Saturday, May 26, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Cincinnati physicians receive highest honor

        Two celebrated Cincinnati physicians — Dr. Evelyn Hess and Dr. Jeffrey Whitsett — are scheduled to receive on Sunday the Daniel Drake Award, the highest honor bestowed by the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

        During her 36-year career in Cincinnati, Dr. Hess emerged as a national leader in the fields of rheumatology and immunology. Her expertise on topics from tuberculosis to AIDS has led to numerous grants, honors and visiting professorships at more than 80 medical schools in the U.S. and abroad.

        Dr. Hess retired in 1995 from director of UC's division of immunology, rheumatology and allergy. But she continues to teach and treat patients.

        Dr. Whitsett, director of pulmonary biology and neonatology at Children's Hospital Medical Center, is internationally known for his research of surfactant, a substance crucial to treating the immature lungs of premature infants. Dr. Whitsett also has conducted extensive research of cystic fibrosis, including a leading role in curing mice of the disease through genetic engineering.

        Dr. Whitsett has been a faculty member of Children's Hospital and UC since 1977.

[photo] LUCKY KARMA: Cincinnati Fire Lt. Jesse Ratliff holds Carma, a 6-month-old Rottweiler who was rescued from a house fire in Oakley on Friday, as firefighter Steve Smith brings the dog an oxygen mask. The blaze, in the 3500 block of Brotherton Road, started in the kitchen and caused $10,000 damage, according to officials. Carma, found in the home by Lt. Steve Linz, was taken to Oakley Square Animal Hospital, where she was treated for shock and smoke inhalation.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        The Daniel Drake Award is named after pioneer-era physician Dr. Daniel Drake, the founder of the UC College of Medicine.

Officer Patrick Caton gets new trial date

        The second Cincinnati police officer indicted for his alleged involvement in the death of Roger Owensby Jr. has had his trial date changed.

        Officer Patrick Caton will now head to trial on a misdemeanor charge of assault Oct. 24 before Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Guy Guckenberger.

        A motion to change the date, which had originally been scheduled for July 2, was filed this week by Officer Caton's lawyer, Merlyn Shiverdecker.

        The request comes on the heels of a similar change in scheduling for Cincinnati Police Officer Robert Jorg, who is charged with felony involuntary manslaughter for his alleged part in Mr. Owensby's death.

        Officer Jorg's trial before Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas Nurre was changed from May 10 to Oct. 22.

        Mr. Owensby was killed Nov. 7 after a struggle with police who attempted to arrest him. He was unarmed.

        The two trials will include testimony from the same witnesses, officials said, adding that the trials are expected to last about two weeks.

Tip leads police to alleged bank robber

        An anonymous tip led Cincinnati Police to arrest a man Thursday they said robbed a downtown bank earlier this week.

        Police have charged Thomas J. Gaines, 36, no known address, with aggravated robbery in connection with a Tuesday holdup of the Provident Bank at 630 Vine St. Bank surveillance cameras provided a picture for police and a number of Crimestopper tip calls led to the identification and eventual arrest of Mr. Gaines, said Cincinnati Police Sgt. John Newsom.

        Sgt. Newsom said Mr. Gaines, who recently has been living at various locations in Over-the-Rhine, was also wanted for a parole violation. He was arrested at 31 W. 13th St., Thursday morning.

        Sgt. Newsom said Mr. Gaines confessed to the bank robbery and remains in custody.

Hoxworth asks for post-holiday donors

        Hoxworth Blood Center on Friday urged would-be donors to give blood as soon as possible after Memorial Day.

        While Tristate blood supplies remain stable for the moment, holiday weekends tend to reduce donations while higher numbers of traffic accidents tend to increase demand for blood.

        “Last summer was the first one in several years that we did not need to make an emergency plea. We'd like to do that again this year,” said spokesman Michael Anderson.

        For information about donating blood, call Hoxworth at 513-451-0910 or 800-830-1091.

Lockfast moving to Deerfied Township

        DEERFIELD TWP. — A Blue Ash company got the go-ahead Friday to move to this Warren County community.

        Township trustees approved plans submitted by Lockfast, an international supplier of Velcro and other fabric fasteners.

        The 32-year-old company will build a $3.2 million, 80,000-square-foot facility to replace its too-small Blue Ash location, Deerfield officials said.

Part of Licking River not safe to swim in

        FRANKFORT, Ky. — State environmental and health officials this week issued a new warning about swimming in parts of three rivers and tributaries contaminated by sewage.

        Included is a stretch of the Licking River in Northern Kentucky.

        The stretch of the Licking in question has elevated levels of fecal coliform bacteria because of waste-water treatment plant discharges, malfunctioning septic systems and illegal “straight pipe” discharges of untreated sewage.

        The stretch affected is all of Banklick and Three Mile creeks and from Banklick Creek to the Licking's confluence with the Ohio River.

DeMarlo Hayes enters innocent plea

        The Silverton woman accused of killing her 9-year-old son and burning his body pleaded not guilty in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Friday.

        Prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty for DeMarlo Hayes, 26, in the slaying of her son, third-grade student Diarro Hayes. She is charged with aggravated murder.

        Police said she reported the boy missing on May 11 and helped look for him before his burned body was found in Drake Park in Kennedy Heights, two miles from the family's home. Under questioning, the mother gave police a statement.

        “It took some time and effort. She burned his body trying to protect herself and she even went to look for him,” Hamilton County Prosecutor Michael Allen said.

        Ms. Hayes is jailed in lieu of a $100,000 cash bond until her next court appearance on June 15.

        If convicted, she could become the only woman on Ohio's death row.

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