Saturday, January 3, 2004

Public safety briefs



Burial takes place for Nathaniel Jones

WALNUT HILLS - The cremated remains of Nathaniel Jones, 41, the Northside man who died Nov. 30 after a violent struggle with police in a restaurant parking lot, were buried Friday in Walnut Hills Cemetery.

The remains of Jones' mother, Sharon Goggins, also were buried Friday, next to those of her son. Goggins died in 1999.

Jones' enlarged heart stopped after a struggle with police, during which officers hit him with their batons while trying to arrest him in a North Avondale White Castle parking lot. He had been dancing around the lot and marching like a soldier when restaurant workers called 911 for help.

Toxicology tests determined that Jones had cocaine, PCP and methanol in his system when he died.

Torso was of man; no ID available

HAMILTON - As of Friday, authorities had not identified the human torso discovered in Milford Township, but said it was that of a man and he was a homicide victim.

Butler County Coroner Dr. Richard P. Burkhardt declined to discuss further details from a preliminary autopsy.

Two arrowhead hunters spotted the charred torso Wednesday just off Ohio 177, near Preble County.

Butler County investigators have received information on dozens of missing-persons reports across the United States and taken numerous calls from the public about the case, said Col. Richard K. Jones, Butler County sheriff's chief deputy.

He asks anyone with information to contact the sheriff's office at 785-1300.

Suspect arrested in December slaying

Cincinnati homicide detectives have arrested Drew Sloan, 20, of Bond Hill, and charged him in a Dec. 20 killing.

Lamont Ross, 31, of Pleasant Ridge, was found shot to death in his car on Fernview Court.

Sloan was charged in an unrelated case with aggravated robbery and robbery in June, but those charges were dismissed.

Sloan was sent to prison in 2002 for trafficking in marijuana.

Police also charged Josephine Howard, 52, with obstructing official business, a misdemeanor. Police said she purposely gave investigators false information in connection with the crime.




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