Saturday, August 26, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

Not guilty is plea in fatal stabbing

        HAMILTON — Martin Rivera-Carrillo, who is accused of stabbing a woman 47 times, pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.

        He entered his plea during arraignment before Butler County Common Pleas Judge H.J. Bressler.

        Police say Mr. Rivera-Carrillo, 34, of Hamilton, told them he killed Tracey Jean Roark after she took $40 off the dashboard of his van and grabbed a razor knife he used in his drywall business.

        Judge Bressler set a pre-trial hearing for Sept. 29, and the trial is to begin Nov. 13.

Light-plane flier survives crash

        WAYNE TOWNSHIP — A Dayton man was in good condition Friday night after crashing his two-seat, single-engine lightweight aircraft into a field 4 miles north of Waynesville in Warren County.

        Charles W. Jordan, 45, had just taken off from a private airfield on Cook Jones Road in Wayne Township when, he told police, his plane, made from a kit, suddenly lost power.

        Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Helsinger said Mr. Jordan struck some trees on his descent and came to rest in a field.

        A witness on the ground saw Mr. Jordan's plane go down and alerted authorities.

        Mr. Jordan suffered minor injuries and was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

Two accused in fake check scheme

        Two New York men were indicted Friday on charges of masterminding a scheme to defraud banks across the country.

        Hamilton County prosecutors say the fake check scheme cost Greater Cincinnati banks more than $700,000.

        A grand jury already has indicted 21 others on charges of taking part in the check scam.

        Prosecutors say the participants produced high-quality fakes of payroll checks from several companies, and then cashed them at banks.

        Cheick Coulibaly faces 16 counts of complicity and up to 16 years in prison.

        Hammeh Dukereh, also known as Prince M. George, is charged with nine counts of complicity and two counts of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. If convicted, he could be sentenced to 25 years.

Hearing delayed in teens' arson case

        Two teens accused of setting fire to their adoptive parents' home could find out Sept. 8 if they will be tried as adults.

        A judge, who was scheduled Thursday to hear the case involving the 14-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy, continued the hearing.

        The children are being held in Ross County Juvenile Detention Center in Chillicothe and are charged with aggravated arson and attempted murder.

        Gladys Bocook, 52 of Clay Township, Highland County, suffered second- and third-degree burns and smoke inhalation after her double-wide trailer caught fire early July 18.

        Highland County Sheriff Ron Ward said she and her husband, Charles, 67, are “still seeking treatment for their injuries as a result of the fire.”

Marijuana effort seizes 243 plants

        LEBANON — Pot growers in Warren County have already lost money on this year's harvest.

        John Burke, director of the Warren County Drug Task Force, said Friday that county and state drug agents, using helicopters, found and seized 243 plants in a two-day annual marijuana eradication program conducted this month.

        He estimated the street value at $250,000. The fly-over effort is conducted around harvest time.

Automated alarms get new number

        HAMILTON — A police telephone number used for automated burglar alarm systems is being changed, police said.

        Owners of such systems need to program their devices to call a new number, 639-7889, said Officer Dave Crawford, Hamilton police spokesman. The number is already working, he said Friday, and the old number will be deactivated at the end of September.

        Anyone with questions may call Officer Crawford at 868-5811, Ext. 1156.

Welfare reform forum planned

        The status and direction of welfare reform in Hamilton County will be discussed in a forum Thursday at the Jewish Community Center in Roselawn.

        United Way & Community Chest, Children's Defense Fund, Legal Aid Society, Contact Center, Welfare Rights Coalition and the Freestore/Foodbank are sponsoring the discussion, which runs 8 a.m.-noon.

        Among the subjects to be discussed in small groups:

        • Who remains on public assistance.

        • Who has left public assistance.

        • Where do we go from here?

        To attend, call United Way at 762-7192.

Lockland man faces murder charge

        A Lockland man will face a possible life sentence if prosecutors prove he shot and killed Wendell Wilcher in July.

        Dishon Burke, 20, was indicted Friday on charges of aggravated murder and felonious assault for the July 27 shooting of Mr. Wilcher. Mr. Burke still has not been caught by police.

        Prosecutors say someone opened fire on Mr. Wilcher and his brother, Calvin Wilcher, shortly after midnight on Maple Street in Lockland.

        Calvin Wilcher was not hurt. But Wendell Wilcher, 32, of Wyoming, died minutes later in an alley near the shooting scene.

Chicken-house fire ruled an accident

        VERSAILLES, Ohio — A fire at a poultry operation that killed an estimated 250,000 chickens was ruled an accident Friday.

        Versailles Fire Chief Bob Frey said Thursday's fire at Weaver Brothers Farm east of this western Ohio village occurred when vapors from fuel being poured into some equipment ignited.

        Owner Tim Weaver said two of seven wood and tin-framed buildings that each housed 125,000 chickens were destroyed.

        Mr. Weaver estimated each chicken was worth $2.25, making the loss of the animals at $560,000.

        The fire started in front of one of the destroyed buildings where electrical services were housed, said Mr. Weaver.

        Weaver Brothers supplies Cincinnati-based Kroger and other major grocery chains.

Mom's acquittal gets baby back

        SANDUSKY, Ohio — A baby sitter cleared in the shaking death of the 18-month-old girl she was watching has been granted custody of her own son.

        Erie County Family Court Judge Donald Ramsey on Thursday granted a motion awarding Samantha Dolinsky custody of 5-year-old Jacob.

        Ms. Dolinsky, 31, lost custody of her son when she was charged with murder in May 1999.

        Erie County Children's Services had placed the boy in the care of Ms. Dolinsky's parents. She was allowed to visit Jacob only if her parents were there.

        Ms. Dolinsky was acquitted in June of murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangering in the death of Belinda Boyd. Ms. Dolinsky had been watching Belinda and her brother, Joseph, 3, since February 1999.


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