Thursday, August 05, 1999


Mother's friend held in scalding of boy, 4

        A 4-year-old Kennedy Heights boy is recovering from second-degree burns he suffered from scalding bath water.

        The boy was in fair condition Wednesday at Shriners Burns Institute with burns to his legs, back and buttocks.

        Police began investigating after he was hospitalized for the burns three weeks ago.

        An investigation led to the arrest Tuesday of the mother's boyfriend, William Ballard, 38, of Kennedy Heights.

        He is charged with child endangering. He was being held at the Hamilton County jail while the case is pending.

        Mr. Ballard was convicted in a 1993 endangering case involving another child, said Lt. Steve Luebbe, commander of Cincinnati's personal crimes unit.

        Mr. Ballard told police he didn't check the temperature of the water when the boy was burned July 11 and tried to treat the burns with hydrogen peroxide, Lt. Luebbe said.

Brochure to warn of drowning dangers
        Cincinnati police are joining a campaign by the Cincinnati Safe Kids Coalition and Children's Hospital to alert people about drowning dangers.

        Because of a surge in near drownings at area pools this summer, a brochure will go out to city apartment complexes that have pools to encourage parental supervision.

        More safety tips can be found on the Cincinnati Safe Kids Internet site:

Retirement community marking 100 years
        The Twin Towers retirement community, which started in Yellow Springs, Ohio, in 1899 and moved to Cincinnati in 1903, will celebrate its centennial beginning today with the burial of a time capsule and a celebration dinner.

        One hundred years ago, residents were called “inmates” and instructions detailed which personal items were allowed, including limits on socks and undergarments and a reminder that residents should bring “a black dress or suit for burial.”

        Today, residents at the College Hill community enjoy such amenities as an indoor swimming pool, computer access and woodworking.

Health professionals praise beryllium deal
        TOLEDO, Ohio — The country's largest group of health professionals is praising the U.S. Energy Department's plan to compensate weapons workers sickened by a potentially deadly metal during the Cold War.

        Dr. Mohammad Akhter, executive director of the American Public Health Association, said the proposal could be a model for all federal agencies dealing with occupational illnesses.

        The Energy Department announced a plan last month to compensate workers harmed by exposure to beryllium, a material used in nuclear bombs and other weapons.

        Beryllium can cause a debilitating and sometimes fatal lung disease that can't be cured. The Energy Department and other sources estimate 20,000 to 26,000 workers may have been exposed over 50 years. There are believed to be 500 to 1,000 cases of the disease. In March, the Blade published stories that said government and industry officials knew about the dangers of beryllium, but allowed workers and the public to be exposed.

Inmates' donations pay victims' expenses
        PENDLETON, Ind. — An inmate at the Correctional Industrial Facility in Pendleton has begun a program that helps pay for debts such as funeral and burial expenses for families of homicide victims.

        Billy Adams said the program, called Operation Love, was started after he heard news of Heather Teegarden, 19, a Muncie resident who had been raped and strangled.

        “We are men in here, and we do have compassion in our hearts,” Mr. Adams said. “It's unbearable to think about the pain that families of victims go through when they learn something has happened to their child.”

        On Tuesday, Mr. Adams, prison chaplain Gleason Hackett and Assistant Superintendent Tim Purcell presented a check for nearly $2,200 to Operation Love Chief Executive Officer Jeannie Shaw and Executive Vice President Gary Cook. It was the first donation in the books for the Heather Teegarden Memorial Fund.

        Almost three-quarters of the money donated to the fund came from 300 inmates at the facility, who make anywhere from 65 cents to $1 per day. Some donated as much as a month's worth of pay.

Ex-official admits laundering money
        HAMMOND, Ind. — A former Lake County recorder has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

        Robert Freeland, who served as county recorder from 1989 to 1992 admitted in federal court Tuesday that he bilked insurance companies out of thousands of dollars for copies of vital documents.

        The U.S. attorney's office charges that Mr. Freeland and his former chief deputy, Valerie Levy received $6,000 a month from three title companies in exchange for copies of documents.

        The 60-year-old admitted he took the money after he left office, but denied during his plea hearing that he did anything wrong while in public office.

        Mr. Freeland's sentencing has been scheduled for Oct. 13. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $500,000.

Tip leads police to escapee from jail
        NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. — A 20-year-old man who escaped from the Wabash County Jail last week is back in custody after police captured him living in a home here.

        Police arrested Nicholas Gill on Monday after receiving a tip on his whereabouts.

        The homeowners — Mark and Jason Perkins — were arrested on felony charges of assisting a criminal.

Sailor makes bail in athlete's crash death
        GARY, Ind. — The man charged in a collision that killed Purdue basketball player Tiffany Young has been released from jail and will make his initial court appearance Aug. 18.

        Arnold Eaton, a Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class, made bail at the Lake County Jail late Monday.

        Petty Officer Eaton, 33, of Gary, was home on leave from the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Great Lakes, Ill., this weekend when he was involved in the fiery crash that killed Ms. Young, 21, a member of Purdue's 1999 national championship team.

        Petty Officer Eaton has been charged with causing death while operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, a class C felony. Police said he had a 0.308 percent blood-alcohol content after the accident Saturday night.

        Ms. Young will be buried Thursday after a 1 p.m. funeral at the Wheeler Chapel Church in Hillsboro, Ala., her hometown.


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