Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Drug arrests follow probe of Cheviot bar

Public safety

CHEVIOT - A year-long investigation into drug complaints led to six arrests and seven citations against Stewart's Irish Pub.

Residents have complained about the bar for more than a year, Sgt. Ed Taylor said Monday. But it was difficult for the department to do much about the complaints because of its few officers (10 full-timers), he said, and because the officers are too well known by customers at the Harrison Avenue bar.

That changed in October, when City Council approved an extra $25,000 to spend on drug enforcement. Officers got help from the Ohio Investigative Unit, which cited Stewart's for allowing improper conduct and for not having any food available.Taylor said undercover officers bought powder cocaine multiple times from a barmaid.

Arrested on drug charges: Neil Borgemenke, 31; Candace Hignite, 26; John Gunnewick, 40, and Ronald Boenitsch, 53, all of Cheviot; Jack Goodrich, 56, of Westwood; and Pamela Wilkening, 45, of Delhi Township.

Man, 20, indicted in Dec. shooting death

A Hamilton County grand jury on Monday indicted Drew Sloan, 20, of Bond Hill on charges of killing Lamont Ross on Dec. 21.

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

Sloan was indicted on charges of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery. If convicted, he faces 33 years to life in prison.

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.

Ex-police union head retiring this week

Cincinnati's former police union president retires this week.

Roger Webster, who lost his bid last month for a second term as president of the Fraternal Order of Police, retires effective Saturday.Webster had been an investigator in the Personal Crimes Unit before his election two years ago, but he had been assigned by Chief Tom Streicher to patrol in District 4 after the loss.

Webster, 49, joined the department in 1976.

Officer accused of misuse of computer

A Cincinnati police officer faces three felony charges for allegedly misusing a police computer.

Robert P. Rosey was indicted Friday on three counts of unauthorized use of property.

Rosey, 40, was released on his own recognizance.

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