Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Public safety briefs

Officers discover marijuana bundles

KENNEDY HEIGHTS - Probation officers checking on a man one day after he was convicted of driving without a license led police to more than 60 pounds of marijuana and seven guns.

Officers Jackie Dreyer and Chad Brem stopped by Gary Hedges's house on Doon Avenue on Saturday morning, the day after he was put on probation for unlicensed driving.

They spotted pipes usually used to smoke marijuana, thought there might be more and alerted Cincinnati Police's Street Corner drug unit.

Officers responded minutes later, and Hedges let them inside his home to search.

They discovered the marijuana - packaged in 1-pound bags and 2-pound bricks, which police said would sell for about $80,000 on the street - the guns, a knife and a sword.

Hedges, 41, was charged with drug possession, drug trafficking and illegally having weapons because officers said he has a 1992 felony conviction for sexual battery.

Officers said he was cooperative, saying: "You got me.''

2 indicted in death outside Cheviot bar

A man and woman were indicted Tuesday in Hamilton County in a fight that left a man dead outside a Cheviot bar.

The grand jury did not indict anyone on murder charges in the death of Dennis Grau, 33, of Westwood, said Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen.

But Keith Adams, 25, and Jamie May, 19, both of Dent were indicted on felonious assault charges.

Adams and May are accused of assaulting Keith Mueller during a fight between two groups of people outside a bar on Westwood Northern Boulevard in Cheviot about 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 22. Prosecutors said Mueller had nine teeth knocked out.

During the same confrontation, Graufell to the ground and died as he and a third person fought.

Allen said the grand jury did not issue an indictment in the death "based on the facts and evidence at this time."

Police holding seminar on terrorism

SPRINGFIELD TWP. - Police here are sponsoring a free seminar from 7-9 p.m. tonight on terrorism awareness and prevention.

The presentation's goals, township police said, include:

• Educate people about terrorist goals and threats.

• Demonstrate how citizens can plan to protect themselves.

• Build partnerships among residents, law enforcement officials, emergency workers and community service providers.

• Identify ways residents can help create safer neighborhoods

The training will be at the Grove Banquet Hall, 9150 Winton Road. For more information, call Officer Brian Uhl at (513) 729-0003, ext. 123.

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