Wednesday, December 19, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Bag in stomach of man who resisted cops

        HAMILTON — A Tuesday autopsy revealed that a small plastic bag was inside Marvin Hendrix when he died, corroborating witness testimony that Mr. Hendrix swallowed an “eight ball” of cocaine hours before he struggled with police and paramedics, said Butler County Coroner Dr. Richard P. Burkhardt.

        Autopsy results also revealed signs of heart disease, he said. A toxicology report will reveal the contents of the plastic bag but will not be available for up to six weeks, prolonging the final determination of cause of death, he said.

[photo] YO QUIERO TU SOMBRERO, AMIGO: Harrison Elementary fourth-graders Brian Price, R.J. Bowen and Josh Milby (from left) joke Tuesday during Cultural Fest. It capped three weeks of learning about other cultures.
(Steven M. Herppich photo)
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        On Monday, Mr. Hendrix, 27, of Forest Park, was cited for driving with a suspended license. He was allowed to walk home, where he told an acquaintance that he swallowed an eighth-ounce of crack cocaine to avoid more serious charges.

        Later in the day, he became ill. Mr. Hendrix struggled with the paramedics and police who were called. Mr. Hendrix, stunned twice with a taser, went into cardiac arrest in the ambulance and died en route to Fort Hamilton Hospital.

        Police have said they don't believe the two stuns administered to Mr. Hendrix caused his death.

Fairfield bank robber may already be suspect

        FAIRFIELD — Police think the man who robbed a Fifth Third Bank branch in Fairfield on Tuesday morning might be the same person who pulled at least three bank holdups in Hamilton County in the last several months.

        Surveillance tape from Tuesday's Fairfield robbery shows the robber is similar to the suspect in the Hamilton County robberies, Fairfield Police Lt. Ken Colburn said.

        There were no injuries in Tuesday's robbery.

        Police say the man walked into the Fifth Third branch at 6120 S. Gilmore Road just before 11 a.m., displayed a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money. He obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and was last seen in a white Taurus, east on Mack Road.

        Police searched the area around the bank but were unable to spot the vehicle, Lt. Colburn said.

        The robber is described as white, 45-55 years old, and 5 feet, 7 inches tall with a stocky build. He was wearing a possibly fake beard and moustache, tan jacket, a fishing hat and carrying a black canvas or nylon bag.

        Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Fairfield police at 639-7820.

        Also Tuesday, a man who said he had a gun held up the Fifth Third Bank at 401 E. Fifth St. in downtown Cincinnati.

        Police described the man as white, 5-feet-9 and in his 50s. He wore a medium length brown leather jacket and white shirt and was last seen running west on Fifth Street.

Blue Ash honored for patriotic architecture

        BLUE ASH — The Freedom Foundations at Valley Forge, a nationalpatriotic organization, is recognizing the city for its patriotic architecture.

        The Pennsylvania group recently gave the city its National Director's Award in recognition of Veterans Memorial Park, the Heritage Bell Tower and the city's “magnificent job in preserving this country's history” and honoring its heroes.

        The nonprofit Freedoms Foundation is dedicated to educating young people about patriotism and American principles.

Group sought after man robbed and shot

        Cincinnati police are searching for a group of men who shot a 22-year-old Cleves man late Monday during a robbery in the parking lot of a Sunoco gas station in Camp Washington.

        Six to seven men armed with a gun robbed Christopher Joyce about 10:20 p.m. in the station's lot at 2740 Spring Grove Ave., police reports show.

        Mr. Joyce was conscious immediately following the shooting, and his wound is not considered life threatening. He was listed in serious condition at University Hospital Tuesday.

Green Twp. seeks input on zoning

        GREEN TOWNSHIP — Officials are seeking more public input on proposed revisions of the township's zoning code for about 6 square miles of the White Oak and Monfort Heights areas.

        Some of the revisions allow for better controls in single-family developments and enhanced landscaping and buffering requirements for the redevelopment of commercial properties, said Adam Goetzman, the township's development director.

        This is the only portion of the township with local controls. It was established in 1953 to isolate the high-growth area from urban expansion, Mr. Goetzman said. The township's other 24 square miles fall under the jurisdiction of county zoning.

        “The revised code parallels the county zoning code in large part and provides us with a much more uniformed zoning code for all of Green Township,” he said. The township planning commission met Dec. 10 but decided to postpone a decision to solicit more public input.

        A draft copy of the new zoning code is available for review at the township administration building, 6303 Harrison Ave. The revisions will again go before officials 7 p.m. Jan. 21.

        Questions and comments can be directed to Mr. Goetzman at 574-4848.

Family held hostage while bank robbed

        OREGON, Ohio — Two men took a family hostage in the middle of the night and forced a woman to take them to the bank where she works so they could rob it, police said.

        Kathy Scholl told police that one of the men ordered her to let him into the building, where she is a manager, and into the safes. He took an undisclosed amount of money and left her in the parking lot, standing in her pajamas, authorities said.


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