Monday, October 6, 2003

Regional Report


Today is deadline to register for voting

Compiled from staff and wire reports

Today is the deadline to register to vote for the Nov. 4 election.

The Hamilton County Board of Elections will stay open until 9 p.m. today to accommodate voter registration. The office, 824 Broadway St. in downtown Cincinnati, opens at 8 a.m.

Ohio residents who are U.S. citizens and older than 18 on election day are qualified to register in person at any of the following locations: county boards of elections, the secretary of state's office, public high schools or vocational schools, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, public libraries, county treasurers' offices and designated government offices that provide public assistance.

Those who have registered or cast a ballot in any Ohio election within the past four years - and haven't changed their name or address - are still eligible to vote.

Odor closes Dillard's; five taken to hospital

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP - Members of the Sycamore Township Fire Department responded to the Dillard's store in Kenwood Towne Centre about 2 p.m. Sunday for a report of the odor of fumes in the store, said Fire Capt. Ivan Kuehn. Five people complaining of dizziness and nausea were taken to a hospital. The store was evacuated for about 45 minutes, but the source of the fumes was not located and the store was reopened, he said.

No further information was available Sunday evening.

Man arrested after high-speed chase

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP - A 30-year-old Cincinnati man was arrested Sunday afternoon after leading police on a high-speed vehicle pursuit through residential neighborhoods and striking a police cruiser.

The pursuit started on Kenwood Road about 12:20 p.m. when Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic situation call and ended on Robison Avenue in the Kennedy Heights neighborhood in Cincinnati.

The sheriff's office charged Clarence Ford, of the 1500 block of Chapel Avenue, with domestic violence, fleeing and eluding and additional traffic charges from the sheriff's office and Cincinnati police.

Cincinnati, EPA to sign homeland pact

CORRYVILLE - The city of Cincinnati and the U.S. EPA's National Homeland Security Research Center are expected to sign an agreement today to increase cooperation on homeland security issues.

The memorandum of understanding is expected to give the city more access to EPA homeland security experts, increase the EPA's involvement in local training exercises and could make Cincinnati a test site for prototype emergency response tools and programs.

Fire destroys kitchen in Over-the-Rhine

OVER-THE-RHINE - Cincinnati firefighters extinguished an apartment fire Saturday night that destroyed an upstairs kitchen in an Over-the-Rhine building.

No one was hurt in the blaze after Cincinnati firefighters were called to 1726 Race St. shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday.

The fire started on the second floor when a stove ignited something nearby, said Cincinnati Fire Capt. Bob Pope. No monetary estimate of damages was available Sunday.

The fire spread to two rooms adjacent to the kitchen before firefighters halted the blaze, and smoke damage reached all of the second and third floors.

Consultant criticizes firm over nerve agent

DAYTON, Ohio - A company shouldn't dispose of a byproduct created by the destruction of a deadly nerve agent until it corrects air pollution problems and redoes a trial run for the process, said a consultant hired by the county.

Bruce Rittmann, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Northwestern University, was hired by the Montgomery County commissioners to evaluate the safety of Perma-Fix Environmental Services Inc.'s plan to dispose of 300,000 gallons of hydrolysate, a byproduct in the destruction of VX nerve agent.

The Army has proposed awarding the suburban Jefferson Township company a $9 million contract to get rid of hydrolysate from its Newport Chemical Depot 200 miles away in western Indiana. The project would start next year.

Rittmann examined documentation of lab trials of the disposal process in which Perma-Fix used small quantities of hydrolysate.

Rittmann said Perma-Fix inadequately monitored its lab trials, failing to document that the process went as planned each step of the way. He said the lab tests should be redone.

The company also hasn't adequately addressed concerns over air pollution and emissions of foul odors, Rittmann said.

Woman irate as alleged peeper freed

INDIANAPOLIS - A woman who jumped into the bed of a moving pickup truck to catch a man she suspected of peeping in her windows says she is outraged that he was released from jail only two days later.

Hannah Arbuckle said Saturday that she is shocked and angry that Robert Joseph Braun, 57, is free and wants him "back behind bars very soon."

Arbuckle, 28, observed Braun peering into the windows of her one-story brick home on Wednesday, police said. When he tried to get away, she jumped into the back of his truck as he sped off.

Arbuckle, who called police from her cell phone, suffered bruises and a twisted knee after Braun pulled over and began hitting her, police said.




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