Sunday, July 09, 2000

Local digest


Two from N.Y. held in bank robbery

        Two males from New York City have been arrested and charged with aggravated robbery in connection with Friday's Provident Bank robbery in Northside. A third suspect remained at large, police said.

        About 51/2 hours after the robbery, police arrested Randy C. Flores, 20, and a 17-year-old male downtown. The bank robbery — the 38th this year in Greater Cincinnati — occurred about 1:15 p.m. Friday at the Provident branch at 4140 Hamilton Ave.

        According to witnesses and police, two males threatened employees and customers with a gun. While one stood watch, the other jumped over a counter to grab cash.

        Police were searching Saturday for a third suspect, who was not reported by witnesses inside the bank. He was described as a 20-year-old black male with braided hair. He is about 5-foot-7 and was seen wearing blue jeans and a black T-shirt with cut-off sleeves.

        Police would not say how much money was involved or whether any cash was recovered after the arrests. They did ask the public to call Crimestoppers at 352-3040 if they had information about the third suspect.

Widow sues over fatal boating accident
        COVINGTON — The wife of an Ohio man who died in an Ohio River boating accident has brought a federal lawsuit here against the boater she says was responsible.

        Kenneth Middendorf, 37, of Cleves died in August, when his boat was rammed by a craft driven by Brian Brunen, 32, of Cincinnati.

        Two passengers in Mr. Middendorf's boat also were killed. They were Scott Martini, 36, of Lawrenceburg, Ind., and his wife, Pamela, 34.

        The lawsuit also names Richard Cross of Kettering, Ohio, claiming he was responsible for the craft's maintenance.

        A Campbell County grand jury last year indicted Mr. Brunen on three counts of manslaughter, two counts of assault, and driving under the influence. Mr. Brunen, who is free on bond, has pleaded not guilty.

Plant workers burned by hot tar
        EVENDALE — An equipment malfunction at the Neyra Industries asphalt plant sent 300-degree tar splashing down on three workers Saturday.

        The accident happened about 3:45 p.m. at the plant at 10700 Evendale Drive. The workers were taken to University Hospital, where they were expected to be treated and released.

        “Apparently a valve malfunctioned during the asphalt processing, which caused a large vat to boil over and coat three employees,” said Capt. Greg Merz, Evendale Fire Department.

        The vat was about 25 feet tall. The hot liquid tar did not entirely coat the men, but hit their heads, necks and shoulders, Capt. Merz said.

OSU heart hospital to focus on research
        COLUMBUS — A new heart hospital planned for Ohio State University will have a research focus, allowing patients to receive all their care in one location, university officials said.

        The university's board of trustees on Friday gave the go-ahead to hire architects for the 80-bed Ohio State Heart Center. It will be built near the OSU Heart and Lung Institute.

        The heart hospital will cost $60 million to $70 million and open in 2003. Funds likely will come from donations, the state and current hospital revenues.

        The research center and hospital will give patients the latest in medical capabilities combined with a one-stop heart-care center, said Dr. Robert Michler.

Police recapture assault suspect
        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — A man who escaped from police custody Friday night was captured Saturday.

        The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office says Frank Harrison Jr., 40, was arrested Friday night along Interstate 275 on a misdemeanor assault charge.

        But when deputies briefly removed his handcuffs to put him in a prisoner van, they say, he broke away and dashed across the highway into nearby woods.

        The sheriff's office did not say when specifically he was arrested or where. Mr. Harrison was taken to the justice center and will be arraigned Monday.

Silver SUV skips after injuring man
        MIDDLETOWN — A person driving a silver sport utility vehicle took off into the night Friday after nearly killing a man trying to cross a street.

        Randy Leeds, 42, was crossing Roosevelt Boulevard near Jackson Lane about 11:30 p.m. Friday when he was struck by an SUV traveling east on Roosevelt.

        Mr. Leeds was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where he was in critical condition.

        Police ask anyone with information to call Middletown Police Department at (513) 425-7701.

       



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