Sunday, June 8, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report



Compiled from staff and wire reports

14-month-old boy dies after being hit by car

HAMILTON - Police continued to investigate Saturday an accident in which a 14-month-old boy was killed after being struck by a car Friday night.

Police still don't know why the 14-month-old toddler was in the street shortly before 10:30 p.m. in the 800 block of Ludlow Street.

Juan C. Ramirez taken to Children's Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police are not releasing the boy's address or the name of the driver. No one has been charged.

2-year-old pulled from pool at birthday party

BLANCHESTER - A 2-year-old Blanchester boy was flown to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Saturday night after he fell into a residential swimming pool.

His condition was not released.

Skylar Lynch was with his family at a birthday party at 3460 Number Nine Road, said Clermont County Sheriff A.J. "Tim" Rodenberg. Family members found the toddler floating in the pool around 4 p.m. and performed CPR, Rodenberg said.

It is not known how long he was underwater.

Deputies and paramedics arrived and continued CPR before the boy was taken to Clermont Mercy Hospital. He was then flown to Children's Hospital..

Committee to explore saving Gorman farm

EVENDALE - Council agreed this week to let a special committee explore how the village could assume ownership of Cincinnati Nature Center's Gorman Heritage Farm.

Bill Hopple, CNC's executive director, announced in March that the 100-year-old working farm would cease operations in mid-August because there isn't enough money to keep Gorman afloat.

Gorman consumes $390,000 of CNC's annual $2.9 million budget. For years, the center's administrators annually drew more than 5 percent from a $14 million endowment fund so that Gorman could stay afloat. Gorman employs eight full-time employees and six part-timers.

1,600 stops, 9 arrests: Patrol likes numbers

BATAVIA - Though they only charged seven drivers with drunken driving out of more than 1,600 stops Saturday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol says that's a good thing.

The goal of the checkpoint on Ohio 125 was to promote designated drivers and reduce alcohol-related accidents. Officials say the low number of arrests means people may have chosen not to drive drunk because of the checkpoint.

By early Saturday, 1,661 vehicles were stopped at the checkpoint.

Seven people were charged with driving under the influence. One driver was cited for marijuana possession and one passenger was charged with having an open container of alcohol.

OSU toughening rules against riot onlookers

COLUMBUS - Ohio State University could adopt new rules that would make it easier to discipline students who are onlookers at a riot.

The new violation of "failing to disperse" in is among proposed changes to the Student Code of Conduct approved this week by the University Senate. It would mean students who don't follow orders from a police officer or university official to leave could face suspension or other discipline.

The current code doesn't make clear whether onlookers can be disciplined.




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