Friday, March 09, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Dropped-off child cleared for adoption

        A judge cleared the way Thursday for a foster parent to pursue the adoption of the first baby to be dropped off at the Secret, Safe Place for Newborns program.

        After a hearing in Hamilton County Juvenile Court, Judge Thomas Lipps terminated the parental rights of the baby's parents. The decision means the child's foster parent now can begin adoption proceedings.

[photo] FINAL SALUTE TO GOV. RHODES: Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol salute the casket of former Ohio Gov. James Rhodes on Thursday, following his funeral in Hilliard. At Greenlawn Cemetery in Columbus, Mr. Rhodes' daughter Susan was presented with the Ohio flag that had been draped over her father's casket. Mr. Rhodes was the state's longest-serving governor.
(Associated Press photo)
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        The child was dropped off Jan. 6 at Mercy-Franciscan Hospital. A nurse testified Thursday that a woman who described herself as a friend of the child's mother brought the baby to the hospital.

        Social workers testified that no parents had come forward and that efforts to locate parents were unsuccessful.

        The Secret, Safe Place program was created in August to give desperate parents who may not have thought about traditional adoption an alternative.

Police to tow abandoned vehicles

        Starting today, Cincinnati police officers will be towing abandoned or junk vehicles as part of a new citywide cleanup.

        Citizens who would like vehicles towed — only those on public property — can call 564-CARS or call their local police district: District 1, 352-3505; 2, 979-4400; 3, 352-3574; 4, 352-3576; or 5, 352-3578. Call with the license plate number and the exact street address where the vehicle is parked.

        Officers will tag the vehicle and try to notify its owner. The vehicle can be towed after 48 hours.

[photo] COLLISION INJURES TWO: Cincinnati firefighters extricate the driver of a car that was involved in an accident on Tennessee Avenue on Thursday morning. The man, who suffered head injuries, and his female passenger, who had leg injuries, were taken to University Hospital. The car rear-ended an Access bus, but no one on the bus was hurt, police said.
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Addiction treatment center raising funds

        The Center for Chemical Addictions Treatment is offering the public the chance to be a part of the facility's future.

        The facility will be using bricks for repair and renovation of its parking lot, and someone can buy a brick with the inscription of his or her choice.

        The bricks cost $30 each. There are three lines to a brick with 13 spaces per line. Those interested may contact Kit Berger at 381-6672.

        The center, a United Way agency located at 803 Ezzard Charles Drive in the West End, provides treatment for alcoholism and chemical addictions to adults in Greater Cincinnati, regardless of financial status.

Driver badly hurt in head-on crash

        TURTLECREEK TWP. — A Lebanon man whose car was hit head-on on Hendrickson Road on Wednesday afternoon remained in critical condition at a Dayton hospital Thursday.

        Tim Milligan, 21, was flown to Miami Valley Hospital after his 1994 Saturn was struck by a pickup truck driven by Dave Jackson, 34, of Lebanon.

        At the time, Mr. Jackson was trying to pass another vehicle in a no-passing zone about a half-mile west of Shaker Road, state highway patrol officials said.

        The crash occurred when both drivers veered off the road onto the same shoulder to avoid an accident, said Lt. Mike Sanders, commander of the Lebanon post. Mr. Jackson was cited for traveling left of center.

Gas company pleads not guilty in deaths

        XENIA, Ohio — A medical gas company charged in the deaths of four nursing home residents pleaded not guilty Thursday.

[photo] "THAT SOUNDS ABOUT RIGHT': Rachel Soltys, 11, tunes her violin for Bill Tipkemper before a special concert at Woodland Elementary School in Liberty Township. All 700 students participated in the “World's Largest Concert,” sponsored by a the Music Educators' National Conference. Mr. Tipkemper led groups that performed and sang music from around the world. Schools across the country and the world participated.
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        BOC Gases, based in Murray Hill, N.J., entered the plea during the company's arraignment in Greene County Common Pleas Court.

        BOC was indicted last month on four counts of reckless homicide in the December deaths of four residents of Carriage-by-the-Lake nursing home in Bellbrook, about 10 miles southeast of Dayton.

        Authorities said a nitrogen tank was delivered to the nursing home and mistakenly hooked up to the home's oxygen system by a maintenance worker. The tank had an oxygen label partially covered by a smaller nitrogen label, authorities said.

        Greene County Coroner Dr. Kevin Sharrett ruled that the four residents died of nitrogen asphyxiation.

Deal may bring parole in boat death

        CLEVELAND — A Canadian who was involved in a fatal boating accident on Lake Erie has expressed remorse, struck a deal to compensate the victim's family and soon may receive parole.

        Ollie Mastronardi, 47, of Leamington, Ontario, an inmate at North Central Correctional Institution in Marion, Ohio, has deposited $1.5 million into a trust for John and Susan Brabander, suburban Cleveland parents of victim Scott Brabander.

        Mr. Mastronardi also signed documents agreeing to pay the couple $1 million more over five years. His insurance company has already paid $500,000.

        The Brabanders agreed to forgive the remaining $1.1 million of the $4.1 million a Cuyahoga County jury had ordered him to pay.

        Mr. Mastronardi also expressed remorse for fatally injuring Scott Brabander, who had been fishing off Kelleys Island with his parents on June 24, 1995, when Mr. Mastronardi rammed his speed boat into their fishing boat.


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