Thrusday, December 31, 1998


West-side man accused of raping woman, toddler

        A Riverside man has been indicted on charges of raping his girlfriend and the woman's 22-month-old son.

        Shawn Garrison, 23, faces two counts of rape, one count of felonious assault and one count of endangering children. A Hamilton County grand jury returned the indictment late Tuesday.

        Police say Mr. Garrison sodomized the boy Dec. 4. They say the boy also suffered internal injuries, cracked ribs and a broken shoulder. Mr. Garrison also is accused of assaulting and raping the boy's mother in October.

Murder indictment in roommate's stabbing
        A Bond Hill man was indicted Wednesday in the fatal stabbing of his roommate.

        Christopher Brown, 32, is charged with murder in connection with the death of 33-year-old Stanley Small. If convicted, Mr. Brown could face 15 years to life in prison.

        Police say Mr. Brown stabbed Mr. Small during an argument early Dec. 22. Investigators say they found a knife blade in the kitchen sink, a knife handle in the bedroom and spots of blood in the bathroom.

Middletown woman dies when car hits tree
        MIDDLETOWN — A Middletown woman was killed Wednesday morning when her car went off the road and struck a tree.

        Authorities identified her as Jennifer M. Phillips, 36, of the 900 block of Fifth Avenue.

        The crash occurred around 8:30 a.m., while she was traveling west on 14th Avenue, west of Grove Street. Her 1986 Ford Taurus went off the right side of the road, traveled 160 feet and crashed into the tree.

        Police are trying to determine what caused the car to leave the road, said Middletown Police Maj. Greg Schwarber. A witness told police the vehicle appeared to have been exceeding the posted 35 mph limit.

        Mrs. Phillips, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Area man struck by train in Hamilton dies
        HAMILTON — Two days after being struck by a train, a 26-year-old local man died at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.

        Robert B. Rose died Wednesday morning.

        He was found along railroad tracks near Zimmerman and Chase avenues around 4:30 a.m. Monday. As of Wednesday, Hamilton police were still investigating why Mr. Rose was near the railroad tracks.

Springfield Twp. man accused of raping girl
        A Springfield Township man faces charges of raping a 16-year-old girl on Christmas.

        Roy Snell, 33, an unemployed man from the 8300 block of Cottonwood Drive in Finneytown, was arrested Tuesday by Springfield Township police. He is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center. A grand jury will hear the case to decide whether to indict him.

Driver charged in homeless woman's death
        A Westwood man has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in a Nov. 25 accident that killed a homeless woman.

        Madeline Bramel, 68, died from injuries suffered when she was hit while crossing a downtown street.

        Police say Eddie Smith Jr., 51, was drunk the night before Thanks giving when he hit her at Fourth and Main streets with his 1994 Mercury Cougar.

        Mr. Smith, a Milton Can Co. employee, was arrested early Wednesday. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment hours later in Hamilton County Municipal Court. Judge William Mallory released him on bond on the conditions that he not drive and that he returnto court. A grand jury is scheduled to hear his case by Jan. 20 to decide whether to indict him.

        Aggravated vehicular homicide is a third-degree felony. The charge means prosecutors must prove Mr. Smith “recklessly” caused Ms. Bramel's death. If convicted, Mr. Smith faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Nurse pleads not guilty to federal drug charges
        Registered nurse Leslie Burchenal of Wyoming pleaded not guilty Wednesday to three federal drug charges before Magistrate Judge Jack Sherman Jr.

        He released her on her promise to return to court next year for trial.

        Ms. Burchenal, 43, is charged with tampering with a consumer product because Cincinnati police said she stole morphine meant for a patient and refilled the container with water. She also is charged with taking morphine by fraud and illegal possession of morphine.

        At the time, she was working as a temporary at the Drake Center. Investigators said there was no evidence her patient received the adulterated morphine.

        Ms. Burchenal's Ohio nursing license has been suspended, pending outcome of the case.

Teens will need more driving time for license
        COLUMBUS — A rite of passage for Ohio teen-agers is about to change, again.

        Starting Friday, drivers younger than 18 will face tougher state requirements to get a driver's license.

        Under the new rules:

        • Parents or legal guardians must verify completion of 50 hours of driving time with their new teen driver, including 10 hours at night.

        • Public and private driver education programs will be expanded to include at least 24 hours of classroom instruction and eight hours behind the wheel. The old requirement called for at least 16 hours in the classroom and eight hours behind the wheel.

        • Sixteen-year-olds are not allowed to drive alone between 1 and 5 a.m. unless it is an emergency or they are going to or from a school function or work.

        The changes are part of Ohio's new licensing law for teens that began kicking in this past summer.

Murder case dismissed in court a second time
        COLUMBUS — For the second time in two years, a 1995 murder indictment accusing a man of killing his girlfriend 14 years earlier has been dismissed.

        The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the charge against Terry Lee Whiting, who had been accused of strangling Deborah L. Prince, 27, of Tipp City, in 1981 and leaving her body in a cemetery in Miami County. They had shared an apartment.

        A mistrial was declared in February 1996 when a Miami County Common Pleas Court jury could not agree on a verdict.

        In April 1996, Common Pleas Judge Robert Lindeman dismissed the indictment. He ruled there was no justifiable reason for the state's 14-year delay in indicting Mr. Whiting because law enforcement officials had not produced any evidence that was not available years earlier.

        Mr. Whiting's lawyers said the delay had undercut his defense because potential defense witnesses had died, suffered mentally debilitating illnesses or could not be found.


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