Wednesday, August 22, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Health services gain $1.9 million in grants

        A dozen projects, including expanded prenatal services for women in Hamilton and a computer system linking rural health clinics, will share $1.9 million in grants announced Tuesday by the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati.

        The grants include:

        • $386,000 to the Southern Ohio Health Services Network to connect 23 health clinics to a computer accounting system.

        • $249,000 to Cincinnati Restoration Inc. to assist mentally ill homeless people.

        • $182,000 to the Recovery Resource Center to support addiction self-help groups.

        • $160,000 to Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky for a prenatal care program in Hamilton.

        The foundation was created by the 1997 sale of the ChoiceCare HMO to Humana Inc.

Fayetteville teen dies in car crash

        WAYNE TOWNSHIP — A 17-year-old Fayetteville boy was killed Tuesday after his car failed to negotiate a curve on Lucas Road in Clermont County.

        The Ohio State Highway Patrol identified him as William Brandhorst. He was driving a 1986 Ford Thunderbird north on Lucas when it went off the left side of the road, struck a tree and overturned on its left side, the highway patrol said.

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        Two passengers in the car, Ryan S. Brandhorst, 14, of Fayetteville, and Dakota Shaw, 13, of Blanchester, were treated for injuries at the scene. None of the three was wearing seat belts, police said. The crash, which occurred at 5:15 p.m., remains under investigation.

Oven damaged in fire at restaurant

        SYMMES TOWNSHIP — An oven fire caused about $3,000 damage early Tuesday to the Old Country Buffet off Fields-Ertel Road.

        There were no injuries, and damage was confined to the oven and a ventilation hood, fire officials said.

        “Apparently two big racks of ribs were left (overnight) in the oven,” Loveland-Symmes Fire Capt. Harold Gregory said. “The cook thought he turned the oven off when he turned it completely up.”

        Fire crews were called to the restaurant just before 4 a.m. and were on the scene about 90 minutes.

        The restaurant reopened Tuesday afternoon.

Woodward plans orientation party

        Ninth-graders and their parents are invited to attend a lawn party and orientation 6-8 p.m. today at Woodward High School, 7001 Reading Road, Bond Hill.

        Students and parents will have the opportunity to meet Woodward staff to discuss the school year, which begins Monday, to receive informational packets, take tours of the building and eat grilled hotdogs.

        For information, call Mary Hahn, 758-1400.

Contractors group marks anniversary

        Ohio's Minority Contractors Business Assistance Program is 25 years old. A reception tonight at the Marriott Kingsgate Conference Center and Hotel will celebrate.

        The event, from 6 to 8 p.m., is at 151 Goodman Drive.

        Ohio's nine program offices provide outreach to minority businesses for the Minority Business Affairs division of the Ohio Department of Development. The program provides entrepreneurs with management, technical, financial and contract procurement assistance.

Death rate declines at Tristate hospitals

        Mortality rates at Greater Cincinnati hospitals declined about 9 percent in 2000 from the year before, even though the number of people staying at area hospitals increased, according to a report issued this week.

        Tristate hospitals reported a 2.08 percent overall mortality rate, compared to 2.28 percent in 1999 and lower than the national hospital mortality rate of 2.65 percent.

        The data are based on 19 hospitals participating in the MediQual study, an annual project sponsored by the Health Improvement Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati.

        The reduction in mortality occurred even though inpatient stays increased 4.5 percent to 230,258 in 2000.

        Overall, the average length of stay in 2000 remained unchanged at 4.0 days. However, the community Cesarean-section rate increased from 19.8 percent to 21.1 percent.

Man accused in thefts from 200 parked cars

        LIMA, Ohio — Police arrested a man accused of stealing purses, credit cards and laptop computers from at least 200 parked cars.

        Investigators searched the man's home and removed 10 trash bags full of purses and other items, Allen County Sheriff Dan Beck said.

        Kevin Justice, 33, of Lima, was charged with grand theft and was free on bond.

Getaway car stuck in pond, police say

        CHILLICOTHE — Police say three people suspected in a home burglary had their getaway attempt foiled when their car got stuck in a pond in the homeowner's yard.

        When Dorral Cunningham returned from work Saturday morning, he found a man and two women covered in mud trying to push a car out of his pond.

        While trying to free the car, they lightened their load by dumping items, including a television and microwave oven, into the water. Mr. Cunningham, 56, saw his belongings in the water and called the police.

        Janie Powell, 23; Sarah Copper, 22; and John Landman, 24, all of Chillicothe, were arrested and charged with aggravated burglary and grand theft.

Football changes town's outlook
Job Corps drops College Hill plan
A lotta dreams ride on $200M Powerball
Candidates put to the test
Cities to share notes on crime
City to build new pool, playground complex in Over-the-Rhine
College names vice president
Donors help pay for girl's funeral
Few cops fill out survey
RADEL: He'd like to buy a world of Coke
Solicitor to shuffle city law department
Judge says church erred on sex case
Fairfield trying again
Job fair extends ex-cons 2nd chance
JobBus service days numbered
MAC checks out Bengals' stadium
Student's research wins fellowship
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Butler Co. transfers jail inmates
Petition to save woods submitted
Police: Boy, 13, raped boy, 4
Teen may face charges over crash
Byrd's time to die set 11 hours earlier
Search of pond fails to find girl
No property-tax hike for 24th year
Picnic attracts a crowd of pols
Florence councilwoman to resign - just unsure when
Water flows to Visalia
Wilkinson lenders press case