Monday, May 17, 1999

Man wanted in slaying seen in Corryville

Lance Love thought to be still in city

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Lance Love
        The man wanted for questioning in the slaying of a Prospect Hill man was seen on a Corryville street this weekend, yet continues to elude authorities.

        Cincinnati homicide Sgt. John Newsom said Sunday that Lance Love is still thought to be in the Cincinnati area and is considered armed and dangerous. Mr. Love, also known as Sequoia Johanson, is described as 5-10 and 170, muscular, with tattoos on both arms.

        Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 352-3040.

        Mr. Love, 32, is wanted on suspicion of receiving stolen property — the GMC Yukon truck that belonged to Jim Osterbrock, whose body was found Thursday in the sub-basement of his home. Mr. Osterbrock, 52, was a respected vice president and general manag er of packaging at Covington-based Xpedx paper distribution company.

Jim Osterbrock
        The Hamilton County coroner said a cause of death could be released today. Visitation for Mr. Osterbrock also is today.

        Homicide detectives are focusing on apparent appearances by Mr. Love in Corryville, the last known sightings. Sgt. Newsom declined to discuss them other than to say they might not have involved relatives of Mr. Love. A former girlfriend of Mr. Love, Roxanne Schnelle of St. Bernard, said Sunday she's not surprised by the Corryville connection.

        “I know he liked to go up there,” she said. “It's easy to blend in. He's got friends there, I think.”

        When told that Mr. Love apparently was seen on the street, she said that too wasn't a surprise, adding, “He's pretty brazen.”

        A communications dispatch su pervisor Sunday confirmed there were numerous calls from Corryville regarding Mr. Love but declined to make tapes of 911 calls immediately available.

        Ms. Schnelle said she hasn't seen Mr. Love in three years, but her life has significantly changed since she realized the man wanted in connection with the slaying was her ex-boyfriend, whom she described as dishonest.

        “I have no problem believing the thievery part,” she said. “I accept that wholeheartedly, open- mindedly.”

        Police want to question Mr. Love about the slaying. He also is wanted for domestic violence and theft of a firearm, charges that are unrelated to the Osterbrock case.

        Police think Mr. Love is the man shown in an ATM security tape trying to withdraw money from Mr. Osterbrock's bank account.

        He led police on a chase in the Eastgate area of Clermont County Friday morning but eluded them by running into nearby woods.

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