Sunday, November 19, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

Man held in shooting death in Northside

        Gregory Marsh, 21, was arraigned Saturday at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in connection with a shooting death late Thursday in Northside.

        Aaron Pasley, 19, was found dead in the basement of his building in the 4100 block of Kirby Road. Mr. Marsh, through his attorney, alleged that the shooting might have involved a game similar to Russian roulette, which could justify a lesser charge.

        Bond for Mr. Marsh was set at $25,000. A grand jury hearing was set for Nov. 27.

[photo] A Cincinnati Police officer (right) speaks with one of the people involved in an argument and gunshots at Big D supermarket, 1735 Elm St., on Saturday night.
(Tony Jones photo)
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Three arrested in fights at store

               A fight Friday inside the Big D supermarket, 1735 Elm St., led to gunshots and the arrests of a store employee and two cousins of a customer.

        According to police reports, a fight started at about 8:30 p.m. between an employee and a customer. After a second customer jumped in, another store employee, Ahmed Shalash, 27, drew a gun, hopped the counter and hit two men with the pistol butt, police said.

        As the men ran, Mr. Shalash allegedly fired several shots through the store door and down the street. He faces charges of felonious assault.

        But about an hour and a half later, two men claiming to be cousins of one of the customers returned to the store and threatened to shoot store owner David Shalash. Police arrested Henry McNeal, 27, and Shawn Kirkland, 27, both of 215 Odeon St., Friday on charges of aggravated menacing.

Diabetes mutation found more in blacks

               A gene mutation linked to diabetes is 20 times more common in blacks than in Caucasians, according to a study by the Jewish Hospital Cholesterol Center.

        Previous research has found that a gene mutation called PC-1 has been associated with an increased likelihood of developing Type 2 diabetes.

        The new study, led by Dr. Charles Glueck and presented last week at an American Heart Association meeting in New Orleans, reports that the gene mutation was found in 3 percent of whites, but 63 percent of blacks.

        Eventually, studying the gene mutation may lead to better treatments for diabetes. In the meantime, blacks who have the mutation should be extra careful to avoid weight gain and to eat a healthy diet, Dr. Glueck said.

Protester accused of assaulting horse

               A protester against the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue trade conference — Clifford Bennett, of the 2600 block of Eden Ave. — was arrested Friday on felony charges of assaulting a police horse.

        Police say Mr. Bennett, 24, ignored orders to stay behind a barricade, then grabbed the neck of a police horse, causing it to rear. As a result, an officer was thrown from the horse, police said.

        Police also arrested two protesters Friday accused of trying to hack into a computer to get press passes to the events at the Omni Netherland Plaza Hotel. The arrested included Gina Mathias, 20, of Columbus, and a man who has refused to identify himself.

Lebanon woman dies in I-75 crash

               FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — A Lebanon woman died early Friday when her 1996 Dodge Neon crossed the median on Interstate 75 and was struck broadside by a pickup truck and horse trailer south of the Middletown exit.

        Gina McGeorge, 37, of the 4600 block of Wilmington Road, was pronounced dead at the scene after the crash at 12:48 a.m., state patrol officials said.

        The pickup truck driver, Michael R. Loew, 34, of Ontario, was treated for minor injuries at Middletown Hospital.

        The two horses he was hauling were not seriously injured, patrol officials said.

        The crash remains under investigation, but dispatcher Jerri Redfern said alcohol did not appear to be a factor.


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