Friday, January 18, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report

Addyston fire guts properties; no one hurt

        ADDYSTON — Fire destroyed three residences on Main Street here Thursday afternoon, but no one was injured.

        A Hamilton County Sheriff's deputy spotted the fire from River Road and responded at 12:37 p.m., said Doug Moore, chief of the Cleves Fire Department.

        He could not say how many people were displaced from the residences at 287, 289 and 291 Main Street, and he didn't have an an estimate on damage.

Former Brink's driver indicted in theft

        A Hamilton County grand jury Thursday indicted a former Brink's delivery driver on charges that he stole nearly $6,000 in American Express traveler's checks from four banks.

        Walter Stegal, 36, of Madisonville, was accused of taking packets of traveler's checks in denominations of $20, $50, and $100 from three Fifth Third Bank branches and one Firstar branch.

        Mr. Stegal faces two counts of felony theft.

        Mr. Stegal now works for the Internal Revenue Service, said Prosecutor Mike Allen said.

Suspect indicted on murder charges

        A 21-year-old Colerain Township man was indicted Thursday on charges of aggravated murder and murder while committing a felony in the December killing of Richard Hightower.

        If convicted, Hugh Jones could face a maximum term of life in prison.

        Mr. Hightower, 47, was shot to death inside a Sunoco Food Mart in Colerain Township Dec. 1 by a masked man armed with a black handgun.

Suspect injures leg while chased by officer

        GLENDALE — A Cincinnati man is facing a string of misdemeanor charges after he was stopped and then injured his leg while running from a Glendale police officer early Thursday.

        Rosezell Walker, 30, underwent surgery at University Hospital after pulling a hamstring during the foot chase.

        Mr Walker is charged with failure to comply, speeding, giving false information, no driver's license and drug possession.

        Glendale Police Chief Matt Fruchey said Glendale Lt. Dave Warman observed Mr. Walker speeding on Springfield Pike just after midnight. The driver then turned onto a driveway on Sharon Road and turned off his headlights.

        Mr. Walker exited the car, was ordered back in, but started running before his leg gave out, the chief said.

Two men, boy charged in robbery attempt

        Police busted up one attempted bank robbery and arrested two adults and a juvenile Thursday, but a second robbery at a different bank was successful.

        Kevin D. Oldham, 19, and Larry A. Frost, 20, both of College Hill, are each charged with one count of complicity to robbery after police say they tried to hold up the Provident Bank at 7044 Colerain Ave. about 10 a.m. A 16-year-old College Hill boy was charged with robbery.

        Police say the 16-year-old, wearing a stocking mask, entered the bank but noticed an off-duty Hamilton County Sheriff's deputy working security.

        The boy fled to a nearby apartment complex and got into a car with the other two suspects, Hamilton County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Barnett said.

        Meanwhile, Cheviot police are looking for the man who robbed a Provident Bank at 4201 Bridgetown Road at 12:39 p.m.

Cincinnati officers receive honors

       Four Cincinnati police officers got awards for their service Thursday.

        The Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission honored Police Spc. Scott Johnson and Officer Gene Seay.

        Officer Seay mentors youth through Scouting, through his church and through the Strike Force program that uses martial arts and scuba diving to teach self-discipline. Spc. Johnson was chosen for working in civic and church-related organizations.

        Thursday night, the Hamilton County Police Association honored two others — Capt. Greg Snider and Officer Thomas Haas.

        Capt. Snider, commander of District 1, was honored for serving with enthusiasm, integrity and professionalism.

        Officer Haas received the Robert Hovater award for valor. He was involved in two running gun battles within 17 days last summer.


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