Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Public safety briefs

Avondale man, 18, convicted of murder

A Hamilton County jury found an 18-year-old Avondale man guilty Tuesday of fatally shooting Carlos Manuel during an argument last October.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge David Davis convicted Eric Levett on a charge of murder and sentenced him to spend 18 years to life in prison.

Levett, who was 17 at the time of the killing, and Manuel, 25, were arguing in the parking lot of an Avondale convenience store when Levett pulled out a gun, according to prosecutors. Manuel jumped into the front passenger seat of a customer who was waiting to pull into traffic with her young child in the car, Levett fired at Manuel through the driver's side window, then ran to the passenger side, shooting Manuel several times.

Neither the woman nor her child was injured.

Man faces charges over emaciated horses

FAIRFIELD TWP. - A 27-year-old man will be in Butler County Area II Court in Hamilton today on four counts of animal cruelty after authorities seized four emaciated, gravely ill horses on his property.

Scott Landin faces up to 90 days in jail and a $750 fine for each count involving the four animals, including one that died.

Butler County Chief Dog Warden Renee Jeffries said she and Deputy Warden Julie Flanagan seized the animals from the 7200 block of East River Road on July 24. Jeffries said she found the horses lacked shelter - and there was no sign of hay, grain or pasture for the horses to eat.

One of the horses died four days later.

The surviving three animals are in custody of the county dog warden's office and the Animal Friends Humane Society.

Bond revoked for man in shooting of his wife

HAMILTON - A Butler County Common Pleas judge Tuesday revoked the bond of a Liberty Township man accused of twice trying to kill his estranged wife.

Judge Charles Pater revoked the $100,000 bond on an attempted aggravated murder charge that Chris Rezos, 35, had earlier posted. When he posted the bail, he was let out of jail pending further hearings in a July 2 beating of his wife, Amy Rezos, 35.

Authorities say that while free, Rezos hid in Amy Rezos' van and shot her in the back of the head while she was driving July 26.

Amy Rezos is expected to be released from Miami Valley Hospital soon, her relatives said Tuesday.

Chris Rezos remains jailed in lieu of $1 million cash bond, charged with attempted aggravated murder and kidnapping in the July 26 attack.

Oxford man pleads guilty in abduction

An Oxford man pleaded guilty Tuesday to kidnapping a 20-year-old woman at gunpoint and taking her to Wisconsin before he was caught.

John R. Powers, 46, could face up to life in prison when he returns to U.S. District Court in Cincinnati for sentencing before Judge Sandra Beckwith.

U.S. Attorney Greg Lockhart said Powers abducted the woman, Heidi A. Moore, from the Oxford Inn on Nov. 11. FBI agents and local police arrested him four days later in Lakewood, Wis.

Moore had sought a protection order against Powers a week before the abduction. The two apparently met while working together at an Oxford Dairy Mart.

Police seek driver who struck pedestrian

WAYNE TWP. - State police are looking for a driver who struck a pedestrian then drove away here Monday night.

Around 9:30 p.m., Sharon Shepherd of Goshen was walking on Cedarville Road when she was hit by a 1980s model Chrysler or Chevrolet. The driver stopped momentarily and then fled, and Shepherd was taken by helicopter to University Hospital, where she was treated for serious injuries.

Man wanted in Texas arrested in Hamilton

HAMILTON - A fugitive wanted in Texas was arrested Tuesday after police got an anonymous tip he was in the city.

Anthony Marquis Shepherd, 43, was arrested about 9:15 a.m. at 10th and Heaton streets, police said. Awarrant had been issued for Shepherd on a parole violation.

In 1985, Shepherd was convicted of murder, theft and drug abuse, and was sentenced to prison in Corpus Christi, police said.

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