Monday, December 18, 2000

Local Digest

Dry-cleaner robbery is second in weeks

        COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP — Police are investigating the second robbery in less than three weeks at the Dutch Girl Cleaners at 5385 Ridge Road.

        The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office reported late Saturday that a man entered the business at about 6 p.m., displayed a semiautomatic handgun and demanded money from employees.

        Police say the man fled toward the rear of the shopping center with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported.

        The robber is described as black, in his 40s, about 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds. Witnesses told police he was wearing a green plaid shirt with a black hood over his head. He had a dark blue bandanna around his face.

        Sheriff's officials say the robber could also be the man who held up the same business Nov. 29. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's patrol headquarters: (513) 825-1500.

Tibetan monks to visit Louisville

               LOUISVILLE — Ten of the Dalai Lama's fellow Tibetan Buddhist monks will be in Louisville this week for a series of events.

        The monks will be chanting at two local churches, and at Bellarmine University they will create a mandala, a form of Buddhist art that is made from dyed sand.

        All the events are part of a U.S. tour and are free.

Raids aim to expose illegal drug labs

               Police in Indiana raided what they say are methamphetamine labs in Columbus, Crawfordsville and Jennings County on Friday.

        The raids resulted in six arrests.

        Montgomery County authorities arrested three men late Friday after a raid on a home in Crawfordsville.

        All three were charged with manufacturing a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.

        Police said the house was across the street from Northridge Middle School.

        Also on Friday, Columbus police seized what they say is a suspected meth lab, next door to a day care center and one block from a public school. The lab was in a garage of a home, police said.

        Three men were arrested Thursday night after Jennings County sheriff's officers and state police seized a suspected meth lab at a home in Elizabethtown.

Quintuplets in critical condition

               COLUMBUS — The fourth set of quintuplets born in Ohio this year were in critical but stable condition Sunday.

        The three boys and two girls were born after 2 a.m. Saturday at Mount Carmel West Hospital to Kim and Jeff Fout of Lucasville. Mrs. Fout, who took fertility drugs, was in good condition.

        The babies were delivered by Caesarean section 11 weeks premature.

        The babies ranged in weight from 1 pound, 4 ounces to 2 pounds, 11 ounces. Their names are Katlin, Matthew, Cheyenne, Sebastian and Levi.

Parking lot opens at Third and Central

               The parking lot at West Third Street and Central Avenue in downtown Cincinnati has opened, with 600 spaces for monthly customers.

        The daily fee is $3 with a monthly rate of $45. Permits can be bought on the lot. The 856-space lot is the largest off-street facility owned by the city and is on the route of Metro's rush hour parking shuttle.

        For information: Chuck Cullen, (513) 352-1902.

Air board members to stick with unions

               TOLEDO — Two members of the board that runs Toledo Express Airport said they would join maintenance and safety workers on the picket line if those employees go on strike.

        The two Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority members are labor leaders: Bruce Baumhower, who is president of United Auto Workers Local 12, and Dan Smith, vice president of the Great Lakes American Maritime Officers.

Disparity reported in care at hospitals

               CLEVELAND — Blacks admitted to U.S. hospitals receive less medical treatment than white patients, and when blacks do get treatment, it is often less substantial than that given to whites, according to a computer analysis by the Plain Dealer of Cleveland.

        Compared to the medical treatment of white patients, doctors were slightly more likely to either just order tests for blacks or administer no treatment at all, the newspaper reported Sunday.

        The analysis found black patients were less likely to receive medical treatments, in part, because they are more often uninsured.


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