Compiled from staff and wire reports
Suspect in theft, car chase captured
WEST CHESTER TWP. - Police arrested a Hamilton man accused of snatching a woman's purse in a store parking lot and leading officers on brief car chase late Tuesday.
John Stephenson, 31, was charged with robbery, theft and escape.
Police say Mr. Stephenson grabbed a woman's purse in the Kohl's department store parking lot off Tylersville Road about 8:20 p.m.
A police cruiser happened to be in the parking lot. The woman immediately reported the theft to an officer, who gave chase, said West Chester police Sgt. Steve Oakes.
A distraught parent talks with an officer as she tries to pick up her child from school Wednesday during a standoff on Eastern Avenue. Police responded to 2901 Eastern Ave. about 12:50 p.m. for a report of shots fired. When officers located the suspect, he was cooperative, but then went inside his apartment and refused to comply with orders, police said. SWAT was called, and James Baker surrendered at 2:45. He was charged with discharging a firearm within city limits.
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The man fled in a green 1994 Chevy Astro driven by a Connorsville., Ind. woman north along Cox Road. The van sped into a business park off Cox on Service Center Drive, where Mr. Stephenson bailed from the van and ran.
Sgt. Oakes said Mr. Stephenson then stole a blue 1992 Dodge Caravan parked nearby on Hamilton-Mason Road. Late Tuesday, Hamilton police apprehended him.
Once in custody at West Chester Police Department, he tried to escape again, Sgt. Oakes said.
The van driver, Naomi Seeley, 27, was cited for failing to comply and was released.
Officer accused of assaulting women
LAWRENCEBURG - A 28-year-old Lawrenceburg police officer is accused of assaulting two women at the city Christmas party Dec. 13.
Officer Scott McAdams was charged Tuesday with two counts of battery and one count of disorderly conduct, Indiana State Police Detective Kip Main said.
Two women complained about Officer McAdams after the party. Their complaint was forwarded to state police, who began their investigation Dec. 26. Detective Main said he could not give details of the alleged attack.
Officer McAdams is free on his promise to appear at a May 28 pretrial hearing on the three misdemeanor charges. The officer had an initial hearing in Dearborn Superior Court Wednesday.
Lawrenceburg police directed questions about Officer McAdams and his status on the police force to Police Chief Gene Hunefeld, but he could not be reached on Wednesday.
Officer McAdams could not be reached for comment.
City to auction equipment, vehicles
MASON - The city will auction surplus vehicles, office furniture, phones, computer equipment and other items Saturday.
The public event starts at 9 a.m. at Ohio Valley Flooring, 4333 Bethany Road.
Two Guard units in Ohio mobilized
About 450 guardsmen from two Ohio Army National Guard units received mobilization orders Wednesday to help with the war on terrorism.
The 112th Engineer Battalion headquartered in Brook Park will mobilize about 350 solders on Jan. 30 to help with homeland security at federal installations in the Midwest.
The 372nd Maintenance Company headquartered in Cleveland will mobilize about 100 soldiers to support U.S. Central Command operations overseas. The support maintenance unit is capable of rapidly repairing automotive and ground equipment.
More than 4,000 Ohio National Guard members have been deployed in support of the war on terrorism.
Memorial service for slain students
The University of Cincinnati today will remember two slain students in a memorial ceremony at the College of Applied Science.
Jennifer Duke and Niklas Tipple, both 20, were killed in November in the Westwood condo she shared with her brother, also a UC student. The gunman, Ms. Duke's former boyfriend, Niklaus Joyce, then killed himself. He was also a UC student.
Students and faculty, with members of the students' families, will meet at 1 p.m. at the Applied Science campus in Walnut Hills. After the ceremony, two trees will be planted in front of the school.
Ex-camp counselor gets plea agreement
LEBANON - A former recreation director accused of sexual improprieties with female campers and counselors at Salvation Army's Camp Swoneky in 2001 ended his case in a plea agreement on Wednesday.
Prosecutors said Rafael Jackson, 20, of Cincinnati, pleaded guilty to four felony charges of importuning, attempted illegal conduct with a minor and attempted gross sexual imposition, as well as some misdemeanor charges.
The charges involved four girls at the Oregonia camp, Warren County Assistant Prosecutor Joanne Hash said.
Mr. Jackson was accused of inappropriately touching campers and counselors, exposing himself and soliciting for sex during the height of the youth camping season in July and July, 2001.
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