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Published: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ 10:20 AM
Updated: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ 10:19 AM
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. — State regulators have fined a southern Indiana auto parts plant $224,000 for alleged safety violations discovered following a worker's death.
The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the order Nov. 15 against Autoneum North America Inc. The Swiss-based company must either pay the fines or contest the violations.
The fines follow the Oct. 21 blunt force trauma death of 44-year-old Melissa Stephens at the Jeffersonville plant.
IOSHA spokeswoman Molly Deuberry tells The News and Tribune two of the five safety violations the agency found carried a "high probability of death or serious harm."
One violation involved a failure to protect workers from loose clothing being caught in rotating machine parts.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 11:21 PM
DAYTON — The closing of Good Samaritan Hospital will be a crippling blow to the west Dayton community and raises several concerns going forward, said three people who represent the hundreds of residents living near the 86-year-old facility.
"We're behind the eight ball," Minister Daria Dillard Stone, 66 and a member of the Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 5370 Dayton-Liberty Road.
"They've made the decision, which means we don't count,” she told News Center 7’s James Buechele on Wednesday evening. “That's just how it is."
Stone, Mount Carmel Pastor Chad White and Omega Baptist Church Pastor Daryl Ward offered their reactions -- as well as the reactions of the communities they serve -- in the wake of Premier Health's announcement Wednesday morning that Good Samaritan Hospital will be closing by the end of the year.
Stone, a member at Mount Carmel for 50 years, said her three daughters and four grandchildren were born at the hospital. She was a patient there, as was her grandmother and late husband. Stone said Premier officials should have come to the community and at least given the community a chance to react.
"If they had come to the community a year or two ago and said, 'we're planning on closing Good Samaritan Hospital and what do you guys think?' At least that would have been a good faith thing if they could have acted like they cared. But they didn't," Stone said.
Pastor White, who also is executive organizer with SCLC Dayton, echoed Stone's sentiment. He, too, has been a patient at Good Samaritan and worries about access to healthcare because that while Miami Valley Hospital is five miles away, the distance can be great if one doesn't have adequate transportation.
"I don't know the numbers, I don't know the fiscal issues the hospital is facing, but I do know it will be a great void," White said. "There will be a great abyss that will take place once Good Samaritan leaves that part of the city.
"There are great concerns in the community about jobs, access to adequate healthcare," he said. "And, is this systemic racism? Is it intentional disinvestment in the west Dayton area on the heels of all the other things that west Dayton has come through?
"Does corporate America have a moral compass or a social conscience to say that 'we need to look at areas that are being impacted above and beyond any other areas' and say, 'do we take some loss or do we take some hit to stay because we have a moral conscience as a corporate citizen in the city of Dayton?' "
White said the news of the closing "literally took the wind out of my sails."
Pastor Ward called the news "devastating."
His edifice is right down the street from the hospital, which is at 2222 Philadelphia Drive in northwest Dayton.
He said the leaving is not a new concern. "This has been a part of the ongoing devastation that's been going on in this community. I'm angry at the leaders of our community in terms of why can't we think about the best for the community."
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 10:01 PM
NEW CARLISLE — Council members voted unanimously Wednesday night to move forward with a tax request to support the city’s fire and emergency medical service.
In a special meeting held at 7 p.m. in the Smith Park Shelter House, the council and Chief Steve Trusty discussed the needs of the city's fire department.
Trusty cited low pay for personnel and rising costs of equipment among the department's challenges.
If certified, the 3-mill, five-year levy would be be placed on the May 8 ballot.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 9:04 PM
CINCINNATI — In celebration of the first birthday of Fiona — the premature hippopotamus who beat the odds and captured hearts around the globe — fans will get a chance to win a one-of-a-kind “Hippo Kiss” painting, and become an official Fiona parent.
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is marking Fiona’s first birthday with a special ADOPT (Animals Depend on People Too) promotion. ADOPT parents help provide food, toys and fun enrichment items to the zoo’s animal family.
Anyone who “adopts” Fiona will be entered into a drawing to win “Hippo Kiss,” the purple peck on canvas created by Fiona herself.
Fiona’s First Birthday ADOPT promotion ends Feb. 7, and the drawing is at noon Feb. 8. The winner will be contacted directly, according to the zoo.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 6:11 PM
KETTERING — Police are continuing to look for two males who committed a home invasion robbery on Hazel Avenue.
Investigators don't know what led the invaders to pick the home they did Wednesday afternoon, Kettering Police Patrolman John Jung said.
According to the preliminary investigation, the two males forced their way inside just before 4 p.m., knocked down the resident and took property, Officer Jung said.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton to close
A K-9 unit was called to the scene as part of the investigation and he said police are interviewing neighbors, hoping to get a description of the robbers.
Jung asked that if you have information you believe will help in this investigation, please call Kettering police at 937-296-2555.