Tuesday, October 03, 2000

Local Digest


Teen-ager charged in fatal shooting

        A Finneytown teen-ager was indicted Monday on charges of murder and kidnapping in the shooting death of a University of Cincinnati student.

        David McGee, 17, could face a life sentence if he is convicted. Prosecutors say he and Michael Price, 19, abducted David Peet on Aug. 14 and forced him into the trunk of his car.

        Mr. Peet's body was found in a remote area near Spring Grove Avenue. Although prosecutors say Mr. Price fired the fatal shots, Mr. McGee will face the same charges.

        Mr. Price, however, could face the death penalty if convicted. Mr. McGee cannot be sent to death row because he is under age 18.
       

Five sentenced
in drug operation

               Five members of a suburban drug gang began serving their sentences this week after admitting their roles in the multimillion-dollar operation.

        All five were sentenced in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court for their involvement with a drug ring that prosecutors say sold more than a ton of marijuana in Greater Cincinnati.

        The five were sentenced last week to terms ranging from probation to five years by Judge Thomas Nurre. The accused ringleader of the gang, Thomas McIntosh, was sentenced to 24 years in prison.

        Mr. McIntosh, 52, of Evendale, is the only member of the group to go to trial.

        The others included Jeff Geraci, who received five years in prison; and Denver Baehr, Mark Kramer and Todd Klein, who received one year apiece. Carl Wesley was sentenced to six months probation.

        Prosecutors say the gang members regularly met at their suburban homes, where they arranged drug deals that brought in at least $2 million.
       

Pregnant woman
missing for days

               RAVENNA, Ohio — The family of a pregnant woman missing since last week appealed Monday for help locating her.

        Jon Andrews, 23, a sheet-metal worker from Ravenna, fought back tears as he said the family of Theresa Andrews, also 23, was praying for his wife's safe return.

        The family has hired a private investigator.

        Ravenna police said there had been no break in the case. Chief Randall McCoy said his department was willing to work with anyone on the investigation.

        “We're doing everything we can with our resources,” he said.

        Mrs. Andrews, who hasn't been seen since Wednesday, is due to deliver this week.

        She was home when her husband left for work Wednesday morning, Mr. Andrews told police. They were trying to sell a car, and Mr. Andrews told police his wife paged him at work Wednesday and said a woman had called inquiring about it.

Sheriff endorses
fellow Republican

               HAMILTON — The Butler County sheriff has endorsed fellow Republican Robin Piper in the race for county prosecutor.

        “Robin Piper is qualified to be prosecutor and will do an excellent job,” Sheriff Harold Don Gabbard said in a news release Monday.

        Mr. Piper, facing Prosecutor Dan Gattermeyer, a Democrat, has secured endorsements from the West Chester Township, Fairfield and Oxford Fraternal Order of Police organizations.

        The Middletown FOP endorsed both candidates; the Hamilton FOP, which held its endorsement vote in the spring, endorsed neither Mr. Piper nor then-Prosecutor John F. Hol comb.

        Mr. Holcomb died in July and Mr. Gattermeyer was appointed as his successor.
       

Trial opens for man
accused of killing uncle

               HAMILTON — Witnesses for the prosecution are expected to testify when the trial of James D. Sudberry resumes this morningin Butler County Common Pleas Court.

        Prosecuting and defense attorneys began the trial Monday with opening arguments after selecting a jury of seven women and five men. Mr. Sudberry, 26, of Hamilton, is accused of stabbing to death his 37-year-old uncle, James L. Sudberry, with scissors on Jan. 26, 1999.

        Mr. Sudberry has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Defense attorney Ronald Morgan said his client acted out of self-defense. Assistant Prosecutor John McCracken presented arguments for the prosecution.

        The trial is expected to last for the rest of the week.
       

Cyclist injured
in Hamilton crash

               HAMILTON — A Hamilton man was in critical condition Monday, a day after a car struck his motorcycle on Ohio 129 at Wasserman Road.

        Richard A. Reed, 40, of Hamilton, is being treated at University Hospital.

        Hamilton police charged Robert B. Meckstroth, 19, of West Chester, with driving under the influence, driving under suspension, aggravated vehicular assault and failure to maintain an assured clear distance. The accident occurred about 2:15 a.m.
       

Ex-officer accused
of computer crime

               A recently retired Cincinnati police officer was accused Monday of using a police computer to get information about his brother's criminal record.

        Joe Hill, a former District 5 officer, was indicted by a Hamilton County grand jury on charges of illegally accessing the Regional Crime Information Computer. The computer, which contains records for thousands of cases, is supposed to be used only for law enforcement.

        Mr. Hill retired Sept. 1. prosecutors say. Prosecutors say Mr. Hill used the computer Feb. 5 to get a printout of his brother's record. His brother, Dwaine Hill, was wanted on assault charges.

        If he's convicted, Mr. Hill could face six months to one year in jail.
       

Catholic schools
launch ad campaign

               Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the Diocese of Covington launched a new advertising campaign this week.

        Billboards, buses and banners at the schools, as well as radio spots and yard signs will promote Catholic high schools.
        Heile/Burke Advertising Inc. created the campaign.
       

Fire damages
Middletown building

               MIDDLETOWN — More than 45 firefighters battled a blaze Monday evening that extensively damaged the third floor of a three-story downtown building.

        Firefighters responded to the blaze in the 1300 block of Central Avenue about 6:15 p.m. and found smoke and flames coming from the third-floor of the structure, said Fire Chief John Sauter. The building has businesses on the first floor, including a pub, and apartments on the upper second and third floors.

        No injuries were reported.

        The fire started on the third floor and extended into the attic, the chief said. Fire damage was confined to the third floor, and the lower floors sustained water damage.

        The cause is under investigation. A damage estimate was not available Monday.

        The Madison Township fire department assisted.

       



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