Tuesday, December 2, 2003

Roofers found dead in unfinished house

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PATASKALA, Ohio - Three roofers were found dead Monday in a house under construction, where they had spent the night to get an early start on their job, authorities said.

West Licking Fire Chief Jim Weber suspected carbon monoxide poisoning. A gas generator in the basement powered a kerosene heater in the unfinished room where the men were found about 10:30 a.m. on the floor wearing winter coats, he said. Both were out of fuel, and the only vent was an open window in the basement.

A fourth roofer was taken to Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus in critical condition, Weber said.

Authorities did not release the men's names.

Student stabbed in school restroom

VANDALIA, Ohio - A 16-year-old student at Vandalia-Butler High School was stabbed in the leg in a school restroom Monday, authorities said.

The boy was stabbed repeatedly in the thigh and other parts of his leg, said Steve Martin, spokesman for Vandalia city schools.

Martin said the victim, who was not identified, was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.

The boy said his assailant was wearing a black ski mask, said police Lt. Harry Busse. Police found the knife, a medium-sized straight blade, on the floor of the restroom.

Vandalia is about 10 miles north of Dayton.

Court order sought to reopen hospital

CLEVELAND - Mayor Jane Campbell and U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich on Monday asked a bankruptcy court for an order to reopen Deaconess Hospital, a small community hospital that suddenly shut down Friday night without notice.

The closure of the hospital in Cleveland's Old Brooklyn neighborhood came two days after a bankruptcy judge approved a temporary financing agreement that would have allowed Deaconess to remain open through at least late December.

But Friday night, paramedics loaded heavily bundled patients into ambulances amid blowing snow for transfer. The 81-year-old, 212-bed hospital said in a court filing on Nov. 21 that it had $14.3 million in debt and $15 million in assets.

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