Tuesday, May 08, 2001

Local Digest

Charges proceed in morgue-photos case

        A Hamilton County judge refused to throw out charges Monday against a Cincinnati doctor and a photographer accused of taking unauthorized photos of bodies in the morgue.

        Thomas Condon is accused of taking the photos, and pathologist Jonathan Tobias is accused of helping him. Both face multiple charges of abuse of a corpse.

        Their attorneys argued that the charges are vague and that their clients were unfairly singled out for prosecution.

        They also argued that photography is expression protected by the First Amendment.

        Dr. Tobias' attorney, Marc Mezibov, said two other pathologists at the morgue have made statements indicating they saw Mr. Condon at the morgue on several occasions and assumed he had permission to be there.

        Mr. Mezibov said it makes no sense to charge Dr. Tobias when other doctors also were in the morgue with Mr. Condon. Prosecutors, however, argued that Dr. Tobias was more closely involved with Mr. Condon's activities.

        Common Pleas Judge Norbert Nadel rejected the request to throw out the charges. The case is expected to go to trial this fall.

Williamsburg woman dies in U.S. 50 crash

               JACKSON TOWNSHIP — A Williamsburg woman was killed about 8:35 a.m. Monday after she pulled her passenger car into the path of an eastbound dump truck on U.S. 50.

        Christina E. Tarvin, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene.

        Ms. Tarvin was making a left turn from Smokey Road onto U.S. 50 when her 1999 Ford was struck by the dump truck driven by Terry L. Newman, 50, of South Lebanon, Ohio State Highway Patrol officers said. Both drivers were alone in their vehicles, and Mr. Newman was not injured, a dispatcher said. No charges have been filed.

Cincinnati State offers kids' programs

               The second annual College Kids Enrichment Program will offer topics on computers, creative writing, junior paramedics and banking/investments to children aged 9-14 at Cincinnati State Technical & Community College this summer.

        Weekly sessions will be 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays beginning June 11 and ending Aug. 17. Cost is $159 per week or $500 for four weeks. For information, call (513) 569-1442.

Health group wins national trade award

               Alliance Behavioral Care, a group of mental-health care providers, has received a national industry award for high-quality service. The group received the Category 1 Behavioral Healthcare Leadership Award from the National Managed Health Care Congress. The award honored Alliance Behavioral Care for innovative disease management programs, collaboration with in surers, and high satisfaction scores from consumers and providers.

Hamilton County Fair is seeking vendors

               The Hamilton County Fair is seeking vendors to sell food and merchandise during the five-day event in August.

        The fair is scheduled to run Aug. 1 to Aug. 5 at the county fairgrounds near Vine Street and Paddock Road. Fees to rent space for a typical 10-foot booth run about $350. For details, call (513) 761-4224.

Three boaters die in Lake Erie accident

               CLEVELAND — Three people died in the 49-degree waters of Lake Erie when waves up to 4 feet broke their fishing boat in half. Two others survived.

        The victims of Sunday night's accident were identified Monday as Michael Deck, 32, and John Acord, 27, both of Cleveland, and Ryan Lee, 27 of nearby Parma, the Coast Guard and Ohio Division of Watercraft said.

        Joe Harkney, 16, of Cleveland, swam a half-mile to shore and was treated at the scene for hypothermia.

        Rich Hellisz, 18, of Parma, was hospitalized in serious condition at MetroHealth Medical Center with hypothermia. He was taken from the water by rescuers.

        The accident happened off the city's downtown waterfront.

        Coast Guard Petty Officer Paul Roszkowski said all five were wearing life jackets.

        One survivor told assistant Fire Chief Brent Collins that a wave hit and he heard a loud, cracking sound, then the boat split apart. The boat length was estimated at 15 feet to 17 feet.

Man charged in killing at nursing home

               KENTON, Ohio — A man who admitted killing an 87-year-old woman in a nursing home in 1998 has been indicted in her death.

        Daniel J. “D.J.” Brodman is charged with aggravated murder and involuntary manslaughter in Thelma Longberry's death at the Corinthian Nursing Home, Hardin County Prosecutor Terry Hord said.

        Mr. Brodman's arraignment is scheduled for Thursday. He has been in jail on a theft charge since April 3.

        Mr. Brodman, who has a history of mental problems, confessed March 24 to the death during a tape-recorded telephone call to police in Carey, about 25 miles northeast of Kenton.

        Carey Police Chief Dennis Yingling said the department was tempted to dismiss the call but turned the tape over to Mr. Hord's office.

        Ms. Longberry died Dec. 16, 1998, of what appeared to be natural causes, so no autopsy was performed.

        She had been hospitalized for several days but returned to the nursing home when doctors had exhausted treatment options, said Harry Hooyenga, owner and administrator of the nursing home.


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