Saturday, April 13, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report

Truck driver injured in riots sues attacker

        The Louisville truck driver who was injured last April in a racially-motivated attack during riots in Over-the-Rhine is suing his attacker and several insurance companies for more than $1.5 million.

        In a lawsuit filed this week in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, Robert Stearns and his wife, Karen, contend that the now-16-year-old boy is responsible for injuries, both physical and emotional, that Mr. Stearns claims he continues to suffer.

        The teen was 15 at the time of the April 10, 2001, incident. He was part of a group of youths who attacked Mr. Stearns as he was delivering glass along West 14th Street, and the only one charged in the incident.

        Some members of the group, including the teen, attempted to steal the delivery truck. When Mr. Stearns jumped into the truck's cab and tried to stop the theft, he was pulled from the truck and beaten.

Man charged with failure to register

        COVINGTON — A Kenton County grand jury Friday indicted Clyde Franklin Herald, 48, of Cincinnati on a felony charge of failure to register as a sex offender.

        Authorities say Mr. Herald, of West Eighth Street in downtown Cincinnati, failed to register in Kentucky when he was hired by a packaging company in Covington. Kentucky law requires sex offenders to register if they work or attend school in the Bluegrass state.

        The charge comes after an incident in January when authorities said a store video camera caught Mr. Herald allegedly exposing himself to a girl in Value City Department Store in Covington's Latonia neighborhood.

        A Hamilton County grand jury has also indicted Mr. Herald for various sex crimes, and is seeking to extradite him.

        He is in the Kenton County jail.

Police investigate flea market vandalism

        MONROE — Police are investigating an unusual case of vandalism that damaged four vehicles Wednesday night at Traders World Market.

        Someone broke into a trailer on the flea market parking lot and obtained keys to several vehicles that were on the lot, police said.

        The vandals started two of the vehicles, weighed down the accelerators and put the vehicles in gear. Those vehicles then crashed into others.

        No damage estimate has been set, but none of the vehicles appeared to have been destroyed, Monroe Detective Mike Staples said.

        “It was really like demolition derby over there at Trader's World,” he said. “They're looking at some serious charges.”

        Anyone with information is asked to call Monroe Police at 539-9234.

Cox Road closure to last until November

        WEST CHESTER TWP. — Construction will close a stretch of Cox Road this month until November, the Butler County Engineer's Office announced Friday.

        The closure will begin the morning of April 22 as construction crews shut down Cox Road north of Tylersville Road to the Voice of America Park entrance..

        Cox Road will still be open to the park entrance and Service Center Drive from Hamilton Mason Road.

        The construction is part of the Cox Road project designed to widen the two-lane road to five, including a center turn lane, from Tylersville Road north to Hamilton-Mason Road.

Reception to honor Underground walker

        A masseuse from Yellow Springs pledged a massage.

        A retiree from Louisville came to the rescue as a substitute driver.

[photo] SUPPORT BLOOMS: Flowers decorate the police memorial outside District 1 headquarters Friday. Residents and businesses were showing appreciation for the police. More flowers were put out inside District 1 headquarters.
(Brandi Stafford photo)
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        Men, women and children have kept her company as she headed north.

        And now, supporters of Joan Southgate, the 73-year-old Cleveland woman walking an Underground Railroad route across Ohio, have organized a reception for her 8-10 tonight at First Christian Assembly of God, 220 William Howard Taft Road, Walnut Hills. Doors open at 7. Donations: $5 minimum.

        In addition, Mrs. Southgate will speak 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the food court in Swifton Commons Mall, Bond Hill. The event is sponsored by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

        Mrs. Southgate, who began her walk April 2 in Ripley, is now approaching Yellow Springs. She is visiting Underground Railroad hiding spots along the way.

        For more information on the reception, call 631-5002 or 351-3267. To learn about the walk and historic escapes from slavery, go to the web site or call the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center offices at 412-6900.

Reading man will face death penalty

        A Reading man faces the death penalty if convicted of strangling his former sister-in-law and fatally shooting two neighbors, prosecutors said Friday.

        A Hamilton County grand jury on Friday indicted Robert Cordell, 42, for aggravated murder in the deaths of his former sister-in-law, Kathleen Cordell, 40, and neighbors Frank Carnevale, 72, and Carnevale's ex-wife, Rita Bushman, 68. Mr. Carnevale was the former mayor of Reading.

        The indictment also charged Mr. Cordell with aggravated robbery. Authorities said he set two fires April 2 at Mr. Carnevale's house in what they said was an apparent attempt to cover up the shootings there.

        Mr. Cordell remains in jail on $2 million bond. A trial date will be set after his arraignment on Thursday.

        Firefighters found the bodies of Mr. Carnevale and Ms. Bushman after responding to a report of a basement fire at the couple's home. Kathleen Cordell's body was found later.

Indiana man arrested after bank robbery

        LEBANON — Warren County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a Connersville, Ind., man and are seeking two others in connection with the Wednesday afternoon robbery of the Lebanon Citizens National Bank branch in Salem Township.

        Alexander S. Hall, 23, is jailed in Warren County and due in county court Tuesday to face a charge of aggravated robbery.

        An arrest warrant also was filed Friday charging Shannon A. Sorrell, 29, of Franklin, with the same crime.

        Deputies are searching for a 23-year-old Middletown man for questioning, sheriff's officials said.

        Lt. Jerry Mays said the license plates on the abandoned getaway car — a black Chevrolet Beretta — helped identify Mr. Hall as a suspect.

        Witnesses said the suspects walked into the bank on U.S. 22/Ohio 3, forced their way behind the teller line, shoved two employees to the ground and took an undisclosed amount of money from the cash drawers.

        Deputies found the money in a plastic shopping bag along Ohio 123. Sheriff's officials said the robbers apparently ditched the cash after a dye pack exploded.


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