Sunday, January 09, 2000


Woman attacked man with knife, police say

        A 28-year-old woman was arrested early Saturday after police say she attacked a man and stabbed him with a butcher knife.

        Police charged Montressor Hill of Over-the-Rhine with felonious assault. She is being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center.

        The injuries to Arthur Scott were not life-threatening, officials said.

        Police were called to Ms. Hill's apartment in the 1900 block of Race Street about 2 a.m. Saturday.

        Mr. Scott told them Ms. Hill had “stabbed him for no reason.”

        Blood was found throughout the halls of the building and in every room of Ms. Hill's apartment, the police report stated.

Reading bank robbery lands suspect in jail
        READING — A 31-year-old Butler County man was arrested Saturday and charged with aggravated robbery in connection with a morning robbery at a Firstar Bank.

        Police say John Camden III of Lilac Court in Fairfield Township gave the teller a note demanding money and threatening to shoot customers. No injuries were reported.

        He fled in a 1996 Mercury and later crashed it at Burns and Herford avenues in Cincinnati, where he was arrested.

        The robbery occurred at 9:15 a.m. in the branch at 320 W. Benson in Reading.

        He was being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center.

City names director of economic development
        HAMILTON — The city has named a new economic development director.

        Timothy E. Bigler has been promoted to fill the vacancy created by the May resignation of Dan Evers, who left to accept a position with a Cincinnati advertising firm.

        Mr. Bigler had been serving as acting director prior to his appointment being made official this week. Mr. Bigler holds a master's in business administration from the University of Toledo and a bachelor's in business from the University of Dayton.

They're having a ball at Miami University
        OXFORD — “Moonlight over the Millennium ... A Celebration of Miami's Tradition” is the theme for this year's Miami University Charter Day Ball on Feb. 4. The ball is 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. in Millett Hall.

        The ball is held every three years to commemorate the signing of Miami's charter. It is open to all Oxford residents, and university faculty, staff, students and alumni. Black tie is optional.

        Tickets are $15 and can be purchased 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Shriver Center box office.

        Information: (513) 529-7592.

No-wait knock voids evidence in drug case
        Police did not wait long enough after knocking on the door before forcing their way into a house, so prosecutors cannot use evidence gathered in a drug raid, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

        The ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati effectively wipes out the prosecution's evidence in the Pike County marijuana-manufacturing case, unless another appeal is successful, prosecutors have said in court.

        Government prosecutors had not seen the appeals court's ruling Thursday. Justice Department lawyers will review it and decide whether to appeal further or to dismiss the drug indictment filed on the basis of the 1994 raid, said Robyn Jones, an assistant U.S. attorney in Columbus.

        Acting on an informant's tip, police had obtained a search warrant and raided the home of Robert Dice.

        Officers said they announced themselves as deputies with a search warrant, knocked on the door and waited a few seconds before hearing movement inside and crashing through the door.

        The officers said they found at least 1,900 marijuana plants inside Mr. Dice's house. Mr. Dice was indicted on charges of intent to make and distribute marijuana and maintaining a drug-manufacturing place.

        Gordon Hobson, a federal public defender for Mr. Dice, said he expects the government to drop the indictment if the courts do not allow further appeals. Mr. Dice remains free while the case is pending.

        U.S. District Judge John Holschuh ruled that the police did not give Mr. Dice enough time to respond to their knock and announcement. Appeals Judges Nathaniel Jones, R. Guy Cole Jr. and Ronald Gilman unanimously upheld his ruling on Thursday.

Parents' suit claims Ritalin killed girl
        CANTON, Ohio — A couple has sued the makers of Ritalin, claiming the drug caused their daughter's death four years ago.

        Janet and Michael Hall are seeking more than $50,000 from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. for the death of their 11-year-old daughter, Stephanie Marie Hall.

        Stephanie took the medicine to treat an attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

        She died in January 1996, a day after her physician doubled her Ritalin dosage, said Steven Okey, the Halls' attorney. The couple blames the drug for the rapid heartbeat that caused Stephanie's death.

        About 2 million to 3 million patients in the United States take Ritalin.


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