Tuesday, January 16, 2001

Local Digest

Mother, 3 children die in house fire

        ROSEVILLE, Ohio — A mother and her three small children died in a house fire in this eastern Ohio village early Monday, fire officials said.

        The victims were Rebecca Metcalf, 26, and her children, James Jr., 5, Kyle, 4, and Alexis, 3, said Roseville Fire Chief Derrick Keylor. The Franklin County coroner was to perform autopsies.

        The husband and father, James Metcalf, escaped by jumping out of an upstairs window. He suffered minor injuries and was treated at Good Samaritan Hospital in Zanesville.

        Shortly before 1 a.m., a neighbor heard glass break from the window where Mr. Metcalf jumped and called the fire department, Chief Keylor said.

        The cause of the fire was not known, but Chief Keylor said it started on the second floor, which was heavily damaged.

Event to highlight Appalachian culture

               Greater Cincinnatians with an interest in Appalachian culture are invited to a potluck supper, music fest and storytelling session tonight in East Price Hill.

        “Ringing in an Appalachian New Year” will take place from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Holy Family Church, 814 Hawthorne Ave. near the intersection of Hawthorne and Grand Avenue.

        The evening begins with dinner to the accompaniment of a dulcimer, gourd banjo, fiddle and bowed psaltery. Later, the Ohio Valley Rounders will perform, as well as Taylor Farley and Blue Rock. Storyteller Gordon Jackson also will entertain with Appalachian and American Indian tales.

        Admission is free. Guests are asked to bring a casserole or other dish for the dinner.

        The event is sponsored by the Urban Appalachian Council. For more information, call (513) 251-0202.

Time to file for homestead exemption

               It is time for homeowners to file for their homestead exemption to reduce their property taxes.

        Deadline for filing is June 4. The exemption also is applicable to mobile homes. To qualify, you must: be 65 years or older or totally and permanently disabled; own and occupy your home by Jan. 1; have a total income of $23,700, or less.

        For more information, call 946-4099.

Home intruders rob resident

               GREEN TOWNSHIP — A local man was tied up and robbed in his home by two men Monday night.

        The Hamilton County sheriff's office is looking for two white men wearing dark clothing who fled in the victim's car, a silver 1985 Buick Century bearing Ohio license plate TAX-183.

        Officers said the attack happened when the 83-year-old victim, who was not identified, answered a knock at his door in the 3600 block of Epley Road about 8:30 p.m.

        Two men wearing ski masks forced their way in, pushed the man to the floor, tied him up with telephone wire and robbed him of cash, his car keys, and a small handgun. They escaped in his car, officers said.

Health officials stop Amish woman's dinners
MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio — For 14 years, Esther Miller, an Amish woman, has opened the doors to her Troy Township home five or six nights a week to share a dining experience.

               Geauga County health officials recently informed Ms. Miller she is operating a restaurant illegally, and they have filed papers in Common Pleas Court to halt the dinners until she gets a food-service license and approvals from various state, county and township agencies.

        But satisfying a myriad of health and safety standards for restaurants will be impossible for Ms. Miller, 63, to do without extensive changes to her home and a way of life devoid of most modern conveniences.

        To meet state food-storage requirements, for instance, Ms. Miller probably would need electricity.

        Although she said she doesn't charge her dinner guests, each person typically leaves about $15 as a thank-you for the meal. She usually serves about 15 people per night.

Fights, gun reports mar student show

               CANTON, Ohio — An investigation continues into reports of gunfire during fights that left two people injured at a high school talent show.

        The show Saturday night at Timken High School was meant to honor the memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

        Two people were injured in the fights. No one was wounded by gunfire.

        Police Capt. Robert Vega said a 17-year-old was charged with disorderly conduct and was released to a parent. The teen, whose name was withheld because of his age, isn't a Timken student, Capt. Vega said.

Congressman may seek state office

               DAYTON, Ohio — U.S. Rep. Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat, says he may run for governor — or state auditor — in 2002. Or Congress, if the district he represents is left intact.

        Mr. Brown told the Dayton Daily News that he would prefer to stay in Congress. But Ohio is expected to lose one of its 19 U.S. House seats as the result of the 2000 Census.


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