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TASTE PHOTOS B1 The 22nd Annual Taste of Colerain offered food, activities, rides and entertainment. PRESS Your Community newspaper serving Colerain Township, Green Township, Groesbeck, Monfort Heights, Pleasant Run, Seven Hills, White Oak Email: Website: Volume 94 Number 27 © 2011 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Tenth anniversary of Sept. 11 Sept. 11, 2011, is the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pengtagon in Washington, D.C., and United Airlines Flight 93 which crashed near Shanksville, Pa. • If your church, civic club or school is observing this tragic day in American history, the Community Press would like to know. • If you have ever visited Ground Zero or the field in Shanksville, send us your memories of the experience. Include photos if you have them. • Send us your memories of the day, and thoughts about the 10 years since. Send to northwestpress@ Cafeteria changes A long tradition of bake sales in school lunch rooms comes to an end this year, thanks to new state regulations about food and beverages in schools. Senate Bill 210, the Healthy Choices for Children Act, restricts the sale of certain foods and beverages to students during the regular school day. – FULL STORY, A2 Birthday present Do you know where this mi¡ght be? It’s somewhere in the Northwest Press community, but where? Send your best guess to northwestpress@community or call 853-6287, along with your name. Deadline to call is 3 p.m. Friday. If you’re correct, we’ll publish your name in next week’s newspaper along with the correct answer. See who guessed last week’s hunt correctly on B5. Contact The Press News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 923-3111 Retail advertising . . . . . . . . 768-8196 Classified advertising . . . . . 242-4000 Delivery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 853-6263 See page A2 for additional information We d n e s d a y, A u g u s t 1 7 , 2 0 1 1 B E C A U S E C O M M U N I T Y M AT T E R S 50¢ Shooting remains under investigation Gannett News Service An incident in which a Colerain Township Police Officer shot a suspect remains under investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. The incident occurred at 11:45 a.m. Aug. 11, in the parking lot of Staples, 8465 Colerain Ave. After observing what Colerain Township Police Chief Dan Meloy said was suspicious activity, he said the Thomas police approached a car in the parking lot. He said officers identified themselves as police verbally and their cars had flashing emergency lights. Meloy said his undercover officer shot the driver who allegedly was “ramming” other vehicles, ignoring officers’ commands to stop and Kuechler attempting to back his vehicle into an officer. The suspect who was shot has an attorney. He says his client, Miguel Thomas, 28, was in a panic and didn’t realize the gun-toting men were police. “He remembers seeing a bunch of people running Cox toward him with guns drawn,” said attorney Scott Rubenstein. “If he didn’t really know they were police officers, I think a reasonable person would try to get GLENN HARTONG/STAFF Crime scene investigators with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office collect evidence at the scene of a police shooting in the parking lot of Staples on Colerain Avenue. away.” The three men in the car were charged Aug. 12. The driver, Miguel Thomas, 28, suffered three gunshot wounds to his right arm and shoulder area. Thomas faces one count of felonious assault. Thomas, who has lived in Amberley Village, has been convicted of at least four drug charges from 2002-09, Hamilton County court records show. Thomas was transferred from University Hospital to the Hamilton County jail Aug. 11 and bond was set at $5,000 cash. Two more arrests were announced Aug. 12: Brian M. Cox, 24, of Fayetteville, and Thomas J. Kuechler, 32, of Goshen, both face drug charges, said Steve Barnett, sheriff’s spokesman. Cox is accused of possession of a drug abuse instrument. Kuechler was charged with drug possession. He also had two outstanding arrest warrants and two traffic capiases and was taken to the Clermont County jail to face those charges there. District puts combination levy on ballot By Jennie Key The Northwest Local School District Board of Education is asking district voters to approve a combined operating levy and bond issue on the Nov. 8 ballot. The board voted Aug. 8 to place a 5.07-mill combination levy on the ballot that includes 3.5 mills of new permanent operating funds, and a 1.4-mill bond levy to renovate the district’s two high schools. The vote was 4-1, with board member Dan Unger voting no. “The current school taxes on a $100,000 house in the district are about $928 annually, and this levy would push that up to about $1,083,” Unger said. “With the current state of the economy, this is not the time for a tax increase. The reductions in funding include the federal stimulus money, which we knew was going to go away.” The levy Detzel would raise about $5.78 million in operating funds annually and the bond issue would generate about $44 million to renovate Colerain and Northwest high schools. The cost to the owner of a $100,000 home is estimated to be $155.14 annually. The ballot says the length of the bond project would be about five years and the maximum maturity for the bond is 37 years. Officials say the district will still have to make $2 million to $2.5 Special meeting The Northwest Board of Education has scheduled a work session for 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22 at the board office, 3420 Banning Road, to talk about the district's finances and what cuts will be needed if voters say no. million in additional cuts even if voters pass the levy in November. Treasurer Randy Bertram said in the past seven years, the district has cut $12.6 million from its budget. Board member Elaine Gauck said while she said she hates to raise taxes, felt it was necessary. “I thought about it, and this is something we have to do,” she said. “Yes, the cost of living is going up, but costs are going up for the school district too. They face the same dilemma.” Board President Pam Detzel reminded voters that the additional revenue would not go to salary increases. All staff is under a three-year salary freeze. Jim Krimpenfort, White Oak, said the school district should make cuts, not ask for more money. “We’ve seen cutbacks, the stock market crashed, these are dire times,” he said. “Most people are feeling the pinch. We have to cut.” Kerri Therion Robers, Monfort Heights, says the district has cut. “The cuts that have already been made were necessary, but I don’t want to see any more,” she said. “I am thrilled that the board put the levy on the ballot. We need to support this.” Candidates file for November election Aug 10 was the deadline for issues and candidates to file with the Hamilton County Board of Elections to be listed on the Nov. 8 ballot. Here are the candidates, according to the board of elections website: In Colerain Township, voters will choose between Hamilton County Assistant Prosecutor Melinda Rinehart and incumbent Joseph Wolterman for Colerain Township Trustee. Running for Colerain Township Fiscal Officer will be incumbent Heather Harlow and challenger Tom Hart. 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