Wednesday, August 07, 2002

Tristate A.M. report




Ramps open up Eastgate access

        The Ohio Department of Transportation Tuesday said it had constructed two temporary exit ramps at the Interstate 275 and Ohio 32 interchange in Clermont County's Union Township while I-275 is under construction there.

        The exits are tentatively scheduled to open Monday and are to provide full access to the Eastgate area. ODOT is widening I-275 to three lanes there, creating access problems.

        Both ramps lead from Ohio 32 to I-275. To access southbound I-275 from westbound Ohio 32,

        continue west on the state highway under the interstate and turn left at the new signal.

        To access northbound I-275 from eastbound Ohio 32,

        drive east on the state route under the interstate, and then turn left at the new traffic signal onto the new ramp.

Five injured in Colerain collision

        COLERAIN TWP. — A two-vehicle crash Monday night sent five people, including two children, to hospitals.

        Craig Schultz, 18, of Colerain Township was driving a 1994 Chevrolet Camaro west on Harrison Avenue near Creekview Drive when he lost control at 9:47 p.m.

        and collided with an eastbound 2001 Ford Escort driven by Kirk Frederick, 28, of Covedale, Hamilton County sheriff's deputies said.

        Mr. Schultz's car went down an embankment, leaving a passenger critically injured, though both were wearing seat belts, deputies said. Mr. Frederick and two passengers had to be cut from the wreckage.

        Mr. Frederick was in serious condition Tuesday at University Hospital. Passenger Michelle Lewis, 23, of Covedale was in good condition at University. Their 5-year-old son, Kirk, was in fair condition at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

        Mr. Schultz was treated at University and released. But his passenger, 16-year-old Christine Patty of Cincinnati was in critical condition at Children's Hospital Tuesday.

        Mr. Frederick and Ms. Lewis were not wearing seatbelts, but their son was in a safety restraint device, deputies said.

Black's campaign gifts exceed $1M

        Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Tim Black has raised more than $1 million for his Ohio Supreme Court race.

        Judge Black said he raised $279,075 in the most recent reporting period, bringing total contributions to $1,024,933.

        No other candidate for the Ohio Supreme Court, including incumbent justices, has ever raised such an amount. More than a third of Judge Black's donors are Cincinnatians.

        “I am pleased that so many of my supporters are friends from my hometown who know personally of my proven record for integrity and independence,“ said Judge Black.

        He is opposed by Lt. Gov. Maureen O'Connor for the seat being vacated by Justice Andrew Douglas.

All Ind. casino boats now staying at dock

        GARY, Ind. — All of Indiana's riverboat casinos are offering dockside gambling after the end of a penalty period for three Lake Michigan boats.

        Majestic Star and Trump in Gary and Harrah's in East Chicago began dockside operations Monday after a four-day delay imposed by the Indiana Gaming Commission for advertising dockside gambling before the commission formally approved it.

        The punishment by the commission gave Horseshoe in Hammond and Blue Chip in Michigan City a weekend advantage among the Lake Michigan casinos since they were able to start dockside operations on Thursday. All five Ohio River casinos began offering dockside gambling last week.

        The crowds were so large at Horseshoe over the weekend, gamblers had to wait in line again, but this time to keep from exceeding the boat's capacity.

Red-light cameras reducing accidents

        TOLEDO, Ohio — Car crashes at 10 intersections with red-light cameras dropped by 26 percent compared with previous years, the city's police chief said.

        The results have led city leaders to make plans to put cameras at five more intersections.

        Police Chief Mike Navarre said city officials weren't surprised at the decrease in crashes. Other cities have reported similar drops, he said.

        The city has issued 14,410 civil citations, which are mailed to the vehicle's owner and carry a $75 fine. The cameras snap photos of the license plates of vehicles that run red lights.

        The company hired by the city to operate the cameras receives 90 percent of the revenue from the first 12,000 tickets. The city receives the rest.

        To date, the city has reaped about $72,000 from the citations. But the police chief said that wasn't the goal.

        “It's never about money,” he said. “It's about reducing accidents.”

        Last month, the Dayton City Commission approved the installation of cameras at 12 intersections.

        A bill has been introduced in the Ohio House by Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, that would allow the state's eight largest communities to use photo-enforcement for traffic fines.

Anti-smoking push making free videos

        Teens will be able to make their own lip-sync videotapes as part of a 36-stop statewide anti-smoking campaign that plans six stops in Greater Cincinnati in August and September.

        The “stand up, sound off” music tour, sponsored by the Ohio Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Foundation, will visit malls, festivals and teen gathering spots in Greater Cincinnati on Aug. 16, 20, 22, 24 and Sept. 7 and 27.

        Each video that teens take home will include a “stand” anti-smoking advertisement.

        For details, check the Internet at www.standonline.org.

Museum's new ads address injustice

        The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center today debuts its 2002-03 national public service announcement campaign.

        Created by the Cincinnati Ad Council, the three PSAs will show scenes in a classroom, on a playground and in the workplace with a message on how to stand up to racial injustice in everyday life.

        The ads will run for a year and will be the first of a continuing partnership between the center and the council.

Seminar operator begins construction

        WEST CHESTER TWP. — Life Success Seminars Inc. has broken ground on its new headquarters off Ohio 747 and Port Union-Rialto Road.

        The nonprofit agency is relocating from Blue Ash and expects its 13,500-square-foot, one-story building to be complete by December.

        Life Success was established in 1985 and launched a capital campaign in 1999 to raise money for the building.

        The agency puts on executive and mainstream motivational seminars.

       



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