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Man robs bank inside Bigg's

Friday, June 12, 1998


COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP -- The Clermont Savings Bank branch inside the Bigg's store at Highland Avenue and Ridge Road was robbed Thursday by a man who got away with an undetermined amount of cash.

A man in his mid-20s wearing a blue windbreaker with a white hood entered the bank shortly before 11 a.m. and demanded cash, Hamilton County Sheriff Simon L. Leis Jr. said. The man told a teller he had a gun, but no weapon was shown. There were no injuries. The suspect fled on foot.

Police seek man in Bond Hill rape

James Stewart, 27, of the 2000 block of Snowhill Drive is accused of approaching the 15-year-old at a Bond Hill bus stop, taking her to an apartment and raping her.

Police have signed charges of rape and kidnapping against him. Mr. Stewart is described as a 6-foot-1, 175-pound black man with a medium complexion and short black hair he wears high off his forehead. He sometimes wears a mustache and earrings.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040. Callers can remain anonymous.

Appeals court takes up spending in judicial races

Ohio should be allowed to limit spending in judicial election campaigns, the state's lawyers told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati on Thursday.

The state's lawyers said caps are needed so the public won't worry judges would be tempted to decide cases in favor of campaign backers. The Ohio Supreme Court set the spending limits in 1995. "We, as citizens, have a right to demand that our judiciary not have a preset agenda," Michael Renner, chief counsel for the Ohio attorney general, told the appeals court.

Ohio is one of 39 states in which judges are selected by popular vote.

Lawyers for Ohio state judges argued limits would violate their First Amendment free-speech rights.

That argument is based on a 1976 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that equated campaign spending with free speech and said there cannot be limits on election spending.

Appeals court asked to dismiss USAF suit

The government asked a federal appeals court Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit by a former Air Force captain who said she was sexually harassed by two supervisors at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio.

The government's lawyers said Dorothy Mackey cannot pursue her claim against Air Force Col. David Milam, now retired, and Lt. Col. Travis Elmore because officers are immune from being sued by military subordinates.

The government told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati that Ohio law protects Col. Milam and Lt. Col. Elmore from being sued because they were acting within the scope of their employment, even if they did the things Ms. Mackey alleges.

U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott already has rejected the government's arguments and its attempt to have the complaint dismissed.



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