Friday, May 18, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Zoo holds contest to name white lions

        From June 2 to July 1, visitors to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden will have the opportunity to name four baby white lions that were born April 1.

        The contest is part of the Zoo Babies celebration, which runs until July 1.

        One grand-prize winner will receive four round-trip airline tickets to Las Vegas, a two-night stay at The Mirage, four VIP tickets to “Siegfried & Roy at the Mirage,” backstage passes and photos with Siegfried & Roy, and VIP guided tour of Siegfried & Roy's “Secret Garden.”

Obscenity case in hands of jury

        Jurors will resume deliberations today in the trial of Elyse Metcalf, the owner of a Pendleton sexually oriented business, who faces three counts of pandering obscenity.

[photo] WAITING OUT OF THE WEATHER: Renita Foster of Price Hill uses a doorway and her umbrella as shelter from the heavy rain while waiting for the bus on Warsaw Avenue in Price Hill. More rain is expected this afternoon and evening with patchy clouds tonight. High 78, low 56.
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        The six-man, six-woman jury in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court began deliberating Thursday after closing arguments by assistant county prosecutor Steve Tolbert and defense attorney H. Louis Sirkin.

        Ms. Metcalf could face at least six months in jail if convicted.

1 dead, 1 injured in two-vehicle crash

        SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP — One person was killed and another injured Thursday in a two-vehicle collision on Ronald Reagan Highway.

        The crash occurred at 3:18 p.m. when the driver of a westbound vehicle lost control, crossed the median, and struck an eastbound vehicle, Springfield Township police said. The driver of the westbound vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver was transported to University Hospital, where he was treated and released.

        The names of both drivers were being withheld Thursday pending notification of relatives.

Convicted rapist kills self in cell

        Robert Brunswick, 37, of Price Hill, who was awaiting sentencing after being convicted a day earlier of two counts of rape, slit his throat Thursday in his cell at the Hamilton County Justice Center.

        A Hamilton County jury found Mr. Brunswick guilty Wednesday of the two charges that stemmed from incidents involving 7- and 8-year-old sisters. He was scheduled to be sentenced today by Common Pleas Judge Thomas C. Nurre and faced two mandatory life sentences in prison, officials said.

        A jail supervisor found Mr. Brunswick shortly after 1:30 p.m. inside the cell he occupied by himself, said Hamilton County sheriff's spokesman Steve Barnett.

        He was pronounced dead at 2:29 p.m.

[photo] NOT SO HIGH AND DRY: The Ohio River creeps up to two cars parked at the Public Landing in Cincinnati on Thursday after heavy rainfall in the area caused rivers and streams to rise. More rain is in the forecast for today.
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        It is believed that he used a blade from a disposable razor to cut his own throat. The razors are distributed and collected daily by jail guards.

        Mr. Brunswick was not on a suicide watch and had given no indication that he would do himself harm, Mr. Barnett said.

Red Cross, Hoxworth increase blood prices

        Hoxworth Blood Center isn't part of the American Red Cross system, but the Tristate's primary blood bank also has recently raised its prices.

        The American Red Cross on Thursday announced a price increase, effective July 1. Hoxworth is part of network of independent blood banks called America's Blood Centers.

        The blood bank has increased its fee for whole red blood units to $86, up from $82.60. For leukocyte-reduced blood units, the cost grows from $112 to $115 per unit.

        The increased prices are needed to cover the growing costs of testing blood for safety and for rising labor and supply costs, said Hoxworth spokeswoman Meg Wilkens.

Suspected gunman surrenders peacefully

        LINCOLN HEIGHTS — A man wanted for shooting a Pleasant Ridge man after breaking into his home Tuesday afternoon surrendered peacefully on Thursday to the Hamilton County Special Weapons and Tactics team about 11:30 a.m.

        Lincoln Heights police received information Thursday morning that Jerome Mosley, 46, was at his mother's apartment in the 1400 block of Dantzler Drive.

        Mr. Mosley is wanted in connection with the shooting of Leonard Watson, 45, of the 3500 block of Zinsle Avenue. Mr. Watson was shot twice in the stomach after three men broke into his home, demanded money and took about $300. Mr. Mosley is the suspected gunman, police said.

        Since Mr. Mosley was wanted by Cincinnati police for felonious assault and three counts of aggravated robbery and had used a firearm, Chief McCowen decided to summon SWAT about 9 a.m. before contacting Mr. Mosley.

        SWAT negotiators persuaded him to give up.

Charges await 9 more in Badin prank

        HAMILTON — Nine more seniors at Stephen T. Badin High School will face criminal-damaging charges in connection with a Wednesday morning prank in which the school was splattered with hog manure.

        Hamilton police on Thursday issued adult summonses for seven of the students and juvenile summonses for two others who are under 18, said Dave Crawford, public affairs officer. Until the warrants are served police would not release the students' names. Three other seniors — all 18 — already have been charged.

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