Monday, September 23, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report

2 boycott supporters, 1 reveler arrested

        Two Cincinnati boycott supporters and an Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati attendee were arrested Sunday afternoon after a fight at Sycamore and Fifth Street.

        Boycott supporter Steven McDaniel, 44, of Walnut Hills, was charged with assault after he punched a partygoer — Jack Bader, 56, of Doraville, Ga. — in his face during a verbal altercation, said Lt. Mike Zwick of Cincinnati Police.

        The victim's brother, Michael Bader, 51, of Kettering, Ohio, then intervened and was charged with disorderly conduct, police said.

        Another boycott supporter, Amanda Mayes, 27, of Clifton, also was charged with disorderly conduct for fighting, police said.

        A witness said the incident started after someone poured beer on a boycotter's head.

        No arrests were made after two Saturday incidents involving boycott supporters. One boycotter reported Oktoberfest attendees had spit on boycotters near Fountain Square and another said partygoers tampered with their signs.

        Police reports were filed for both incidents, Lt. Zwick said.

Emergency center expansion complete

        HAMILTON — Expansion of Fort Hamilton Hospital's Carruthers Emergency Center is complete, with the emergency department nearly doubling in size.

        A dedication ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. today in the hospital auditorium, 630 Eaton Ave., followed by tours of the expanded emergency center.

        After Mercy Hamilton closed, the Fort Hamilton Hospital emergency department expected an increase from 30,000 to 60,000 patients per year. Expansion began in April 2001.

        In November 2001, Hamilton residents Donna and Ralph (Pat) Carruthers contributed $1 million to the Fort Hamilton Healthcare Foundation to assist in the expansion. They will be recognized at the dedication.

Education fund kicks off annual campaign

        The Catholic Inner-City Schools Education (CISE) Fund kicks off its annual Corporate Campaign from 5-7 p.m. today at U.S. Bank Imax Theater at Newport on the Levee.

        The corporate campaign is the largest fund raiser for CISE, which provides tuition assistance to low-income students attending eight inner-city elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

        About 70 percent of the nearly 1,500 students in CISE schools live below poverty level. Two-thirds are non-Catholic and two-thirds are minorities.

        Cincinnati Bengals running back Corey Dillon and campaign chair Richard Davis, vice chairman of U.S. Bancorp, will be among the featured speakers. The goal is to improve on last year's record total of $1.5 million.

Cincinnati Christian celebrates award

        SYMMES TOWNSHIP — Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy High School today celebrates its recognition as one of 14 schools in Ohio to receive the 2001-02 Blue Ribbon School Award.

        U.S. Rep. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, will be on hand to make a presentation to Joan Miracle, high school principal. The celebration begins at 10 a.m. in the Lindner Fine Arts Theater at the high school, 11525 Snider Road.

        The U.S. Department of Education annually gives the Blue Ribbon Award to schools that show strong leadership, a clear vision, high-quality teaching and up-to-date curriculum.

        Police seek help in identifying victim

        A female pedestrian was killed in Norwood Sunday and charges are pending against a driver.

        Norwood Police are seeking the public's help in identifying the woman, who was killed

        about 4 a.m. Sunday in the 2900 block of Highland Avenue. Police did not identify the driver.

        The victim is black, age 20-30, 5-foot-2, 160 pounds, with reddish hair in cornrows and a gold tooth, a pierced right eyebrow and a tattoo of “Lashanda” on the right side of her neck. She was wearing a white Reebok jacket with an inside liner with a British flag design.

        Anyone with information is asked to call Norwood Police at 458-4521.

Highland Co. crash leaves one man dead

        A man was killed Sunday when his 1995 BMW went off Ohio 138 in Highland County and struck a guardrail.

        The BMW was southbound on Ohio 138 near Ohio 131 when the crash occurred at 8 a.m. in Hamer Township, the Ohio Highway Patrol said. The driver, whose name was withheld until relatives could be notified, was ejected from the vehicle.

Suspect arrested in Friday shooting

        HAMILTON — Police arrested a 19-year-old man Saturday in connection with a shooting Friday that critically injured a woman.

        Eric Jemaine Nelson is charged with attempted murder and aggravated robbery.

        He is accused of shooting Melissa Land, 34, who was dropped off at Fort Hamilton Hughes Hospital with gunshot wounds early Friday, according to the Hamilton Police Department. Mr. Nelson also was wanted on two drug trafficking warrants, police said.

        Ms. Land was flown by helicopter to University Hospital, where she was in critical condition Sunday.

        No further details were released.

Compiled from staff and wire reports


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