Monday, June 03, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report

Two men hurt in two shootings in city

Enquirer staff and news services

        A 55-year-old man who was shot in the leg late Saturday in Over-the-Rhine is expected to recover.

        The shooting was one of two Saturday in the city. Cincinnati police provided only minimal details about the crimes.

        The shooting victim, whose name was not released Sunday, was shot at 9:50 p.m. as he sat on the corner of East McMicken Avenue and Findlay Street.

        Police said the shooter, who fired a .25-caliber handgun, was apparently trying to shoot someone else on foot.

        The injured man was treated at University Hospital and released, a hospital spokesman said.

        A description of the shooter was not released Sunday.

        Earlier Saturday in South Cumminsville, another man was shot in the leg at 12:05 a.m. in the 3400 block of Beekman Street. Police would not release further information.

        No arrests have been made in either shooting.


Hospital opens unit for burn patients

        University Hospital opens its new Burn Walk-In Center todayfor people with burn injuries.

        The goal is to begin care for burn patients within 20 minutes after arriving at the hospital's emergency department, said Grace Schmits, R.N., assistant clinical manager of the center.

        “Not only can patients receive faster care at the Burn Walk-In Center, they will be treated in a state-of-the-art burn center by nurses and physicians who specialize in burn care,” she said. The unit, on the second floor of the hospital's Critical Care Pavilion, will be open 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Teacher accused of teen sex kills self

        MIDDLETOWN — A Middletown High School teacher who was suspended last week and died Saturday had been accused of a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female student, police said Sunday.

        Dave Long, 30, was found dead in his garage Saturday shortly after 3 p.m., when police responded to a call of a possible suicide at his home in the 1200 block of Ellen Drive, said Middletown Police Chief Bill Becker. No other students are believed to have been involved with Mr. Long, the chief said.

        Counselors will be available for students and employees of Middletown High School today.


Hospitals mark transplant milestones

        University Hospital celebrated 35 years, and Christ Hospital marked 30 years of transplanting kidneys on Sunday at the Marriott Kingsgate Conference Center in Corryville.

        Rep. Greg Jolivette, R-Hamilton, delivered the keynote address. He has been instrumental in lobbying for the Donor Leave Act and the Organ Donor Registry Bill in Ohio.

        The first kidney transplant at University Hospital was a living donor transplant on Dec. 11, 1967.

        The hospital holds several kidney transplant records. More than 1,300 kidney transplants have been performed since the program's inception.

        The first kidney transplant at Christ Hospital was Jan. 30, 1972. The hospital has performed more than 1,050 kidney transplants.


P&G, Smucker wrap up deal on Jif, Crisco

        Procter & Gamble Co. and the J.M. Smucker Co. on Saturday completed a stock deal that transferred P&G's Jif peanut butter and Crisco cooking product lines to Smucker.

        Jif and Crisco fit into business plans for Smucker, a family-operated producer of jams and jellies, a Smucker official said.

        “Our strategy involves the marketing of No. 1 grocery brands, as Smucker's is,” said Smucker spokesman Steven Ellcessor. “We are always interested in developing and acquiring brands that are leaders in their category. Jif is the leading peanut butter. Crisco is the leading shortening and oil.”

        Mr. Ellcessor said Smucker had been interested in acquiring Jif for 20 to 25 years.

        “It's sort of a natural fit with jam and jelly,” he said.

        P&G shareholders of record at the close of business Wednesday will receive one share of new Smucker common stock for every 50 P&G shares they own. P&G shareholders with fewer than 50 shares will receive a cash payment in lieu of fractional shares.

        Smucker shareholders are to receive .9451 of a share of new Smucker common stock for every Smucker share they held at the end of trading Friday.

        P&G and Smucker announced the deal in October.

        The deal includes the Jif and Crisco plants in Lexington and Cincinnati. Smucker will absorb about 400 employees from P&G, including most employees of the two plants.

        Smucker, which is based in Orrville, Ohio, has said the deal eventually will almost triple its annual earnings and double annual sales to $1.3 billion.

        P&G, which has been getting rid of underperforming brands in recent years, markets more than 250 brands, including Pampers diapers, Tide detergent, Pantene shampoo, Bounty paper towels and Crest toothpaste.


Fire Dept. names medical director

        Dr. Donald Locasto has been named medical director of the Cincinnati Fire Department's emergency medical services division, officials announced Friday.

        Dr. Daniel Storer and Dr. Jay Johannigman were named assistant medical directors, District Chief Denny Clark said.

        Dr. Locasto had been a committee member on the region's Metropolitan Medical Response System that focuses on bioterrorism preparedness. The team was established in the mid-1990s and consists of dozens of medical personnel, police officers, firefighters and emergency management leaders.

        He has researched chemical weapons exposure and biological warfare agents and is a former emergency medical technician/paramedic, District Chief Clark said.


Knight to have day in new court: film

        LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech men's basketball coach Bob Knight may soon have a new career on his hands.

        Mr. Knight is scheduled to appear alongside Oscar-winner Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler in the coming movie Anger Management, according to a report in Sunday's editions of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

        The film, scheduled for June 2003 release, is about a mild-mannered businessman, played by Mr. Sandler, who is accidentally sent to an anger-management help group. The group is instructed by Mr. Nicholson's overly aggressive character.

        Randy Farley, sports information director for Texas Tech's men's basketball program, declined to comment Sunday. He said Mr. Knight was out of town and unavailable.

        Other sports personalities known for their tempers are scheduled to make cameos in the film, including tennis star John McEnroe.

        Anger Management has a $56 million budget and will be directed by Peter Segal, whose previous credits include Tommy Boy and Nutty Professor II.


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