Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Local Digest


4 charged in death during bank robbery

        Four bank robbery suspects were charged Monday in the death of an alleged accomplice who was shot and killed during a robbery.

        Prosecutors say the four men supplied the gun and acted as lookouts in several recent robberies. During the Aug. 31 robbery of the Cinfed Credit Union in Roselawn, Brandon Lowe was killed by an off-duty officer.

        Police say Mr. Lowe, 18, formerly of Lebanon, drew his gun and pointed it at the officer before he was shot.

        Although the four are not directly responsible for the death, prosecutors say their involvement in the robbery brought it about. And that, they say, makes them legally responsible.

        All four are charged with involuntary manslaughter, aggravated robbery, robbery and felonious assault. If convicted, each faces more than 20 years in prison.

        The four men are Raymond Pope Jr., 21, of Roselawn; Lashawn Henderson, 25, of Roselawn; Edward Glaze III, 19, of Western Hills; and Nashid Kariem Haamid, 23, of Roselawn.
       

N.Ky. to see some freeway ramps close

               ERLANGER — Reconstruction of the busy Donaldson Road interchange should be finished by the end of October, but until then, drivers will have to put up with some temporary ramp closures.

        On Monday, crews shut the ramp from Interstate 275 west to northbound I-75/71 to replace the pavement for the first time since it was built more than 25 years ago, said Greg Kreutzjans of the Transportation Cabinet's Fort Mitchell office.

        The ramp, which handles traffic exiting Northern Kentucky's major east-west corridor, will be shut for at least 30 days.

        For the next month, westbound I-275 traffic approaching the I-75/71 north ramp will be detoured to I-75/71 south and to exit at Donaldson Road, Mr. Kreutzjans said. Traffic can turn left to re-enter northbound I-75/71.

        Another possible detour is to continue on westbound I-275 to Mineola Pike, then turn south on Mineola Pike and take I-275 east back to northbound I-75/71.

        On Aug. 15, the ramp from I-75/71 south to I-275 east in Erlanger was closed to replace pavement. The ramp to eastbound I-275 is to reopen Sept. 17.

        That project includes eliminating one of the three lanes where I-75/71 merges with eastbound I-275 when the ramp reopens next week.
       

Gun-battle veteran to be police trainer

               A Cincinnati police officer involved in two high-profile gun battles in less than three weeks will now train other officers.

        Officer Thomas Haas, a nine-year veteran of the police division, has been transferred to the training academy.

        Ted Schoch, academy director, said he had been asking for an additional staff member for some time. Officer Haas seemed a good choice, in large part because he has fresh experience in some of the worst kinds of situations a police officer can encounter.

        Officer Haas, 33, shot and killed Rickey Moore on July 27 in South Cumminsville after Mr. Moore fired a shotgun at him. Seventeen days before, the officer was involved in a run-and-shoot battle with Deangelo Williams, 34, whom police said tried to snatch jewelry from a Lexus driver in Over-the-Rhine. At least 36 shots were fired and Mr. Williams was arrested.
       

Schools suspect conflict in mold case

               WEST CARROLLTON — Officials in this school district south of Dayton canceled a mold inspection of two school buildings, alleging a conflict of interest between the inspector and an attorney helping West Carrollton teachers sue the school system.

        Officials had contracted with a Cincinnati-based industrial hygienist, who had inspected in the spring for mold in West Carrollton High School and Middle School, to conduct another inspection for potentially dangerous mold Monday.

        But school officials recently canceled the hygienist's contract and in a Sept. 4 letter cited the specialist's work in the past with a Newport-based attorney — Robert Trainor — as raising a conflict of interest. Mr. Trainor is also attorney for three teachers suing the district for more than $6 million claiming mold sickened them.

        West Carrollton Superintendent Rusty Clifford stated in the letter that the district intends to do the testing with another industrial hygienist because of the litigation.
       

Judge OKs coverage of molestation case

               HAMILTON — A Butler County Juvenile Court judge on Monday agreed to open the courtroom to news media in the case of a 9-year-old boy accused of sexually attacking a 3-year-old girl in an Monroe apartment.

        But in his decision, Judge David J. Niehaus said news outlets could not use any identifying information regarding the child. The boy is charged with a delinquency count of sexual imposition.

        A pre-trial hearing is set for Oct. 9, and the trial is Oct. 15.
       

Car drags woman; boyfriend charged

               Richard D. Leister, 35, of the 2300 block of Montana Avenue in Westwood, faces a felonious assault charge after his girlfriend was struck with a car and dragged until she fell off.

        The woman, whose name is not being released, was taken to a hospital after she was struck outside her boyfriend's residence shortly after 7 a.m. Monday. She was unconscious.

        Mr. Leister told Cincinnati police they had been arguing — with the woman standing outside his car — when he went to drive away and she held onto his window and windshield wiper.

        Mr. Leister will be arraigned today. He spent Monday night in the Hamilton County Justice Center.

       



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