At least 55 sick after E. coli outbreak

Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 @ 2:02 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 @ 2:02 PM

The health department is reporting at least another 19 people are sick and one more is hospitalized after an E. coli outbreak.

The latest numbers bring the total sick to 55, with 10 hospitalized after eating food at customer appreciation picnic July 3 at Neff's Lawn Care, according to Bill Wharton, a spokesman for the health department.

Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County officials are asking anyone who got sick after attending the picnic in Germantown to call (937) 225-4460 to report their illness.

Public Health officials have confirmed that five of the people taken ill are infected with E. coli 0157, said Bill Wharton, a spokesman for the health department.

E. coli 0157 is one of six strains of E. coli bacteria known to produce a toxin that can be fatal.

Wharton said that none of the people hospitalized are in life-threatening condition.

Health department staff are investigating the outbreak to see if they can determine the source of the infection, he said, and interviewing the people who got sick.

Investigators will look at how food for the carry-in picnic was prepared and stored. "We'll go through the whole process," Wharton said.

They're also trying to test leftovers from the carry-in picnic, though it's likely any leftovers have either been eaten or thrown out by now, Wharton said.

An estimated 200 to 300 people attended the event, Wharton said, but the number might be higher.

Symptoms of E. coli infection include stomach cramps and bloody diarrhea. If someone attended the picnic and ate contaminated food, they could still develop symptoms through today, Wharton said.

E. coli can spread through contaminated food, but it can also be passed from person to person, so it's important that anyone who became ill after attending the event to wash their hands frequently to avoid infecting others in their household, Wharton said.

Most E. coli cases reported in Ohio occur during the summer, said Dr. Mary DiOrio, state epidemiologist for the Ohio Department of Health.

"When people are getting together and having outdoor gatherings this time of year, it's a good time to remind them about good food safety practices," she said.

Though E. coli contamination is most often associated with beef, the bacteria are found in produce, including vegetable sprouts, lettuce and cantaloupe, DiOrio said. Cooking and storing food at the proper temperature can help prevent foodborne illness.

More than 50 people were sickened in several states by E. coli 0157 found in romaine lettuce in March. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating an outbreak of another strain of toxic E. coli that has sickened 15 people in six states since May.

A third strain of E. coli has been linked to clover sprouts at a national sandwich shop chain. More than 25 people were sickened in 11 states between December and March.

Between 5 and 10 percent of people who are infected with a toxic strain of E. coli develop a condition called hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can lead to kidney failure.

Reported cases of E. coli illnesses decreased about 44 percent from 1996 to 2010 in the U.S., according to the CDC.

New restaurants, retail shops coming to Oxford

Published: Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 2:25 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 29, 2016 @ 4:37 PM

New restaurants and retail shops are coming to a development on the former Walmart site in Oxford.

Bishop Square — a 50,000-square-foot mixed use development at 419 Locust Street that currently includes 272 units of student housing — is adding Marco’s Pizza, Tim Hortons, a Sprint retail store and a bank.

“The final stage is important because we’ll be building the outlots that sit along Locust, which will serve as the front door to the whole project,” said Josh Rothstein, of Blue Ash-based OnSite Retail Group, which is handling marketing and leasing for the project. “The retailers and restaurants are excited to open their locations here because being across from Kroger, TJ Maxx and Dollar Tree provides tremendous exposure, great visibility and easy access to the shoppers already passing through this part of town.

“It’s also easily in walking distance to not only the concentration of Miami’s campus, but also the off-campus housing population,” Rothstein said.

Two other storefronts on the site are being are in the process of being leased, he said.

Existing Bishop Square tenants include Oxford Lane Library, Mercy Health - Orthopaedics and Sports Rehabilitation, Great Clips and Cloud 9 Vapor Lounge. A second-floor above some of those tenants includes office space.

Alan Kyger, Oxford’s economic development director, said the community is excited to see the Bishop Square project moving into its final phases.

“In 2005, when Walmart moved away from this site, the abandoned building that was left behind was a large eyesore for the Tollgate Business District, as well as for the whole community,” Kyger said. “Developer Robert Fiorita is to be commended in providing such a good-looking redevelopment project.

“The addition of these merchants will provide the citizens of Oxford additional shopping options. I expect each of these new businesses to be very successful in this new development.”

Marco’s Pizza has 700 stores in 35 states, doubling in size over the last five years and on track to 1,000 stores by the end of 2017, according to the company. Area locations include Middletown, Monroe, Hamilton and Liberty Twp. in Butler County.

Tim Hortons has more than 4,400 locations in the United States, Canada and the Middle East. Area locations include Monroe, Springboro and Maineville in Warren County.

Four local teens qualify for Olympic trials

Published: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 @ 3:12 AM
Updated: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 @ 3:12 AM

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Patrick Mulcare (Springboro) and Cliff Goertemiller (Oakwood) set Ohio records and joined Dayton Raiders teammates Brett Mackenzie (Tipp City) and Colin Kanzari (Beavercreek) in qualifying for next year’s U.S. Olympic Trials during last week’s Junior National Championships at Stanford University.

Mulcare and Goertemiller both set their records in the 15-16 boys division. Mulcare was timed in 4 minutes, 26.30 seconds for the 400 intermediate medley. He placed eighth.  Goertemiller was timed in 15:44.69 to reset the state mark in the 1,500 free. He placed sixth.

Their efforts count as state records because they are registered as Ohio swimmers.

Also qualifying for the Trials at Omaha, Neb., were Mackenzie (4:30.24 in the 400 IM, 19th) and Kanzari (2:20.68 in the 200 breaststroke, 16th).

Other Raiders to participate in the National Championships were Jack Pohlmann (Beavercreek), Josh Quallen (Wilmington), Brock Turner (Oakwood), Alex Osterhage (Centerville) and Henrick Pohlmann (Beavercreek).

Crash victim lived to fly, friend says

Published: Saturday, June 09, 2012 @ 8:16 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 09, 2012 @ 8:16 AM

A 73-year-old Bellbook man killed in a plane crash Saturday morning was an experienced pilot who had built four planes like the “experimental aircraft” he flew that day, according to his wife.

Roger Flower died in the 8 a.m. crash, said Sgt. Anthony Pearcy of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

“Some witnesses in the area did see the plane flying and the witnesses believe they did see something fall off the plane,” he said.

Flying out of the Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport in Greene County, the plane flown by Flower crashed about 100 yards from a house at 1856 Ohio 380. Debris from the crash spread about 300 feet and the plane had extensive damage.

Flower was a naval aviator for 31 years who still loved to fly in his retirement, said Jan Flower, his wife of 50 years.

“It was his life, ” she said. “He was flying a plane that he had built and flew out of Greene County Airport and was there every day and loved it.”

After retiring from the Navy, he became a certified aviation engineer and began building his own aircraft, his wife said.

“He knew what he was doing about building it and just loved it and wasn’t ready to give up airplanes, so he built them,” she said.

Both natives of Ohio, Roger and Jan Flower have four sons and moved to Bellbrook eight years ago, when they were done traveling with the Navy.

She described her husband as “a leader, totally confident. (He) could tackle anything, could build or fix anything, loved his children and his grandchildren, (and) loved serving in his church.”

The OHSP is investigating the crash with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

The plane was a fixed wing, single engine, experimental/homemade aircraft, according to the patrol.

“According to the family members, it’s been flown before,” said Pearcy.

There was no flight plan filed for the plane and the destination of the flight was unknown, Pearcy said.

“As unfortunate as this incident is, it is fortunate that no other people were involved,” Pearcy said.

"Beer with more punch" a possibility in Ohio

Published: Wednesday, June 01, 2011 @ 8:32 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 01, 2011 @ 8:32 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio --(AP)-- A change proposed for the two-year state budget would allow Ohioans to buy boozier beer, up to 18 percent alcohol.

The current limit is 12 percent.

State Senate Majority Leader Jimmy Stewart says tells The Columbus Dispatch that some of the state's smaller breweries would be very excited about making some limited-time products with higher alcohol content.

The newspaper reports Stewart offered the amendment after talking to the owners of a brew pub in his southeast Ohio district.

The beer proposal is among a long list of budget changes unveiled Tuesday in the Republican-led Senate.

A spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services cautions that underage drinkers -- who are typically binge drinkers -- get in trouble faster when alcohol contents are higher.