Monday, October 01, 2001

Tristate digest

36-year-old dies in crash that shuts viaduct

By Cincinnati Enquirer

        A 36-year-old Queensgate man was killed Sunday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on the Western Hills viaduct that closed the road for four hours.

        Timothy Jackson of the 800 block of Clark Street lost control of his 1997 Chrysler Concord at 4:35 p.m. in the eastbound lane.

        He struck a westbound Ford Ranger pickup, driven by Darek Ball of the 2300 block of Victor Street in Clifton Heights.

        Mr. Ball and his two passengers were taken to hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

        Ohio man accused of flying while drunk

        COLUMBUS — A man was jailed early Sunday on charges of flying while intoxicated.

        Thoughts of the recent terrorist attacks crossed the minds of Columbus police as they watched an unidentified helicopter flying erratically over the city, Sgt. David Howson said.

        The helicopter landed just before 1 a.m. in a grassy field near a north side strip mall, Sgt. Howson said.

        The pilot, Russell Johnston, 31, of Columbus faces two misdemeanor counts: reckless operation of an aircraft and operating an aircraft while under the influence. Mr. Johnston refused breath and blood alcohol tests, police said.

        He was in the Franklin County jail Sunday, and his helicopter was in the city's impound lot.

        Sgt. Howson said Mr. Johnston had what looked like pilot's credentials.

        Fountain Square rally to support NYC efforts

        The Cincinnati Concerned Citizens Association is sponsoring a spiritual rally Tuesday to support relief efforts in New York City.

        The rally will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, downtown.

        National and local dignitaries, along with sports figures and entertainers, city officials and ministers of local churches, have been invited to show their support for this national cause.

        Those attending are asked to donate a balloon to be released in the air at the end of the rally.

        Hillsboro driver dies after failing to stop

        HIGHLAND COUNTY — Lou G. Fennell, 55, of Hillsboro died Friday evening in a two-vehicle crash at Ohio 73 and Prospect Road.

        Mr. Fennell was traveling east on Prospect Road when he failed to stop at the highway intersection shortly after 6 p.m.

        His vehicle crashed into a southbound vehicle driven by Donald O. Dixon, 18, of Seamon, said Lt. Todd E. Lee of the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Wilmington post.

        Mr. Fennell was transported by helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where he was pronounced dead. Mr. Dixon was treated for minor injuries and released from Highland District Hospital.

        Lebanon sends $25K in donations to NYC

LEBANON — A trailer filled with $25,000 worth of merchandise and cash donations for the disaster relief effort in New York is scheduled to leave here early this morning.

        The 25-foot trailer is packed with T-shirts, socks, gloves, medical supplies, hard hats, food for the search dogs, flashlights, batteries, dusk masks and bottled water.

        The donations headed for New York City firefighters came from residents of Lebanon in an effort spearheaded by the fire and police departments.

        “We started this about a week after the disaster in New York,” Fire Capt. Ron Conger said Sunday.

        Booths were set up around the city to accept donations.

        “The people of Lebanon have been great in giving,” Capt. Conger said.

        Mount Healthy begins street projects

        MOUNT HEALTHY — Two road construction projects are under way in Mount Healthy.

        Construction has begun on about one-half mile of Bernard Avenue, from Compton Road heading south. The major street improvement project — estimated to cost $500,000 — will include street widening, installing new curbs, and improvements to storm water and sewer systems.

        State and local dollars, including money from the city of Cincinnati, will fund 80 percent of the project, with the remainder funded by Mount Healthy, said Jim Koshmider, the city's safety service director.

        A smaller project has also begun on the west end of Kennedy Avenue. This includes road reconstruction and repaving. The cost of about $40,000 is funded by the city, Mr. Koshmider said.

        State probing whether veterans' info released

        COLUMBUS — The state inspector general is investigating whether confidential information from records of Ohio veterans was sent to a data-processing company in India, leaving the veterans open to identity theft, a newspaper reported Saturday.

        Inspector General Thomas P. Charles said a vendor that competed with Prithvi Information Solutions for the state data-processing contract made the allegation in mid-July. News that some of the terrorists involved in the Sept. 11 attacks used stolen identities prompted the investigation.

        The $393,000 state contract, which was competitively bid, involves more than 1 million Ohio veterans from World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars.

        However, only the records of about 380,000 Vietnam veterans include Social Security numbers, which are often the key to stealing another person's identity.

        Records from wars earlier than Vietnam contained names and service numbers only, according to the Governor's Office of Veterans Affairs.

        Madhavi Vuppalapati, president of Prithvi Information Solutions, said all of the records were processed in the United States — as she was instructed — and no veteran's privacy was breached.

        Ocean projects are topic of MU program

        Miami University presents “An Evening with Jean-Michel Cousteau” tonight at 8 in Hall Auditorium.

        The program will highlight Mr. Cousteau's concern for water and conservation through the Ocean Futures Society, of which he is president.

        The event is free but tickets are required. Tickets may be obtained at the Hall Auditorium box office today.

        For information: Call Lana Kay Rosenberg at (513) 529-2730 or or visit


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