Wednesday, July 11, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

County drops plans to hire consultant

        LEBANON — Warren County has abandoned plans to hire a consultant after learning he is the subject of a criminal investigation.

        Tompkins Consulting, a company run by former Ohio Human Services Director Arnold Tompkins, was to help the commissioners better integrate the two county departments that employ the jobless and provide temporary assistance to the poor.

        However, Commissioner Pat South said Tuesday, that effort will be started in-house instead.

        The state investigator general last month recommended criminal charges against Mr. Tompkins, alleging that while he was state director, he steered contracts to a consulting company for which he later worked.

        “We didn't need that controversy,” Mrs. South said.

        As part of the reorganization, the commissioners accepted the resignation of Philip Masten, former county Human Services director.

Education secretary to speak at summit

        U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige will be a featured speaker at the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati's Annual Education Summit 2001, Sept. 13-15.

        Mr. Paige will speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 during the Parent Empowerment Forum at Christ Emmanuel Christian Fellowship, 2324 May St., Walnut Hills.

        He has been active on all levels of the educational system, from college coach to superintendent of the Houston, Texas, Independent School District.

        The three-day event is designed to improve the academic and social development of youth. A rally and workshops for more than 800 students will be held Sept. 14 at the Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center.

        For information, call the Urban League at 281-9955.

Man charged after friend shot in face

        HAMILTON — A man suffered a gunshot wound to the face in an apparently accidental shooting late Monday.

        Michael Gregory Todd, 18, of Smalley Boulevard, was listed in serious condition at University Hospital on Tuesday.

        Around 11:15 p.m. Monday, he was shot in the right cheek with a .22-caliber rifle at a home in the 1100 block of Briarwood Drive. A man who lives at that address, John Steven Bohlen, 19, was arrested on a charge of negligent assault, a misdemeanor.

        Several young people “were having a get-together” in the basement of Mr. Bohlen's home at the time of the shooting, a police report said. Police said Mr. Bohlen was reportedly a friend of Mr. Todd.

        Mr. Bohlen was released and is awaiting a July 17 hearing in Hamilton Municipal Court, police said.

Officer credited in rescue of woman, 78

        HAMILTON — A police sergeant is being credited for rescuing a 78-year-old woman Monday night.

        A caller had asked police to check on the welfare of Frances Miller, a Twinbrook Drive resident who hadn't been seen for several days.

        Sgt. Dan Pratt responded around 10:30 p.m. Noting that the woman's mail had piled up, he decided to enter the home, said Sgt. Thomas E. Kilgour, Hamilton police spokesman.

        Sgt. Pratt climbed through a window and found Ms. Miller lying incapacitated on the floor of her home; she had lain there for three days.

        She was taken to Fort Hamilton Hospital. Her status was unavailable Tuesday.

        Lt. Mike Martinsen, a shift commander, said, “Sgt. Pratt's decision to make a forced entry was a life-saving one.” Lt. Martinsen also commended the citizen who cared enough to ask officers to check on Ms. Miller.

UC testing drug that may aid gamblers

        The University of Cincinnati is seeking volunteers to test a drug that might help compulsive gamblers resist their habit.

        To qualify, you must be an adult who has one or more of the following symptoms: gambling that disrupts work or family life, frequently gambling for longer periods than planned, spending unaffordable amounts on gambling, a history of gambling sprees, or excessive urges to gamble.

        For information, call Sean Jameson at the UC Biological Psychiatry Program, 558-1995.

Sen. DeWine treated for pneumonia

        DAYTON, Ohio — U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, was treated at a hospital for pneumonia and released Tuesday, a spokesman said.

        Mr. DeWine spent the night at the Miami Valley Hospital where he was treated with antibiotics for a slight case of pneumonia, DeWine spokesman Mike Dawson said.

        Mr. DeWine became ill while at his home in Cedarville, and his doctor recommended he be hospitalized.

        Mr. Dawson said Mr. DeWine flew back to Washington on Tuesday.

Paid leave offered organ, tissue donors

        COLUMBUS, Ohio — State employees who donate organs and tissue would get up to 30 days paid leave under legislation introduced Tuesday.

        Gov. Bob Taft and the bill's sponsor, state Rep. Gregory Jolivette plan to outline the plan, cat University Hospital in Cincinnati today. .

        The act would give state employees who donate kidneys, the organs most often donated, up to 30 days leave at full pay in addition to their regular sick leave. Employees who donate bone marrow would get seven days of paid leave on top of sick leave.

Proposal would allow more school counselors

        COLUMBUS, Ohio — The State Board of Education has proposed new rules that would make it easier for counselors who have a private practice to qualify for counseling jobs in schools. The proposal comes in response to a shortage of school counselors.

        The board voted on Monday to ask the Legislature to eliminate a requirement that counselors have classroom teaching experience. Its proposal also would allow some who have yet to complete their master's degree studies in counseling to begin working in that field.

        If legislators approve the plan before the end of the year, it would go into effect Jan. 1, 2003.

        Ohio would become the 39th state to allow the hiring of school counselors without classroom experience.

Former P&G executive to lead Villa Madonna

        VILLA HILLS — Villa Madonna Academy has named a former Procter & Gamble executive as its new president.

        Michael Whelan, of Villa Hills, will start next month.

        The school's board of directors cited Mr. Whelan's business and educational experience as key assets that will help him lead the elementary and high schools at 2500 Amsterdam Road.

        Mr. Whelan taught for eight years at area high schools and colleges before moving 23 years ago to Procter & Gamble, where he was responsible for the company's information technology and facilities.

        The academy's former executive director, Sister Victoria Eisenman, retired at the end of the school year.


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