Compiled from staff and wire reports
Hospital fully staffed after nurse sickout
MOUNT AUBURN - Christ Hospital was fully staffed with nurses Friday after a one-day sickout on Thursday caused seven surgeries to be postponed, hospital spokeswoman Gail Myerssaid.
The sickout was by 10 of 20 nurses in a post-surgery recovery unit. The nurses are not unionized. None was available to comment. The parent Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati also declined to discuss reasons for the sickout.
The recovery room nurses were not part of a new bonus recruitment program. The hospital is offering bonuses up to $30,000 over three years to recruit and retain some nurses and technicians in several cardiac care and emergency services.
Blue Ash councilman to challenge Portune
BLUE ASH - Jim Sumner, a Republican Blue Ash councilman who served as the city's mayor from 1997-2001, will announce Monday he is running for Hamilton County commissioner.
Sumner, 47, will challenge Democrat Todd Portune, who won election in 2000 by defeating Bob Bedinghaus. Portune will first have to win a primary in March 2004. Sumner is manager, Group Environmental Programs, General Electric Aircraft Engines, Evendale.
Sumner said he will use his experience in Blue Ash as an elected official for 12 years to help create more jobs and keep taxes low.
Statehouse rotunda needs $1.2M paint job
COLUMBUS - Paint applied in 1858 is peeling from the rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse, requiring a $1.2 million fix.
The fix comes just eight years after the rotunda was last painted, in 1995, as part of the Statehouse's $121 million renovation that concluded in 1996.
Painting the rotunda will take six months, but first the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board must figure out where the money will come from, Executive Director Ron Keller said Friday. The peeling 1858 paint is taking layers from three later paint jobs with it, Keller said.
Wal-Mart seeks delay on zoning request
DEERFIELD TWP. - Wal-Mart has asked the township zoning commission to hold off on discussing the company's plans for a Supercenter on Mason-Montgomery Road.
That request will be presented to the commission Monday night, when the proposed discount store was supposed to be discussed.
Man arrested in online chat sting
KENWOOD - Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies say they arrested a man from Forney, Texas as the man arrived to meet a 15-year-old girl he had corresponded with on the Internet.
The "girl" was Sheriff Detective Rick Sweeney posing as a teen in an online chat room. Deputies arrested 46-year-old Jeffery Richard Ingelido, 46, around 9 p.m. Thursday at a parking lot in the area of Kenwood and Galbraith roads. He was charged with a count each of attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and importuning. If convicted, he could face up to 21/2 years in jail and a $7,500 fine.
Sweeney was on the Internet during the evening Nov. 6, discussing explicit sexual acts the man wanted performed while he stayed in a Cincinnati hotel room on business, police say. Ingelido asked the detective, posing as the girl, to meet him at the location where he was arrested, police say.
At arraignment Friday, Municipal Judge Robert Winkler set bond at $25,000 on each count.
Homebuilder accused of writing bad checks
BATAVIA - A Clermont County grand jury has indicted Chester Calkins Jr., a Fairfield homebuilder accused of writing $50,000 in bad checks.
Calkins, 63, of West Chester, is charged with three counts of passing bad checks.
In addition, his company, Homes by Calkins Inc., also was charged criminally with three counts of passing bad checks.
Calkins is president of Homes by Calkins.
In May, Provident Bank obtained a civil judgment against Homes by Calkins in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court for defaulting on a $610,000 loan made in 1999.
The bank accused the company of selling unsold condo units to a third party without the bank's knowledge or permission.
It said Homes by Calkins owes $438,916, an amount personally guaranteed by its president.
Miami student reports sex assault in dorm
OXFORD - A Miami University student reported she was sexually assaulted in a residence hall by someone she knew.
After leaving a dorm room at Reid Hall about 3:15 a.m. Oct. 25, the student was forced against the hallway wall and "rubbed against" by a male she knew, according to Miami University Police.
The male has yet to be charged and police continue to investigate the incident.
The incident, reported on Oct. 29, marks the eighth sexual assault this school year in Oxford.
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