Saturday, April 01, 2000

Lawsuit filed against diabetes drug maker

        Cincinnati lawyer Stanley Chesley filed a class action lawsuit Friday against the company that manufactures a diabetes drug linked to at least 61 deaths.

        The drug, Rezulin, was pulled from the market earlier this year after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded it was more toxic to the liver than several other drugs used to treat diabetes.

        The FDA found that the other drugs provided the same benefit as Rezulin without the higher risk of liver damage.

        The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland, identifies three people who claim they suffered health problems after taking the drug.

        The suit seeks unspecified damages from the manufacturer, Parke-Davis, Warner-Lambert Co.

Display gives walkers view of construction
        A new observation display has been installed on the pedestrian bridge at 312 Walnut St., providing walkers with a close-up view of construction on Fort Washington Way as the project nears completion.

        The display, which was updated Friday, features information panels positioned around the bridge windows and uses the actual construction site as reference.

        The two-year, $313 million Fort Washington Way reconstruction project, which stretches from the Brent Spence Bridge to the Lytle Tunnel, is designed to make the highway safer and improve access for motorists and pedestrians, while reducing the amount of riverfront space devoted to the highway.

Hillsboro man, 76, killed in crash
        GEORGETOWN — A 76-year-old Hillsboro man was killed Thursday evening when he drove his 1994 Ford station wagon into the path of a Dodge Dakota pickup truck at the intersection of Ohio 32 and U.S. 62 in Brown County, said a spokesman for the Ohio State Highway Patrol post here.

        Troopers said Ivor E. Jones was driving northbound on U.S. 62 and pulled into the path of an eastbound vehicle being driven by Denise Ward, 32, of Peebles, Adams County. Ms. Ward had the right-of-way, troopers said.

        Mr. Jones died at Clermont Mercy Hospital shortly after the 7:19 p.m. accident. Ms. Ward was in fair condition Friday at University Hospital.

7 students hurt when bus struck by car
        Seven students from Clermont Northeastern Primary School were treated for minor injuries after the bus they were riding in was struck by a car in Owensville Thursday morning, Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

        Johnny Stephenson, 29, of Batavia, was cited for driving left of center and not wearing a seat belt. He was treated at Clermont Mercy Hospital. Mr. Stephenson was driving north on Ohio 132 when his 1993 Pontiac Grand Prix struck the southbound school bus in the left rear wheel. The bus driver, Theresa Clem, 38, of Owensville, was not injured. There were 35 students aboard.

Hamilton jail meets state standards
        HAMILTON — The city jail, run by the local police division, has achieved 100 percent compliance with state jail standards.

        The jail, which is authorized to 12 hold prisoners for up to eight hours, was inspected on March 15.

        During the inspection, the Ohio Department of Correction and Rehabilitation noted improvements to the jail since its last inspection in 1999: better policies and procedures, a new cell decontamination kit, a new automated fingerprinting system and new computer image photographing equipment.

Hearing on train whistles at crossings
        WASHINGTON — The Federal Railroad Administration said it will go to northeast Ohio on May 1 for a public hearing on its proposal to require trains to sound their whistles at every railroad crossing.

        The meeting, to be held at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, is part of a series of hearings scheduled across the country.

        It was scheduled at the prodding of Reps. Steve LaTourette, R-Ohio, and Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio.

        The agency wants to require trains to sound their whistles at every crossing that has not been exempted as a “quiet zone.”

Couple out of jail, found dead in hotel
        GREENWOOD, Ind. — A Lawrence County couple bonded out of jail on charges of growing and selling marijuana hours before they checked into a “fantasy” hotel, where a maid found their bodies in a hot tub.

        Grunda Reynolds, 34, and William Reynolds, 38, of Springville paid $2,000 cash bonds to be released from the Lawrence County Jail in Bedford on Wednesday afternoon, then stopped at two pharmacies and drove to the Red Carpet Inn Fantasuites in Greenwood.

        A maid found their unclad bodies Thursday in the hot tub in their Sherwood Forest-themed suite.

        Autopsies were performed Friday, but the results were not immediately known, said Capt. David Payne of Greenwood police.

Family angry victim's belongings tossed out
        COLUMBUS — The family of a woman doused with gasoline and set on fire this month is angry that the woman's possessions were removed from the apartment where she lived.

        The mother and sister of Trishella McDaniel saw her belongings in an alley behind her apartment Thursday as they were going to visit her at Ohio State University Medical Center.

        “We drive by and say, "What's this? This is my sister's stuff,'” Teri Jackson, 36, told the Columbus Dispatch for a story Friday. “We're so outraged.”

        Ms. Jackson and her mother, Ozella Jennings, also noticed a rental sign in the front yard.

        Ms. McDaniel has been unconscious in critical condition at the hospital since March 8 with burns to more than 70 percent of her body after she was set on fire in a grocery store parking lot. Lana D. Williams, 28, has been charged with attempted murder.

Man guilty of killing a woman, raping another
        TOLEDO, Ohio — A man has been found guilty in the killing and kidnapping of a prostitute and the rape of another woman.

        Robert Cooper, 21, of Toledo, pleaded no contest Thursday to the aggravated murder and kidnapping of Felita Thomas, 36. He also pleaded no contest to raping another woman from Toledo.

        Robert Clark, a Lucas County assistant prosecutor, said Mr. Cooper and Charles MacKay, 27, of Lambertville, Mich., picked up Ms. Thomas and took her to a wooded area in Monroe County, Mich., where they raped and killed her.

        In the separate rape case, Mr. Clark said the two men picked up a woman and drove to the same location in Michigan where Ms. Thomas was killed. The woman was forced to perform oral sex on Mr. Cooper, Mr. Clark said.

Scouts to conduct food, clothing drive
        Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts in Warren County will ask their neighbors, friends and families to contribute food and clothing to help people in need when the annual Scouting for Food and Clothing Drive begins Sunday.

        Their goal is to collect one million pounds of food and one million pounds of clothing. Donations will be distributed to the needy by food pantries and Goodwill industries throughout Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

        The Scouts will distribute information door-to-door from Sunday through April 8. They will pick up donations from 1 to 4 p.m. April 9.


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- Lawsuit filed against diabetes drug maker
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