Friday, February 08, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report




Metro changing Fare Deal ID cards

        Metro is updating the photo identification cards issued to members of its Fare Deal program beginning Monday.

        All participants in the Fare Deal program, which provides reduced bus fares for people over 65 and those with qualifying disabilities, must get a new card. The old cards will be invalid in a few months.


[photo] SUSPECT CAPTURED: Cincinnati police officers use a dump truck as a shield Thursday after a car-theft suspect was cornered in a house on Dayton Street in the West End. The young man led a chase in the stolen vehicle before running into the house just off Interstate 75. A police dog found the man hiding in the attic.
(Brandi Stafford photo)
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        Metro will replace the cards at no charge during February. Beginning on March 1, they will cost $1.

        New cards can be obtained from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Butterfield Senior Center, 22 Garfield Place downtown on Feb. 11-14, Feb. 19-21 and Feb. 25-28.

        Beginning March 1, customers must get their cards 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays at the Bus Stop sales office, 122 W. Fifth St. The cardholder must be present with identification.

        For more information call Tina Kandil, 632-7540.
       

House fire burns Lockland man

        LOCKLAND — A Lockland man was being treated at University Hospital Thursday night for burns to his hands after a two-alarm fire at his North Cooper Avenue home.

        The man's name and condition were not available late Thursday.

        Fire crews were called to the three-story structure at 322 N. Cooper at 9:10 p.m. and found the home heavily involved.

        “We had fire on three floors of the structure,” said Woodlawn Fire Capt. Dan Ficke.

        The cause was under investigation. No damage estimate had been set.
       

Two bank robbers get five-year terms

        Two people who pleaded guilty Thursday to participating in a bank robbery that went bad were each sentenced to serve five years in prison.

        Raymond Pope Jr., 21, of Bond Hill and Lashawn Henderson, 25, of Winton Place each pleaded guilty before Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Thomas Nurre to two counts of aggravated robbery, one count of felonious assault and one count of involuntary manslaughter.


[photo] RODEO: Steer wrestler Quentin Vickers of Canton, Ohio, grabs a steer during competition for a spot in this weekendıs Longhorn World Championship at the Cincinnati Gardens Thursday. The rodeo will run through Sunday.
(Craig Ruttle photo)
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        Police say they were part of a group involved in at least three robberies: Aug. 24 at Key Bank on Reading Road, Aug. 29 at Provident Bank on Montgomery Road and Aug. 31 at CinFed Credit Union on Reading Road.

        An accomplice, 18-year-old Brandon Lowe, formerly of Lebanon, was killed in the Aug. 31 incident after he was shot by a Cincinnati police officer he had attempted to shoot.

        Two other members of the group, Edward Glaze Jr., 19, and Nashid Haamid, 23, both of Bond Hill, pleaded guilty to similar charges. They were sentenced to six years in prison.

Plea expected in triple homicide

        Stanley Fitzpatrick is expected to plead guilty today to a triple homicide in Lincoln Heights last year.

        Mr. Fitzpatrick, 34, stunned court officials Wednesday when he announced his guilt and demanded that his jury trial be stopped.

        The former Formica Corp. employee admitted killing his girlfriend, Doreatha Hayes, her 12-year-old daughter, Shenay, and neighbor Elton “Arybie” Rose, 64, in June.

        Prosecutors said he stabbed and hacked the Hayeses to death inside a Chicago Avenue house that he shared with them. He later lured Mr. Rose into the house and bludgeoned him to death with the butt of a hatchet.

        In court today, opposing sides are expected to argue whether Mr. Fitzpatrick should be sentenced to death.

        The hearing will convene at 12:30 p.m. before Hamilton County Common Pleas judges Patrick Dinkelacker, Ann Marie Tracey and Dennis Helmick.
       

Man acquitted of nursing home assault

        A 44-year-old Middletown man was acquitted Thursday of charges that he raped an 80-year-old Alzheimer's patient living in a nursing home in Oakley.

        Jurors in the trial of David McCollum deliberated over three days before finding the former maintenance man not guilty of sexually assaulting a female resident of the Deupree Community.

        A witness said Mr. McCollum got into bed with the non-responsive patient Aug. 10, 2000.

        Mr. McCollum contended that the woman had scooted off her bed while he was in the bathroom fixing a leaky faucet. What another employee witnessed, his attorney said, were his attempts to get the woman back into her bed.

       

       



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