Saturday, June 12, 2004

Local news digest

Officer honored for stopping rapist

Staff/Wire reports

A laid-off Cleveland police officer now working in Cincinnati got a Medal of Valor in his home city for stopping a rape last year.

Aric Pruitt is one of nine former Cleveland officers hired by Cincinnati in the first-ever lateral transfer program. The nine graduated from an abbreviated police academy last week. Pruitt works second shift in District 4. The Rotary Club of Cleveland gave the medal Thursday to Pruitt and his former partner. The officers responded to an apartment building and could hear a woman screaming for her life and begging God for help. They broke open the locked door and dragged the man off her.

Cancer Society gets $215,000

Two corporations have pledged $215,000 to help pay for the American Cancer Society's new Hope Lodge. The lodge is in

Avondale in a former mansion and school along Reading Road near the former Bethesda Oak Hospital. It will be a place for up to 23 out-of-town cancer patients and families to stay when seeking treatment in Cincinnati. Procter & Gamble has pledged $115,000 and Federated Department Stores Foundation has pledged $100,000 to help finish the project. The Hope Lodge is expected to open this year. Information: (513) 891-1600.

Judge rejects Sy Murray's suit

A Hamilton County judge has again thrown out a lawsuit by former Cincinnati City Manager Sylvester Murray against the city and a foundation for his work on race relations in 2001. Common Pleas Judge Patrick T. Dinkelacker said Murray's firm, Joshua Kim Associates of Cleveland, had simply re-filed his old claims against Mayor Charlie Luken and the Knowledge Works Foundation by adding the foundation's president, Chad P. Wick, as an individual defendant. Because Wick was acting as an officer of the foundation, Murray cannot bring the same suit twice, the judge said. Murray claimed the city and the foundation owed him $44,362 for work he did over and above his $100,000 contract.

Daugherty: DUI is a blessing for Huggins
Center focuses on men's health
Old-style camp meeting invites all

Huggins: Won't let it happen again
Cicada buzz dying down
West Nile found in Sycamore Twp.
Trustees want to close crime motel
UC develops brain tumor recovery aid
Searchers don't find man
Ohio justice charged, has court date
New suit challenges drugs used in lethal injection
Court blocks removal of baby's life support
Neighbors: Trains stink up yards
Enquirer wins peer awards
Knife-wielding boy shot with Taser gun
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Tax amnesty expires Monday
Counties want voters protected
Rechtin credits victor's strategy
Covington man, 44, guilty in abuse case

Reagan: America gives final farewell
Photos: Washington and the world
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Kings losing hall facilities
UC grads urged to help society
School equipment seller fired, accused

Nearing 100, volunteer spreads cheer at hospitals
Hospital designated as trauma center
Alumni group sues former treasurer
West Chester condos promise urban feel
Westwood Home Tour fund-raiser nets $5,870
Oldiesfest returns, Freedom Fest won't

Terry Lautenbach, retired IBM exec