Sunday, June 30, 2002

Local Digest


Meningitis suspected in child's death

        A 19-month-old Covington boy may have died Wednesday from bacterial meningitis at Children's Hospital Medical Center, said Amy Caruso, a hospital spokeswoman.

        Lab results indicated that the blood of Cody Furguson, the son of Ann Johnson of Covington and Carl Aaron Furguson, had traces of the contagious Neisseria meningitidis bacteria, she said.

        An autopsy must confirm that the boy died of meningitis. The hospital would not release any other information.

        The Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department sent letters to people in contact with the boy. Brian Ramey, manager of the Bellewood Lanes in Bellevue said the boy had recently attended a birthday party at the bowling alley and that people who worked that day were tested for meningitis as a precaution.

        Coughing and kissing can spread bacterial meningitis, which causes inflammation around the spinal cord and brain and possible brain damage, hearing loss and death. Symptoms include fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting.
       

Police seek robber of O'Bryonville bank

               Cincinnati Police are looking for a man who they believe robbed the Franklin Savings and Loan Co. bank in O'Bryonville of an undisclosed amount of money on Friday afternoon.

        They said the man escaped from the bank in the 2000 block of Madison Road shortly after 4 p.m. A dye pack was released.

        To leave an anonymous tip, call CrimeStoppers, 352-3040.
       

Girl struck by car is in critical condition

               Naomi Goines, 6, of Kary Lane in Forest Park, darted out between two parked cars Friday night and was struck by a vehicle in the 1700 block of Queen City Avenue in Fairmount.

        She was transported to Children's Hospital Medical Center, where she remained Saturday in critical condition. No charges have been filed, and an investigation continues.

        According to Cincinnati Police, Michael Nixson, 21, of Roselawn, was westbound on Queen City when he struck the young girl about 10 p.m.

        She was immediately transferred to the hospital.
       

Ex-worker accused of rape, burglary

               A former apartment maintenance man was arrested early Friday morning for returning to the place where he once worked, breaking into one of the apartments and attempting to rape a 22-year-old female tenant.

        Douglas W. Tucker, 52, of the 2100 block of Selim Avenue, is at the Hamilton County Justice Center, facing charges of rape and aggravated burglary.

        According to Cincinnati Police, Mr. Tucker was armed with a knife when he broke into the residence of the woman, whose name has not been disclosed, about 2:40 a.m.

        When he assaulted her, she fought back and was able to flee her apartment, screaming for help.

        Mr. Tucker was arrested soon after.
       

Stray cat roundup is quick to kill

               AKRON — The first three days of a city-wide sweep for stray cats netted 53, with 43 of them euthanized.

        John Hoffman, Akron's customer service administrator, said the cats were strays and had medical problems such as fleas, ringworm or distemper.

        Before a new city ordinance took effect Tuesday, Mr. Hoffman said cats would be held for three days to see if they would be claimed by their owners. After that, they would be put up for adoption for two days and killed on the third.

        “That applies to cats we believe are owned by someone,” Mr. Hoffman said. “All these cats were strays and had health problems and were put down quickly.”

        The euthanasia pace was criticized by Deanna Christenson, head of Citizens for Humane Animal Practices. She said some cats were killed within hours of being brought to the Summit County Animal Shelter.

        “The true lesson here is that anyone in Akron who cares about their cat had better get it an identification tag if it goes outside,” said Ms. Christenson.
        “These cats are being killed within hours of being picked up,” said Ms. Christenson. “How do they know they are not pets if they don't hold them for three days until the owners miss them?”
       

Biplane flips over in emergency landing

               MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — A biplane participating in an air show for antique craft flipped during an emergency landing Saturday because of a landing gear malfunction, the Knox County Airport reported.

        Pilot Joseph Hogan, 51, of Cincinnati, and passenger Olivia Yokers, 10, of Hamilton, were not injured in the crash shortly before 4 p.m., the Mount Gilead post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported. Passenger Molly Hogan, 17, was treated at Knox Community Hospital and released.

        The air show was at the nearby Wyncoop Airport, which has only grass landing strips, said Jerry Lewis, assistant manager of the county airport.

        “He had a malfunction, so he elected to land over here at the county airport, which has a big paved runway, rather than go over on the grass,” Mr. Lewis said.

       



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