Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Regional Report

Christ Hospital listed as 'most preferred'

Compiled from staff and wire reports

MOUNT AUBURN - Christ Hospital was listed Monday as Greater Cincinnati's "most preferred" hospital for the eighth straight year, according to a survey by the National Research Corp.

The NRC Consumer Choice Awards, published annually in Modern Healthcare magazine, involve surveys of more than 140,000 households in more than 100 cities.

Man pleads guilty to bank robbery charges

HAMILTON - A 39-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday to two robbery charges in what police had called one of the year's dumbest criminal stunts.

On April 2, John Clayton Wedge of Hamilton robbed a Liberty Township branch of Fifth Third Bank, then fled and hid in the Great Miami River. Covered in mud, he approached the Hamilton Shrine Club off Kennedy Camp Road and told two people he had been robbed and needed a ride. He later learned the pair were police officers - and the Shrine Club was the site of their monthly Fraternal Order of Police union meeting that evening.

The officers quickly became suspicious of Wedge's story, leading to his arrest for the bank robbery. Most of the $1,700 stolen from the bank was recovered.

Clearcreek house fire causes $1M damage

CLEARCREEK TWP. - A fire at a large house under construction may have caused as much as $1 million in damage.

The fire broke out about 8 p.m. at a house in the 7000 block of Countrybrook Court and was spotted by a Realtor showing homes in the area.

Fire crews from several Warren County areas were still on the scene several hours later. Cause was undetermined. There were no injuries.

Teen critically hurt after multiple crashes

MADISON TWP. - A Warren County teen on Monday remained in critical condition after a weekend crash that destroyed two vehicles, damaged a pair of fire trucks and caused minor injuries to seven other people.

Ashley Marie Pearson-Noble, 18, of Franklin, was listed in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton following the Saturday night crash near the Haunted Trail exhibit in the 7700 block of Meyers Road, said Butler County Sheriff's Deputy Jim Mueller.

Another motorist, Tabitha Marie Flynn, 25, of Dayton, Ohio, apparently went left-of-center to pass a line of traffic waiting for the exhibit and her 1989 Chevy Blazer crashed into Pearson-Noble's 1993 Dodge hatchback.

Clermont hearing to look at flooding plan

BATAVIA - Clermont County residents are invited to a public hearing at the county engineer's office today.

Officials hope to gather residents' comments on a comprehensive plan that will address flooding and other natural hazards that could affect Clermont County.

The two-hour meeting is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m at 2381 Clermont Center Drive, officials said.

A committee began work on the plan in the spring and has collaborated with a private consulting firm to identify risks, evaluate threats and develop solutions to protect lives and property.

Bevis woman dies in head-on car crash

COLERAIN TWP. - A Bevis woman died Monday after a head-on crash on Harrison Avenue.

Yvonne D. Taylor, 52, was driving a 1995 Ford Escort east on Harrison approaching Mullen Road about 6:40 a.m.when she crossed the center line and struck a westbound 2003 Chevrolet pick-up head-on, Hamilton County sheriff's deputies said Taylor was transported to Mercy Franciscan Hospital Mount Airy, where she was pronounced dead.

The driver of the truck, Kevin E. Wippel, 20, of Colerain Township, declined medical treatment at the scene.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

Defendant in fatal shooting may face life

A man accused of firing several bullets at the driver of a car on Findlay Street, killing the car's passenger, Janeen Roseberry, in the crossfire, was sentenced Monday to at least 26 years in prison.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Beth Myers sentenced Tyrone James, 19, of the West End, to serve 26 years to life on two charges of murder and a charge of felonious assault for the Jan. 6 killing of the 17-year-old in the West End.

Forest Park overhauls emergency convoy

FOREST PARK - The Fire Department has overhauled much of its convoy of emergency responder vehicles, investing nearly $1 million in a new ladder truck, two new ambulances and two new civil defense sirens.

It cost $568,000 and will function as an all-purpose rescue vehicle, carrying equipment for water rescue and vehicle extractions.

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