Monday, March 29, 1999


Hamilton 3-month-old found dead in his crib

        HAMILTON — Kelly Newton said she called out to her baby, “Hi Boo Man, let's get up,” and tickled the top of his head Saturday morning.

        His bath water was ready and cooling, and Mrs. Newton was trying to wake him so they could play.

        But her baby wasn't moving and his head was cold — like an icicle, she said.

        She screamed, and her husband, Mark, hurried to the crib next to their bed. He rolled Brindan “Boo” Shawn Henderson Newton over onto his back, Mrs. Newton said Sunday.

        Brindan's face was purplish and his knuckles white. The 3-month-old apparently died in his sleep Saturday morning, according to Hamilton police.

        Cause of death is unknown, but police do not suspect foul play, Lt. Scott Scrimizzi said. An autopsy on the baby will be conducted todayButler County Coroner Dr. Richard Burkhardt said.

        Mr. Newton bottle-fed Brindan about 4 a.m. Saturday before burping him and changing his diaper, his wife said, and they propped blankets around Brindan because he was starting to roll.

        When Mr. Newton put Brindan down, he was on his side, Mrs. Newton said. “He rolls a lot.”

        The couple found Brindan on his stomach Saturday morning, she said.

        The Newtons, 1120 Kahn Ave., have two other children, Steffan Burer, 8, and Morghan Newton, 2.

        The funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Weigel Funeral Home in Hamilton. Visitation will be at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Rose Hill Burial Park.

Autopsy links woman's death to artery disease
        MONROE — A preliminary autopsy shows a 31-year-old Middletown woman died from coronary artery disease Friday, Butler County Coroner Dr. Richard Burkhardt said Sunday.

        Police were investigating the death of Andrea Dinardo, 1728 Central Ave., Apt. 2, Middletown, after she died at a home at 4520 Salzman Road, Monroe, at 3:45 p.m. Friday.

        Ernest Powell, 64, and his daughter, whose name was unavailable from police Sunday, picked up Ms. Dinardo, 31, earlier Friday from the Fort Hamilton Hughes Horizon Center, a Monroe police dispatcher said.

        Ms. Dinardo reportedly drank “several shots” of whiskey before lying down, police said.

        About an hour after Ms. Dinardo went to lie down, Mr. Powell's daughter went to check on her and noticed she wasn't breathing.

        Mr. Powell and his daughter tried cardiopulmonary resuscitation, as did paramedics before they took Ms. Dinardo to Middletown Regional Hospital, police said.

        Toxicology tests from the autopsy, conducted Saturday, have not yet been returned, Dr. Burkhardt said.

Man charged with assault, menacing
        A University Heights man was charged with felonious assault, aggravated menacing, resisting arrest, escape and several outstanding warrants following an incident early Sunday in the West End, District 1 police said.

        Jesse Ferguson, 44, of the 500 block of Devotie Avenue, allegedly went to the Wade Street residence of a woman who told police Mr. Ferguson threatened to kill her and burn her house down.

        Police said Mr. Ferguson fled when they arrived, then returned and fled a second time.

        He was apprehended 45 minutes later in the 1400 block of Linn Street, according to the arrest report. Mr. Ferguson's warrants in cluded disorderly conduct.

UC student charged with apartment burglary
        A University of Cincinnati student faces burglary and weapons charges after Cincinnati police said he forced his way into a Corryville apartment Sunday morning and assaulted a man.

        Alex Jones, 23, of the 3200 block of Whitfield Avenue, Clifton, was charged with aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, and a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon. The incident occurred at the Jefferson Avenue home of Ricardo Brown, for whom no condition was available.

        District 4 officers said that when Mr. Jones was apprehended on West Daniels Street 10 minutes later, at 3:05 a.m., he was concealing a 5-inch steak knife in his hand.

Little Miami rejects portable classrooms
        MORROW — Portables won't likely be the solution to Little Miami Local Schools' projected classroom crunch after board of education members voted down a proposal Friday to buy them.

        The board voted against buying portables by a 3-2 vote, board member Gary Stringer said Sunday. Mr. Stringer, who voted for the measure, said he thought it was the “the best approach to the problem.”

        It would have cost the district about $142,000 to buy three used portables, which would have housed a total of six classrooms at Butlerville and Maineville elementary schools, Superintendent Michael Virelli has said.

        School officials have recently discussed five other options to ease crowding in the district, which may be hit with unprecedented growth next year.

        Other options:

        • Split sessions, which Mr. Virelli has said was a worst-case scenario and board members have not discussed seriously.

        • Converting facilities such as gymnasiums, computer labs and libraries to classroom space.

        • Leasing space, such as retail, light industrial, churches and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8202.

        • Constructing new classroom space.

        • Transferring students from one building to another within the district.

Groups want more natural resources funds
        COLUMBUS — Supporters of the state's nature preserves and scenic rivers say Gov. Bob Taft's proposed state budget doesn't provide enough funds to protect Ohio's natural resources.

        “I really, truly thought that the time had come when the governor's office and the legislature would be aware of the importance of the things we need,” Ann Malmquist, founding president of the Ohio Native Plant Society, told the Columbus Dispatch for a story Sunday.

        Mr. Taft's proposal calls for giving the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves $3.4 million a year for the next two state budget years. That would be a 7.4 percent increase in the first year and no increase in 2001 for the agency, which maintains 118 nature preserves scenic rivers program.

Social worker crowned Ms. Wheelchair Ohio
        AKRON, Ohio — A full-time social worker who skis and swims despite being a wheelchair user has been crowned Ms. Wheelchair Ohio.

        Lena Christine Smith of Louisville received the honor at a pageant in Tallmadge on Saturday night.

        Ms. Smith will represent Ohio in the national Ms. Wheelchair America Program in August at the Summit County Fairgrounds.


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