Tuesday, July 16, 2002

Local Digest


Smog alert issued for today, Wednesday

        The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments has issued a smog alert for today and Wednesday and is encouraging people to stay indoors if possible to avoid exposure to high levels of ozone.

        Children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems are especially vulnerable to health problems caused by such weather conditions, OKI spokeswoman Sarah Woller said.

County collects 100 tons of tech recycling

        The Hamilton County Solid Waste Management District recycled more than 100 tons of computers and related equipment at its second annual collection event last month at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds.

        Ninety participants, 85 of which were businesse s, filled 14 trucks with the equipment to be recycled.

        Items brought to the event included personal computer workstations, mainframes, scanners, monitors, cables, servers, printers, cell phones and more. Last year's event collected more than 2,400 items, amounting to 55 tons of equipment.

Trial scheduled for minor sex charges

        HAMILTON - An 18-year-old Trenton man is scheduled to stand trial Oct. 16-17 on sex charges involving two girls.

        Michael Phillips is accused of two counts of unlawful conduct with a minor and two counts of sexual imposition. The charges stem from the alleged attacks on two girls, ages 13 and 15, at a party in May.

        Mr. Phillips is free on his promise to show up for court proceedings.

Cincinnati State numbers up this year

        Enrollment at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College is up more than 18 percent for the 2002 summer term over last year's numbers.

        Final figures for the term, which began June 24, show the number of students went from 4,333 to 5,118. Credit hour enrollment was up even more at 27 percent. The number went from 30,966 to 39,315.

        Aug. 26 is the last day of the summer term. Registration for the fall term, which begins Sept. 3, will go from Aug. 4-30.

Judge: Multistate lottery constitutional

        COLUMBUS - The state's decision to join a multistate lottery game does not violate the Ohio Constitution, a judge ruled Monday.

        Lawmakers “did not unconstitutionally” give the Ohio Lottery Commission authority to conduct a multistate lottery when they passed a bill authorizing Ohio to join the lottery, Judge Daniel Hogan of Franklin County Common Pleas Court said.

Police: Pilot error caused copter crash

        BROOKVILLE, Ind. - Indiana State Police investigators have determined that the Wednesday helicopter crash in Brookville Lake that killed a 26-year-old man and injured two others was caused by pilot error.

        Trooper Michael Ooley, state police aircraft crash investigator, determined the large construction helicopter was flying too low to avoid Cinergy power lines spanning Wolf Creek Cove area of the lake, state police said. After hitting the power lines, the helicopter separated at the tail section and crashed into 40 feet of water.

        The helicopter crew reported no problems prior to the crash, and none were discovered during inspection of the wreckage, state police said.

        Killed in the crash of the aircraft owned by Midwest Helicopter of Hinsdale, Ill., was flight mechanic Michael Jarski, of Woodbridge, Ill. The pilot. Steve Myler, 26, of Robinson, N.C., and the co-pilot, Joseph Rukazina 46, of Hinsdale, were rescued by boaters.

       



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