Monday, June 04, 2001

Local Digest

Teen charged in robbery at gunpoint

        A Corryville teen has been charged with aggravated robbery after a man told police he was held up at gunpoint on a Corryville street, Cincinnati police said.

        Marcus Baker, 18, of the 2900 block of Bellevue Avenue is accused of going through the man's pockets and stealing money, police said.

        He was arrested at 11 p.m. Saturday. The charge is a first-degree felony.

Business leaders raise
money for Children's

               A group of business leaders who support Children's Hospital Medical Center has begun a fund-raising effort for the hospital's new psychiatric response center.

        The hospital's Corporate Leadership Council seeks to raise $250,000 this year for the project.

        Last year, psychiatry emergency visits to Children's leaped 72 percent and outpatient psychiatric services grew 20 percent compared with the year before. The growth occurred in large part because other facilities offering mental health services to youth have eliminated or reduced their programs.

        The response center, opened this year, is intended to better coordinate requests for pediatric psychiatric care and improve the system for referring youths to and from other community agencies, said Mike Sherbun, senior clinical director of the hospital's psychiatry department.

UDF clerk assaulted
in store holdup

               SILVERTON — A United Dairy Farmers clerk was assaulted and the store robbed Sunday.

        About 6 a.m., a 45-year-old male clerk, whose name police did not disclose, was struck. His assailant took an undetermined amount of money from the cash register at the store in the 7000 block of Montgomery Road, then fled on foot south on Montgomery Road, police said.

        Anyone with information is asked to call police at 936-6220.

Mild earthquake
hits northeast Ohio

               ASHTABULA, Ohio — A very mild earthquake hit Sunday in the same area of northeast Ohio where two quakes occurred in late January.

        There were no immediate reports of any injuries or damage from the quake, which occurred about 6:36 p.m.

        It had a preliminary magnitude of 3.0, a level that typically would be felt by few people and would rarely cause damage, said Don Blakeman, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo.

        The quake was centered about 10 miles north of Ashta bula, which would put it in Lake Erie.

        A minor earthquake cracked walls in the region Jan. 25, and a milder one hit in the same area six days earlier.

        The first of the quakes, at 4.2 magnitude considered strong enough to cause minor structural damage, also was centered in Lake Erie just off Ashtabula, between Cleveland and Erie, Pa.

        A 2.6 magnitude quake was reported in the same area Jan. 19.

        Ohio has had more than 120 earthquakes in the past 200 years, most of them minor.

Cincinnatian leads
Ohio medical group

               Dr. Walter Matern, a Cincinnati surgeon who has served in several high-ranking roles with Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, has become president of the Ohio State Medical Association.

        Dr. Matern serves on the Health Alliance board of trustees, and has been president of Alliance Physicians and Surgeons and medical staff president of Jewish Hospital.

        In his new role, he leads a professional organization that represents about 11,000 doctors and medical students statewide.

Ex-gays to hold
conference in Fairfield

               FAIRFIELD — The group Focus on the Family comes to town Saturday to present a one-day conference, “Love Won Out.”

        The conference features former gay men and women who will talk about the development of homosexuality, its relationship to genetics and homosexual recovery.

        The conference is 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Tri-County Assembly of God, 7350 Dixie Highway in Fairfield.

General Electric Fund
gives $210,000 to XU

               The General Electric Fund's Corporate Alumni Matching Gift Program made a donation worth more than $210,000 to Xavier University.

        Under the program, General Electric matches the contributions made to Xavier by GE employees, retirees and directors. The money will be used to provide financial aid for students, advance technological support and improve academic programs and resources.

        Last year, General Electric employees donated more than $12 million to institutions of higher learning. Since its inception in 1954, the matching funds program has matched more than $123 million in gifts to colleges and universities.

DePauw rallies for
activist jailed in Egypt

               GREENCASTLE, Ind. — About 80 former students and associates of a human-rights activist jailed in Egypt gathered at DePauw University to sign petitions demanding his freedom.

        Saad Ibrahim taught at DePauw between 1967 and 1974. He recently was sentenced to seven years in prison in Egypt on charges of tarnishing the country's image, accepting foreign money without government approval and embezzling funds.

        Mr. Ibrahim maintains the charges are politically motivated. He and 27 of his colleagues remain jailed.

        The gathering Saturday, which organizers called a “teach-in” to inform demonstrators about Mr. Ibrahim's cause, was held during the school's annual alumni reunion weekend.

        William L. Morrow, a teaching colleague of Mr. Ibrahim's at DePauw, called the jailing “the most flagrant of injustices,” and encouraged others to condemn the imprisonment.


Hamilton County losing two ways
Gunman shoots driver in carjacking attempt
Problems unresolved at stadium
RADEL: How to spend tax refund in one place
Girls face poisoning trial today
Gene research growing at UC
Group protests outside jail
'Drag Races' raise money for AIDS
AIDS resurgence angers activists
Concern rising over meningitis outbreak
Enquirer staffers receive awards
Judge seeks mental illness docket
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