Saturday, November 6, 2004

Public safety briefs



Driver killed when car hits pole

FRANKLIN - A Middletown man was killed early Friday after the car he was driving hit a metal pole at Second Street and Moore Drive.

Eric G. Ramsey, 42, was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said Ramsey was driving a 2000 Subaru Outback west on Second Street when it went off the left side of the road. No other vehicles were involved.

MU student's death blamed on blood clot

HAMILTON - The death of a Miami University student who fell down a flight of stairs on campus Thursday morning was caused by a blood clot that traveled from her lower body into her heart, Butler County Coroner Richard Burkhardt said Friday.

Melissa Harman, 22, of Franklin Township, died at McCullough Hyde Hospital in Oxford. She was taken to the hospital after falling in Laws Hall on the Miami campus in Oxford.

"The cause of death on her was sudden," Burkhardt said. "It's natural. I don't know why she had it."

Known as a bilateral pulmonary embolism, such blood clots are usually seen in inactive people. Harman was healthy, Burkhardt said.

Driver gets 2 years in death of passenger

LEBANON - A Miamisburg, Ohio, man was sentenced Friday to two years in prison for aggravated vehicular homicide in an April car crash that killed a passenger in his car.

Warren County Common Pleas Judge James Flannery also sentenced Calvin Bell, 20, to a five-year driving suspension and required him to pay restitution to the victim's family.

Authorities say Bell lost control of the car on Interstate 75. It swerved and flipped several times, throwing Nicolas Jordan, 19, of Springboro, from the car.

Bell had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit for driving, said Warren County Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel.

Business owners found guilty of fraud

CLEVELAND - Two former Cincinnati business owners were convicted Friday of conspiracy, mail fraud and wire fraud.

A federal jury in Cleveland returned guilty verdicts against Troy Parker, 38, and Kristine Parker, 37. Sentencing has been scheduled for January.

The indictment charged that they fraudulently sold accounts receivable from customers for whom they had supposedly provided cleaning services.




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