Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Public safety briefs



87-year-old Symmes Twp. man killed in car crash

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP - An 87-year-old Symmes Township man was killed Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle crash on Montgomery Road at Interstate 275.

The victim was identified by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office as Joseph P. Nocito of the 12000 block of Montgomery Road.

Nocito was driving a 1994 Ford Crown Victoria south on Montgomery Road (U.S. 22/Ohio 3) at 8:50 a.m. when he lost control of his vehicle, according to the sheriff's office. It traveled left of center and struck a northbound 1998 Jeep Cherokee driven by Susan C. Whitehouse, 54, of Milford.

Nocito was taken by the Sycamore Township Fire Department to Bethesda North Hospital where he was pronounced dead, the sheriff's office said. Whitehouse was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation by the sheriff's traffic safety unit.

Man arrested in rape case remains in Clermont jail

FELICITY - A Felicity man remained in the Clermont County Jail Tuesday, charged in one of two rapes here in early March.

Terry R. Matthews, 29, of Main Street, was arrested Monday night by Clermont County sheriff's deputies. He was charged with rape and aggravated burglary in the March 6 attack on an 18-year-old woman on Coffee Street.

Sheriff A.J. Rodenberg said he could not say whether Matthews was involved in the March 2 rape of a 12-year-old girl. That investigation is continuing.

Rodenberg declined to give details on how detectives were led to Matthews, saying he didn't want to compromise other investigations.

"At least we're halfway there,'' he said. "And hopefully this will allow the community to rest a bit easier.''

Body found, identified as missing Miami U. student

OXFORD - A body found in the Great Miami River was identified Tuesday as that of a Miami University student who left a suicide note and had been missing since Feb. 8, authorities said.

The Montgomery County coroner in Dayton said the victim was Jason A. Shepherd, 21, of Franklin. The coroner was to rule later on the cause of death, said Wade Lawson, an investigator with the coroner's office.

Hikers found the body Saturday floating in the river at Crains Run Park near Miamisburg in suburban Dayton, police said.

"When we got there, the body was floating face down in waist-high water," said John DiPietro, a deputy police chief in Miami Township. The victim's car had been found about a mile away, police said.

Shepherd, a psychology major, was last seen on Feb. 8, Oxford police said. A roommate at his apartment found a suicide note that Shepherd had left, police said.




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