Sunday, January 07, 2001

Local Digest

Woman killed, two injured in crash

        TURTLECREEK TWP. — A 77-year-old Springfield Township woman was killed Saturday afternoon when the car she was driving was struck head-on by a pickup truck on U.S. 42 at Keever Road here.

        The victim, Ruth Corbett, of Corbett Road, was driving south on U.S. 42 when a northbound pickup driven by Shawn Abbott, 36, of Lebanon, went across the center line, grazed another southbound car and hit Mrs. Corbett, said Trooper Kevin Bryant of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Post at Lebanon.

        Susan Corbett, 50, of West Chester, who was riding with her mother, was taken to Middletown Regional Hospital, where she was in stable condition late Saturday, officials said.

        Mr. Abbott was flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where he was in fair condition Saturday night.

        The 3:45 p.m. accident remains under investigation, Trooper Bryant said.

State rehabilitation center will close

               COLUMBUS — State officials plan to close a Columbus-based center for training and rehabilitating injured workers, eliminating 56 state jobs.

        The J. Leonard Camera Center is to close by April 28, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation said. A letter from bureau director James Conrad to members of its oversight commission said the center has been underused in recent years.

        “Debts continue to rise, and over the past three years, despite many marketing efforts, the number of clients serviced have declined 22 percent,” said the letter, dated Friday, according to a story published Saturday in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

        Mr. Conrad's letter said the center operates at a loss of $33,000 per week.

        In December, Gov. Bob Taft asked most state agencies to cut their budgets 2 to 4 percent over the next six months.

        The cuts are designed to help the state cover rising costs for Medicaid.

Taft to pass along
ideas on steel industry

               COLUMBUS — After speaking with Vice President-elect Dick Cheney, Gov. Bob Taft said Saturday he will meet with representatives from LTV Corp. and Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp. to discuss the struggling steel industry.

        The governor told Mr. Cheney on Friday night that he will offer the White House and Congress proposals to strengthen the domestic steel industry, based on recommendations gathered at the meetings, Taft spokesman Kevin Kellems said Saturday.

        Mr. Taft is scheduled to meet with Wheeling-Pitt officials in Steubenville on Friday and will travel to LTV's Cleveland headquarters Jan. 16.

Woman indicted in shooting of husband

               YOUNGSTOWN — A Mahoning County grand jury has indicted a woman on a charge of aggravated assault after she testified about shooting and wounding her long-lost husband after his 20-year absence.

        The charge carries a prison sentence of six to 18 months. A firearm specification, carrying a mandatory three-year prison term, was attached.

        Addie Crawley, 50, who has remarried, shot Ben Holmes twice in the stomach in October at her home, police said.

        She told investigators he had been there four days after being gone for more than 20 years. She had Mr. Holmes declared dead 12 years ago, dissolving their marriage.

        Mr. Holmes, 48, told police he had been living in a crawl space of his former wife's home.

        Police speculated that the man returned after he got wind of his wife's remarriage in September.

Hoosier museum fund-raising on target

               INDIANAPOLIS — Efforts to raise $40 million for a new state museum are ahead of schedule, according to officials of the Indiana State Museum Foundation.

        Hoosiers have chipped in $23 million to date for the complex, which is set to open in Indianapolis in spring 2002.

        Businesses and individuals are rallying behind the $105 million project, according to Martha Bolyard, the foundation's major gifts officer.

        “We really believe the new state museum will be for and about Indiana, not just Indianapolis,” she said.

        A big push is looming, said Gary Neale, chief executive of NiSource Inc., which is spearheading fund-raising efforts in northwest Indiana.


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