Wednesday, June 2, 2004

Man faces charges in police-chase crash

Public safety notes

Staff/Wire reports

A 32-year-old Winton Hills man is accused of leading police on a high-speed chase the evening of May 20 that ended in a multi-car accident at Paddock Road and Seymour Avenue.

A Hamilton County grand jury indicted Gary Myles Tuesday on two charges of failure to comply, two charges of felonious assault and a charge of vehicular assault.

Several people, including a child, were injured.

Man found in street likely had heart attack

DELHI TWP. - A heart attack is likely what caused the death of a 39-year-old Delhi Township man who was found lying on Delhi Road Sunday, officials said Tuesday.

The Hamilton County Coroner was completing an autopsy of Timothy Wilson, but officials said they did not suspect foul play.

Wilson was found alive along the side of the road in the 4300 block of Delhi Road around 10:40 p.m. Sunday but died a half hour later at University Hospital.

"We're still trying to figure out what happened, but we know it was not a traumatic death from physical violence," said Delhi police Lt. John Coletta. "We're still awaiting additional testing from the autopsy."

Coletta said the department has received some calls about Wilson's death, but are urging people to contact Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Authorities identify man killed by lightning

HAMILTON TWP. - Police have released the name of a man who was killed after being struck by lightning while fishing at Cozy-Dale Campgrounds early Monday.

Ed Vinsant, 39, of Loveland was on his back and receiving CPR from a fellow fisherman when crews arrived around 1 a.m., according to information released Tuesday. He was pronounced dead at Bethesda North Hospital.

Vinsant was a Vietnam veteran, Police Chief Gene Duvelius said. No other information was available.

The lightning strike was part of a string of storms that hit the Tristate early Monday morning.

Two men accused of business break-ins

LEBANON - Two Maineville men are facing charges after a Warren County grand jury indicted them on allegations that the men broke into several businesses, stole merchandise and sold some of the items on eBay.

Drew Parker Leslie, 21, was indicted on two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of theft, telecommunications fraud and receiving stolen property.

Matthew Lun, 21, was indicted on three counts of breaking and entering, three counts of theft, attempted breaking and entering, telecommunications fraud and receiving stolen property.

The indictments were handed up Friday and released on Tuesday.

On at least two occasions in March, the two broke into a closed business and removed several thousand dollars worth of merchandise, Warren County Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel said.

Lun is accused of entering a business on a third occasion and removing more merchandise, she said.

A total of $34,000 in merchandise was removed from three different businesses, Hutzel said. About $21,000 in merchandise was recovered.

"We don't know how much they actually sold," Hutzel said. "We're working on trying to trace some of them.''

The two could face at least 18 months in prison if convicted.

Parole board rejects leniency for killer

The Ohio Parole Board said Tuesday it would not recommend that Gov. Bob Taft grant clemency to a killer set to die next week in the stabbing death of a Hamilton County jailer 20 years ago.

William Zuern, 45, was an inmate at the now-closed Camp Washington jail in 1984 when he stabbed 26-year-old Phillip Pence in the heart with a bucket handle.

The Ohio Supreme Court set a June 8 execution date for Zuern, but U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice put the execution on hold.

The Ohio attorney general is appealing Rice's decision to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

If the court decides to remove the stay and the governor does not grant clemency, Zuern will die by lethal injection on June 8.

If the court does not make a decision by that date, the execution will continue on hold.

Man charged with breaking officer's nose

WEST END - A Cincinnati police officer is off work nursing a broken nose he got while trying to take the picture of a man he'd arrested on a charge of drunken driving.

Officer James Davis, 30, was taking Jimmie Jack Hatfield's picture Sunday morning inside police headquarters on Ezzard Charles Drive when he said Hatfield kicked the Polaroid camera, causing it to push back into Davis' nose.

Hatfield, 46, of Colerain Township, was charged with felonious assault, drunken driving, aggravated menacing, driving without a license, failure to wear his seat belt, leaving a curb without signaling, several unrelated outstanding traffic warrants and drug abuse.

The drug charge stems from officers finding marijuana in the cup holder of his Nissan, police said.

Hartwell man accused of stalking pastor

MASON - A Hartwell man who claims the Rev. Billy Graham and God were telling him to harm a well-known local pastor will be in court today.

Dwayne Sexton, 40, will have a pretrial hearing in Mason Municipal Court at 10 a.m. on a menacing by stalking charge.

Police arrested him May 21 outside Grace Baptist Church, 5595 Mason Road, where he told police he wanted to "have it out with" the Rev. Jerry Pelfrey.

According to police reports, Sexton has had a "fixation" on Pelfrey for years, and thinks that Pelfrey is lurking in the shadows wherever he goes.

Sexton, who police say has a history of mental illness, also has made threats to kill Pelfrey in the past, according to the report.

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