Sunday, June 04, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report




Firefighters injured from fall
        Two firefighters were injured during a Saturday morning fire at 27 Dekamp Avenue in Carthage when a firefighter fell from a ladder onto another firefighter, fire officials said. Both were treated and released from University Hospital.

        The occupant, who was not at home during the fire, is receiving temporary housing through the Red Cross.

        Firefighters arrived at 7:08 a.m. and observed the fire on the second floor. Damage was limited to that area.

        Firefighter Edward Orme fell off a ground ladder from about 15 feet and landed on firefighter Christopher Daniels. Firefighter Orme had a laceration on his chin and Firefighter Daniels sustained lower back injuries.

McCrackin will be remembered Saturday
        The Rev. Maurice McCrackin's life will be celebrated noon-6 Saturday in Cincinnati's West End with an interfaith gathering, live music, artists, information tables set up by social service agencies and children's games.

        This third annual “Mac Day” recalls the late activist's anti-war and anti-racism efforts over more than half a century.

        Events will be in Laurel Park on Ezzard Charles Drive near Linn Street. If it rains, the celebration will move across Ezzard Charles into St. Joseph Catholic Church.

        Information, the Rev. Phil Seher, 381-4526, ext. 13, or Brian Crum, 221-5537.

New college program arranged for rabbis
        Hebrew Union College and Xavier University are collaborating in a new master of education degree to prepare rabbis to run Jewish day schools and part-time synagogue schools.

        Four HUC students are registered for the program, which begins this month. Recently, HUC also began a joint graduate program with the University of Cincinnati law school.

Metro to host transit forum
        In an effort to better meet the needs of Tristate residents, Metro will host a regional forum on transit issues 8:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Museum Center at Union Terminal, 1301 Western Ave.

        This is the first of three forums, which will allow community representatives to guide the development of the MetroMoves, a plan to gather public comment about how Metro should upgrade its services.

        The follow-up regional forums will be held in September and November as the plan is refined for presentation to the community in late 2000.

        For information, call (877) 708-4332 or go online at www.metromoves.com.

Endowment for scholars forming
        An endowment to support young scholars as they find their way in the classroom and research is being established with a $1.5 million Andrew W. Mellow Foundation matching grant at Oberlin College in northern Ohio.

        It will support new recipients of doctorates in the humanities and social sciences for two years as they shift from graduate school to professional campus careers.

        Mellow Fellows will teach one course each semester and over the two years, including introductory, intermediate and advance classes to different levels of learners, enrollments and curricula.

        They also will spend time on research and work closely with an Oberlin faculty mentor.

Cleves woman suing halfway house
        A Cleves woman is suing a Mount Auburn halfway house for people with mental illnesses after she was attacked by a fellow patient while asleep in her room.

        The woman had been a resident of West House, 2671 Bellevue Ave., for about three months in 1998 when Mallory Chambers, a convicted felon, attacked her.

        The suit, filed in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, claims the long-term residential facility was negligent because of a policy prohibiting residents from locking their doors at night.

        The suit also claims the halfway house should have known that Mr. Chambers was not a suitable candidate for residency at West House. Mr. Chambers was battling substance abuse as well as a mental illness when he moved to the facility.

        Mr. Chambers later pleaded guilty to sexual battery, a third-degree felony, for attacking the woman the morning of June 4, 1998. He is serving a four-year jail sentence. The court also labeled him a sexual predator.

        The woman is seeking unspecified damages.

        Eric Plinke, the attorney for West House, couldn't be reached for comment.

       



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