Wednesday, July 18, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report




Self-defense claimed in man's beating

        The Mount Auburn man accused of severely beating a man in Over-the-Rhine last weekend says he did it in self-defense.

        Cincinnati police arrested Steven D. Davis, 32, of the 100 block of West Hollister Street late Monday in connection with the beating of a Sedamsville man in an Over-the-Rhine parking lot early Sunday.

        Mr. Davis was charged with felonious assault in the beating of David Gallant, 21. Mr. Gallant was found unconscious near the former Grammer's restaurant at 101 E. Liberty St. He remained in critical condition at University Hospital Tuesday.


[photo] Preschool and elementary-age children are experiencing the music, visual arts and culture of several continents this week at the Wyoming Fine Arts Center, part of the annual summer camp in interdisciplinary arts activities sponsored by the fine arts center. Caroline Feiner, 5, (left) and Molly Morrow, 4, (center) do a bubble-art project Tuesday morning with art-teacher assistant Rachel Hinger.
(Steve Herppich photo)
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        Mr. Davis was arraigned Tuesday in Hamilton County Municipal Court. He pleaded not guilty, and was ordered held on a $50,000 bond.

        His attorney said in court that Mr. Davis was the target of a robbery attempt and that he was defending himself from attack.

        Mr. Davis remains in custody at the Hamilton County Justice Center with a grand jury court date of July 26.
       

Hunt for missing girl, 15, intensifies

        A 15-year-old Roselawn girl has been classified as a “critical missing person” by the personal crimes unit of Cincinnati Police.

        Lauren Marie Thompson of the 1600 block of Shenandoah Avenue was last seen at 7:15 a.m. July 11, at home. An employee of Paramount's Kings Island, she has not been seen at home or work.

        Lauren is black, 5-foot, 3-inches tall, and has brown hair and brown eyes.When last seen, she was wearing a white t-shirt and khaki pants, but could be waring a red shirt and a red denim vest.

        Anyone having information should call District 4 at 352-3576, or the personal crimes unit at 352-6474.
       

Thunderstorms leave 5,000 without power

        MIAMI TOWNSHIP — Thunderstorms left about 5,000 customers without power Tuesday night as high winds knocked trees and limbs onto power lines in Clermont County.

        No injuries were reported, a Clermont County dispatcher said. The National Weather Service said an estimated 2 to 4 inches of rain fell during the storm.

        The outages were primarily in northwest Clermont County, said CG&E spokesman Steve Brash.

        Twenty-five crews were dispatched and the utility expected to have power restored to most customers by morning, he said.

[photo] FIGHTING THE INFERNO: Firefighters reposition hoses as flames force them back in a blaze Monday evening at a Marion, Ohio, pallet company that led to power outages and the evacuation of nearby residents. No one was injured; the cause was not immediately known.
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Child dies after apparent fall

        CHEVIOT — A 17-month-old girl died Tuesday morning shortly after her caretakers found her on the floor next to a bed in their Washington Avenue apartment.

        Chelsea Hall was pronounced dead at 7:44 a.m. at Franciscan Hospital—Western Hills, police said.

        Police and life squad units responded to a report of “child injured in a fall” in an apartment in the 3800 block of Washington Avenue at 7:22 a.m. The call was updated to a “non-breather” while the units were en route.

        When police arrived, Lonnie Jones, boyfriend of Holly Hall, the girl's mother, was carrying the child out to the life squad, police said.

        Mr. Jones told authorities the infant had been sleeping in her grandmother's room in an adult bed.

        The grandmother left at 6 a.m. and left the child on the bed surrounded by pillows, he said. When Mr. Jones and Ms. Hall went into the bedroom to get the infant, they said they did not see her on the bed.

        They found the child on the floor between the bed and the wall, Mr. Jones told police.

        Cheviot police are investigating.
       

Worker accused of embezzling $7,300

        WEST CHESTER TWP. — A man who worked for Radio Shack is accused of embezzling $7,300 from the Tylersville Road store.

        Steven Kennedy, 40, of Saxton Drive is charged with writing $6,300 in cash refunds and $1,000 in store-merchandise credits for nonexistent customers, police Sgt. Matt Brillhart said Tuesday.

        The allegations, which grew from a routine audit, occurred between December 1999 and last month, Sgt. Brillhart said.

        A manager at the 7755 Tylersville Road store Tuesday refused to say whether Mr. Kennedy was still employed at the store, nor would the manager say whether he had been placed on administrative leave.

        He referred calls to a district manager, who did not immediately return a phone call Tuesday.

        Mr. Kennedy appeared in Butler County Area III Court last week on a theft charge. He is free on his promise to appear again for an Aug. 27 hearing in the court.
       

Police seek leads in robbery at pizzeria

        WEST CHESTER TWP. — Police on Tuesday were following leads in Sunday's armed robbery of the Donato's Pizza store in the 8000 block of Beckett Center Drive.

        Two unidentified Donato's employees suffered significant injuries after being pistol-whipped in the robbery about 9:30 a.m. Sunday, said Sgt. Matt Brillhart. The employees were hospitalized overnight and released Monday, he said. An ex-worker at the pizza shop during the robbery also was attacked but wasn't injured, police said.

        The robbers, one brandishing a silver-colored handgun, ordered everyone to lie on the floor and then took an undisclosed amount of cash from the store, which was just opening for the day, Sgt. Brillhart said.

        Anyone with information on the robbery should call West Chester police, 777-2231.
       



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