Friday, April 25, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report


Compiled from staff and wire reports

Prank e-mailer is fined, sentenced

OXFORD - A Miami University senior was given a suspended sentence and fined $1,000 plus court costs Thursday in Butler County Area One Court for sending a prank e-mail canceling classes.

Benjamin M. Field, 22, of Salem, Ohio, had previously pleaded guilty to attempted unauthorized use of a computer, a first-degree misdemeanor.

He could have gotten 180 days of jail time.

Field will also be entered into an alcohol and drug assessment program and be on probation for a year.

According to police, Field sent roughly 31,000 e-mails claiming to cancel classes for Green Beer Day, a student celebration involving early morning drinking.

Fields wrote an apology that was published in the school's newspaper last week. A university spokeswoman said Fields, a computer science major, is still enrolled.

'Support America' rally on square

Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken and radio talk show host Bill Cunningham will host a "Tri-State Supports America Rally" today on Fountain Square.

The event, which starts at 12:30 p.m., will be broadcast live on WLW (700 AM) and will feature music and tributes to veterans.

Magazine seller reports rape

HAMILTON - City police were investigating Thursday the reported rape of a 19-year-old magazine saleswoman who said she was assaulted by three men after she got into a car with them at Seventh and Dayton streets.

According to police reports, the woman, of Uhrichsville, Ohio, said she was waiting for a ride from co-workers after selling door-to-door in the neighborhood, when the men stopped about 4 p.m. Wednesday and expressed interest in buying magazines.

After she got into the car, she said, the men held her captive and choked and sexually assaulted her while driving around the city for a half hour.

The report said the woman suffered cuts and bruises.

No description of the car or the men was available from police late Thursday.

City allots $2 million in arts grants

Cincinnati City Council approved a package of about $2 million in capital grants to arts organizations Wednesday - but only after some changes.

Gone is a $40,000 grant to the Greater Cincinnati Blues Society for a three-day gospel music festival. Arts & Culture Committee Chairman Jim Tarbell championed the spending for the event, which has been called Cincinnati's best integrated music festival. But others said the grant defeated the purpose of the arts development fund, which was to make physical improvements to arts facilities.

City Council did, however, vote to spend $10,000 to support the Bats Incredible public art project.

The council did not make a decision on spending $50,000 for flower boxes in Over-the-Rhine, referring the item to the Finance Committee for further study.

Morgan's Raiders will ride again

MONTGOMERY - Saturday, the city will mark the 140th anniversary of Morgan's Raid, when Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan led a group of ransacking soldiers through town.

More than 30 farms and homes were raided before the soldiers headed east toward Camp Dennison. During their 24-day raid, Morgan's men invaded more than 6,500 homes and businesses in Indiana and Ohio.

Saturday's celebration will include a Morgan's Raid symposium from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church, Shelly Lane and Remington Road.

From 2-5 p.m., Civil War artist Mort Kunstler will unveil and sign photos of the original oil painting "Morgan's Ohio Raid" at Universalist Church, Montgomery and Remington roads.

At 3:30 p.m., there will be a re-enactment of Morgan's Raid along Remington Road, from Swaim Park to Universalist Church.

For more information, visit www.montgomeryohio.org.

Man critically hurt In Corryville bar

Cincinnati police are investigating how a man got critically hurt early Thursday in a Corryville bar.

Michael Stevens, 27, either fell or was shoved down the stairs at Fries Cafe on Jefferson Avenue, police said, about 1:50 a.m. He was taken to University Hospital with head injuries that officers called life-threatening.

District officers notified the department' homicide unit because of the extent of the man's injuries.

Cole motion will ask school inspection

Councilwoman Laketa Cole will ask Cincinnati's building department today to begin inspecting public schools for lead contamination.

Cole said the inspections are needed to ensure that lead paint does not pose a health risk to children and teachers. A student at Heberle Elementary was found to have elevated levels of lead in his blood.

Cole will outline her request for inspections in a motion to be filed today with City Council.




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