Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Two charged with aggravated murder

        MIDDLETOWN — Two men charged this week with aggravated murder remain in the Middletown Jail, each on a $1 million bail.

        Monday night, police arrested Brad Isbell, 20, address unknown, and Derrick Bird, 20, of Middletown and charged them in the slaying of Marion G. Emmett, 37, of Middletown.

        Mr. Emmett's body was found late last week in the Middletown Cemetery. Butler County Coroner Dr. Richard Burkhardt ruled that the man died from a blow to his abdomen.

        Police believe that the two suspects, who are friends, lured Mr. Emmett into Middletown Cemetery to rob him, said Middletown Police Maj. Michael Bruck. The pair also has been charged with aggravated robbery.

        Maj. Bruck said the two assaulted Mr. Emmett after 2:30 a.m. Friday while trying to rob him. The two had met Mr. Emmett in a local bar earlier that evening, Maj. Bruck said.

Prayer vigil held to protest porn

        Three anti-pornography groups joined in a prayer vigil Tuesday evening on Fountain Square to deliver a message to AT&T that they do not support some programming being aired on cable television stations the company owns.

        The vigil was planned on the eve of AT&T's shareholder's meeting today at Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center.

[photo] PHOTOGRAPHING FIRE DAMAGE: Mount Healthy firefighter/EMT Brandon Hall photographs the fire damage to the back wall of a detached garage Tuesday in the 7100 block of Clovernook Avenue. Firefighters from Mount Healthy and Springfield Township responded to the fire, which appears to have started in a truck parked in the garage.
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        About 40 people attended the vigil sponsored by the Cincinnati-based National Coalition for the Protection of Children & Families, Citizens For Community Values and the Religious Alliance Against Pornography.

        “We're delivering a message to AT&T ... that their involvement in the pornography business is not acceptable,” said Rick Schatz, coalition president. “They are the largest cable system provider in the county with 16 million customers on their system. They carry the Playboy Channel and the Hot Network.”

        Shirley Reder of College Hill said she came “just to pray. The Lord does hear prayer, and I pray that AT&T and other companies get out of pornography.”

Three tornadoes hit locations in Ohio

        The National Weather Service said Tuesday that three tornadoes blew through Ohio Monday night, including in Meigs County, where Gov. Bob Taft declared a state of emergency.

        No serious injuries were reported.

        “We were very fortunate that it went through areas that were not heavily populated,” Brad Vrcek, a meteorologist with the National Weather in Cleveland, said of a twister that hit rural Chatham Township in Medina County.

        A tornado with winds of 110-130 mph destroyed two barns, part of a home and tossed a pickup truck 500 feet in rural Chatham Township, about 25 miles southeast of Cleveland.

        Roofs were ripped off a garage and a warehouse and five tractor-trailers flipped in a tornado that sent 75-110 mph winds into Canton.

        The weather service in Charleston, W.Va., confirmed a tornado with winds of 73-112 mph in southeast Ohio's Meigs County.

Former UC player arraigned on charge

        Former University of Cincinnati basketball player Donald Little was arraigned Tuesday on a misdemeanor assault charge and released without having to pay bond, Hamilton County court records show.

        Mr. Little, 23, surrendered to police earlier in the day. An arrest warrant was issued Monday.

        He is accused of kicking an employee in the ribs May 3 at the In the Woods Tavern in Clifton Heights. Jennifer Hemmelgarn said Mr. Little assaulted her after she asked him to put on a wristband while he was drinking a beer.

School audit reveals no serious violation

        An audit of Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy's finances released Tuesday by the state auditor's office found the charter school to have some bookkeeping problems but no serious violations.

        The audit was for the 1999-2000 school year — the first year the charter school was in operation.


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