Tuesday, August 01, 2000

Tristate digest

Interim probation chief on the job

        Hamilton County's court administrator will run the probation department until the county hires a replacement for former Chief Probation Officer Michael Snowden.

        Mr. Snowden, a former Cincinnati police chief, resigned Friday after just 18 months on the job. He had sparred for months with probation officers and some judges over the changes he was making in the department.

        Court Administrator Mike Walton was named interim head of the department Monday. He said some of the changes launched by Mr. Snowden would continue, but others may be postponed at least until a permanent chief is hired.

        Mr. Snowden began making changes soon after he took over, basing many of them on a $500,000 study that reviewed all aspects of the department.

        Some officers objected to Mr. Snowden's plans and complained to county judges, who oversee the department.

        Mr. Snowden resigned after some judges asked him to submit proof he graduated from college. He submitted his diplomas along with his resignation letter.

Tipster receives $1,000 FBI reward
        MIDDLETOWN — An apartment-complex maintenance man received a $1,000 reward Monday for helping police arrest a bank robbery suspect.

        Ed Johnson was presented with a check from the Dayton, Ohio, office of the FBI at Middletown police headquarters.

        On July 5, Jeremy Barker, a suspect in the robbery of the Fifth Third Bank branch inside the Kroger store in the 3400 block of Towne Boulevard, had hidden inside a maintenance garage at the Bavarian Woods Apartments on Cincinnati-Dayton Road.

        Mr. Johnson told police about the man, leading to his arrest.

        Mr. Barker is awaiting prosecution following his indictment by a Warren County grand jury.

12 arrested in prostitution sting
        The Cincinnati police vice squad has pulled off another of the prostitution stings it stages when large conventions or festivals come to town.

        Using undercover officers waiting to be solicited and female officers posing as prostitutes, officers arrested seven women and five men over the weekend.

        “They come in every year for these big events to work the crowd,” Vice Commander Lt. Kurt Byrd said.

        Officers do similar stings throughout the year pegged to big events. Police said prostitutes drawn to these events ask for more money than those who are working to make money for drugs.

        “Any event that draws a large crowd is going to draw this,” Lt. Byrd said.

        Arrested were Davida Gladys Helem, 25, Paula M. Hargrove, 24, Rhonda M. Howard, no age available, and Lashana Smith, 28, all of Detroit; Tyneica Butts, 23, of Waterford, Mich.; and Rachel Bassett, 21, and Diarra Bradley, both of Columbus.

        The men arrested were Antwyon R. Skipper, 21, Charles Nallie, 32, and Dewey A. Rice, 26, all of Columbus; and Shawn Brown, 30, and Pierre J. Guy, 30, both of Detroit.

West Chester man killed in ATV wreck
        ELI, Ky. — A West Chester Township man was killed Sunday after the all-terrain vehicle he was riding overturned near this southern Kentucky community.

        Ernest Mark Mason, 40, of the 9300 block of Ambleside Drive, died from head and chest injuries, Kentucky State Police said.

        The crash occurred at 2:04 p.m. about 3 miles west of Eli on Clear Fork Road. Mr. Mason was taken to Russell County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead later that afternoon.

        Mr. Mason was not wearing a helmet, state police said. Under legislation that went into effect in Kentucky last year, ATV operators are required to wear a helmet when riding on a public road.

        Every year, more than 54,000 people nationwide are injured and more than 200 killed in ATV crashes. About 36 percent of the deaths involve children under 16.

        Eighteen people died in in ATV crashes in Kentucky in 1999, including one in Campbell County, Kentucky State Police said.

        The investigation is continuing.

Indictment charges man strangled wife
        A Roselawn man was indicted Monday on charges of strangling his wife and trying to make it look like a suicide.

        Victor Thomas, 45, is charged with one count of murder. If convicted, he faces 15 years to life in prison.

        Prosecutors say he strangled his 51-year-old wife, Carol, at their Roselawn home July 21. They say he called 911 and reported his wife was trying to kill herself.

        When police arrived and found her body, they charged Mr. Thomas with murder.

German church choir sings for old friends
        A choir from the United Methodist Church in Plauen, Germany, will perform a free concert 7 p.m. Wednesday at Westwood United Methodist Church.

        A partnership between the German church and Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church has existed for many years. A youth group from the Hyde Park church visited the city before the Berlin Wall came down in 1989.

        In 1995, the EuroChoir from Hyde Park went to Europe on tour. Its first stop was Plauen, where singers stayed with parishioners. This week, the 34 Plauen choir members are coming to Cincinnati.

        The concert is open to the public.

11-year-old charged with reckless driving
        LEBANON — An 11-year-old Dayton, Ohio, boy is in custody after driving down Interstate 75 with his 8-year-old friend.

        About 10:50 a.m. Saturday, a trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol saw the boys driving recklessly near the Ohio 122 exit, and pursued them. He determined the car was stolen.

        The 11-year-old was charged with reckless operation as a juvenile and taken to the Warren County Detention Center, where he remained Monday, said dispatcher T.W. Jones of the highway patrol's Lebanon post.

        The 8-year-old was released to the custody of his parents, Mr. Jones said.

Manslumpedoverwheel before he crashed, died
        MADISON TOWNSHIP — A 47-year-old Middletown man is thought to have died of natural causes while driving, Brad Kraemer, spokesman for the Butler County Sheriff's Office, said Monday.

        Steven Kennedy was northbound in the 6600 block of Franklin-Madison Road around 3:50 p.m. Sunday when he lost control of his vehicle. It hit a utility pole and several other objects.

        Witnesses told investigators Mr. Kennedy appeared to be slumped over the steering wheel, Mr. Kraemer said.

        Mr. Kennedy was taken by medical helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

        The Montgomery County Coroner's Office ruled Mr. Kennedy died of natural causes apparently unrelated to the crash, Mr. Kraemer said.


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Kentucky abortion law ruled improper
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Newport gets $28M for homes
Police mix-up means cold cell
Skills erode with summer
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Come out tonight for events
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Monroe, Middletown reach deal
Official's son may get plea deal
Police specialists suspended
Shooting suspect in court
Police criticize safety director
Alzheimer's home opens
Coulter writing hard to stay ahead of her readers
Literacy Network screens for reading
Old Makeup? Trash it!
One more chance to order uniforms
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Reality grounds balloon race
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Pig Parade: Amelia Pigart
Queen City's moments to shine reflected in book
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