Wednesday, December 06, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

Delta sandbag fell in yard, man claims

        A Boone County man claims a Delta Air Lines plane dropped a 50-pound sandbag into his back yard last July. Now he is suing for damages.

        Jay Blythe says no one was hurt, nor was there much property damage when he found a bag of sand marked “property of Delta Airlines” in his yard. He said it was near the family sandbox.

        Airlines use sandbags to balance the weight of their planes.

        Mr. Blythe, through his attorney Eric Deters of Fort Mitchell, accused the airline of negligence. The suit, filed in Boone Circuit Court Oct. 23, seeks unspecified damages. Delta spokeswoman Cindi Kurczewski would not comment.

35 apply to run probation agency

               Hamilton County's judges will have 35 applicants to choose from when they select the next chief probation officer.

        Job candidates include a chief probation officer from Summit County, an assistant city prosecutor and a police chief from Independence, Ky.

        The deadline for applying was Tuesday, but the judges have not set a timetable for naming a chief. The former chief, Michael Snowden, resigned four months ago after a dispute over changes he was making.

Sitter charged in child's death

               A Cincinnati woman was indicted Tuesday on charges of killing a 1-year-old boy she was babysitting.

        Nikki Lundy, 18, faces charges of involuntary manslaughter and child endangering. She could be sentenced to 15 years in prison.

        Prosecutors say Ms. Lundy was watching Brevin Shafer and two other children on Dec. 3 when Brevin died. They say he died of dehydration after Ms. Lundy put him in a closet.

Murder charged over fatal fire

               An Oakley woman was charged Tuesday with starting a fire that killed a neighbor.

        Donna Loeber, 54, was indicted by a grand jury on one count of murder and two counts of aggravated arson. She is accused of setting a fire on Jan. 15, 1999, in a storage room of an apartment complex on Brotherton Road.

        Kathleen Kelly, a 58-year-old resident of the complex, was found dead on a second-floor landing inside the building.

One school bus rear-ends another

               AMELIA — A crash involving two West Clermont Local School District school buses Tuesday afternoon resulted in minor injuries to 10 students.

        The crash occurred about 3:25 p.m. on Ohio 125, just east of Amelia, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. Both buses were carrying students.

        The students were transported to Clermont Mercy Hospital and Anderson Mercy Hospital for evaluation of minor injuries, Trooper Scott Kuntz. They had no visible injuries, he said.

        Bus driver Kathy O. Brockman, 41, of Batavia, was cited for failing to maintain assured clear distance, Trooper Kuntz said. The bus driver said she was looking in the rear view mirror reprimanding a student who was standing when her bus struck the rear of another bus that had stopped to let off a student, the trooper said.

Salvation Army seeks volunteers

               The Salvation Army is seeking volunteers to staff its Westside Cincinnati Red Kettle locations.

        With three weeks remaining in the Red Kettle campaign, Cincinnati's Westside donations are thousands of dollars behind ex pectations, Salvation Army officials announced Tuesday. The reason for the lag in donations, officials said, is a severe lack of volunteers at Westside locations.

        The majority of Westside Red Kettle workers are paid. But the Salvation Army needs a substantial number of volunteers to meet its fund-raising goals.

        For more information or to volunteer, please call Christy Cox at 762-8618.

Two girls may walk with all new hips

               Two young girls - one from Cleveland, one from Virginia - who have spent years in wheelchairs could be walking again in coming weeks after traveling to Cincinnati to receive rare double hip replacement surgeries.

        The first surgery was performed Thursday for Corrisa Eversole, 12, who lives near Roanoke, Va. On Tuesday, Milano Barnes Hill, 13, of Cleveland also received a double hip replacement.

        The case were unusual because most hip replacement surgeries involve just one leg joint at a time and most are performed in older people. But both girls suffered from advanced cases of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), a crippling disease that affects 30,000 to 50,000 children nationwide.

        The three-hour surgeries were performed at Christ Hospital by Dr. Edward Berghausen, an orthopedic surgeon who performs more than 150 hip replacements a year. Five or six involve children, he said.

        The girls will spend a few days at Christ, then continue physical therapy for about two weeks at Children's Hospital Medical Center, which runs one of the world's leading research and treatment centers for JRA.

Event to attract Christian singles

               Singles from throughout the Tristate can attend on Friday the 2000 Ohio Valley Christian Singles Holiday Extravaganza. The fifth annual Christmas gathering is sponsored by the Word of Deliverance Ministries for the World in Forest Park.

        he event will include food, games and entertainment. Ticket prices are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

        The event starts at 8 p.m. at the Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Sharon Road. Information: (5130 851-9673.

Free gift-wrapping at Landen Square

               The frenetic pace of the holidays just got a little easier with help from Abiding Word Lutheran Church. Members of the Landen church offer free gift-wrapping 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays in December until Christmas at Kidd Coffee at Landen Square Shopping Center, 2904 Montgomery Road.

        Information: 513-677-9357.

Moms don't see children's obesity

               As childhood obesity continues to grow in America, researchers at Children's Hospital Medical Center report finding a potentially big obstacle in making kids thin again - their moms.

        Only 21 percent of mothers of overweight preschool children actually thought their children were overweight. Among lower-income families, even fewer mothers agreed their children were too heavy.

        The findings come from a survey of 622 mothers interviewed at private pediatrician offices and at a public nutrition program for low-income women and their children. The results were published in the December edition of Pediatrics.

        “For parents to involve themselves in childhood obesity prevention, they first must recognize when their children are becoming overweight and be concerned about the consequences,” said Dr. Robert Whitaker, a pediatrician at Children's Hospital and the study's senior author.


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New tennis tourney site discussed
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