Monday, October 29, 2001

Local Digest


Two men charged in Aiken break-in

        Two men were charged with breaking and entering Sunday morning after they were found leaving Aiken High School in College Hill with computer equipment, Cincinnati police said.

        Arrested were Charles Lillard, 32, of the 7800 block of Dawn Road, Roselawn, and Shadrick Pendleton, 26, of the 2400 block of Symmes Street, Walnut Hills.

        Officers responding to a security alarm at the school arrested Mr. Lillard at 12:06 a.m. and Mr. Pendleton, who ran into nearby woods, at 1:29 a.m., according to police reports.

        The men were carrying out the equipment in a garbage can, police said.

        No estimate of the equipment's value was available.

        Breaking and entering is a fifth-degree felony.

        Mr. Lillard also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

        Police said he had a crack cocaine pipe in his pocket when arrested.

Police arrest 14 at DUI checkpoint

               SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — A DUI checkpoint on U.S. 40 Saturday night yielded 14 DUI arrests from the 508 vehicles involved, officials with the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

        Thirteen non-DUI citations also were issued in the checkpoint just west of this Clark County city, police said.

        The Springfield Township Police Department and the Clark County Sheriff's Department also participated.
       

Doctors honored for 50 years in medicine

               Twenty-two physicians were honored last week for serving the medical profession for 50 years.

        The Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati held its annual 50-Year Physicians Recognition Dinner on Thursday. Doctors received the Ohio State Medical Association 50-Year Award and 50-Year Club pin.

        Honorees are:

        Drs. Raul Alfaro, Caesar Bassette, Nancy Blades, Paul Conrad, Charles Ferguson, Thomas Finn, Donald Fischer, Z. Charles Fixler, Alan Freemond, James Gruber, William Hillard, Robert Hummel, Paul Klatte, Stanley Lucas. E. Bruno Magliocco, Irving Marcus, Harold Margolin, Zoe Pappas, Morris Plotnick, James Quinn, Ernest Wilson and Juan Young.

        Also, the Cincinnati Academy of Medicine Foundation presented its annual Daniel Drake Humanitarian Award to Dr. William Gerhardt.

        The award is presented to a living physician for contributions to medicine and the community.
       

Medicare proposals to be focus of forum

               SPRINGDALE — The Medicare Rights Center of New York City will present a Medicare policy forum on Tuesday at Maple Knoll Center for Older Adults.

        The forum will be 2:30-4:30 p.m. at 11199 Springfield Pike.

        Topics include Medicare prescription drug proposals, plans for improving Medicare, HMO issues and prospective payment systems.

        Sponsors of the meeting are the Greater Cincinnati Joint Council on Geriatric Care, Working in Neighborhoods Senior Action Coalition, Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio, and Pro Seniors.

        To register, call 541-4109.
       

College expands childhood program

              

        Cincinnati State Technical & Community College has expanded its certificate program to a two-year degree in early childhood care and education.

        The Ohio Board of Regents approved the degree program last week.

        The Clifton college's one-year certificate fulfills the first year of the new program.

        Certificate holders can begin the second year any time and newcomers can begin the first year during any term.
       

Bridge repair closes Sixth Street sidewalk

               The sidewalk on Sixth Street between Mount Adams and Procter & Gamble Co. will be closed for about two months while a bridge on Sixth Street is repaired.

        Sixth Street will remain open to traffic. Information: Kim Patton, (800) 831-2142, Ext. 279.
       

Wrecks stir call for golf-cart speed limits

               PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio — The mayor of this Lake Erie island village wants state lawmakers to set a 20-mph speed limit for road-licensed golf carts.

        Mayor John Blatt said paramedics report having three or four serious golf cart accidents per week during the tourist season, which draws as many as 10,000 visitors on the weekends.

        Golf carts — some capable of holding at least six passengers — are popular among South Bass Island residents and tourists because of the island's small size. Put-in-Bay has 16 miles of roads.

        “Golf carts don't have all the crash equipment that cars have and if someone makes a sharp turn or hits a bump, it's easy for someone to fall off,” Mr. Blatt said, adding that some golf carts have been clocked at 50 mph.

        Ottawa County Commissioners have sent a letter to Ohio Department of Public Safety officials, and state representatives, supporting Mr. Blatt's request.

        If golf carts go faster than 20 mph, they have to meet low-speed vehicle safety requirements established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has set the permissible speed for on-road golf carts at 25 mph.

       



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