fatal crash Sept. 26 apparently was speeding and trying to drink coffee when she crossed the center line on College Drive and slammed into a school bus, highway-patrol officials said Thursday. The Batavia post closed its investigation this week into the death of Constance Basius, of Bella Vista apartments, after blood tests revealed the 24-year-old was free of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. The accident occurred at 8:55 a.m. The bus driver, Clarice Weather-spoon, of Georgetown, also was been cleared of any wrongdoing. Weatherspoon was on the way to pick up residents at the Southwest Ohio Developmental Center, a home for the mentally retarded on College Drive. Basius had just left her apartment off College Drive and was on her way to work at the Salvation Army Thrift Store on Ohio 32. Dispatcher Martha Cockrell said investigators think Basius was running late for work and was distracted by trying to drink coffee when she rounded a curve on the wrong side of the road. There were no skid marks to indicate that Basius had tried to brake before hitting the bus, and an inspection of her car showed the brakes on Basius' car were working. POLICE Three charged in Kroger robbery Two men and a woman were in the Hamilton County Justice Center Thursday charged with the holdup Tuesday night of the Kroger supermarket in Mariemont. Richard Roeder, 26, and Jacqueline Lamarche Stilt, 19, both of the 5600 block of Beechmont Avenue, Mary Ann Ray clients waiting for a haircut and shave. Ray says the people she's helping are just a little less fortunate than others, and that it's best to serve where one's talents lie. "God gives you the grace to be able to do what you can," she said. were charged with complicity to aggravated robbery after they were stopped by Fairfax police in a getaway car 10 minutes after the holdup. Martin D. Trone, 27, of the 1500 block of Beth Lane, Mount Washington, was arrested Wednesday afternoon at the Greyhound bus station on Gilbert Avenue as he tried to board a bus for Madison, Wis. He was charged with aggravated robbery and resisting arrest. Mariemont Lt. Richard Hines said Trone, who fled from Fairfax police Tuesday following a scuffle, is also wanted on felony armed robbery warrants by police in Cheviot, Sha-ronville and Houston, Texas, as well as the Hamilton County sheriff's office. ENVIRONMENT Something fishy was too much lime When Milford residents took a drink of water last weekend, Ernie Stickler, Milford utility director, compared it to "drinking from a fish bowl." "The water was safe to drink, but it had a slightly metallic taste and fishy odor," Stickler said. Stickler said the problem began Sept. 26, when the city began using a new lime-feed system to soften the water. "It was feeding (too much) lime into the system, and we could not cut it back," he said. Stickler added the EDUCATION Alternative programs given federal grants Cincinnati Public Schools have received a one-year federal grant of $999,140 to buy supplies and train teachers for the following alternative programs: Cincinnati Academy of Mathematics and Science (Quebec Heights Elementary and Woodward High School). Individually Guided Education (Eastern Hills and Silverton Elementary, Woodford Primary, and the Hei-nold School.) High School for the Communications Professions, Health Professions, Computer Professions and Pai-deia (Hughes Center). Montessori (Carson Elementary). District officials said the funds cannot be used for general operating .expenses. LOTTERIES OHIO Pick 3: 4 0 9 Pick 4: 4 8 6 2 Cards: 4? A 6 8 INDIANA Daily 3: 8 1 8 Daily 4: 0 4 2 3 KENTUCKY Pick 3: 10 5 (Drawings of Oct. 3, 1991) LOTTO AMERICA: 4 12 26 27 38 41 (Drawing of Oct. 2, 1991) LOTTERY NOTES: Ohio's Super Lotto jackpot stands at $16 million. In Indiana, the Lotto Cash jackpot is estimated at $1 million. The Kentucky Lotto jackpot is $11 million. whatever you want to party on! Know ...L-4. I V News spots 5 1 IfJO. OHIO Newark jfiflF A Cincinnati mJeftefoorivTlfi, as "xLwclnalon 12 Numbers on each item correspond to locations noted on the map. Ex-police officer sentenced to 3lA years 1 NEWARK, Ohio: A judge who says he has little mercy for enforcement officers who break the law has sentenced a former city policeman to 3Vt years in jail. Criss Stout, 28, had pleaded guilty to breaking and entering and theft in office. Judge Gregory Frost of Licking County Common Pleas Court sentenced Stout to the maximum prison term Wednesday. "If you make a mistake as a police officer, I guarantee you I'll be understanding, but if you break the law as a police officer, I'll be ruthless," Frost said. Stout was arrested Aug. 16 and charged with stealing crack cocaine from a police lockbox. A surveillance videotape uwsnaooro charges. His trial is to begin Nov. 25. Stout is barred from public office for life. No information found about missing soldier 20WENSBORO, Ky.: Rep. Frank McCloskey's trip to Laos turned up no information on Air Force Col. Charles Shelton, an Owensboro native and the only American classified by the U.S. government as a prisoner of war in Southeast Asia. "We pretty much hit a blank wall on that," McCloskey, D-Ind., said Wednesday, a day after returning from a brief visit to Laos. The purposes of the trip, paid for by the House Armed Services Committee, were to deliver medicine and to inquire about U.S. service personnel who may still be alive in Laos. Shelton was shot down over Laos in 1965 while on a one-man photo-reconnaissance mission. McCloskey, contacted in Washington, said that at his urging, the Laotian foreign minister promised that Americans could make immediate searches with Laotians the next time an American is reportedly seen. Staged happy hour nets 22 drug arrests 3 LEXINGTON, Ky.: The party was over quickly for at least 22 people arrested on drug charges at a motel during an event Lexington police dubbed Operation Happy Hour. Detectives sent out 70 invitations to guests who allegedly had bought drugs from undercover officers in the last three months at 18 bars in Fayette County. The handwritten invitation on plain white notebook paper read, "Killer party. We'll supply the booze and you bring KY wiidL i mean: The officers received 35 will-attend responses for the party Wednesday night that offered free beer, pizza and music. - Some party-goers were taken by officers to an adjacent room where they were arrested on various drug charges. Bank robbery suspect arrested quickly 4JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind.: It didn't take Jeffersonville police long to nab a robbery suspect. Twelve members of the force were either on patrol or heading for work when a bank robbery was reported. Police arrested the suspect, Walter Clark Randall, 38, of Jeffersonville, within 10 minutes of the robbery report of First Federal Savings & Loan of Clark County. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS showed him substituting soap for the drug. Stout said he and former officer William Garren had participated in 65 break-ins of area businesses while on duty. Garren has been indicted on the same t i

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