Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Regional Report

Boycott leader files to run for commissioner

Compiled from staff and wire reports

A Cincinnati boycott leader has filed to run for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Hamilton County Commissioner John Dowlin next year.

Kabaka Oba, 45, of Lincoln Heights, is the leader of The Black Fist, one of the groups that called for an economic boycott of downtown Cincinnati. Oba is also a regular speaker at Cincinnati City Council meetings.

Community college planners appointed

COLUMBUS - The final three trustees have been appointed to help create a community college in Warren County.

Gov. Bob Taft has appointed George Terwilleger of Maineville, Stephen P. Foley, Sr., of Waynesville and Cindy Garland of Springboro to the board.

Warren County commissioners had already chosen the six other board members.

Thirty-three people countywide applied.

The nine-member board will serve until July 2005 or until successors are named. They will present a community college proposal to the Ohio Board of Regents.

Traffic chase ends in meth lab discovery

UNION TWP. - A routine traffic stop early Monday led to a methamphetamine lab investigation in Clermont County.

James Higginbotham, 26, is charged with possession of drugs and obstructing official business; Pamela Merfert, 19, is charged with obstructing official business; and Shon Robinson, 25, with several traffic violations.

Robinson is charged with driving under suspension, leaving the scene of an auto accident, failure to comply with a police officer, reckless operation and illegal assembly to manufacture methamphetamine. Additional charges are possible, police said.

A Union Township police officer tried to stop a vehicle on Ohio 32 early Monday for an equipment violation, Union Township Police Lt. Mark Griffith said. The driver, identified by police as Higginbotham, fled on foot but was caught.

Robinson, a passenger, then got behind the wheel of the car and fled, police said. The car hit a tree after a short chase and Robinson fled on foot, and remains at large. Merfert was a passenger in the car, police said.

Officers searched Robinson's Clough Pike apartment in Union Township, where they discovered a methamphetamine lab, Griffith said.

Man found dead after week; suspect jailed

COLLEGE HILL - A 19-year-old man remained behind bars Monday, arrested in the killing of an elderly man.

Police officers found the man's body early Sunday in a house on Cedar Avenue after someone called 911 to ask police to check on the resident. Court documents say the man was killed Nov. 16.

Police did not release any information about the killing until Monday, when they said the dead man and Michael Meridy Jr., charged with murder, knew each other. They did not release the victim's name.

Court documents say the dead man was 78. They also list Meridy's address as the same house where the man was found dead.

The man is the city's 61st homicide victim of the year. That compares with 58 as of the same date in 2002.

Man sentenced for plot to kill witness

The second of two men who plotted a murder-for-hire from the Hamilton County jail, targeting a witness in one of their cases, was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison.

Gregory Gibson, 34, of Forest Park, pleaded guilty to three charges of aggravated robbery for robbing a trio of Hamilton County businesses last winter and pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit murder.

Dante Robb, Gibson's cellmate, was afraid that the owner of a College Hill pony keg, whom he had shot during a robbery three months earlier, would identify him. So in January and February Gibson conspired with Robb to find someone to kill the store owner, authorities say. Unknown to them, they found a police informant.

Robb, 23, of Mount Healthy, was sentenced in April to 15 years in prison.

Woman gets 9 years for killing boyfriend

A Hamilton County Common Pleas judge on Monday sentenced Dominique Bailey, 29, of Avondale, to nine years in prison for killing her boyfriend, Donte Clay, 24.

Bailey pleaded guilty to a charge of voluntary manslaughter Oct. 27 in exchange for the prosecution dropping an additional charge of murder.

Bailey is accused of stabbing Clay in the chest during an argument June 28.

Traffic watch

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

Interstate 75

Watch for lane closures north and southbound at Paddock Road from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly through Friday.

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