Compiled from staff and wire reports
Dead woman had been police accuser
The woman found dead and on fire Sunday in Over-the-Rhine was among the accusers in 1999 of a former Cincinnati police officer sent to prison for forcing them to have sex in exchange for not being arrested.
Nikia Mapp, 30, was found about 8 a.m. under a tractor-trailer on Stark Street after a passerby saw the flames. The Hamilton County coroner ruled the death a homicide, but investigators do not want to say how Ms. Mapp was killed.
"We know that and her killer knows that," said homicide Lt. Roger Wolf. "So we want to keep it that way for now."
She testified against Patrick Knight, who was sentenced in 1999 to one year in jail for extorting or attempting to extort sex from women in exchange for not arresting them. He also was ordered to serve five years probation and must report to authorities for 10 years as a convicted sexually-oriented offender.
65 FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE BLAZE: A fire caused extensive damage Monday evening to a three-story frame house in the 3600 block of Norwich Avenue in Avondale. Fire Chief Robert Wright said flames were showing from the basement, first, second and third floors of the large house when firefighters responded to the 6:04 p.m. alarm. Two people in the house when the fire started escaped safely. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries to their hands and backs. About 65 firefighters battled the blaze that went to a third alarm because the fire was spreading fast through the older structure which has no fire walls. The cause is under investigation. No damage estimate was available.
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Ms. Mapp testified that he forced her to perform sexual acts with him three times.
She said she didn't report the incidents because she had been arrested several times for prostitution and was a drug user.
Ms. Mapp was last arrested, for prostitution, in August 2001, according to the vice unit's database. She is the third homicide victim in the city this year.
Lt. Wolf asked anyone with information about where Ms. Mapp might have been in the hours before her death to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.
Plea deal made in sex, drug case
LEBANON - A South Lebanon man, charged with taking nude pictures of two local girls, plying the 17-year-olds with marijuana and downloading Internet child porn, faces up to 19 years in prison when he is sentenced in about one month.
Edward R. Dorff, 43, of Lebanon Road, entered a plea agreement Friday before trial that called for no contest pleas to two counts each of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material and corrupting another with drugs.
In exchange, two low-level felony charges were dropped involving pictures found on Mr. Dorff's computer. Authorities said the photographs appeared to be downloaded from the Internet and are not of a local child.
Warren County sheriff's deputies arrested Mr. Dorff on Sept. 17 after a teen reported that Mr. Dorff had shown her more than 25 nude pictures of the 17-year-olds on his computer.
Reward offered in theft of levy signs
LOCKLAND - The Lockland School Levy Committee is offering a $100 reward for information that leads to an arrest for the theft of signs supporting the district's Feb. 4 operating levy.
Thirty-nine signs have been taken in the past week from the property of residents who asked to have levy signs placed in their yards.
Call 563-5000 or the Lockland Police Department at 761-1699.
Appellate court assigns judges' duties
MIDDLETOWN - The Ohio 12th District Court of Appeals has elected its presiding and administrative judges for this year.
Judge Anthony Valen of Middletown, a former Butler County Common Pleas judge who has been on the appellate court since 1999, was elected presiding judge.
A former Warren County Common Pleas judge on the appellate bench since 1986, William W. Young of Lebanon will serve as administrative judge.
The court's other judges include James E. Walsh of Fairfield Township and Stephen W. Powell of West Chester Township.
The appeals court reviews cases from eight Ohio counties: Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Fayette, Madison, Preble and Warren.
Proud president of Clermont board
BATAVIA - Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud was elected board president Monday for the 2003 session.
Mr. Proud, in his fourth term as a commissioner, chairs the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission, an arm of the Appalachian Regional Commission and participates in the Ohio Community Corrections Organization.
Mr. Proud is also the treasurer of the Coalition for a Drug-Free Clermont County, and speaks to students on the role of county commissioners and local government.
"I pledge to continue working for the betterment of the citizens of Clermont County," Mr. Proud said.
Other members of the board are Mary Walker and R. Scott Croswell III.
Meetings take place Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Night meetings are also held on either the last Tuesday or Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m.
For more information call 732-7300.
Cable installer dies in work accident
AURORA, Ind. - A cable company employee was killed Monday afternoon when he came in contact with an electric power line.
The employee of Advance Technologies was in the bucket attached to his truck installing cable lines on Cross Drive near Pleasant View Drive when he came in contact with a 7200-volt power line, police said. The employee, whose name was being withheld pending notification of relatives, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The incident occurred at 4:50 p.m.
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