Wednesday, September 20, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

Two firefighters honored for rescue

        Two Cincinnati firefighters will be honored Thursday for saving a handicapped man from his burning home last year.

        Capt. Michael Schmees and Firefighter Gilbert Axle will be given the Ohio State Fire Commission's Valor Award for their heroism in the July 1, 1999, fire on Waverly Avenue in South Fairmount. Both men, battling near-zero visibility, worked through dense smoke by following the man's voice as he cried out for help.

[photo] READING WITH A BENGAL: Olivia Walters, 6,reads along as Bengals defensive tackle Oliver Gibson reads The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room. The occasion was a Hormel Foods-sponsored reading program with first-graders at Heinold Foreign Language Academy in North Fairmount on Tuesday. Each child participating received a backpack containing two books, Hormel Kids Kitchen meals and other prizes.
(Gary Landers photo)
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        The owner of the home was able to get his wife into her wheelchair and out of the house, but had not been able to rescue their 22-year-old son, Larry Norman. Capt. Schmees and Firefighter Axle carried Mr. Norman outside and began treating him for smoke inhalation.

        Without the two firefighters' heroism, Mr. Norman likely would have died, officials said, because the home was destroyed.

        Capt. Schmees was modest about the honor. He said Tuesday that while this kind of rescue doesn't happen every day, it is more common than people know. “It's our job,” he said.

        The awards will be presented at the Ohio Fire Academy in Reynoldsburg.

Motorcyclist ID'd after fatal crash

        FRANKLIN — A motorcyclist who was killed Monday while trying to pass stopped traffic on Ohio 73 was identified Tuesday as Bruce Garrett, 43, of Middletown.

        Police said Mr. Garrett was driving on the berm attempting to use the entrance ramp to southbound Interstate 75 about 8 a.m. Monday, when the front tire of his motorcycle struck a wheel on a trailer that had cleared the intersection. Mr. Garrett died at the scene.

Greyhound league plans gathering

        The Greyhound Protection League will host a reunion and fund-raiser called the Greyt Greyhound Gathering 2000 from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 1 at Sharon Woods.

        The event will include contests, raffles, food and a silent auction. Registration for the event is $30. It includes a T-shirt and a hound gift.

        The league hopes to bring about awareness of the dogs, which are often destroyed, abandoned or sold to research facilities after they outlive their usefulness at the track. The group also wants to make the public aware of the need for families to adopt these dogs.

        For more information, call 752-3636 or 576-0548.

Greenhills plans cleanup, cookout

        The second annual Greenhills Clean Sweep will take place 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.

[photo] MAN SHOT BY INTRUDER: A Hamilton County sheriff's deputy puts up crime-scene tape Tuesday around a home on Pippin Road, Colerain Township, after Damon Rose, 23, was shot in the leg by an intruder.
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        Volunteers should gather on the Greenhills Village Commons for directions and supplies. The Board of Neighborhood Representatives will supply trash bags, latex gloves and litter sticks.

        A cookout for participants will follow at the Greenhills Pool picnic shelter. For information, call Rick Gates at 851-0140.

Cathedral opens 20th year of forums

        Christ Church Cathedral kicks off its 20th year of community forums Thursday. The Very Rev. James A. Diamond, dean of the cathedral, will discuss the role of Christ Church in Cincinnati and the region. Lunch is $4 (brown bag lunches can be brought in). The forum starts at noon at Christ Church Cathedral Undercroft, 318 E. Fourth St., downtown.

        Christ Church has held forums twice a month since 1981 on topics including homelessness, public education, racism and regionalism.

        Christ Church also is holding a special lecture Sept. 26 on “Issues for the Church in the Post-Modern Era,” by the Very Rev. Dr. Guy Fitch Lytle III, dean of the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn. The free lecture starts at 7:30 p.m.

        Information: 621-1817.

Pit bull attacks youth on street

        MIDDLETOWN — A Middletown boy on Sunday was treated at Middletown Regional Hospital and released after being bitten by a pit bull.

        Zackery Brockway, 12, was walking in the 200 block of Garfield Street when the dog came through a fence gate and attacked him on the legs, according to a Middletown police report.

        The white-and-brown dog is now quarantined at the Humane Association of Butler County, said Glenna Carroll, animal shelter manager.

Condition critical for boy hit by car

        FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — A 7-year-old boy who was hit by a car in front of his home on Franklin-Trenton Road remained in critical condition Tuesday.

        Paul F. Land was on his way back from a trip to his family's mailbox at 5:20 p.m. Monday when he was struck by a Volkswagen Beetle driven by Brooke A. Baker, 23, of Dayton, Ohio.

        State patrol officials at the Lebanon post said the child ran between two cars that were traveling westbound before venturing into the eastbound lanes, where he was struck.

        Paul was flown to Children's Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. County prosecutors will review the case to determine if charges will be filed.

        “At this time, it's doubtful,” Trooper Chris Crisafi said Tuesday. “Everybody's saying the boy ran out right in front of her ... that she wasn't speeding.”

Doctor dies a year after being shot

        TOLEDO — A psychiatrist who had been in a coma since he was shot more than a year ago, allegedly by a patient, has died.

        Wakil Kahn, 55, was shot while in his office April 21, 1999. He died Monday while being treated for an infection.

        Prosecutors said they will ask a Lucas County grand jury to indict William Vanzant, 41, on murder charges.


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