Tuesday, November 14, 2000

Local Digest

Student recovering from frat-house fire

        OXFORD — A Miami University senior who suffered severe smoke inhalation Friday in a fire at the Sigma Chi fraternity house is showing improvement.

        Doctors at Miami Valley Hospital upgraded Robert Ammarell's condition Monday from critical to serious, a hospital spokeswoman said.

        Firefighters rescued Mr. Ammarell, 21, of Nashville, Tenn., from a third-floor room at the E. Sycamore Street frat house using a thermal imaging camera, which can spot people through heavy smoke.

        The blaze, which caused about $500,000 in damage, started about 5 a.m. in a second-floor bedroom, forcing about 40 residents to flee. Oxford Fire Chief Len Endress said probable cause was an unattended candle near a couch.

Father, son face
drug-sale allegations

               A Norwood father and son, accused of selling marijuana from their home, were indicted Monday by a Hamilton County grand jury.

        • Keith Wright, 43, was indicted on felony counts of trafficking in marijuana and permitting drug abuse. He faces up to 2 1/2 years in prison if convicted.

        • Brian Wright, 18, was indicted on three counts of trafficking in marijuana and one count of possession of marijuana. He faces up to 5 1/2 years in prison if convicted.

        Prosecutor Mike Allen said the two ran a marijuana trafficking operation from their Kenilworth Avenue home. An undercover police investigation included a buy at the residence, he said.

        The two were arrested Nov. 2.

Group to provide
student programs

               Three Square Music Foundation was awarded a contract from the Hamilton County Department of Human Services for establishing youth outreach centers in eight Cincinnati communities. Communities now being served are: Avondale, Fairmount, Millvale, Mount Auburn, West End, Walnut Hills, Bond Hill and Northside.

        The centers will provide free after-school programs for youths ages 5-18 including life skills training classes, tutorials, drill teams, drum corps, choir, dance and more.

        For information about the foundation or their programs, call 731-3227.

Man charged with
break-in at school

               HAMILTON — A 22-year-old man faces charges after being arrested early Sunday inside a Hamilton elementary school.

        Officers were dispatched to Madison Elementary School, 250 N. Ninth St., after an alarm sounded. Upon arrival, officers saw someone, whom they later identified as Christopher Lee Jenkins, inside the school's second floor. A search of the building with a police dog led to Mr. Jenkins' arrest around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

        Mr. Jenkins was charged with breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony.

        Police did not say whether anything was missing from the school or why Mr. Jenkins may have been inside the building.

Lebanon plans
holiday kickoff

               LEBANON — The holiday season will kick off here with a festive downtown display.

        Filled with carolers, lights and Santa Claus, streets will begin to take on a Christmas look at 6 p.m. Nov. 24. Retailers plan to stay open late that day. Festivities end at 8 p.m.

to speak at UC

               Recent findings in Albania by archaeologists from the University of Cincinnati will be the focus of a talk at 7:30 p.m. today in 308 Blegen Library on the main campus.

        Jack Davis, professor of Greek archaeology, and Sharon Stocker, co-director of UC's project at Mallakastra, will be the speakers.

        The dig in central Albania is in the territory of the ancient Greek colony of Apollonia.

        The program is free and open to the public.

Monument honors
cornea donors

               COLUMBUS — Ohio State University has donated a memorial in honor of people who donate their corneas.

        The 5-foot diameter, stainless-steel monument is a sculptured eye. Engraved across the sculpture are the words: “Vision: To see beyond one's self.”

        The cornea is the transparent tissue over the front of the eyeball, covering the iris and pupil.

        Dr. Richard Lembach, director of the cornea service at Ohio State's medical center, said gifts of corneas can be the difference between a life with or without sight for some people.

        He said that last month, the Central Ohio Eye Bank, located at the medical center, had its longest waiting list in 25 years, with recipients waiting more than a month for transplants.

        Each year, more than 45,000 people receive cornea transplants from certified eye banks nationwide. Cornea transplants have restored sight to more than 700,000 people nationwide since 1961. Dr. Lembach said that at any given time, about 250 Ohioans are waiting for a cornea transplant.

Crack in bridge
closes bypass

               CLEVELAND — A crack in a beam of a bridge has forced the closure of part of Interstate 480, affecting about 100,000 motorists.

        Part of westbound I-480 was expected to remain closed this week. Inspectors scrutinizing a crack in one of three support beams determined that the crack could spread and jeopardize the bridge, which spans over the Rocky River.

        The Ohio Department of Transportation warned that the detour could cause major rush-hour delays, particularly for traffic heading to nearby Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

        ODOT bridge-design engineer Michael Malloy said it was too soon to determine the severity of the problem.

        “Engineers need to get in there and see how severe the crack is and how easily it can be fixed,” he said. “If it is one that is not easily corrected, it could take a while, but it's premature to speculate until we see what we have.”

        Mr. Malloy said inspectors first found the crack in the beam during a routine inspection in 1994. Since then, ODOT has regularly inspected it, he said.

Balkan leaders
to meet in Dayton

               DAYTON — Leaders from the Balkans have been invited to a four-day conference that will produce policy recommendations for the next U.S. president.

        Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is scheduled to address the group Friday at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

        The U.S. State Department has sanctioned the conference, which begins Wednesday. Recommendations for the next administration in Washington are expected within 30 days.

        The Air Force base was the setting for the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords, which ended a three-year war in the former Yugoslavia.

        “The people here will be pressing the United States to be more aggressive in enforcing Dayton,” said Bruce Hitchner, organizer of the conference.

        The first Dayton Peace Prize will be awarded on Friday at the Air Force Museum. The prize includes a $25,000 award.


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