Tuesday, August 28, 2001

Local Digest

$176,000 in jewelry reportedly stolen

        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — Two men stole two briefcases containing a reported $176,000 in jewelry from a car trunk about 6 p.m. Friday.

        The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office reported that an employee of the Victor Corp., a jewelry manufacturing firm, had parked his car in the parking lot of an elementary school on Banning Road.

        According to the sheriff's office, two men exited a green minivan and approached the unoccupied car. One of them smashed the driver's side window with an unknown object and released the trunk latch. The other removed the two briefcases.

        The minivan was last seen traveling west on Banning.

        Both men were described as white and about 30 years old. One had light hair and the other had dark hair with large sideburns and was wearing a white T-shirt and dark pants. The victim's name was not released.

Local man indicted in three shootings

               An 18-year-old man on probation for a riot-related charge of breaking and entering was indicted Monday on 10 counts related to three shooting incidents.

        Officials said the shootings happened between July 25 and Aug. 16.

        The first occurred July 25. Stetson Burdine of North Fairmount was charged with firing a gun into the air after allegedly threatening to kill a woman. No one was injured.

        On Aug. 13, while driving near 3700 Beekman St., Mr. Burdine shot a .380-caliber handgun at the occupants of a car in an apparent road rage attack, officials said. The victims included a 1-year-old. No one was hurt.

        Police said the last incident occurred Aug. 16, when Mr. Burdine allegedly fired a 9mm firearm inside an apartment. The bullet went through a wall and struck a neighbor, who was not seriously injured.

        Police found Mr. Burdine hiding in a closet with four firearms, including a 12-gauge shotgun, a revolver and another pistol, officials said.

Donor to pay for police snacks

               FAIRFIELD — The “pops-for-cops” man, who thanks on-duty officers by delivering refreshments on his motorcycle, won't have to pay out of his own pocket for bags of snacks anymore.

        After reading an article about Robert Kramer in Sunday's The Cincinnati Enquirer, a donor has stepped forward, Mr. Kramer said.

        Contacted by telephone Monday, the donor confirmed he was making a contribution to Mr. Kramer, but he wouldn't confirm his name or job title. The donor said that was because he wasn't seeking publicity for his company.

Shootings injure 2; Lockland man held

               MIAMI TOWNSHIP — Two men are recovering from gunshot wounds and another man is under arrest after a shooting Sunday night at Lake Remington Mobile Home Park.

        Police say Matthew Clark, 19, of Lockland shot Aaron Sheets, 19, of the mobile home park and Josh Scarberry, 19, of Miamiville. Mr. Sheets was in serious condition at University Hospital on Monday, and Mr. Scarberry was treated at Bethesda North Hospital and released.

        The men were shot while they were sitting on the porch of a mobile home in the Clermont County park, police said. Police and witnesses said the three men were arguing in the street about 30 minutes before the 11:35 p.m. shooting.

        Mr. Clark was arrested without incident about 2:45 a.m. Monday after being spotted by an Arlington Heights police officer at the Arlington Heights/Lockland border.

Gunman robs video store

        GREEN TOWNSHIP — Hamilton County sheriff's deputies are searching for a man who robbed the Hollywood Video store in the 2100 block of Anderson Ferry Road early Monday.

        There were no injuries.

        Police say a man approached a store employee in the parking lot just after midnight while she was removing tapes from a drop box and forced her back inside the store. He then demanded that employees open the safe and cash register, and took an undisclosed amount of money.

        He fled the store on foot.

        He is described as black, 20-25 years old, 5 feet 8 inches and 150 pounds. He was wearing a dark sweat suit, and had a green knit mask over his face. He was armed with a semiautomatic handgun.

        Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 825-1500 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Robbery leaves victim with gunshot wounds
               A 21-year-old man was in stable condition Monday after a Mount Auburn robbery in which he was shot multiple times in the chest and leg late Sunday, police said.

        The man was robbed of money in a home in the 200 block of Albion Place at 11:18 p.m., police said. No arrests had been made.

Police investigate pair of break-ins

               Cincinnati police are investigating break-ins at an Evanston church overnight and Over-the-Rhine school Sunday night.

        A 9-year-old boy was charged with breaking into the Washington Park School at 115 W. 14th St., District 1 police said.

        It was not immediately known what, if anything, was taken in the burglary, or in the overnight break-in at the Philippian Baptist Church at 1806 Brewster Ave. in Evanston. Someone removed a rear window to enter the church.

School bars girl in poisoning case

               A 13-year-old girl awaiting trial on charges she and three other students tried to poison their teacher last May at Oyler Elementary in Lower Price Hill was barred from school Monday by administrators.

        Cincinnati Board of Education attorney John Concannon said later Monday that the girl would be transferred to another school in the district.

        The teen, who has a learning disability, could be in class as early as Thursday, said her attorney, Christopher Kraus.

        At least one of the girls has been expelled. It is not known if the other two are still students in the Cincinnati Public district.

        The case heads back to juvenile court Wednesday, where a magistrate is to hear additional testimony on pending motions.

Bond Hill man charged in robberies

               A 20-year-old Bond Hill man faces four felony charges in connection with two armed robberies Sunday, and the repeated use of one of the victim's credit cards, Cincinnati police said.

        Jason Brooks of the 5000 block of Coad Drive was arrested at 3:27 p.m. Sunday at a LaRosa's restaurant in Clifton, according to his arrest report.

        Mr. Brooks is accused of robbing someone at gunpoint in Clifton Heights, then attempting to rob a second person before paying for $84.79 worth of merchandise from a Corryville Foot Locker with the credit card stolen in the first holdup. He then used the same credit card to buy $94 worth of goods at a Dollar Value Store in Corryville, police said.

        He had counterfeit crack cocaine on him when he was arrested 41 minutes later at LaRosa's, police said.


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