Monday, February 26, 2001

Local Digest

Hamilton man, struck by train, hospitalized

        HAMILTON — A 28-year-old man struck by a train Saturday night was listed in fair condition at University Hospital on Sunday.

        Christopher Pelfrey of Hamilton was on foot when he was struck by a northbound CSX train at the intersection of Zimmerman and Weller avenues at 9:31 p.m., Hamilton police said.

        Mr. Pelfrey was taken to Mercy Hospital in Hamilton and then to University Hospital in Cincinnati.

        The incident is under investigation.

Amelia man dies after car hits tree

               PIERCE TOWNSHIP — A 38-year-old Amelia man was killed Saturday night when his car went off the right side of the road on Ohio 749 and struck a tree.

        Christopher Jacobs was heading east about three miles west of New Richmond in a 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix when his car left the road and struck a tree at 11:53 p.m., the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

        The car was engulfed in flames upon impact, the patrol said. Mr. Jacobs was pronounced dead at the scene.

        The accident remains under investigation.

Accident severs 5-year-old's arm

               GOSHEN TOWNSHIP — A 5-year-old girl's arm was severed in a tractor accident Sunday.

        The girl was a passenger on a tractor when her clothing became entangled in the motor, a Goshen Township fire official said. The accident occurred about noon on the grounds of a residence in the 6300 block of Goshen Road in Clermont County.

        The girl was transported to Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, where she was in critical condition early today.

Lebanon to put off decision on parcel

               LEBANON — City Council will again delay a decision on spending $1.5 million on 130 acres south of the city.

        The city is looking at the parcel along U.S. 42 and Bunnell Road primarily as a potential well site, although tests so far indicate that the water capacity is not as high as anticipated — between 1 million and 2 million gallons per day, Councilman Mark Flick said late last week.

        Officials are still collecting information on the aquifer beneath the land, so council won't vote on buying the parcel at its Tuesdaymeeting, Mr. Flick said.

        The proposed contract with two Mason businessmen who control the land expires Wednesday, but the city will ask for an extension, he said.

        Mason and Turtlecreek Township residents have expressed concerns about Lebanon tapping into the already-strained Shaker Creek aquifer.

Ukrainian journalists to speak on media

               A group of 10 journalists from Kharkiv, Ukraine, will join the Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists on Thursday for a discussion about the media in Ukraine as the country moves from a communist to democratic society.

        The panel discussion, free and open to the public, will be 7 p.m. in the third-floor Tower Room at the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, 800 Vine St., downtown.

        The Ukrainian journalists will speak about ethics, the difference between public relations and news, and protection from retaliation. A major news story now in Ukraine is the murder of a prominent journalist critical of the government.

        The journalists are in Cincinnati until March 14 as part of the Cincinnati-Kharkiv Sister City Project under a Community Connections grant from the U.S. Department of State. They will visit newspapers, radio and television stations, and city and police media offices.

        Kharkiv is Ukraine's second-largest city.

Cleveland considers $658M remake of port

               CLEVELAND — A draft proposal calls for a $658 million makeover of the city's port on a milelong, man-made island in Lake Erie.

        The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority plan could help pave the way for a separate proposal to build a convention center on the existing port site west of Cleveland Browns Stadium.

        A draft copy and diagram of the port plan call for building the island in Cleveland's harbor west of the river mouth.


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