Saturday, June 7, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Compiled from staff and wire reports

Bar shooter to run for City Council

The anti-crime activist who shot a suspected robber in a Northside bar last month is taking a shot at something else: a job on Cincinnati City Council.

Harold "Hal" McKinney's platform will focus on public safety.

"There's a candidate from Hyde Park talking about potholes and flowerpots," he said. "In Northside, we just don't want to get shot at."

He's the Citizens on Patrol member who stopped in Junker's Tavern the night of May 8, when witnesses said two armed men wearing masks came in, started taking customers' money and put a gun to the barmaid's head. He shot one, but grand jurors decided he'd done nothing wrong and declined to indict him.

McKinney, 54, said he'd meet with Mike Barrett, chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party, to talk about an endorsement. He doesn't think he'll get it. If he doesn't get a nod from the GOP or the Charterites, he'll run in November as an independent.

"I'm going to the prom," he said. "I'd like to go with the Republicans. But if not, I'm still going to the prom."

He's also taking the police recruit exam today.

74-year-old accused of shooting neighbor

FELICITY - A 74-year-old Felicity man was ordered jailed in lieu of $250,000 cash Friday for allegedly shooting his 66-year-old neighbor.

Elmond A. Ellis was arrested early Friday and charged with felonious assault.

He is accused of using a shotgun to shoot his neighbor, George H. Hafer.The two men live in the same apartment complex, said Clermont County Sheriff A.J. "Tim" Rodenberg, Jr.

Sheriff's deputies were called to the apartment building shortly after 3:30 a.m. Friday.

Ellis allegedly fired the shotgun from his living room window as Hafer walked outside.

Hafer was transported via AirCare to University Hospital; he was reportedly shot in the arm.

Witnesses and neighbors told police the men's apartments were next to each other and they had repeatedly had disagreements.

Ellis was scheduled for another court appearance June 13.

Board blocks sale, protecting river views

Views of the Ohio River from Carney Street in Mount Adams are safe - for now.

The Cincinnati Planning Commission held up the sale of city-owned property on Carney Street Friday, fearing the sale would obstruct a view corridor for property owners across the street.

Property owners Craig E. Liebel and Michael E. Warner say they need the city property to give them access to Carney Street. The city's refusal to give them access to a right-of-way constitutes an illegal taking, they argue.

Commissioner Caleb Faux urged the Planning Commission to table the sale pending an opinion by the city solicitor's office.

"We should buy their property if we have to, but we can't afford to get rid of those views," Faux said.

Out-of-district student didn't pay CPS tuition

Cincinnati Public Schools is looking into an incident in which an out-of-district student graduated from Walnut Hills High School without paying $5,177 in tuition for eight months of school.

Officials are also looking into whether the school's principal violated board policy.

Students who live out of the district but who attend Cincinnati Public schools must pay tuition. The board of education may waive tuition for a senior who starts the school year as a resident but later moves to another district.

The board - not aware of the student in question - never ruled.

On May 27, the treasurer's office asked Principal Marvin Koenig to withhold the student's transcript and diploma.

According to district e-mails, Koenig on May 28 said he learned of the address change when the school sent out a senior mailing, and the student did not know he was an out-of-district resident.

The treasurer's office on May 30 said the tuition could not be waived and the diploma or transcripts should be withheld.

Koenig said in an e-mail Monday he would withhold the transcript. The student, who walked in graduation May 29, has been billed by the treasurer's office.

Still time to enter 4th of July parade

MONTGOMERY - Whether you play in a marching band or want to design a float, the city needs all interested July 4th parade participants to register next week.

The annual parade usually has about 100 entrants. This year's parade will begin at 11 a.m. near Sycamore Junior High School on Cooper Road, travel east and then head north on Montgomery Road to Montgomery Park.

To request a registration form, contact volunteer parade coordinator Joyce Yock, 792-8329.

Drunk driver came for another, police say

HURON, Ohio - A man was charged with driving under the influence after he went to the police station to pick up his wife, who had been charged earlier with drunken driving.

Police said that when they arrested Sheila Strack, she told them she had been drinking with her husband and his brother.

So when Robert Strack and his brother arrived at the police station early Sunday morning, both men were escorted into the police station and police smelled alcohol, according to a police report.

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