Thursday, January 8, 2004

Public safety

Bank robbery is third in three days

MOUNT WASHINGTON - For the third consecutive day, police in Greater Cincinnati were looking for a bank robber.

About 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, a man walked into the U.S. Bank branch at 2261 Beechmont Ave. and handed the teller a note demanding money.

The robber walked away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

On Tuesday, a Provident Bank branch in a Thriftway at 2220 Waycross Road, Forest Park, was robbed. Monday afternoon, a Provident Bank branch at 8434 Vine St. in Hartwell was robbed.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Issue of West's insanity plea to be resolved

HAMILTON - Lawyers on Wednesday said they still weren't sure whether a "not guilty by reason of insanity" plea would remain viable in the case of Tom West, who is accused of killing two men at a trucking company.

West had a brief hearing Wednesday before Butler County Common Pleas Judge Keith Spaeth.

The judge set a Jan. 20 pretrial hearing, where the insanity plea is likely to be resolved, said West's new lawyers, Noah Powers and Chris Pagan.

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