Saturday, November 9, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report



Compiled from staff and wire reports

Food, clothing drive at restaurants today

Give Back Cincinnati, Gold Star Chili and Panera Bread will sponsor a one-day food and clothing drive 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today.

Items needed include non-perishable food such as peanut butter, soup, rice, cereal and canned goods, new or slightly used clothes and coats, gloves, hats, scarves, bed sheets and Christmas gifts.

Donations can be dropped off at the following Panera Bread locations: Hyde Park Plaza; 8115 Montgomery Road, Kenwood; 5555 Glenway Ave., Westwood, and 2911 Dixie Highway, Crestview Hills, and the following Gold Star Chili locations: Bigg's Place Mall, Eastgate; 7390 Wooster Road, Plainville; 6755 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, and 49 Donnermeyer Road, Bellevue.

The first 50 people to drop off items will receive free food certificates to Panera Bread and Gold Star Chili. Information: www.givebackcincinnati.org.

Cincinnati police offer test in Memphis

The Cincinnati Police Department for the first time is giving a recruit exam outside of the city, in Memphis on Nov. 16.

Recruiters are traveling south in hopes of recruiting more women and minorities. It will be the third test this year, the first time the department has offered more than one.

Walk-ins are welcome to take the test, 9 a.m. in Johnson Auditorium at the University of Memphis. Information: www.cincinnatipolice.org.

Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and be 21 by Aug. 1.

Two top test list to become captains

Two Cincinnati police lieutenants will be promoted soon.

Test results released Friday show lieutenants Gary Lee and Dan Gerard on top of the 15 who finished the oral and written tests. They are expected to be promoted immediately to fill two slots open because of retirements.

A test for filling subsequent openings in the sergeant rank is scheduled for Nov. 30. A test for new lieutenants has not been set.

9 students suspended in lunchroom incident

AMELIA - Nine students, five of them freshmen, were suspended from Amelia High School for 10 days this week after reportedly causing a disturbance in the lunchroom Wednesday.

Two groups of students, all boys, were yelling at each other, using obscene gestures and making fists at each other during lunch, said Dr. Gary Leibold, director of three small schools on the Amelia campus.

"It was just two groups of boys trying to one-upmanship each other," Dr. Leibold said. "It wasn't a disruption in the cafeteria, it was a disruption in the educational process, and we take that seriously.''

The students - five freshmen, three sophomores and one junior - have been recommended for expulsion and will have a hearing to determine their status at the school of 1,220 students.

One group of the boys accused the other of being neo-Nazis and the other group accused them of being members of the Ku Klux Klan. Both groups of students denied any affiliation with the groups, and Dr. Leibold said there is no reason to expect that the boys, who are all white, are related to those groups or that the confrontation was racially motivated.

Grand jury extended in priest abuse probe

Hamilton County prosecutors will get another five months to investigate allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic priests.

Common Pleas Judge Fred Cartolano agreed this week to grant prosecutors more time to work with a special grand jury that was convened in July to investigate the allegations.

The grand jury's service was set to expire Friday, but the judge's decision gives prosecutors until next April to wrap up their investigation.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has admitted that it continues to employ four priests despite "substantiated allegations" of abuse against them. Four other priests have either been suspended or have voluntarily taken leave this year because of misconduct allegations that date back more than 10 years.

Police investigate shooting beside road

FOREST PARK - Police are investigating after a man was shot along Winton Road early Friday morning.

The man's injuries are not life-threatening, police said. He has not been identified. Officers are looking for a male suspect.

The man was shot once after an altercation with another person at a bar outside of Forest Park, police said. The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m.

Man charged with three bank robberies

A 39-year-old Cincinnati man was arrested Thursday night on three counts of bank robbery.

Police reports say Tyrone Rocker, of the 2800 block of Woodburn Ave., allegedly robbed the Provident Bank on Fourth Street Monday then pulled a similar heist at the Fifth Third Bank on Vine Street Thursday. In both cases, Mr. Rocker allegedly handed bank tellers a note demanding $50 bills and $100 bills, before fleeing on foot after receiving cash.

A third warrant has been issued for Mr. Rocker, alleging he robbed Bank One on Fourth Street Tuesday. It is unclear how much money Mr. Rocker allegedly got away with in the robberies.

Suspect charged in stabbing at club

A 22-year-old Cincinnati city resident was arrested Friday for felonious assault after he allegedly stabbed a Kentucky man several times in the back after the two had an argument in the Spy Club, police reports say.

Anthony Mink, of the 1000 block of Lanette Drive, was arrested about 10 minutes after the incident inside the popular downtown dance club, 420 Plum St. Stabbing victim Joseph Sken, of the 7700 block of Raven Drive in Florence, described Mr. Mink as the assailant shortly before he was arrested. Police recovered a bloody knife inside the club.




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