Monday, November 19, 2001

Local Digest

Car crash kills Middletown man

        MIDDLETOWN — A 30-year-old Middletown man died Saturday night after a pickup truck driven by his father struck a utility pole on Lefferson Road at Aaron Drive, Middletown police said.

        William Scott Otis was pronounced dead at the scene by the Butler County Coroner's Office.

        The driver, 51-year-old William Ray Otis of Middletown, veered off the right side of the road for unknown reasons, police said. He was transported to Middletown Regional Hospital, where he remained in critical condition Sunday.

        The Middletown Police and Fire departments responded to the scene about 6 p.m.

Mariemont schools to conduct survey

               MARIEMONT — The Mariemont City School District has commissioned a market research survey to determine the priorities residents, teachers and students have for school initiatives.

        Insight Navigator, a market research firm in Mariemont, will be paid $29,750 to conduct the study.

        The survey follows a 1995 district-widestudy n that led to decisions to focus on school facilities, technology and the re-opening of Dale Park School.

        “We have accomplished the majority of the priorities from the original study,” Superintendent Gerald Harris said. “We now need to look forward to the next five to six years.”

Passengers checked on Columbus runway

               COLUMBUS — An America West Express passenger jet that landed here Sunday was evacuated on the runway because of a security breach at the Fort Myers, Fla., airport where it took off, officials reported.

        No one on board Flight 6587 from Southwest Florida International Airport to Port Columbus International Airport was injured.

        After the plane made its scheduled landing in Columbus on Sunday afternoon, its passengers were screened as they left the plane, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory said. The FAA requested the screenings.

        The plane was evacuated because it left a concourse where a security breach occurred before the concourse was cleared.

        A passenger's laptop computer activated an alarm on a screening machine. The security guard made the passenger turn on the computer and allowed the passenger to pass, convinced the machine had issued a false alarm.

        A National Guardsman noticed the incident and notified the airport police and the FAA. The police decided to clear the concourse of all passengers and have them go back through security a second time.

        The America West Express flight for Columbus had left shortly after the security breach and had not been inspected.

Evendale to hold "Lite-Up' Dec. 2

               EVENDALE — The Evendale Recreation Department will hold its 50th annual Holiday Lite-Up on Dec. 2. This year's event will pay homage to its history, with the Evendale Recreation Center stage transformed into a typical school room circa 1951.

        Artifacts from the Little Red School House and Evendale School will be on display.

        Holiday Lite-Up events begin at 5:30 p.m. with a holiday dinner at the Recreation Center. Entertainment will include the Cincinnati Pops Barbershop Quartet, outdoor caroling and the lighting of the village tree.

        Participants are asked to bring canned goods to deposit in the Care & Share Bin, which will benefit needy families from Evendale Elementary School. Early registration is free but space is limited. Reservations taken after Nov. 25 will be $5 per person.

        Information: (513) 563-2247.

Officer to discuss gang activity

               Westwood Concern, a citizens group, will hold a Nov. 27 presentation on how to recognize gang activity.

        Cincinnati police Officer Eric Smoot of the division's Gang Unit will lead the seminar, which is offered in conjunction with the group's regular meeting.

        The group meets at Westwood First Presbyterian Church, 3011 Harrison Ave.

        Information: (513) 481-0761 or visit

Literacy council holds membership drive

               BATAVIA — The Literacy Council of Clermont & Brown Counties has begun its annual membership drive to help pay for its services, which include tutoring people in reading skills and tutor training.

        The memberships range from individual at $10 to $250 corporate memberships. The drive will run through Dec. 15.

        Membership includes free training on tutoring, and use of the council's library.

        Information: (513) 732-6683. Donations can be made payable to the Literacy Council, 27 N. Second St., Batavia 45103.


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