Saturday, August 24, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report




Police hope video will ID robber of taxi

[photo] Two images from the video of a cab robbery
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        Cincinnati police are showing dramatic “cab-cam” pictures of a Thursday night cab robbery in hopes that someone will recognize the man who pointed his gun at a cab driver's head.

        The photographs from the infrared camera inside the Yellow Cab clearly show the man in the back seat pointing a black semiautomatic pistol at the driver's head, said Detective Jeff Dunaway.

        Then, after the driver obeyed the robber's order to put his head on the steering wheel, the robber reached over, took $90 and got out of the taxi at 665 W. McMicken Street in Over-the-Rhine about 11:20 p.m.

        The 28-year-old driver, who was not immediately identified, was not hurt. Detective Dunaway did not know more details because he had not yet spoken to the driver Friday.

        The investigator is asking anyone who might recognize the robber to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Ohio Senate president recovering from stroke

        EVENDALE — Ohio Senate President Richard H. Finan, 68, was released from Bethesda North Hospital on Friday, a spokeswoman for Mr. Finan said.

        Mr. Finan, 68, suffered a mild stroke on Wednesday but is expected to recover fully, spokeswoman Maggie Mitchell said. Mr. Finan was in Columbus Tuesday, but was in Cincinnati Wednesday.

        Mr. Finan, R-Evendale, has been Senate president since 1997 and a member of the General Assembly since 1973.

        Ms. Mitchell said he was resting comfortably at his home.

Garbage truck collision kills man

        ROSS TOWNSHIP — A 69-year-old Hanover Township man was killed in a head-on collision with a garbage truck early Friday.

        Charles Lawson was pronounced dead at the scene, on U.S. 27 near Hamilton-New London Road. He died of massive internal injuries, the Butler County Coroner's Office said.

        The crash happened around 5:40 a.m., and required police to close the highway for several hours.

        A Rumpke truck was northbound on U.S. 27 when it traveled off the right side of the road, came back onto the roadway, then went left-of-center and struck Mr. Lawson's southbound Cadillac head-on, the Butler County Sheriff's Office said. Both vehicles slid into a cornfield.

        The driver of the Rumpke truck, Kenneth Strunk, 55, of Fairfield, and his passenger, James Gross, 56, of Bath, Ind., were taken to Fort Hamilton Hospital.

        Rumpke spokeswoman Shelly Sack said the company's safety department was conducting its own investigation and was fully cooperating with the sheriff's office. Sheriff's spokesman Monte Mayer said the cause of the crash remained undetermined late Friday.

Brothers suspects in robbery of PNC bank

        GREEN TOWNSHIP — Hamilton County sheriff's deputies have identified two brothers as suspects in Thursday's robbery of the PNC Bank at 5916 Cheviot Road.

        Michael Ridder, 20, has been charged with robbery in the PNC heist, and is wanted by Mount Healthy police for an Aug. 7 attempted robbery of the First Financial Bank on Hamilton Avenue. He is also wanted by Indiana State Police for the Aug. 8 robbery of a bank in Aurora.

        He is 5-feet-11, about 160 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.

        Mark Ridder, 18, is charged with robbery in connection with Thursday's PNC heist. He is about 6-feet-1, 140 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

        The brothers are thought to be driving a 2002 black Chevrolet Cavalier with Ohio license plate number CB42ZR. Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of the brothers is asked to call the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office at 825-1500, Crime Stoppers at 352-3040 or local police.

Dayton teachers ratify new one-year contract

        DAYTON, Ohio — The city's public school teachers have ratified a new one-year contract by a 2-to-1 ratio.

        The deal approved Thursday night gives the district's 1,600 teachers a 3 percent raise. Starting pay for a teacher with no experience will be $30,381, up from $29,496.

        Those who have worked 13 years or more will receive an additional 1 percent raise.

        “With starting salaries, we are pretty competitive,” school board President Gail Littlejohn said. “The further we go up in terms of seniority, we aren't as competitive. We thought this would get us more in line.”

— Compiled from staff and wire reports

       

       



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