Tuesday, May 6, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

UC photos used to ID suspects in melee

University of Cincinnati officials are providing police with photos of students and other information to help identify those who broke the law early Sunday morning after a Cinco de Mayo block party on Stratford Avenue got out of hand.


Photos of Sunday's melee
Cincinnati police have arrested three people and cited two others, and were still working Monday evening to identify others seen on video and in photographs.

Police reports did not say whether those arrested were UC students.

Christopher Hill, 21, no address available, and Tristan Everson, 21, of Westwood were charged with obstruction of official business and disorderly conduct. Everson also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

James Kennedy, 21, no address available, was also arrested for disorderly conduct.

Abdel R. Abla, 23, of Oakley and Anthony Hartlaub, 21, of Anderson Township, were cited for disorderly conduct.

Witnesses say partygoers lit cardboard on fire on the street and overturned cars on Stratford, where a similar incident, described by police as a "mini-riot," occurred last year.

Mitchel Livingston, vice president for student affairs and services, sent a stern letter Monday to students who live on Stratford and in the surrounding area, saying the actions of some were "absolutely unacceptable" and reflect poorly on the university.

Monday report: Block party got out of hand

Corryville man charged in kidnapping

A Corryville man was arrested Monday after his ex-girlfriend was kidnapped in Fairfield and driven around town, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

Michael J. Junker, 29, was charged with felonious assault and reckless operation of a vehicle.

Additional charges are pending, according to Fairfield police.

Kristine Ennis, 29, was taken to Mercy Hospital Fairfield. according to the sheriff's office. Her condition was not available Monday evening.

A driver on Interstate 275 reported to police a man and woman were struggling in a vehicle at Hamilton Avenue and the entrance ramp to westbound Interstate 275

When Ennis tried to get out of the car, deputies said Junker accelerated onto the entrance ramp with Ennis hanging out the car. Junker, who police said was driving, eventually rolled out of the vehicle as he fought with Ennis.

His car then went rolling towards interstate traffic until another motorist rammed the driverless car, sending it into a light pole.

Deputies said Junker continued to attack the woman in a grassy section next to the interstate as passing motorists stopped to assist Ennis.

Shortway Bridge comes down in June

It's been standing for 88 years as a link for commuters between 11th Street in Newport and 12th Street in Covington.

Next month, it will crash into the Licking River and be shipped off to a junkyard.

The 360-foot Shortway Bridge, closed two years ago to make way for the new $10.2 million Licking Valley Girl Scout Bridge, will be dismantled with explosives by CRS Demolition of Louisville.

CRS, awarded the $380,000 contract by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, plans to remove the structure in June.

Newport has asked for the handrails from the bridge.

David Krings elected manager group head

Hamilton County Administrator David Krings was elected the next president of the International City/County Manager Association at an executive board meeting this past weekend.

He will take office in September at the ICMA's annual conference in Charlotte, N.C., association spokeswoman Michele Frisby said Monday.

The ICMA is a professional association with almost 8,000 members. Krings, who has been Hamilton's administrator for 11 years, was an association vice president from 1996 to 1999.

Taft's approval rating continues at low level

COLUMBUS - Gov. Bob Taft's approval rating, at an all-time low in a February poll, hasn't improved, according to an Ohio Poll released Monday.

The poll, conducted by the University of Cincinnati's Institute for Policy Research, found that 40 percent of Ohioans approved of his performance. That matches the number the poll found in February. His lowest rating before then - 49 percent - was in the first Ohio Poll taken after he assumed office, in March 1999.

The telephone poll of 840 adults was conducted from April 11 through April 25, although no polling was done on April 20, Easter Sunday. It had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

OU class president dies in 3-car crash

MASSILLON, Ohio - The senior class president at Ohio University was killed in a three-vehicle crash near her hometown of Massillon.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Amanda Cunningham, 23, died Saturday when a car ran a stop sign and struck the car she was driving. The impact pushed Cunningham's car into a pickup truck. The other two drivers suffered bruises.

As class president, Cunningham was to deliver a speech at graduation next month.

- Compiled from staff and wire reports

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