Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report


Springer files papers for U.S. Senate run

Compiled from staff and wire reports

WASHINGTON - Jerry Springer, the talk-show host whose nationally syndicated program has spotlighted strippers and skinheads, officially filed papers on Monday to run for the U.S. Senate from Ohio.

The Senate clerk received the statement of candidacy and organization for the "Jerry Springer for U.S. Senate" committee on Monday afternoon, according to a spokesman at the clerk's office.

Springer, former mayor of Cincinnati, will make a final decision on whether to run by the end of the month. State Sen. Eric Fingerhut has already announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination. The winner will challenge first-term Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, who served as governor of Ohio from 1991-99.

Springer, 59, filed the papers to avoid possible legal problems for airing a 30-minute fund-raising infomercial starting last Thursday, said Mike Ford, Springer's political adviser.

The infomercial will air for about two weeks in several U.S. cities including Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; New Orleans; San Antonio; and New York. It was not immediately scheduled for Ohio because of concerns over equal access, meaning that TV stations would have to offer equivalent time to other candidates.

Prosecutor asks judge to stop video sales

Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen is asking a judge to stop Jimmy and Larry Flynt from selling explicit videos in Hamilton County, arguing they are in breach of contract.

The motion filed Monday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court comes a month after prosecutors asked Judge Patrick Dinkelacker to decide whether the Flynts should face new criminal charges for breaking a promise to stop selling explicit pornography videos in the county. Jimmy Flynt operates the Hustler store in downtown Cincinnati.

A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

H. Louis Sirkin, the Flynts' attorney, is asking the appeals court to intervene, arguing that the deal is not valid. He asked that Wednesday's hearing be delayed pending the appeals court decision.

Allen sought to reinstate 15 felony pandering obscenity charges originally filed against the Flynts in 1998. They were dropped in 1999 when the Flynts promised to stop the sales. In June, sheriff's deputies raided the downtown store and confiscated some videos.

Memorial is Thursday for Indiana soldier

BATESVILLE, Ind. - A memorial service will be held Thursday evening in Batesville for 21-year-old Chad Keith, the U.S. Army specialist killed last week in Iraq when a bomb exploded beneath his truck.

The fallen soldier - son of Kim Hitzges of Batesville - will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, final resting place for U.S. military heroes since the Civil War.

Keith, a 2000 graduate of Batesville High School, died July 7 while traveling on a convoy in Baghdad. He was a member of Company D of the 2-325th Infantry, based at Fort Bragg, N.C.

According to Meyers Funeral Home of Batesville, the memorial service will take place at 7:30 p.m. at St. John United Church of Christ, 300 N. Huntersville Road.

The family has asked that memorial gifts be made to the Chad Keith Memorial Fund, in care of the Ripley County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 279, Batesville, IN 47006.

Radio helicopter lands in West End

The WLW-AM radio traffic helicopter made an emergency landing Monday afternoon in the West End near Bank Street and Winchell Avenue.

Darryl Parks, WLW director of AM operations, said the helicopter experienced mechanical problems and the pilot had to make an emergency landing.

The pilot and WLW reporter Chuck Ingram, who were on board, were not injured, Parks said. The incident occurred at about 4 p.m.

Event stresses safety for people and pets

The Red Cross' annual family safety event is Saturday at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

At Super Safety Saturday, parents and children can stop at more than 20 interactive booths and games designed to teach about how to stay safe at home, in a pool and on bicycles. Red Cross experts also will demonstrate, among other things, pet first aid and how to help someone who is choking.

Free bike helmets also will be available.

The event takes place at the museum center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Man charged with Mace attack on cop

A Cincinnati police officer was slightly injured Monday night when a suspect he was attempting to subdue picked up a can of Mace the officer had dropped and sprayed him with it, police said.

The incident happened at a gas station on East Galbraith Road and Woodbine Avenue in Hartwell. The suspect, whose name was not released, was arrested.

The unidentified officer returned to work without treatment.




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