Tuesday, September 14, 1999


Franklin man dies when ATV overturns

        MIDDLETOWN — A Franklin man was killed Sunday evening when his all-terrain vehicle overturned as he drove up a hill on Moraine Materials property.

        About 6:45 p.m., Larry Blevins, 51, was driving the ATV up a hill on the Germantown Road site, said Butler County Sheriff's Department spokesman Brad Kraemer.

        As he neared the top of the hill, the vehicle flipped backward and rolled down the hill, Mr. Kraemer said, who didn't know if Mr. Blevins was an employee of Moraine Materials. Officials of the company were not available for comment Monday.

Details sketchy after fatal police shooting
        DAYTON, Ohio — Investigators on Monday tried to sort out conflicting accounts of a shooting by police officers that left a 26-year-old man dead near his home on the city's west side.

        Police were attempting to arrest Todd Lamont Brunson when the shooting occurred Sunday. Mr. Brunson, who was wanted on a felony grand theft charge, was accused of breaking into a van to steal money.

        Police said Mr. Brunson was unarmed, but punched and bit Officer Roger Kielbaso, then loosened the holster holding Officer Kielbaso's gun. Officer Kielbaso then shot Mr. Brunson using a second gun the officer carried, police said.

        Mr. Brunson's girlfriend, 18-year-old LaToya Johnson, said the officer opened fire as Mr. Brunson began to get away. She said the officer fired several rounds after Mr. Brunson was down.

        Mr. Brunson was pronounced dead at Franciscan Medical Center. Officer Kielbaso was treated at Grandview Hospital and Medical Center and released. He has been placed on paid leave pending the outcome of an internal probe.

Cleveland cops' charges dropped
        CLEVELAND — The city dropped dereliction of duty charges Monday against four Cleveland police officers involved in a bar raid.

        Acting City Prosecutor Steven Terry said he determined that while the officers' actions were improper, they weren't criminal.

        However three officers still face charges in connection with the June 24 raid at Ronny B's nightclub. Two of those officers, Detectives Kelvin Barrow and John Anderson, are accused of hitting unarmed men with the butts of their guns. The third officer, Robbie Durbin, is accused of witnessing one of the incidents but failing to report it.

        Dereliction of duty charges against Lt. Anthony George, Sgt. Ronald Dillons, Sgt. Robert Stanek and Sgt. Terence Shoulders were dropped. They were accused of failing to help a beating victim, failing to supervise the officers or misrepresenting what happened at the raid.

        A conviction for dereliction of duty is punishable by up to three months in jail and up to $750 in fines.

Accused man, 44, faces extradition

        COLUMBUS — A man arrested at a New York City airport as he tried to leave the country is resist ing being returned to Ohio to face charges that, on the verge of a divorce, he slashed the throats of his wife and three relatives.

        Nawaz Ahmed, 44, of Columbus was charged Monday with aggravated murder of his wife Dr. Lubaina Bhatti Ahmed, 39; her father Abdul Majid Bhatti, of Canada; her sister Ruhie Ahmad; and her niece Nasira Ahmad, both of the Oakland, Calif., area.

        A sheriff's deputy found the bodies Saturday in Mrs. Ahmed's St. Clairsville house after a relative called concerned about the family's whereabouts. St. Clairsville is about 110 miles east of Columbus, near the West Virginia line.

        New York authorities have been holding Mr. Ahmed, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Pakistan, since customs agents detained him at Kennedy Airport on Sunday while he waited for a Pakistani International Airlines flight.

Toledo brain surgeon under investigation
        TOLEDO, Ohio — A top brain surgeon at the Medical College of Ohio billed patients for surgeries he didn't do and performed operations without telling patients he was using them for research, hospital officials said.

        The medical college suspended the doctor after looking into allegations of false billings in 22 surgeries, hospital spokesman Larry Burns said Monday.

        Two hospital employees told investigators that Dr. Jeffrey Brown didn't show up at surgeries when he was expected, leaving hospital residents to perform brain surgeries without supervision. Residents are medical school graduates learning a specialty.

        Hospital officials fear the allegations could lead to a federal investigation, the Blade reported Sunday.

Rival asks politician to take a lie test
        YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — A challenger to Rep. James Traficant Jr. on Monday embraced a newspaper's suggestion that the candidates take a lie detector test about ties to organized crime.

        State Sen. Robert Hagan, who announced his candidacy Sept. 3, said he was impressed with the suggestion made Sunday by political columnist Bertram de Souza in the Vindicator of Youngstown.

        Mr. Traficant was elected to Congress in 1985 after he was acquitted of taking bribes from mobsters in 1983 when he was Mahoning County sheriff. The county includes Youngstown, where Mafia families from Cleveland and Pittsburgh long fought for control, breeding crime and corruption.

        Traficant spokesman Paul Marcone said that Mr. Traficant “does not intend to respond tit for tat to Hagan.”

Freshman jam into Kent State dorms
        KENT, Ohio — The biggest freshman class in a decade has left some Kent State University dormitory rooms meant for two sleeping three and forced the school to use lounges as bedrooms.

        The freshman class grew 14 percent from last year to 3,441 students at the northeastern Ohio school.


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