Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Police seek victims of indicted lawyer


Public safety

Staff/Wire reports

Cincinnati police suspect there might be more victims of a lawyer who has been accused of stealing money from clients.

Mary Cittadino, 34, also known as Mary Morris, is out of jail on her own recognizance after being indicted last week on charges of theft, forgery, falsification and unauthorized use of property.

Investigators say Cittadino stole money from estates and devised a fraudulent investment scheme to steal from investors.

Police ask anyone with information about Cittadino to call Detectove Dennis Swingley at 352-3542.

Man arrested in Internet sting

HAMILTON - An Upper Arlington, Ohio, man is facing charges after police say he came to Hamilton to see a 14-year-old girl he met in an Internet chat room.

The "girl" was actually a Hamilton police detective.

Justin O'Keeffe, 45, was arrested Saturday at a Hamilton apartment complex and charged with one count of importuning and one count of attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, both felonies, Hamilton Police Officer Don Taylor said.

It was the 44th such arrest in about two years for Hamilton police.

"This is our attempt to curb this activity in our area," Taylor said.

Suspect indicted in bus threat case

LEBANON - A Michigan man has been indicted by a Warren County grand jury after he allegedly brandished a small knife and threatened several people on a Greyhound bus on Interstate 75 in Franklin in December.

Richard P. Rock, 62, of Southfield, Mich., was indicted on a charge of disrupting public services, a felony, and a misdemeanor charge of inducing panic.

The indictments were handed up Friday and released Monday.

Rock was riding on the bus from Cincinnati to Detroit on Interstate 75 Dec. 8 when he allegedly produced a knife and threatened passengers and the driver, authorities said. The bus driver used a cell phone to reach police dispatchers and was told to exit the highway, where police officers were standing by.

Mall car thief gets five years

A 22-year-old man who stole a woman's car in the parking garage of Tower Place Mall last October will spend the next five years in prison.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Charles Kubicki ordered the sentence for Robert Tompkins Monday on charges of robbery, receiving stolen property and impersonation of a private officer for the Oct. 21 incident.

Tompkins, seeing the victim could not find her car, told her he was an undercover hotel security officer and helped her locate it. Authorities say Tompkins asked the woman for a ride back down the ground floor, then demanded her keys and threatened to hurt her.

The victim escaped.

Tompkins was caught driving the car the following day in St. Bernard.




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