Monday, January 21, 2002

Local Digest


Man hit by train, hospitalized

        NEWPORT — A 21-year-old Newport man was struck by a train and critically injured Sunday evening on the Rt. 9 railroad overpass.

        Jeremy Wayne Byrd, of the 600 block of Park Avenue, was in critical condition late Sunday at University Hospital in Cincinnati. One of his legs was severed above the knee, and he suffered head injuries when he fell to the road below the overpass.

        Officers found Mr. Byrd on the road at 6:40 p.m. Sunday, Newport police said.

        CSX railroad personnel on the train told police they saw a man running parallel to the train about 20 yards ahead of the engine. They sounded the train's horn and put on the brakes.

        Mr. Byrd then stopped and abruptly darted in front of the train, CSX workers said, and they lost sight of him.
       

Police charge man with robbery, assault

               Fairfield police arrested a 35-year-old man Saturday night and accused him of stabbing three men with a knife after robbing a Dixie Highway tanning salon.

        Craig A. Smith, who gave his address as the Capri Motel on Dixie Highway, is in the Butler County jail awaiting arraignment on charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated menacing and felonious assault.

        Police said he entered Perfect Tan at 7:23 p.m. and demanded money.

        Employees of a neighboring business chased him and three of them were cut, police said.

        None was seriously injured.
       

Retreat names wing after Pilarczyk

               The Milford Spiritual Center will dedicate a renovated and enlarged wing of its main retreat building today in honor of Cincinnati Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk.

        The newly named Pilarczyk Wing is the last phase of the center's five-year improvement plan.

        The wing has seven large retreat rooms that can accommodate people with special needs and married couples or serve smaller retreat groups.

County commission elects board officers

               BATAVIA — Mary Walker has been elected president of the Clermont County board of commissioners.

        Martha Dorsey, the board president last year, was elected vice president.

        The three-member board also includes Commissioner Bob Proud.
       

Zoning change sought for condo plan

               GREEN TOWNSHIP — A 108-unit condominium complex is planned on Rybolt Road, near the Interstate 74 interchange.

        Township trustees and the Hamilton County Rural Zoning Commission both recently made recommendations to approve the zone change from single-family residential to planned residences.

        The site is being developed by Towne Properties and is part of the Autumn Oak Ridge development, said Adam Goetzman, development director.

        The zone change request must now go before county commissioners, who have the final say.
       

Cincinnati State appoints new official

               Cincinnati State Technical and Community College has appointed a new assistant dean of the Health Technologies Division.

        Mary Ellen Kelley will oversee the health programs in the division, including biology, clinical laboratory technology, health and fitness technology, health information management and integrative medical massage therapy.

        A licensed nurse in Ohio and Kentucky, Ms. Kelley earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from the College of Mount St. Joseph, a master's in education from Xavier University and another master's from the University of Cincinnati.

        She is a doctoral candidate in nursing research at Ohio State University.
       

Report: Guard inflated figures

               INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Army National Guard inflated its membership numbers by counting soldiers who had left the ranks and enlisting unqualified people, according to a newspaper report published Sunday.

        These actions raise questions as to whether millions of dollars in federal funding received by the state's Army National Guard — $154 million in 2000 — were obtained under false pretenses.

        Records obtained by the Indianapolis Star show that the size of the Guard was misrepresented by:

        • Failing to remove people, sometimes for years after they had left, from the national computer system used to track military personnel.

        • Contacting people who had not shown up for weekend training for months and persuading them to attend training with the promise they would receive no punishment.

        • Enlisting unqualified people with forged physicals, no valid physicals or without necessary paperwork.

        Indiana Guard officials said commenting would be inappropriate because of the court-martial starting today of Master Sgt. Robert E. Wyse, accused by the Guard of using forged physicals for enlistees.
       

Permanent display honors 24 veterans

               COLUMBUS — Twenty-four Ohio veterans who distinguished themselves in combat have been honored with a permanent display in a central Ohio museum.

        Fourteen recipients of the Ohio Military Hall of Fame's Medal of Valor attended the dedication of the display Saturday at the Motts Military Museum in suburban Groveport.

        The award, created two years ago, honors veterans from Ohio who earned the Silver Star, the Bronze Star or Legion of Merit recognizing valor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Air Medal, or the Congressional Medal of Honor.

        “I'm honored and, at the same time, I appreciate them doing this,” said Luther Crabtree, 77, among the first Marines to land on Iwo Jima in 1945.

        Mr. Crabtree's brother, Harold, an assault squad leader, was killed on Iwo Jima in February 1945.

        “The ones that never came home, they're the real heroes,” Mr. Crabtree said.

        Jimmy Johnson, 53, received the Medal of Valor in 2001.

        He's credited with helping save his unit in Vietnam during an enemy attack in May 1970.


              



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