Thursday, October 17, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report

[photo] BODY RETRIEVED FROM RIVER: Police and firefighters stand at BB Riverboats in Covington, where a body was pulled Wednesday from the Ohio River It was spotted by patrons at Applebee's. Deputy Coroner Norbert Medley said there were no visible signs of foul play.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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Victim identified in slaying

LINCOLN HEIGHTS - A 25-year-old Avondale man found shot to death in the doorway of a Byrd Street home about 9:40 p.m. Tuesday was identified Wednesday as Jonte Bartleson.

He was killed with a single shot to the upper torso at the home in the 800 block of Byrd, Lincoln Heights Police Chief Ernie McCowen said.

Police do not know why Mr. Bartleson was at the home, which has been the scene of police activity in the past.

There were witnesses to the shooting, officials said.

A Hamilton County sheriff's helicopter and police canine were unable to find the shooter, the chief said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Deputy chases down suspect in cab robbery

HAMILTON - A Butler County sheriff's deputy is being commended for acting quickly to catch a suspect after a cabbie flagged him down and reported being robbed.

Deputy Todd Langmeyer arrested Elliot Shepherd, 19, of Hamilton, after a brief foot chase into an alley Tuesday, police said Wednesday.

Ibrahima Ba, a driver for Queen City Cab, spotted the deputy driving along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and pointed out the suspect.

The suspect surrendered cash believed to have been taken from the cabbie, police said. Mr. Shepherd was charged with aggravated robbery.

Four businesses breaking ground

WEST CHESTER TWP. - Groundbreaking for four businesses will be announced today by University Pointe, the new $100 million medical complex off Cox Road adjacent to Interstate 75.

Construction recently began on Mitchell's Salon & Day Spa, a 20,000-square-foot, one-story building expected to be complete in January.

Huntington Bank's first West Chester branch will open in 2003.

Dialysis Clinic Inc., a nonprofit outpatient dialysis center, began construction on a 10,000-square-foot building Tuesday. The center will open in May.

University Pointe Precision Radiotherapy will offer advanced shaped beam radiotherapy for treating brain and solid organ tumors. Construction of the 11,000-square-foot building will begin Nov. 1. It will open in May.

University Pointe will hold an open house and a health fair Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

MRDD facility renamed, rededicated

MIDDLETOWN - A facility that offers individualized activities for adults with developmental disabilities was renamed the Middletown Enrichment Center on Wednesday by the Butler County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.

Formerly called the Middletown Annex, the renamed facility at 31 Canal St. also was dedicated to Betty Lou Nein and the late Virgie Peil, both former members of the Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Board.

Butler County officials praised the two women for their years of work to expand public services for adults and children with severe developmental disabilities.

Man charged after chase, police say

A 21-year-old man who lives in the Fay Apartments complex was charged with several serious offenses early Wednesday after running from police officers and threatening to pull a gun on them, police said.

Cincinnati police officers said they saw Aaron D. Roberts make an improper turn on Sunnyhill Drive in Fay Apartments just before midnight Tuesday. Police say he then jumped out of the Plymouth Voyager - later found to be stolen - and ran from officers Daniel Cavanaugh and Kevin Kroger, who gave chase.

He admitted as he struggled with the officers that he had a gun, and when they told him not to reach for it, he insisted: "I have to!" a police report says.

After handcuffing him, officers found a 9mm High Point in his pants pocket and crack cocaine in another pocket, police said.

He was charged with receiving stolen property, carrying a concealed weapon, resisting arrest, drug possession, drug trafficking and driving without a license.

Human relations chief calls for Caton's firing

Cincinnati Police Officer Patrick Caton should be fired, the chairman of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission said Wednesday.

Dr. Art Shriberg said the recent Office of Municipal Investigation report on Officer Caton's role in the 2000 death of Roger Owensby is "further indication that police misconduct is evident and will not be tolerated." He also condemned Officer Caton's recent reported use of a racial slur while in a police cruiser.

Dr. Shriberg spoke at a news conference at City Hall, with several commission members behind him.

Compiled from staff and wire reports

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