Sunday, August 13, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

Electricity restored by midnight Friday

        By midnight Friday, Cinergy had restored electricity to the last of the Tristate residents still in the dark from Wednesday night's storm. Fifty homes were still without power at 10 p.m. Friday, more than 48 hours after the thunderstorms.

        At the height of the storms, 90,000 Tristate residents lostpower. Cinergy officials originally said power would be restored to all homes by noon Friday, but unforeseen work extended that prediction.
[photo] LIBERTY STREET FIRE: Cincinnati firefighters work on the roof of 524 W. Liberty St. where a fire caused $20,000 in damage Saturday. A firefighter was taken to an area hospital for observation. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
(Jeff Swinger photo)
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Two still critical after car accident

        GOSHEN TOWNSHIP — Two Loveland residents remained in critical condition Saturday after a single-vehicle accident the day before.

        Anthony R. Verdon, 22, and Nicole L. Prather, 27, were hospitalized at University Hospital after being ejected from their Ford Escort on Ohio 28 near Ohio 132 Friday morning.

        The eastbound car apparently veered off the road, struck a culvert and flipped. Neither of the victims was wearing a seat belt.

        A preliminary investigation indicated Mr. Verdon was driving, although final findings won't be available until crash reconstruction and lab results are finished.

Lawyer suspended for another year

        COLUMBUS — A suburban Cincinnati lawyer accused of mishandling clients' cases and funds has been suspended from practice for an additional year, the Ohio Supreme Court said Friday.

        In January, the court suspended Chuck Stidham's law license for two years, with the second year stayed, because his clinical depression had a “severe and debilitating effect” on his ability to function as a lawyer.

        In June, the court found Mr. Stidham in contempt of court for failing to surrender his law license as part of his suspension. On Friday, as a result of the contempt ruling, the court lifted the stay on the second year.

        Mr. Stidham must submit to monitoring by the Cincinnati Bar Association and continue treatment for clinical depression.

        He was found in 1998 and 1999 to have neglected several legal matters and paid himself probate fees without court approval. In one case, he depleted $37,000 in intended escrow funds for his personal and business use before scrambling to replace the client's money.

Highest-paid state employee: OSU dean

        COLUMBUS — Ohio State University's new medical dean is the highest-paid state employee.

        Dr. Fred Sanfilippo will make $450,000 a year as dean of the College of Medicine and Public Health, $147,400 more than what President William Kirwan makes and $220,000 more than the highest-paid professor.

        The big salary is just the cost of doing business, OSU Provost Edward Ray told the Columbus Dispatch for a story Saturday.

        “You have to pay an extraordinary amount of money to get someone that has the talent and energy and everything else that you would need to expect them to be successful,” he said.

        Dr. Sanfilippo, 50, comes from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where he is chairman of the Department of Pathology. His salary at Johns Hopkins was not available.

        Dr. Sanfilippo actually will have two jobs at Ohio State. He replaces Dr. Bernadine Healy, who left nearly a year ago to run the American Red Cross. He also replaces the recently retired Dr. Manuel Tzagournis, the former senior vice president for health sciences who helped manage OSU Medical Center.

        Combined, the two made $413,700 with Healy earning $232,368.

        In comparison, Gov. Bob Taft's annual pay is $122,812. The former highest-paid state employee is a University of Cincinnati administrator who made more than $326,500 last year.

        The combined position means more work and greater demands, Mr. Ray said.

        Universities benefit from the same person being in charge of medical students and hospital operations, Mr. Ray said.

        The salary is comparable to what executives at big hospitals earn, said Mary Yost of the Ohio Hospital Association.

        “Any time you have a physician in that type of position, that adds a premium to it,” she said.


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- Tristate A.M. Report