Thursday, August 16, 2001

Youngest charged in riots convicted

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The youngest person charged with felonies related to the April riots was convicted Wednesday on two of seven counts he faces.

        A Hamilton County Juvenile Court judge said she would hold off sentencing the 15-year-old Over-the-Rhine boy until a trial on the five other charges has been completed.

        Those other charges include accusations the boy, who is African-American, attacked a white Louisville truck driver April 10 in Over-the-Rhine while using racial slurs.

        The beating left the man with lingering medical problems.

        The teen, who is not being named because he is a juvenile, was found guilty Wednesday of robbery and aggravated riot for damaging and looting a hot dog vendor's cart near Fountain Square that same day.

        The conviction before Judge Sylvia Sieve Hendon came despite the vendor's inability to identify the teen as one of the people who vandalized and stole from his cart.

        “I don't know if I could identify him,” said Tim Mulligan. “There were too many people.”

        Mr. Mulligan said it had just started to drizzle that Tuesday when a rowdy crowd of about 50 people emerged from Fountain Square.

        He said he became afraid after several of the people grabbed a man, threw him to the ground and began beating him.

        He grabbed a change dispenser and about $400 from his cart, and went across the street to Arby's.

        Hamilton County Assistant Prosecutor Rob Dziech showed the judge videotapes of the incident, in which the teen can be seen reaching into the cart, along with dozens of other people.

        Delores Cox, a security guard at Rothenberg School in Over-the-Rhine, where the teen was a student, testified that she identified him from videotapes and photographs shown to her by police May 29.


Cincinnati's youth have their say
- 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
Tristate A.M. Report
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