Friday, January 9, 2004

Tristate briefs


Vandalism follows police shooting protest

LOUISVILLE - A protest following the shooting of an armed black man by a white police officer turned contentious Thursday, with demonstrators breaking windows of the police chief's office and horse-mounted officers confronting the crowd.

About 400 people gathered late Thursday afternoon outside Louisville Metro Police headquarters to protest the shooting death of Michael Newby, 19, on Saturday.

Newby, who was carrying a .45-caliber handgun, was shot in the back by undercover police Officer McKenzie G. Mattingly.

The protesters had a one-hour permit to march, and the event proceeded peacefully until just after 6 p.m. - when about 50 protesters confronted police officers who were ordering the crowd to disperse.

Reward in shootings may pose problem

COLUMBUS - The highway sniper shootings reward that grew six-fold since it was announced last month could hurt the investigation because someone may be sitting on crucial information in hopes of getting more money, crime experts said.

Businesses on Columbus' south side have donated $60,000 for information leading to an indictment in the string of 18 related shootings near Interstate 270, one of them fatal.

But those well-meaning efforts can spur the opposite effect, crime experts said.

Raymond Carter, executive director of Crime Stoppers International, said his organization typically gives rewards of $2,000 or less for information about crimes because of problems that can come with hefty rewards.

A generous reward can also motivate someone to fabricate or alter information, which can tie up phone lines and create problems for prosecutors, Carter said.

Ind. governor aims to extend kindergarten

INDIANAPOLIS - Democratic Gov. Joe Kernan announced a plan Thursday to extend state-funded, full-day kindergarten to 20,000 more kids over the next three years and then make it available statewide.

Kernan needs legislative action to start the program, to be paid for initially with a mix of gambling tax dollars and a school building fund. It would cost about $150 million a year.

The state funds full-day kindergarten for 6,000 of the state's 75,000 or so kindergarteners.




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