Wednesday, December 05, 2001

Half-brother accused in escape

By David Eck
Enquirer contributor

        LEBANON — A Loveland man is facing a complicity to escape charge after authorities say he helped his half-brother escape from a work camp at Lebanon Correctional Institution (LCI) on Friday.

        Joseph Schroer, a Wright State University student, surrendered to police on Sunday. But authorities said Mr. Schroer would not tell them the whereabouts of his half-brother, Frank Kruse.

        Mr. Kruse, 31, was serving time for operating a methamphetamine lab.

        Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said they have taped phone conversations between Mr. Kruse in prison and Mr. Schroer describing the church parking lot in Monroe where the two apparently met after Mr. Kruse left the camp.

        Mr. Kruse, considered a minimum-security inmate, was working in a dairy barn when he walked away, said Julia Bush, administrative assistant to the warden at LCI.

        Farm coordinators check on the inmates in the minimum-security work camp every 15 minutes.

        Mr. Kruse is described as 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, with brown hair, hazel eyes and scars on his left leg and left thumb. His last known address was in the 9300 block of Chestnut Drive in the Loveland Park area.


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