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County inmates pay to stay

Friday, December 4, 1998

Hamilton County commissioners put in writing Thursday the pay-to-stay program that they put in practice earlier this year.

The program, which requires county inmates to pay for their incarceration, has been raising about $11,000 a week since it started this fall, County Commissioner John Dowlin said.

That money has been raised by charging inmates $30 to get booked in. The program will start raising even more money, Mr. Dowlin said, because the county is going to start charging inmates for their time in jail, too.

There will be a daily rate ranging from nothing for indigent inmates to $60 for those who can afford it. Inmates also will have to pay for any medical and dental treatment they receive in jail. Anyone found not guilty of any of the charges for which they were jailed will be entitled to a refund, the agreement says.

East, west sides vbie to help needy

Metro and WGRR-FM (103.5) are pitting east vs. west in the Crosstown Food Showdown to see which side of Greater Cincinnati can donate the most food.

Metro will park buses at the Glenway Crossing and Hyde Park Plaza Thriftway stores this weekend. People can load non-perishable food on the buses from 2 to 10 p.m. Friday, 8

a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdayand 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The food will go to the Emergency Food Center on Hamilton Avenue at 10 a.m. Monday, where the winning bus will be announced.

Good Shepherd marks 25 years as parish

SYMMES TOWNSHIP -- The Community of the Good Shepherd, the largest congregation in the Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati, is celebrating its 25th anniversary Sunday with a special liturgy and reception. Parishioners, friends, former members, religious and staff members are invited to a noon Mass and social. Information: 489-8815.

Galbraith section has limited reopening

NORTH COLLEGE HILL -- Galbraith Road will return to two-way traffic Dec. 10 between Hamilton and Simpson avenues.

There will be restrictions: no left turns onto Galbraith Road. There will be no parking on the north and south sides of the street, unless all work in the area has been completed.

Donation recipient wasn't sick, police say

Cincinnati police have accused a Westwood man of bilking his co-workers by collecting donations to cover non-existent medical expenses. Allen Burke, 40, of Vienna Woods Drive was arrested Tuesday, his birthday, and charged with a felony count of fraud, police records said. He was released on his promise to return for court proceedings and faces a hearing this morning.

Mr. Burke was working for the Queensgate firm Paycor when he told his bosses and co-workers he had a terminal brain tumor, police said. Mr. Burke, who does not suffer from such a problem, even showed letters from physicians.

Employees threw a benefit party. Others wrote personal checks, said Paycor Vice President and General Manager Rick Chouteau. Court records said donations totaled $1,650.

Mr. Burke no longer works at Paycor, Mr. Chouteau said.

Avondale credit union invites visits Sunday

The Avondale Community Federal Credit Union is hosting Credit Union Sunday this week for members of area churches. The credit union, founded by the Baptist Ministers Conference of Greater Cincinnati, will be open from 1 to 4 p.m.

The event is a fund-raiser and an opportunity for people to open accounts. Officials are trying to raise money for expenses.

The credit union is at 3541 Reading Road in Avondale. For more information, call 861-2111.

Union member sues over accountability

Urged on by the Department of Labor, a food service employee at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Avondale has sued her union over financial accountability.

Jennifer Jeraldine Starks said no one will tell her how dues have been spent at Local 2031 of the American Federation of Government Employees.

Ms. Starks filed her suit in U.S. District Court suit.

Lima doctors battle flesh-eating bacteria

LIMA, Ohio -- Doctors think they have successfully fended off a flesh-eating bacteria that threatened a northwest Ohio man's life.

Gary Denig is a patient at St. Rita's Medical Center in Toledo, where doctors are trying to rid his arm of bacteria that are eating his flesh.

There is hope that Mr. Denig will survive thanks to treatment done in Lima Memorial Hospital's hyperbaric oxygen chambers.

Lawson's sister says she helped bury body

MIDDLETOWN -- The sister of a man accused of killing and dismembering a former girlfriend says she helped move and bury parts of the corpse. And she's convinced that her brother is innocent.

Melissa Lawson, the sister of accused killer James Lawson, told the Middletown Journal she helped move and bury parts of Cheryl Durkin's corpse.

Melissa Lawson said she was with her mother, Ellen Peck, in May when they went to Preble County and to Indiana and buried the body parts. She said she is aware she could be charged for her part in the crime. But she said she told the police what happened.

"Without me, they wouldn't have a case," Ms. Lawson told the Journal. "I went to them (police) and told them what we had done. I led them to the graves."

Ms. Lawson said she does not think her brother killed Ms. Durkin.



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