Tuesday, December 9, 2003

Public safety notebook

Michigan man arrested in bus knife incident

Cincinnati Enquirer

FRANKLIN - A Michigan man is facing a felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon after police say he brandished a small knife and threatened several passengers on a Greyhound bus on Interstate 75 early Monday.

There were no injuries. Richard P. Rock, 62, of Southfield, Mich., may also face other charges, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said.

The incident began at 5:48 a.m. when Rock allegedly threatened to stab passengers and to cut the bus driver's throat, patrol Lt. Michael Sanderssaid.

The bus driver used a cell phone to reach police dispatchers.

The bus, carrying about 25 passengers, continued on, Sanders said.

Rock is to be arraigned today in Franklin Municipal Court.

Dayton man charged with two drug offenses

LIBERTY, Ind. - A 47-year-old Dayton, Ohio man was arrested Monday and charged with two drug offenses involving methamphetamine.

The Union County Sheriff's Office charged Michael K. Cox with possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deal, both felonies.

The suspect was arrested after four ounces of the drug were located in package being shipped to a Union County address, the sheriff's office said.

The Wayne County Drug Task Force was also involved in the arrest.

16-year-old pleads guilty to manslaughter

A 16-year-old boy whose murder conviction in the beating death his 8-year-old cousin in 2001 was overturned earlier this year, pleaded guilty Monday to a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.

Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Sylvia Hendon ordered him into Hillcrest Training School, a juvenile detention facility in Springfield Township, for an indefinite time.

The sentence replaces the original sentence that placed him in the Department of Youth Services until age 21.

In September, the First District Court of Appeals reversed the teen's conviction in the killing of Takeya Bryant, saying a judge used information that was not admitted into evidence.

The teen was baby sitting Takeya and her three siblings. He told police he'd tried to break up a fight between Takeya and her 11-year-old brother, but may have struck her several times in the process.

Suspect identified in April fatal shooting

Police have identified a suspect in the April 25 shooting death of 23-year-old Westwood resident Varion Mines in Corryville.

Michael Anthony Mitchell, 33, whose last known address was reported on William Howard Taft Road in East Walnut Hills, is wanted on charges of aggravated murder and having weapons under disability.

Officers responded to a shooting in the 2600 block of Vine Street about 11:10 p.m. and found Mines lying on the sidewalk.

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