Tuesday, August 29, 2000

Local Digest


Kids can get test for lead paint poisoning

        Children living in older homes throughout Hamilton County can get a free blood test in September or October to check for lead paint poisoning.

        Low-level lead poisoning can cause a range of problems including stunted growth, diminished IQ and hearing problems.

        The tests, offered by the Hamilton County General Health district, will be provided for children ages 6 months to 6 years at five locations:

        • Sept. 18 at Mount Healthy City Hall.

        • Sept. 21 at the Deer Park Community Center.

        • Sept. 25 at the Symmes Township Administration Building.

        • Sept. 28 at the Harrison Elementary School.

        • Oct. 2 at Lockland Elementary School.

        For information about lead testing and what homeowners can do to control lead-based paint problems, call the health district's nursing division at 946-7882.
       

Kmart held up by man
who said he had a gun

               BLUE ASH — Police are searching for a bad-smelling man who robbed the Kmart store Monday afternoon.

        The robber, wearing sunglasses and a black ball cap, entered the store in the 4100 block of Hunt Road about 3 p.m. and demanded money from a cashier, police said. The man, who said he had a gun, fled with an undetermined amount of cash.

        Witnesses said the man had a strong odor as if he had not bathed or washed his clothes for some time, police said.

        The robber was described as white, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8, 135-145 pounds, with curly black hair and a moustache. He was wearing a black shirt and tan shorts.

        Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040 or Blue Ash police at 745-8555.
       

Sayler Park man
accused of raping girls

               A Sayler Park man will face a possible life sentence if convicted of raping two girls.

        Lonnie Adkins, 31, was indicted Monday on three charges of rape. Hamilton County prosecutors say the charges involve children ages 9 and 13.

        They say Mr. Adkins had sexual contact with the girls on three occasions in July and August. A life prison sentence is possible because one of the charges accuses him of using force in the rape of a child.
       

Careless smoking
caused deadly fire

               HAMILTON — A fire that killed a Hamilton woman and destroyed her home Aug. 23 was caused by careless smoking, Fire Chief Lyle Moore said Monday.

        Edith Nipper, 78, died in the fire, which officials have ruled accidental. The Brookcrest Drive house is a total loss and the damage estimate was placed at $120,000.
       

Five more indicted
in drug crackdown

               NORWOOD — A continuing police crackdown on drug dealing has resulted in five more people being indicted on felony drug charges by a Hamilton County grand jury.

        Indicted are: Tyson Tenkotte, 24, of Ross Avenue, charged with three counts of trafficking marijuana; Guy Tenkotte, 27, of Carthage Avenue, charged with one count of trafficking in marijuana; Jay D. Sain, 20, of Carter Ave., charged with one count of trafficking marijuana; Jeffery L. Woodruff, 19, of Montgomery Road, charged with three counts of trafficking marijuana; and Heather Sunshine Harcar, 24, of Blair Avenue in Avondale, charged with one count of trafficking marijuana.

        Since May, about 30 people have been indicted on trafficking charges as a result of the crackdown, Norwood Police Chief Michael Schlie said.

        “We want a zero-tolerance policy against drugs,” the chief said. “What it does is it puts a fear into anybody else that is selling. It's going to lessen other crime.”
       

Prostate cancer
exams cost $10

               African-American men ages 40-50 and all men ages 50-70 can get $10 prostate cancer exams Sept. 18-21 at any of the six hospitals of the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati.

        The exams are part of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. They involve a prostate-specific antigen blood test and a digital rectal examination.

        Registration is required. Information: Call 584-LIFE.
       

Medicaid HMO
to go by CareSource

               A Medicaid HMO that serves about 60,000 low-income Ohio residents will change its name Sept. 1.

        Dayton Area Health Plan, which runs plans in seven Ohio counties, including Hamilton and Butler counties, will be called CareSource. The change is intended to create a more cohesive identity for the insurer. It does not reflect any change in ownership, said Pamela Morris, president and chief executive officer.
       

9-year-old runs over
brother with van

               POTSDAM, Ohio — A 9-year-old who drove the family van over his 18-month-old brother had driven vehicles before, but only in a field on rural property, their father said.

        Neal Thomas Honeyman died Saturday after his brother, Jared, got into the van and drove it forward in the gravel driveway, a Miami County sheriff's report says. Jared was unaware Neal was in front of the van, the report said.

        The boys' father, Dave Honeyman, said Sunday the keys had been left in the van.
       

Man accused of setting
fire at ex-girlfriend's

               KENT, Ohio — A man pleaded not guilty Monday to setting fire to his ex-girlfriend's home.

        Charles Elswick, 29, of Franklin Township in Portage County is accused of setting fire Saturday at 2:15 a.m. to the house owned by his ex-girlfriend, Michel Horner.

        A firefighter rescued a tenant in the house, Cheryl McKinney, 25. She was treated for smoke inhalation.

        Police Sgt. Dennis DeLuke said Mr. Elswick and Ms. Horner, who had dated, had argued Thursday, when she made it clear she didn't want to resume the relationship.

        The fire caused about $10,000 in damage.

        Kent Municipal Court Judge Laurie J. Pittman set bail for Mr. Elswick at $1 million on charges of assault, aggravated menacing and aggravated arson.
       

I-270 interchange
Ohio one-of-a-kind

               COLUMBUS — A new interchange along Interstate 270 designed to reduce traffic congestion is the first of its kind in Ohio, the Department of Transportation says.

        The $7.2 million project opening this week allows drivers to exit more easily onto Sawmill Road in suburban Columbus by easing cars onto the busy road without forcing them to stop first at a light, department spokesman Brian Cunningham said.

        The design, called Single Point Urban Interchange, has been used in congested areas in Arizona, Florida and New Mexico, he said. The entire intersection has only one set of traffic lights — hence the single point.

        The interchange serves a road that has seen a large expansion of retail development in the past few years. More than 41,000 cars use the interchange today, a number expected to grow to more than 63,000 in 20 years, Mr. Cunningham said.

       



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