Thursday, October 7, 2004

Local news briefs

Salvation Army seeks toy families

The Enquirer

The Salvation Army will accept applications from Hamilton County families who would like assistance through the Christmas Toy Shop program at the toy shop, 1748 Seymour Ave., from 2 to 7 p.m. Oct. 20-22, and 28-29.

Parents will be able to go to the toy shop Dec. 14-16 to select Christmas toys for their children. Applicants need to bring photo identification, proof of income, proof of residence and proof of the total number of persons living in the household. Information: (513) 762-8613.

Traffic fatalities today's focus

Hoping to get Ohio drivers to focus on safety, the Ohio Department of Transportation has designated today as "Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day." In 2003, Ohio saw the second-largest decrease in fatalities of any state - a reduction of 139 - to 1,278 compared with 1,417 in 2002. ODOT also this week expanded its OhioSafe Commute program from Columbus to include Interstate 71 in Greater Cincinnati. That program stations extra law enforcement officers to the busiest, crash-prone highways.

Library features Cincinnati history

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will present a series of monthly programs titled "A Look Into Cincinnati History" at 7 p.m. on Mondays at the Harrison Branch, 10398 New Haven Road, through May.This Monday, the Delhi Historical Society will present "Bootlegger, Murderer, Westsider: George Remus and the Crime of the Century".For information, visit or call the Harrison branch at (513) 369-4442.

13-year-old accused in rape of boy, 9

COLERAIN TWP. - A 13-year-old boy has been accused of rape stemming from an incident over the summer involving a 9-year-old boy, police said Wednesday.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said the victim's mother told investigators last week about the incident, which occurred July 2 at the residence of the 13-year-old boy. The boys knew each other, police said, and the 13-year-old's aunt was watching the 9-year-old when the two left the aunt's home and went to the suspect's home to play.

Police did not release names of either boy because of their ages but said the 13-year-old was charged with one count of rape and taken to the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Facility. According to the sheriff's office, investigators interviewed the boy and he admitted to the rape.

Shots fired at cruiser near Christ Hospital

MOUNT AUBURN - A Cincinnati police officer's cruiser was shot at Wednesday as he sat in traffic near Christ Hospital.

It was 3:07 p.m. when Officer Joe Eichhorn, who works as a school resource officer, radioed in to dispatch that a shot had been fired into his cruiser. He was headed north on Auburn Avenue at the time, three cars back from the intersection with McMillan Avenue about 3 p.m. when "he hears one pop,'' said Lt. Mike Neville.

Eichhorn, 38, a 12-year veteran of the department, was not hurt.

The back of the cruiser was dented, but the bullet did not penetrate the car, Neville said. Officers canvassed the neighborhood, but found varying stories. One witness said he heard three shots, Neville said; others said they heard nothing.


Southbound Ohio 4 will be reduced to one lane at the intersection with Bypass Ohio 4 in Butler County from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. today and Friday for asphalt repair.


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