Thursday, December 11, 2003

Public safety

Gunman, accomplice rob Florence hotel

FLORENCE - A gunman robbed a hotel here Tuesday night, police said.

About 9 p.m. a man armed with a silver-colored semiautomatic pistol came into the Studio Plus motel at 200 Meijer Drive and demanded cash from the desk clerk, Florence police said. He was joined by an accomplice during the robbery.

The robbers took an undisclosed amount of money and ran toward Interstate 75, where police think they had a car parked on the shoulder. The clerk described one of the robbers as black, in his late 20s, about 5 foot 8 inches tall, with a husky build and very short hair. He was wearing a black sock hat, a blue sweat shirt, worn blue jeans, brown work boots and black knit gloves.

Anyone with information is asked to call Florence police at (859) 647-5420 or Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040.

Middletown man found shot to death

MIDDLETOWN - A Middletown man was shot and killed when he arrived at an acquaintance's apartment in the middle of an armed argument with intruders Tuesday night.

Authorities found Jason Michael Reno, 27, dead in a hallway outside an apartment at 427 Clark St. about 11:24 p.m. Reno was shot after he knocked on the door, said Middletown Police Maj. Michael Bruck. The resident was inside struggling with two masked intruders at the time. At least one of the intruders was armed and the apartment resident also was armed with a handgun.

The intruders ran from the apartment and had not been arrested Wednesday.

Anyone with information is asked to call Middletown police at 425-7700.

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