Thursday, September 2, 2004

Public safety briefs

Police seek driver whose van was shot at

WESTWOOD - When District 3 officers last week arrested three juveniles, two age 14 and a 15-year-old, in connection with a robbery and an assault Aug. 25, they say the teens confessed to a third crime. Now police are looking for the driver of a white van the juveniles said they shot at on Westwood Northern Boulevard near Gobel Avenue

The juveniles already face charges of stealing a 17-year-old's $100 shoes at gunpoint on President Drive and of firing at another vehicle near McHenry Avenue. In that shooting, a 37-year-old man in the car was hurt by shattered glass.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lt. Don Smith at 352-3574.

Nursing home's bank branch held up

WESTWOOD - A man robbed the Fifth Third branch inside the West Park nursing home on West Park Drive about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday. Witnesses described the getaway vehicle as a purple Ford Windstar van.

The robber, a white man wearing a gray sweat shirt, ran from the back of the retirement home, witnesses said, onto Ferguson Avenue

Two teens charged in series of car break-ins

LEBANON - Two 16-year-old boys were arrested this week, Warren County sheriff's deputies say, and accused of breaking into numerous parked vehicles in three counties within the last month.

The names of the boys - one from Deerfield Township and one from Sharonville - were not released.

Thieves jimmied car locks and trunks or opened unlocked doors to enter the vehicles and took such things as golf clubs, sports memorabilia and CDs. In at least one case, they took a laptop computer, Warren County Sheriff's Lt. Jerry Mays said.

Areas where the thefts occurred include Deerfield, West Chester and Symmes townships, and Mason.

The boys have been cooperative with investigators since their Tuesday night arrests, and the investigation is continuing, Mays said. Additional arrests are anticipated, he said.

No damage estimate to the vehicles has been determined.

Ex-judge, prosecutor guilty of sex charge

Former Hamilton County Municipal Judge James Kenney pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of sexual imposition. A 21-year-old man accused Kenney of touching him in February. Kenney, who was an assistant county prosecutor at the time, resigned about a month later.

Kenney, 53, had been a prosecutor since January 2002 and had served six years before that as municipal judge in a West Side district.

Common Pleas Judge Mark Schweikert delayed sentencing pending a mental evaluation. Kenney faces up to two months in jail.

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