Sunday, August 15, 1999


3 Covington officers injured chasing suspect

        A Covington man was jailed on drunken driving and other charges Saturday after an early morning police chase that sent three officers to the hospital with minor injuries.

        Nathan Gentry of Promontory Drive was jailed in Kenton County on charges of drunken driving, driving under suspension, reckless driving, and fleeing.

        Covington officers were assisting Kenton County police in a chase at 3:15 a.m. when Mr. Gentry allegedly rammed a Covington cruiser at Grand Avenue and Taylor Mill Road, running the police car off the road and slightly injuring the officer, according to police.

        Mr. Gentry's car then struck another cruiser at Promontory Drive before he jumped out of his vehicle and ran into the woods.

        One officer received knee and wrist injuries, and another broke his wrist during the foot chase. The officers' names were not available Saturday.

        The three were treated at St. Elizabeth North Hospital and released, a hospital supervisor said.

Springer campaigning — for Forrest Buckley
        Jerry Springer may not be running for the U.S. Senate, but he will be doing some campaigning in Cincinnati next month.

        The TV talk-show host — a former Cincinnati mayor and councilman — is the featured attraction at a Sept. 24 campaign fund-raiser for Forrest Buckley, a Democratic candidate for Cincinnati City Council.

        Mr. Buckley and Mr. Springer became friends in the 1970s when Mr. Springer was at City Hall and Mr. Buckley was president of the Cincinnati firefighters' union.

        Last week, Mr. Springer ended speculation that he might run for the U.S. Senate from Ohio next year against Republican incumbent Mike DeWine by releasing a statement saying he plans to stay in television.

Bush returns to Ohio for fund-raising event
        Republican presidential front-runner George W. Bush will return to Ohio this week for the first time since raking in $1 million at a Cincinnati fund-raiser last month.

        The Texas governor will be in Columbus on Thursday, where he will attend a $1,000-a-ticket fund-raising event at the home of Les Wexner, owner of The Limited and other stores.

        Mr. Bush will move on Friday to the Akron suburb of Fairlawn for another fund-raising event.

        On July 22, Cincinnati businessmen Mercer Reynolds and Bill DeWitt Jr., both former business partners of Mr. Bush, organized a fund-raiser at Cincinnati's Omni Netherland Hotel. The $1 million raised at the DeWitt-Reynolds event set a record for a single political fund-raising event in Ohio.

Northside man's bond is $25K in rape case
        A 33-year-old Northside man was arraigned Saturday on charges of raping his ex-girlfriend Friday.

        Kenneth C. Jones, of the 4800 block of Hamilton Avenue, was or dered to stay away from the woman.

        His bond was set at $25,000.

Neurologists to study aspirin and strokes
        Riverhills Healthcare, a neurology group with offices in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, is participating in an international study to see if daily aspirin doses can prevent second strokes.

        Patients who had strokes or “mini-strokes” called TIAs within the past 30 days are eligible. So are patients with peripheral vascular disease. For information, call (606) 426-3547.

University again left off "best hospitals' list
        For two straight years, University Hospital was omitted from a list of America's best hospitals compiled by U.S. News & World Report. Now, hospital officials know why.

        The first time the hospital missed the list was because the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati (which controls University, Christ, Jewish, St. Luke and Fort Hamilton hospitals) failed to submit an annual survey to the American Hospital Association.

        This year, staffers made triple sure that the 1998 AHA survey was filed on time — only to find out too late that the magazine also wanted the 1997 information, which was not submitted.

        The omissions have been disappointing to many at University Hospital, because in 1997 the facility was ranked among the nation's 40 best in 10 categories. After two misses, “every effort possible will be made in allowing all departments to be eligible for next year's list,” wrote Jack Cook, Health Alliance president, in an Aug. 4 memo.

Ohio commission will hear civil rights cases
        People who claim they have been discriminated against will argue their cases at a Thursday hearing of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC).

        The regular public meeting will be held at the OCRC Cincinnati regional office on the second floor at Holiday Park, 801-B W. Eighth St. Commissioners will hear arguments and vote on cases that have been submitted.

        The OCRC holds regular meetings every three to four weeks.

Coroner delays ruling on infant's death
        DAYTON, Ohio — The Montgomery County Coroner's Office is postponing a ruling on what caused the death of a 10-month-old boy at a day care provider's home.

        Officials say they found nothing abnormal in the autopsy of Michael Akin Stewart and will wait to rule on his cause of death until they receive information from the day care provider, Natalie Richardson, and her husband, Sammy.

        On Thursday, the baby was discovered not breathing at the Richardsons' home and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Investigators said they are frustrated because of a lack of cooperation from the Richardsons.


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