Wednesday, March 07, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Student accused of gun threat

        HAMILTON — A 16-year-old Hamilton boy was arrested Tuesday on charges that he talked about how he would bring a gun to school and shoot someone, officials said.

        Hamilton High School officials said a teacher overheard the student, whom police did not identify.┘He was charged with aggravated menacing and making false alarms. The boy is being held in the juvenile detention center pending arraignment in juvenile court at 8 a.m. today.

[photo] COURT REOPENS IN NEW LOCATION: Hamilton Municipal Court reopened Tuesday in its new location at One Renaissance Center on High Street downtown. Courtroom B is for jury trials.
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Two men sought in shooting death

        Cincinnati investigators are looking for two men suspected of involvement in the killing Tuesday of a Westwood man.

        Gerald M. Von Rissen, 36, was found shot in a third-floor apartment on Elam Street, Camp Washington, about 4:30 a.m.Detectives described these men they're seeking:

        • “Joe,” a light-skinned black man between 28 and 32 years old, slender, between 6 feet and 6-foot-2. He was wearing a gray jacket and gray pants with red trim.

        • “K.G.,” a heavyset black man with dark skin. He's 25 to 30 years old, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, and was wearing a dark blue jacket with black and white trim with dark pants.

        Police ask anyone with information to call them at 352-3542 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be paid up to $1,000 for their information.

Officer resigns after crash citation

        FAIRFIELD — A city police officer resigned Tuesday after being cited in a weekend traffic crash.

        Rebel L. Rigsby, 28, was cited for violation of a city ordinance requiring emergency vehicles to slow at intersections, a crash report says.

        On the force a little more than seven months, Ms. Rigsby was involved in a crash Friday night at Symmes Road and Dixie Highway. Her cruiser's lights and siren were activated when it was struck by a vehicle whose driver suffered minor injuries.

[photo] WRECKING BALL HITS LANDMARK: A wrecking ball smashes into the dome of the former Girls' Town chapel Tuesday on North Bend Road in Springfield Township. The site was purchased by St. Xavier High School and will be made into athletic fields and parking facilities.
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Miami U. names dean of teacher school

        Miami University Tuesday named Barbara R. Schirmer as dean of its School of Education and Allied Professions.

        She has been chairwoman of educational foundations and special services at Kent State University's College and Graduate School of Education. She starts July 1, succeeding interim dean Curtis Ellison.

Soldier admits to having sex with girl

        MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — A soldier who lived in a 15-year-old's bedroom closet has pleaded guilty to having sex with the girl, and to other charges.

        Jeffrey Scott Martin, 26, also admitted Thursday to taking nude pictures of the girl and possessing military explosives, said Knox County Prosecutor John Baker. Mr.Martin could face up to 14 years in prison.

        Mr. Martin deserted his Army unit at Fort Knox in October.

[photo] FIRE CAUSES $70,000 DAMAGE TO HOUSE: Green Township Fire Lt. Jack Bohning surveys the damage after a house fire Tuesday afternoon on Lakewood Drive. The fire displaced two adults and two children and caused an estimated $70,000 damage.
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Man accused in bogus-checks case

        BEAVERCREEK, Ohio — A man who police said combed obituary notices to find names to use on bogus checks was jailed in lieu of $10,000 bond Tuesday on felony charges of forgery and possession of criminal tools.

        William S. Smith Jr., 29, of Fort Wayne, Ind., was arrested Monday after attempting to cash a fraudulent business check at a grocery store, police said.

State supervisor quits amid allegations

        LIMA, Ohio — An Ohio State Highway Patrol supervisor resigned and a dispatcher was fired after they lied to investigators about their affair, officials said.

        Lt. James Ramey, 42, quit Friday before a scheduled disciplinary hearing. Patricia Mertz, 26, was fired Friday on grounds that she made false statements, said patrol spokesman Lt. Gary Lewis.

        Investigators said Ms. Mertz's ex-husband gave them explicit e-mail messages he said Lt. Ramey sent Ms. Mertz at home. Both admitted to the affair they had previously denied, Lt. Lewis said.

City loses in final census
Lasik patients in the dark after doctors walk out
VP's heart procedure not latest available
Conservationists oppose road plan
Fire leaves father bereft
Hospitals continue to bar doors at record rate
Schools attempt to thwart tragedy
Lesson in tragedy: Bullying can have lethal consequences
Police prep for school violence
RADEL: Racial profiling
SAMPLES: Citizen action
CROWLEY: Villa Hills amuses, astounds
Fish caught in Ohio becoming safer to eat
Murder trial to proceed
OxyContin still booming, police say
Court turns down Clinton man's death row appeal
Covington beer debate put on hold
Edgewood depending on levy
Emergency center to relocate
Fairfax approves gateway proposal
Hours tick off for execution, urgency high
Labor blasts Bush tax plan
Mayor's resignation sought
Newton seeks UK trustee position
Old cars, refrigerators used as septic tanks
Prosecutor closes in Middletown
Schools aim to recruit 450 teachers
Sound of spring: BOOM
State asks for more cash for child-support system
Telemarketing bill gets House panel approval
UC team hopes to find, preserve ancient site
Wilkinson stores get help
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