Thursday, June 14, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Woman convicted of looting attempt

        A 23-year-old mother of three was convicted Wednesday of breaking and entering for attempting to loot a convenience store in Over-the-Rhine during the April riots.

        Shekeyma Barnett, of Over-the-Rhine, pleaded no contest before Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Melba Marsh.

        She was arrested April 11 inside the Big Dollar Store, 1435 Vine St. Police found her hiding at the rear of the store, which had already been broken into by others.

        She was nine months pregnant at the time of her arrest, officials said, adding that she gave birth April 24 at University Hospital while still in police custody. Ms. Barnett faces sentencing July 19.

Flooding closes main title office

        LEBANON — Warren County's main title office will be closed for at least a month because of flooding last week, Clerk of Courts James Spaeth said Wednesday.

        Those who have auto or boat title-related business in Warren County must instead visit the Mason office, 770 Reading Road, or the Franklin office, 245 S. Main St.

        Sewage flooded the Lebanon office, on Dave Street, after heavy rains June 6.

Death cause awaits toxicology test results

        The cause of an Avondale woman's death after a Tuesday incident involving Cincinnati police may not be determined for weeks, pending toxicology test results, officials said Wednesday.

[photo] BOTH GET A BITE: David Belancourt, 4, of Crescent Springs pays more attention to his apple than to the fish his sister, Katie, 10, caught Wednesday at the Villa Hills Fishing Derby, which drew about 70 children.
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        Wanda Colvin, 39, of East Mitchell Avenue was arrested by Cincinnati police about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday after neighbors reporting she ran screaming up the street, saying someone was chasing her.

        She apparently lost consciousness as police drove her to University Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and, hours later, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

        The Hamilton County Coroner's Office Wednesday said it would not make a cause of death determination until test reports return.

Man pleads guilty in knife attack

        HAMILTON — A New Miami man has pleaded guilty in the knife attack of his girlfriend in a store parking lot, Butler County Prosecutor Robin Piper said Wednesday.

        Scott Sizemore, 25, is scheduled for sentencing July 27 on charges of attempted murder and kidnapping.

        He had been set to go to trial in August for the Jan. 6 attack on Bethany Rochelle Durbin, 22, of Hamilton, at the Kroger store on North Erie Boulevard.

Man, 43, charged with raping woman

        HAMILTON — Police on Wednesday arrested a 43-year-old Hamilton man on charges that he kidnapped and raped a woman with a mental disability last month.

        Wayne Anthony Hairston of the 300 block of Hampshire Drive is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Hamilton Municipal Court.

        He was arrested at police headquarters Wednesday on a warrant issued April 11.

        In an affidavit, a Hamilton police detective said Mr. Hairston met the woman at a United Dairy Farmers store on April 8. He took her to his apartment, forced the woman to have sex and refused to allow her to leave until the next day, the affidavit says.

        The 23-year-old Cincinnati woman reportedly has the mental capacity of a 12-year-old.

Man investigated in grandfather's death

        A 21-year-old Mount Auburn man who was shot in the groin by a Cincinnati police officer in May after lunging at him with a knife now is being investigated in connection with the 2000 death of his elderly grandfather.

        Antione Williams faces multiple charges, including attempted murder and robbery, stemming from the May 16 attack on Sonya Johnson and subsequent confrontation with an officer at Reading Road and Dorchester Avenue.

        Mr. Williams is scheduled to undergo competency testing to determine if he can assist in his own defense in that case.

        Hamilton County prosecutors now say Mr. Williams made statements that led them to believe that he may have had something to do with the death of his grandfather Aug. 31. Edward Willingham, who was in his early 80s, died following complications from surgery for a head injury suffered April 10, 2000.

        Mr. Williams returns to court before Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman July 12.

Hail causes damage of at least $70M

        KETTERING, Ohio — A hailstorm in this Dayton suburb caused at least $70 million in insured losses, eclipsing the $45 million in losses caused by an earlier tornado in nearby Xenia, the Ohio Insurance Institute said Wednesday.

        According to an institute survey, at least 27,573 claims were filed as a result of the April 9 storm, in which golf-ball-sized hail damaged roofs, siding, windows and vehicles.

UC considers 10% tuition jump
Arrest made in 1974 killing
Miss this bloom and wait 20 years
Ohio changes testing focus
Proficiency tests eliminated; new school standards adopted
PULFER: Stress test
Truck-car wreck closes I-75
Neglected buildings targeted
Stormwater unit's reporting criticized
Adamowski seen as hot commodity
City development head resigns
Covington bank hit third time in 4 years
Geimans' son lives on through scholarships
Goetta fans get a little goofy
High water strands Queen in Ky.
Horse show merges with Taste of Boone
Ky. legislators defend review of executive regulations
Lawyer faces OxyContin charges
Lebanon OKs rebuilding of South Street, utilities
Mason gets OK for water tower
Mayor lays down law on speaking
Next Taft principal has Bell as high-tech partner
OxyContin manufacturer 'surprised' by W.Va. suit
Race may beat area records
Repair grants available
School addresses concerns over mold
Scott faces death tonight
Smart-growth dialogue begins
Some Ohio river fish too toxic
This house is a disaster
Wilkinson investors from campus, political circles
- Tristate A.M. Report