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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 34

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Wednesday, October 16, 1991
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EDITOR: KERRY KLUMPE, 369-1003 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1991 SECTION D u w ui 1 u u L4VZf n-X U UU t 1 : C Not all there ewis patieiits oelom State study says some would benefit from alcohol-drug programs instead BY CHRIS GRAVES The Cincinnati Enquirer Pauline Warfield Lewis Center is admitting some patients who would do better at alcohol or drug rehabilitation centers if those were available, according to a state study. The study prompted Dr. Michael Ho-gan, director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health, to order the Lewis Center medical staff to devise tighter admission and discharge criteria from the state-run psychiatric hospital in Roselawn, said Stephanie Hightower-Leftwich, department mentally ill "but did evidence some mental health problems," Hightower-Leftwich said. "(Hogan) thought that a number of the patients should have been treated in alternative facilities if available ... and found that there are shortages of them in the community," she said. William Coombe, spokesman for the Hamilton County Community Mental Health Board, said common knowledge among health-care officials is that the county does not have enough alcohol and drug detoxification and rehabilitation spokeswoman. Hogan also told Lewis Center officials that one of his priorities will be to hire an assistant medical director, she said. The review shared with Mayor David Mann, other city officials and the director of the Hamilton County Community Mental Health Board last week was prompted after several former Lewis Center patients died when released after short stays at the hospital. A three-member team last month analyzed a random sample of 20 of 140 patients that University Hospital's psychiatric emergency services referred to the Lewis Center. sThose patients were discharged from Lewis Center within 48 hours, Hightower-Leftwich said. Brenda Mougey, chief of quality assurance for the Department of Mental Health; Dr. Karen Pajari, chief clinical officer at the Hamilton County Community Mental Health Board; and Dr. James Hillard, chairman of University of Cincinnati's psychiatry department conducted the month-long review, she said. "Dr. Hogan asked the team to provide him with findings regarding the appropriateness of admission and discharge decisions and the adequacy of treatment and discharge planning," Hightower-Leftwich said. Lewis Center officials were not contacted Tuesday because as a matter of routine they refer all questions to the Department of Mental Health in Columbus, Ohio. The team found that most admission and discharge decisions appeared to be appropriate and that treatment of patients also "appeared to be appropriate," she said. But, they also found that many patients "would not have required a secure inpatient setting," and that many of those in the sample were not psychotic or acutely 'The smoke was going down into my lungs' y ... s Airport jet-noise program falters BY BETH MENGE The Cincinnati Enquirer A test under way to reduce jet noise over Cincinnati's western suburbs through high-altitude flight patterns is not working as well as its planners hoped. So the committee charged with reducing noise from the CincinnatiNorthern Kentucky International Airport is expected tonight to consider trying something 1 V ' ':Jw ! ft,, I """" - 'S- v 5n' rJl- il 1 , i 1 tic " x n n juV' 4 ft a I ! f v -vv (f If ?teY . What we Burglary wasn't a nightmare Predawn call nabs suspect BY CHRIS GRAVES The Cincinnati Enquirer In whispers, Debbie Andress frantically pleaded for police. Someone was in her home. . Something fell to the floor down- stairs. Seconds later, she heard footsteps on the second floor. Andress explained this to the 911 operator. And the operator, Beverly Downs, told Andress to stay calm, gather her husband and three children together, lock themselves in the master bedroom of the Holly Avenue home, wait for police and stay on the phone. The clipped exchange between the two women while police surrounded the Andress home in Hyde Park continued to evoke an eeriness even a day after police arrested a 34-year-old Lincoln Heights man in an upstairs bathroom. Donald Williams, of the 1100 block of Jackson Avenue, was charged with the aggravated burglary of the home of Jay Andress, a Cincinnati City Council candidate. Williams remains in the Hamilton County Justice Center on a $100,000 bond and is a suspect in "numerous" burglaries in several Cincinnati neighborhoods and throughout the county. "Yes, I would say it's a big arrest in terms of community safety," Police Chief Lawrence Whal-en said. While listening to the 911 recording between Andress and Downs, even Whalen grimaced, shook his head and later said: "You could sense the terror in that woman's voice." But to Downs, the call was typical. It's the type of emergency she handles nightly during her 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift. Admittedly embarrassed to talk ; about herself and her work, Downs said she was just doing ."what any of the 911 operators (Please see 9 1 1 , Page D-3) Excerpts from 91 1 tapes, . Page D-3. The Aviation Noise Abatement Committee will consider asking pilots to reduce engine power at a relatively high altitude, then glide toward the runway. "What we tested is not as quiet as tested is not as quiet as we'd hoped for. J J Robert Hoffman, Aviation Noise Abatement Committee - i;.-.'-.', . jAY.'ti. The Cincinnati EnquirerKevin J. Miyazaki Cynthia Hampel stands in front of the Loveland home of 81 -year-old Hazel Woolridge, whom Hampel rescued from a fire late Monday. Neighbor drags woman from fire Loveland rescuer rushes into house to save sleeping resident we'd hoped for," said Robert Hoffman, chairman of the committee's technical advisory group. Under the current plan which has been tested less than a week pilots approach the airport at a higher altitude than normal. Many, however, have been forced to increase power and noise twice to maintain that altitude during an approach, committee members said. "What we're trying to do is take two bumps out of the road two places where some (pilots) have to apply power," said committee member John Powers of Delhi Township. As with the current test, the new procedure would be used at the pilot's discretion, Powers said. Passengers would not notice a difference, he said. "It's a minor adjustment that maybe will permit planes to use (Please see AIRPORT, Page D-3) BY STEVE HOFFMAN The Cincinnati Enquirer Cynthia Hampel dashed into a dark, smoke-filled house in Loveland on Monday night and pulled her 81 -year-old neighbor to safety. "Had she not gone into the building, there is no doubt in my mind we would have had a fire fatality," Loveland Fire Chief Jim Hunter said Tuesday. "She risked her life for her neighbor." Hazel Woolridge was asleep alone in her Chestnut Street home Monday evening when a malfunctioning oil sfove in her living room ignited the building, Hunter said. Hampel, 25, who lives across the street, entered the one-bedroom house, roused Woolridge and pulled her to safety. "I am not the kind of person who sees someone in trouble and won't help them," Hampel said Tuesday. "She could have been a complete stranger and I would help in any way I could." Hunter said both women suffered smoke inhalation and were taken to Bethesda North Hospital. Woolridge was in fair condition Tuesday. Hampel was treated then released. "I couldn't find her at first because smoke completely filled the room. It was pitch-black. I couldn't see daylight. Finally, I felt her hand and I started dragging her by her armpits out of the tiny room. "My mother was at the front door trying to direct me. She busted the glass in the door. I could hear her yelling at me, but I couldn't see her. "The smoke was going down into my lungs and burning my eyes. I dragged her to a side door, and (Hampel's brother) Chris grabbed her and took her out of the house." Hampel said she has lived across the street from Woolridge for three years. She said she and Woolridge were not close but were acquainted. She was at home Monday evening with her parents, three brothers and 4-year-old son, Jacob. When one of her brother's friends saw the fire as he left the house, he ran back and told Ham-pel's mother, Angela Williamson, to call 911. Loveland firefighters got the call at 6:27 p.m. Hampel said she and her brother, Chris, 16, ran to the house immediately. Hunter estimated damage to the house at $15,000. s. Police unit to combat street crime Body found in Riverside is Hamilton woman, police say j j in.. it i ii i n ; ""., , ' ,7 ?r 1 - J " j . If,!- If- V trfy W w A, BY CHRIS GRAVES The Cincinnati Enquirer A group of 30 Cincinnati police officers will travel the streets this fall to combat skyrocketing violence, Police Chief Lawrence Whalen said Tuesday. The officers who are being pulled from throughout the police division to form the task force will begin work today. Their immediate focus: a series of taxi robberies in the downtown and West End area and numerous assaults by "loosely formed gangs" in the Price Hill area. "We are looking to get a reduction in the stranger-to-stranger, street-level violent crimes," said Capt. Rick Biehl, who will command the unit. Wherever that kind of crime occurs, the task force will follow, Biehl said. Members will also work with criminal investigations section, Community Oriented Policing officers and patrol officers. Cincinnati has seen increased violence during the past three years; this year those crimes have increased by 30 compared to the same period in 1990, Whalen said. "And it continues to escalate," Whalen said, pointing to recent statistics: Serious crimes murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, car theft and arson combined jumped by 44.3 this September as compared with September, 1990. Violent crimes classified as murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault climbed by 57.4 this September as compared with September, 1990. Task force officers usually will be in uniform and in patrol cars, but they may go undercover if necessary, Whalen said. THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER A woman found dead in a Riverside grove with an arrow in her chest has been identified as a 32-year-old Belinda Bolandos of Hamilton, who had been missing for eight days. The body of Bolandos, of the 400 block of Rockford Drive, was discovered about 2:45 p.m. Saturday by a Price Hill couple along Southside Avenue just east of the public boat launch at Riverside Park. Bolandos had been . shot at least once with an arrow, said Sgt. John Jay of the Cincinnati Violent Crime Squad. She was last seen in Hamilton on Oct. 4 with white male in his early 20s, about 5 feet 6 police said. The man was described as having short, red hair. Police said Bolandos and the man were seen together before her disappearance in her car, a 1982 silver-gray Chevrolet Chevette hatchback with Ohio license ETU 998. Hamilton Police Chief Tom Knox said his department has a limited role in the investigation, which is being led by the violent-crime squad. "We have gotten involved in that we have contacted Cincinnati police and provided them with some information," Knox said. "We did come up with some information, and Cincinnati police have followed through on it." Knox declined to say what information his department supplied to Cincinnati police. The Cincinnati EnquirerGlenn Hartong Police Chief Lawrence Whalen holds a sketch of the suspect in series of taxi robberies in the downtown and West End area. i

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