Wednesday, August 15, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Trial alleging racial attack could be put off

        The trial of a 15-year-old boy accused of a racially motivated attack during the April riots could be postponed today in order to track down a key prosecution witness.

        Robert Stearns, the white Louisville truck driver who was pulled from his vehicle and beaten by about 20 black youths April 10, has been on vacation, officials said.

        Hamilton County prosecutors have been unable to have him served with a subpoena that would compel him to appear for trial, Hamilton County Assistant Prosecutor Rob Dziech told Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Sylvia Sieve Hendon on Tuesday.

[photo] IT'LL BE OK: A tearful 3-year-old boy is comforted by Springfield Township Police Sgt. Nancy Richter after a wreck at North Bend and Daly roads Tuesday evening. The boy, as well as a 1-year-old, were sent to Children's Hospital Medical Center. The driver, who was cited, was sent to Franciscan Mount Airy Hospital.
(Glenn Hartong photos)
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        Another prosecution witness, George Psihountakis, who owns several hot dog stands the teen is accused of helping to loot, was also unavailable for the start of Tuesday's trial. He had a family emergency, officials said.

        Judge Hendon on Tuesday heard arguments from the teen's attorney, Tom White, who hopes to get thrown out videotapes that show the teen helping to destroy hot dog carts and committing other acts during the riots.

Hearing set in boy's sex-assault case

        HAMILTON — The case of a 9-year-old boy accused of sexually attacking a 3-year-old girl is set for a pre-trial hearing Aug. 28 in Butler County Juvenile Court. The boy is charged with a delinquency count of sexual imposition.

        Authorities say the attack was reported this month at an apartment on Old Street in Monroe. Several youngsters were playing at the apartment without adult supervision, police said.

        Monroe police described the attack as an attempt at intercourse. The girl suffered no physical injuries.

Tips sought on man wanted in shooting

        Cincinnati police want the public's help to find a man they say shot Monday at a van carrying a 1-year-old child.

        Officers signed three warrants Monday afternoon against Stetson Burdine, 19, whose last known address was on Sutter Avenue in English Woods.

        Mr. Burdine is accused of three counts of felonious assault for allegedly firing a semiautomatic pistol at a couple and the toddler around lunchtime outside Mr. Gene's Dog House in South Cumminsville. Homicide detectives happened to be eating there.

        Mr. Burdine already faced charges of aggravated menacing after neighbors told police he threatened to kill one of them and then fired his gun into the air. Police found .380-caliber shell casings in the parking lot.

        He also was convicted of breaking and entering this summer after he admitted going into a market and taking sticks of incense. Mr. Burdine was put on two years probation, ordered to perform 40 hours of community service, and keep a job or stay in school and get his GED.

[photo] WET 'N' WILD Brandon Owens, 6, grabbed a toy sprinkler to fend off his friends during Avondale Community Day on Tuesday. The event was held at Reading Road and Forest Avenue.
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        Police ask that anyone who knows anything about Mr. Burdine call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040. Tipsters remain anonymous and can be paid up to $1,000 for information.

Schools offer fun, supplies at event today

        The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission is holding a back-to-school event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today for Cincinnati students at the Swifton Commons Mall on Reading Road in Bond Hill.

        The bash, which will feature live entertainment and free school supplies, is connected with Cincinnati Public Schools' Back-to-School, Ready to Learn campaign.

        CPS and other organizations want to remind parents that school starts in Cincinnati Public Schools on Aug. 27 — the first time in recent memory school starts on a Monday.

        If new to the district, register for CPS at the nearest neighborhood school. Bring a proof of address and the child's immunization records, birth certificate and Social Security card. If moving, bring proof of address, such as a current utility bill, and the student's last report card.

        For information on your neighborhood school, call 475-7099.

Library changes Internet address

        The Web site of the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County has a new name: The name is much easier to remember than the old address, but if a library patron has the old address saved, that address will link to the new address.

        The library Web site enables users with a library card access to dozens of extensive databases 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Library cards are free to all residents of Ohio and those in Boone, Campbell or Kenton counties with a Kentucky library card and ID.

Ice cream vendor indicted on drug charge

        An ice cream vendor accused of trying to sell marijuana to two Norwood youths was indicted Monday by a Hamilton County grand jury.

        Samuel Clayborne, 45, was charged with one count of trafficking in marijuana. If convicted he could be sentenced to up to 18 months in prison.

        He was arrested Aug. 3 by Norwood police.

Police horse is put to sleep

        A Cincinnati police horse named for two officers killed in the line of duty had to be put down Tuesday after he was kicked during training.

        JP, named for Officers Ron Jeter and Dan Pope, was kicked by another horse, causing a spiral fracture in his left rear tibia, the police division announced Tuesday afternoon. The horse was bought with community donations as an honor to Officers Jeter and Pope. His rider was Officer Lewis Egner, a five-year veteran of the force.

        Officers Jeter and Pope were shot to death Dec. 6, 1997.


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