Sunday, August 26, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

2 hurt in house fire in Delhi Township

        DELHI TOWNSHIP — Firefighters rescued two people from a burning house Saturday night on Victoryview Lane.

        Officials said Edward Connell, 56, and his mother, Patty Frame, 75, were injured. Mr. Connell was listed in fair condition at University Hospital, being treated for smoke inhalation. His mother was being treated at Mercy Franciscan Hospital/Western Hills.

        Capt. Roger Klink with Delhi Township Fire Department said rescuers found the two disoriented in the rear of the home.

        Firefighters were called to the ranch-style home at Victoryview Lane and Neeb Road at 8:30 p.m. after a report of a bed on fire. Capt. Klink said flames were coming from the rear bedroom window.

        He didn't know the cause of the fire, which was out by 9:30 p.m. There was no damage estimate, but the home sustained heavy smoke damage.

        Firefighters from Green and Whitewater townships and Cheviot assisted.

Man in fair condition after Avondale shooting

        Shannon Oats, 22, of Avondale, was shot about 2 a.m. Saturday in the 3400 block of Burnet Avenue in Avondale.

        He suffered gunshot wounds in his legs and wrist outside a bar, Cincinnati Police said.

        He was taken to University Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition.

        No arrests have been made.

Man dies after being ejected from vehicle

        AURORA, Ind. — Edward R. Moore, 35, of Reading, died early Saturday in a crash on Indiana 350 at the Blue Ribbon Marina entrance.

        Mr. Moore was eastbound on the highway when his vehicle veered off the road shortly before 4 a.m., struck a guard rail, flipped and ejected Mr. Moore, who was not wearing a seat belt, Aurora police said. Once the car came to a rest, it erupted in flames. Mr. Moore was pronounced dead at the scene.

        An investigation continues.

Mt. St. Joe students spruce up area schools
       DELHI TOWNSHIP — First-year students at the College of Mount St. Joseph began learning a little early this weekend.

        Although classes won't start until Monday, 100 students and a dozen teachers began community service programs Saturday. They went to six urban schools and other sites to clean, paint, build a walking bridge and serve meals. They also planted flowers at a church in Camp Washington.

        The programs are a part of orientation, which requires students to perform community service as a part of their college education.

Dance benefit raises money for medical costs

        INDEPENDENCE, Ky. — Friends of Jay Spenlau held a sold-out benefit dance for him Saturday to help his family pay high medical bills and everyday living expenses.

        Mr. Spenlau, a 34-year-old father of four young children, suffers from a complex congenital heart defect — anatomical defects of the heart chamber and pulmonary blood vessels.

        His incurable condition limits his physical activity and causes breathing difficulties and a high risk of stroke.

        Friends gathered Saturday for the third benefit for Mr. Spenlau. Organizers sold all 400 reserved tickets, at $15 per person and $25 per couple, said Terri Carrick of Independence.

        Medical expenses alone exceed many people's monthly incomes; Mr. Spenlau's intravenous medication costs $5,000 a month.

        A fund in Mr. Spenlau's name is at any branch of Peoples Bank of Northern Kentucky.

        Businesses wishing to donate goods or services may write to Jay Spenlau Benefit, Box 237, Independence, KY 41051.

Jewish congregation moves to new building

        SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP — B'nai Tzedek, a congregation that has met in the Jewish Community Center since its founding 36 years ago, finally has its own home.

        Its new building opened Thursday and its inaugural services will be held through today.

        At least 110 members of B'nai Tzedek raised more than $1 million to help purchase land at 6280 Kugler Mill Road and erect the building.

        Designed by architect Jose Garcia, the building combines traditional and contemporary elements in stone and glass. It features a semi-circular wall of stone around the sanctuary and a ceiling of wooden tiles with hand-painted scripture in Hebrew.

        Artist and congregation member Aaron Rubinstein designed a special Ten Commandments, which sits above the Ark of the Torah originally from the old North Avondale Synagogue.

Child labor violations alleged at apartments

       ATHENS, Ohio — The Labor Department has accused a construction company of using child labor to help build an apartment complex near Ohio University.

        The department has cited Rea Construction of Valdosta, Ga., the main contractor on the University Courtyard development, and fined the company $2,500.

        Work continued Friday on the complex as students began moving into completed apartments.

        The department said two 13-year-olds were at the site, in violation of the federal Fair Labor law, and that one of them performed work there. Both had fathers working at the site.

        The Ohio Department of Commerce added about $400,000 Friday to its growing tally of fines and wages it says are owed to workers who were not properly paid.

        That brings the total of fines to about $1.5 million.


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Smaller schools showing successes around the country
Questions linger over Fernald
Carrie's mom hurt, but not silent
Festival a sign of OTR recovery
Fire sends 17 families scrambling for safety
All-day football a treat for fans
Arresting man servin' soda
Fairfield teacher praised, honored
Families enjoy pleasures of small towns at festival
The judge vs. the archdiocese
Trip was journey to understanding
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Historic site still in need
Accused cop killer arrested hours earlier
Missing girl's case still active
Search for bodies turns up nothing
Trial to begin in businessman's death
Democrats chew politics at Ky. picnic
Friends dance to help pay Ky. man's medical expenses
Man gets help from near, far
Park named after former governor
Small Ky. city has big heart