Thursday, April 15, 2004

Public safety briefs

Charges say rapist posed as officer

HAMILTON - A 30-year-old Liberty Township man is accused of posing as a police officer and forcing three Butler County women to have sex, authorities say.

In an indictment made public Wednesday, Brian T. Stepp faces three counts of rape, three counts of kidnapping, three counts of impersonating a peace officer and one count of sexual battery. The incidents were alleged to have happened in November and December, officials said.

Stepp, who had not been arrested Wednesday, is scheduled to appear in Butler County Common Pleas Court on April 23.

Butler County Prosecutor Robin Piper said Stepp is accused of luring women into his vehicle and showing them a badge before forcing them to have sex. He said investigators think there could be other victims.

Rear-end crash leaves four injured

NORTHSIDE - Four people were injured in two-vehicle crash Wednesday morning on Spring Grove Avenue.

The crash occurred at 9:41 a.m. as Ronald Oder, 31, of Chambers Street, Northside, was driving south in the 4300 block when he struck another vehicle in the rear, police said. Oder was taken to University Hospital, where he was in critical condition.

A passenger - Vickie Booker, 43, of Ludlow Place, Northside - was in serious condition at University Hospital.

John E. Murray, 52, of Queen City Avenue, Westwood, driver of the second vehicle, which was stopped at signal, was treated at Good Samaritan Hospital and released, as was a passenger. Wilbur Nelson, 48, of McHenry Avenue, Westwood.

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