Tuesday, May 16, 2000

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Man, 20, killed in motorcycle crash

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        The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department is investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that happened early Monday on Ronald Reagan Highway in Colerain Township.

        Michael Ungerbuehler, 20, of Colerain Township was killed when his 1999 Suzuki 600 motorcycle struck another vehicle in the rear at 12:45 a.m.

        The vehicle that was struck, a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro driven by James Souders, 39, of Harrison, caught fire. Mr. Souders was taken to University Hospital with minor injuries.

Man, cop hit in Dayton shootout
        DAYTON, Ohio — A police officer and a man were wounded Monday in a shootout, police said.

        The shooting happened on a residential street on the city's west side after officers stopped the man, who is suspected of firing a gun at his girlfriend and her baby, police Maj. Mark Stusek said.

        Maj. Stusek said the suspect got out of his car holding a rifle and shot the female officer in her chest. It is not known if she was wearing a bulletproof vest.

        Her partner returned fire, hitting the suspect, Maj. Stusek said.

        The officer and the suspect were taken to hospitals, he said.

        He did not know their conditions and would not release their names.

        Tiffany Bailey, 22, said she was driving home when a car followed by a police cruiser raced up behind her. She said she pulled over to the curb to let them pass.

        Ms. Bailey said both cars then stopped in the street and the occupants got out.

        “The first shot was from him,” Ms. Bailey said of the suspect. “She fell up under the police car. She didn't get a chance to return fire.”

        She said the other officer then shot the suspect.

Relay for Life gathers $99,300
        LEBANON — Warren County's inaugural Relay for Life raised $99,300 and counting for the American Cancer Society — five times organizers' goal.

        The relay, which ran from 6 p.m. Friday to noon Saturday at Berry Middle School in Lebanon, drew 51 teams of eight to 20 people, said Beth Deckard, county recorder and co-chairwoman of the relay.

        “Even through all the lightning, there were still people on the track through the whole thing,” she said.

        Ms. Deckard said one goal is to bring some cancer society support programs — such as those providing transportation and moral support — to Warren County.

Miami Twp. EMS holds safety events
        MIAMI TOWNSHIP — As part of the annual observation of National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, Miami Township Fire and EMS will host informational events on health and safety.

        Today, at 7 p.m. Fire/EMS personnel will be on hand at the township administration building, 5900 McPicken Drive in Milford, with information on topics including signs and symptoms of heart attacks, and blood pressure information. Fire trucks and ambulance tours will also be available.

        From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the department will take the event to the Mulberry Kroger parking lot on Ohio 28. In addition, the “Andy the Ambulance” robot, the Red Cross disaster response team van, the Greater Cincinnati Hazardous Materials Decontamination Unit, and an aerial ladder truck will be available.

Mercy Anderson adds to anti-cancer arsenal
        Mercy Hospital Anderson plans to expand its cancer care capabilities by buying a new linear accelerator that can provide more sophisticated radiation therapy.

        The hospital will spend about $3 million to buy the equipment and renovate space to install it by December. The device, a Clinac 21EX medical linear accelerator, can emit photon and electron beams.

        Combined with new computer controls, the “dual energy” device allows more powerful radiation to be focused more precisely, said Terry Boys, Mercy's regional director for oncology services.

        Mercy already has two less powerful, single-energy linear accelerators, one in Anderson Township, the other in Batavia. The group plans to continue operating those machines.

        However, the new device will allow more patients with breast, prostate, lung and skin cancers to receive all their treatments at Mercy Anderson.

Study seeks moms with disabled kids
        A Boston College researcher is seeking white and African American mothers 50 and older who share a home with a developmentally disabled child 22 or older.

        Dr. Rachel Pruchno's nationwide study, Aging Together, is funded by the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development.

        “This is the first generation of parents to face the challenges and rewards of living to advanced age with an adult son or daughter with mental retardation,” Dr. Pruchno said. “In order for policies and services to meet the needs of these families, it is especially important that we speak with African American women.”

        Mothers who want to participate are asked to contact the project's recruitment coordinator by e-mail at jennifer.rosenbaum.1@bc.edu or by calling toll-free at (800) 244 4470.

Memorial today for drowned cousins
        COLUMBUS — A memorial service will be held today for two cousins who drowned while wading in the Scioto River.

        Abdulkadir Muhidin Noor, 9, and Shaikh Abdulkadir Nurani, 10, who came to this country from Somalia, were swept under the water Saturday. They could not swim, police said.

        Rescuers in rubber rafts searched the river for about two hours before finding the boys, who lived near the river.

Waynesville gets Tree City honor
        WAYNESVILLE — Waynesville has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation. It is the third year the city has received this national recognition.

Mason fest holds contest for logo
        MASON — The 2000 Mason Heritage Festival Committee would like to invite the community to participate in the annual search for the perfect logo to represent the festival theme, “Mason Heritage Festival Honors the Family Tree.”

        There are four age categories (adult, grade 7-12, grade 4-6, and grade 3 and younger) in which prizes will be awarded along with the overall grand prize selection. The grand prize winning entry will be used on the annual T-shirt, pasters, programs, and advertising. All entries will be on display, the day of the festival, at the Heritage Festival Booth.

        Entries must be turned in by May 25 to the Mason Fire Department office. For information and design criteria, call 336-0388.

Ohio trooper dies from crash injuries
        CLEVELAND — A State Highway Patrol trooper died Monday from head injuries he suffered last week in an accident along the Ohio Turnpike.

        Trooper Robert Perez, 24, was pronounced dead at Cleveland Metro Hospital, patrol officials said. He is the 34th Ohio patrol officer to be killed on duty.

       



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