Sunday, November 28, 1999

TRISTATE DIGEST


Man dies after losing control of car on U.S. 42

        LEBANON — The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating an auto accident that left a driver dead when his car went off the road on U.S. 42 between Lebanon and Waynesville Saturday morning.

        The Lebanon post of the state patrol said Charles W. Duncan, 19, of Waynesville, was pronounced dead at the scene.

        The accident occurred at 3:30 a.m. when Mr. Duncan drove off the right side of the road and into a ditch on U.S. 42, near Hatfield Road. The car rolled and was found on its left side. Mr. Duncan was heading north on U.S. 42 when the accident happened.

        He was alone in the car, a Chevrolet Cavalier, and no other car was involved in the accident, police said. There were no witnesses to the accident.

        Mr. Duncan was not wearing a seat belt.

45 families needed to buy gifts for needy
        A Tristate social service agency needs 45 more families to help reach its goal of providing Christmas gifts to 800 needy families.

        The Adopt-a-Family program run by Mercy Franciscan at St. John has been matching needy families with donor families for the past nine years. Donors buy presents from a wish list, wrap them, then take them to a warehouse for the adopted family to pick up.

        Call St. John at 241-2186.

Team to offer surgeries in Dominican Republic
        A six-member medical team from the University of Cincinnati will travel to the Dominican Republic on Dec. 4 to spend a week providing cataract surgeries and other treatments to needy residents with eye problems.

        This is the fifth medical mission for the UC Vision Quest Organization, which was started in 1995 by Dr. Joshua Sands and Dr. Don Stephens.

        This year, the team will visit Manuel Bueno, a small Dominican Republic village in the mountains near the Haitian border. The team will take all its own equipment and supplies, raised mostly through donations from various medical equipment suppliers.

        “Ophthalmology care is often times not an option for these citizens,” said Dr. Sands. “The cost of cataract surgery is equal to a year's wage in this rural area.”

Cincinnati State enrolls record 6,600 students
        Cincinnati State Technical and Community College has enrolled a record-high number of students this fall.

        More than 6,600 students enrolled for the school's late fall term, about 7.5 percent higher than its enrollment of 6,148 for the same term last year. The previous high enrollment was 6,573, set during the school's early fall term this year.

        Officials credited stronger recruitment and retention efforts and stable tuition rates. The school's tuition has held steady for three years.

Waterbed firm accused of illegal inhalant sales
        COLUMBUS — Authorities say they have confiscated 45,000 canisters of nitrous oxide and inhaling devices in central Ohio raids of nine Waterbeds “n” Stuff stores and the company's warehouse.

        The company is accused of illegally selling the laughing gas and inhaling tools under the counter to customers, said Lancaster police detective Kevin Everhart.

        Nitrous oxide, without inhaling equipment, can be sold legally to anyone 21 years of age or older. Clerks, however, cannot sell it to anyone who intends to inhale it.

        Waterbeds “n” Stuff is charged with 11 counts of selling the gas with inhaling tools between Jan. 29 and May 27 at its Lancaster store.

       



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