Thursday, June 26, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Compiled from staff and wire reports

Murder warrant filed in fatal shooting

A 26-year-old man died after he was found shot at 936 Grand Ave. in Price Hill late Tuesday, and police are seeking a suspect on a murder charge.

William Christopher Wilson was found about 10:23 p.m., Cincinnati Police Lt. Kurt Byrd said.

"He was lying on the ground between two buildings suffering from a gunshot wound," Byrd said.

He was taken to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Details on how long the man had been lying on the ground or who found him were not released.

It was the city's 34th homicide this year.

On Wednesday evening, police issued a murder warrant for Michael Carson, 26, who is known to frequent the Price Hill area. Police said he is black, 5 feet 10 inches, 150 pounds, and could be driving a maroon 1991 Pontiac Grand Am.

West Chester voters to face parks levy

WEST CHESTER TWP. - Voters this fall will decide whether they want to pay for improved parks and recreation in this Butler County suburb.

West Chester trustees decided late Tuesday to vote on an emergency resolution at their next meeting, July 8, to put a 1.95-mill continuing levy on the fall ballot.

If passed by voters, the levy is expected to generate about $2.5 million to $3 million a year toward $80 million in park improvements.

It would cost the owner of a $200,000 house about $119 more a year in taxes.

More friends needed for mentally ill

MASON - The Warren County Compeer Program needs more volunteers to serve as friends for people with mental illness.

The agency reports having seven men and four women on a waiting list to be matched with a Compeer volunteer friend. All are residents of Warren County. Some have been on the waiting list for more than four years.

After receiving training, volunteers take their friends to restaurants, movies, shopping or other activities to help offset the loneliness and isolation many people with mental illness can suffer.

For more information about becoming a Compeer volunteer, call 459-9551 or (800) 478-3505.

Mid-Miami health donors have choice

MIDDLETOWN - The Mid-Miami Healthcare Foundation - the fund-raising arm of the Middletown Regional Health System - has launched a $100,000 campaign that will allow donors to choose how the money is spent.

In previous years, the annual campaign focused on a single project, including launching diabetes, heart failure and dialysis centers and distributing bags of pediatric medical supplies to life squads.

Now, these and other community health concerns need continuing support, officials say. For information, call the foundation at (513) 420-5144.

Monroe schools meeting Saturday

MONROE - Officials of the Monroe school district will hold a special public meeting Saturday morning to review and discuss the financial state of the school system.

The meeting, which is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to noon, will include members of the Monroe Board of Education as well as district administrators. It will be held at the school board's office at 30 Overbrook Drive, Suite D, off of Cincinnati-Dayton Road.

Caregivers in chronic cases can get help

Those who feel exhausted or overwhelmed by caring for a loved one with a chronic illness can share their concerns and pick up some tips Saturday at a caregiver forum sponsored by the Wellness Community.

The forum will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellness Community's Lynn Stern Center in Blue Ash, 4918 Cooper Road. A panel of experts, including a geriatric social worker and a clinical psychologist, will discuss family challenges.

For information, call Bonnie Crawford at 791-4060 or e-mail

Fine Arts Fund passes out $9.6M

The Fine Arts Fund has announced allocations of $9,602,407 for 2003-'04 from its record-setting 2003 campaign, which brought in $10,003,550:

The allocations include:

Cincinnati Art Museum, $1,712,653; Cincinnati Ballet, $900,015; Cincinnati Opera, $976,122; Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, $1,118,134; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, $2,967,401; Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, $471,149; May Festival, $349,718; Taft Museum of Art, $317,215;

Arts Consortium of Cincinnati, $31,525; Children's Theatre, $51,225; Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, $26,175; Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, $37,800; Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, $82,500; Fitton Center for Creative Arts, $48,625; Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, $45,775; Madcap Productions Puppet Theatre, $45,625; Theatre IV, $40,750.

Space doctor to help build expertise in robotic surgery
Navy sinks plan for sub display
First lady captivates Oyler students
West Chester regrouping

Teens spruce up the neighborhood
Local teens get art hung in Capitol
Photo of the day: Partners test skills
Students get taste of crime-solving
Obituary: Joseph Tucker, 68
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Theater debuting Friday
Arson ruled cause of strip-center fire in Deerfield Twp.
Cameras to guard Hamilton schools
Monroe seeks citizens' advice
Work begins on $6.5M Union Twp. civic center
Liberty trustee looks to House seat
Little Miami school crunches numbers on college-bound grads

Ohio Senate passes bill to remove offensive language from lawbooks
Concealed weapons bill may be dead; negotiations dissolve
Veteran church bell ringer wants to hang it up at 83
County judge orders adult store to close
MU president gives student $10 to repay debt
Ohio Moments

Thomas More College fund drive ends with over $300,000
Covington OKs $38M for budget
Truck search finds cocaine
Interstate link to complete route to coast
W. Nile fear may boost skeeter fish
Raises, scholarships part of new UK budget
Kentucky obituaries