Friday, January 22, 1999


p9 Van dodging object blamed in wreck

        Three people were injured Thursday night when a van swerved into oncoming traffic on Interstate 275 in Campbell County as its driver tried to dodge an object thrown from beneath a truck.

        Police said the object caused the driver of the van to lose control. The van hit a an eastbound car on I-275, which swerved into another car. A section of eastbound I-275 was closed for about 20 minutes.

        Police used the jaws of life to free one man. Three people were transported to Saint Luke Hospital East with minor injuries. All three were in stable condition late Thursday.

Four robberies might be related
        Cincinnati police are trying to figure out whether four aggravated robberies that happened Tuesday night in Avondale were related.

        In one case, a 16-year-old boy was beaten in the head with a gun after three men wearing ski masks approached him in the parking lot of Zion Baptist Church on Glenwood Avenue and stole his wallet.

        Similar robberies were reported about the same time on Glenwood Avenue, Prospect Place and Reading Road.

        Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040. Callers may remain anonymous and earn cash for clues that lead to arrests.

Man surrenders in OTR shooting
        A 28-year-old Price Hill man surrendered to police Thursday in connection with a shooting that left a man in critical condition.

        Diego Villas, known as “Paco,” turned himself in to the Hamilton County Justice Center on a felonious assault charge for the Jan. 12 shooting of Wilbert “Mickey” White in Over-the-Rhine.

        Mr. White, 61, of Winton Hills had just left Joe's Cafe at 13th and Pendleton streets in Over-the-Rhine when he got into his light-gray Dodge Caravan to drive home.

        Police say Mr. Villas also was in the van and shot Mr. White in the torso.

        Mr. White has improved from critical to serious condition.

        Mr. Villas is scheduled to be arraigned today in Hamilton County Municipal Court.

Juvenile shooter seeks early release
        DELHI TOWNSHIP — Hamilton County Juvenile Judge Thomas Lipps will decide Feb. 4 whether to grant an early prison release to Jason Syme, 16.

        An early release hearing was held Thursday before Judge Lipps.

        The Delhi Township youth had been sentenced to the Ohio Department of Youth Services on a charge of involuntary manslaughter for fatally shooting Jeffrey Schulte, 14, in July 1996 while playing “cops and robbers” in the bedroom of another Delhi Township youth.

        Jason had been committed to ODYS until he turns 21.

Woman accused of fiery murder try
        HAMILTON — A woman who is accused of tossing a handful of flaming toilet paper on her fiance as he slept has been indicted on a charge of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated arson.

        Police said Deborah Lee Barton, 37, told them her fiance, Michael Todd Schorr, 29, had beaten her on Nov. 20. Later that day, a fire destroyed the Hamilton boarding room they had shared for three days.

        Police didn't track down Ms. Barton until Dec. 8.

        Mr. Schorr said he suffered heat blisters on his left foot but did not seek medical attention. The fire caused $12,000 damage to the boarding room.

Batavia man killed as crash passenger
        BATAVIA — A 21-year-old Batavia man was killed early Wednesday in a one-vehicle crash in which he was a passenger, State Highway Patrol in Clermont County said Thursday.

        Jeremiah J. Toney was in the front seat of a 1988 Suzuki Samurai driven by Kenneth Fuhrman, 21, of Batavia on Old State Route 74. Police said the vehicle was traveling east, about a mile west of Batavia, at a high rate of speed at 12:40 a.m. when it left the road, went airborne and struck a tree.

        Mr. Toney, a front-seat passenger, was ejected.

        Mr. Fuhrman, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to Clermont Mercy Hospital, state police said.

Youth faces charge of firing gun
        NORWOOD — A 17-year-old Milford boy was charged with inducing panic and discharging a firearm after he allegedly fired a gun during a dispute, Norwood police said.

        The boy, whose name is withheld because he was charged as a juvenile, allegedly went to the home of an ex-girlfriend in the 5600 block of Warren Avenue about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday and an argument ensued.

        Police said the boy fired one shot before fleeing.


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