Thursday, January 8, 2004

Around the Tristate

Woman claiming lottery win has criminal record

CLEVELAND - A woman suing to block payment of a $162 million lottery prize to the validated winner has a criminal record that includes convictions for misuse of a credit card and criminal trespassing.

Elecia Battle, who says she lost the winning Mega Millions ticket when she dropped her purse outside a convenience store, refused Wednesday to give details on convictions in several Cleveland suburbs.

"I'm done with that," said Battle. "I paid the fine. That's end of story."

Her lawyer, Sheldon Starke, said that he planned to ask a judge to force the lottery to give him access to the winning ticket, which was turned in Tuesday by Rebecca Jemison, 34, of suburban South Euclid.

Deputy jailer, inmate arrested on way to jail

MOUNT STERLING, Ky. - A deputy jailer and an inmate he was taking to jail were arrested after an alleged drunken spree in which they're accused of using an official vehicle to pull over motorists.

Knox County Deputy Jailer Clarence Wilson, 37, of Barbourville, was charged with drunken driving, impersonating a peace officer, unlawful imprisonment and official misconduct.

The inmate, Shawn Phillip Reynolds, 23, of Vanceburg, was charged with alcohol intoxication.

They were arrested shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday and lodged in the Montgomery County jail.

Reynolds, who is serving five years for credit card fraud and burglary, was being transported Tuesday evening from Barbourville to the Lewis County Jail in Vanceburg.

Bank robbery suspect waives extradition

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - A man authorities suspect of holding up 43 grocery store bank branches in six states agreed during an initial court appearance Wednesday to be transferred to Cincinnati.

In a hearing before U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young, David Brankle waived his right to a detention hearing and a preliminary hearing in Evansville. Young then ordered Brankle transferred to the Southern District of Ohio in Cincinnati.

Brankle, who was arrested Dec. 31 in Vincennes, Ind., is charged in a Feb. 28 holdup at a U.S. Bank branch inside a Meijer store in Cincinnati.

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From the state capitals
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Public safety
In the schools
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Senior citizens, students mingle

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Panel looks for good ideas
Kimmich bows out of county's top job
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