Saturday, July 20, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report

Postcard arrives 57 years later

        TROY, Ohio — Fifty-seven years ago, Army Pvt. Jerry Fox sent a postcard from Indianapolis to his parents in this western Ohio city. Last month, the postcard arrived.

        Mr. Fox was sent to Camp Atterbury in Indianapolis in 1945 and was waiting to be deployed when he mailed the postcard.

        “They gave us a card to write, marked free,” Mr. Fox said.

[photo] Cincinnati rescue crews struggle up a hillside with an accident victim Friday after a car carrying seven people went off Victory Parkway near Ledgewood. None of the injuries was serious.
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        Mr. Fox, 76, and his wife, Sarah, now live in the house where his parents lived. When Mrs. Fox went to the mailbox June 18, the postcard was there.

        “We both were flabbergasted,” Mrs. Fox said. “Where has that postcard been for 57 years?”

        U.S. Postal Service officials could not give an answer.

Trial can proceed in insurance fraud

        LEBANON — A judge ruled Friday that a 54-year-old former insurance salesman is competent to stand trial on charges of swindling elderly clients into buying fake insurance policies.

        In May, William L. Herman of Springboro pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity

        to six charges of theft. According to state records, Mr. Herman's license to sell insurance in Ohio was revoked after he admittedly took $468 from a client and failed to submit the money in 1999.

        Officials say Mr. Herman sold fraudulent insurance policies to three

        people, but had no agency relationship. Warren County Common Pleas Judge Neal Bronson issued Friday's ruling, and trial before him is pending. Mr. Herman faces possible sentences of 18 months on each of the six charges.

Deadbeat parent ads effective, county says

        HAMILTON — Butler County says advertisements in local newspapers have helped snare dozens of deadbeat parents who owe child-support payments.

        The county's Child Support Enforcement Agency reported Friday that two recent ads produced tips leading to more than 73 violators being tracked down or turning themselves in — more than double the average number of arrests per month by the Butler County Sheriff's Office, said Dan Cade, agency director.

        The sheriff's office has been running the ads periodically over the past couple of years.

        The first ad was published on Father's Day, June 16,and listed parents sought on warrants. The second ad July 7 listed parents whose driver's licenses had been suspended for not paying their court-ordered child support. A number of those parents have since made payments.

Civil rights mediator accused of bribery

        COLUMBUS — An Ohio Civil Rights Commission mediator was charged with bribery Friday on accusations she solicited and accepted $250 to settle a case, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

        Sylvia Hill, 49, of Cincinnati,

        asked a person who had filed a complaint with the commission for the money, the patrol said. That person reported the solicitation to the commission, which asked the patrol to investigate.

        The patrol had the person contact Ms. Hill and give her the $250, then the patrol arrested Ms. Hill.

        Bribery is a felony punishable by a maximum of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. . Ms. Hill is to appear in Hamilton County Municipal Court on Monday. Shecould not be reached for comment.

        Commission spokeswoman Connie Higgins said the panel had no immediate comment. “We're basically waiting upon the actual report form the patrol, which we should get on Monday. We're in the process of initiating an administrative investigation,” she said.

Some Top Gun seats out of commission

        MASON - A roller coaster at Paramount's Kings Island is operating with only half its seats after the coaster hit a parked maintenance vehicle this week.

        Jeffrey Siebert, a spokesman for the amusement park, said an employee parked the vehicle in the path of the Top Gun coaster during a routine safety check Tuesday. A set of seats, which hang from an overhead track, was moving at about 20 mph when it struck the maintenance vehicle, Mr. Siebert said Friday.

        The collision occurred before the park was open to the public, he said. Both the ride and the maintenance vehicle were empty and no one was injured.

        The Top Gun ride reopened Thursday morning with the undamaged set of seats. Mr. Siebert said the damaged set will be repaired and inspected before it is put back into commission.

Illegal immigrant awaits transplant

        CLEVELAND — An illegal immigrant hospitalized at the Cleveland Clinic hopes to have her name added soon to a national transplant list to await a life-saving donor liver.

        Orilda Gramajo, 31, a Guatemalan immigrant who has lived in the United States 10 years, said the research hospital initially turned her away because of her illegal status.

        The hospital said the issue was whether rules established by a national transplant registry would bar her from the waiting list. The clinic has concluded that there is no reason why she cannot be added to the waiting list.

        Political leaders and Cleveland's growing Hispanic community lobbied on behalf of the woman.

        Originally, “They told us no illegals were operated on,” said Ms. Gramajo's sister Dalida Gramajo. “First, it was because she was an illegal. Then it was the insurance. They placed a lot of obstacles.”


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