Sunday, January 4, 2004

First homicide victim of 2004 identified

Public safety

OVER-THE-RHINE - Cincinnati Police on Saturday identified the city's first homicide victim of the year as David L. Brown, 29, of Mount Airy.

No one had been arrested in his death.

Brown was running from his attacker at 3:30 p.m. Friday when he was shot several times as he moved from Pleasant Street onto West Liberty Street in Over-The-Rhine.

Pedestrians scrambled for cover and drivers swerved to avoid running over Brown.

The gunman is described as black, between 5 feet 8 and 5 feet 10 inches tall. He was wearing a black coat with white stripes down the sleeves and a gray knit cap.

Brown, who lived with his girlfriend and 16-month-old son, was sent in 2002 to prison for 11 months on charges of robbery and cocaine possession. He was paroled in August 2003.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Section at 352-3542 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Teen, mother arrested after police scuffle

WALNUT HILLS - An 18-year-old Walnut Hills man and his mother were arrested Friday night after police said he fired a shot at officers who stopped him during a drug investigation.

No one was injured.

Robert Patterson III of Kemper Lane faces four counts of felonious assault, one count of carrying a concealed weapon and one count of resisting arrest. He is at the Hamilton County jail with bond set at $10,000 on each charge.

Police reports say officers with the Street Corner Unit stopped Patterson at 2531 Kemper Lane around 9:30 p.m. Authorities said he struggled with officers, pulled out a gun and fired a shot at police. Officers sprayed Patterson with chemical irritant and took the gun away from him.

Also arrested was Patterson's mother, Penny Witt, 40, of Langdon Farm Road. Witt is charged with disorderly conduct and misconduct at an emergency.

Authorities identify body found in SUV

FRANKLIN TWP. - A woman who was found dead Friday evening inside an SUV parked along U.S. 52 near Ohio 133 has been identified.

The body of Michelle E. Samet, 43, of Mount Lookout, was found by authorities at about 5:30 p.m. in the back seat of the vehicle.

Clermont County Sheriff A.J. "Tim" Rodenberg Jr. said Saturday that Samet's family reported her missing to Cincinnati Police Dec. 28.

There were no signs of foul play or trauma, officials said.

A cause of death has not been determined. An autopsy will be performed by the Hamilton County Coroner's office.

Anyone with information is asked to call the investigative unit of the Clermont County Sheriff's office, 732-7545.

Boil advisory issued in Brown, Clermont

GEORGETOWN - Up to 1,000 customers of Brown County Rural Water Association in Clermont and Brown counties were advised this weekend to boil tap water before drinking after a water main break on Friday.

The utility, which serves about 8,050 customers in the two counties, issued the advisory Friday after the water main break at 12:30 p.m.

The boil advisory is in effect until further notice for the utility's customers south of Ohio 125 and west of Georgetown.

The advisory does not include the village of Hamersville, which has a separate water system, said Brian Heaton, an engineer with the rural water association.

According to the advisory, water in the area should be boiled for five minutes before drinking.

Utility officials said they should know by the end of next week whether samples sent to a lab for analysis show the water is safe to drink again.

Police investigate sexual assault claim

AURORA - Police are seeking the attacker of an 18-year-old female clerk who reported she was robbed and sexually assaulted at gunpoint at the Payless Shoe Store here this weekend.

Indiana State Police said the attack occurred at Rivercreek Village Shopping Plaza on Wilson Creek Road and U.S. 50 about 8 p.m. Friday.

Police had not arrested anyone Saturday in the attack.

Anyone with information is asked to call Indiana State Police at (812) 926-3388.

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