Monday, March 11, 2002

Tristate A.M. report


Roadwork nearly done near speedway

Enquirer staff and news services

        SPARTA — The roadwork for an interchange near the Kentucky Speedway is at a midpoint.

        Workers are putting the finishing touches on an interchange between Interstate 71 and U.S. 42, designed to move racing and concert fans more smoothly into the rural Gallatin County speedway.

        The construction, which had been on Kentucky's six-year highway plan drawing board for some time, includes the widening of a section of I-71 for an additional lane in Gallatin County, Kentucky's third-fastest-growing county.

        A new $35.8 million interchange and connector road is under construction 2 miles southwest of Ky. 35. The connector will be completed in two stages, and will extend from I-71 to U.S. 42 at Markland Dam when it is finished in 2003.

        That work is nearing completion in time for the Speedway's first major racing weekend of the season, scheduled to kick off May 10.

        Bacon graduate dies in crash

        LEWISBURG, Tenn. — A 2000 graduate of Roger Bacon High School was among two college students killed in an early Saturday crash on Interstate 65, authorities said.

        Margaret E. Gutzwiller, 19, of Springfield Township died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after a car she was riding in drifted off the interstate about 5 a.m. Saturday and flipped, authorities said.

        Ms. Gutzwiller was an NAIA soccer All-American at Tiffin University in northwest Ohio.

        Tiffin classmate Elizabeth Snyder, 20, of Tipp City, Ohio, was ejected from the car and killed. Driver Abigail Lee Mock, 20, of Toledo, was treated and released.

        Ms. Mock was the only person in the 1995 Geo Prizm wearing a seat belt, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Lewisburg is 50 miles south of Nashville.

        2 arrested after Bond Hill shooting

        Police arrested a shooting victim and the man accused of pulling the trigger after a Saturday incident in Bond Hill.

        The men were arrested Saturday after the 1 p.m. shooting during an argument inside an apartment in the 1100 block of Carolina Avenue.

        Andre Bradley, 58, who lived in the apartment, was charged Saturday with shooting Terry Lee Coleman, 25, of the 1700 block of Avonlea Avenue, in the right thigh.

        Both men have extensive criminal histories, court records show.

        Police said Mr. Bradley confessed that he shot Mr. Coleman with a .38-caliber handgun and told them where he obtained the gun.

        Mr. Bradley also was charged with having a weapon while being a convicted felon.

        Mr. Bradley served eight months in state prison from 1990 to 1991 for receiving stolen property, aggravated assault and having a weapon while being a convicted felon, records show.

        Mr. Coleman was treated at University Hospital and released to the Hamilton County jail. He is charged with obstructing official business and filing a false report.

        Police say Mr. Coleman gave them false information about the shooting and about whether he was participating in criminal activity when he was shot.

        Mr. Coleman served eight months in state prison from 1999 to 2000 after being convicted of drug trafficking, according to court records.

        Clifton 4-year-old home from hospital

        A 4-year-old Clifton boy who was hit in the head with a rock last month has been released from Children's Hospital Medical Center.

        Jahree Taylor went home Friday. He had been in the hospital since Feb. 23 recovering from multiple skull fractures.

        Jerry Keith, his mother's boyfriend, told police the boy was hit by a rock thrown as the boy was riding in a van in Bond Hill. The incident remains under investigation.

        The injury was the latest in a long list of medical problems for Jahree. He also has had a kidney transplant as part of treatment for prune belly Syndrome, also known as Eagle-Barrett Syndrome, a rare congenital defect in which babies are born missing a layer of abdominal muscles.

        Treatment to help artery stent patients

        St. Elizabeth Medical Center has introduced a radiation seed treatment called brachytherapy to help prevent scarring in patients who receive stents to open blocked coronary arteries.

        The Northern Kentucky health care system is using the Galileo system, made by Guidant Corp., which uses radiation to prevent scar tissue buildup that causes 12 to 20 percent of stent patients to suffer recurring blockages.

        Radiation is one of two emerging approaches to the re-clogging problem. Similar radiation systems have been tested in recent years at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.

        In addition, researchers are testing a variety of drug-coated stents to prevent new blockages.

        XU features Nader, others at town hall

        Xavier University will present a town hall meeting to discuss world affairs and the environment at 7 p.m. today.

        The program, sponsored by a number of Xavier organizations, will host a panel of leaders in business, education, government, labor and the nonprofit sector to discuss global trade and the environment.

        Panelists include consumer advocate Ralph Nader; John Pepper, chairman of the board at Procter & Gamble; Marjory Searing, senior vice president of Civic Service Inc.; Lawrence Sullivan, director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University and John Wilhelm, president of Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union.

        General admission to the town hall meeting, which will be held in the Schiff Family Conference Center, is $10. It is $5 for students and senior citizens.

        For information, call 745-2927.

       



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