Friday, May 04, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Accused of looting, three men face trial

        Three men accused of looting merchandise from Deveroes clothing store during the unrest in Over-the-Rhine April 10-12 face trial this month.

        Robert C. Davis, 24, Darren Gamble, 18, and Reno Lattimore, 22, have each been charged with aggravated riot and breaking and entering.

        They were among 63 people indicted last month on felony charges stemming from riots that erupted after the shooting death of an unarmed black man by a Cincinnati police officer.

[photo] PRAYING FOR THE CITY: About 200 people gathered on the steps of Cincinnati City Hall on Thursday to pray for healing following last month's riots after the shooting of Timothy Thomas by a Cincinnati police officer. With arms raised and hands clasped are John Penn of Milford (left) and Jack Schrand of Bridgetown. Churches across the Tristate were invited to participate in the vigil, which coincided with the National Day of Prayer.
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        The three are scheduled for trial May 29 before Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Norbert Nadel.

Mother of dead kids committed for care

        Until April, Bridget Stovall was a loving mother who took care of her two children and worked to keep her small family together, her attorney said Thursday.

        But for some undetermined reason, the Evanston woman's state of mind changed.

        “She began to experience episodes of psychotic dementia - paranormal psychosis - relating to the devil. She saw the devil in people around her. Her neighbors. Her children,” said her attorney, Clyde Bennett II.

        Ms. Stovall, who is accused of drowning her two young children April 7 in her bathtub, was declared incompetent to stand trial Thursday by Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Fred Cartolano.

        The 23-year-old woman, who had held jobs as a telemarketer, a retail cashier, and a hospital housekeeper, was ordered detained in Twin Valley Psychiatric Center, a maximum-security mental institution in Columbus.

        Ms. Stovall is charged with two counts of aggravated murder in the deaths of 4-year-old Cariyan Stovall and 20-month-old Iyan Stovall at their Woodburn Avenue apartment. She will remain in Columbus for at least a year or until she can be restored to mental competency to stand trial.

Athlete questioned over bar incident

        The University of Cincinnati's athletic department is investigating basketball player Donald Little's involvement in an altercation early Thursday in a Clifton Heights bar, a UC spokesman said.

[photo] I-75 SCHOOL BUS CRASH: A car sideswiped a First Student Inc. school bus Thursday on southbound Interstate 75 in St. Bernard, sending two adults on the bus to the hospital, police said. No students were aboard the bus when the accident occurred about 11:30 a.m. near the Mitchell Avenue exit.
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        Mr. Little, a sophomore center, discussed the incident Thursday with Athletics Director Bob Goin, said Tom Hathaway, UC's sports information director.

        There were discrepancies between Mr. Little's version of what occurred and the version in an incident report filed with police by a bar employee, Mr. Hathaway said.

        The university has taken no action against the basketball player, “at this time,” and there doesn't appear to be any violation of athletic department regulations, he said.

        No charges had been filed in the incident late Thursday.

        The altercation occurred at In the Woods Tavern at 277 Calhoun St.

Man changes plea in Roselawn robbery

        A Forest Park man, shot by Cincinnati police in January after allegedly robbing a Roselawn credit union, Thursday withdrew his guilty plea, and intends to plead not guilty and face a jury trial.

        Christian Johnson, 48, appeared Thursday before Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Fred Cartolano for sentencing. He had pleaded guilty last month to three counts of felony assault and one count of aggravated robbery in the Cin-Fed Credit Union heist.

        A trial date has yet to be set.

        Mr. Johnson was allegedly armed during the robbery and was shot by police while running from the Reading Road bank.

Cops will watch who's buying booze

        MASON — Undercover officers will join shopkeepers behind the counter this summer to bust teens who try to buy alcohol.

        The program called “Cops in Shops” kicks off May 11 to coincide with Grad Night at Paramount's Kings Island, an event that typically draws 10,000 teens.

        For Mason, it's the first time police have participated in the program funded by a $5,000 state grant to pay officer overtime for the weekend details.


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Delta Queen revises approach
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Peaselburg jail backers collect comments
African teen not missing after all
Attackers get prison in sex case
RADEL: Dueling slogans
The grand jury: Here's a peek
Brother's case goes public outside VA Medical Center
Chain raises hopes in Dry Ridge
GOP targets west-side court seat
Growth strains education
House approves $45B budget
Killer will face rape charges
Mentor leader dropped
Minister honored at camp he cherished
NKU prof apologizes for remarks
Racist fliers appear in Westwood
Rechtin will challenge Vories for fiscal court
Suburbia residents wrestle with development
Water tower battle resumes in Warren Co.
- Tristate A.M. Report