Sunday, April 01, 2001

Local Digest

Car fire spreads to medical office

        ANDERSON TOWNSHIP — Fire investigators and the Hamilton County sheriff's department are investigating a fire that began in a car and spread to a medical office on Beechmont Avenue.

        Anderson Township Fire & Rescue said the fire occurred about 4:40 a.m. Saturday in a car parked behind the Brake Shop at 8420 Beechmont and spread to the Podiatry Associates of Cincinnati building at 8404 Beechmont.

        The fire burned the roof area of the building and a rear wall, fire officials said. It was contained to the roof and some rear exam rooms.

        Fire officials said there is no estimate yet on damage, no injuries and they consider it suspicious.

Police arrest suspect in kidnap-robbery

               Cincinnati police have arrested the last of three men wanted in the robbery and kidnapping of a Hamilton man who was abducted in a parking lot of Good Samaritan Hospital.

        Robert Lattimore, 25, was arrested Saturday at 2236 Westwood Blvd. in Connersville.

        Mr. Lattimore was being held Saturday in the Hamilton County Justice Center on charges of aggravated robbery and kidnapping.

        Already arrested are Toby Palmer, 25, of Avondale and Darian Lattimore, 28, of Norwood.

        Police accuse the three of kidnapping Jeffrey Horton as the 26-year-old Hamilton man walked to his car after dropping his wife off at the hospital's maternity ward on March 22. Mr. Horton was stuffed into the trunk of his car and robbed of his wallet and wedding ring.

Middletown man faces bank robbery charge

               MIDDLETOWN — Minutes after the 1st National Bank's Park Place branch was robbed Friday, Middletown police arrested a suspect.

        William Fugate, 33, of Middletown, was charged with aggravated robbery.

        A man robbed the bank shortly before 1 p.m. and fled in a blue station wagon with 30-day tags, police said.

        About 1 p.m., police say officers saw Mr. Fugate parking the station wagon in the 200 block of Broad Street.

Indiana standardizes visitation rules

               BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Divorced parents who have to deal with child-visitation issues have struggled in the past because each county in Indiana sets its own rules.

        That's about to change. As of Monday, statewide “parenting time guidelines” will be used by all Indiana judges, lawyers and mediators in divorce and paternity cases.

        “I believe the guidelines do a better job than the county guidelines of making sure both parents are involved in their children's lives,” said Caryl Bowers, president of the Monroe County Bar Association. “After a divorce, children still need frequent, meaningful and continuing contact with both parents.”

        For example, a non-custodial parent living in the same community as the custodial parent would see the child for half of the summer under the new guidelines. Current Monroe County guidelines, for example, would only give the non-custodial parent four weeks.


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