Friday, November 12, 1999

TRISTATE DIGEST


Ohio health agency warns abortion clinics

        COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Health says 12 abortion clinics across the state, including one in Cincinnati, are operating illegally because they are not licensed to perform outpatient surgery.

        The health department inspected 21 Ohio abortion clinics last month after a complaint from a Cleveland-based anti-abortion group.

        Inspectors found that 12 are not licensed as “ambulatory surgical facilities,” as required under a 1996 state law, said Randy Hertzer, spokesman for the health department. The clinics were sent letters Wednesday stating that they must apply for a license or contact the health department within 10 days.

        If the clinics don't apply for the license or challenge the state's finding in an administrative hearing within 30 days, they could be closed by the state. Health department inspectors found no evidence that women were in danger of being harmed at the clinics.

        Abortion clinic officials say the state did a poor job alerting them to the new licensing requirement.

Police: Attempted rape was by fake officer
        Police are searching for a man who impersonated a police officer and tried to rape a woman in downtown Cincinnati early Thursday.

        The incident occurred at 2:10 a.m. in the area of 600 Main St., police said. The suspect is described as black man in his 40s, 6 feet, 170 pounds, with black hair and mustache and brown eyes. He was wearing blue pants, white shirt and a gold badge.

        Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call the Cincinnati Police Division's personal crimes unit at 352-6474 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Orphanage worker accused of fondling
        Cincinnati police have arrested an employee at St. Aloysius Orphanage for allegedly fondling a child at the Bond Hill orphanage.

        Willie James Stephens, 39, of Bond Hill, was arrested for gross sexual imposition, according to police records.

        Elaine Dickhoner, director of development at St. Aloysius, said an investigation of Mr. Stephens began Oct. 12. She said a “safety plan” was implemented to protect the children during the investigation.

        Mr. Stephens has worked at the orphanage since June 1998, Ms. Dickhoner said, and did not have a prior criminal record.

11 hospitalized; food illness suspected
        TROY, Ohio — At least 11 people were admitted to the hospital over the past week, possibly because of food-borne sickness, health officials say.

        The first seven who became sick came to the Upper Valley Medical Center on Friday, suffering from lower gastrointestinal pain and bloody diarrhea, consistent with E. coli or another bacterial infection, Miami County Health Commissioner Jim Luken said Wednesday.

Sycamore library to close for a week
        The Sycamore Branch Library, 4911 Cooper Road, will be closed Nov. 15-21 to replace carpeting and perform other maintenance.

        The Sycamore book drop will remain open for returned items, and reserves will be held at the branch until it reopens at 10 a.m. Nov. 22.

Firm offers seniors free long-distance calls
        To spread holiday cheer, the Safeco Insurance Co. is opening its doors to seniors to make free long-distance calls on Nov. 21.

        The 21st annual Holiday Hotline will be open 1-4 p.m. at the Safeco office on 5901 E. Galbraith Road, Kenwood.

        “We have a number of seniors who return each year and really look forard to this event,” said Safeco Human Resource Manager Bernie Palcisko. “(We) really enjoy making this a nice time for all of the senior.”

        There will be games and a special visit from Santa during the day.

        Safeco will provide transportation from some area retirement and assisted living homes.

        For information, call (513) 745-5964.

Doctor's award honors compassionate care
        Dr. Scott Pomeroy, a University of Cincinnati Medical School graduate who now works as a neurooncologist at Children's Hospital in Boston, recently received a statewide Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award from the nonprofit Kenneth B. Schwartz Center.

        Dr. Pomeroy was selected from more than 100 nominees in recognition of his personal involvement with young brain tumor patients and for his efforts in cancer research and medical education. Dr. Pomeroy's parents live in Glendale.

       



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