Sunday, December 21, 2003

Man, 18, hospitalized after gunshot to head


Public safety

HAMILTON - An 18-year-old man was found shot in the head inside a home at 1101 N. B St. at 10:56 p.m. Friday.

Police are not releasing the man's name, but say he was taken by helicopter to University Hospital. They would not comment on his condition Saturday.

Butler Sheriff's captain arrested on DUI charge

HAMILTON - A captain with the Butler County Sheriff's Department was arrested early Saturday on charges of driving under the influence and having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle.

Capt. Gregory C. Blankenship, 46, was stopped shortly before 3 a.m. at New London Road and South C Street, according to an arrest report from the Hamilton Police Department.

Police officers watched as the vehicle Blankenship drove crossed lane lines, stopped short of a red light, and then swerved, almost hitting a curb, according to the report.

Blankenship, who heads the sheriff's investigations unit, is scheduled to appear in Hamilton Municipal Court Tuesday. The 22-year police veteran has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation, the sheriff's office said.

Clermont asks only emergencies use 911

BATAVIA - Clermont County authorities are asking residents to limit their use of 911 during bad weather to emergencies only.

On Dec. 13, during the snowy conditions, the Clermont County Communications Center was inundated with non-emergency calls from residents asking about road conditions and snowplow schedules. Such calls, officials said, can delay emergency calls from those in need of lifesaving assistance.

Officials said dispatchers do not know the location of snowplows or what roads have been salted. Information on road conditions can be obtained by calling (888) 2OH-ROAD or (888) 264-7689.




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