Monday, December 8, 2003

Investigators process shooting information

Cincinnati Enquirer

COLUMBUS - Local and federal law enforcement agencies investigating a string of shootings along Interstate 270 were still processing information on Sunday from door-to-door interviews and laser ballistic measurements taken along the highway, authorities said.

The results of the laser measurements taken from the bullet hole in a car door won't be made public unless doing so would help bring in tips, Franklin County Sheriff's Chief Steve Martin said.

Investigators also are still digesting information gleaned by canvassing 840 houses in a neighborhood south of an elementary school hit by a bullet on Nov. 11, he said.

Martin would not say whether investigators believed the shootings were the work of one or more people, nor would he say if the shooter was firing from a stationary or mobile position.

"We're not limiting what we do as far as investigations are concerned," Martin said. "We're not going to limit the scope."

None of the 1,250 tips called in to a task force hot line has come from someone claiming to be the shooter, Martin said. As of Sunday, the reward for information leading to a conviction doubled to $20,000 after donations by Columbus businesses.

Driver killed in collision with deer

RUSSELL SPRINGS, Ky. - A Russell Springs woman died Sunday morning after a deer, hit by another vehicle, flew into her windshield.

Jennifer L. Lawson, 25, died of severe head injuries from the accident, the Fayette County Coroner's Office said.

Police said Jeffrey Stargel, 22, of Russell Springs hit a deer Saturday on Kentucky 80. The deer vaulted into the other lane and went through the windshield of Lawson's Ford Explorer.

Lilly grant gives colleges $39 million

INDIANAPOLIS - Grants totaling $38.9 million will target Indiana's prolonged "brain drain" by encouraging graduates from the state's colleges to remain in the state, lured by the prospect of internships, degree programs and job opportunities.

The Lilly Endowment announced the grants Friday to Indiana's seven public universities and 31 private colleges - money that is likely to benefit thousands of college students.

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