Lakshmi Sammarco

Public Health
1:57 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Chilling (but good) news for Hamilton County Coroner

Credit Sarah Ramsey

Replacement parts for 40-year-old body coolers are hard to find. But after some searching, Hamilton County officials have found the part needed to fix the broken compressor on the main body cooler in the coroner's office.

County Administrator Christian Sigman says the part was found in Louisville and costs $3,500, but it's the only one the company has. He says he hopes to have the cooler back in service by Friday. Sigman says the county will continue the search for a second part just in case something goes wrong with the back-up body cooler.

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Hamilton County Coroner
1:05 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Coroner's office has broken body cooler

Credit Sarah Ramsey

On top of needing a new facility, Hamilton County's Coroner has a new problem -  one of the county's two body coolers broke over the weekend.

The county coroner, Lakshmi Sammarco, told the county commissioners this morning that the compressor on the cooler went out around 3:45 p.m. Saturday.

Sammarco said the estimated repair cost would be $20,000.

For now her office has moved all the bodies into the backup cooler which is normally used only for decomposed remains.

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Local News
11:00 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

Moving the board of elections is no slam dunk

For years now, those people who cast early ballots in person at the Hamilton County Board of Elections have done so by going to the board’s offices at 824 Broadway downtown.

If a majority of the county commissioners and the two Republicans on the board of elections get their way, they will have to head to Mt. Airy to do that.

And a growing chorus of voices – mostly, but not entirely, Democrats, and most of the African-American leadership of Cincinnati – are saying that would be a raw deal for the thousands of voters who depend on public transportation to get around.

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Local News
12:28 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Elections board split over move to Mount Airy

Democrats and Republicans on the Hamilton County Board of Elections are split over whether to move their headquarters from downtown to the former Mercy Mount Airy Hospital because of the issue of early in-person voting.

The Democrats on the board - Tim Burke and Caleb Faux - say moving to the Kipling road building would make it extremely hard for voters without cars to get to the board, which has one bus line. Many voters would have to take multiple buses to get to Mount Airy, they say.

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Hamilton County Coroner
3:33 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Study projects much lower cost for new crime lab

New figures are in on how much it would cost to convert Mercy Mt. Airy hospital into a new crime lab for the coroner's office.

Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco says a new architectural study puts renovation costs at $21.5 million, well under the projected $56 million to build a new facility.

"The building is sound and it's a gift," says Sammarco. "I think we really need to look at it as this is going to be the most economical way for us to get a new crime lab."

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