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Leader glad to hear residents support Brent Spence tolls

Published: Saturday, July 15, 2017 @ 2:00 PM


            Motorists cross over the Brent Spence Bridge from Ohio in Kentucky. STAFF FILE
Motorists cross over the Brent Spence Bridge from Ohio in Kentucky. STAFF FILE

Development and transportation officials well north of the Ohio River were glad to see a strong majority of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky residents favored $1 tolls to build a sister span to alleviate traffic on the Brent Spence Bridge.

That bridge is vital for Dayton-area manufacturers, as well as those of other cities in Ohio and the upper Midwest, said Phil Parker, president and CEO of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.

“We, Cincinnati, Toledo and Detroit, will be the first to tell you that we are still manufacturing towns,” Parker said. “We are still a manufacturing sector in western Ohio, and manufacturing means you need to bring in raw materials, and you need to ship out hopefully something that’s reasonably manufactured and complete.”

MORE: Lanes of Brent Spence Bridge closed this summer

Years ago, Dayton’s chamber teamed its counterparts along the interstate to resolve three significant I-75 choke points: Toledo’s Maumee River Bridge; the so-called former “malfunction junction” in downtown Dayton; and Brent Spence Bridge.

“I think that’s common sense,” Jim Blount, Butler County historian and volunteer chairman of the Butler County Transportation Improvement District, said about tolls. “It’s the only way I see that it could be done.”

The aging span conveys Interstates 71 and 75 across the river between Cincinnati and Covington, Ky. Latest estimate of the climbing cost: $2.6 billion. The issue of tolls has been particularly controversial in Northern Kentucky, and Kentucky owns the bridge. Tolls are seen as a way to finance private investment in the project.

MORE: Cincinnati home to 3 of country’s top traffic ‘bottlenecks’

“The federal government’s not going to give that much money,” Blount said. “They’ll come in for their share, but that’s usually been about 10 percent of a project, and even that’s hard to get.”

“I’m of the opinion that the Brent Spence Bridge is part of Butler County’s transportation system,” Blount added.

SURVEY: Majority of voters OK with $1 toll to fix Brent Spence Bridge

The survey, conducted in late May, was of people who voted in the November 2016 election. It included residents as far north as Butler and Warren counties, and as far south as Kenton, Campbell and Boone counties in Kentucky, as well as Indiana’s Dearborn County.

Parker said Dayton’s chamber supports the tolls with conditions:

  • There should be EZ passes that Ohio and Kentucky residents, plus possibly high-volume users, can use to drive down their toll costs so they aren’t “gouged” by tolls. Why multiple users? “You’ve got auto (manufacturer) folks in Detroit that are using it to go to Kentucky, and vice versa, and all parts south and north, so you’ve got to be reasonable if you want commerce to continue,” Parker said.
  • Tolls should not be higher than $1, and technology should be used to its maximum to keep traffic flowing as efficiently as possible through the bridge area.

Ohio State Fair ride accident: 1 dead, 6 injured on event’s opening day

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 7:48 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 8:23 PM

The ride at the fair malfunctioned.

UPDATE @ 8:07 p.m.

One person is dead and six injured after an accident on a ride at the Ohio State Fair  tonight, according to 10TV.com, our media partner in Columbus.

UPDATE @ 8 p.m.

There are at least five injuries reported following the ride accident tonight during the opening day of the Ohio State Fair, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

RELATED: Ohio spends $1.17 million to inspect amusement rides

FIRST REPORT

Numerous emergency responders are on scene at the Ohio State Fair tonight for a report of a serious ride malfunction.

The fair opened today.

A caller to the News Center 7 newsroom said he heard a loud boom from the ride called the “Fire Ball” and that there were multiple injuries. However, his report has not been confirmed.

RELATED: After tragedies, rides inspected for safety at area fairs

We are working to learn more information about the incident.

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Trump: Transgender people won't be allowed in the military

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 9:13 AM

Trump: Transgender People Won't Be Allowed In The Military

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said transgender people will be barred from serving “in any capacity” in the U.S. military, writing on Twitter that such service would cause “disruption” and burden the U.S. with “tremendous medical costs.”

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Current Department of Defense policy allows for transgender people to serve openly and says individuals “can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military solely for being transgender individuals.”

Trump said the decision was made after he consulted his “generals and military experts.”

“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,” he wrote in a series of tweets.

Judge sets end time on tonight’s deliberations in heroin-related death

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 11:14 AM
Updated: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 8:25 PM

Freddie Green faces up to 15 years to life in prison if convicted of murdering his father.

UPDATE @ 8:25 p.m.

A judge is allowing a jury in a Warren County murder trial to deliberate up to 9 p.m.

EARLIER

A jury is deliberating in the murder trial of a Lebanon man accused of killing his father in December in Warren County.

Freddie Green, 42, is accused in the Dec. 2 fatal shooting of his father, Sidney Green, 64, in a rented home they shared in Lebanon.

The jury began deliberations at 10:57 a.m. Wednesday, the third day of the trial in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

On Tuesday while testifying, Green admitted waiting four hours, during which time he drove to Dayton for heroin, before calling 911 for help for his father.

RELATED: Son made heroin run before calling 911 after shooting father

Green said he planned to commit suicide with the drugs.

RELATED: Heroin addiction at center of murder trial in Warren County

Green said he was unsure what to do after shooting his father out of fear he would pull out another gun after they struggled in the bedroom of a duplex in Lebanon.

A syringe containing the illegal drugs was found in the kitchen when police arrived to find Sidney Green dead in the bedroom from a single gunshot to the back of his head.

RELATED: Son to stand trial for father’s murder

Green is charged with murder and felonious assault.

If convicted, he faces as much as 15 years to life in prison.

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His father was one of six victims of deadly domestic violence in the last half of 2016 in Warren County.

Fake doctor ran clinics in Georgia and across U.S. for 15 years

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 7:25 PM

Mugshot of Isabel Gervais
Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Mugshot of Isabel Gervais(Shelby County Sheriff's Office)

A woman pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to pretending to be a doctor while running clinics throughout the country during the last 15 years.

Prosecutors said Isabel Kesari Gervais, 60, used multiple aliases while offering naturopathic medicine, which the federal government says uses homeopathic and detoxification methods, among other things, to help patients heal themselves.

She entered her plea in an Alabama federal court and admitted to running clinics in Arkansas and Kansas as well as Georgia. Gervais had “no legitimate medical degrees or training,” according to a news release from federal prosecutors.

The American Medical Association recently said 18 states offer naturopathic medical licences. Georgia is not one of them.

The prosecutors said Gervais — often using variations on the names “Dr. Rose Starr” or “Debra Lynn Goodman” — ran the Chiron Clinic on Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta.

Georgia business records show a “Debrah L. Goodman” registered The Chiron Clinic Atlanta LLC to an office inside Northside Hospital during April 2004. The business dissolved in May 2008.

“At all the clinics, Gervais falsely represented herself as a licensed doctor with extensive experience and various degrees who used naturopathic medicine to cure people of various illnesses, including cancer,” the release said.

To stay out of trouble, authorities said, she abandoned rental properties and changed locations all while adopting new aliases.

According to the indictment, she made charges on the credit cards of Alabama patients totaling about $9,000. She operated that clinic in Hoover out of an herb shop.

“She promised patients, including cancer sufferers, at the Hoover clinic that she could provide various medical services, including DNA tests that she did not have the technology to conduct,” prosecutors said.

She had “Dr. Rose Starr” business cards and advertised with that name online and on the radio in Alabama, the indictment said.

Gervais pleaded guilty to one charge each of wire fraud affecting a financial institution, aggravated identity theft and making false statements.

She faces a maximum of 37 years and fines up to $1.25 million.

She already agreed to forfeit $108,146 she gained from the illegal activity.

Gervais has been in Alabama’s Shelby County Jail since March 24, according to the jail’s online database. Prosecutors said she is set to be sentenced in November.