Sunday, January 28, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report




Cops say man tossed dishwasher at them

        GREEN TOWNSHIP — Hamilton County sheriff's officers Saturday arrested a 27-year-old Cheviot man, saying he assaulted a police officer — with a stolen dishwasher.

        Casey L. Chasteen was being held without bond Saturday after police said he pushed a dishwasher out of the back of a pickup into the path of a pursuing police cruiser late Friday.

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        Mr. Chasteen and David A. Patrick, 25, of North Bend, were seen leaving a house under construction with the dishwasher and other items, police said.

        The sheriff's helicopter spotted the men leaving another house, and a chase ensued.

        Police said Mr. Chasteen crawled through the pickup truck's rear window, and pushed out the dishwasher, causing the pursuing vehicle to swerve. There were no injuries to the officers or damage to the cruiser, and the truck was disabled using stop sticks.The men were apprehended soon thereafter on foot.

        Mr. Chasteen was also charged with breaking and entering, tampering with evidence and resisting arrest.

        Mr. Patrick was being held without bond on charges of fleeing and evading, breaking and entering, resisting arrest, criminal damaging and driving under suspension.
       

2 men charged in gas station robbery

        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — Two Cincinnati men were arrested Friday in connection with a Clark gas station robbery.

        Chris E. Burton, 40, of 5855 Lathrop Place in College Hill was charged with robbing the Clark station in the 7400 block of Colerain Avenue. Todd E. Smith, 39, who lives in another unit at the same address, was charged with receiving the stolen goods.

        According to police, Mr. Burton entered the gas station Friday morning brandishing a knife and demanding money from the clerk. He fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash, Sgt. Angela Meyer said. He soon was arrested near his home.

        A witness told investigators that Mr. Burton stashed the money at his neighbor's. They entered Mr. Smith's apartment and discovered several hundred dollars hidden in a laundry basket, Sgt. Meyer said.
       

Erlanger man killed when car leaves road

        CRESCENT SPRINGS — Joseph L. Finn, 43, of Erlanger, died early Saturday when his vehicle crashed into a highway pillar on Crescent Springs Road, at the Interstate 75 overpass, Kenton County police said.

        Mr. Finn was traveling north on Crescent Springs Road when his 2000 Toyota Corolla ran off the roadway shortly before 5 a.m. and struck the pillar head on. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
       

XU athletes to visit Bond Hill school

        Students at Bond Hill Academy will receive visits from Xavier University athletes and a chance to attend a Musketeers basketball game at the new Cintas Center.

        Two athletes will visit Bond Hill Academy on Feb. 9 to talk with students about the importance of education, teamwork, reading and what it takes to succeed.

        Students are chosen to participate based on their academic achievement and citizenship.
       

Symmes needs to fill finance panel seat

        The Symmes Township Board of Trustees is seeking to fill a position on the Finance Committee for an unexpired term ending July 2002.

        For information, or to request an application, contact the township office at 683-6644. Applications should be completed and returned as soon as possible.

Cousins' quilt show to mark black history

        COVINGTON — Linda Chapman and Charlotte Hunter, two Cincinnati cousins, will combine talents in a joint quilt show - called “Quiltin' Cousins” - at Nordheim Art Gallery.

        The free show begins in early February, which is Black History Month. The gallery is on the campus of Holmes High School, 25th and Madison avenues, Covington.

        The quilters are members of Art For City Walls, sponsored by the Arts Consortium's African-American Museum.

        The quilted works will include wall hangings and patch motifs featuring blues singers and people prominent in black history.
       

"Big Brother of Year' guilty in sex case

        A 53-year-old Clinton County man, who last year was chosen Big Brother of the Year for Ohio, has been convicted of two sex charges involving a teen-age girl. The girl was not a member of Big Brothers and Sisters.

        James Runk, of the Clarksville area, began serving 30 days in jail Wednesday after pleading guilty to reduced, misdemeanor charges of sexual imposition.
       

XU athletes to visit Bond Hill school

        Students at Bond Hill Academy will receive visits from Xavier University athletes and a chance to attend a Musketeers basketball game at the new Cintas Center.

        Two athletes will visit Bond Hill Academy on Feb. 9 to talk with students about the importance of education, teamwork, reading and what it takes to succeed.

        Students are chosen to participate based on their academic achievement and citizenship.
       

Symmes needs to fill finance panel seat

        The Symmes Township Board of Trustees is seeking to fill a position on the Finance Committee for an unexpired term ending July 2002.

        For information, or to request an application, contact the township office at 683-6644. Applications should be completed and returned as soon as possible.

Trial in death of UK footballer delayed

        LEXINGTON — A judge has delayed the murder trial of Shane Ragland, who is accused of killing University of Kentucky football player Trent DiGiuro.

        The trial had been scheduled for next month, but Fayette Circuit Judge Thomas Clark on Friday set it for Aug. 6 because of the slow sharing of evidence in the case.

        Judge Clark also set other dates and deadlines for the case. On Feb. 21, he will hear arguments about whether to throw out a statement Mr. Ragland made to police after he was arrested in July.

        Mr. Ragland's attorneys, William E. Johnson and Guthrie True of Frankfort, say that their client was not properly read his Miranda rights before the interview began, nor was he read his rights when he was taken into custody hours earlier. Prosecutors say Mr. Ragland was read his rights but the tape recording of the statements malfunctioned.

        During the interview, Mr. Ragland, now 27, steadfastly denied involvement in the 1994 sniper slaying.

        Mr. DiGiuro, from Oldham County near Louisville, was shot in the head in July 1994 on his porch at a party for his forthcoming 21st birthday.

       



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