Tuesday, October 7, 2003

Regional Report

Firefighters to honor their own at memorial

Compiled from staff and wire reports

Cincinnati firefighters will honor fallen brother Oscar Armstrong III at their annual memorial ceremony Wednesday.

The memorial begins at noon at Fountain Square, then continues with a march to the fire memorial at Sixth Street and Central Avenue.

At the memorial, the names of all firefighters - active and retired - who died in the past year will be read, and a bell will be rung for each.

Armstrong was killed fighting a kitchen fire in Bond Hill in March. He was the first Cincinnati firefighter to die on duty in 22 years.

Police may move dispatch center

WEST END - The Cincinnati Police Department wants to move its dispatch center from its headquarters on Ezzard Charles Drive to a building in North Fairmount, according to a proposal from City Manager Valerie Lemmie.

The new facility would accommodate new radio equipment needed to move city emergency frequencies to the 800 MHz spectrum and provide a secure location, Lemmie said.

It will cost more than $5 million to buy and renovate the property and install the new equipment. If approved by City Council, the move should be complete by April.

Court ruling on property favors county

BOND HILL - Hamilton County has taken the advantage in the back-and-forth battle between Cincinnati and the county for control of the former Millcreek Psychiatric Center for Children property.

An appeals court last week overturned a lower court ruling giving the 25-acre Bond Hill property to the city of Cincinnati. The city and county have been fighting for control of the site since 1997, when the state of Ohio sold it to the county for $1.5 million.

City Solicitor J. Rita McNeil said she would appeal the decision to the Ohio Supreme Court.

Guardsmen's cars stolen, vandalized

HARTWELL - National Guardsmen returned after training Sunday to find two of their cars stolen and at least 13 others vandalized.

Both of the cars were recovered - one near the Shadybrook Drive armory, the other in Norwood.

Another car had steering wheel column damage, police said, as if someone tried to take it, too.

Damage and loss to the 13 others - including broken windows and stolen electronic equipment - was estimated at almost $14,000.

The damage happened sometime between Friday and Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m., when the Guardsmen called 911 to report it. Investigators dusted 26 cars for fingerprints, police said.

Two accused of attack on three women

SPRINGDALE - Two men have been arrested in connection with an attack on three females at an apartment complex Sunday evening, authorities said.

No details about the men have been released.

Rebecca Richmond, 20, was struck in the head with a baseball bat and was in stable condition at Bethesda North Hospital. Victoria Broadus, 22, was also struck with a baseball bat and was treated at Mercy Fairfield Hospital and released. A female juvenile was punched the face, police said.

The attack happened shortly after 8 p.m. at the Hunters Glen Apartment complex at 975 Chesterdale Drive.

Two semiautomatic shell casings were found at the scene, officers said. No one was shot, and no firearms were recovered.

Man killed in dump-truck accident

WAYNE TWP. - A Wilmington, Ohio, man was killed Monday after getting caught under a dump truck during a road-resurfacing project in this Clinton County township.

Greg Robinson, 45, was behind the dump truck, telling the driver how to raise and lower the dump bed. Robinson got stuck under the left rear of the truck as it was backing up, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Man charged with rape of 14-year-old

A match in a national DNA database led to charges against a man accused of abducting and raping a 14-year-old girl in June at Inwood Park, according to the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office.

A Hamilton County grand jury indicted Mark Carter, 28, Monday on three charges of rape, two charges of kidnapping and one charge of gross sexual imposition.

Carter is a registered sex offender in Virginia and is being held in the jail in Richmond, Va. on unrelated charges.

Prosecutors said the girl was walking home from a bus stop near her Over-the-Rhine home when she was grabbed her by her hair, pulled under playground equipment and raped.

Indictments issued in West End slaying

A Hamilton County grand jury indicted two men Monday, accusing them of killing Raymone Lyons on Aug. 6.

Ryan Lillard, 22, of Clifton, and Derrick Benning, 21, of Evanston, were charged with two counts of murder and three counts of felonious assault. Lyons, 20, was found shot to death in the West End at York and Linn streets.

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