Thursday, July 05, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Woman, 33, found dead in Northside

        Cincinnati police are investigating the death of 33-year-old Camp Washington woman in Northside early Wednesday.

        Melody Roberts was being carried by her boyfriend, David McIntosh, 36, at Boyd and Chambers streets, when police responded to a call the man made to 911 at 6 a.m.

[photo] UP IN SMOKE: Cincinnati firefighters battle smoke Wednesday at a home at 3719 Sachem Ave. in Columbia Tusculum. No one was home when the fire broke out and no one was injured, District 1 Fire Chief Steve Phillips said. He said $200,000 damage was done to the property. The cause is under investigation.
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        District 5 Lt. Stephen Kramer said detectives are checking a report that Ms. Roberts drank more than a fifth of bourbon and may have taken the prescription drug Valium in the hours before her death.

        “We think probably that's why she is dead now. Of course, the coroner's office will have to rule on that,” Lt. Kramer said.

        Mr. McIntosh, who is on parole, was charged with obstructing justice and detained at the Hamilton County Justice Center because he lied to police during the investigation, Lt. Kramer said.

        The couple was at Mr. McIntosh's residence in the 1400 block of Boyd Street when Ms. Roberts became unresponsive, Lt. Kramer said.

Man shot twice; gunman escapes in car

        A drive-by shooting in Bond Hill early Wednesday left a 20-year-old man in serious condition, and another man on the run.

        Cincinnati police were searching for the driver of a late model, full-size tan or gray car. The unidentified black man, in his 20s with a dark complexion and short hair, is suspected of gunning down David Kemp about 1:45 a.m. at Anita Place and Reading Road.

        Mr. Kemp, who was shot twice in the lower back, was taken to University Hospital, District 4 police officials said. No other information was available Wednesday.

Run-over man listed in serious condition

        Timothy Mills, 38, of Hamilton remains in serious condition from injuries in a hit-and-run June 23 in Sycamore Township.

        Hamilton County prosecutors said Ray Enfinger of the 7800 block of School Road in Sycamore Township deliberately ran his car over Mr. Mills.

[photo] LOVE THAT GAME: Tim Mysliwy (right) of Calumet City, Ill., connects Wednesday during a Wiffle ball game in the parking lot of Comfort Suites in Newport. His baseball team was in town for a Storm Club baseball tournament. Catching was teammate Andrew Mulka, also of Calumet City.

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        Mr. Enfinger, 18, was indicted Tuesday for attempted murder and felonious assault.

        Authorities said Mr. Enfinger became angry after Mr. Mills vomited in Mr. Enfinger's car.

        Mr. Mills was found badly beaten in the street at 12062 First Ave., Sycamore Township. It was later determined that he had tire tread marks on his chest where the car had run over him.

        His injuries included a crushed chest, a fractured skull and other broken bones.

Seven bus riders taken to hospitals

        The city of Cincinnati was nearly depleted of ambulances Wednesday afternoon after seven passengers who said they were injured when a Metro bus nicked a metal pole asked to be taken to hospitals.

        Cincinnati District 1 Fire Chief Steve Phillips said five of the city's six ambulances were called to Vine and McMicken streets in Over-the-Rhine shortly before 3 p.m.

        The passengers said they received minor injuries when the bus slid on the pavement during a heavy rain and grazed a metal pole at a bus stop, Chief Phillips said. They were taken to Good Samaritan and University hospitals, where all were expected to be treated and released.

        The bus driver's identity and information on whether she was cited were not available.

Kratts are coming to Cincinnati Zoo

        The Kratt brothers are coming to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden Sunday.

        The hosts of the popular PBS shows Zoboomafoo and Kratts' Creatures will give 20- to 30-minute presentations and allow guests to ask questions about their adventures.

        The presentations — at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the amphitheater — are free with zoo admission.

        Non-member admission is $11.50 adults, $9 senior citizens, $6 for children 2-12, free to children under 2.

        Zoo gates are open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. The park closes at 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Journal enough to revoke probation

        COLUMBUS — A man who wrote in his journal fictitious tales of sexually abusing and torturing children has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

        A civil rights lawyer questioned the prosecution of Brian Dalton, saying the case has free-speech implications.

        “What you're saying is somebody can't, in essence, confess their fantasy into a personal journal for fear they have socially unacceptable fantasies, then ultimately they end up getting prosecuted,” said Benson Wolman, a former director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Ohio.

        Mr. Dalton, 22, of Columbus, was charged with pandering obscenity involving a minor after his probation officer found the journal during a routine search of his home. He was on probation from a 1998 pandering conviction involving child pornography.

Group takes step to legalize marijuana

        COLUMBUS — A group is seeking to put a proposal on the ballot this November in Columbus that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

        The group, For a Better Ohio, presented petitions with 10,179 signatures to the city clerk on Tuesday.

        The proposal will be on the ballot if the Franklin County Board of Elections finds the petitions contain at least 7,213 valid signatures of registered voters in Columbus, 5 percent of city voters who cast ballots in the last general election.

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