Saturday, August 10, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report

Fire consumes 6 acres before being put out

        MORGAN TWP. — A large grass fire consumed about 6 acres of a hayfield and 16 bales of hay Friday afternoon at 1721 Morgan Ross Road. There were no injuries. The blaze started around 3 p.m. and did not spread to any buildings.

        “When I first got here ... it was all a wall of fire,” Morgan Township Assistant Fire Chief Rob Brehm said. “It was taking off. It's so dry, it's like a tinderbox.”

        About 25 firefighters and a dozen trucks from four departments responded. It appears to have been started by an overheated machine being used to mow the hay, the assistant chief said.

911 dispatcher helped mom revive her son

        ST. CLAIR TWP. — A Butler County sheriff's 911 dispatcher is being nominated for departmental honors for directing a woman how to revive her 2-year-old son after he almost drowned in a pool.

        Dispatch supervisor Bonnie Short said Friday she would request a commendation or other recognition for Dispatcher Becky Reynolds of Hanover Township. Ms. Reynolds' efforts were “awesome,” Ms. Short said.

        “In a very calm and professional manner, she walked them through the process.”

        The incident happened around 7 p.m. Wednesday at 2900 Eaton Road, when emergency crews were summoned after a child was found floating face-down in the swimming pool and not breathing.

        The child's mother, whose first name isn't clearly discernible on a police report, told deputies that the dispatcher instructed her how to revive her son. A deputy said that he and medical personnel agreed that the mother's actions and dispatcher's instructions restored the boy's breathing and prevented him from choking on his own vomit.

        The boy, Logan Young, was taken to Fort Hamilton Hospital and was transferred to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center for overnight observation. He was released Thursday.

Couple arrested in rash of burglaries

        COLERAIN TWP. — A Colerain Township couple are facing charges in connection with a rash of burglaries in the area.

        Lisa Russell, also known as Lisa Evans, 30, is charged with one count of receiving stolen property and two counts of complicity to burglary, all felonies. Joseph Lee Russell, 35, is charged with three counts of burglary, all felonies.

        The pair were arrested Thursday afternoon after Hamilton County sheriff's detectives spotted them in a vehicle on Coogan Drive. One of the suspects fled from the vehicle when officers stopped it near Hamilton Avenue and Compton Road in Mount Healthy. That suspect was quickly located hiding under a car in a nearby garage.

Woman accuses drug counselor of abuse

        MIDDLETOWN — Police have arrested a drug counselor on an allegation he had sexual contact with a 23-year-old woman he was supposed to be counseling, according to reports Friday.

        Leroy Hardeman Jr., 48, of Hamilton, is charged with attempted sexual battery and two counts of gross sexual imposition. He is a counselor for Horizon Services and provides court-ordered counseling to people who are on probation, police said.

        Officers arrested him Thursday after a woman alleged he locked a door at the counseling center this week, had physical contact with her and made explicit requests. Officers monitored a meeting between him and the woman Thursday, during which he had sexual contact with her and offered to help her avoid drug testing if she wanted to use cocaine, a police report says.

        Police said anyone who may have a similar complaintshould contact Detective Jim Cunningham at (513) 425-7731.

Clifton man indicted in 5-year-old's rape

        A 43-year-old Clifton man was indicted Friday on 11 counts for allegedly raping a 5-year-old boy.

        Robert Wallace allegedly told the boy, who is a relative, that he would not “take him on walks anymore” if he didn't consent to what Mr. Wallace wanted, officials said.

        “The child said he was also warned that if he reported the incidents to his mom that he would be called a "crybaby tattletale,”' Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen said.

        The boy has suffered serious trauma as a result of the incidents, he added.

        If convicted as charged, Mr. Wallace could be sentenced to prison for 110 years.

Man stabbed and dropped off at ER

        HAMILTON — Police are investigating how a 24-year-old man was stabbed in the abdomen.

        A police report says Chad E. Bond “was dropped off at the emergency room” of Fort Hamilton Hospital, then was flown via medical helicopter to University Hospital. He was listed in serious condition there Friday.

        Officer Don Taylor, Hamilton police spokesman, said investigators were trying to learn who had taken Mr. Bond to Fort Hamilton and who may have stabbed him.

Too much chlorine in pool hospitalizes 11

        OREGON, Ohio — A mechanical failure may have released too much chlorine into an indoor pool at a state park resort, sending 11 people to a hospital, health inspectors said.

        Inspectors with Toledo-Lucas County Department of Health think chlorine became concentrated in part of the pool after injectors pumped too much in.

        Human error also may have been a factor at Maumee Bay State Park, health officials said.

        Ten children, ages 6 to 17, and an adult swimming at the lodge were sent to a hospital Wednesday. The children were vomiting and had trouble breathing. Two were kept at the hospital and released by Thursday afternoon.

— From staff and wire reports



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