Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Reds' ballpark on schedule, county told

Every day, Great American Ball Park is becoming less of a construction project and more of a ballpark.

All 42,053 seats have been installed, and the players' gym is ready for workout equipment, Project Manager Arnie Rosenberg of Parsons Brinckerhoff told Hamilton County commissioners Monday. The scoreboard is up, and the Kentucky bluegrass playing surface is down - somewhere beneath the latest layer of snow.

The $290.5 million project remains on time and a smidge under budget with about 90 percent of the work done, he told commissioners. The county is footing almost $279.3 million of the bill and the Reds $11.2 million.

All systems are go for the free open house for fans March 22-23, Mr. Rosenberg said, and the first game March 29 - an exhibition against the Cleveland Indians.

Cocaine smuggling charged at prison

TURTLECREEK TWP. - A 62-year-old Hamilton woman was jailed in Warren County on charges she attempted to smuggle 14 ounces of cocaine into Warren Correctional Institution during visiting hours.

Mildred Alice Brock was arrested Friday afternoon on a felony charge of conveying drugs onto the grounds of a correctional facility after investigators found the cocaine in balloons.

Lt. Rick Fambro, of Ohio State Highway Patrol headquarters, said Ms. Brock had the drugs "on her person," but no other details were available.

Prison investigators had previously received information that Ms. Brock was planning to take drugs into the prison, he said.

Deerfield beefs up public safety services

DEERFIELD TWP. - The township fire department nearly doubled its full-time firefighting staff to 18 last week when it promoted seven firefighters to full-time positions.

Fire officials said the new full-time jobs are geared toward improving safety services in a growing community that has three fire stations and plans for a fourth.

Sworn in Jan. 21, the firefighter-paramedics include: Curt Frazee, who has led the department's public education program; James Conroy, a three-year veteran of the township who also worked for Forest Park and Delhi Township; Lt. Ronald Shaw, a member of the township department for 27 years; Donald Trapp, a township firefighter for more than two years and a shift supervisor in Golf Manor; Timothy Dorsey, a township firefighter since 2000; and Richard Waldbillig, a 20-year firefighter who has served the township for 11 years.

David Jennings, who has worked off and on for the township since 1999, was promoted to full-time captain.

Masked man sought in Speedway robbery

WEST CHESTER TWP. - Police searched Monday for a masked gunman who robbed the Speedway gas station on Ohio 747.

The man entered the station, pointed a gun at the male clerk and demanded cash from the register about 2 a.m.

He fled on foot after obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash.

Anyone with information is asked to call West Chester Township police: 777-2231.

Two men arrested following false alarms

WEST CHESTER TWP. - Police arrested two men Monday after several officers, including the SWAT team, were called to a Pisgah trailer park on an intruder report that turned out to be false.

Nathan Hess Jr., 21, of West Chester was charged with making false alarms, and Bryan Schuster, 19, of Loveland was charged with possession of a counterfeit controlled substance.

The men were arrested following a SWAT call that ran from about 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. Monday. Mr. Hess called a Warren County dispatcher and said someone was in his house and that he feared for his and his family's safety, West Chester police Sgt. Steve Oakes said.

Warren County authorities notified West Chester. Police did not get a response when officers knocked on the door of Mr. Hess' trailer in Gettysburg Estate, so SWAT officers were called, and officers finally entered the home by breaking down the door with a battering ram, Sgt. Oakes said.

Several people were inside the trailer and apparently there had never been any threat, he added.

Oxford hospital's program reaccredited

OXFORD - McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital has received a three-year term of accreditation for its ultrasound service by the American College of Radiology.

Board-certified physicians and medical physicists conducted the evaluation of the hospital's service.

"We are very pleased with this reaccreditation," said Dr. Mary C. Moebius, medical director of imaging services at the hospital. "Our score was 98 out of 100 possible points, with 85 points as the threshold for accreditation."

McCullough-Hyde recently opened its new imaging services facility, which has nearly doubled the size of its previous space.

New ultrasound, nuclear medicine, MRI, mammography and bone density screening equipment has been added to improve diagnostic capabilities and patient services.

- Compiled from staff and wire reports

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