Tuesday, March 13, 2001

Local Digest

p7 4 UC alumnae to be honored at forum

        Four alumnae will be honored by the Friends of Women's Studies at the University of Cincinnati on March 31 at the Russell C. Myers Alumni Center.

        Recipients will be fund-raiser Barbara Allen, psychologist/professor Bonnie Lepper Green, businesswoman/author Dorothy Smith and U.S. Attorney Sharon Zealey.

        Workshops will begin at 10 a.m. Topics will be “Women and Spirituality,” “Shaking the Diversity Blues,” and “Women Growing Older: Challenging the Assumptions.” Lunch will be 12:30 p.m.

        Tickets are $25; $22 for Friends of Women's Studies members. Information: (513) 556-6653.

House to be built at Ohio State Fair

               COLUMBUS — Visitors to this year's Ohio State Fair will be able to watch a house being built.

        The fair has reached an agreement with the Greater Columbus Habitat for Humanity to construct a 1,200-square-foot, two-story, wood-frame house on the north end of the fairgrounds.

        The house will be built during the first two weeks of the fair, which begins Aug. 3, and will be open for tours the last three days, said Susi Havens-Bezaire, resource development chairman of the local Habitat chapter.

        After the fair ends, the house will be moved to a nearby residential area, she said.

        Habitat builds houses for low-income people. Buyers pay part of their interest-free mortgage by working for Habitat building homes for others.

        As many as 1,700 volunteers — about 100 each day — will hammer nails, saw boards and lay flooring from early morning until the fair closes each night, Mr. Frenette said.

Skeleton found on campus identified

               FAIRBORN, Ohio — A skeleton found by two Wright State University students was identified Monday as a man reported missing last July.

        The remains are of Richard Daniel, 43, of nearby Centerville, said Greene County coroner's investigator William McCarthy.

        The students found the remains Saturday while walking in woods on the Dayton-area campus.

        Mr. McCarthy said empty containers of sleeping pills were found near the skeleton. However, he said the cause of death will not be known until the results of toxicology tests are in.

        Campus security officers had found Mr. Daniel's car abandoned on campus. Mr. McCarthy said a suicide note was found inside.

Overweight trucks targeted by patrol

               Authorities are stepping up patrols to catch truck drivers carrying overweight loads on rural roads.

        The Ohio State Highway Patrol says overloaded trucks often take secondary roads to avoid weigh stations on interstate highways.

        “They know when we're out there,” said Sgt. Pat Gehrisch of the patrol's motor carrier enforcement division. “They communicate with each other on the radio. It's a big game of cat and mouse.”

        Overloaded trucks can cause road and bridge damage. They also need longer distances to stop because of wear on brakes, steering and suspension.

        During 1999, Ohio authorities weighed more than 6.4 million vehicles at weigh stations, and 24,615 overweight trucks were taken off the road.

Cop: Deaths appear to be murder-suicide

               FORT LORAMIE, Ohio — The deaths of a man and woman found shot in her home appear to be a murder-suicide, the sheriff said Monday.

        The bodies of Roberta Schlater, 53, and Timothy Yagle, 44, of Ansonia, were found Sunday by her son, Shelby County Sheriff Kevin O'Leary said.

        He said the couple had dated for eight years.


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