Shooting, chasefollow drug sting
FLORENCE - A Cincinnati man and woman were charged with attempted murder and drug charges in connection with a crack-cocaine sting Wednesday that led to police firing three shots at their vehicle as they fled.
The Boone County Sheriff's Department said the suspects, Richard Asher, 39, and Lonnetta Asher, 32, attempted to flee at 5 p.m. when they were encountered at the Kmart parking lot.
Police said Mr. Asher rammed several parked cars, then drove toward the deputies, forcing them to jump out of the way.
Deputies fired shots in an attempt to disable a tire. Mr. Asher then rammed three police vehicles before fleeing on Ky. 18, police said.
The suspects were apprehended when they got caught in traffic in the northbound lanes of Interstate 75, police said.
In addition to the attempted murder charge, they are charged with wanton endangerment, trafficking in a controlled substance, fleeing a peace officer and being persistent felony offenders. Mr. Asher also was charged with reckless driving and having no insurance.
No one was injured. The Ashers are being held at the Boone County Detention Center.
Homeless manburned to death
NEWPORT - A homeless man whose body was found in the woods behind the Kmart store on Carothers Road burned to death after he apparently fell into a campfire on a frigid Monday night, Newport police said.
An autopsy on the man's body conducted Tuesday revealed that the cause of death was severe burns. The 49-year-old man has been positively identified through fingerprints, but police are not naming him until next-of-kin is notified.
The deceased and another homeless man, Jeremy Kejierski, 42, were setting up to camp for the night Monday in a wooded area near the store.
Though both men had apparently consumed a great deal of alcohol, police said, Mr. Kejierski left the encampment to seek additional blankets.
When Mr. Kejierski returned to the camp, he told police, he discovered his friend lying partially in the campfire and attempted to pull him out. When he realized that the friend was dead, he left to seek help.
Police are conducting a search of court and medical documents to find any possible relatives.
The death is being considered accidental and alcohol-related.
Lone bandit robs Ft. Wright bank
FORT WRIGHT - Police are searching for a man who robbed the Provident Bank branch inside the Thriftway Food Store at 1967 Dixie Highway.
About 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said, the man handed a note to the teller indicating he was armed and demanding money. An undetermined amount of cash was given to the suspect, who fled on foot.
He is described as a white or Hispanic male between 30 to 40 years old and about 5 feet 8 inches tall. He has a medium build, brown hair and with a mustache and goatee.
He was wearing tan or beige one-piece coveralls, a baseball cap and gloves and was carrying an organizer.
He is wanted for robbery in the first degree.
Police ask that anyone with information call the Fort Wright Police Department at (859) 331-2191, the Kenton County 24-hour dispatch line at (859) 356-3191 or Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040.
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