Tuesday, July 24, 2001

Local Digest

Provident Bank robbed in Price Hill

        The Provident Bank at 4221 Glenway Ave. in Price Hill was robbed Monday morning by a man wearing a Cincinnati Reds hat who indicated to tellers he had a gun, city police said.

        The robber got away with an undisclosed amount of cash and was last seen running south on Winfield Avenue, police said.

        Police described the suspect as a thin white man, between 25-35 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, wearing sunglasses and a red bandanna beneath the Reds cap. He had on a purple T-shirt and beige pants.

        Police ask that anyone with information about the robbery call the Cincinnati Homicide Unit at 352-3542 or CrimeStoppers at 352-3040. Callers may remain anonymous and may be compensated for information.

2 charged in bank, video store robberies

               A 19-year-old Pleasant Ridge man and a 17-year-old were charged Monday with two video store robberies and a bank heist, Hamilton County sheriff's deputies said.

        Phillip Eric Taylor, 19, of 5462 Ehrling Road was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery in connection with the:

        • May 8 robbery of Provident Bank at 8087 Montgomery Road.

        • May 31 robbery of Hollywood Video Store at 5471 Ridge Road.

        He is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center.

        The 17-year-oldwas charged in with three counts of aggravated robbery in the same two incidents and a May 26 robbery of Blockbuster Video at 7690 Montgomery Road.

        He was in custody at the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center.

Police need help IDing man's body

               The body of an unidentified man was found Monday in a wooded area of Fairview off West Clifton Avenue and police are asking the public for help identifying him.

        Cincinnati police said they are investigating the death of theheavyset African-American man, about 5 feet 10 inches tall. Police said the man was wearing a red, white and blue T-shirt; blue jean shorts with a maroon leather belt; short black socks; and black ankle high shoes.

        The body had been in the wooded area for several days, police said.

        The Hamilton County Coroner's Office is conducting an autopsy.

        Anyone with information should call the Homicide Unit at 352-3542 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040. .

1 dead, 1 injured after Ohio 4 crash

               SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — A Springfield woman was killed and a Middletown woman seriously injured in a two-car crash Monday morning on Ohio 4.

        Pamela L. Bishop, 51, was westbound on at high speed at 7 a.m., witnesses told state troopers, when she lost control of her 1993 Honda Accord near the Old Mill Road overpass, drove through the grass median and hit a vehicle driven by Lauren King.

        Ms. King, 52, was in serious condition at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield Monday.

City offices reopen after moving day

               LEBANON — City offices that are moving to a county-owned building will reopen today after being closed Monday.

        The move is temporary, to make way for renovations to the first floor of the city building, at 50 S. Broadway.

        The offices temporarily operating out of 320 E. Silver St. include the tax department and the building and zoning department. Also moving are the service department, engineering, planning and finance.

        Residents still may pay their utility bills at the city building at 50 S. Broadway, and all city offices may be reached at 932-3060.

UC awarded two Eminent Scholar grants
               Two Cincinnati research efforts are among seven statewide that have received Ohio “Eminent Scholar” awards, valued at $743,000 each.

        In one grant, the University of Cincinnati's molecular genetics department will use the money to recruit an X-ray crystallographer to develop a structural biology research center.

        In the other award, UC's pediatrics department plans to recruit a developmental neurobiologist who will work at Children's Hospital Medical Center.

        The grants are the third and fourth Eminent Scholar ever given to UC; and it is the first time in a decade that the state has funded the program. As part of the program, UC will provide $500,000 in matching funds.

Hunt for 2 escaped convicts still on

               ELKTON, Ohio — Authorities continued searching for two inmates Monday after they scaled a fence at a federal prison in its low-security area.

        Rafael Herrera and Juan Gonzales-Valencia escaped about 7 p.m. Saturday, said Mary Anne Varner, acting warden at the Federal Correctional Institution.

        Mr. Herrera, 53, of Chicago, is serving a 20-year sentence for conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine, heroin and marijuana.

        Mr. Gonzales-Valencia, 30, of Fresno, Calif., was sentenced to 10 years and one month for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

        Ohio State Highway Patrol helicopters and troopers searched around the prison in Columbiana County, about 20 miles south of Youngstown.

Man dies after hitting head in shallow pool

               DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP — An 18-year-old Cleveland man died after diving into a motel pool Sunday night.

        James L. Sawyer was pronounced dead at Bethesda North Hospital.

        He had been among a group of teens who had been swimming at the Kings Island Inn, 5691 Kings Island Dr.

        Around 10:35 p.m. Sunday, Mr. Sawyer dove into the shallow end of an indoor pool and struck his head on the bottom, the Warren County Sheriff's Office said.


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