Thursday, May 16, 2002

28 slain in Cincinnati neighborhoods

By Jane Prendergast,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cincinnati has suffered 28 homicides in the first 4 1/2 months of 2002 — an 87 percent increase over last year at this time, when 15 people had been killed.

        The homicides happened in 14 different neighborhoods. At least 21 victims were shot, one was stabbed, another was found dead after a fire, and yet another's bones were found months after she was reported missing.

        Detectives won't elaborate on the motives in most cases. They do say most aren't random. They've made arrests in four cases. The victims:

Homicides by neighborhood
        1. Jan. 7: Willie S. Gulley, 18, African-American, of Mount Airy, shot at 1818 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, 6 p.m. Police saw two men, one of whom also had been shot, leaving the scene in a car.

        2. Jan. 31: Michael Tiller, 20, African-American, of Avondale, shot at 3453 Burnet Ave., near the intersection with Northern Avenue, Avondale, 6:30 p.m. Another man, Steve Morris, also wounded, walked to the hospital later. Suspect: Black male, late teens, wearing black clothing, gray hat.

        3. Feb. 1: Bones of Anna Mae Lainhart, 38, white, found at 6 Hurst Alley, Over-the-Rhine. The South Fairmount woman had been reported missing July 23 by her niece, Christie Lainhart. She said she hadn't seen her aunt in two weeks and that Ms. Lainhart's boyfriend hadn't heard anything, either. The family suspected foul play. Ms. Lainhart, also known as Anna Mae Clifton, had several convictions for soliciting in Hamilton County over the past decade. Neither the cause nor estimated date of her death have been released.

        4. Feb. 8: Terrell Cannon, 21, of Walnut Hills, race unknown, found dead on the sidewalk along William Howard Taft Road, Walnut Hills, 7 p.m. He was shot after an altercation on a basketball court on nearby Kemper Lane. He staggered to William Howard Taft Road and fell dead on the sidewalk in front of a transmission repair shop. Shop workers heard the gunshot but did not see the shooter. Suspect: Black male in his early 20s, about 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall, slender, wearing a dark shirt and dark baggy pants.

        5. Feb. 22: Christopher Arrington, 29, of Price Hill, race unknown,shot in a Westmont Avenue apartment, West Price Hill, 3 p.m. Suspect: Black male in his mid-20s, 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, wearing a black leather coat and armed with a small silver handgun.

        6. Feb. 26: Ricardo Rangel-Tapia, 23, Hispanic, shot as he drove home from Latino night at the Mad Frog bar in Mount Auburn, 2:25 a.m. Other Hispanic immigrants with him said the shooter yelled, “(Expletive) Mexicans!”

        7. March 6: Carlos Armstrong, aka Carlos Robinson, 26, black, of South Fairmount, found shot dead at 525 E. Liberty St., Mount Auburn.

        8. March 8: William B. Lucy, 41, white, found shot at Purcell and Warsaw avenues, West Price Hill, 3:30 a.m. He was mentally disabled, working part-time at a used furniture store on Glenway Avenue and around the neighborhood cleaning up parking lots. Indicted: Walter A. Moore Sr., 41, race unknown,for reckless homicide for shooting Mr. Lucy; his son Walter A. Moore Jr., 18, for altering or destroying the weapon used. Both of them, plus Daniel McCulley, 24, of Camp Washington, also are accused of altering or concealing Mr. Lucy's body.

        9. March 11: Nolan T. Moi, 19, white, found shot dead in his Madisonville apartment on Erie Avenue by roommates who initially thought he'd fallen down the steps, 9:36 a.m. The roommates, who were home when it happened, say they heard nothing. They were questioned. His family is offering a $10,000 reward for information.

        10. Feb. 18: Archie Dale Hall, 39, black, of Avondale, died three weeks after police say his daughter threw bleach in his eyes on Jan. 28. Arrested: Daughter, 14, and her boyfriend, 17. Defense lawyers say the teen-agers were acting in self-defense. Mr. Hall's nephew testified that his uncle started “talking crazy” when he drank. After hearing a fight developing in the 14-year-old's room, the nephew said he found both Mr. Hall and his daughter drenched in bleach.

        11. March 16: Antonia Grant, 23, black, of Westwood, shot outside Robert A's Curve Cafe, Vine Street, Mount Auburn, 12:12 a.m. Suspects: Three black males, 20-25 years old. The bar, often the site of police calls, has since closed because the owner died. Cincinnati's Black United Front staged a demonstration outside the bar last year to show concern about black-on-black crime after it had been the site of a shooting shortly after the April riots.

        12. March 19: Kareem Pritchett, 29, black, of the West End, found killed at 1211 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine, 8:15 a.m. Witnesses heard shots, then saw Mr. Pritchett thrown from a car.

        13. March 19: Rahshan Jones, 23, black, of Avondale, shot to death at 15th and Pleasant streets, Over-the-Rhine, 2:15 p.m. Arrested: Darius McCurdy, 20, black, also of Avondale. Mr. McCurdy was prohibited from carrying at gun at the time because of a drug-trafficking conviction in 1996, when he was 14.

        14. March 23: Nathaniel Brice Jr., 19, black, found dead behind a home on Anthony Wayne Blvd., Hartwell, 12:41 p.m. Police haven't released the cause of his death, but a train engineer who saw the body as he drove by said Mr. Brice had massive head injuries.

        15. March 25: Cheryl Dawson, 37, black, of Hebron, stabbed to death as she walked along West Fourth Street downtown to catch a bus home from work, 4:38 p.m. Arrested: Her estranged husband, Robin Scott Dawson, 40, black. He was wanted at the time on an outstanding domestic-violence warrant.

        16. April 8: Jagdishch Patel, 57, an immigrant from India, owner of RNS Food Store, Pleasant Ridge, shot in his store after refusing to give up cash, 8:20 p.m. Somebody wrote a sign and taped it to the store: “Another senseless killing! Why?” Suspect: Tall, thin black man wearing baggy, ski-type mask with frayed, cutout eyeholes.

        17. April 9: Stanley Elliott, 47, black, of Hartwell was found lying in Eastlawn Drive, Roselawn, 3 a.m., after neighbors heard shots.

        18. April 10: Michael J. Morefield, 50, white, found dead after firefighters put out flames in his Boudinot Avenue apartment, Westwood, 5:38 a.m. Police haven't said what they found to make them consider it a homicide.

        19. April 15: LaBrian Westmoreland, 20, black, shot multiple times as he sat in the King of Clubs bar, Walnut Hills, 12:45 a.m. The bar has been closed since. A sign outside says it's being remodeled. Suspect: Thin black male wearing dark hooded sweatshirt and dark mask, possibly driving a gold SUV.

        20. April 15: Sara Ridder, 24, white, found shot to death in her Ferguson Road apartment, Westwood, 11:40 a.m. She was a police dispatcher and the daughter of Pete Ridder, former Fraternal Order of Police president. She had spent only one night in the apartment after several weeks of hiding from her children's father, who faces a domestic violence charge for allegedly punching her in March. That man, William Boyles, has not been charged. Another man, however, faces an obstruction of justice charge for allegedly failing to give investigators on the case information about a gun.

        21. April 19: Eamond Ellis, 32, black, found shot at 9:55 p.m. in the hallway of a Central Avenue apartment building, West End. Arrested: Germine Miller, 27, black. Police say Mr. Miller followed Mr. Ellis into the apartment building and fired one shot. Mr. Miller has at least two previous drug convictions.

        22. April 24: Thomas Baskin, 24, black, of Over-the-Rhine was shot to death outside the Queen Anne Bar in the West End, 2 a.m. Another man was wounded. The two argued with others in the bar earlier in the night. The shooter waited for them outside.

        23. April 27: Carlos Villas, 29, black, of Cumminsville, died after being shot a week earlier in the stomach at 117 E. McMicken Ave., Over-the-Rhine, 11:59 p.m. Suspect: Mr. Villas told officers on the scene he recognized the man who shot him. He thought his name was Damon or Damien, and he told police where he thought the man with shoulder-length braids lived. A woman was shot in the leg during the incident.

        24. April 29: Michael Earl Nelson, 48, black, died at University Hospital. He had been found April 21, 1:55 p.m., lying shot in the street at 1818 John St., West End. Suspect: Young black male driving a dark van.

        25. April 29: Donald Kauffing, 46, white, died after a bar fight April 9 at The Pub, 3265 Brotherton Road, Oakley. Mr. Kauffing was punched in the throat, but said he was fine; police said he had no visible injuries. He later was hospitalized for cardiac arrest and hypoxic brain injury, and put on — then later taken off — life support. One man was initially charged with disorderly conduct after the fight.

        26. May 3: Gregory E. Billings Jr., 25, black, of English Woods, shot at 3:23 a.m. outside 17 Boltwood Court, South Fairmount. He argued with two bootleg cabbies who were dropping off a fare at 18 Boltwood Court. Suspects: Two black men, 20-25 years old. One wore a brown leather coat, beige hat and a diamond stud in his right ear, with possibly two gold teeth. The other wore close-cropped hair, a beard and mustache, and a tan and brown shirt with green leaves on it.

        27. May 11: Ibrahima Gumanch, 28, of Oakley, shot inside the Walnut Hills store in which he worked, MJ's Variety Store at 913 Lincoln Ave., about 7:45 p.m. His friends and a business partner say they believe someone tried to rob the Gambian immigrant. Police found a significant amount of marijuana in the store.

        28. May 15: Johnathan Ferguson, 16, black, was shot and found at the Cincinnati Fire Station at Vine Street and McMicken Avenue. He was a passenger in a car that had been driving around Over-the-Rhine.

        Police ask anyone with information on any of these cases to call Cincinnati's homicide unit at 352-3542, or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040. Rewards of up to $1,000 are available.


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