Thursday, June 10, 2004

Public safety briefs



Double-murder case could go to jury today

HAMILTON - A jury is expected to begin deliberations today in a Butler County double-homicide case that could bring the death penalty.

Jason Sam Campbell, 22, who has lived in Hamilton and Middletown, escaped from Warren County's Community Corrections Center and went to Butler County on Feb. 23, 2003. There, in a desperate attempt to steal money, authorities allege that Campbell killed Helen Riley, 55, and her husband, Donald, 44, in their Hamilton home.

On Wednesday, testimony ended after Campbell's attorneys told Common Pleas Judge Michael J. Sage they were not going to call witnesses in his defense. If Campbell is convicted, his lawyers said they will try to persuade jurors to spare his life.

Campbell was jailed on stolen-property charges in Florida when Hamilton police went there last August to investigate an allegation that he had killed the Rileys. Authorities said Campbell confessed.

Suspect indicted in parking lot shooting

A Hamilton County grand jury has indicted Anthony Arnold, 18, of Springfield Township, in the shooting death of a man in Colerain Township last month.

Arnold, who was 17 at the time of the shooting, was charged Tuesday with aggravated murder and aggravated robbery.

Thomas Boggan II, 21, was shot at 4:30 a.m. May 9 while sitting in his vehicle with friends in the parking lot of the Ashley Woods complex on Walden Glen Drive, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

Arnold's case was moved to adult court because of the seriousness of the crime. He remains in the Hamilton County jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Not guilty plea made in N.Ky. shooting

COVINGTON - An East Price Hill man arrested after a shootout on Greenup Street that left a man injured pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning to a felony assault charge.

Michael Brandon Hurt, 18, of 2934 Glenway Ave., remained in the Kenton County jail Wednesday evening on $50,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is June 16 in Kenton District Court.

Police responded to a shooting at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday at Robbins and Greenup streets Police did not release the name or condition of the man shot.

Police said witnesses gave them a description of a getaway vehicle and driver. Cincinnati police found the car on Glenway Avenue. Hurt turned himself in to Covington police.

Covington police said they also arrested a juvenile believed to have been involved in the shooting.

Arrests follow 23 drug related indictments

HAMILTON - City police on Wednesday had arrested 10 suspects and were looking for 13 others who were indicted on drug charges.

Wednesday's drug sweep was part of the department's ninth annual "Operation Safe Home," an effort to rid public-housing areas of drug traffickers.

At least half of those arrested are accused of trafficking in cocaine.

The 23 indictments resulted from a yearlong investigation, police said.

Man arrested in September killing

A man was arrested Wednesday in the beating death of a woman in her Over-the-Rhine apartment last September.

Mallon Roberts, 42, of the 2500 block of Kemper Lane, Walnut Hills, was charged with murder in the death of Trenia Price, 33, of Republic Street, police said.

Officers found her dead Sept. 5. The Hamilton County Coroner's Office ruled Price died as a result of blunt trauma.




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