Saturday, February 27, 1999

TRISTATE DIGEST


Three people killed in Clermont accident

        NEW RICHMOND — Three people were killed in a Clermont County traffic accident Friday.

        Officers from Clermont County departments and the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to the scene of the accident in the 2500 block of Ohio 132 in Ohio Township shortly before 8 p.m.

        One man involved in the accident walked away from the scene, but he was apprehended and taken to the New Richmond Police Department. Other details, including the identities of the accident victims, were not immediately available.

Two local doctors noted for heart work
        Two heart specialists today will receive the Dr. Samuel Kaplan Visionary Award, the highest local award offered by the American Heart Association — Southwest Ohio chapter.

        Dr. Creighton Wright, director of surgery at Jewish Hospital, will receive the award for years of surgical accomplishments, including helping to pioneer the use of lasers to reopen clogged arteries.

        Dr. Jeffrey Robbins, director of molecular cardiovascular biology at Children's Hospital Medical Center, will be honored for his role in running the only free-standing pediatric cardiology research division in the United States.

Because of flu, ERs put out "full' sign
        The continuing peak of this winter's flu season forced Bethesda North Hospital to divert patients from its emergency department for part of Friday.

        It was the fifth time Bethesda North — one of the Tristate's busiest ERs — had to divert patients this year. Since December, local hospitals have gone on “diversion status” at least 22 times; including five times at Jewish Hospital in Kenwood and twice at Christ Hospital.

        Diversion status means hospitals have alerted dispatchers that they are out of room in emergency, intensive care or other crucial areas. The hospitals will still accept unstable emergency cases or those who need highly specialized care (such as trauma or burns cases), but other patients get routed to other hospitals.

        A communication system established this year has made dealing with the flu season much easier than last year, said Colleen O'Toole, a spokeswoman for the Greater Cincinnati Health Council.

Driver indicted in crash that injured 5
        A Price Hill man was indicted Friday on charges of causing an accident that injured five others.

        Prosecutors say Ervin Weathersby, 46, was driving drunk Jan. 29 when his car veered across the center line on Queen City Avenue and slammed head-on into a westbound car.

        They say Mr. Weathersby's blood-alcohol level was 0.22 percent, or more than twice the legal limit.

        They also say he has prior arrests for driving under the influence, in 1985 and 1993.

        The accident seriously injured 29-year-old Michael Anglin.

        “It's an absolute miracle no one was killed,” said Prosecutor Mike Allen. “(Mr. Weathersby) needs to be taken off the streets for the longest time possible.”

        If convicted on all five counts of aggravated vehicular assault, Mr. Weathersby could face up to 71/2 years in prison.

        A passenger in Mr. Anglin's car, Heidi Cole, 25, of Fort Thomas, was treated for minor injuries.

        A Westwood woman driving with her two young children also was involved in the accident. Paula Moore, 32, her 4-year-old son and 4-month-old daughter suffered minor injuries.

3 arrested in raid on St. Bernard bar
        ST. BERNARD — St. Bernard police raided the Moon Tavern and arrested three people on 17 felony drug charges about 6 p.m. Friday. The Ohio Department of Public Safety also cited the tavern with 29 liquor permit violations.

        Two of the suspects were employees of the bar, at 4631 Vine St. They are Steven A. McCullough, 25, who lives above the bar, and Cindy Huff, 37, no address available. The third person charged is Teddy C. McCullum, 56, no address available.

        All three were taken to the Hamilton County Justice Center.

        The charges range from felony trafficking in marijuana and cocaine to illegally dispensing prescription drugs.

        The raid was the result of an investigation by the St. Bernard police and the Ohio Department of Public Safety Investigative Unit.

New bus schedules begin in March
        There will be several new Metro bus schedules effective Sunday, March 7:

        Route 6, Queen City/Bridgetown/Westwood; Route 10, Western Hills Plaza; Route 16, Spring Grove/Winton Hills; Route 17, Mount Healthy/College Hill; Route 19, Northgate/Springfield Township; Route 21, Westwood/Cheviot; Route 27, Cumminsville/Queensgate; Route 28, Fairfax/Madeira; Route 32, Delhi/Mount St. Joseph; Route 33, Glenway/Price Hill; Route 39, Cheviot/Montana; Route 49, Mount Adams/Walnut Hills; Route 64, Dana/Norwood; Route 74, Sharonville/Bevis; Route 77, Delhi/Covedale; Route 79, Downtown.

        For information, call MetroCenter at 621-4455, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, or visit Metro's Web site at www.sorta.com

Blood donation focus at Museum Center Tristate residents can donate blood and learn more about how to donate bone marrow and platelets at a blood drive Sunday at the Cincinnati Museum Center.
        A Hoxworth Blood Center bloodmobile will be parked at the Museum Center from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Demonstrations for children about the importance of blood will be conducted at the Children's Discovery Center in the Natural History and Science Museum.

        Information: call the Hoxworth Blood Center at 451-0910 or (800) 830-1091.

Voinovich aide gets state welfare job COLUMBUS — A former aide to George Voinovich has been appointed to head the Ohio Department of Human Services, Gov. Bob Taft's office announced.
        Jacqui Romer Sensky will take over the state's welfare agency on March 8. Her salary will be $108,880, Mr. Taft said Friday.

        Ms. Sensky was Mr. Voinovich's senior assistant for health and human services issues while he was governor. Previously, she was president of the state Controlling Board and communications director for the Ohio House Republican Caucus.

       



Students feed their minds this weekend
Ohio fails school-funding test
Chronology of Ohio school funding
Levies aren't the answer, educators say
What the state did, didn't do
Parking crisis suddenly worsens
Restrictions on wife's beheader loosened
Tower for riverfront depends on Reds' plans
Airport projects in Greater Cincinnati
Small airports cater to business
Ex-jail guard is charged
Insurer settles bias claim
Teen's suitor charged again
Japanese conductor enlivens CSO
Judge tells U.S. to pay widow more
Kenton deputy indicted on theft charge
King's son delivers message of hope
Another ex-worker takes city to court
Beating odds is key lesson for students
Butler sheriff's unit nabs felon
Chabot exhorts Hastert to stick to his tax-cutting guns
Electric deregulation proves slow in Ohio
N.Ky. asks: How's it growing?
Trespassers can opt for class over court
- TRISTATE DIGEST
Zoning clears way for condos