Friday, July 06, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Site selected for cellular phone tower

        SPRINGDALE — Construction is expected to start this month on a 130-foot cellular phone tower on Ohio Department of Transportation property at the Interstate 275/Ohio 747 exchange.

        SprintPCS will build the tower in the southwest corner of the property, almost 700 feet from the nearest home, said Cecil Osborn, city manager. The site was a compromise from the original location, 500 feet from the nearest home.

        “We recognize that towers have to be built to get good cellular coverage,” Mr. Osborn said. “But we have to balance that with the interests of our residents. I think this is a good compromise.”

        Construction should be completed in six to eight weeks.

Photos link man to two robberies

        Police are searching for a suspect they believed robbed a credit union in the West End in June and a bank in Camp Washington this month.

[photo] BRINGING UP BABY: One of three Indochinese tigers born at the Cincinnati Zoo makes its debut Thursday with nursery keeper Dawn Strasser. The two males and one female still don't have names. When grown, the bundles of fur will be 7 to 9 feet long and up to 390 pounds. An estimated 1,200 to 1,800 of the animals exist worldwide.
(Michael E. Keating photo)
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        Sgt. Thomas Lanter, acting homicide unit commander, said surveillance photographs establish the same person pulled off both robberies.

        The photographs show a black male, 35-45 years old, 6-foot-3 and weighing about 160-170. He wore glasses in each robbery and has short hair.

        Police said the suspect robbed the Cincinnati Central Credit Union, 1717 Western Ave., West End, June 7. A person with the same description robbed the Provident Bank, 2927 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington, July 2.

        “We want to get this description to the public to get some help,” Sgt Lanter said.

        Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Cardiac care lauded at Christ, St. E's

        Christ Hospital and St. Elizabeth Medical Center have been listed among the nation's top 100 hospitals for cardiac care.

        The ranking, conducted by Solucient (formerly HCIA-Sachs) compared data from more than 6,000 hospitals nationwide. It compared programs based on severity-adjusted costs and length of hospital stay, mortality, infection and hemorrhage rates.

        The best-performing cardiovascular hospitals have mortality and complication rates up to 27 percent lower than other hospitals, according to Solucient.

        If all hospitals in the study performed as well as the top hospitals, deaths from cardiac procedures would drop 23 percent and post-operative mortality rates would drop 30 percent, the study reports.

Man guilty on 47 child-sex charges

        NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio — A jury on Thursday found a Newcomerstown man guilty of 47 child-sex charges, including three charges that could carry a sentence of life in prison.

        Jurors found David Matheny, 43, innocent of 24 other charges.

        The verdicts of guilt included two for rape and one for felonious sexual penetration. Each of those counts may carry a life sentence.

        Mr. Matheny will be sentenced July 12.

        Eight witnesses testified in Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court that Mr. Matheny sexually abused them when they were children.

Urban League chief on leave over spending

        WARREN, Ohio — The head of the local Urban League civil rights organization has been placed on administrative leave amid an internal audit of how $78,000 in state funds were spent.

        A memo distributed last week to the staff of the Warren-Trumbull Urban League said the local board of trustees had placed president and chief executive officer Thomas S. Conley on leave. The memo also said an audit by the National Urban League would begin Wednesday.

        The Urban League promotes economic self-reliance and civil rights for blacks. Mr. Conley has been president and chief executive officer of the Warren-Trumbull Urban League since 1995 and previously worked as its finance director.

Woman jailed, fined for forging license

        PAULDING, Ohio — A woman who forged her nursing license and worked at a hospital for five years before being caught was sentenced Thursday to 60 days in jail.

        Visiting Judge Randall Basinger of Putnam County also fined Carol Goyings $5,000 and barred her from working in the nursing field.

        Ms. Goyings, 37, was employed at Paulding County Hospital for about five years. She was fired in December when the hospital discovered she was not a licensed registered nurse.

        Ms. Goyings was indicted in January on charges of grand theft and forgery.

        She apologized before her sentencing. Her attorney, Peter Seibel, said Ms. Goyings did not take her state nursing exam because she suffered from test anxiety.

2 killed in separate accidents at same site

        GREEN SPRINGS, Ohio — Two people died in traffic accidents at the same intersection near Fremont in little more than an hour.

        Rebecca Beasley, 45, of Oak Harbor, was killed when a car she was riding in was struck by a pickup on Ohio 19 at the intersection of Sandusky County Road 181.

        About an hour later Wednesday night, a motorcyclist, Walter Sheets, 50, of Green Springs, was killed when he slammed into a car stopped as workers cleared the first accident.

        The car Ms. Beasley was a passenger in pulled into the path of the pickup, the State Highway Patrol said.

        The driver, Josefina Wilkens, 30, of Port Clinton, was in serious condition Thursday at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo.

        Mr. Sheets was thrown from the motorcycle and struck a utility pole, the patrol said. He was not wearing a helmet.

Fort Loramie expects big bucks from concert

        FORT LORAMIE, Ohio — A campground concert that this year features Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack and other country stars means big business for merchants near this western Ohio village.

        On Thursday, the entertainers, their entourages and thousands of fans streamed onto Ohio 66 to get to the 500-acre Hickory Hill Lakes campground 40 miles northwest of Dayton.

        Fort Loramie has about 1,340 residents. Concert organizers expect 70,000 people to attend the four-day event.

Politicians seek to block play at college
        FORT WAYNE, Ind. — A group that includes 21 state lawmakers filed a federal lawsuit Thursday seeking to block performances of a college student play featuring a gay Christ-like character.

        The lawsuit contends taxpayer money should not be used to help subsidize production of Corpus Christi at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne because it attacks religion.

        One of the lawmakers suing is State Sen. Johnny Nugent, R-Lawrenceburg.


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