Sunday, July 13, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report


Girl taken to hospital after pit bull bites her

Compiled from staff and wire reports

A 12-year-old Northside girl was visiting a Avondale residence when a pit bull bit her Friday afternoon. Kahisha Jones, of the 4700 block of Hamilton Avenue, was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Hospital staff would not release her condition Saturday.

According to Cincinnati police, two adults were arguing in the 800 block of Ridgeway Avenue when the resident's dog jumped up, scratched the right side of Kahisha's face and bit her forearm.

Rodney Behanan, who lives at the Ridgeway Avenue residence, had to pull the dog's mouth off the girl's arm.

After the girl was rushed to the hospital, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Cincinnati took custody of the dog.

'Idol' winner cancels Kenwood appearance

Ruben Studdard, winner of Fox TV's American Idol competition, has canceled an appearance scheduled for today at Parisian department store in Kenwood Towne Centre.

Studdard will perform as scheduled at 7:30 p.m. tonight, along with Clay Aiken and other second-season finalists, at U.S. Bank Arena as part of the nationwide American Idols Live tour.

Tickets: $28-$48. Information: 562-4949 or www.ticketmaster.com.

OSU professor won't drop 'five-keg' lawsuit

ATHENS, Ohio - A professor is refusing to drop his lawsuit over the state's so-called "five-keg" rule even though liquor officials say they will not enforce it.

The regulation, created in 2000, required anyone buying five or more kegs of beer for a party to give the location of the party to state liquor agents and allow them to enter without a warrant. The rule was created in response to parties at Ohio State University.

The Ohio Liquor Control Commission revoked the rule June 2.

Scott Hooper, a professor of neurobiology at Ohio University, sued the state in conjunction with the American Civil Liberties Union. The lawsuit said the law was unconstitutional because it required beer buyers to give up their right to avoid unreasonable search and seizure.

"I'm glad the state did it, but I am disappointed they did so because they considered it an administrative burden," Hooper said Saturday. "The reason we're continuing with the case is that the state just doesn't understand that the Fourth Amendment is the law of the land and they just can't trample all over it."

Commission chairman Keith McNamara said enforcement problems and extra red tape led to the rule's removal.




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