Monday, August 27, 2001

Local Digest

p7 Gunmen break into house, shoot man

        Three unidentified gunmen posing as police officers broke into a home in Clifton Heights Sunday morning, critically shooting one man, Cincinnati police said.

        The men entered the home in the 160 block of Warner Street at 2:18 a.m. and used a chemical irritant spray to subdue those inside, police said.

        A 23-year-old man, whom police did not identify, was shot in the chest and was listed in critical condition at University Hospital, police said.

Councilman caught vandals, police say

               Two men were charged with criminal damaging after Cincinnati city councilman Jim Tarbell caught them spray-painting a retaining wall Sunday morning on East Liberty Street in Over-the-Rhine, police said.

        Chris Alsip, 25, of the 400 block of Grandin Avenue, Springdale, and Matthew Gilreath, 20, of the 4900 block of Ash Street, Norwood, were arrested at 5:32 a.m. at the scene.

        Cincinnati police said each had a backpack full of spray paint. Criminal damaging is a misdemeanor.

Free tickets offered for blood donations

               NEWPORT — The Syndicate restaurant is offering free tickets to the last few days of its Legends in Concert show to people who turn out for a blood drive Wednesday.

        The blood drive, which was scheduled in response to a recent blood shortage at the Hoxworth Blood Center, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Syndicate, 18 E. Fifth St. The Legends show is scheduled to run through Saturday.

        For information, call Hoxworth at 451-0910 or the Syndicate at (859) 491-8000.

Police still seek armed car thief

               COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — Police Sunday continued to search for a man armed with a handgun who jumped into a car parked at a restaurant lot, forced the passenger out and drove away.

        The aggravated auto robbery occurred in the lot at Friday's, 9715 Colerain Ave. at 11:53 p.m. Friday, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department said.

        The passenger, who was waiting for a friend to return from the restaurant, was not hurt.

        The robber was armed with a silver semi-automatic gun. The car is a 1999 green Honda Accord two-door coupe, with the Ohio license plate BCW2119.

Bengals rookie to endow scholarship

               Bengals rookie wide receiver Chad Johnson will endow a scholarship with $250,000 at Oregon State University.

        “I want the school to be able to help others as they helped me,” he said in a statement released by Oregon State. “I hope this gift acts as both a challenge and example to other OSU student-athletes to give something back to the institution that helped make your success possible.”

        Mr. Johnson, a split end at Oregon State, played the 2000 season for the Beavers. Mr. Johnson signed a four-year contract with the Bengals in July.

County park rangers are reaccredited

               Hamilton County Park District Rangers were the first such agency in the nation to receive accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc.

        Last month the Rangers were reaccredited at a ceremony in St. Louis, meeting 355 standards concerning policy and procedure, management and operations.

        Park district rangers are trained for emergency response, investigation and reporting while enforcing federal, state and park district bylaws and regulations.

Columbus-area malls seek to lure workers

               COLUMBUS — Merchants at two shopping centers on the city's north side that will open soon are wondering whether they'll find enough employees.

        Easton Town Center's second phase of 80 stores and restaurants is expected to result in 2,000 new jobs, with 3,000 more at Polaris Fashion Place, which will have 150 tenants. Stores are offering weekend bonuses, $12-an-hour wages, tuition reimbursement, referral fees, four-day workweeks and profit-sharing plans. They're looking for workers in other malls and through job fairs, Web sites and recruitment centers.


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