Sunday, January 02, 2000

TRISTATE DIGEST


Cincinnati awards most zone projects in Ohio

        Cincinnati awarded more enterprise zone projects in 1999 than any other Ohio city.

        The city secured 26 project agreements that will bring $106 million in new private investment that will help create or retain more than 7,700 jobs over the next three years, according to Andi Udris, the city's economic development director. That's a city record, according to the Ohio Department of Development.

        The Enterprise Zone Program offers financial incentives to businesses that remain, relocate or expand in the city.

        Dayton had the second-highest number of agreements at 10. Cleveland, Akron and Columbus followed in that order.

2 in critical condition after accident GREEN TOWNSHIP — A man and a woman were in critical condition Saturday following a crash in which the motorcycle they were riding collided with a car on Harrison Avenue, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department said.
        Louis Stenger, 51, of the 800 block of Suire Avenue, Price Hill, and the passenger on his 1996 Harley Davidson motorcycle, Maury Stenger, 54, no address available, were traveling south on Harrison when the crash occurred at 5:28 p.m. Saturday.

        The two were taken to University Hospital, where both were in critical condition. Neither person was wearing a helmet, the sheriff's department said.

        The driver of the 1986 Toyota Camry involved in the crash, Jeffrey Koth, 20, of the 5800 block of Snyder Road, Dent, was not injured. Mr. Koth was attempting to turn left onto Hearne Road from northbound Harrison Avenue when the collision occurred.

        Alcohol and drugs were not involved, investigators said. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Ind. expands subsidized health care program
        INDIANAPOLIS — About 40,000 children of low-income working families became eligible for subsidized health care Saturday.

        The state is expanding its Hoosier Healthwise program, using $70 million in federal money and about $24 million from the state's tobacco settlement fund.

        Income limits for eligible families were expanded, increasing the number of children under age 19 that can receive coverage for checkups, hospital care, prescription drugs, vision and dental care, mental health services and some therapies.

        Indiana residents can request mail-in applications and further information by calling the Hoosier Healthwise Helpline, (800) 889-9949.

Grant to train those dealing with violence
        Women Helping Women last month received a $9,000 grant to help train 500 law enforcement officers, medical, social service and court personnel to recognize and cope with domestic violence.

        Women Helping Women, which provides crisis intervention and support services for sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking victims in Greater Cincinnati, was one of 25 organizations nationwide to receive grants through the 1999 National Helping the Helpers Award from the Philip Morris Cos.

Man tries to recover funds from venture
        CLEVELAND — Building a factory in a volatile Middle East region seemed like a worthwhile project to Ohio businessman Bernard J. “Pete” Bucheit Jr. and his family about five years ago.

        Mr. Bucheit thought the precast concrete plant they would build in Palestinian-controlled Gaza Strip could turn a profit and might help the peace process along in a small way. Now Mr. Bucheit, 69, of Youngstown, and his three adult children are involved in a federal court battle, trying to recover millions of dollars they lost when their Gaza Precast Factory venture failed soon after it began.

        Among their lingering debts is more than $1 million owed to a U.S. government agency that helped finance the project.

        The Bucheits have accused Cairo Amman Bank, based in Jordan, of not safeguarding money sent to accounts set up to operate the Gaza business, a charge the bank strongly denies.

        “If we don't collect we're out about $5 million,” Mr. Bucheit, president of Bucheit International Limited, said in a telephone interview.

Free adult CPR classes offered for residents
        Sycamore Township EMS and Fire Department will hold adult CPR classes at 7 p.m. Wednesdayand Feb. 9 at the firehouse at 8540 Kenwood Road. Classes will last until about 10 p.m. and are free for Sycamore Township residents. There is a $10 fee for nonresidents. To register, call Carol at 792-8565.

       



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