Thursday, August 10, 2000

Two arrested in drug sales


        LEBANON — A 19-year-old Springboro man found himself in more trouble when undercover officers discovered the majority of the drugs they bought were an over-the-counter sleep aid instead of the illegal “club drug” Ecstasy.

        Matt Buhrman, of Cornish Court, was arrested by the Warren County Drug Task Force Sunday after he and a roommate allegedly sold 220 tablets of Ecstasy to an undercover agent in the parking lot of the Springboro Kroger.

        John Burke, director of the Warren County Drug Task Force, said Mr. Buhrman also allegedly sold police 471 more tablets, which later were determined to be Sominex.

        Mr. Buhrman remained jailed Wednesday and is due in Warren County Court Aug. 15 for a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to send the case to a grand jury.

        He is charged with two felony counts of the sale of Ecstasy, and a single felony charge of the sale of a counterfeit controlled substance.

        Mr. Buhrman's roommate, Christopher Heath, 18, is charged with one count of the sale of Ecstasy for his alleged involvement in the sale. Mr. Heath's court date was not immediately available. He is free on bail.

Prison term cut; case sparked law
        The man whose arrest prompted a tough new drunken driving law will get out of prison three years early.

        A Hamilton County judge reduced the sentence of Gregory Roy from 41/2 years to 18 months after a brief hearing Wednesday in Common Pleas Court.

        The decision by Judge Arthur Ney came after an appeals court threw out Mr. Roy's first sentence. The appeals court ruled that Judge Ann Marie Tracey made a mistake when she ordered him to serve consecutive sentences for drunken driving convictions in 1997, 1998 and 1999.

        Mr. Roy, 43, is expected to get out of jail in February. He had 14 DUI arrests on his record — most resulted in convictions — when he was charged last year with a new violation.

        At the time of his arrest, police recorded his blood-alcohol level at .336 — more than three times the legal limit.

        Prosecutor Mike Allen cited Mr. Roy's case as an example of why Ohio needed a tougher DUI law. A new law with longer sentences was approved earlier this year.

Man pleads not guilty in murder
        Patrick Leonard pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder and rape charges that could send him to death row.

        Mr. Leonard, 30, is accused of killing his former girlfriend, Dawn Flick, after breaking into her home in New Baltimore. Prosecutors say Mr. Leonard, who lived six houses away from Ms. Flick's house on River Road, shot her to death with a rifle.

        He also is charged with wounding one of Ms. Flick's friends, 25-year-old Ryan Gries, when he tried to come to her aid.

        Less than 24 hours after her death, Ms. Flick's father, Les Flick, committed suicide. His body was found at the family restaurant, Flick's Home Like Inn.

        Mr. Leonard is charged with murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and rape. If convicted, he faces a possible death sentence.

        He entered his not guilty plea Wednesday before Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Mark Schweikert.

Abducted woman leaps from car
        AVON, Ohio — A man was charged Wednesday with abducting a woman who escaped by jumping from a car going 60 mph on a highway, police said.

        Garlin Kinnebrew, 33, of Toledo, appeared in Avon Lake Municipal Court on abduction, gross sexual imposition and aggravated vehicular assault charges.

        Mr. Kinnebrew was in the Lorain County jail Wednesday afternoon on a $150,000 bond, a court clerk said.

        Mr. Kinnebrew is accused of abducting a 24-year-old woman from her Cleveland home just before 6 p.m. Tuesday, said Avon police Chief John Vilagi.

        Witnesses told police that they saw the two fighting in a car on westbound Interstate 90 near Avon. The woman jumped about 6:20 p.m. from the car onto the side of the road. Mr. Kinnebrew then hit a minivan, crossed the median into the eastbound lanes and was hit by a car.

        The woman was in satisfactory condition Wednesday at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland with arm and head injuries and scrapes and bruises, a hospital spokesman said.

        Mr. Kinnebrew was treated for minor injuries, Chief Vilagi said.

Winds destroy empty house ASHVILLE, Ohio — Winds from a storm that moved through central Ohio on Wednesday tore off the second floor of an unoccupied house.
        “It appears to be that straight-line winds came through from the storm and flattened the top half the house,” said Kevin Driesbach, director of the Pickaway County Emergency Management Agency.

        No one was home when the storm hit at 11:30 a.m., he said.

Ohio teen died of rare disorder
        LONDON — A 16-year-old student from Ohio died in England of a rare disorder known as Goodpasture syndrome, a coroner ruled Wednesday.

        Vincent Taylor, of Niles, was found dead in his London hotel room on June 30.

        Friends said he had appeared in good health the night before and an analysis of his blood found no evidence of alcohol or drugs.

        Samples of Mr. Taylor's kidneys and lungs revealed that he had Goodpasture syndrome, pathologist Dr. Iain West said.

        Goodpasture syndrome may develop from a viral respiratory infection.

        It is a condition where the immune system starts attacking blood vessels in the kidneys and lungs. It results in inflammation of the two organs, damaging their ability to function.


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- Two arrested in drug sales