Thursday, January 2, 2003

Tristate A.M. report

OTR shooting was city's 65th in 2002

A 21-year-old man killed Tuesday night in Over-the-Rhine is the city's 65th homicide victim in 2002 - a 15th year high for slayings in the Queen City.

Officers responded to a report of a person shot at West Liberty and Vine streets about 9:05 p.m. and found Gregory A. Beauchamp, who was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Police are looking for are the occupants of a dark blue, four-door, mid-90s Cadillac with tinted windows and Ohio license plates. The molding was missing from the front passenger door.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Cincinnati Police Department's criminal investigations section at 352-3542 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

The 65 homicides in 2002 were the most in the city since 1987, when hospital orderly Donald Harvey's victims boosted the total to 66. There were 63 homicides in 2001. That total was surpassed Sunday when a murder-suicide in Avondale boosted 2002's total city homicides to 64.

The 2001 total of 63 homicides includes five people killed by police. There were no fatal police encounters in 2002.

Hamilton Co. hearing today on development

The Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission will have a public hearing today to review recommendations for Community Compass, a public-private effort to shape the county's development.

County commissioners gave Community Compass their stamp of approval in November. The plan aims to promote economic prosperity and diversity; balance development and the environment; and encourage citizen involvement.

The public hearing takes place at noon in room 805 of the county administration building, 138 E. Court St.

The Regional Planning Commission will have a second public hearing on Community Compass at noon Feb. 6.

Police arrest alleged Northside streakers

Happy Nude Year!

That could be the slogan for about two dozen naked people who ran along the 4000 block of Hamilton Avenue in Northside around midnight Tuesday and evaded capture.

But by 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, Cincinnati police arrested two alleged streakers in the 1600 block of Blue Rock Avenue: Adam Vorobok, 19, of Columbia, S.C.; and Christine Waespe, 22, of West Chester Township.

They were charged with public indecency.

Both were with at least 25 other "nude streaking individuals," the report said.

Victim identified in parking lot accident

COVINGTON - Authorities on Wednesday released the identity of the man who died after an accident in the parking lot of Mike Fink's restaurant Tuesday afternoon.

John Strauss, 92, of Cincinnati, was pronounced dead at University Hospital. He slipped while trying to get into a vehicle, which then backed over him.

Covington police confirmed that another Cincinnati man with a similar last name, S. Charles Straus, 87, was driving the vehicle. The pair were friends and were unrelated, police said, adding that no charges were being filed.

I-71 stop leads to felony DUI arrest

A 42-year-old Cardington, Ohio, man was charged with felony DUI Wednesday after police arrested him on Interstate 71 between Smith-Edwards Road and Dana Avenue.

Police said Dolphus A. Partin, 42, was charged with a felony count because it is his fifth DUI arrest in six years and his ninth overall.

Mr. Partin was also charged with driving under suspension and failure to control. Police said he tested over .20 blood-alcohol content. According to Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Mr. Partin has more than 20 driving suspensions on file.

Police said Mr. Partin's vehicle was southbound on I-71 when he struck a barrier in the median and another vehicle. No one was injured.

He is being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center and will be arraigned today in Hamilton County Municipal Court.

County takes over emergency dispatch

ELMWOOD PLACE - The village's police and fire departments are now being dispatched by the Hamilton County Communications Center.

"Basically it means better service for the residents of Elmwood Place and the departments that serve you," Police Chief William Peskin, said of the switchthat went into effect Wednesday.

Village residents can still call police for nonemergency calls at 242-0754. For police or fire emergency, residents should now call 911.

Property and business owners who have fire or security alarms need to contact their alarm company and have them change the contact numbers for police and fire dispatch.

For security alarms the contact number is 825-2280. For fire alarms the contact number is 825-2260.

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