Saturday, February 7, 2004

Public safety briefs



Piles of mail blocked escape from fire

DAYTON, Ky. - A 75-year-old woman might have escaped from the flames engulfing her home early Friday had the exits not been blocked by piles of mail she had kept for decades, fire officials said.

Her death, firefighters at the scene said, apparently occurred because the only path to out of the woman's home was through the collection of paper and other materials. The body of Jean Webb was recovered 10 to 15 feet from the front door.

The boxes, newspapers, mail and other assorted items made it hard for firefighters to get into the house in the 900 block of Thornton Street.

Firefighters said the 3 a.m. blaze does not appear to be suspicious.

Man dies in fire at Indiana mobile home

LAWRENCEBURG - A man died in a mobile home fire Friday morning, shortly after a woman told police that a sexual assault had occurred at the home.

The man's body was found on a couch in a trailer at lot 40 of the Spartan Village Trailer Park in Moores Hill, Ind. The man's name was not released.

Deputies responded about 7:25 a.m. after receiving a call about a sexual assault, authorities said. The call was made from a convenience store in Moores Hill.

Deputies found the trailer engulfed in flames when they arrived. A deputy entered the trailer in an attempt to rescue the person believed to still be inside, but heat and smoke forced him back. The fire remains under investigation.

Man charged in fatal traffic crash

COLERAIN TWP. - A 22-year-old man was arrested Friday on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a fatal traffic crash late last month.

Samuel L. Henderson, who listed an address in the 5000 block of Old Blue Rock Road, was charged in connection with the Jan. 31 death of James F. McMullen, a Hamilton County sheriff's report says.

The report alleges Henderson was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol at the time of the crash that killed McMullen.

McMullen, 24, of Addyston, was pronounced dead at University Hospital, the Hamilton County Coroner's Office said. McMullen was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a crash with Henderson's 1995 Plymouth Neon at Brehm and Springdale roads.




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