Friday, June 01, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Copies requested in school funding case

        COLUMBUS — The Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the parties in the school funding case against the state to file with the court nine copies of any evidence they will use in support of their arguments.

        The legislature on Wednesday passed the $45 billion spending plan for the next two years, which includes an increase of $1.4 billion for primary and secondary education.

        It must present its plan to fix its funding formula, which the court has twice ruled unconstitutional, by June 15. Hearings in the case have been scheduled for June 20.

        The Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding sued the state in 1991, claiming the state failed to live up to its constitutional duty to provide an adequate education to every child in the state.

Charges added against teen in riots

        A 15-year-old black Over-the-Rhine teen who has been charged with ethnic intimidation in the beating of a white Kentucky truck driver during last month's riots is facing additional charges.

        Prosecutors on Thursday tacked on additional counts of aggravated riot, robbery and abduction.

        The teen, whose name is not being used because he is being charged as a juvenile, now faces three counts of aggravated riot, three counts of robbery, a count of ethnic intimidation and a count of abduction.

        The additional aggravated riot and robbery charges stem from a videotape of the juvenile allegedly participating in the destruction of a third hot dog cart.

        The abduction charge is for allegedly restraining the truck driver during the April 10 incident, in which driver Robert Stearns of Louisville was beaten.

        A judge will determine June 8 if he should be tried as an adult.

Findlay Market to get police camera

        Findlay Market's newly refurbished north wing will be getting its own police surveillance camera.

        Councilman Jim Tarbell introduced a motion at Thursday's Cincinnati City Council meeting asking that the camera be placed at the historic farm market, in light of the April rioting that took place in the vicinity and recent burglaries of market vendors.

        The motion passed unanimously.

        “We have to do everything we can to make it possible for the vendors at Findlay Market to keep doing business there,” Mr. Tarbell said.

        The Cincinnati Police Division already has nine surveillance cameras in Over-the-Rhine, Northside, Evanston, Madisonville, East Walnut Hills, Avondale, Mount Auburn and College Hill.

Two men sought after man found dead

        Cincinnati police are looking for two men in the shooting death early Thursday of a West End man.

        Police said the man, whom they are not identifying pending notification of his family, was found in the middle of the street at 420 Charlotte St., between Central Avenue and John Street, in the West End, about 1:48 a.m. Thursday.

        Police said he was shot at least once and are looking for information on two men seen running from the scene after the shooting.

        In a shooting incident from Wednesday night, Bill Conner, 54, a bartender at Pohlar Cafe, in the 1400 block of Vine Street, Over- the-Rhine, remained in serious condition at University Hospital.

        Police said Mr. Conner was shot in the neck and arm by a man who entered the bar at 11:35 p.m. and demanded money. After shooting Mr. Conner, the assailant took the bar cash register and fled. Police did not release a description of the robber. Police ask that anyone with information on either shooting call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Judge rules on prostitution evidence

        MIDDLETOWN — A judge on Thursday agreed to suppress some statements in the cases of two women accused of prostitution in a massage parlor that police raided in April.

        However, Middletown MunicipalJudge Mark W. Wall ruled that the bulk of the women's statements would be allowed in their trial, which is scheduled for Aug. 14.

        Yon I. Cantrell, 51, of Albuquerque, N.M., and Un Pom Grabski, 45, of Atlanta are accused of third-degree misdemeanors and remain free on bond.

        Defense lawyer Paris Ellis had argued that the women, who are natives of Korea, lacked sufficient English skills to comprehend their rights, and he wanted all post-arrest statements to be suppressed.

        Two other women face charges in connection with the April 3 bust of the VIP Oriental Spa on Commerce Drive and the Clover Spa in the 3000 block of Roosevelt Boulevard.

        Sue Salvatore, 40, who listed a Franklin address, was charged with promoting prostitution. The other woman's name was not released because she has not yet been served with a warrant, police said.

Youth orchestra to do Doors works

        CLEVELAND — A youth orchestra will perform the works of The Doors at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum June 8.

        The performance by Cleveland-based Contemporary Youth Orchestra will be the inaugural concert of the Works for Orchestra by Rock Artists.

        The orchestra will perform the world premiere of “Riders on the Storm: The Doors Concerto,” with special guests Ray Manzarek of The Doors and composer-arranger Jaz Coleman.

        Works for Orchestra by Rock Artists is a collaborative education program of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra. .

No new trial for mother in prison

        DAYTON, Ohio — A federal magistrate has refused to order a new trial for a woman convicted of beating her 4-year-old daughter to death with a wrist cast and a wrench.

        U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Merz on Wednesday rejected Therresa Jolynn Ritchie's argument that her case was similar to Sam Sheppard's because of pretrial media coverage.

        Mr. Sheppard was acquitted of the 1954 murder of his wife in suburban Cleveland, after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned his conviction. The court ruled that the first trial judge failed to shield jurors from negative media reports about the case.

        Judge Merz ruled significant advances in television technology, the adoption of telecasting rules by the Ohio Supreme Court, and their enforcement by the trial judge made the telecasting of Ms. Ritchie's trial far different from Mr. Sheppard's case.

        Ms. Ritchie is serving 22 years to life in prison at the Marysville Reformatory for Women for the 1995 murder of her daughter, Samantha.


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