Saturday, April 03, 1999


Man charged with trying to hit officer

        UNION TOWNSHIP — Scott Underwood, 18, of Cherry Grove in Clermont County has been charged with trying to run over an undercover Union Township police officer early Friday in a parking lot at 449 Ohio Pike.

        Police Lt. Terry Zinser said two plainclothes officers, assigned to drug investigations, observed two men “involved in suspicious activity” in the lot at a strip of small stores on Ohio Pike at 2:05 a.m.

        Mr. Underwood got in a car and, as he left, tried to run down an officer, police said. He was arrested several hours later at a nearby apartment complex, and has been charged with felonious assault, obstructing official police business and trafficking in drugs.

        The other man, 39, of Union Township, was released after questioning at the scene. Police are not releasing the names of the officers because of their undercover assignments or of the man they did not charge, Lt. Zinser said.

Ex-chief gives $1,500 to Crime Stoppers Former Cincinnati Police Chief Michael Snowden on Friday donated $1,500 to the Greater Cincinnati Crime Stoppers for reward money to informants. The presentation was made at Crime Stoppers' board meeting at The Cincinnatian hotel downtown.
        Crime Stoppers, which solves crimes through an investigative network of police and citizens, is a nonprofit organization. It is funded by private donations from individuals, corporations, clubs, associations, retailers and other organizations.

        Anyone with knowledge about a crime can call 352-3040. Crime Stoppers guarantees anonymity to informants, who are given a code number by which to identify themselves when calling the police.

Suspect, 18, faces gun, drug charges
        An 18-year-old man was arraigned on several charges Friday after he was arrested following a brief police chase Thursday night in Over-the-Rhine. Police say the suspect had marijuana in his shoe and a loaded handgun in the car he was driving.

        Damico Higgins, of the 2300 block of Harrison Avenue, was arraigned on charges of drug possession, obstruction of official business, fleeing and eluding police, improper handling of firearms in a vehicle and carrying a concealed weapon. He was being held Friday night at the Hamilton County Justice Center in lieu of $26,000 bond.

        The chase began in the 1700 block of Hughes Street after police responded to a call of shots fired. When they arrived, officers saw a 1990 white Pontiac Bonneville leaving the scene without headlights on. The driver, identified by police as Mr. Higgins, drove through a stoplight and a stop sign. After driving several blocks through business and residential districts, Mr. Higgins apparently “bailed” out of the car in the 1700 block of Main Street, according to Cincinnati police records.

        He hid underneath his car, where police later found him. He told police he had marijuana in his right shoe, according to the police reports.

        A loaded handgun was found in the vehicle behind the driver's seat, police reported.

        Later, police officials said it was unclear whether the gun found in the car might have been the one fired in the 1700 block of Hughes Street, though the shell casings matched.

Pitch your design ideas for ballpark Today is your chance to tell the architects how to design the new Reds ballpark.
        A town meeting will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in Room 243 of the Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center at Fifth and Elm streets downtown.

        Architects from HOK Sport, the Kansas City firm that is designing the new ballpark, will be there to hear the ideas.

        The meeting is being hosted by the county, which is paying for the bulk of the $297 million ballpark with stadium sales tax revenues.

        The new ballpark will be built just west of Firstar Center on the riverfront site known as Baseball on Main or the “Wedge.” It is scheduled to open in 2003.

Motorcycle driver still hospitalized A Blue Ash man was in critical condition at University Hospital on Friday, where he was taken a day earlier for injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident in Anderson Township, officials said.
        Garry Haas, 46, and his passenger, Robin Berman, 32, of Price Hill both were injured. Ms. Berman was taken to University Hospital, too, and later released.

        Mr. Haas, of the 4600 block of Sycamore Road, was westbound on U.S. 52 at Kellogg Avenue about 11:30 p.m. Thursday when he lost control and went off the road, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

        Mr. Haas tried to regain control of the cycle and re-entered the roadway, but lost control again. The cycle went down on its side and struck a guardrail.

        The accident is under investigation, and no charges had been filed as of Friday.


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