Tuesday, October 24, 2000

Man faces assault charges

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MIDDLETOWN — A 45-year-old man is being held in the city jail on charges that he assaulted a pair of police officers as they tried to arrest him early Monday.

        James Arthur Russell appeared in Municipal Court, where his bond was set at $30,000. Scheduled for an Oct. 30 preliminary hearing, Mr. Russell faces a series of charges: two counts of felonious assault on a police officer and a count each of resisting arrest, loitering in aid of a drug offense, drug abuse (marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

        Officers David Kirsch and Tim Meehan were recovering from injuries suffered in a scuffle.

        Police say the officers spotted Mr. Russell early Monday as they were on patrol in the area of 16th Avenue and Minnesota Street.

        Police said he was attempting to conceal a bag of marijuana and when they tried to arrest him, he resisted. He also allegedly tried to grab Officer Kirsch's pistol during the struggle.

        He was subdued with the help of additional officers, police said.


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