Thursday, April 1, 2004

Public safety briefs

Meetings to focus on teen-driving laws

A state lawmaker said Wednesday he will host a series of town hall meetings soliciting suggestions for changes to laws aimed at reducing teen-involved car crashes.

"I want to hear from parents. I want to hear from teen drivers,'' said Ohio Rep. Gary Cates, R-West Chester Township."I want to hear from all interested parties to make sure that we develop correct public policy, something that works."

Eight Greater Cincinnati teens - four of them in Butler County - have died in just over a month. Police said excessive speed, alcohol use and not wearing seat belts contributed to the accidents.

Cates said he would like to set up meetings during April and May in at least four Butler County communities: Middletown, Fairfield, Oxford and West Chester Township.

Cates joins fellow lawmakers and law enforcement officers who have been studying ways to tighten restrictions on teen drivers.

Police cite teen driver in death of passenger

HAMILTON - Authorities Wednesday said a 17-year-old driver was at fault in a four-vehicle pileup that killed the teen's passenger.

Christopher Cody Glenn, who had a Florida driver's license but was believed to be living in Butler County, ran a red light Tuesday afternoon at Augspurger Road and Ohio 127 in New Miami, said Butler County Sheriff's Capt. G. Michael Grimes.

Investigators were still working to estimate how fast Glenn was driving at the time of the crash and what charges he might face, Grimes said.

Glenn and his passenger, Kenneth B. Hughes, 43, of St. Clair Township, were not wearing seat belts, Grimes said. The car Glenn was driving did not have air bags. Hughes was dead at the scene. He and Glenn were relatives, but their exact relationship was unclear.

The crash hurt two other motorists: Rose Caniff, 54, of New Miami, who was taken to University Hospital, and Veada Randolph, 59, of Hamilton, who was treated at Fort Hamilton Hospital and released.

A fourth driver, Jonathon Vickers, 27, of Hamilton, was not hurt.

Hamilton man indicted in dismemberment

HAMILTON - A 36-year-old Hamilton man was indicted in the slaying, dismemberment and burning of a man who police say had been his friend.

In a Butler County indictment made public Wednesday, Cardale Goens faces charges of aggravated murder with death-penalty specifications, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse.

Two other men were also indicted in the slaying of Jeffrey Glenn Watson, 41. A pair of hunters found Watson's charred torso near a Milford Township cornfield Dec. 31. Authorities used DNA tests to confirm his identity and found additional remains at a site 15 miles away from where the torso was discovered.

Anthony C. Ruffin, 44, of East Price Hill, and Gary Benson, 50, of Hamilton, each face charges of tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse.

All three were arrested late last month.

Court dates for the trio had not yet been set.

Lynch IV on probation in case of stolen CDs

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman gave Damon Lynch IV, the 19-year-old son of activist Rev. Damon Lynch III, a second chance Wednesday when sentencing him for stealing CDs out of a car.

The judge put Lynch into a probation program that if successfully completed will erase the theft charge.

"You were honest and cooperated with police," Ruehlman told Lynch. "This wasn't because of your dad. It was because you did everything you were supposed to do."

The judge cautioned Lynch that his actions reflect not only on him, but his family.

Cincinnati police arrested Lynch and two others Dec. 19 in Hyde Park on suspicion of breaking into vehicles and stealing items, including a collection of rare classical CDs.

Ruehlman sentenced Kenny Harvey, 19, of Fay Apartments, and Eddie Watson, 20, of Westwood, to spend two years on probation for the thefts.

All three must pay for the damage caused to the cars, the judge ordered. The CDs were returned.

Franklin man, 87, killed in car accident

MIDDLETOWN - An 87-year-old Franklin man was killed Wednesday afternoon in a two-car crash on Verity Parkway near Middletown.

Arnold Salley was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred about 3 p.m. Salley was driving across Verity Parkway when he pulled into the path of another car traveling north.

The other driver, whose name was not released and who police said had the right of way, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Middletown Regional Hospital.

Police have filed no charges.

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