Friday, May 21, 1999


Mother indicted in wire brush punishment

        A Fairfax woman was indicted Thursday on charges of using a wire scrub brush and bleach to punish her 15-year-old daughter for running away.

        The woman, whom The Cincinnati Enquirer is not naming to protect the identity of the girl, faces two counts of child endangering and one count of rape. Prosecutors say the woman stripped the girl and then abused her with the bleach and brush.

        The indictment alleges she “tortured or cruelly abused” the girl.

        The girl's father and stepmother also were indicted Thursday on charges of child endangering stemming from the same incident.

"Do not resuscitate' goes for paramedics, too
        A state law that requires paramedics to honor “do not resuscitate” orders took effect Thursday.

        Protocols spelled out by the Ohio Department of Health allow people — typically terminally ill people — who do not want to be revived through cardiopulmonary resuscitation or electric shock techniques to obtain a “DNR order” from their doctors or certified nurse practitioners.

        DNR orders have been honored with varying consistency for several years at hospitals. But emergency crews responding to 911 calls at patients' homes have been legally obligated to do everything they can, even when the patient has a living will or DNR papers for hospital care.

        PRO Seniors, an agency that focuses on legal issues affecting seniors, has produced a brochure about the DNR law. Call 345-4160.

Americorps seeks adults for 10 months' service
        Public Allies Cincinnati is looking for young adults ages 18-30 to enroll in its second-year service program, which begins in September.

        The 10-month Americorps program provides Allies with opportunities to build leadership skills and strengthen communities in an alliance with residents, nonprofits, businesses and government.

        Participants work four days per week at a nonprofit organization where they create, improve or expand community services. One day is set aside for intensive training, team building and team service opportunities.

        Allies who successfully complete the program receive a $13,000 stipend, health care and child care benefits (for those who are income-eligible) and $4,725 toward their education.

        The deadline is 5 p.m. June 14. To get an application, call 559-1300, visit the office at 411 Oak St., Suite 301 in Avondale, or attend an information session from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 1 or June 8. Another session will be held 2-3 p.m. June 5. All sessions will be at Old St. George Church, 42 Calhoun St. in Corryville.

Vandals knock over cemetery monuments
        Cincinnati police are looking for vandals who toppled tombstones at St. Joseph (Old) Cemetery off West Eighth Street in Price Hill.

        The caretaker at the 156-year-old cemetery reported someone knocked over about two dozen gravestones Tuesday night. Within 48 hours, workers had the stones upright and resealed.

        “All the damage that occurred has been rectified and has all been restored to its proper state,” said Steve Bittner, president of the Cincinnati Catholic Cemetery Society.

        While there was no major damage, the cemetery wants to find the vandals.

        “Security patrols at night,” Mr. Bittner said. “They'll tighten the reigns a little more.”

        Tips to police also could lead to arrest of the vandals. Callers to Crime Stoppers, 352-3040, can remain anonymous.

Teen faces six years for cross-burning
        CLEVELAND — A teen-ager could be incarcerated for six years after admitting he set fire to a cross on a black family's lawn in December.

        The 15-year-old from Parma Heights was one of three white boys charged in the case.

        On Wednesday, the teen admitted delinquency by reason of ethnic intimidation, aggravated trespassing, aggravated menacing, arson, criminal damaging and possession of a criminal tool. The tool was a container of gasoline.

        The youth could be sent to a state institution until he is 21.

        Blaise Thomas, who supervises the prosecutor's juvenile court office, said the boy entered his plea hoping Judge Joseph Russo would be lenient. The youth has promised to cooperate with prosecutors.

        The other two charged, 12 and 14, are brothers who are scheduled for hearings June 2.

        The black family had lived at their home nine days when the cross was burned. A neighbor put the fire out with a garden hose.

Woman convicted of using iron pot to kill
        AKRON, Ohio — A woman who served time in prison for killing her husband has been convicted of murdering a 76-year-old friend by repeatedly hitting him in the head with an iron pot.

        Vanessa Buffington, 33, was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years to life in prison after she was found guilty of killing Oncie Meadows.

        Prosecutors said Ms. Buffington hit Mr. Meadows on Sept. 25 for disapproving of her lifestyle, which included smoking crack. A neighbor who went to check on him found the body three days later.

        Mr. Meadows sometimes cared for Ms. Buffington's five children and often gave her money.

        Ms. Buffington served 41/2 years in prison after she was convicted of manslaughter in the 1986 shotgun slaying of her husband.

        Municipal court records show Ms. Buffington was convicted of domestic violence in 1996 for hitting a female friend on the head with a vase.

Farmer suffocates after fall into corn bin
        MECHANICSBURG, Ohio — A farmer trying to empty a corn bin fell into the grain Thursday and suffocated, authorities said.

        Arthur R. Bullard, 69, of Mechanicsburg apparently slipped as he tried to free a clump of grain clogging the bin, said Deputy Allen Huffman of the Champaign County sheriff's office.

        Firefighters worked nearly three hours to reach Mr. Bullard, drilling holes in the bin to drain the corn on his farm near Mechanicsburg.

        His body was pulled out about 1:30 p.m. from a hole about 4 feet off the ground, said Paul Anderson, a firefighter with the Mechanicsburg Volunteer Fire Department.

        The accident happened after Mr. Bullard went inside the bin at the top to check why the grain had stopped flowing, Deputy Huffman said. He had attached a rope to the bin to hang on to but apparently didn't tie it to himself, Deputy Huffman said.

        Stepping into stored grain can cause a person to “sort of sink like quicksand,” Deputy Huffman said. The bin held between 10,000 and 15,000 bushels of grain.

        Mr. Bullard was unloading the corn to sell it, Deputy Huffman said.

        Mechanicsburg is about 30 miles west of Columbus.


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