Saturday, November 27, 1999


Grocer shot in chest; police seeking three

        An Over-the-Rhine grocer is expected to recover after being shot in the chest Wednesday night.

        Cincinnati police responding to a report of shots fired at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday found Azmi Maghathe, 47, lying on the sidewalk in front of his business, the Pendleton Food Market, 418 E. 12th St. Mr. Mag- hathe is in serious condition at University Hospital.

        Witnesses said they saw three black men running from the area immediately after the shots were heard. Investigators don't know if the three were involved in the shooting but want to question them.

        One man is described as 18 to 25 years old, light complexioned, 5 feet, 3 inches to 5 feet, 6 inches, about 130 pounds, with a blue ski cap, black long-sleeve sweat shirt with a white shirt underneath, and black pants.

        The second is described as 23 or 24 years old, 5 feet, 7 inches, 195 to 200 pounds, wearing a plaid shirt and bluejeans.

        The third man is described as 30 to 33 years old, 5-feet, 1-inch to 5 feet, 3 inches tall, 120 to 130 pounds, wearing a green hooded jacket and dark pants.

        Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the homicide unit at 352-3542 or CrimeStoppers at 352-3040. Callers may remain anonymous.

Vandalism likely to require makeup days
        FRANKLIN FURNACE, Ohio — Students at two southern Ohio schools that were closed because of vandalism probably will have to make up two missed school days, an administrator said.

        Police arrested three juveniles accused of shattering windows, scattering files and setting off fire extinguishers in the Green Local School District's high school-elementary school complex late Nov. 19 or early Nov. 20.

        Students had been scheduled to be in class only two days last week, but both schools were closed because chemical residue from the fire extinguishers had to be cleaned out of the heating system.

        The two missed days probably will be made up next semester, school district Treasurer Dan McDavid said.

        The juveniles, ages 17, 16 and 14, also are charged with breaking into a farm-implement business near the schools. They appeared in Scioto County Juvenile Court on Wednesday on charges of felony vandalism and breaking and entering. The sheriff's office did not release their names because they are juveniles.

Inmate found hanged after drug arrest
        CANTON, Ohio — A man arrested on several drug-related charges apparently hanged himself Friday in the Stark County jail, the sheriff's office said.

        Guards found Dante Parker, 26, hanging from a noose that he made out of his bedsheets, Sheriff Tim Swanson said. Mr. Parker was pronounced dead about an hour later at Mercy Medical Center.

        Mr. Parker was last seen alive about 20 minutes earlier during a security round. A suicide note was found in Mr. Parker's cell, but Sheriff Swanson did not know what it said.

        The cause of death was pending until a coroner's report.

        Mr. Parker, who had been incarcerated 10 times before on various charges, was arrested Wednesday on eight charges, mostly drug-related, Sheriff Swanson said. Mr. Parker did not have any history of suicide attempts, authorities said.

Group decries radio host's Jackson remarks
        TOLEDO, Ohio — A Baptist group has asked a Toledo radio station to fire a talk show host who criticized the Rev. Jesse Jackson on the air for protesting the treatment of black students involved in a fight in Decatur, Ill.

        The Baptist Ministers Conference also wants the Federal Communications Commission to investigate whether WSPD radio host Scott Sloan broke laws when Mr. Sloan said the Rev. Mr. Jackson wanted to be assassinated.

        Six students at Decatur's Eisenhower High School were expelled for the Sept. 17 brawl at a football game. The Rev. Mr. Jackson, who has been protesting the expulsions, was arrested Nov. 16 at the central Illinois school.

        During his three-hour show on Nov. 17, Mr. Sloan said the Rev. Mr. Jackson intervened in order to be a martyr like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who died April 4, 1968, after he was shot while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.

        Mr. Sloan then called the Lorraine Hotel in Miami and asked if the rooms had balconies. “All we need now is a shooter,” he said on the air.

        The Rev. Rudolph Sutton, president of the conference's Toledo chapter and pastor of Spring Street Baptist Church, and about 15 other pastors in the conference denounced Mr. Sloan's statements after a Thanksgiving service at St. Mark's Baptist Church.

Bottle-deposit advocate disputes petition
        FRANKFORT, Ky. — An opponent of a proposal to require deposits on drink containers in Kentucky says hundreds of thousands of people have signed petitions against the measure.

        But Rep. Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, the proposal's sponsor, said the petition misrepresents the facts.

        The petition claims deposits would drive up the cost of groceries and describes bottle deposits as a tax. Mr. Stumbo countered that the deposits would be refundable, unlike a tax.

        “That's just a ... lie,” Mr. Stumbo, the House majority floor leader, said of the petition. “They're trying to scare people.”

        The soft-drink bottlers collecting the signatures, however, say some consumers wouldn't redeem their containers because of inconvenience, so the deposits would result in higher costs for them.

        “We believe the deposit is a form of a tax,” said Mike Brown of Pepsi-Cola General Bottlers, Louisville. He said the statewide petition drive has collected more than 250,000 signatures.


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