Thursday, July 1, 2004

Public safety briefs



Man's death in jail under investigation

Police are investigating the death of an Avondale man in jail Tuesday night.

An autopsy was performed on the body of Walter Malachi, 40. Malachi had been in the Hamilton County Justice Center since his arrest June 9, when police said they saw him trying to break into an apartment on John Street in the West End and that he ran from them.

Malachi pleaded guilty to obstructing official business, but had not yet been sentenced. He still faced an indictment on breaking and entering.

Crash on I-75 exit kills SUV's driver

A Cincinnati man was killed early Wednesday after his sport utility vehicle hit a concrete barrier on Interstate 75.

Police say alcohol was involved and the man was not wearing a seat belt.

Clint Hellkamp, 23, was leaving Interstate 75 near Hopple Street shortly after 2 a.m. when he lost control of his Ford Explorer and hit a guardrail, causing it to turn on its left side and crash into the barrier, police said.

Hellkamp was dead at the scene.

It was the 15th fatal car crash in Cincinnati this year

Guilty plea rejected; corruption trial set

A Delhi Township man who pleaded guilty last month to charges that he gave his girlfriend's children and their friends wine coolers and marijuana will go to trial.

As Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Steven Martin started a sentencing hearing Wednesday, Chris Drescher denied giving the children drugs. The denial prompted Martin to withdraw Drescher's guilty plea to four charges of corrupting another with drugs.

Drescher, 33, will now face all nine charges - four of corruption of a minor, two of child endangering and three of abusing harmful intoxicants - brought against him. Trial was scheduled Sept. 13.

Victims assaulted by man using slurs

A Cincinnati man was in serious condition Wednesday night in University Hospital after he was assaulted.

Police said a man used slurs when he punched two people in the face and caused Santos Vasques, 45, to hit his head on concrete in the 2500 block of Talbott Ave. The other victim was Hipolito Perez, 25, Vasques' son-in-law.

Police arrested Paul Fiorino, 28, of Cincinnati, and charged him with felonious assault.




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