Monday, November 05, 2001

Local Digest

Man in serious condition after fire

        A fire early Sunday morning in University Heights left a 52-year-old man hospitalized with smoke inhalation burns, Cincinnati fire officials said.

        Delarisco Jones was in serious condition at University Hospital Sunday night, hospital officials said.

        The fire broke out at 3:06 a.m. in the 2800 block of West McMicken Avenue, and its cause remains under investigation, officials said.

Body found in building identified

               A body found in an abandoned Over-the-Rhine apartment building was identified Sunday as that of a man who lived in downtown Cincinnati.

        The death of Ronnie Stanford, 43, of the 200 block of Mulberry Street, is considered suspicious, but Cincinnati homicide investigators released no information about the cause of death.

        Mr. Stanford's body was found Friday night on the second floor of the building at 142 E. McMicken Ave., police said. Police were alerted to the body by a 911 call.

Vehicle pulled from lake was unoccupied

               MIAMI TOWNSHIP — Police units on Sunday morning pulled a car from Lake Remington in this Clermont County community, but the vehicle was not occupied, a county dispatcher said.

        Residents were alarmed to see recovery personnel at the lake near Lake Remington Mobile Home Park & Fishing Lake at 70 Glendale-Milford Road, but the dispatcher said there was no concern that someone might have been injured in a crash.

Fires damage home, business

               Sunday fires caused $10,000 in damage to a multifamily building in Westwood and $1,000 in damage to Murray's Drive-Thru in South Fairmount.

        The Westwood fire broke out at 11:55 a.m. in a storage room of a multifamily home in the 2700 block of Thomasville Drive, but residents were able to return to their homes, district Fire Chief Ron Davis said.

        No one was injured. The cause remains under investigation, he said.

        A space heater placed too close to a kerosene container caused the fire at 8:43 a.m. Sunday inside Murray's Drive-Thru, Chief Davis said.

        A passer-by reported seeing smoke coming from the business at 2191 Queen City Ave., Chief Davis said.

        The fire was contained to a small area and is not considered suspicious, Chief Davis said. The business was closed at the time.

Renovations done at Green Twp. station

               GREEN TOWNSHIP — Firefighters at Sylved Road Fire Station can rest and work more comfortably with about $800,000 in renovations in place.

        The project began in April and created a 3,000-square-foot living facility for six firefighters, two drive-through bays for one engine and one EMS unit, and a 34,000-gallon pump test site.

        “For the guys who are there 24 hours a day, it's a nice change; they love it,” said Tom Kotte, assistant chief of operations.

        Before the renovations, the department had to take its seven engines to nearby lakes or to other fire departments for annual testing, Mr. Kotte said.

Theologian to speak at Mount St. Joseph

               Theologian Lisa Sowle Cahill will receive the 2001 St. Elizabeth Seton Medal Nov. 14 from the College of Mount St. Joseph in Delhi Township.

        A professor at Boston College, she will speak on how religious traditions and themes can help people understand the many implications of human genetic research. Her talk at 12:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall is free and open to the public.

Work begins on electricity plant

               HANGING ROCK, Ohio — Site preparation begins today for a $600 million electricity generating plant on 40 acres near this southeast Ohio village that will provide welcome economic development for a part of the state plagued by high unemployment.

        In addition, residents will benefit from new school buildings and get tax relief at the same time. That's because Duke Energy, which will operate the plant, has agreed to pay off the local share of a $43 million construction project in the Rock Hill school district, about 95 miles south of Columbus.

        The project includes a new elementary and high school and a remodeled middle school, all located on one campus.

        Owners of $50,000 homes in the district will pay $66.15 a year less on their property-tax bills, county Commissioner Jason Stephens said. Property owners will see the reduction on their next tax bills in February.


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