Sunday, February 2, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Compiled from staff and wire reports

Click on Web for tax info

Hamilton County residents facing requests from cities or schools for more money can look to the Web to find out just how much more money it will cost them.

Homeowners should go to and find their property. A click of a levy tab will show the cost of proposed levies. "It is all a part of holding government accountable to the people who pay for it," County Auditor Dusty Rhodes said.

Communities with levies on Tuesday's special election roster include Addyston, Lockland, Mount Healthy, Norwood, St. Bernard and Elmwood Place.

Man shot as he broke up fight

Charles Mack, 29, of the West End, was breaking up a fight Friday between two females when he was shot outside Bay Horse CafÈ in the 600 block of Main Street downtown, police said.

Cornell Phillips, 28, was arrested on a felonious assault charge. He was released from Hamilton County Justice Center by Saturday evening.

According to Cincinnati Police, Phillips hit Mack in the back of the head with a gun before shooting him in the forehead and right forearm about 11:20 p.m.

Mack was taken to University Hospital and treated and released.

Firefighter treated for burns

A Cincinnati firefighter was treated and released from University Hospital Saturday for minor burns to his face he suffered fighting a house fire at 3425 Beekman Ave.

Lt. Robert Beckroege had burns on his cheeks when metal clips on his mask heated .

The fire destroyed the second floor of the home, causing about $35,000 in damage. It was started by a worker inside the house who was soldering copper joints with a blow torch.

Campaign fund loses on investments

COLUMBUS - An Ohio Supreme Court justice's decision to invest his campaign money in stocks rather than put it in the bank has wiped out nearly half the cash in his campaign fund.

Justice Paul Pfeifer reported that the fund lost $24,298 on its investments last year. That left the Republican justice, who is up for re-election next year, with a balance of $33,037, according to an annual campaign-finance report filed Friday with the office of Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell.

Pfeifer, now in his second term on the court, said he had asked the Ohio Elections Commission for permission to invest campaign funds in equities instead of an interest-earning bank account.

Justice Alice Robie Resnick, a Democrat up for re-election in 2006, reported a $171,886 balance. Maureen O'Connor, a Republican elected to the court in November, had $162,448 in the bank.

Chief Justice Thomas Moyer, a Republican, reported $52,074. Francis Sweeney, a Democrat who will reach the retirement age of 70 next year, had $8,470.

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