Tuesday, February 13, 2001

Judge's home under guard

Possible gang symbol at front door may indicate threat

By Allen Howard
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Police have put a Hamilton County Common Pleas judge's East Walnut Hills home under surveillance after a possible gang symbol was discovered at her front door last week.

        Judge Melba Marsh said she found a red bandana, folded in a triangle shape with a corner of it pointing toward the door, on her porch when she went to get her morning newspaper Wednesday.

        “I don't know what this means,” Judge Marsh said Mon day. “It is nerve-racking to me. It could be that someone is playing a nasty joke, or it could be serious.”

        Cincinnati Police Detective Gregory Hill, who is investigating the incident, said he does not have any suspects.

        “We know we have gangs here,” Detective Hill said. “Some use red as their symbol and some use blue. But that is as far as we have been able to go with it.”

        Prosecutor Michael Allen said such incidents are becoming more common. “I think the criminals are much more bold than when I was on the bench” from 1993-96, he said.”

        Judge Marsh wondered whether the bandana incident is connected to other peculiar things that have happened since she moved to the house - in September.

        In October, she found pellets from a BB gun that had been fired into a back-door window. In December, they saw tracks around the house during a snowfall.


        Both the judge and detectives are examining her criminal docket to see whether they can find a connection with a particular case.


Lawmakers gamble with education funding
Two indicted for morgue photos
Bengals seat settlement may top $1.5M
Police union willing to bend in racial profiling lawsuit
Tenn. woman might be first OxyContin victim
Wed-Cam puts live weddings on Web
Hats off to Batsakes
Luken kicks off mayor campaign
PULFER: Memories of a real champion
Support payouts on hold
Teachers blamed for portfolio snafu
Ex-teacher jailed for sexual Net messages
Girl, 10, escapes rape attempt
Group protests minister's removal from state board
- Judge's home under guard
Monzel to get Winburn's council seat
Two suspects in 1977 slaying
New scanners deny access
Parents question kindergarten readiness
Schools clarify redesign policy
Schools seek tax increase
Toledo firm wins bid for Butler Co. fiber optics
Kentucky Digest
Local Digest
Companies indicted in nursing home deaths
Death row case appealed
Taft has surgery to remove tumor
VP debate boosted school, officials say
Weapons permits under fire