Saturday, September 14, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report

Suspect called major drug dealer

[photo] Cincinnati Police Chief Tom Streicher displays a handgun with a laser sight confiscated from a suspected drug dealer. At last is Mayor Charlie Luken.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        Cincinnati Police Chief Tom Streicher said a man arrested Thursday on federal drug and weapons charges was one of the city's major drug dealers.

        Aaron Stubblefield, 23, was arrested after authorities searched the Universal Hair and Beauty store on Hamilton Avenue in Northside. He spent time in prison in 1998 for drug trafficking and has “long been known as a very active drug supplier,” the chief said Friday. The chief used Mr. Stubblefield's arrest as an example of the anti-drug work officers do. He displayed a load of guns, including one 9mm pistol with a laser sight.

        Mayor Charlie Luken said he didn't realize until he rode last month with the Violent Crimes Squad in District 4 the extent to which some areas are “under siege.” He has repeatedly said he was surprised at the lack of support officers get.

Arrests made at Fulton Manor

        Cincinnati police made arrests at a Walnut Hills hotel with a reputation for prostitution.

        The Fulton Manor has been known for renting rooms for sex deals for years, said Lt. John Gallespie, commander of the vice unit.

        The hotel's owner, Christine Robinson, and two employees have pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of operating a sexually oriented business without a license and on several occasions, renting rooms twice in 10 hours. The arrests came after undercover officers posed as prostitutes and johns, making visits off and on over about six months, Lt. Gallespie said.

        “We were trying to show a long-term pattern,” he said.

Worker accused of beating man

        FAIRFIELD — A 21-year-old College Hill man was being held in the Butler County Jail Friday, accused of beating a co-worker.

        Richard Woods is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Thursday in Fairfield Municipal Court on a charge of felonious assault.

        Mr. Woods is accused of severely beating and kicking Paul Rozzi, 44, on Tuesday at Prestige Display & Packaging in Fairfield. Mr. Rozzi, of West Chester Township, remained in critical condition Friday at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton.

        Mr. Woods “said he was upset” after Mr. Rozzi accidentally bumped him with a forklift at Prestige, a police report says. The report alleges Mr. Woods punched Mr. Rozzi then kicked his head and back.

Killer wants to be moved to institution

        LEBANON — Convicted killer Eugene Gall, who is serving a life term in Ohio after winning a reprieve from death row in Kentucky, wants to be returned to the Bluegrass State to spend his time in a mental institution.

        Mr. Gall, who is at the Lebanon Correctional Institution serving life for a murder and rapes in Ohio in the late 1970s, filed a writ of habeas corpus against Warden Anthony Brigano this week in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

        He claims that Ohio and Kentucky authorities illegally colluded to transfer him to Ohio when a federal judge overturned his death sentence and ruled that he should be sent to a mental hospital.

        His complaint, filed Sept. 11, said the Ohio prison terms were supposed to run consecutively to the Kentucky sentence. He is eligible for parole in Ohio in 2021, a date that Mr. Gall also is challenging, saying it was miscalculated and should be reduced by 10 years.

        Mr. Gall, now 56, was convicted in Kentucky of abducting 12-year-old Lisa Jansen in Ohio in April, 1978, then raping and fatally shooting the girl in Boone County.

        He was arrested in Dry Ridge, Ky., after robbing a grocery and shooting a state trooper.

Jail visitor held on drug charges

        TURTLECREEK TWP. — A 48-year-old Westerville woman was arrested on felony charges Friday after investigators said they caught her trying to smuggle marijuana and crack cocaine into the Warren Correctional Institution.

        Bonnie L. Hamm was jailed in Warren County on charges of conveying drugs onto the grounds of a correctional facility and possession of crack cocaine.

        State troopers and prison investigators said Ms. Hamm had 0.2 grams of marijuana and 0.3 grams of crack cocaine when she arrived at the prison on Ohio 63 Friday afternoon to visit an inmate.

Policeman charged with public indecency

        A Cincinnati police officer was charged Friday with public indecency for allegedly masturbating in his cruiser.

        Officer Lonnie Grizzel, 29, had his police powers suspended last week. Police officials said then that he was accused of sexual misconduct, but court papers filed Friday were more specific.

        The allegations were filed by the Cincinnati Police Department's Internal Investigations Section, which had been investigating since the June 9 incident was reported. His arrest report said it happened about 4 p.m. in a parking garage on Eden Park Drive.

Accused killer appears in court

        A $1 million bond was set Friday for a 32-year-old man accused of beating to death an elderly Sycamore Township man.

        Eric J. Robinson was arraigned before Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Norbert Nadel. He pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and aggravated robbery.

        He is charged with killing 85-year-old Harry Brown on Aug. 31 inside the elderly man's home.

        Authorities said Mr. Robinson knew the man because his mother had worked as a caregiver for Mr. Brown's wife who died shortly before Aug. 31. Woods


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