Sunday, April 6, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

1-year-old badly hurt after being shaken

A 1-year-old boy suffered Thursday from severe head trauma, including bleeding on the brain, after he was shaken by a Price Hill man and not given immediate medical attention, Cincinnati Police officers said.

Oscar Rodriguez, 22, of the 3500 block of Warsaw Avenue, has acknowledged that he was caring for Esbin Ramirez Reynoso when he harmed the child, police said.

Esbin also suffered retinal tearing and torso bruising, according to the arrest report. He was critical condition at Children's Hospital, according to a nursing supervisor.

Rodriguez is at the Hamilton County jail, charged with endangering a child. Bond was set at $1 million.

Deal may preserve historic church tower

The Cincinnati Preservation Association struck a deal Friday that could save the stone bell tower of the 117-year-old Walnut Hills Presbyterian Church.

Paul Muller, an architect and president of the preservation association, said he signed a contract with the Rev. Donald Jordan Sr., church owner, to buy the tower section at the corner of Gilbert Avenue and William Howard Taft Road in Walnut Hills.

Portions of the church are being demolished so that Jordan can expand his Thompson Hall & Jordan Funeral Homes business, which sits next door. Muller said plans call for renovation of the tower, which will be turned into a museum named after slavery abolitionist Theodore D. Weld .

The cost of buying the property and renovating it will be about $300,000, Muller said. He said the preservation association will have about four weeks to raise the funds. It has commitments from donors totaling $86,000 with another $50,000 identified but unconfirmed, Muller said.

Officer hurt in fall while chasing suspect

Cincinnati Police Officer Justin Nickel was treated and released from University Hospital after he was hurt Friday while pursuing a suspect in the 2400 block of Copelen.

According to Police Sgt. John Sess, Nickel had stopped a vehicle at about 7:30 p.m. and saw that Marty Borden, 21, of Winton Place, was the passenger. Borden was wanted for a felony warrant and six misdemeanor warrants.

He had placed handcuffs on Borden when Borden broke free and ran, Sess said. In pursuit, Nickel fell, cutting his head and breaking a hand.

Officers Mark Longworth and Colin Vaughn captured Borden within three blocks. Borden is at the Hamilton County jail, charged with felony escape.

Organizations provide 2,000 smoke detectors

The Greater Cincinnati Safe Kids Coalition has joined the Cincinnati Fire Department and the African American Firefighters Association to provide more than 2,000 smoke detectors and inspect existing detectors over the next two years in Cincinnati neighborhoods.

Krista Jones of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, a coalition member, said the program conducts neighborhood "blitzes" in which Cincinnati firefighters and coalition representatives inspect existing smoke detectors and install new ones, if necessary.

The next blitz is scheduled May 17 in Avondale. A blitz scheduled Saturday in Over-the-Rhine was canceled because of fire department conflicts. It will be rescheduled.

Information: 636-7528.

Man robbed of $20, shot twice in abdomen

A man was shot twice in the abdomen and robbed of $20 Saturday night in the 500 block of York Street, near the corner of Linn Street,authorities say.

The man then walked about a block down Linn Street before Cincinnati Police arrived. He was conscious and talking when transported to University Hospital. Police are searching for a suspect described by the victim as a black male in his 30s with dreadlocks.

Police did not release the victim's name and did not have his age.

- Compiled from staff and wire reports

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