Saturday, September 16, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

Policeman hurt breaking up fight

        A veteran Cincinnati police officer wound up in the hospital early Friday after trying to help break up a fight outside an Over-the-Rhine bar.

        Officer Scott Owen, on the force since 1993, was kicked to the ground outside 1128 Main St. about 2:30 a.m. Staples were used to close a wound. He was released from Good Samaritan Hospital later Friday and was recuperating at home, officials said. Officer Owen was knocked to the ground when one man kicked him in the head. Then, while he was down, another man kicked him in the chest, police reports said. The two men had been fighting each other, but turned on officers when they arrived, police said.

        Other officers arrested Aaron Caudill, 22, of Fort Thomas, and Eric Jones, 22, of Georgetown. Both were charged with assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

        Meanwhile, another Cincinnati officer struggled in Bond Hill with a 16-year-old girl he was trying to arrest.

        The girl kicked Officer Don Meece, 29, in the shin and thigh but did not cause serious injuries. She was charged with assaulting the officer and placed in juvenile detention.

Safety day is for children

        Home Depot stores are holding Project KidCare-Children's Safety Awareness Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today. All Cincinnati locations will offer free photo IDs for children. Law enforcement officials believe recent photographs to be the single most important tool in finding missing children. There will also be entertainment and games for children.

Classes are for people over 50

        OXFORD — The Institute for Learning in Retirement at Miami University will hold an informational meeting 2-4 p.m. Thursday at the Peabody Hall Gallery. Reservations are required by Tuesday.

        Attendees will learn about the organization and meet the course instructors. The institute is open to all retired or semi-retired people age 50 and above. A membership fee of $50 entitles the member to take any or all classes for the five-week session.

        Classes from music and art to science and politics are offered for the fall 2000 session. Classes meet weekly Mondays through Thursdays Oct. 16 through Nov. 16.

        For reservations, call (513) 529-1508 or go online at

Parents invited to "survival' training

        LEBANON — Parent Survival Training, a free program for Warren County parents, begins Monday at Dunlavy Elementary School, 501 N. Water. Sessions will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on consecutive Mondays for six weeks. Registration is required.

        The program is designed to help parents teach their children values and responsibility.

        Pete Herr, a therapist at Community Mental Health Centers of Warren County, is the facilitator. Information: 695-1357, 420-4357, 925-1357.

Robbery suspect captured behind bar

        FLORENCE — Robert Moore, 51, is accused of robbing a bank Friday and then hiding behind his favorite bar next door.

        Officer Steve Kuhlman found the Florence man with a bag of money from Huntington Bank on Turfway Road behind a fence at the rear of the Front Porch Bar.

        The robber had been described as intoxicated, so the officer went to the bar and asked if anyone had seen the suspect.

        Mr. Moore had been there drinking earlier, the manager said.

        “The manager said, "Yeah, come to think of it, he's behind the bar hiding behind a fence,'” said Lt. Tim Chesser of the Florence Police Department.

        Police say Mr. Moore gave a note to the teller about 4:30 p.m. that said he had a gun. He took an undisclosed amount of money and was charged with first-degree robbery.

        When he was found behind the bar, “He said, "You caught me,'” Lt. Chesser said.

Two protest at Oktoberfest event

        A noon disruption during the opening ceremonies of Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati 2000 on Fountain Square landed two men in jail Friday.

        Nate Livingston, 31, of Avondale, and James Hardy, 59, of Over-the-Rhine got onto the stage at Fountain Square during Mayor Charlie Luken's speech and demanded a meeting with the police chief and a captain, officials, officials said.

        Mr. Livingston and Mr. Hardy were charged with criminal trespass and disrupting a lawful gathering.

        Additional charges of resisting arrest and prohibited use of Fountain Square were filed against Mr. Livingston.

        Mr. Livingston, police said, used a bullhorn to demand a meeting with Police Chief Thomas Streicher and Police Capt. Vincent DeMasi.

        Friday's incident was another bid by Mr. Livingston to reiterate his disapproval of police action in the 1999 shooting of Michael Carpenter during a traffic stop, officials said.

        Both men were released on bond Friday. Mr. Hardy paid 10 percent of a $1,000 bond, while Mr. Livingston paid 10 percent of a $2,100 bond.

Two penguins die; food may be cause

        NEWPORT — Two king penguins died Friday at the Newport Aquarium, possibly after eating tainted fish.

        The two penguins consumed the largest portion of a new delivery of frozen fish, said Lisa Popyk, the aquarium's public relations manager.

        The other 21 animals on exhibit with the penguins, including three new gentoo chicks, showed no signs of illness.

        Staff members are sending the food for testing, but believe the shipment may have spoiled before reaching the aquarium.


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