Thursday, August 12, 2004

Public safety briefs

Pregnant driver dies after 1-car crash

LEBANON - A pregnant Springboro woman died early Wednesday after a Tuesday evening crash in Warren County.

Jenny L. McDonald, 31, was pronounced dead at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where a medical helicopter had taken her after her 2003 GMC Envoy crashed just after 6 p.m. on Bunnell-Hill Road near Patton Drive in Clearcreek Township.

McDonald's brother Greg Callahan is a Warren County sheriff's deputy, so her death was "a significant emotional event" for the department, said Sheriff Tom Ariss.

Trooper Kevin Bryant of the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Lebanon Post is investigating whether she may have suffered a medical problem that contributed to the crash.

The Envoy was traveling north when it went left of the center line, ran off the road and hit a tree, officials said. McDonald was alone in the vehicle; the air bags activated. No other vehicles were involved, witnesses told Bryant.

Convicted drug dealer faces cocaine charges

WEST END - A convicted drug dealer out of prison four months was arrested Tuesday when officers said they found him with almost three-quarters of a pound of cocaine.

Officers Jennifer Ernst and Kathleen Harrell from the Cincinnati Police Department's Major Offenders Unit said they got information that Michael Gill was selling drugs near 15th and Elm streets.

They found him on Magnolia Street and watched him get into a Cadillac.

After a drug dog smelled the car, officers searched it and found the coke.

Gill, 34, of East Price Hill, was arrested and charged with aggravated drug trafficking and possession of drugs.

He was paroled in April after being in prison since 1995 for another drug arrest here.

Gill was arrested Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday morning, according to court records, a bail bondsman had posted his $35,000 bail and he was released.

Doctor allegedly faked prescriptions

WALNUT HILLS - A doctor was jailed Wednesday, accused of obtaining Viagra for himself by writing prescriptions in his patients' names.

Patients of Dr. Kent Robinson found out the physician was calling prescriptions in to various pharmacies in their names, then picking them up himself, said Leo Robinson, coordinator for the Drug Abuse Resistance Task Force, which investigated the case with Cincinnati police, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the Ohio State Medical Board.

Robinson, 50, of Kennedy Heights, was charged with four counts of deception to obtain a dangerous drug. His office is on Dexter Avenue in Walnut Hills.

The doctor also was arrested on a charge of passing bad checks, accused of writing a $75 check to bigg's in March when his account had insufficient funds to cover it.

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