Monday, April 7, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Police arrest 21 after Athens' bars overflow

ATHENS, Ohio - Police arrested at least 21 people early Sunday morning when a crowd spilled out of bars closing early because of the switch to daylight-saving time.

Charges included disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, rioting and assault of a police horse. Athens and Ohio University police said 14 of the arrests were students.

Police Chief Rick Mayer said some of the people illegally blocked cars in the street after the bars near campus closed about 1 a.m. Four mounted police officers helped keep the street clear.

The crowd dispersed after about an hour-and-a-half. Police did not give a crowd estimate.

Lilly gives Indiana U. $50M for biomedicine

INDIANAPOLIS - The Lilly Endowment has awarded Indiana University a $50 million grant to advance the school's Indiana Genomics Initiative.

The program was launched in December 2000 with a $105 million grant from the endowment, the largest grant ever made by the Indianapolis-based philanthropic organization.

The goal of the program is to help the university become a world-class biomedical research institution.

"By helping IU attract topflight researchers and strengthen its role in this highly competitive area, this grant will build the intellectual capital of our state, so vital to Indiana's future prosperity," said N. Clay Robbins, president of the endowment.

Police, firefighters to face each in ring

Tristate firefighters and police officers will fight each other Saturday for charity.

Tickets remain available for the second annual Roughman Contest, which benefits Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Special Olympics and the Moeller High School boxing club. Call Amy Meyer, 470-4512, to buy tickets.

Doors of Xavier University's Schmidt Fieldhouse open at 5:30 p.m., with the first of 15 matches starting at 7 p.m. Each cop-firefighter pairing will box up to three, one-minute rounds.

'Dr. Mike' to fire up students about math

"Dr. Mike" plans to help students get manic about math and science when he visits Woodford Paideia School Thursday.

"Math & Science Mania Night'' starts at 6 p.m. Thursday in the school's gymnasium and recreation center at 6065 Red Bank Road.

"Dr. Mike," an educational service sponsored by Cinergy, will demonstrate a variety of scientific principles. Cognis Corp. scientists Dr. Sang Kang and Dr. Pat Slonecker also will conduct experiments.

The free event also features booths with math activities, games, refreshments, raffles and door prizes. Information: 458-2060.

Mercy Franciscan event to recruit nurses

Mercy Franciscan Hospital in Mount Airy will host a Nurse Camp - an event to teach high school juniors and seniors about careers in nursing - June 16-19from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Mercy Franciscan Hospital Mount Airy, 2446 Kipling Ave.

The free, four-day event will provide students:

• Hands-on lessons on high-tech equipment.

• Insight into how nurses make decisions for patient care.

• Opportunities to hear presentations from nurses in specialty areas.

Space is limited. Students must apply by May 17.For information, call Rachel L. Dattilo, Mercy Mount Airy Nurse Recruiter, (513) ) 853-5760.

DeWine wants to pry open police strategy

Too much secrecy has surrounded the Cincinnati's efforts to begin a program of "community problem-oriented policing," city council members say.

Councilman Pat DeWine, chairman of the Law and Public Safety Committee, has scheduled a public hearing Tuesday at 1 p.m. to sort out what the strategy - known by its acronym CPOP - even means.

The hearing comes a week after a court-appointed monitor chastised the Cincinnati Police Department for resisting the community-oriented policing effort, in which police and residents are supposed to work more closely to fight crime.

Community problem-oriented policing was one of the cornerstones of the so-called "collaborative agreement," which settled a class-action lawsuit over alleged racial profiling by the city.

South Cumminsville homicide city's 21st

Cincinnati's 21st homicide of 2003 happened early Sunday in South Cumminsville.

Police officers and firefighters found JeShawn Johnson, 19, wounded by gunfire and lying in a Beekman Street parking lot near the Fey Market.

He was pronounced dead 49 minutes later, at 12:53 a.m., at University Hospital.

Through April 7, 2002, Cincinnati had 15 homicides; through the same date in 2001, the number was 14.

- Compiled from staff and wire reports

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Widow mourns guard's murder
Key figures during the riot

Police delay in fatal beating investigated
911 call details
DeWine wants to pry open police strategy
Senate president White leads in a gentler style

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