Thursday, February 27, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report


Compiled from staff and wire reports

Eight treated after fire, dust exposure

FRANKLIN - Eight people were treated at hospitals Wednesday after being exposed to toxic dust in a small fire at Faurecia, an automotive parts factory on Commerce Center Drive.

Frank Young, emergency services director for Warren County, said four employees complained of minor respiratory problems or had elevated heart rates. Four firefighters were transported as a precaution because parts of their faces were covered with chromium particles. The fire was contained to a particle collector outside the building.

Firefighters were being decontaminated before they left the fire scene, Young said.

About 50 people were in the plant when the blaze broke out shortly before noon, Young said. The Ohio EPA was on site to supervise the cleanup.


[photo] POTHOLES PROLIFERATE: A pickup truck passes a large pothole Wednesday afternoon in the 1200 block of Eastern Avenue just east of the Montgomery Inn. The hard winter has taken a toll on roads, and potholes are starting to appear in large numbers.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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Review required before levy request

The Hamilton County commissioners voted 3-0 Wednesday to require outside reviews of agencies before they can ask voters for a tax levy.

The action applies to all levies that need commissioners' approval before going on the ballot, such as mental health, elderly services and children's services. The only such agency expected to seek a levy this year is the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, whose current levy expires in December.

A.T. Hudson & Co. has said it will do the zoo review for $54,000 - a cost that will be picked up by the county.

The commissioners delayed action on two other resolutions, one that would require outside review of all county departments and another that would create a Homeland Security Commission.

Flight student OK after rough landing

BLUE ASH - Flying student Scott Meyer, 35, of Warren County, escaped without injury when a single-engine Cessna he was landing Wednesday afternoon at Blue Ash Airport slid off a runway and crashed into a pile of snow.

The plane had minor damage, according to Blue Ash Police.

Teacher contract vote may come tonight

BLUE ASH - The Sycamore Community Schools Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting tonight to act on a proposed teachers' contract, depending on the outcome of the teachers' vote earlier in the day.

The meeting is 7:30 p.m. at E.H. Greene Intermediate School. The board will vote on the contract for the 2002-03 school year if teachers ratify it.

Sycamore teachers will vote today in their school buildings. They have worked without a contract since July 31.

Husband accused of attack, drug charges

WEST CHESTER TWP. - A 20-year-old man was arrested Tuesday night after his wife told police he stabbed her in the leg as the two argued in their home.

Timothy Furlong of the 7600 block of Barrett Road was charged with felonious assault, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, said Sgt. Steve Oakes of the West Chester Township Police Department.

The 27-year-old woman was treated at Bethesda North Hospital and released.

Model sought for future arts center

BLUE ASH - Chuck Funk, the city's parks and recreation director, wants to announce by April which performing arts facility should be used as a model for a proposed $10 million building.

Funk is looking for a center that exemplifies how cities and educational institutions can work together.

In May, Blue Ash and University of Cincinnati officials announced that they wanted to build a 1,000-seat venue at Raymond Walters College in Blue Ash.

They want the center to become a second home for the Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Loveland annexes residential property

LOVELAND - By a 5-0 vote, council on Tuesday annexed 4.9 acres of Miami Township property to the city.

Clermont County Commissioners already approved the annexation along Ohio 48. The property will be zoned low-density residential.

In 2002, the city annexed 77 acres of Hamilton and Miami township property. Zoning ordinances mandated that the property originally be zoned low-density residential.

A proposed ordinance that would allow property owners to suggest a preferred zoning when they attempt to have their land annexed is March 11.

For more information, call city offices, (513) 683-0150.




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