Friday, December 03, 1999


Shooting suspects held after car, foot chase

        Two men suspected in the shooting of a man on a North Fairmount street Thursday morning were apprehended a short time later following a brief car and foot pursuit.

        The shooting occurred at 10:12 a.m. in the 3700 block of President Drive, police said. The victim, Monoletl Thomas, was shot once in the chest. Mr. Thomas, of the 3400 block of McHenry Avenue in Westwood, was in fair condition late Thursday at University Hospital.

        The two suspects drove away from the scene and were apprehended at 10:25 a.m. in the 2000 block of Baltimore Avenue after their car wrecked and they tried to flee on foot.

        Arrested in the incident were Robert A. Middell, 19, of the 2300 block of Powers Street, South Cumminsville, who was charged with felonious assault and tampering with evidence; and Donte Mincy, 24, of the 3900 block of Yearling Court, Westwood, charged with complicity to felonious assault, reckless operation, fleeing and eluding, leaving the scene and no driver's license.

        Police said Mr. Middell was involved in an argument with the victim and shot him with a .32-caliber handgun before fleeing the scene. He allegedly threw the gun, which was recovered, out the car window during the pursuit. Mr. Mincy, police said, was the driver of the car.

2 indicted in hotel, restaurant robberies
        Two men accused of armed robberies at businesses in Blue Ash and Sharonville were indicted Wednesday by a Hamilton County grand jury.

        Brent Ware, 27, of Lockland and Ryan Hodge, 22, of Glendale were indicted in the November armed robberies of the Red Roof Inn on Chester Road in Sharonville, Embassy Suites on Lake Forest Drive in Blue Ash and the Subway restaurant on Kemper Road in Sharonville. In each incident, two men wearing stockings over their faces threatened employees with a handgun and demanded cash.

        Mr. Ware and Mr. Hodge were indicted on three counts each of aggravated robbery with gun specifications, three counts each of robbery and one count each of possession of criminal tools. Mr. Hodge also was indicted on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

        If convicted, both men could spend 64 years in prison, County Prosecutor Mike Allen said.

Ex-Ohioan charged with hate crimes in bombings
        The Associated Press

        TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Hate crime charges have been added to the accusations against a white man originally from Ohio sus pected in two bombings at a predominantly black university.

        Lawrence Lombardi, 41, was already being held on federal charges of setting off pipe bombs at Florida A&M University and possession of a bomb. He is a former Cincinnati mortuary science student.

        On Monday, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Mr. Lombardi with trying to “injure, intimidate and interfere with students because of their race and color.”

        Bombs went off Aug. 31 and Sept. 22 in restrooms at Florida A&M, the state's only historically black public university. No one at the 12,000-student campus was injured.

        Both explosions were accompanied by racist phone calls to a local TV station.

        If convicted on all charges, Mr. Lombardi could get life in prison. He has pleaded innocent. His trial, originally scheduled for Jan. 4, has been indefinitely delayed.

        Mr. Lombardi has lived in Tallahassee five years. He is originally from Columbus and attended Ohio State University from 1977-79. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1980 and is a licensed embalmer.

2 Ohio sites cleaned, off Superfund list
        DAYTON, Ohio — Two Superfund sites have passed final cleanup inspection 15 years after high levels of lead were found in the soil.

        Officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said tests detected no groundwater contamination at the former United Scrap Lead site in Miami County and the former Arcanum Iron & Metal site in Darke County.

        Lead contamination has been linked to kidney and liver damage in humans and other animals.

        Cleanup of the five polluted acres at the Arcanum site, estimated to cost $6 million, took three months. Cleanup of the eight-acre United Scrap Lead site took six months and cost $16.7 million.

        At least 32 Ohio sites remain on the Superfund list, a program designed to clean up the nation's most contaminated sites. Heidi Griesmer, spokeswoman for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that a few Ohio sites have been cleaned up, but she did not know how many.

Dayton cracking down on missing bus drivers
        DAYTON, Ohio — More than 20 of the 211 bus drivers for the city's public schools may be out of jobs today.

        Ben Kirby, director of security for Dayton Public Schools, said Thursday that termination notices have been mailed to 23 drivers who have not been to work “for a long time.”

        Mr. Kirby said the drivers will have until today to tell school officials why they have been gone and whether they plan to return. He said some of the missing drivers took other jobs and did not notify the schools they were leaving.

        “We have not been able to get youngsters to school like we want to,” said Mr. Kirby. “We couldn't figure out what was going on.”

        Mr. Kirby said the school district is working on hiring new drivers.


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Mistrial in Hamilton slaying
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Springfield Twp. winter fest returns
Tavern owner sues county to prove her vote