Sunday, October 13, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report

Man charged with sexual assault

ANDERSON TOWNSHIP — A 25-year-old Anderson Township man has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman Friday.

Brian B. Willis of the 1300 block of Nagel Road is charged with two felonies, kidnapping and rape. He is being held without bond at the Hamilton County Justice Center.

Mr. Willis was armed with a handgun when he allegedly forced his way into the victim's home and kidnapped her at 11 p.m. Friday, according to a police report. He drove the woman to his house, where he threatened to shoot her and himself unless she agreed to have sex, according to the report. After raping her, police said, he freed the woman after she agreed not to tell police.

Hamilton County sheriff's deputies arrested Mr. Willis about three hours later at his home.

Credit union robbed in Corryville, police say

Cinco Federal Credit Union at 49 William Howard Taft Road in Corryville was robbed Friday of an undisclosed amount of money, officials said.

Cincinnati Police said a white male — described as in his 30s, about 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds — robbed the bank at 6:05 p.m. He was armed with a chrome revolver with pearl grips, police said.

Police said he had brown spiked hair, a mustache and goatee, and a gap between his teeth. He was wearing a cream-colored shirt and sweater, dark pants with a stripe down the side and sunglasses.

It was the 24th bank robbery in Cincinnati this year. There were 58 robberies reported in 2001.

To leave an anonymous tip, call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Ex-treasurer charged with taking funds

The former treasurer of the Elmwood Place Fire Association was arrested early Saturday morning on charges that she stole $2,700 from the group after a November 2001 fund-raiser.

Deborah Baehr, 44, of Elmwood Place, was charged with felony theft in office, according to police reports. She was released on her own recognizance at her arraignment Saturday in Hamilton County Municipal Court.

The fire association, a private, nonprofit group that provides assistance at fire scenes, raised $2,700 at the weekend fund-raiser, and Ms. Baehr took the money home to deposit, court documents allege.

Ms. Baehr later told Assistant Fire Chief Bill Williams that a party was held at her house that weekend and the money disappeared, according to the assistant chief's affidavit.

Ms. Baehr was let go as treasurer, Mr. Williams said, and she repaid $1,250 of the money in January and February.

Man wanted in S.C. shooting found here

A suspect in a shooting death of a South Carolina convenience-store clerk was captured while hiding out in Greater Cincinnati.

College student Sylvester Black, 21, of Ruffin, S.C., was arrested Thursday afternoon in the 5500 block of Old Blue Rock Road on outstanding warrants for robbery and murder. South Carolina officials are expected to arrive in Cincinnati Monday to pick up Mr. Black, who waived extradition.

South Carolina officials said Mr. Black had been living with friends in Cincinnati since the botched armed robbery in Bamberg, S.C., Sept. 12. Bamberg is in southern South Carolina about 50 miles south of Columbia.

Mr. Black was a student at nearby Claflin University.

Agents assigned to the sheriff's Organized Crime Division and the Regional Enforcement Narcotics Unit arrested Mr. Black after receiving information from South Carolina law enforcement officials on his whereabouts.

At least two men armed with a handgun and a shotgun entered the Little Swamp Corner Store in Bamberg and demanded money. The female clerk pulled a handgun and refused to hand over any cash. A gun battle broke out, and the 33-year-old clerk was gunned down, but not before wounding several of the robbers, who fled.

Two other male suspects, also college students, have been arrested in South Carolina.

Two teens hurt after car strikes Go Kart

Two teenagers were transported Saturday to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center after they were struck by a car in the 5800 block of Panama Street in California, on Cincinnati's east side.

The teens, whose names and ages were not provided, were operating a Go Kart along the street when the crash occurred about 5:30 a.m., Cincinnati police said.

Man accused in fatal shooting

LINCOLN HEIGHTS — A man suspected of killing a Lincoln Heights resident about three weeks ago surrendered to Atlanta authorities on Friday — the same day that the victim, James Clark Jr., 25, died.

Jamie Toran, 25, formerly of Lincoln Heights, faces an aggravated murder charge. Officials in Lincoln Heights said Mr. Toran found out about Mr. Clark's death and turned himself in.

Mr. Clark was shot on Sept. 25 in the 1000 block of Van Buren Street and transported by helicopter to University Hospital.

— Compiled from staff and wire reports

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