Friday, February 18, 2000

TRISTATE DIGEST


Man found shot in Over-the-Rhine

        A man was wounded by gunshots late Thursday in the 100 block of West Elder Street in Over-the-Rhine.

        The man, whose name was not immediately released, was found on the sidewalk with multiple wounds at 11:56 p.m., police said. He was taken to University Hospital, where his condition was unknown early today.

Inmate sought after walking away in Butler
        HAMILTON — The Butler County Sheriff's Department is searching for an inmate who walked away from work detail Wednesdayat the Hamilton City Building.

        Jeffrey Lawrence, 20, of Hamilton, was in Resolutions, the county's minimum-security jail, on charges of driving under suspension and receiving stolen property.

        Mr. Lawrence was wearing a blue flannel shirt when he walked away, said Brad Kraemer, sheriff's spokesman. Anyone with information about Mr. Lawrence should call 887-3640.

Suspect sniffed out after robbery attempt
        GREEN TOWNSHIP — A 25-year-old Price Hill man was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery in connection with a robbery attempt at Thornton's gas station on Glenway Avenue in Green Township.

        The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said Brian Hunsche, who lives on Glenway Avenue, was arrested in an apartment complex near the station.

        The sheriff's office said a man entered the gas station on Glenway Avenue at 5:09 a.m. Thursday, took a pair of scissors from a display, then went to the counter and demanded money. When the clerk refused, the man dropped the scissors and ran.

        Police from Green Township, Cheviot, the sheriff's office and Cincinnati searched for the man before a a Cincinnati police dog unit found him hiding at the apartment complex.

Driver is indicted in fatal car wreck
        A Reading man was indicted Thursday on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide in a fatal crash last month.

        Travis C. Leaver, 18, is accused of causing the death of 18-year-old Jesica Longbottom, who died when the car Mr. Leaver was driving went off Camargo Road and struck a tree Jan. 26.

        Prosecutors say Ms. Longbottom, of Madison Place, was thrown from the car after it hit the tree and overturned into an embankment. She was not wearing a seat belt.

        Mr. Leaver faces up to five years in jail if he is convicted.

Anderson man charged with shaking baby
        An Anderson Township man faces up to 14 years in prison after he was charged Thursday with assaulting his girlfriend's baby.

        Prosecutors say Michael Wheeler, 25, shook the 11-month-old girl so violently on Feb. 3 that the child remains hospitalized in critical condition.

        Mr. Wheeler is charged with felonious assault, child endangering and forgery. Prosecutors say he gave a false name after his arrest, apparently to avoid a probation violation in another county.

        His girlfriend, Melissa Hunter, was indicted on a charge of obstruction of justice. Prosecutors say Ms. Hunter, 22, of the West End, also gave a false name for Mr. Wheeler.

Flight hall to induct four more honorees
        DAYTON, Ohio — Two astronauts who walked on the moon and two World War II combat pilots will be the newest enshrinees in the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

        Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, will be among the air and space pioneers inducted into the hall July 15.

        The others are astronaut Eugene Cernan, ace World War II combat pilot Thomas McGuire and military pilot Laurence Craigie. Plans for the inductions were announced Wednesday.

        Founded in Dayton in 1962 and later established by Congress, the aviation hall has more than 150 inductees, including the Wright brothers, Charles Lindbergh and Neil Armstrong.

Cleveland overpays workers millions
        CLEVELAND — The city overpaid municipal workers this week because of a computer glitch in its payroll system.

        City employees who have direct-deposit accounts were mistakenly paid twice.

        The workers included garbage collectors, dog wardens, police officers, firefighters and Municipal Court employees, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported. Cleveland officials were not immediately able to say how many employees got two checks, but the newspaper said the figure was in the hundreds.

        Bill Patmon, City Council's finance chairman, said the overpayments totaled more than $2 million. The city said Thursday all accounts had been corrected.

C-sections up slightly
        Caesarean sections — a high-cost surgical method of delivering babies — went up slightly in Greater Cincinnati in 1998 despite nationwide pressure to bring C-section rates down.

        The local C-section rate for 1998 was 18.8 percent of all births, compared with 18.6 percent in 1997, according to a report issued Thursday by the Health Improvement Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati.

        That's lower than the Ohio average of 19.2 percent and the national average of 20.8 percent. A national goal, set several years ago by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was to reduce C-sections to 15 percent of all births by 2000.

        Of 13 hospitals included in the study, five reported increased C-section rates: Good Samaritan (the busiest maternity service in the area), St. Elizabeth, St. Luke, Mercy-Franciscan Mount Airy and McCullough-Hyde.

        The seven hospitals with above-average C-section rates were: Dearborn County (23.5 percent); St. Luke (21.1 percent); St. Elizabeth (20.7 percent); McCullough-Hyde (20.6 percent); Good Samaritan (19.1 percent); Christ (19.1 percent) and Fort Hamilton (19 percent).

        Middletown Regional had the lowest rate (16.2 percent).

       



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