Friday, August 24, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Man, 22, slain in Over-the-Rhine

        A 22-year-old man was shot to death in Over-the-Rhine Thursday night, the 17th homicide victim and the 83rd shooting in the city since the April riots.

        The victim was identified as Ezell Bailey Jackson. His address was not immediately available.

        The shooting occurred shortly after 7 p.m. in the 1400 block of Republic Street. When police arrived, Mr. Jackson was lying on the sidewalk on the west side of the street. He was transported to University Hospital, where he later died from multiple gunshot wounds.

        A group had gathered on the sidewalk when one person brandished a gun and shot Mr. Jackson, police said.

        Police did not have a description of the shooter.

Murder charge lodged in Avondale slaying

        Homicide detectives have arrested a Price Hill man in a killing last month in Avondale.

        Michael Johnson, 19, of Wells Street, faces a charge of murder in the death July 25 of Mary George. Ms. George, 39, had been found dead outside her apartment building on Hale Avenue about 2 a.m.

        Ms. George was Cincinnati's 26th homicide victim this year. That number has since grown to 36.

[photo] A HIGH FIVE TO START: Robyn Mayo (right), science teacher at Berry Middle School in Lebanon, gives a “high five” to sixth-grader Kyle Cole, 11, when Kyle answers a question after lunch in the school cafeteria. Thursday was the first day of classes for sixth-graders at the school.
(Michael Snyder photo)
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        It was the second shooting death this year on the street, which is known for crime activity. On Feb. 23, Robert Lemar White, 19, was shot to death in his apartment. A month later, neighbor Charles Blevins was charged with that death.
       Ms. George was the mother of three.

Woman hit by bus, in critical condition

        A 65-year-old Loveland woman was injured Thursday afternoon when she was struck by a Metro bus in a downtown crosswalk.

        Emma Jo Depke, of Whitechapel Lane, was in critical condition late Thursday in University Hospital. She was struck by the bus at 232 E. 4th St. about 1:50 p.m. The bus was southbound on Sycamore Street and turning onto E. 4th Street.

        The bus driver, Johnnie B. Jenkins, of Avondale, and passengers on the bus were not injured.

        The incident remains under investigation by the Cincinnati Police Division's traffic unit. No charges have been filed.

Some schools open Saturday for sign-ups

        Some Cincinnati Public Schools will be open Saturday to enroll students.

        Parents can check the district's Web site ( for a list of open schools and times to register students. Parents can also call the FACTline at 475-7099.

        Parents enrolling students for the first time should bring:

        • Proof of address

        • Birth certificate

        • Health record

        • Final report card

        • Verification of kindergarten attendance, if entering first grade.

        Children are assigned a neighborhood school based on the their street addresses.

Mount St. Joe hires new academic dean

        Cynthia Zane is the new academic dean of the College of Mount St. Joseph in Delhi, succeeding retiring Sister of Charity John Miriam Jones.

        Dr. Zane, of Montgomery, comes from Michigan's University of Detroit Mercy where she was dean and professor in the college of health professions and the school of nursing.

        There, she oversaw the redesign of all college programs around an interdisciplinary model.

        The Mount began a similar change last year and Dr. Zane was hired in part to see it through.

        Dr. Zane's Ed.D. is in adult and continuing education and she has master's and bachelor's degrees in nursing.

Social Security hearing to be here

        President Bush's Commission to Strengthen Social Security will a hold public hearing in Cincinnati on Sept. 21 to gather comment on Social Security reform.

        The Cincinnati forum is one of two national public hearings the commission will conduct. The other will take place Sept. 6 in San Diego. Mr. Bush on May 2 established a bipartisan, 16-member commission to study specific recommendations.

Woman wins $1.25M over Delta flight scare

        BILLINGS, Mont. — A federal jury has awarded $1.25 million to a Delta Air Lines passenger who claims she suffered post-traumatic stress after a harrowing flight over Ohio in 1996.

        A Delta spokesman said the airline would appeal Wednesday's verdict.

        Kathy Weaver of Billings was one of about 220 aboard Delta Flight 37 from London to Cincinnati on Nov. 7, 1996, when the MD11 developed stabilizer problems. The crew made an emergency landing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio.

        Ms. Weaver sued the airline in 1998, maintaining that she never fully recovered from the incident.

        Besides Wednesday's jury award, Delta said it also plans to appeal a judge's earlier decision giving Ms. Weaver permission to sue the airline. Delta maintained that the law clearly states that airlines can only be liable for “bodily injury” to passengers.


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