Thursday, January 04, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Wounded intruder charged on 12 counts

        BATAVIA — The Miami Township man accused of a home invasion in Union Township on New Year's Day was indicted Wednesday by a Clermont County grand jury on 12 counts, including kidnapping and aggravated robbery.

        Robert Snead, 37, of Overlook Drive, was shot by township Officer Greg Jasper, who entered the house two hours after the incident began and moments after resident James Stephens escaped and called 911 from a neighbor's home. It was the first police shooting in the 35-year history of the department.

        Mr. Snead remained in serious condition Wednesday at University Hospital, where he is being treated for a gunshot wound to the arm and side, a hospital spokesman said.

[photo] Deer graze in a snow-covered field in the Miami Whitewater Forest in Crosby Township on Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-30s today and Friday.
(Craig Ruttle photo)
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        Mr. Snead allegedly entered the home on Romohr Drive at 1:40 a.m. Monday through an open garage, and confined Mr. Stephens, 45, in the basement and Mr. Stephens' wife, Christy Carter, 26, in a bedroom.

        Union Township police say Mr. Stephens fled out a basement window. When police responded, they encountered Mr. Snead, armed with a .45-caliber pistol, in a hallway and fired once when he refused to stop. Four children in the home were awakened by the gunshot.

        Mr. Snead faces six counts of kidnapping, three counts of felonious assault, two counts of aggravated burglary and one count of aggravated robbery.

Library branches will get new names

        Nine branches of the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County will be renamed effective Monday. The changes will provide closer identity with the communities they serve, and reflect changes in neighborhoods. The changes:

        • Bonham becomes Wyoming.

        • Lincoln Park becomes West End.

        • Madeira-Indian Hill-Kenwood becomes Madeira.

        • Miami Township becomes Cleves.

        • Northern Hills becomes College Hill.

        • Parkdale becomes Forest Park.

        • Sycamore becomes Blue Ash.

        • Valley becomes Reading.

        • West Fork becomes Monfort Heights.

        The Cumminsville Branch was renamed Northside when it reopened in September after renovation.

Council approves budget in Fairfield

        FAIRFIELD — City Council Tuesday unanimously approved a $41 million operating budget for 2001, which represents a $3 million increase from 2000.

        The budget calls for the hiring of about two dozen full- and part-time employees, including a full-time Web analyst to develop applications on the city's intranet and Web site. These applications would be used in utility billing and collection, income tax collection and citizens interactive systems, among other areas.

        The 2001 budget represents the final year of a three-year plan to upgrade services. The city has upgraded fire, paramedic and police services. The proposed budget would raise the level of courts, parks and recreation, and information technology services.

Maineville woman killed in car crash

        SYMMES TOWNSHIP — A three-car crash on Interstate 71 near Fields Ertel Road Tuesday killed a Maineville woman and injured two others.

        Kirstine Fantini, 33, died after the 1996 Ford Taurus she was driving south on I-71 was struck by a 1992 Cadillac, crossed the median and went into the path of a northbound 1998 Toyota Camry, Hamilton County sheriff's spokesman Steve Barnett said. Ms. Fantini was pronounced dead at Bethesda North Hospital.

        The accident occurred shortly after 8:30 a.m.

        Joseph W. Wintrob, 57, of Wyoming, the driver of the Toyota, was in serious condition Wednesday at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

        Loveland-Symmes firefighters and paramedics found Mr. Wintrob trapped in his car, said Fire Chief Otto Huber.

        A passenger in the Cadillac, Grace B. Davis, 62, of Lebanon was treated at Bethesda North and released. The Cadillac was driven by her husband, Raymond S. Davis, 74. He was not injured, sheriff's officials said.

        All occupants were wearing seat belts, and alcohol and drugs were not a factor in the crash, Mr. Barnett said. The accident remains under investigation and no charges have been filed.

Driver kills ducks while they cross road

        TIFFIN, Ohio — Neighbors are upset and animal lovers are saddened after a driver mowed down more than 20 ducks along the Sandusky River.

        The mallards were gathering for their afternoon feeding Christmas Eve and began to cross a street along the river as a pickup truck sped through.

        “We just looked out the window and saw feathers flying,” said Marge Patterson, who lives in front of the crossing. “Ducks were strewn all over the road. It was sickening, just sickening.”

        A reward is being offered for information that would lead to an arrest. Police Officer Steve Kizer said more information is needed because no one saw the truck actually hit the ducks.

Columbus house fire kills two, injures six

        COLUMBUS — Fire destroyed a house Wednesday, killing two people and injuring at least six others, fire officials said.

        The two-story frame house on the west side was covered by flames when firefighters arrived shortly before 1 p.m. A house next door was badly damaged.

        A child and a woman died in the fire. Fire department spokeswoman Kelly McGuire said six people were taken to the hospital, including a firefighter who suffered minor burns.

        The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Amateur thief calls store to check on loot

        COLUMBUS — Police said a man robbed a bank, hid the loot in a nearby drugstore restroom, then called an hour later to ask whether the money was still there.

        Store employees had found a shopping bag containing a toy gun and cash stuffed in the toilet tank, which had overflowed.

        The store manager told the caller he would have the bag waiting for him.

        Police charged Reginald Ogbuehi, 22, of Gahanna with robbery.

Man killed by patrol faced assault charges

        SHALERSVILLE, Ohio — A drunken-driving suspect who was killed after fighting with State Highway Patrol troopers along the Ohio Turnpike had been involved in another struggle with police last month.

        Wayne Wright, 33, of Detroit, was facing charges of assaulting police in suburban Detroit when he was pulled over Saturday night on suspicion of drunken driving. During the sobriety test, Mr. Wright fled and fought off two troopers, despite being sprayed with Mace and hit with batons, the patrol said.

        Troopers shot and killed Mr. Wright after he ran into traffic and stopped a car.

        On Dec. 2, Warren, Mich., police responded to a report of a man screaming in a restaurant. After police arrived, Mr. Wright ran into the street, yelling and “trying to flag down a vehicle,” according to police. Police said he punched one officer in the face and kicked others.


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