Wednesday, May 02, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Teen called unfit for trial in slaying

        A Northside teen-ager accused of beating to death 13-year-old Mary Hall is not psychologically fit to stand trial, according to the psychiatrist treating him.

        However, Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge John Andrew West will not officially decide Dwayne Henry's competence until later this month.

        Mr. Henry, 16, whose aggravated murder and kidnapping case has been sent to adult court, is accused of punching, kicking and hitting Mary Hall in the head with a board Jan. 27.

        The girl's body was found in the basement of an abandoned building in Northside. Police have said Mr. Henry gave a taped statement describing the incident.

        Dr. Henry C. Waite, a psychiatrist who examined the teen, says Mr. Henry is “disconnected” and “cognitively impaired.” Prosecution and defense want Mr. Henry examined twice more before the case returns to court May 29.

Classic Barbie doll star of police auction

        A 42-year-old Barbie doll will be among the items sold at the Cincinnati Police Division's latest public auction.

        The 1959 doll — still in its box — will sit among the more usual unclaimed property such as bicycles, tools and stereos. It will go on sale at 11 a.m. May 12 at the convention center downtown. Viewing starts at 10 a.m.

        Buyers must pay cash.

Teen indicted in ice cream driver death

        A Hamilton County grand jury indicted a Price Hill teen-ager Tuesday on one count each of aggravated murder, murder, and aggravated robbery for his alleged part in the death of an ice cream truck driver.

[photo] SEARCHING: A Cincinnati police officer checks a trash bin on Shiloh Street for a bank robber Tuesday. Columbia Savings and Loan on Ludlow Avenue in Clifton was robbed about 11:40 a.m. by a man described as white, 40 to 45 years old and broad-shouldered. He handed a teller a note demanding money, but did not show a weapon. He was wearing a blue or pink bandanna and a University of Kentucky sweat shirt. This was the city's third bank robbery in two days. A Bank One branch downtown and a Provident branch in Oakley were robbed Monday.

(Mike Simons photo)
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        On March 23, Floyd Kilpatrick, 51, was shot to death during a robbery of his ice cream truck at Bleeker Lane and Knob Court in English Woods.

        Police say Charles Roberts, 16, of the 900 block of Grand Avenue, and three others left a party and decided to commit a robbery.

        Mr. Roberts had a gun in his waistband, authorities said, adding that he told investigators that the firearm went off when he pulled it from his pants.

        Mr. Roberts, who will be tried as an adult, is being held in lieu of $1 million cash. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

Driver charged in fatal car wreck

        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — A Cincinnati woman is dead and a man faces charges after a single-car auto accident on Interstate 275 at I-74 in Colerain Township early Tuesday.

        Patrice Gordon, 32, of Queen City Avenue was pronounced dead at the scene. Hamilton County sheriff's deputies say the 1993 Mitsubishi she was riding in was traveling south at 2:16 a.m. on I-275 at the ramp to east I-74 when the driver lost control. The car went off the right side, hit a guard rail and a cement retaining wall, ejecting her.

        The driver, Joseph Putnam, 30, of Eastknoll Court, College Hill, and an passenger, Donta Rhodes, 28, of the 3900 block of Odin Avenue, Pleasant Ridge, fled on foot toward Harrison Avenue, sheriff's spokesman Steve Barnett said.

        A sheriff's dog found Mr. Putnam. Mr. Rhodes returned to the site shortly after the accident.

        Mr. Putnam is charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.

Disabilities Fair to help find help

        The Ohio Valley Branch of the International Dyslexia Association Parent Support Group (OVB/IDA) is hosting a Learning Disabilities Fair 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Springer School, 2121 Madison Road, Hyde Park.

        More than 30 organizations that provide services to those with learning disabilities will provide information and answer questions. The group includes high schools with learning disability programs, psychologists, tutoring agencies, speech and language therapists and others.

        “When somebody first finds out they have a son or daughter with a learning disability, they start from ground zero,” said Joe Muenchen, leader of the OVB/IDA's support group and coordinator of La Salle High School's Individualized Instruction Program. “It takes years and years to find out what's out there.”

        The fair is free to parents, educators, professionals and students. For information, call Mr. Muenchen at 741-2319.

Seven arrested, drugs seized at house

        LINCOLN HEIGHTS — Police arrested seven people, mostly on outstanding warrants, and confiscated a variety of drugs in the 800 block of Steffens Street early Tuesday.

        Police recovered marijuana, large scales, other drug paraphernalia and 115 grams of pure cocaine — which police estimate has a street value of $200,000. An assault rifle was also found.

Hydrant testing may bring rusty tap water

        SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP — Continued fire hydrant testing on weekdays through May 11 will periodically affect water service to some Sycamore Township residents.

        Water in the immediate area may be rusty for up to four hours after a test. Fire officials advise residents that if they find rusty water they should run only cold water periodically until the water runs clear. Do not, they advise, use hot water if it appears rusty because rust may deposit in your hot water tank.

        Fire officials also recommend not doing laundry on the days hydrant testing is occurring. To learn when your street is scheduled for a test, call Sycamore Township Fire Department at 792-8565 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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