Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Public Safety briefs



Cruelty charge filed for dog's death

LEBANON - A Springboro man has been charged with beating his sister-in-law's dog to death with a hammer.

Bennie Stone, 42, faces a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty.

According to Warren County Humane Officer Tracie Oshel, Precious, a chow-mix, bit Stone's 11/2-year-old nephew last week. In response, Stone's sister-in-law wanted to shoot the dog, Oshel said.

Stone went to her Clearcreek Township house where, Oshel said, he shot at Precious and nicked her ear. Oshel said Stone then grabbed the dog, who was running around the yard, and beat it with a hammer.

Stone's nephew is fine and needed no medical treatment, Oshel said.

Ky. man charged in March shooting

WEST CHESTER - Police have arrested a Kentucky man in the shooting of Peter Campisi Jr. in his Merryman Way home March 17.

Paul Gray, 41, was arrested Tuesday at his Williamstown home. Gray is accused of firing into Campisi's home and wounding him. Gray was charged with felonious assault and discharging a firearm into a habitation, both second-degree felonies, according to John W. Bruce, West Chester Township police chief.

Gray was being held in the Grant County Jail, where he was awaiting extradition to Butler County.

Bruce said the two men knew one other, and that Gray had been a suspect since early in the investigation. "We've been tracking him for a month. We chased him all over several states," Bruce said.

Bond Hill man indicted in stabbing

A 40-year-old Bond Hill man is accused of fatally stabbing Amerrintha Spikes in August.

A Hamilton County grand jury indicted John Long on Tuesday on a charge of murder in the slaying of the 44-year-old woman in the West End on Aug. 18.

Spikes' body was found just after 1 a.m. after a woman called police from the Saveway Food Mart, saying her friend had been attacked. Spikes was lying on a loading dock near John and Livingston streets.

Long is in prison for drug possession and was scheduled to be released Friday. Instead, he will be transferred to Hamilton County to face the murder charge.

Grocery store clerk beaten and robbed

PRICE HILL - A grocery store clerk was beaten and robbed Monday night by a man who asked for change.

A man walked into the D&S Grocery on Glenway Avenue about 9:40 p.m. and asked the employee to make change for a dollar.

When clerk Joe Gray opened the cash register drawer, the robber hit Gray in the head several times.

The robber grabbed more than $300 from the drawer plus more than $300 worth of phone cards, a police report said.

No one was arrested.

Gray, 52, was taken to University Hospital for treatment of cuts on his head.

Police said his injuries were not life-threatening.




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