Briefly, June 18
50th commemoration of shootings planned
KENT (AP) — Kent State University is planning a series of events starting next year to commemorate 50 years since Ohio National Guard members fatally shot four students there and wounded nine during protests of the Vietnam War May 4, 1970.
The school said its commemoration will start in fall 2019 and continue until the actual anniversary in 2020.
Kent State said it is in the process of planning events, academic activities and programming to reflect on the impact of the shootings and inspire pursuit of peaceful conflict resolution and freedom of expression.
Federal officials designated the site as a National Historic Landmark last year. They said the shootings helped change public opinion about the Vietnam War and led to changes in military policy for civil disturbances.
Man dies in shooting outside Ohio bar
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police say a shooting outside a bar has left one man dead and two other males injured.
Springfield police say 35-year-old Jahream Beard died at the scene of the shooting around 2:30 Sunday morning outside the Wagon Wheel bar in the city about 50 miles west of Columbus.
Police say the two injured victims were taken to a hospital with injuries that didn’t appear life-threatening. No other information was released on the type or extent of those injuries.
Authorities didn’t immediately release any information on what led to the shooting.
Police also didn’t say how many shots were fired or who fired the shots.
Shots fired at fire dept. chief’s vehicle
CINCINNATI (AP) — Police said the fire department district chief’s vehicle was shot at in Cincinnati while fire officials were responding to reports of an overturned car, and one round hit the back of the chief’s vehicle.
Cincinnati police said the district chief was not injured in the shooting that occurred early Saturday morning. They say multiple gunshots were heard. Authorities did not find any overturned car in the area.
Police have not identified any suspects. They say some teenagers were seen running from the scene after the shots hit the chief’s SUV.
Police are investigating the shooting as a felonious assault. They say information leading to an arrest can lead to a $1,000 reward.
Butler County schools consider new joint tax to increase school security
HAMILTON (AP) — Several school districts in southwestern Ohio are considering banding together to levy a new property tax that would fund increased security at schools.
Leaders in six of Butler County’s 10 public school districts said this week they would favor placing the new tax before voters in the fall election. Officials from some of the other districts said they needed more time to consider it.
The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reported the plan would take advantage of a new state law allowing districts to form cooperative financing districts that can raise money to be used exclusively on school security.
There was a school shooting in the county in February 2016 when a 14-year-old student opened fire at Madison Junior-Senior High School, wounding two students. Two others were injured in the ensuing melee.
Man dies of injuries from flash fire
RADFORD, Va. (AP) — One of three people injured during a flash fire at the main propellant-manufacturing facility for the U.S. Department of Defense has died.
The Joint Munitions Command of the U.S. Army says Andrew Goad died Saturday due to injuries sustained during last week’s blaze at Radford Army Ammunition Plant in Virginia.
The 42-year-old man of Dublin, Virginia, worked as a group leader at the facility.
In a statement, plant commander Lt. Col James Scott said Goad “made the ultimate sacrifice” while doing the “dangerous work” of producing munitions.
The U.S. Army owns the plant and defense contractor BAE Systems operates it. The facility employs nearly 1,200 people and is a leading producer of military-grade propellants for the Department of Defense.
Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.
TV host Jimmy Kimmel beat by
Sen. Ted Cruz in charity basketball game
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has triumphed over late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel in their much-hyped charity basketball game that Kimmel dubbed the Blobfish Basketball Classic.
With each basket worth a single point, Cruz topped Kimmel 11-9 in a two-hour one-on-one match they agreed to abbreviate Saturday at Texas Southern University after neither appeared capable of reaching 15 points and winning by two.
The Houston Chronicle described the matchup as “a slow-motion car-crash of half-court basketball.” Speaking for both men, Kimmel said: “We apologize to the game of basketball.”
The game was born of a joke from Kimmel, who’d said the Republican senator resembled the ocean bottom-dwelling blobfish. Cruz responded by challenging Kimmel to a basketball game.
Two Houston charities are the beneficiaries. Game highlight videos are planned for Kimmel’s ABC program tonight.
ER doc suspended after mocking patient
LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — A northern California emergency room doctor has been suspended after cursing and mocking a man who said he had an anxiety attack.
The San Jose Mercury News reported Dr. Beth Keegstra, a contract doctor with El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos, was suspended after she was recorded June 11 questioning whether 20-year-old Samuel Bardwell was sick or just looking for drugs.