Monday, February 2, 2004

Middletown woman found dead after fire

Public safety notes

MIDDLETOWN - A woman was found dead early Sunday after a fire gutted her home.

Firefighters responded to the 4800 block of Ashley Terrace about 2:30 a.m. on a report of a fire in a three-story home with an occupant trapped. They found heavy fire in the rear of the second and third floors and flames going through the roof, said Fire Lt. Jeff Spaudling.

It took several hours to extinguish the blaze, Spaudling said. When firefighters were able to search the home they found Jeanne Anness, about 70 years old, on the first floor.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but investigators believe discarded smoking materials may have started the blaze, Spaudling said. Damage to the residence was estimated at $400,000.

Cocaine found in car; man arrested

WESTWOOD - A 25-year-old Westwood man was charged with drug trafficking Saturday afternoon after police said they found cocaine under his car seat.

William Gordon was a passenger in a car that police stopped to check for open warrants. When police searched the car, they found 85.95 grams of powder cocaine and 47.22 grams of crack cocaine hidden under Gordon's seat, police said.

Gordon was arrested on two counts of drug trafficking and two counts of drug possession, all felonies.

Rent-a-Center robber flees with cash

WALNUT HILLS - A man robbed a Rent-A-Center at gunpoint Saturday.

The gunman left the store at 2448 Gilbert Ave. with $3,900 in cash. Police did not have a suspect Sunday.

Patrol car struck on snowy road

LEWIS TOWNSHIP - A 22-year-old Indiana woman lost control of her car Sunday morning on a snow-covered road in this rural Brown County township and struck a patrol car driven by a sheriff's deputy, according to police reports.

Deputy Tim Hubbard, 42, and corrections officer Rick Boshears, 26, were taken to Brown County General Hospital with minor injuries after the crash which occurred shortly after 10 a.m.

The driver whose car hit the patrol car, Sara Cox of Centerville, wasn't taken to a hospital. Police were investigating Sunday.

Man, 18, charged with rape of minor

EAST PRICE HILL - A man was arrested Saturday afternoon and charged with rape after police received a report of him having sexual contact with a person younger than 13 years old, according to police reports.

Christopher Doane, 18, of East Price Hill, was arrested downtown and charged with rape, a felony. Police said the sexual contact occurred in December.

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