Saturday, July 17, 2004

Public safety briefs



Prof pleads not guilty to Internet sex charge

HAMILTON - A University of Dayton associate professor on Friday pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and importuning.

Hamilton police alleged Thomas Steiner, 42, solicited a police officer who was posing as a 14-year-old girl on the Internet for sex and then drove to Hamilton to meet the supposed teen earlier this year.

Steiner was met by officers who arrested him.

Officer was drunk in motorcycle fatality

HAMILTON - A part-time Ross Township police officer and former longtime Butler County sheriff's deputy was drunk when he fatally crashed his motorcycle, officials said Friday.

The Butler County Coroner's office said Greg Hodges, 44, died of a skull fracture when his motorcycle ran a red light and slammed into a car at Ohio 4 and Liberty-Fairfield Road Tuesday.

Butler County Coroner Richard Burkhardt said Hodge's blood-alcohol level was 0.213 - more than twice the limit of 0.08 allowed by Ohio law.

Man's body recovered from Clermont Co. lake

The Union Township Fire Department recovered a man's body from a lake in Clermont County Friday evening, ending a search that lasted more than a month.

Authorities in Union Township responded to a call June 7 about a 19-year-old man who disappeared while attempting to swim across a private lake on Anchor Drive.

The body was found around 7 p.m. Friday after authorities discovered the body had risen to the lake's surface.

The man's identity has not yet been confirmed.

Second man charged in 2002 stabbing death

Cincinnati and city of Hamilton police arrested a second man Friday night in connection with the March 2002 killing of Paul Brown.

Brad Jackson, 19, of Hamilton, was charged with complicity to murder and complicity to aggravated robbery.

Brown, 33, disappeared shortly after his brother's birthday party and was found stabbed to death in a creek in Hamilton a few days later.




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