Tuesday, August 22, 2000

Suspect under house arrest

By Steve Kemme
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — A 17-year-old boy who is accused of hitting a man in the head with a chunk of concrete will be under home incarceration until a Sept. 25 hearing in Butler County Juvenile Court.

        Judge Richard Niehaus will decide at the hearing whether enough evidence exists to make the boy stand trial.

        The youth is charged with misdemeanor assault, but court officials said that charge may be replaced with a more serious felonious assault charge.

        On July 27, John Gentile was driving north on Kenworth Avenue near Franklin Street in Hamilton when a piece of concrete smashed through his windshield and hit him in the forehead.

        Mr. Gentile, 52, of Hamilton, underwent five hours of surgery to repair a tear in his brain lining and reconstruct his forehead and sinus passages.

        A laborer at International Paper, Mr. Gentile faces months of recovery and more surgeries.

        Police said they believe the boy threw a piece of concrete from atop a backhoe that was being used for road repairs.

        Five minutes before Mr. Gentile's car was struck, a thrown object shattered the windshield of a car going south on Kenworth. No one was injured in that incident.

        The youth was placed in the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center on Aug. 14. Last Friday, a juvenile court magistrate released him from the detention center, but ordered the boy not to leave his house. The boy is being electronically monitored.


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