Sunday, May 14, 2000

A.M. Report




Pilot uninjured in Adams County crash
        WEST UNION, Ohio — A Virginia man escaped injury after his plane crashed while taking off Friday night at the Adams County Airport.

        Warren Paul Hottle, 59, of Annandale, Va., was flying to attend a wedding in Illinois when he stopped to refuel, said troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The rural airport is near West Union. He was flying a twin-engine Beechcraft Baron.

        After refueling, Mr. Hottle was trying to take off from the airport when he abruptly aborted at about 6 p.m., troopers said. The plane skidded off the runway and into a ditch. The plane received damage to its landing gear and propellers.

        The accident is under investigation, troopers said.

Ceremony to honor long-dead officer
        HAMILTON — A ceremony will be held Monday to honor a Fairfield Township police officer who died 78 years ago under suspicious circumstances.

        Using its newly acquired caisson, the Butler County Sheriff's Office will conduct a memorial service at 1:45 p.m. Monday for Constable Emery Farmer, at Greenwood Cemetery, 1602 Greenwood Ave.

        Mr. Farmer, a Fairfield Township police officer in the 1920s, was found dead on Dixie Highway in 1922. Foul play was suspected but was never proven.

        Sheriff Harold Don Gabbard submitted paperwork to have Constable Farmer's name placed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, and recently learned that the application was approved.

        Members of Constable Farmer's family will participate in the ceremony.

        Information: Brad Kraemer, 887-3640.

Counselors sought for dystrophy camp
        The Muscular Dystrophy Association is seeking volunteers to spend a week as counselors at the MDA summer camp in Butler County.

        Volunteers will act as companions to campers, ages 6 to 12, with neuromuscular diseases during the camp session, July 2-8. Counselors must be at least 16 and able to lift a child. Responsibilities include pushing wheelchairs and assisting with grooming, dressing and feeding. There will also be swimming, horseback riding and canoeing.

        More than 4,000 campers are expected to attend MDA camps this year.

        Information: 231-2222 or (800) 572-1717.

Ault Park offers music, stargazing
        Spring brings more than the Ault Park Flower and Garden Show to Mount Lookout. It's time for “Starry Night — Party in Ault Park,” from 8 p.m. to midnight May 20.

        This year's event will include music by the Remains and stargazing provided by the Cincinnati Observatory Center. Refreshments are included in the ticket price.

        The cost is $25; reservation deadline is May 18. Proceeds benefit the Cincinnati Observatory Center and the Mount Lookout Civic Club. For information or reservations, call 723-5599.

Blood drive planned at Northgate Mall
        In hopes of limiting a traditional dip in blood supplies over the the Memorial Day weekend, Hoxworth Blood Center and the Colerain Township Fire Department are sponsoring a May 31 blood drive at Northgate Mall.

        The drive will be held from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. in a space along the Lazarus wing of the mall. Donors must be at least 17, weigh at least 100 pounds and be in generally good health.

        For information, call Hoxworth at 451-0910.

AFL-CIO drops plan for ballot issues
        The Ohio AFL-CIO has abandoned its plan to place issues involving health care, equal pay and legislative apportionment on the November ballot.

        Union President William Burga issued a statement Friday saying there was support for the issues, but not enough funding to run a campaign.

        Labor leaders and state Democrats last month announced they would mount a petition drive to put three issues opposed by the Republican-controlled Legislature on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Two men charged with racial vandalism
        WOOSTER, Ohio — Two men have been charged with burning a cross and spray-painting racist graffiti at an apartment complex where a black family lived.

        James R. Malone, 22, of Wooster, and Chad E. Trent, 22, of Plain Township, were charged with ethnic intimidation and criminal damaging for the vandalism that allegedly occurred March 20. They were being held Saturday in lieu of $10,000 cash bonds in the Wayne County Jail.

Suicidal organ donor gets final wish granted
        DELAWARE, Ohio — A man who fatally shot himself after handing a hospital admissions clerk a note saying he wanted to donate his organs had his final wish granted.

        Greg Houston, 46, of Delaware, died Thursday at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. His eyes and some internal organs were donated to transplant patients, hospital officials said Saturday.

        Mr. Houston walked up to the Grady Memorial Hospital registration desk in Delaware on Wednesday night and handed an envelope to the clerk. Houston then said, “Don't worry, I won't hurt you,” placed a .22-caliber handgun to his head and pulled the trigger, said Delaware police Capt. Mark Drum.

        The note gave Mr. Houston's organ donation plan and financial information regarding his funeral but did not say why Mr. Houston wanted to kill himself.

       



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