Sunday, March 04, 2001

Local Digest

Infant dies after reported drowning

        A seven-month-old infant died Friday night at Children's Hospital, the victim of an apparent drowning in her home.

        Sgt. John Newsom, acting commander of the homicide unit, said police were called to 569 Ezzard Charles Drive at 12:26 a.m. for a report of a baby who had drowned. Sgt. Newsom said officers and paramedics found the infant lying on the floor of the bathroom when they arrived at the scene. She was unresponsive.

        Paramedics transported the infant to Children's Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition. The child was pronounced dead at 9:10 p.m.

1,600 taking step to full communion

               More than 1,600 people will take the step today to full communion into the Roman Catholic Church. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati will celebrate the Rite of Election of Catechumens and the Call of Continuing Conversion of Candidates. Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk and Bishop Carl K. Moeddel will preside over the ceremonies.

        The process culminates April 14 when the group receives the sacraments of initiation, which can include baptism, confirmation and the eucharist.

Justice Center escapee recaptured

               Hamilton County sheriff's deputies apprehended Charles Williams Saturday morning, two days after he escaped from the Hamilton County Justice Center.

        The 38-year-old Woodlawn resident was arrested by agents of the sheriff's Organized Crime Division at 1:45 a.m. in the 2000 block of Boerman Avenue in Walnut Hills.

        Mr. Williams tried to run from deputies, but was captured after a short foot chase, according to police reports. Police said he was making plans to leave town when he was arrested.

        In addition to his original charges, Mr. Williams was also charged with resisting arrest, escape, and felony and misdemeanor drug charges. At the time of his arrest, he was carrying crack cocaine and marijuana.

        Mr. Williams is being held without bail in the Hamilton County Justice Center.

Foundation giving 26 local grants

               A reception honoring 26 Cincinnati non-profit organizations for their exceptional work in the areas of social service, education and cultural programming will be held Wednesday at the Mayerson Foundation offices downtown.

        The event will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The organizations being honored recently received grants from the Manuel D. and Rhonda Mayerson Foundation totaling $635,000.

        The Foundation's offices are located at 312 Walnut St., Suite 3600.


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