Sunday, February 04, 2001

Local Digest

Candle ignites fire in Northside

        A candle left unattended sparked a Northside fire that resulted in $50,000 in damage to a two-story apartment complex and left four people, including a firefighter, seeking medical treatment for burns and smoke inhalation, District Fire Chief Glenn Coleman said.

        Flames broke out at about 2:40 a.m. in a first-floor rear apartment in the 1500 block of Glen Parker Avenue.

        Firefighters had the blaze under control within 15 minutes, but flames destroyed much of the first floor, Chief Coleman said. There was smoke damage throughout the apartment residence.

        Firefighter Pat Stapleton was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital because of small first- and second-degree burns on his face, arms and back.

        Nell Waters, 81, also was taken to Good Samaritan. She was treated for smoke inhalation and released.

        Alison Limbach, 24, and Chris Campbell, 29, were taken to University Hospital for burns and smoke inhalation. The hospital had no record of them.

Police investigate death of infant

               Cincinnati Police are investigating the Friday night death of a 6-month-old baby in the 1200 block of Dewey Avenue in Price Hill.

        Officers received a call that the child wasn't breathing. The child was pronounced dead after they arrived. No charges have been filed.

        Police are declining further comment.

Crash kills driver, injures two others

               GREENDALE, Ind. — A two-car crash on U.S. 50, near the Interstate 275 intersection, resulted Friday in the death of a 76-year-old Indiana man and another driver and his child passenger in critical condition.

        The crash happened shortly after 8 p.m. in front of the Marathon Truck Stop. Greendale police are not releasing names until relatives have been notified. They are declining to comment on how the crash happened while an investigation continues.

        The 76-year-old man was taken by helicopter to University Hospital, where he was declared dead. The other driver, a 35-year-old man, and his child passenger, were taken to Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg. The man was transferred to University Hospital and the child to Children's Hospital.

        The two survivors were in critical condition on Saturday.

Verona woman dies in three-vehicle crash
               WALTON — A 64-year-old Verona woman died Friday morning when she lost control of her vehicle on an icy patch of northbound Interstate 75 and her car spun into two other northbound vehicles.

        Angie Locke was pronounced dead at the scene, Boone County Police said.

        The first car that crashed into her vehicle shortly after 6 a.m. caused minor damage. The second, a 1991 Ford Explorer, slammed into the driver's door, police said.

        No other injuries were reported.

Jesuit educator to speak on justice

               Xavier University's Ethics/Religion & Society free lecture series is bringing the Rev. Paul Locatelli, SJ, to campus Feb. 11.

        Father Locatelli, president of Santa Clara University and chairman of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Schmidt Hall.

        A discussion and reception will follow.

        His topic will be “The Challenge of Justice in Jesuit Education: Global Reach and Community Roots.”

Couple says hospital abused baby's body

               DANVILLE, Ind. — A hospital is facing legal action from a couple whose stillborn baby was accidentally washed, bleached and dried in a load of laundry last year.

        Rhonda Conrad and her husband, Barry, were preparing for a few moments with their son on April 11, before his body was sent to a funeral home.

        That's when officials from Hendricks Community Hospital told them of the problem.

        The Conrads, who live in Brownsburg, filed a complaint this week against the hospital.

        Mrs. Conrad was 17 weeks pregnant when she went into labor. The Conrads didn't learn what had happened to their son's body until several hours after the delivery.

        The complaint with the Indiana Department of Insurance is the first step toward suing the hospital.
        Hospital officials declined to comment.

Ohio University OKs $50 million bond issue

               ATHENS, Ohio — Ohio University trustees have authorized issuing as much as $50 million in bonds to build new lecture halls and offices, renovate buildings, and buy a small airplane.

        The bonds would be sold in April, provided the trustees approve the sale.

        Some of the proposed work, such as the expansion of Peden Stadium, has started. The stadium's football field is being lowered 7 feet and the track is being removed to increase seating capacity by 4,000, to 24,000 people. An area for the marching band also will be added.

        In addition, an 8,000-square-foot strength and conditioning center has been added for $1 million. About $300,000 of that will be paid for with bonds.

        University officials said most projects for which the bonds would be issued would be paid off within five to seven years.


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