Sunday, November 16, 2003

Regional Report


Police seize firearms in Hartwell drug raid

Compiled from staff and wire reports

HARTWELL - Police say they found the drugs they were looking for in an apartment search Friday night, but they also found two guns, a police scanner and a bullet-resistant vest.

Officers from District 4's Violent Crime Squad were watching the address in the 8100 block of Monon Avenue after neighbors complained about drugs and reports of shots fired in the area, Officer Don Meece said.

Ansuoine Mathis, 25,who lives at the address, was charged with drug possession, drug trafficking and illegally having the weapons, and receiving stolen property because officers said one of the guns was stolen two years ago in Cleves. Officers found about 20 grams of crack, according to court records.

Also arrested on drug charges: Lejuan Patton, 22, of Bond Hill; and Sandra Walsh, 34, of Hartwell.

The two guns brings the squad's gun count for the year to 61.

Wilmington buries soldier killed in Iraq

WILMINGTON - Sgt. Steven Conover, the 21-year-old soldier who was killed Nov. 2when his helicopter was shot down in Iraq, was buried in his hometown Saturday.

Conover and 15 other soldiers were killed after a missile struck their CH-47 Chinook helicopter, near Fallujah. He was due to come home on a two-week leave, in time for his second wedding anniversary.

Survivors include his wife, Brooke; mother, Lorraine; a brother, Aaron, and two sisters, Corrie and Kaleigh.

Services were held at Wilmington Church of God.Burial was in Corwin Cemetery.

Hundreds of helpers do chores for elderly

Senior citizens across Greater Cincinnati were on the receiving end of nearly 2,000 pairs of helping hands Saturday.

As part of the 18th annual Prepare Affair, the volunteers raked leaves, cleaned gutters, checked smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and put away lawn furniture for about 900 seniors. People Working Cooperatively, an organization that completes repairs to help low-income homeowners keep their homes, coordinated the event.

The event was started in 1985 by General Electric employees who helped seniors prepare for the winter. Today it has spread to include several companies and seven counties.

Volunteers worked from 7:30 a.m. until sunset Saturday.

Traffic watch

For 24-hour traffic information call ARTIMIS at 333-3333 or 511 from Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky.

Downtown

The Bengals play the Chiefs at 1 p.m. at Paul Brown Stadium.

Interstate 471

Northbound is reduced to two lanes just north of the I-275 interchange until 9 p.m.

Southbound is reduced to two lanes near the Grand avenue on ramp until 9 p.m.

Northside/Mount Airy

Watch for construction crews on Kirby Road between Virginia Avenue and North Bend Road.




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