Sunday, August 06, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

Suspect in killing held on cash bond

From Enquirer news sources

Suspect in killing held on cash bond
        A 50-year-old man charged with killing his girlfriend in Evanston was arraigned in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court on Saturday and ordered held on $200,000 bond.

        Stanley Waller had been jailed in Pinellas County, Fla., since July 3. His 1998 gray Cadillac was spotted outside a convenience store there.

        Cincinnati police issued a murder warrant for Mr. Waller after Marilyn Kendricks, 45, was killed July 2. Relatives found her body at her home in the 3500 block of Evanston Avenue.

        About 20 family members of Ms. Kendricks attended the arraignment. Some clapped after Judge William Mallory set Mr. Waller's bond at $200,000, cash only.

        Mr. Waller was released in 1997 from the Ohio Penitentiary after serving 14 years for aggravated robbery, Judge Mallory said.

        Ms. Kendricks and Mr. Waller had been dating for about a year, but she was trying to end the relationship, said Anita Braswell of Kennedy Heights, the victim's sister.

Three indicted in Bob Evans robbery
        A Hamilton County grand jury indicted three Hamilton residents Friday on charges of aggravated robbery and robbery at a Bob Evans restaurant. They could each spend 18 years in prison.

        Richard Gross, 19, allegedly reached over the counter of the Colerain Avenue restaurant and stole $600 from the register on July 26. As he left, police said, he ran into 63-year-old customer Marjorie Wolverton, injuring her hip.

        Several other customers captured Mr. Gross and held him until police arrived.

        Stephanie Isaacs, 21, is accused of being the getaway driver who was parked outside.

        Michelle Fisher, 25, allegedly cased the restaurant.

Woman sentenced for bank robbery
        A Hamilton woman was sentenced to four years in federal prison for her part in the robbery of the First National Bank of Southwestern Ohio in West Chester.

        Tiffany Michelle Billingsley, 21, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Sandra S. Beckwith. She was fined $2,000 and will serve three years of supervised release after her prison term.

        Ms. Billingsley and Phillip Vinson were apprehended the afternoon of the robbery, April 28.

        Mr. Vinson, 18, of Hamilton, pleaded guilty to robbery and is awaiting sentencing.

        Investigators recovered all the money stolen from the branch at 8211 Princeton-Glendale Road.

Open house at Alzheimer's center
        An open house for the public will be held 2-4 p.m. today at Arden Courts, a new facility in Kenwood dedicated to the care and treatment of people with Alzheimer's disease.

        Arden Courts, at 4580 E. Galbraith Road, was built exclusively for people with Alzheimer's. It opened Tuesday, but the first resident will not move in until Monday.

        Mike Maul, spokesman for Arden Courts, said this is the first of two Arden Courts that will open in the Cincinnati area. Another is planned in Anderson Township.

        Arden Courts will be able to care for 60 residents. Mr. Maul said there are about 30,000 people in Hamilton County with Alzheimer's disease.

Ex-worker admits stealing bus money
        A former Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority employee pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Friday to stealing $120,000 in fares from Cincinnati's Metro bus system between 1996 and 1999.

        David F. Gast, 28, was employed by SORTA, which operates Metro. The Amelia man was the principal driver who transported cash fare vaults from Metro to a bank for deposit.

        Mr. Gast faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, restitution of the $120,000 and a $100 special assessment.

        He has agreed to a consent judgment, which mandates that he repay SORTA the $120,000 stolen.

Norwood mayor pleads not guilty
        Norwood Mayor Joe Hochbein entered a written plea of not guilty Friday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court to the 14-count indictment accusing him of theft in office and falsifying records.

        His attorneys will return to court Friday to select a trial date.

        Mr. Hochbein, 49, was indicted by a Hamilton County grand jury July 26. If convicted of all charges, the two-term Republican mayor could face 34 years in prison.

Fire causes $40K damage at florist
        A fire at the Evan Ramsey Floral and Gifts shop in College Hill caused about $40,000 in fire and smoke damage Friday night.

        Twenty firefighters quickly extinguished the one-alarm fire at 6009 Hamilton Ave.

        No one was in the shop at the time of the fire.

        The cause of the fire has not been determined and it is under investigation.

Street cleanups restrict parking
        Residents may face parking restrictions on streets in the East End and Columbia Tusculum as city work crews hit the area Monday through Saturday for the Great Cincinnati Cleanup.

        Workers will be sweeping streets with heavy equipment, cleaning up green space and wiping out graffiti.

        For additional information or to request attention to a specific street, call Diana Frey in the Sanitation Division, 357-2679.


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