Thursday, June 15, 2000

Local Digest

FBI task force arrests wanted man


        Steven Crossty, 34, was arrested Wednesday in Lincoln Heights by the FBI's Safe Streets Fugitive Task Force.

        Mr. Crossty was wanted on a charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution that originated in Bergen County, N.J. He failed to fulfill an April court appearance.

        Chuck Goodwin, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's Cincinnati office, did not know Mr. Crossty's most recent address, but said Mr. Crossty is thought to hail from the Cincinnati area or have local connections.

        Mr. Crossty was injured during his arrest as he tried to flee police officers. He was taken to an area hospital where he was treated and released.

        After Mr. Crossty has his first Cincinnati court appearance, the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office will coordinate with the Bergen County prosecutor, Agent Goodwin said. Mr. Crossty then will have the option of fighting extradition.

Man charged with killing girlfriend
        A 42-year-old Price Hill man was arrested and charged with killing his girlfriend after she was found dead in their residence Wednesday morning.

        Police charged George Laub with murder in the death of 41-year-old Cheryl Simpson. Mr. Laub said he found her dead at 7:09 a.m. at their residence in the 1200 block of Neff Avenue, police said.

        A subsequent investigation determined that Mr. Laub had caused the death of Ms. Simpson, police said. Police did not release any additional details on how the victim died.

        Anyone with information regarding the death is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040 or the Cincinnati Police Division's homicide unit at 352-3542.

2 inmates get six months in phone scam
        Two inmates added six months to their sentences Wednesday when they pleaded guilty to running an illegal phone scam from behind bars.

        Antonio and Antione Gray, both originally of Cincinnati, pleaded to one count of theft in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. Judge David Davis sentenced each to six months in prison.

        Prosecutors say the brothers placed 4,989 collect calls during the past two years from the Warren Correctional Institution in Lebanon. Taxpayers paid for the long-distance calls because they were routed through Hamilton County's Department of Human Services by two employees who knew the inmates. The total cost of the calls was $21,000.

        Antione Gray, 27, is serving 15 years to life for murder. Antonio Gray, 28, is serving 10 to 25 years for voluntary manslaughter.


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