Thursday, February 15, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Three arrested in police drug sting

        HAMILTON — A bust has taken down a “major player” in Butler County drug trafficking, sheriff's and Fairfield officials said Wednesday.

        The two agencies had been targeting Johnny Tiller, 34, of Forest Park for about three months, sheriff's Lt. Greg Blankenship said. They arrested Mr. Tiller on Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly sold an undercover officer 112 grams of compressed cocaine at a Fairfield bar.

        “I think we have diverted one of the main suppliers,” sheriff's Sgt. John Sons said.

[photo] ROEBLING ON THE RIVER: Jeff Duncan repairs a light Wednesday on the Roebling Suspension Bridge. The span's 86 high-pressure sodium bulbs give the impression the bridge is wearing a nighttime necklace.
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        Mr. Tiller, who has prior drug convictions and was awaiting trial on drug charges in Hamilton County, was charged with felony drug trafficking. Judge Joyce Campbell ordered him held without bond.

        Two others were arrested in the sting: Carl Richardson, 28, of Forest Park and Ruth Stacy, 31, of Walnut Hills. Both were charged with complicity to traffic in drugs and remained in the Butler County Jail on Wednesday for lack of a $15,000 cash bond.

        The cocaine has a street value of about $100,000, officials said. Police also seized about $900 cash and a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Historical Society journal to be revived

        A local history journal has been resurrected under a new name and with a wider field of study.

        Ohio Valley History's inaugural issue is in the mail, edited by two University of Cincinnati historians, assistant professor Christopher Phillips and associate professor Wayne Durrill.

        It succeeds the quarterly Queen City Heritage, which went under last year for lack of funds.

        Subscriptions are $27 a year or included in a $50 individual or $60 family membership at the Cincinnati Museum Center, where Ruby Rogers, director of the Cincinnati Historical Society library, is managing editor of the new journal.

        Ms. Rogers said Ohio Valley History will be a semi-annual publication, growing, possibly, to three issues a year if the UC professors can find sufficient funds.

        Meanwhile, the Museum Center is paying $20,000 a year for design, production and distribution of the new journal, she said, compared with the unsupportable $80,000 a year for Queen City Heritage.

        Information: (513) 287-7080

Over-the-Rhine site for meet on light rail

        Officials for a proposed light rail system through Greater Cincinnati will hold another in a series of open houses tonight in Over-the-Rhine.

        The proposed system would run from Blue Ash along Interstate 71 through downtown, ending in Covington.

        This is the fourth such meeting, which allows local residents and business owners to ask questions of light rail officials in an informal setting.

        The meeting is scheduled 6-8 p.m. at the Peaslee Community Center, 215 E. 14th St. For information, call 621-6300.

Trenton's cop cars to sport dark gray

        TRENTON — As part of an image makeover, the Trenton Police Department is changing the look of its police cruisers.

        Replacement cruisers will be dark gray, instead of white, and will feature the recently updated city logo. The city's new police chief, Rodney Hale, made the design choices as part of an attempt to modernize the department's image.

        Existing cruisers will keep the old paint job but have been outfitted with the new design; as cars wear out and are replaced, the replacements will be in the new color, Chief Hale said. The department's fleet includes four marked cruisers.

Officer resigns after conviction on theft

        Cincinnati Police Officer Johnathan J. Stager resigned Wednesday from the division after he was convicted of theft, a first-degree misdemeanor.

        The theft investigation involved Mr. Stager's use of sick leave while he was employed simultaneously with the Cincinnati Police Division and the Covington Police Department in Kentucky.

        As part of the sentence imposed by the court, Officer Stager paid restitution to the police division.

Teen pleads guilty to killing his daughter

        A Westwood man pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder in the death of his 1-year-old daughter.

        Antoine Sanks, 19, entered the plea in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court after prosecutors agreed to reduce the original charge of aggravated murder, which could have resulted in a death sentence.

        Mr. Sanks now faces 15 years to life in prison when he returns to court March 22 for sentencing. Prosecutors say Mr. Sanks was baby sitting his daughter, Khyaire Irvin-Sanks, on Aug. 23 when he severely beat and stomped her. They say Mr. Sanks' wife returned home from work to find the child gasping for air.

        The coroner found the child suffered a major injury to her liver and a fractured skull.

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