Tuesday, June 04, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report

Developers, Loveland sue Hamilton trustees

Enquirer staff and news services

        LEBANON — Two developers and the city of Loveland are suing the Hamilton Township trustees to protest the board's recently successful move to block annexation of 71 township acres to the city.

        They have filed a civil appeal in Warren County Common Pleas Court to protest the county commissioners' May 21 decision to side with the trustees.

        The developers want to build 120 single-family homes valued up to $250,000 along Butterworth Road, north of Brandywine Lane. Township trustees have protested the annexation because they don't want to lose revenue.


Pipe bomb discovery forces road closure

        MADISON TOWNSHIP — A cleanup crew's discovery of a pipe bomb forced closure of Radabaugh Road for about two hours Monday afternoon.

        Butler County sheriff's deputies were called to the area just south of Ohio 73 around 2:30 p.m., after crews picking up litter found the device. The sheriff's bomb squad safely detonated the device along the rural road about an hour later.

        No injuries were reported; the incident remained under investigation Monday evening.

        Detective Monte Mayer, sheriff's spokesman, said he didn't know whether anyone was being targeted by the device or whether it had simply been discarded.


Clermont leaders to meet in Pierce Twp.

        BATAVIA — Clermont County commissioners will hold a town meeting in Pierce Township on June 20.

        The town meetings are a way for the commissioners to get out into the communities and give updates on projects the county is working on.

        The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Pierce Township Hall, 950 Locust Corner Road.

        Updates will include subdivision regulations and road and bridge projects scheduled for the area.


One-car crash on 131 kills Tennessee man

        MILFORD — A Tennessee man was killed in a one-car crash on Ohio 131 east of Interstate 275 Sunday evening.

        Jack B. Fitzpatrick, 71, of Gallatin, Tenn., was pronounced dead at Bethesda North Hospital, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

        A preliminary investigation showed Mr. Fitzpatrick was driving west on Ohio 131 at 7:49 p.m. when he went off the right side of the road, down an embankment and struck a downed tree.

        He was not wearing a seat belt and alcohol is not believed to be factor, the patrol said.


Air Care helicopter has a second home

        University Air Care on Monday began basing one of its two medical helicopters at the Butler County Regional Airport in Hamilton to improve service in Butler and Warren counties.

        The helicopter, run as a part of the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, will be in service at its new location from noon to midnight seven days a week. The move is a response to growing population and increasing numbers of car crashes in the northern suburbs, officials said.

        “By placing one of our helicopters in the heart of this region, we can reach those patients needing our services with even greater speed,” said Dudley Smith, director of medical transport services for the Health Alliance.

        The Air Care move into Butler County comes nearly two years (sept 2000) after Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton began flying its second helicopter out of the Warren County Airport in Turtlecreek Township to expand that hospital's service to Butler, Warren, Clinton and Highland counties.
       University Air Care's other helicopter will remain based at the University Hospital in Corryville. Two-thirds of Air Care flights are hospital-to-hospital transfers. One third are flights to accident scenes.


Donors roll up sleeves, but shortage remains

        A surge of blood donors over the weekend made a strong dent in the Tristate blood shortage but did not eliminate it.

        Meanwhile, blood supplies have dipped so low in Dayton, Ohio, that the blood bank there says it is within a day or two of asking hospitals to cancel elective surgeries.

        On Friday, 470 people gave blood to the Hoxworth Blood Center, well above the 325 units the center needs to collect on an average day. Hoxworth also had 262 donors Saturday and 50 donors on Sunday, exceeding typical weekend collections.

        Turnout was notably strong for drives held at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati.

        Hoxworth remains more than 300 units short of desired levels and plans to continue its emergency appeal for a least a couple more days, said spokesman Michael Anderson.

        Dayton's Community Blood Center announced its own “blood emergency” because its supply is 32 percent below normal.

        To give blood via Hoxworth, call 451-0910 or (800) 830-1091, To give blood via Community Blood Center, call (937) 461-3450.


Plan reduces time on clean-up orders

        Two Cincinnati councilmen plan to introduce an ordinance today that they say will reduce weeds and litter.

        The ordinance, proposed by Councilmen Pat DeWine and David Pepper, would give property owners five days to rid their properties of weeds, litter and other outdoor nuisances.

        It would replace the system in which property owners get a 15-day warning before being cited. That system puts a burden on city inspectors who must reinspect properties, Mr. DeWine said.

        “Our litter patrol officers spend half their time retracing their footsteps to make sure what should have been done was done,” he said. “This would put the burden on the violator to clean up the property, and free up our officers to inspect twice as many properties.”

        The ordinance will be introduced at today's Law and Public Safety Committee meeting.


Woman arrested after drug is found

        LEBANON — A 25-year-old Cincinnati woman was arrested Monday and charged with trying to smuggle marijuana into the Lebanon Correctional Institution.

        The Ohio State Highway Patrol charged Brandy M. Flantoill, whose address was not available, with conveying drugs into a correctional facility, a third-degree felony.

        Troopers and the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction had developed information that Ms. Flantoill might attempt to deliver drugs during a visit to the correctional facility, state police said. Ms. Flantoill consented to a search when she arrived for a visit at 8 a.m. Monday, and troopers found about 8 grams of marijuana wrapped in two small plastic packages.

        Ms. Flantoill was incarcerated at the Warren County Jail. If convicted, she could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.


Man found guilty in attack at deli

        A Hamilton County jury convicted a 38-year-old Price Hill man of attempting to kill a Korean store owner in a brutal attack last year, rejecting his lawyer's contention that his client was insane.

        Ivey Nixon was convicted of one count each of attempted murder and aggravated robbery and two counts of felonious assault for the Oct. 11 incident. The jury deliberated for four hours.

        When he returns for sentencing June 18 before Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Steve Martin, Mr. Nixon could face up to 36 years in prison.

        The victim, Chom Bernard, 57, is still under care at the Drake Center, family members said after Monday's verdict.

        Her store, Braun's Deli at Iliff Avenue and West Liberty Street, which she'd operated seven days a week for nearly 15 years, has been closed.

        Prosecutors had argued during the weeklong trial that Mr. Nixon resented Mrs. Bernard for her success. They contended he also was racially prejudiced.

        Mr. Nixon beat her with his fists and the store's cash register. He took about $200 and then fled, but later returned and continued to beat the woman with a metal-tipped wooden club.

        The defense had hoped to prove that at the time of the offense Mr. Nixon was in the midst of a severe mental illness.


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