Sunday, December 10, 2000

Local Digest

Robberies reported at Kenwood center

        SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP — The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is investigating two aggravated robberies that occurred this week outside of the Lazarus Department Store at Kenwood Towne Center.

        Both robberies involved female victims in their 60s. Officials say the incidents could be linked.

        The most recent occurred about 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Lazarus parking lot, according to the sheriff's office. A 67-year-old woman was sitting in her car when a man opened the passenger's door and got inside.

        Authorities say the woman immediately exited the car through the driver's side door, before the man grabbed her purse and ran off.

        The robber was described as black, about 5-foot-7 and 170 pounds, wearing black clothing.

        At 6 p.m. Sunday two men wearing ski masks approached a 63-year-old Lazarus employee as she walked to her car. The sheriff's report said one of the men brandished a handgun and demanded her purse. The suspects drove off in a gold Jeep Grand Cherokee.

        The two men were described as black, one about 5-foot-6, wearing a gray coat and the other about 5-foot-10.

        Neither victim was injured.

Officer hit by car;
woman charged

               MONTGOMERY — A car struck a special deputy with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office as he directed traffic Saturday afternoon in the 9300 block of Montgomery Road.

        Deputy Daryl McFarland suffered bruises from the accident but was not seriously hurt. He was treated at Bethesda North Hospital.

        The accident occurred at 4:30 p.m., according to the sheriff's office. Deputy McFarland, dressed in an orange reflective vest, had stopped southbound traffic to allow cars to exit a parking lot. One of the cars the deputy had stopped then began to accelerate and struck him.

        The driver of the car, Alpha Louthan, 75, of Montgomery, was cited for failure to comply with a police officer and for expired license plates. Sheriff's officials said Ms. Louthan was wearing her seat belt and that drugs and alcohol were not factors. Ms. Louthan was not injured.

        The accident remains under investigation.

Deputy denies
assault allegation

               Jason Doerman, 22, a Warren County deputy, pleaded not guilty Saturday to a charge of aggravated assault, and his case was continued to Jan. 5 by Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Karla Grady.

        Police say Deputy Doerman was off duty and armed with a knife when he and a friend attacked two men on Glenway Avenue in Green Township early Friday.

        Deputy Doerman's friend, Robert Lehman, 21, of Green Township, was charged with assault. His case was continued to Dec. 22. Neither man is being jailed.

        Deputy Doerman was suspended from his job without pay Friday. He has been a Warren County officer for five months.

        According to police and witnesses, the two men attacked Kevin Schmit and George King after words were exchanged on Glenway Avenue. Mr. Schmit suffered a broken nose, broken hand and bruises in the fight.

Corryville man
faces robbery charge

               A 57-year-old Corryville man was arrested within minutes of a robbery Friday afternoon at the Provident Bank at Fourth and Vine Streets downtown.

        Robert Lawrence, 57, pleaded not guilty to a charge of robbery in Hamilton County Municipal Court Saturday morning, and Municipal Judge Karla Grady set bond at $250,000.

        Mr. Lawrence is being confined at the Hamilton County Justice Center.

        Cincinnati police said a man entered the bank at 1:27 p.m. Friday and handed a teller a note that said “This is a robbery.”

        Within three minutes, Mr. Lawrence was arrested by private security inside the bank.

        There have been more than 45 bank robberies in Hamilton County this year. The last time a downtown Cincinnati bank was robbed — the Fifth Third Bank branch on Central Avenue, in late October — a suspect was arrested.

Reading program
offered Dec. 16

               The Three Square Music Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides programs discouraging violence, crime, and illicit drug use for urban youth, will offer “Gift of Reading” on Dec. 16.

        The foundation will focus on reading and participating in reading-based activities throughout the day at their eight community locations.

        Donations of new and used books will be taken until Dec. 15 at the administrative offices, 7373 Brookcrest Drive in Roselawn. Volunteers are needed to read and to sort book donations.

        Information: 731-3227.

Fluor Fernald
wins honor

               Fluor Fernald Inc., the contractor responsible for the management of the cleanup for the U.S. Department of Energy Fernald Environmental Management Project, has been named “Corporation of the Year” by the Dayton Minority Supplier Development Council.

        The award recognizes the contractor's implementation of the Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Program at the Fernald site and its efforts in addressing the concerns of small certified-disadvantaged and woman-owned businesses.


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