Wednesday, March 3, 2004

Public safety briefs

Police dishonesty made a higher offense

Dishonesty is now officially classified as one of the worst offenses a Cincinnati police officer can be accused of committing.

A first offense of alleged dishonesty was moved Monday in the disciplinary table to a "G'' level offense, for which an officer can be dismissed. Officers were notified in staff notes, which are circulated weekly throughout the department.

The department has been losing dishonesty cases in arbitration. Last week, an arbitrator ordered the city to rehire Officer Joshua Phillips, who admitted he lied during the investigation into his off-duty involvement in a pursuit.

The change was effective immediately.

Officer writes book about Lucasville riot

LEBANON - A Warren County prison training officer has written a book about the 1993 Lucasville prison riot and will sign copies of the book this weekend.

Gary Williams, a training officer at the Warren Correctional Institution, dedicated a decade to producing Siege in Lucasville.

The book tells the story of the nation's longest and third-bloodiest prison riot through the eyes of one of the hostages - prison guard Larry Dotson.

The book also delves into the legal, social and political factors that led to the riot.

Dotson, who was held captive for 11 days, will join Williams for a book-signing at Dickens Book Shop, 26 S. Broadway, from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Huntington Bank in N. College Hill robbed

NORTH COLLEGE HILL - Police are searching for a man who robbed the Huntington Bank on Hamilton Avenue Tuesday.

There were no injuries.

The robber got away with an undetermined amount of cash, North College Hill Police Chief Paul Toth said.

The man entered the bank at 7030 Hamilton Ave. about 11:47 a.m. and demanded money, police said. The suspect obtained cash and fled.

The man is described as dark skinned, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 35-40 years old and weighing about 150 pounds. He was wearing a gray running suit and a red, white and blue baseball hat.

Anyone with information is asked to call North College Hill police at 521-7171 or Crime toppers at 352-3040.

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