Local news in brief
Robber strikes Speedway store
A robber held up the Speedway at 5030 Batavia Pike in Anderson Township at about 11:40 p.m. Thursday and made off with an undetermined amount of money from the cash register, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.
The robber entered the store, implied he had a weapon and then demanded that the cashier open the register, the sheriff's office reported. He then instructed the cashier to put the money inside a bag. He left the store and fled in an unknown direction.
Authorities described the robber as a black man in his mid-20s, 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 220 pounds. He wore a white, long-sleeved shirt over a black hooded shirt and covered his face with a bandana.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at (513) 825-1500 or Crimestoppers at (513) 352-3040.
Rate hike agreement
Duke Energy has agreed to cut its proposed rate increase for Northern Kentucky electric customers by about 25 percent. The new proposal, reached in negotiations with Kentucky Attorney General Greg Stumbo's office and other parties that had contested the increase, would roll back Duke's annual revenue from the hike from nearly $67 million to $49 million.
The revised increase, which would kick in Jan. 1, still must be approved by the Kentucky Public Service Commission, which is scheduled to vote on it Monday.
Duke, which acquired Cinergy and its Northern Kentucky subsidiary, Union Light, Heat & Power, in a $9 billion deal that closed in April, said the typical bill for a residential customer who uses 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each month would jump from $65.89 per month to $76.84, about 16.6 percent more. Commercial and industrial customers would see an increase of about 21 percent, the utility company said.
Big name backs issue
Patrick Reynolds, grandson of the founder of tobacco company R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., joined the American Cancer Society's Hamilton County chapter on Wednesday in calling on Ohio voters to support Issue 5, not Issue 4, on Nov. 7.
Issue 5, a campaign of the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association, calls for a state law that eliminates second-hand smoke inside public places. Issue 4 would allow smoking in restaurants and bowling alleys and is supported by the tobacco industry.
Reynolds lost his father, elder brother and several other relatives to lung cancer, emphysema and other tobacco-related illnesses.
Ballot dates wrong
The Butler County Board of Elections is reporting that absentee ballot applications mailed by the Ohio Republican Party contain an incorrect date of Monday, Oct. 30, for returning the ballots to the local board of elections.
In fact, all absentee ballots must be delivered to the board by 7:30 p.m. Election Night, Nov. 7, in order to be counted. The only exception is for overseas civilians and military serving overseas, who have until Nov. 17 to return their ballots.