Sunday, March 16, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Compiled from staff and wire reports

Pit bull bites face of 6-year-old girl

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP - A 6-year-old girl was in stable condition at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Saturday after being bitten in the face by a pit bull, township police and firefighters said.

The dog's owner, Terry Zimmerer, 28, of Colerain Township, has been arrested and faces first-degree misdemeanor charges of obstructing official business and failure to confine a vicious dog. The pit bull was not muzzled, which is illegal in Ohio.

If convicted, Zimmerer faces up to six months in jail and $2,000 in fines.

Police said Zimmerer had a friend's dog on a rope when he struck up a conversation with the victim's stepfather outside a Papa John's restaurant in the 3300 block of Springdale Road about 12:40 p.m.

The girl wanted to pet the dog and was knocked to the ground. She was bleeding from puncture wounds near her mouth when firefighters arrived, they said.

UK president proposes 15% tuition increase

LEXINGTON - University of Kentucky President Lee Todd plans to ask the board of trustees to consider a 15 percent tuition increase next year for in-state undergraduates.

Todd's proposal comes in the wake of an $8 million budget cut for the current semester.

The university's board of trustees on Tuesday will consider raising tuition and registration fees to $2,001 per semester from $1,740 for resident undergraduates. Tuition for out-of-state students would go to $5,341 per semester from $5,016.

Prison inmate climbs 95-foot antenna

MANSFIELD, Ohio - An inmate at the Mansfield Correctional Institution climbed atop a 95-foot television antenna at the prison and remained there for nearly 14 hours before coming down.

State prison officials said the inmate, Michael Haas, 26, of Franklin County, climbed the antenna inside the prison about 2:45 p.m. Friday and came down 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

"We don't know why he did it," said Andrea Dean, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

He is serving a seven-year term for felonious assault, carrying a concealed weapon and theft. He entered the prison in 1999 and was due to be released in 2006.

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