Tuesday, November 13, 2001

Local Digest

Volunteer heads to NYC for crash relief

        In the aftermath of Monday's plane crash in Queens, N.Y., a Cincinnati-area member of the Red Cross is headed there to serve as local disaster volunteer coordinator.

        Carol Helmick, an eight-year Red Cross veteran, will train New York-area volunteers in disaster response. Ms. Helmick said the biggest need for volunteers will most likely be in the area of mental health and spiritual care workers.

        “It will be a difficult job because we are still recovering from the events of September 11,” she said.

        Ms. Helmick also coordinated local volunteers for the Egypt Air disaster in 1999.

        Anyone wishing to donate to this and other Red Cross disaster relief efforts can send a check to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 641206, Cincinnati, OH 45264-0001. Credit card donations may be made by calling (800) 255-7070.

Miami Twp. fire under investigation

               MIAMI TOWNSHIP — Investigators are searching for the cause of a fire that destroyed the second floor and attic of a Fleetwood Lane house Monday afternoon.

        No one was home when the fire broke out, and there were no injuries. The American Red Cross was called to help the four people who live in the house, which was uninhabitable, Miami Township Fire Chief Jim Whitworth said.

        Fire crews were called to the home in a rural area of Miami Township, Clermont County, at 3:37 and found heavy fire coming from the second floor. The first floor suffered smoke and water damage, the chief said.

        No damage estimate has been set.

Bond set at $1M in killing at store

               An English Woods man remained in jail Monday under $1 million bond for a killing at a grocery store in his neighborhood Sunday.

        Nathaniel James Richardson, 45, is accused of killing Kenneth Lewis. Mr. Richardson was arrested shortly after the 5:40 p.m. shooting in the neighborhood food mart on Sutter Avenue. Three others were in the store at the time but weren't hurt.

        Investigators said Mr. Lewis appeared to have just been in the store doing some shopping.

        Mr. Richardson was assigned a public defender. The case is scheduled to be sent to a grand jury Nov. 21.

Students to protest tuition increases

               University of Cincinnati students will protest rising tuition and falling state support today and Wednesday.

        Today, at noon, student government will express its displeasure with state and UC officials at a rally and press conference on the Administration Building steps on the main campus.

        Wednesday, UC is hiring four buses to take students to a Columbus rally to protest what they call a lack of support by the General Assembly and governor.

        “A lot of Republicans still think that education is a liberal idea,” said organizer Randy O'Hara, 24, of Corryville.

        Mr. O'Hara, a GOP activist, said the Columbus rally was pulled together by UC political science classmates with support from students on at least seven other Ohio universities.

        He was not joining Tuesday's protest “because I want the administration and faculty on my side.”

        UC undergrad tuition and fees have risen more than 15 per cent in the past year.

Man escapes fire after dog's warning

               A dog alerted his owner to a fire in his Pleasant Ridge house early Monday, allowing both of them to get out safely.

        Firefighters responded about 4 a.m. to Benjamin Hattemer's house on Girard Avenue and found heavy fire on the second floor.

        No one was hurt. Damage was estimated at $50,000.

        Cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Man found dead near railroad tracks

               MIDDLETOWN — A Middletown man was found dead along some railroad tracks Monday, but police say he apparently died of natural causes.

        Frank W. Johnson, 67, of 3104 Omaha St., was found near Oneka and Mohawk streets. An engineer on a train spotted the body and called police at about 5:40 a.m.

        A preliminary coroner's report indicated that the man died of a heart attack, police said.

Catholic school fund gets $250,000 grant

               The Zenon C.R. Hansen Foundation has awarded a third installment of $250,000 from a $1 million four-year grant to the Catholic Inner-City Schools Education (CISE) Fund.

        The Hansen Scholarship Fund was established in 1999 with the goal of giving students from low-income families the opportunity to obtain a private, Christian education at CISE schools in Cincinnati.

        During the 1999-2000 school year, 235 students received scholarships from the Hansen Scholarship Fund.

        The mission of the late Zenon C.R. Hansen and the Hansen Foundation is to offer financial assistance to individuals and organizations who are interested in helping themselves, but need help to get a solid start.

        Mr. Hansen, former chairman of Mack truck, was a rags-to-riches success story.

        Students in the following schools will receive Hansen scholarships: St. Boniface, Northside; Corryville Catholic, Corryville; St. Francis De Sales, Walnut Hills, St. Francis Seraph, Over-the-Rhine; Holy Family, East Price Hill; St. Joseph, West End; St. Mark, Evanston; and Resurrection of Our Lord, Price Hill.


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Plane crash rattles nervous nation
Thoughts again with NYC fire crews
UC students to protest tuition increases
Part-time faculty want law changed
Plaque to return to Officer Tommy's corner
Porn replaces Villa Hills Web site
Students pay tribute to vets
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