Wednesday, June 27, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Columbus police fatally shoot man

        COLUMBUS — Two police officers shot and killed a man who they said lunged at them with a knife during a domestic disturbance call.

        Leonard Moore, 37, had a history of domestic violence complaints and had been arrested three times since January 2000, police said.

        Officers Gary Bowman and Julie Leach said Mr. Moore made threatening moves toward them and that they retreated outside his house to ease the tension, police spokesman Sgt. Earl Smith said.

        They said Mr. Moore followed them and refused to drop the knife. He lunged at them and they fired their weapons, Sgt. Smith said. The number of shots fired was not available.

Prisoner walks from work detail

        ANDERSON TOWNSHIP — A Hamilton County Justice Center inmate walked away from a volunteer work detail Tuesday morning in Anderson Township.

[photo] SPILLED BEER: A tractor-trailer rests against the center divider of Fort Washington Way after it hit a wall while traveling westbound Tuesday evening. The truck spilled cases and kegs of beer onto eastbount lanes. No one was injured.
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        The inmate, Clayton Price, 25, whose last known address is the 4000 block of Deer Park Avenue, Deer Park, walked away at about 11:55 a.m., the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department said.

        Mr. Price, who was being confined on a minor theft charge, was last seen wearing an orange prisoner jumpsuit. He is described as white, 5-foot 10, 160 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.

        Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's department at 825-1500.

1 dead, 1 injured after car hits culvert

        MOUNT CARMEL, Ind. — A Brookville woman was killed Tuesday when a car in which she was a passenger went off Johnson Fork Road and struck a cement culvert.

        Alyssa Suzanne Hoffman, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene, Franklin County sheriff's deputies said. The crash occurred about 1:40 p.m.

        The 1992 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Jason W. Conn was southbound on Johnson Fork, just south of Dickson Road, when it went off the west side of the road. The vehicle came to rest on its side.

        Mr. Conn, who received numerous cuts to his face, arms and hands, was being treated Tuesday night in the University Hospital emergency room.

        The crash remains under investigation.

Woman walks away from nursing home

        Cincinnati police are asking for help in locating a 62-year-old schizophrenic woman who walked away from an Avondale nursing home Monday.

        Police are looking for Mary Custer, of 3544 Washington Ave., who was last seen Monday around 3:30 p.m. at 3536 Washington Ave. She was wearing a long sleeve shirt with green and white stripes, green pants and orange flip-flop sandals.

        Police said Ms. Custer suffers from emphysema and her possible destination could be the FreeStore/FoodBank on Liberty Street in Over-the-Rhine or 1844 Brewster Ave.

        Anyone with information should call Cincinnati Police District 4 at 352-3576 or Cincinnati Personal Crimes Unit at 352-6474.

Man, 19, charged in June 17 shooting

        SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP — A 19-year-old Springfield Township man was charged with felonious assault Tuesday in a June 17 shooting on Meridith Drive.

        Police also charged Brandon C. Pouncy, of the 1500 block of Meridith Drive, with having weapons under disability. Mr. Pouncy turned himself in to police without incident.

        On June 17, about 1:50 p.m., police responded to a report of a person shot and found Palmo Simmons, 20, of the 500 block of Meridith Drive, with a gunshot wound to the face.

Officer's son charged with selling crack

        The son of a top Cincinnati police official was arrested early Tuesday and charged with drug trafficking.

        Police said Evan Twitty, 23, of the 800 block of Hutchins Avenue in Avondale, sold a small amount of crack cocaine in the 700 block of Greenwood Avenue at 12:10 a.m. Tuesday and was arrested minutes later at 900 Burton Ave.

        Mr. Twitty is the son of Cincinnati Assistant Police Chief Ronald Twitty.

        Evan Twitty was arraigned Tuesday in Hamilton County Municipal Court and remains in custody.

Woman sues officers over 1999 injury

        KETTERING, Ohio — A woman claims two city police officers broke her neck while arresting her two years ago.

        Maudy Jackson, a former Kettering resident, filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the city and police officers Jerome Csizma and Scott Drerup.

        The lawsuit claims the officers came to her apartment on July 26, 1999, investigating a 911 hang-up call. She claims they refused her request to leave, and a dispute followed.

        She alleges Officer Drerup threw her on the floor and put his knee in her back and neck, handcuffed her and pulled her up by her hair. On the way out to the cruiser, Officer Drerup tripped Ms. Jackson, causing her to fall and hit her head on the ground, the lawsuit claims.

Former weapons plant lays off more than 100

        MIAMISBURG, Ohio — More than 100 workers at the former Mound nuclear weapons plant were laid off Tuesday.

        Tim Wegner, manager of human relations for Babcock & Wilcox of Ohio, said the 118 workers were salaried employees who worked in a variety of departments.

        Mr. Wegner declined to give the reasons for the layoffs or provide additional details, saying more information would be available today.

        Before the layoffs, about 700 workers were employed at the site.

        The government ended production at the plant in 1996.


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