Sunday, June 18, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

Columbus lawyer faces discipline
        COLUMBUS, Ohio — An attorney faces disciplinary action for not telling several hundred clients that their lawsuit stemming from an explosion at a plant had been dismissed and could not be refiled.

        Louis Bernard LaCour of Columbus agreed to file a lawsuit in 1984 after an explosion at the Georgia-Pacific plant worried residents who feared their neighborhood was being polluted. Mr. LaCour received $48,683 through the years from residents.

        Mr. LaCour admitted during an attorney disciplinary hearing Friday that it was his fault the lawsuit had been dismissed and could not be refiled because he repeatedly missed court deadlines.

        Ohio Disciplinary Counsel Jonathan E. Coughlan recommended to a three-member panel that Mr. LaCour, 73, be suspended from practicing law for a year.

        The Ohio Supreme Court will make the final decision.

Woman thrown from apartment window
        CUMMINSVILLE — A 33-year-old woman suffered a broken leg and broken pelvis after being thrown from a second-story window.

        Sheila Nared of the 3000 block of Moosewood Court was thrown from her boyfriend's residence in the 2000 block of Weron Lane just before 10 p.m. Friday. Officials at Good Samaritan Hospital said they could not release her condition Saturday.

        Lawrence Thompson, 50, whom police identified as her boyfriend, was charged with felonious assault.

Deerfield Township getting playground
        DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP — A $15,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will be used to build a playground at Deerfield Township Park on Snider Road.

        Deerfield Township was one of 108 locally sponsored recreation programs to receive funding from ODNR's Nature Works grant program. The state program administered more than $3.4 million this year.

Deadly drug stolen from Humane Society
        DELAWARE, Ohio — A drug that likely had been stolen because it is a well-known date-rape drug had been mixed with a drug used to kill animals and could hurt or kill anyone who uses it, the Delaware County Sheriff's office said.

        Deputies said the mixture was stolen either Thursday night or Friday morning from the county Humane Society in this city north of Columbus.

        Deputies were questioning two suspects in the theft of Ketamine hydrochloride, known as “Special K,” that had been mixed with another drug, Xylazine, a tranquilizer used to euthanize dogs and cats. Whether the drug's container was labeled to show the mix is unclear.

Police think fatal fire may have been set
        COLUMBUS, Ohio — Three children died and their mother was critically injured in a house fire Saturday morning. Police think the fire may have been deliberately set.

        Killed were Christine Grennell, 4, Christopher Grennell, 2, and Cassey Grennell, 11 months. Firefighters said they died at the scene.

        The children's mother, Cynthia Campbell, 37, suffered burns on half of her body and was in critical condition at the Ohio State University Medical Center, hospital spokesman Jonathan Stewart said Saturday.

        Columbus Police spokeswoman Sherry Jones said firefighters called homicide detectives to the scene.

        Ms. Jones said the children's father, Christopher Grennell, left the home shortly before the fire and was not injured.

"Living wage' law to be looked at
        CLEVELAND — A “living wage” law is expected to come before the full City Council on Monday, after a joint committee Friday reduced the proposed hourly minimum from the $10 sought by proponents to $8.20 starting Jan. 1.

        “I think we have a very good, meaningful living wage that has the ability to move people out of poverty,” said John Ryan, executive secretary of the Cleveland AFL-CIO Federation of Labor. Mr. Ryan estimated the legislation would affect 4,000 families.

        If approved by council, the law would require the city and some companies doing business with the city to pay the so-called livable wage. But it would exempt most companies in Cleveland and nearly all nonprofit organizations.

        The city-mandated wage would increase to $8.70 per hour Oct. 1, 2001, and $9.20 per hour Oct. 1, 2002.


Breaking out of the bubble
   Youngsters aged as education did
   Technology opened new world to students
   Kindergarten teacher shares rewards, joy
A clean sweep for Ohio River
Gas theft rising with prices
Remembering a nightmare
Dad longs for missing child
Festival celebrates slaves' freedom
The Arts Life: Wrapped up in fiber art
   Fiber arts exhibits blanket Tristate
SAMPLES: NASCAR an acquired taste
Clooney, Borgman among new inductees into Cincinnati Journalism Hall of Fame
DEMALINE: Janus Project puts emphasis on women in theater
Herald of heritage
House, park are rebuilt jewels
KENDRICK: Readers offer words of hope to man with terrible illness
Mason firefighter retires, but passion for helping still burns
Movie casting call next Saturday
Neighbors help save man's life
New maestro warms up for CCO
Newport shelter nearer opening
Opera to take Muni's direction twice
Planting seeds of knowledge
PULFER: A real lesson
Starling strings together successes
Wailers keep Marley's legacy alive
BRONSON: Death penalty
DAUGHERTY: Homearama features big mortgages, small yards
Get to it
Pig Parade: Cinsownnati 1800-Cinsownnati 2000
- Tristate A.M. Report