Monday, June 9, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Teen dies in wreck in Franklin Twp.

A Middletown teenager was killed Saturday night in an accident in Franklin Township.

Darren L. Lewis, 15, was a passenger in a pickup truck when the truck drifted off the right side of Franklin-Madison Road about 10 p.m.

The driver of the truck, Cody Fugate, 16, also of Middletown, tried to bring the truck back onto the road, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. But he lost control, hit a tree on the passenger side and then spun into another tree.

Lebanon man must repay workers' comp

LEBANON - A Warren County man will repay more than $18,000 in workers' compensation benefits after pleading guilty to fraud.

Randall Repp of Lebanon was ordered to pay $18,131.42 in overpaid benefits and $1,302.64 in investigative costs for continuing to collect temporary disability benefits while operating his own concrete business, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation announced.

He also was sentenced to five years community control.

Repp was awarded temporary disability benefits after injuring his lower back in a February 1988 fall from a semi truck while an employee of Kendrick Motor Freight.

Accidents shut down both I-71, I-75

Two fiery crashes Saturday night temporarily closed Interstates 75 and 71 in Warren County.

In the first, about 10:30 p.m., southbound I-75 was closed about an hour after an accident involving a semi and a trailer hauling a car. No one was hurt. The Turtlecreek Township Fire Department put out the vehicle fire. The Ohio State Highway Patrol cited an Ontario man for failing to maintain distance between vehicles.

In the second accident, about 11:20 p.m., I-71 northbound was closed while fire crews put out a fire involving a car and a pickup truck. Frederick Wade, 58, of Centerburg, was headed north when his Chevy S-10 was hit in the rear by a sedan driven by Lee Holcomb, 37, of Mason, police said. Both vehicles went off the right side of the highway, with Holcomb's catching fire.

Wade was treated at Bethesda North Hospital and released. His wife, Kathryn Wade, 56, and Holcomb were taken to University Hospital, where their conditions were not available Sunday night.

Firehouse to get heat-sensing cameras

Corryville's firehouse will get two thermal-imaging cameras thanks to a $20,000 donation to be presented Tuesday by a neighborhood business group.

The cameras detect body heat, allowing firefighters to see through smoke to find people. The University Village Association plans to present the check to Mayor Charlie Luken and Fire Chief Robert Wright in front of the Corryville firehouse that houses Engine and Ladder 19.

The donation is part of the city's Campaign for Sight in the Dark, a mission to equip all fire companies with such cameras.

The association says "Engine Co. 19 is the hardest-working fire company in the city and wants it to have the best possible tools to protect the residents it serves," said President Martin Angiulli .

Restaurant is history beginning today

COVINGTON - Demolition of the storied Coach and Four Restaurant is set for 7:30 a.m. today, making way for a high-rise building on the riverfront.

The upscale cottage at Second and Scott streets, near the Suspension Bridge, began serving food in the 1930s. It closed its doors for the last time in 1999, after returning to prestige under new owners.

The new building, developed by Covington-based Corporex, is expected to include retail stores, offices and condominiums.

19th century hospital on 'endangered' list

LOUISVILLE - The U.S. Marine Hospital, a vacant three-story building that once treated ill and injured boatmen on the Ohio River, has been named one of the nation's "11 Most Endangered Historic Places."

Vacant since the mid-1970s, the hospital looks much as it did when it opened in 1852. Its architect, Robert Mills, also designed the Washington Monument and several other buildings in Washington, D.C.

The hospital has been vacant since the mid-1970s. Its paint peels, its roof leaks and some of its brick work crumbles. But the hospital is structurally sound and has kept many of its Greek-revival architectural features.

Although being named to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's list doesn't guarantee the building will be renovated and preserved, historians and preservationists hope the designation bring attention to the need. The National Trust also will check on the property and offer assistance in saving it.

"The building has been on the minds of preservationists for many, many years," said Joanne Weeter, Louisville government's historic preservation officer. "But it takes money to renovate the building, and we haven't found $9 million."

Mary Ruffin Hanbury, of the National Trust's southern office in Charleston, S.C., said the Marine Hospital was put on the list because its future is uncertain and it's thought to be the only standing inland marine hospital.

The hospital operated until 1935.

- Compiled from staff and wire reports

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