Tuesday, May 01, 2001

Local Digest

Police investigate two bank robberies

        Cincinnati police were investigating two bank robberies Monday.

        The first, at the Bank One branch on West Fourth Street downtown, happened about 10:30 a.m. Police said the robber is suspected in several other bank robberies.

        The man, described as white, in his 40s and wearing a black baseball cap, was last seen walking toward Walnut Street.

        The second robbery, about 2 p.m., happened at the Provident Bank branch on Paxton Avenue in Oakley. The robber was described as a black woman between the ages of 25 and 30.

Policeman accused of domestic violence

               FRANKLIN — A police officer was placed on paid administrative leave and ordered to turn in his service revolver after he was charged Sunday with assaulting his wife and another woman.

        Officer William Brumfield, 44, is scheduled to appear in Franklin Municipal Court today for arraignment on two misdemeanor charges of domestic violence.

        Warren County sheriff's deputies arrested Officer Brumfield around 12:30 a.m. after Mr. Brumfield's wife, Debbie Brumfield, 44, and Kristen Peter, 20, reported that Mr. Brumfield had become verbally abusive on Sunday and had assaulted them six days earlier.

        According to sheriff's records, Mrs. Brumfield told officers that her husband pushed her and caused a lump on her right wrist.

Four arrested after chase of stolen van

               LEBANON — A chase through three counties early Monday ended in the arrest of four men after a stolen van crashed into a parked tractor-trailer outside Wilmington.

        Demetric Johnson, 18, of Cincinnati, is scheduled for arraignment in Warren County Court today on charges of receiving stolen property, driving under suspension and failure to comply.

        Passengers Horace Brown, 21, Corey Larkin, 21, and Keita Smith, 20, all of Columbus, are jailed on charges of complicity.

        Warren County Sheriff Tom Ariss said deputies searching the van found several sets of keys to cars at Kings Automall dealerships.

        The pursuit started at the Kings Island Inn and Conference Center about 5 a.m. when a Warren County sheriff's deputy approached a van that displayed a stolen license plate, Sheriff Ariss said.

        The vehicle sped away, heading south on Interstate 71 into Symmes Township, then back into Warren County on U.S. 22/Ohio 3 and into Clinton County at speeds reaching 90 mph.

        Mr. Johnson crashed the van at trucking terminal after running over nail-studded sticks laid by state troopers. No one was injured in the crash, Sheriff Ariss said. Mr. Johnson was apprehended in the parking lot after he jumped out of the van and ran.

Memorial service for dead children

               FORT WRIGHT — People who have suffered the loss of a child are invited to attend a memorial prayer service May 10 at St. Agnes Church, 1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright.

        Parents, grandparents, family members and friends may attend. The event, open to everyone, is sponsored by the Pro-Life Commission of the Diocese of Covington and the St. Elizabeth Medical Center Pastoral Care. Information: (859) 283-6295.


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