Sunday, July 30, 2000

Daughter of restaurant owner shot to death

Former boyfriend charged with murder

By Mara H. Gottfried
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        CROSBY TOWNSHIP — The 22-year-old daughter of a well-known restaurant owner was found shot to death here early Saturday morning.

        Dawn R. Flick's former boyfriend, Patrick L. Leonard, was charged with aggravated murder in her death. He also is charged with attempted murder of Ryan Gries, who was wounded in the attack on Ms. Flick.

        Mr. Leonard, 30, allegedly shot both Ms. Flick, whose parents own Les Flick's Homelike Inn, and Mr. Gries.

        The 3 a.m. shooting happened at Ms. Flick's home in the 6900 block of River Road in Crosby Township. Mr. Leonard lives about six houses down the street.

        According to a 911 tape at the Hamilton County communications center, Ms. Flick called Mr. Gries, 25, and another friend for help.

        The caller, who was not identified by police, said Mr. Leonard had come to Ms. Flick's house and had struck her. The caller said that when he arrived, Mr. Leonard shot through the front door with a .22-caliber rifle.

        Mr. Gries, of Miamitown, was shot in the side. He was treated and released from University Hospital on Saturday. Ms. Flick was found in her home.

        Campbell County police said Mr. Leonard surrendered at the Highland Heights station. He is being held in the Campbell County Detention Center for a Monday morning arraignment.

        Neighbors were dismayed. At Sam's Corners, a convenience store next to Ms. Flick's house, Sam Duncan recalled that Ms. Flick had stopped in Friday afternoon for milk.

        “They (Ms. Flick and Mr. Leonard) were both good people,” he said. “This is one that's going to take some time to figure out.”


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