Sunday, September 7, 2003

Regional Report



Golf cart tips over, hurting course worker

INDEPENDENCE - An employee of the Kenton County Golf Course was critically injured early Saturday morning when the golf cart he was driving tipped over.

Kenton County Police would not release the name of the injured man, but said he suffered head injuries and was flown by helicopter to University Hospital, where he was in critical condition Saturday.

The accident happened at 1 a.m. on the sixth hole of the course at 3908 Richardson Road. Another unidentified man was riding in the golf cart and called police after the accident, but couldn't remember the location of the wreck. Police used the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office helicopter to search the golf course for the injured man.

An employee at the golf course said they were checking over the work schedule to see if the injured man was working early Saturday morning, and if he had permission to be on the property.

The accident remains under investigation.

Kicker apologizes for taking ox statue

OXFORD - The Miami University football place kicker charged with stealing an ox statue from a city park said in a written statement Saturday that he took the piece of artwork as a prank.

Jared Parseghian, 21, has been charged with a fifth-degree felony in the theft of the statue, which was part of a citywide art project displayed in this city's Uptown Park.

Parseghian, who has been suspended from Miami's football team indefinitely, said in the statement that he "exercised extremely poor judgment" and apologized to the university, his coaches and teammates.

Farmers can get low-interest loans

Farmers who have experienced major loss of crop production in Hamilton, Clermont, Brown, Adams, Scioto, Warren and Pike counties are eligible for low-interest loans from the Farm Service Agency (FSA), U.S. Rep. Rob Portman, R-Terrace Park, announced Friday.

Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman has declared all counties in the 2nd District primary disaster areas because of excessive rain, flooding, hail and high winds since May.

Individuals may check the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov or call Portman's Kenwood office at (513) 791-0381 or his Portsmouth office at (740) 354-1440.

Seminar promotes safe Net surfing

WEST CHESTER TWP. - A seminar on how to protect children while they use the Internet will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 13 at the West Chester Church of the Nazarene, 7951 Tylersville Road.

Students in grades 5-12 can attend with their parents. The seminar is free to the public.

Presented by the Citizens for Community Values and American Heritage Girls,a Regional Electronics and Computer Investigations Task Force specialist will speak.

Workers with the Citizens for Community Values will discuss filtering software, spam and other technological solutions and share methods parents and other experts have found effective.

For more information, call 733-5775.

- Compiled from staff and wire reports




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