Thursday, August 16, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Man shot in face; task force in week 4

        Today begins the fourth week of Cincinnati's Violent Crimes Task Force, formed by Chief Tom Streicher to address shootings and other incidents persisting throughout the city since the April protests and riots.

        Another shooting happened in Over-the-Rhine early Wednesday at 14th and Republic streets, leaving a man shot in the face and in critical condition. He was at least the 89th person hurt in shootings since the unrest. Another 15 have been shot to death.

        The task force's tally so far:

[photo] COLUMBIA PARKWAY CRASH: Cincinnati firefighters take a jovial air with Katie Kinnemeyer, 14, of Delhi Township, to ease her anxiety after she was injured in a collision in the 1400 block of Columbia Parkway Wednesday afternoon. The girl was treated at Children's Hospital Medical Center and released. Her mother, Donna Kinnemeyer, was expected to be released from Good Samaritan Hospital. Norman Kaiser, 59, of Wilder, Ky., was pronounced dead. Police said his westbound 1996 Saturn went left of center and struck the eastbound Kinnemeyer car, a 1999 Chrysler.
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        • 406 arrests: 134 for adult felonies, 218 for adult misdemeanors, 19 juvenile felonies, 42 juvenile misdemeanors; 31 curfew violations; 128 drug arrests.

        • Officers recovered: six guns, 10 vehicles, 127 grams of crack, 23,237 grams of marijuana and 6.6 grams of heroin.

        • Thirty-nine of the 97 people on the task force's Most Wanted list have been found. The most recent arrests: Anne Fuller, wanted on three counts of felony forgery; Charles Black, sought for receiving stolen property; and Dennis Fitzgerald, wanted for an incident at the Hyde Park Kroger store in which police say he stole items and hit a clerk with his car. He also was sought by Delhi Township authorities for questioning in a similar incident.

Police hunt carjacker who threatened driver

        Cincinnati police are looking for a man who carjacked a Health Alliance vehicle late Tuesday and threatened its driver with a knife.

        The Health Alliance employee, a 63-year-old man, was stopped at a gas station on Reading Road in Walnut Hills about 11:30 p.m. when a man threatened him with the knife and commandeered the1995 white Chevrolet Cavalier. The employee told police later that the man drove around for two hours, holding him against his will.

        The man also tried to use the employee's debit card to get more money. He already had stolen some cash.

        The Health Alliance employee was let out, unhurt. The car was found later on Gilbert Avenue.

Officers foil third holdup at same store

        Cincinnati police pretended to be Subway sandwich makers Tuesday to bust a man they say repeatedly robbed the chain's Clifton Heights store.

        Officers charged Allen Hafford, 21, with aggravated robbery after he went into the restaurant on W. McMillan Street just after 10 p.m. and demanded money. Because of two previous robberies at the same location, officers decided to work inside the business and wait for another possible hit.

        When the officers identified themselves and ordered Mr. Hafford to the ground, he ran. They caught him outside in an alley.

        Mr. Hafford was charged in all three incidents. The first time, according to police reports, he told a female employee she had 30 seconds to fill a bag with money. The second time, they say he was much more succinct: “You know the drill.”

New parents can put baby photos on Web

        Birthing centers at Mercy Franciscan Hospital Mount Airy, Mercy Hospital Fairfield and Mercy Hospital Anderson have begun offering parents a way to post newborns' pictures on the Internet.

        The “Mercy Babies” service, offered by the Growing Family photography company, creates Web sites for babies, accessed through the Mercy Health Partners Web site, that include photos and allow well-wishers to post messages.

        The service costs $9.50, but is included for parents who buy a photo package.

        For information, check the Web site at

Public Landing to close for weekend

        The Public Landing on the Cincinnati riverfront downtown will be closed to the public and boaters this weekend to accommodate the Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion.

        The landing will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Tuesday, the Cincinnati Recreation Commission said.

        Showboat Majestic patrons will be permitted to enter and parkon Saturday and Sunday.

Piano teacher
indicted in rape

        A 69-year-old Blue Ash man was indicted Wednesday by a Hamilton County grand jury on charges that he raped a 7-year-old girl, fondled her and showed her pornographic material.

[photo] TRIBUTE TO A FRIEND: Sage Smith of Clifton works on a mural Wednesday near the municipal pool at West McMicken Avenue and Dunlap Street in Over-the-Rhine. Friends of John Zimkus, who was killed in a traffic crash Sunday night on Ludlow Avenue in Clifton, are painting the mural in his honor.
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        Charles Bingman is accused of assaulting the girl July 11 inside his home. Mr. Bingman was the girl's piano teacher, officials said.

        He is also accused of showing the girl adult and child pornography.

        He has been charged with one count of rape, five counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

        If convicted, he could be sentenced to more than 35 years in prison.

Donors respond, but
blood supplies still low

        Hundreds of people have responded to an emergency call for blood donors issued Monday by Hoxworth Blood Center, but the shortage continues.

        On Tuesday, the blood bank collected 446 units of blood, a 37 percent increase over normal daily needs. However on Wednesday, the blood inventory was still running 481 units lower than desired levels.

        Hoxworth plans to continue extended hours for its neighborhood collection centers through Thursday.Information: 451-0910.

Motorcycle accident leaves man, 66, critical

        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — A Cleves man was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle on Stonemill Road in Colerain Township, hit a curb and was thrown from the bike.

        James A. Wolfe, 66, was taken to Mercy Fairfield Hospital and then to Miami Valley Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition Wednesday night.

        The accident occurred at 4:35 p.m. on Stonemill north of West Kemper Road.

        Mr. Wolfe was wearing a safety helmet at the time of the crash, and neither drugs nor alcohol were factors in the accident, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's office.


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Youngest charged in riots convicted
This money belongs to Reds
25-home project under way today
Baby's mom says thanks for 911 help
City to appeal arbitrator's reinstatement of police officer
Fuller says he won't seek endorsements from groups
Money rewards better schools
WLW pulls gag promo for bad taste
Accomplice stated Byrd killed clerk
Judge recuses self from athlete's case
Police investigate Northside girl's death
PULFER: At-risk kids
Student pilot lands on I-275
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Accident mobilizes colleagues
4 hurt, 2 critical in one-car accident
Jury can't reach verdict in Hamilton murder trial
Theft allegations jolt support agency
Abuse by coach alleged
Driver charged after woman killed by boat in Lake Erie
Two indicted in Eaton man's death
Unions want more from Taft
Attorney asks that names be erased from file
Halloween afloat at Newport Levee
IGA store prepares to close in Sept.
Kentucky News Briefs
Killer headed to Ohio prison
Killers of pines return to lake
Ky. scores on ACT dip after four years
Mississippi Queen makes Louisville a home port in '02
N.Ky. schools fare well on nonacademic indicators
Schools above average on test
UK seeks to improve student recruitment
Youths travel to fair with animals