Thursday, January 06, 2000


Two men shot in chest in West End drive-by

        Two men were shot in the chest late Wednesday in a drive-by shooting in the 700 block of Clark Street in Cincinnati's West End neighborhood.

        Both victims were taken to University Hospital. One had gunshot wounds in the back and chest; the other in the arm and chest, according to police broadcasts.

        Their names and conditions were not immediately available.

        Police issued bulletins for two men, 18 to 21 years old, who were thought to be involved in a $30 street robbery earlier in the 1800 block of Sycamore Street.

Part of Kenwood Road closing until end of June
        Kenwood Road under Ronald Reagan Highway will close Jan. 17 and won't reopen to traffic until the end of June.

        Construction crews need the space to widen the bridge on Ronald Reagan over Kenwood Road. Pavement on Kenwood will be lowered to give traffic adequate vertical clearance, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

        During the construction, drivers will be detoured about one-half mile to the north and south connectors to Blue Ash Road.

St. Elizabeth's first baby of 2000 gets gifts
        It was good to be the first baby born in 2000 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Northern Kentucky.

        When Sophia Grace Marrs checked in at 5 a.m. Saturday, the Marrs family of Independence was pleasantly surprised to receive about $1,000 worth of donated gifts.

        The baby booty included $300 in savings bonds; $525 in gift certificates for toys, photos, meals and groceries; a hair styling and massage for Mom; a tote bag filled with children's books; a picture frame and clock; a nursing sling; and a millennium-themed Beanie Baby.

        The family found out at the hospital that the first baby would get some sort of prize but didn't know how valuable the gifts were until after the baby was born.

        “It was a nice surprise,” said Sophia's mother, Michelle Marrs. “We never dreamed we would be the first. It was seven minutes after midnight when we started going to the hospital, and I knew it would be several hours before the baby was born.”

Hoxworth plans blood drives this month
        After passing through the New Year's holiday with no major trouble, Hoxworth Blood Center will be conducting two blood drives this month to maintain its winter blood supplies.

        From Monday through Jan. 29, all Hoxworth locations will be participating in the annual WEBN-FM Winter Blood Drawing. The campaign ends Jan. 29 with a blood drive at Northgate Mall.

        On Jan. 13, WCPO-TV (Channel 9), Ethicon Endo-Surgery and Cinco Federal Credit Union will co- sponsor a blood drive at Channel 9's studios at Fifth Street and Central Avenue, downtown.

        For information, call Hoxworth at 451-0910.

United Home Care back to its old name
        After changing management and battling a financial crisis, the United Home Care home nursing agency has changed back to its old name — the Visiting Nurse Association.

        The agency had been known for many years as the Visiting Nurse Association before 1984, when it changed its name to United Home Care to reflect its merger with another home health service. The “new” name took effect Jan. 1.

        The Visiting Nurse Association employs about 400 people who perform about 150,000 visits a year for nearly 5,000 patients.

Emergency siren tests longer than expected
        A monthly test of emergency sirens hit a snag Wednesday, said a spokeswoman for the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency.

        The sirens, which the agency tests at noon on the first Wednesday of each month, were reprogrammed to go off for five minutes instead of three minutes. Although most of the sirens went off as expected Wednesday, a small number did not operate at all.

        The problem was due to a programming glitch unrelated to Y2K and will be fixed before next month's test, the spokeswoman said.

House-trashing suspects arrested
        AKRON — Police have arrested three adults and eight juveniles who are accused of trashing a house during five days of partying while the family living there was away on vacation last June.

        Detective Vince Felber said more than $14,000 in damage was done to the house by uninvited visitors, who are also accused of using the family's gasoline credit card and stealing prescription drugs, a watch, sunglasses, compact discs, clothing and more than $400 worth of food and alcohol.

        Detective Felber said carpeting and furniture were destroyed by urine, vomit and cigarette burns.

        Two of the juveniles, both 16, deceived a family member into giving them a key to the house, Detective Felber said.

VA evacuated for carbon monoxide leak
        COLUMBUS — About 100 patients and 270 employees at a Veterans Administration outpatient clinic were evacuated Wednesday because of a carbon monoxide leak.

        Seven people were taken to Ohio State University Medical Center with symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and one person was transported there after having a seizure in the clinic's parking lot during the evacuation, said Deputy Fire Chief Karry Ellis.

        Firefighters found extremely high levels of carbon monoxide inside the Chalmers P. Wylie Veterans Administration Clinic and evacuated the building on the city's east side just after 3 p.m., fire Lt. Michael Castle said.

Radio talk show host makes obscene gesture
        TOLEDO — A radio talk show host suspended for his on-air remarks made an obscene gesture to a newspaper photographer while leaving a sensitivity training seminar.

        A photo of WSPD-AM's Scott Sloan raising his middle finger was published in The Blade on Wednesday.

        The newspaper was critical of Mr. Sloan after he told listeners during a show in November that the Rev. Jesse Jackson wanted to be assassinated.

        Mr. Sloan was later suspended and has been off the air since. Station management ordered him to complete sensitivity training. The two-day seminar began Tuesday.


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