Thursday, July 15, 2004

Local news briefs

Springer to be DNC commentator

Jerry Springer is returning to television news - this time as a political commentator on the Democratic National Convention for Cleveland's WOIO television. Springer, who is also a John Edwards delegate, is a former Cincinnati mayor and WLWT news anchor - but he's most famous for his daytime talk show. The arrangement was the brainchild of WOIO news director Steve Doerr, a former executive producer at Cincinnati's WKRC (Channel 12). He said he assigned Springer on the basis of his award-winning commentaries at Channel 5. WOIO, a CBS affiliate, is the sister station to Cincinnati's WXIX (both are Channel 19). WXIX News Director Pat Casey said his station would thoroughly cover the convention as a Fox affiliate but would "take a pass" on using Springer's commentaries. The convention begins July 26 in Boston.

Robber targets Latonia bank

COVINGTON - The Huntington Bank branch in Latonia was robbed Wednesday afternoon. Covington police responded to a report of a robbery at the bank at 3517 Decoursey Pike about 4 p.m. Wednesday. A police dog was seen in the bank parking lot a short time later. Police didn't immediately release a description of the robber. This is the third bank robbed in Northern Kentucky in seven days, and the eighth robbery this year. A Provident Bank branch was robbed in Newport Friday, and a PNC Bank branch was robbed in Covington July 7.

Playground fight boy returns home

AVONDALE - An 8-year-old Avondale boy seriously injured in a playground fistfight with a 9-year-old boy last month was released from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Tuesday. Treshawn Jones was fighting with a neighborhood boy in a park across from his home in the 3600 block of Reading Road in Avondale on June 20 when police said he collapsed and his head slammed into concrete. Doctors say Treshawn suffered cardiac arrest during the fight, causing him to have a seizure. Doctors said the assault left him with some permanent brain damage, the extent of which is unknown. Emergency workers performed CPR at the scene and issued an electrical shock to revive Treshawn. Treshawn spent three weeks in the hospital. The incident remains under investigation. It was unclear if charges will be filed in the case.


The ramp from eastbound Interstate 275 to northbound I-71 in Hamilton County will be closed from 10 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. Friday. Follow the detour.


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