Wednesday, January 19, 2000

TRISTATE DIGEST


Search on for robber of 2 banks

        The Criminal Investigation Section of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department is searching for a man who robbed two Sycamore Township banks Saturday morning.

        The man is described as white, late 40s to early 50s, 6-feet, 1 inch, weighing 180 to 200 pounds. He was wearing black pants, a dark jacket and a dark blue fisherman's hat.

        At each robbery, the robber also wore sunglasses and a surgical mask. He was armed with a silver revolver.

        Investigators also suspect the man in a similar Saturday morning bank robbery in Springfield Township.

        Anyone with information can call the sheriff's department at (513) 825-1500.

Man, 19, indicted in pair of street robberies
        A 19-year-old Walnut Hills man was indicted Tuesday on four counts of aggravated robbery in connection with two Jan. 5 street robberies, including one in which two people were shot.

        Raymond Jones, of the 2600 block of Victory Parkway, faces up to 77 years in prison after a Hamilton County grand jury indicted him on four counts of aggravated robbery with specifications, four counts of robbery, and one count of failure to comply with a police officer.

        Police say Mr. Jones drove up to two people on Clark Street in the West End, got out of his vehicle and demanded money. He is accused of shooting the pair in the back and the chest and arm, respectively, when they said they had no money.

        In a separate attack, a victim on Central Parkway was ordered to the ground at gunpoint and robbed of $150.

80 servers line up for piece of estate
        WILMOT, Ohio — Eighty waiters and waitresses named in the will of an elderly customer who died last year are clamoring to find out how much they will get and when, a legal aide in the case said Tuesday.

        “They have been calling me, trying to pin me down,” said Marie David, a law firm paralegal who is sorting out the estate of Joyce Marchand.

        Ms. Marchand died in June of chronic lung disease at age 73. She had only a few distant relatives.

        She included in her will all the servers who worked at the Amish Door Restaurant, in this Stark County community southeast of Canton, between Jan. 1, 1996, and June 16, 1998.

        The overall amount of the estate and how much will be split among servers cannot be determined until all assets are cataloged and administrative expenses are paid, Ms. David said.

Ind. panel approves Commandments bill
        INDIANAPOLIS — Almost two hours of debate Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee will not be the end of the discussion about posting the Ten Command ments in Indiana's schools and courthouses.

        Along party lines, the committee voted 6-2 to back a bill that would allow displays of the Ten Commandments in public buildings as long as the directives are part of a larger display of important historical documents.

        The committee's six Republicans voted for the bill, and the two Democrats present voted no. That means the measure can go to the Senate floor for possible amendments, debate and final votes.

        The Indiana debate comes amid a nationwide push to display the Ten Commandments in public venues. Supporters say America based its system of laws on the 10 rules that the biblical Book of Exodus says God gave to Moses.

Prosecutor: Reduce racketeering charges
        AKRON
— Felony racketeering charges in a high-profile escort service investigation should be reduced to misdemeanor prostitution counts, a prosecutor recommended Tuesday.

        Summit County Prosecutor Michael Callahan said the two-year investigation showed no evidence that prostitution money had flowed into a criminal organization, warranting racketeering charges.

        After defense attorneys review it, Common Pleas Court Judge Jane Bond must decide whether to accept the prosecutor's recommendation. The first three defendants in the case face a Feb. 3 trial.

Grain silo fall kills western Ohio man, 63
        MECHANICSBURG, Ohio — A worker for a grain company died after falling from a 96-foot-high grain silo in this western Ohio community.

        The Mechanicsburg police department identified the victim as David Tullis, 63, of London in west-central Ohio.

Man charged with shooting wife in leg
        NORWOOD Rosetta Deters, 39, of Duck Creek Road, was in fair condition at Good Samaritan Hospital on Tuesday after being shot in the right leg Monday by her husband, Frank Deters, 42, during a domestic fight at their home, police said.

        Police Sgt. Jerry Reynolds said officers went to the Deterses' home at 10:48 p.m. to discover Mr. Deters had allegedly shot his wife with a rifle while they were arguing in the bedroom. Mr. Deters was charged with felonious assault.

St. Mary PTO to talk about effects of TV
        The St. Mary Parent Teacher Organization will hold a free program Jan. 20 about television's effects on young children.

        The program will be from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. at the Catholic school's cafeteria, 2845 Erie Ave., Hyde Park.

        Paula Yerke, a regionally known speaker on media literacy and creator of a high school media literacy course, will facilitate the presentation and question-answer session.

        Topics will include the psychological, intellectual and emotional effects of television on children and tips for breaking bad TV habits.

        Details: Paul Bergman, 321-3588.

       



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