Thursday, April 29, 1999


Robbery suspect arrested after crash

        BETHEL — A man suspected of robbing a Bethel bank Wednesdaywas arrested four miles away when his car crashed in Tate Township.

        Officers on the scene at Ohio 232 near Moore Road found money and suspected the car had been used in a robbery, said Bethel Police Chief George Schramm.

        Police arrested Mark T. Stankorb, 37, of Felicity on a charge of aggravated armed robbery. Charges are pending against Debbie Gibson of New Richmond, who was driving the car, Chief Schramm said.

        Police say a man matching Mr. Stankorb's description entered the Bank One at 601 W. Plane St. about 12:20 p.m. Wednesday. A note stated the man had a gun, though a weapon was not displayed, police said.

Man arrested for alleged sexual assault
        WEST HARRISON — A 24-year-old West Harrison man has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old female.

        Mario Contreras has been charged with a preliminary count of rape and could face as much as two counts of child molestation and one count of rape, said Dearborn County Sheriff's Cpl. Bill Ullrich.

        Police say the alleged incident may have occurred Monday and was reported Tuesday.

        Mr. Contreras and the victim knew each other, Cpl. Ullrich said.

        Mr. Contreras was being held in the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center in Lawrenceburg.

Hartwell man arrested after police chase
        A chase ended with an arrest early Wednesday after a 33-year-old Hartwell driver ran into another car in Springfield Township.

        Willie Bass of the 200 block of W. Galbraith Road is charged with failure to comply with a police signal, driving under the influence, no driver's license and speeding.

        Police say he refused to stop for speeding and he stopped when he struck another car on Winton Road about 2:55 a.m.

        He is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center and is expected to be arraigned today.

Price Hill man run over on Boudinot
        Police say a 46-year-old Price Hill man is lucky to be alive after being run over Tuesday night.

        Officers said John Sullivan of the 1000 block of Considine Avenue was drunk and lying in the middle of Boudinot Avenue when he was struck by a pickup about 11 p.m. Tuesday.

        He was treated at University Hospital and cited for being intoxicated on a public highway.

Man sentenced in hit-and-run accident
        A Cincinnati man was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison for a fatal hit-and-run accident in Colerain Township.

        Jackie Watkins, a 27-year-old construction worker, pleaded guilty last month to aggravated vehicular homicide in the Sept. 6 death of Aaron Morrison.

        Mr. Watkins had faced a possible maximum sentence of five years. He was sentenced by Judge Melba Marsh in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court.

        Prosecutors say Mr. Morrison, 20, was killed while walking to his car near the Riverfront West Sports Complex. Sheriff's deputies said Mr. Morrison was standing 3 feet inside the white line of the roadway when he was struck by Mr. Watkins' Ford Bronco.

        At Mr. Watkins' arraignment a few days later, a brawl erupted as Mr. Morrison's friends and relatives began shouting at Mr. Watkins.

        Two men were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

Vigils planned for victims of crime
        Two vigils for victims of crime will be held today as a part of National Victims' Rights Week. The week's theme is “Victims Voices: Silent No More.”

        The first vigil is 5 to 6 p.m. at the District 1 police memorial on Ezzard Charles Drive. Speakers include Debbie Culberson, whose daughter Carrie Culberson, disappeared in 1996; Linda Pope, widow of slain Cincinnati Police Officer Dan Pope; and Lori Stonerock of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. The event is hosted by Talbert House, Fernside Center for Grieving Children, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Cincinnati Police Division, Parents United of Butler County and Seven Hills Neighborhood.

        The 10th annual Take Back The Night candlelight vigil/march is at 7 p.m. at Bicentennial Commons at Sawyer Point. Brenda Saylor will be the guest speaker. Participants are invited to bring rhythm instruments and signs for the march. Survivors of crime may bring T-shirts to add to the Clothesline Project.

        More information: call Kathy at 331-9555.

Vision van visiting Cincinnati schools
        LensCrafters Foundation's Vision Van will provide free vision screenings and eyeglasses todayand Friday to 1,100 Cincinnati Public Schools students in need.

        The program will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Evanston Recreation Center, 3204 Woodburn Ave. The Vision Van is part of LensCrafters' “Give the Gift of Sight” program, which helps schoolchildren see better.

Heart attack suspected in Warren Co. accident
        HARLAN TOWNSHIP — A South Lebanon man may have had a heart attack Wednesday before driving off Ohio 132 in Harlan Township in Warren County and hitting a tree.

        Richard Simpson, 52, was driving north on Ohio 132 near Middleboro Road at 2:32 p.m. when the accident happened, said Dispatcher Travis Jones of the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Lebanon post.

        A physician at the scene said he thought the man died from a heart attack just before driving off the road, Mr. Jones said.

        Mr. Simpson appeared to have only minor injuries from the accident, and his car sustained minor damage, he said.

        His body was sent to the Hamilton County coroner's office, where an autopsy will be performed today.


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