Sunday, October 5, 2003

Regional Report

Elderly pedestrian struck by vehicle

A pedestrian was struck and seriously injured Saturday in Deer Park - just one day after a 62-year-old pedestrian died from injuries suffered when she was hit by a Metro bus downtown earlier this week.

Saturday, an elderly woman pedestrian - who was not identified - was struck about 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of Plainfield Road and Webster Drive, Deer Park authorities said. She was airlifted to University Hospital, where her condition was not known Saturday night.

Charges were pending against the driver, whom officials declined to identify.

On Friday, a 62-year-old woman died from injuries she suffered after being struck by a Metro bus Thursday.

Joyce Jones, who had been hospitalized since the incident Thursday, was struck at the intersection of Elm and Sixth streets during the late afternoon rush hour. Authorities would not release any other information on Jones.

No citations or charges have been issued. The bus driver has been suspended, pending the outcome of a police investigation.

Proposal would secure shore property deeds

CLEVELAND - According to her deed, Sandra Wade owns 5 acres of lakefront property in Port Clinton. According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, she owns none of it.

Wade, who says she pays taxes on it, is afraid the state could someday take her property away. A bill being considered by Ohio lawmakers would keep that from happening.

The legislation would limit the state's control of shoreline properties and legally give lakefront property owners the land granted to them in their deeds.

The bill also would essentially eliminate fees many lakeshore landowners have to pay for such structures as docks and jetties, which they must currently rent from the state under the current regulations.

Wade's property lies below what's known as the "ordinary high water mark."

The natural resources department says anything below this mark belongs to the public, even though the deeds of most property owners state they own property up to the "Ohio low water mark."

Coroner identifies body found near river

NEW RICHMOND - The body found earlier this week along the banks of the Ohio River in this Clermont County village has been identified as a New Richmond man.

Thomas Whaley, 52, of Front Street was last seen Sept. 27. The body was identified using dental records, according to the Clermont County Coroner's office.

Whaley's death may be accidental, Police Chief Karl Hassebrock said Friday. "There were no visible signs of foul play. We're assuming that he may have slipped or fallen," he said.

Man, woman accused in Newtown assaults

NEWTOWN - A man and a woman accused of assaulting each other in this eastern Hamilton County village have each been charged with felonious assault.

Richard J. Mulholland, 50, and his live-in girlfriend, Tonya S. Clark, 41, of the 3200 block of Harriet Lane, were free on bond Saturday.

Police were called to the couple's home about 10:30 p.m. Friday, Police Sgt. Tom Synan said. Mulholland had suffered a minor stab wound to the leg, while Clark was assaulted, Synan said, declining to elaborate on her injuries.

They were treated at a hospital, then arrested and taken to the Hamilton County Justice Center.

Compiled from staff and wire reports

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