Tuesday, August 3, 2004

Afternoon crash kills driver, injures 3 others

Public safety briefs

The Enquirer

Cincinnati police officers investigate the cause of a fatal single-car accident on Vine Street.
(Enquirer photo/GLENN HARTONG)
HARTWELL - An 18-year-old was killed and three other young adults were seriously injured in a car crash Monday, in which police say speeding and alcohol were factors.

David Upshaw, 18, of Cincinnati , died after the crash in the 7700 block of Vine Street. He was the driver of a car that was going south on Vine and went off the right side of the road just after noon. The car hit a pole and a fence, rolled over and hit a wall, Cincinnati traffic Lt. Robert Hungler said.

A passenger, Melissa Davis, 20, of Milford, was in serious condition at University Hospital. Passengers Lacey Kelley, 22, of Milford and Terence Walker, 18, of Cincinnati were both in critical condition.

Hungler said investigators estimated the vehicle was traveling at least 57 mph in a 30-mph zone. Investigators also smelled alcohol on the driver and passengers.

"And nobody had a seat belt on - nobody," Hungler said.

24-year-old man shot dead; city's 45th homicide in '04

WINTON TERRACE - A 24-year-old man was shot and killed early Monday, Cincinnati's 45th homicide of the year.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting about 2:30 a.m. on Dutch Colony Drive.

The victim, later identified as Frederick Cobbs Jr., was taken by an acquaintance to University Hospital, where he died.

Cobbs' last known address was in Indianapolis.

No one had been arrested Monday.

The 45 killings so far this year compares with 39 in the city at this time in 2003.

College Hill man convicted in Feb. killing, abduction

A 23-year-old College Hill man who killed a man, then abducted a woman and her child, could spend the rest of his life in prison, a judge ruled Monday.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Ruehlman convicted Roderick McGhee Jr. on a charge of murder after McGhee pleaded guilty to killing Eion Carter Feb. 9 outside H&R Block in Roselawn.

Ruehlman sentenced McGhee to spend 15 years to life in prison.

Investigators say McGhee shot Carter, 24, in the Hillcrest Shopping Plaza about 1 p.m., then got into a car driven by Carter's girlfriend and ordered her to drive to McGhee's home.

Police say McGhee didn't intend to harm the woman and child, just use their car for a quick getaway.

Authorities never released a motive in the killing.

Driver killed when truck slides off Highland Co. road

CLAY TOWNSHIP - A Sardinia man was killed Sunday night in Highland County when his pickup truck failed to negotiate a curve on Ohio 138, struck an embankment and overturned.

Ohio State Highway Patrol identified the victim as Ruben Waits.

The crash occurred at 9:15 p.m. when Waits lost control of his truck and went off the left side, slid back across the road and off the right side before striking an embankment, the highway patrol said. Speed is considered a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

Ky. police say man broke into Tractor Supply Co.

BURLINGTON - Early Monday morning, Boone County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Parsons arrested Guy Parker, 27, of Cincinnati, and charged him with breaking into the Tractor Supply Co. on Centennial Drive.

Parsons was on patrol about 1:30 a.m. when he noticed a truck backed into a loading dock. The gate was broken, and there was a riding mower in the back of the truck.

Parker was charged with theft, second-degree trespassing, possession of burglary tools and possession of a controlled substance, sheriff's spokesman Tom Scheben said. Parker was also wanted on a warrant from Campbell County. After Parker's arrest, detectives recovered items taken from the Tractor Supply Co. in Batavia.

Parker was being held in the Boone County Jail Monday afternoon on $2,000 bail.

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