Saturday, July 08, 2000

Local Digest


Four men indicted in sex taping case

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        Four Westwood men face 16 or more years in prison each if convicted of getting three girls drunk and videotaping them having sex.

        The men were indicted Friday by a Hamilton County grand jury on charges of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor and illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material. Facing eight years in prison on each count are: Paul Alexander Sellers, 20; Matthew Post, 19; Adam Thomsson and Nicholas Meece, both 18.

        Prosecutor Mike Allen said one of the men reportedly called the videotapes “cool.” The girls are 15 and 16.

        The taping allegedly took place June 27-28 in the 5200 block of Bellclare and in the 5600 block of Glenway Avenue.

        Mr. Thomsson faces the stiffest possible sentence — 64 years. Mr. Sellers faces 32, the other two 16 each.

Problems found in "ketogenic' diet
        Some children with epilepsy have developed life-threatening heart trouble from following an extreme diet intended to control their seizures, according to research from Children's Hospital Medical Center.

        The “ketogenic” diet, developed in the 1920s, was based on the idea that seizures that could not be controlled with medication could be limited with a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carbohydrate regimen that mimics a state of near-starvation and dehydration.

        Of 20 children studied, three had heart troubles. The problems reversed themselves once the children stopped the diet.

        The study, published in the journal Neurology, contends the special diet leads to a high level of acid in the blood.

Hospitals rank high in U.S. News survey
        University Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Christ Hospital and Children's Hospital Medical Center earned kudos this week with programs ranked among the top 50 in America by U.S. News and World Report.

        The annual report, published in the July 17 issue, ranks hospitals in 17 medical specialties.

        Children's Hospital was ranked 12th in pediatric care.

        University Hospital was ranked 33rd in cancer care; 17th in ear, nose and throat care; 29th in geriatrics; 43rd in cardiac care; 39th in hormonal disorders; 40th in kidney disease; 27th in neurology; 32nd in respiratory disorders; and 35th in rheumatology.

        Good Samaritan was ranked 46th in cardiac care. Christ Hospital was ranked 47th in cardiac care.

        Cleveland Clinic was ranked the nation's best hospital for cardiac care and fourth best hospital overall.

United HealthCare executive promoted
        Ken Hoverman, chief executive of the fast-growing United HealthCare of Ohio, has accepted a promotion to United's Gulf Coast office in Tampa, Fla.

        No local successor has been named.

        United has more than 500,000 members in its various Ohio health plans.

Local DARE officer is best in nation
        A veteran Springfield Township Police officer enjoys the new title of best DARE officer in the country.

        James Friedhof won the honor Thursday at the National DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) conference in Nashville, Tenn. He was nominated by his chief, Col. David Heimpold, who called Officer Friedhof the most dedicated and professional DARE officer he knows.

Driver charged in Ohio Turnpike deaths
        LINDSEY, Ohio — A New York man was charged with two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide following an accident on the Ohio Turnpike that killed two people.

        Sheldon Levinson, 53, of Flushing, N.Y., was arraigned Thursday in Sandusky County Court.

        Mr. Levinson struck a car from behind, causing a nine-vehicle pileup about 5 miles west of Fremont, said State Highway Patrol Lt. William Voelker.

        Killed were Robert Sarka, 48, of Brecksville, and his 7-year-old daughter, Susan.

Girl dies overnight at Scout camp
        DEFIANCE, Ohio — A 10-year-old girl died in her sleep Thursday morning at a Girl Scout camp.

        Claire Rubini, of Maumee, was attending Camp Libbey near Defiance. The Defiance County Sheriff's Department investigated the death. An autopsy is expected.

Suspect is sought in fiery attack
        COLUMBUS — A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Columbus man accused of setting fire to a woman who remains in critical condition more than three weeks after the attack.

        Gregory Wilson, 35, has been charged with attempted murder in the June 13 attack on Melissa Spear.

3 dead after man flees from police
        AKRON — A man wanted on weapons and other charges stole a pickup Friday, then, when chased by police, drove through a stop sign and smashed into a minivan, killing two young brothers, officers said.

        The suspect, William Caton, 42, of Akron, also was killed, although the cause of his death was not officially determined. Mr. Caton may have been hit during an exchange of gunfire between police and an alleged accomplice after the crash.

        Nicholas Ellesin, 5, and his brother Alexander, 3, of Alliance, were killed. Another brother, William, 7, was in serious condition. Their mother was driving the minivan. Police said Brenda Meehan, 29, of Akron, was driving a stolen Pontiac Bonneville and fired on officers when she came upon the crash. The police shot back and Ms. Meehan drove away. She was captured about 11 a.m. Friday walking down a street in Cambridge with a .50 caliber automatic pistol in her backpack, Cambridge police Chief Brian Neff said.

       



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