Friday, November 10, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

Charge: Mom left tots alone with python

        A Cincinnati mother of four was indicted Thursday on charges of endangering children after police said she left her children home alone with a 10-foot python.

        Lynette Hudson, 29, is accused of leaving the children at her home in the Fay Apartments with the snake. Prosecutors described the apartment as “dirty and bug-infested” and said a 1-year-old child was locked in a closet a few feet from the python.

[photo] Cincinnati firefighters helped free the driver of a Rideshare van on Thursday after the van crashed into a utility pole on Harrison Avenue just west of the viaduct. The driver, whose name was not released, was taken to University Hospital.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        Prosecutors say three children were found in the apartment and the fourth, a 2-year-old, was found wandering alone in the street.

        “The mother was located by police across the street, drinking beer,” Prosecutor Mike Allen said in a statement.

        Ms. Hudson is charged with four felony counts of endangering children. If convicted, she faces up to six years in prison.

Ex-boxer gets jail for selling crack

        Former heavyweight boxing champion Tony Tubbs was sentenced to three months in jail Thursday on charges of cocaine trafficking.

        Mr. Tubbs, 42, pleaded guilty to the charge in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. He had withdrawn a guilty plea last month but changed his mind again on Thursday.

        Judge Steven Martin sentenced Mr. Tubbs to three months in jail and 300 hours of community service. Mr. Tubbs also must complete a drug treatment program.

        Mr. Tubbs, a Cincinnati native, won the World Boxing Association's heavyweight title in 1985. He fell on hard times in the 1990s and was arrested in August for selling a $20 rock of crack cocaine to an undercover police officer.

Two men sought in W. Chester robbery

        WEST CHESTER TWP. — Police are looking for two men who tied up a man in his West Chester home Wednesday and then stole his 1995 Ford Windstar.

        At 11 a.m., two men wearing masks and carrying a handgun confronted a man in the doorway of his home in the 6600 block of San Mateo Drive, police said.

        The two men forced the homeowner into the basement, tied him up and fled in his minivan, officers said.

        One man wore a gray mask and the other a black mask. One also wore a Dallas Cowboys jacket. Both were later observed walking near the Firstar Bank on Cox Road at Cincinnati-Columbus Road, police said.

        Anyone with information should call the West Chester police tip line at 759-7272.

Man faces charges in burglary, sex case

        HAMILTON — Michael Lagow, who was eliminated as a suspect in a series of rapes in the Tristate, was indicted Thursday on charges of gross sexual imposition, attempted burglary and three counts of burglary.

        The sex-related charge involves an 8-year-old girl. He is accused of breaking into a house on Sept. 19 and inappropriately touching the girl.

        Mr. Lagow, 35, of West Chester Township is being held at the Butler County Jail on $70,000 bond.

        Mr. Lagow was a suspect in a series of rapes, but his DNA sample did not match DNA samples collected at rape scenes in Mason, Montgomery and Colerain Township.

W. Chester to hold meeting at new site

        WEST CHESTER TWP. — For the first time, West Chester Township trustees will hold their regular public meeting in their new headquarters in the Union Centre Boulevard area.

        On Tuesday, trustees will hold an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. in the township's new offices at 9100 Centre Pointe Drive off Muhlhauser Road.

        The offices opened in September after officials moved from former headquarters at the corner of West Chester and Cincinnati-Dayton roads. The site now houses police and local courts.

        The regularly scheduled trustees meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the first-floor auditorium.

Pepper to speak to preservationists

        GLENDALE — The public is invited to the annual meeting of the Glendale Heritage Preservation group at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Old Town Hall, 80 E. Sharon Ave.

        John E. Pepper, chairman of of Procter & Gamble, will be featured speaker. Mr. Pepper will talk about the 2003 opening of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. He serves as co-chair of the development campaign for the center.

        For information, call 772-8330.

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