Monday, April 5, 2004

Girl improving after shooting

Local news briefs

Staff/Wire reports

The 7-year-old wounded by an errant gunshot last week is improving, but remains hospitalized while trying to regain use of her right hand, a relative said Sunday.

Eninja Mincy lost parts of two fingers and had a rib and her collarbone broken when a bullet hit her March 28 while she played on McMicken Street.

"(She's) trying to lift her arms up," said her aunt Twanda Alexander.Eninja's condition has been upgraded to good at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, her aunt said. Donald Stevenson, 21, of Bond Hill has been charged with felonious assault in the shooting.

Morning fire damages building

Firefighters from six stations fought a morning blaze at Landmark Christian Church that damaged a 100-year-old building on Sunday.

The church's music director smelled smoke and called firefighters at 7:46 a.m., said Evendale Fire Capt. Richard Cruse. The blaze caused about $10,000 in damage to the porch and a first-floor room of the four-story farmhouse, Cruse said. No one was hurt. Cruse said the fireappeared to start in a mulch bed. He said arson is not suspected. Besides Evendale, firefighters from Woodlawn, Reading, Sharonville, Glendale and Lincoln Heights responded.

Women, war and rebuilding forum

BLUE ASH - The World Affairs Council of Greater Cincinnati and Raymond Walters College of the University of Cincinnati will present "Women, War and Reconstruction: Iraq, Afghanistan and Beyond" from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the College Auditorium, 9555 Plainfield Road.

Susan Craig Hovanec, senior adviser for press and public diplomacy of the Office of International Women's Issues, U.S. Department of State, will speak of war and post-conflict countries and the development of a pro-women's foreign policy agenda. The program, free and open to the public, will begin with a coffee/social from 6:30-7 p.m. followed by the presentation from 7-8:30 p.m. Information: Deb Kittner at 621-2320.

Man found in burning car had been shot

HARTWELL - A 27-year-old Winton Terrace man was pulled from a burning car Sunday afternoon when firefighters noticed he had been shot.

At 2:14 p.m. Cincinnati firefighters responded to a call of a burning car at Lebanon Avenue and 67th Street in Hartwell.

Firefighters found the vehicle with heavy smoke pouring out of the front end, then opened the door and pulled out Donald Alexander.

Firefighters saw he was shot, and Alexander was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both the police homicide unit and the fire department's arson squad are investigating how the fire started and how Alexander died. Anyone with information is asked to call the criminal investigations section at 352-3542 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Man lands back in jail on felony charge

SPRINGFIELD TWP. - A 24-year-old man was arrested Sunday morning after threatening a man shortly after being let out of jail on a charge of menacing against the same man, according to police reports.

Mark Pate, a Cincinnati State student from Springfield Township, was back in jail on a felony charge of intimidating a witness after he visited the apartment of Craig Williams around 10 a.m. and threatened him, police said

Pate had thrown a grill off the second-floor balcony, police said.

Turner full of ideas for helping cities
Head Start proponents remain leery of state control
Kids reading to win Reds tickets

36 come to say 'We love you'
Splinter group forms church
Bills aim at obesity suits
Passing driver pulls toddler from pool
Pawpaw has a friend in Statehouse
TV a risk for toddlers
Girl improving after shooting

Elliott Co. prison victim of party differences
Bill allows dealers to sell guns in homes
KSU president's salary increases
Colors, shapes, movement help students to learn
Slugger Museum displays Ruth bat

Retired teachers going back to work
Madeira Hall open for nominations

Muslim activist office opens
Joint development discussed

Harold Edwin McClure, 87, WWII veteran
Sister of Mercy, 90, taught art