Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Bond Hill shootings are city's 74th, 75th

Public safety

BOND HILL - Cincinnati's 74th and 75th homicides of the year occurred Monday in Bond Hill, about five hours and three blocks apart.

The first victim - identified by police as Daniel White, 21, of Winton Hills - was found shot to death in an alley near Bond Hill Elementary School.

He was found in an alley off Matlock Avenue after an anonymous caller dialed 911 at 3:21 p.m. and said a man was lying there. Neighbors said they heard shots Sunday night.

About 8:05 p.m., police responding to a report of shots fired found a male shooting victim in a vehicle near the intersection of Carolina and Oberlin avenues.

The man died shortly after being taken to University Hospital.

Police were looking for a small tan vehicle with a dark top in that shooting.

The name of the second victim and details of the incidents were not immediately available.

Cincinnati hasn't seen this many homicides since 1977, when 78 people were killed. The city's record high is 81 killings in 1971.

Inmate's freedom lasts only one day

QUEENSGATE - Police on Monday captured a man who escaped from jail Sunday.

Brian Thompson, 18, of Lower Price Hill, escaped from the Queensgate Correctional Facility on Linn Street about 4:30 p.m.

Hamilton County Sheriff's investigators found Thompson in the Price Hill area.

He had been accused of a Dec. 6 burglary.

He awaits arraignment on the escape charge.

Steakhouse robber gets away with cash

NORWOOD - Police are looking for a man who robbed Longhorn Steakhouse in Rookwood Commons Sunday night.

Police were called just after 11:30 p.m. Employees said a man with a handgun took money and left. The robber was described as black, about 5-feet-8, medium build, wearing a dark bubble coat, mask and white Reebok tennis shoes with a red stripe.

Investigators ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Lynch IV, others indicted in break-in

A Hamilton County grand jury Monday indicted Damon Lynch IV, the 19-year-old son of Rev. Damon Lynch III, on charges of theft and possession of criminal tools. He and two others were arrested Dec. 19 on East Hill Drive, police said.

The elder Lynch is leader of the Cincinnati Black United Front and has been an outspoken critic of Cincinnati police.

Police investigating a series of break-ins stopped Lynch IV, of Woodlawn, with Kenny Harvey, 19, of Fay Apartments, and Eddie Watson, 20, Westwood. A grand jury indicted Watson and Harvey on the same charges, plus a charge of carrying a concealed weapon against Watson.

If convicted, Lynch and Harvey face up to 2 years in prison. Watson faces up to 21/2 years in prison.

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