Thursday, April 20, 2000

Tristate digest

Police seeking White Castle shooter

        HAMILTON — City police Wednesday were looking for a person they were told tried to rob a fellow customer at a White Castle restaurant, then fired a shot at the victim's vehicle.

        Chan L. Hubbard, 29, of Hamilton, told police the incident occurred in the parking lot of the restaurant, 1987 S. Erie Highway, around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday.

        Mr. Hubbard said he and another person were sitting in a 1993 Ford Ranger when someone opened the passenger-side door and demanded money. The truck's driver, who was not identified on police reports, tried to drive away. Mr. Hubbard said the stranger grabbed his wrist, but Mr. Hubbard broke free.

        However, as the truck left, the person fired a shot that struck the passenger-side window where Mr. Hubbard was sitting.

        No one was reported injured.

        Police released no description of the suspect Wednesday.

Pair rob Cash Advance store in Silverton
        SILVERTON Police are searching for two men who robbed the Cash Advance office, 6926 Montgomery Road, of an undetermined amount of money Tuesday.

        The robbers pulled a gun and demanded money. One was described as a Hispanic man, about 5 feet, 5 inches tall and skinny, with a goatee and sideburns. He wore black gloves, a blue blazer and parachute pants.

        The other robber was described as an African-American man, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall. He was also skinny and had a beard. They left in a silver Honda.

Man accused of killing infant girl
        An Over-the-Rhine dad could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted of fracturing his baby's skull.

        Michael Cooper, 24, of East 13th Street, was indicted by a Hamilton County grand jury Wednesday on charges of murder, involuntary manslaughter and endangering children. His 9-month-old daughter, Mika, was found not breathing in their apartment April 5.

        She never regained consciousness. An autopsy revealed that blunt trauma to her head caused a fractured skull and brain injury, according to prosecutor Mike Allen's office.

        The baby and two other children, ages 2 and 4, had been left with Mr. Cooper while his wife worked. The mother found the baby unresponsive when she got home, Mr. Allen said in a statement.

Passion play today, Friday at St. Ignatius
        Students from McAuley High School, La Salle High School and St. Ignatius School will re-enact the events of the passion and death of Jesus Christ at 2 p.m. today and 7:30 p.m. Fridayin St. Ignatius Church.

        The annual re-enactment, directed by the Rev. Tom Bolte, is free and open to the public. St. Ignatius Church is at 5222 North Bend Road, near Interstate 74.

Freedom center wins awards for designs
        The Ohio Museum Association has awarded the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center the best-of-show award for excellence in visual communications.

        The freedom center's “Lighting Freedom's Fame” fund-raising materials won first place in its category and also best of show. The materials were designed by Minneapolis-based Beth Desnick and Thea Nelson of ThebeStreet.

        The center's “Friend of a Friend” newsletter won an honorable mention in its category. The newsletter is designed by local designer Wendell Robinson.

        The association hosts the statewide publications competition as part of its annual conference.

Mom accused of child endangering A Westwood mother was jailed Tuesday night after police found her and a child living with 50 cats and four dogs.
        Rita D. Jakres, 48, is accused of child endangering, charged with raising her daughter in a dirty house. Police described the place, on Gehrum Lane, as being in deplorable condition.

        A family friend took custody of the child after Ms. Jakres' arrest.

Dermatologists offer free cancer screenings
        The American Cancer Society and the Cincinnati Dermatological Society remind area residents that next month is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.

        During May, participating dermatologists in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area will offer free skin screenings.

        To find a participating dermatologist, call the American Cancer Society hot line at (888) 227-6446 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 26 through May 5.

Fire-rescue unit to visit residences
        The Vial of Life program will be kicked off by the Fairfax/ Madison Place Joint Fire-Rescue Department at 9 a.m. Saturday.

        Fire department representatives will visit all residences and distribute supplies, information and answer questions.

        For information, call 271-3636.


Span will become pedestrian walkway
Arrest made in '83 case
Colleges welcome via e-mail
Deputy heard auditor's calls
Residents question builder's firing
Some local students to mark fateful day
Cincinnati helps China to a self-help book
Impostor lives lie 12 years
A peek into the ancient world
Don't change cathedral, petitions ask
Fairfield's new library 'overdue'
High court to hear Justin case
Historic home's fate up to city
Mall overhaul called too vanilla
Soldier's slaying yields clues
Construction work spurs complaints
Even 15 minutes of 'Fame' is enough
Flynts get go-ahead to build Hustler store
Franklin warehouse fire second in 7 months
'Jesus Week' activities offered in Oxford
Art museum making list of works lacking sources
County considers $10M refund for taxpayers
Developer gets 2nd chance
Greek's the thing in theater
Hamilton Co. to start over on $2 million for pilings
ODOT seeks input on Hamilton bridge
Patton to veto lawmaker boost
S. Lebanon man found guilty of reckless homicide in death
Sheriff: Shooting seems justified
Tiff over bike trail aired today
Top cop won't quit; manager of city will
Value of domestic violence reporting questioned
Young 'Barney' fans have a super-dee-duper time
- Tristate digest