Sunday, January 19, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Compiled from staff and wire reports

Officer injured when his cruiser was struck

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP - Patrol Sgt. Dale Honnert, 48, of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, is recovering from injuries he sustained early Saturday morning after a driver crashed into his cruiser on Harrison Avenue.

He was treated and released from Good Samaritan Hospital, where he was taken after the 2:30 a.m. crash near the Althaus Road intersection. Mark Leurck, 33, of Miami Township was treated and released from University Hospital. Deputies with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said Mr. Leurck was westbound on Harrison Avenue when he lost control of his vehicle while driving through a curve, traveled left of the center line and crashed head on with the patrol cruiser.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office traffic safety unit continues its investigation.

Man charged with vehicular homicide

The Price Hill man accused of contributing to the death of an Avondale woman in a car wreck and then fleeing the scene was arraigned Saturday on felony charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault.

Clinton Vilardo, 22, of the 1500 block of Manss Avenue, remains in the Hamilton County jail. His bond has been set at more than $300,000 for his role in the Jan. 10 fatal wreck.

According to Cincinnati Police, Mr. Vilardo was driving a 1988 Ford F-150 truck eastbound on West Liberty Street in Price Hill at 11 p.m. when he failed to stop at the Quebec Road intersection and struck a car driven by Katherine Davis, 38.

Mr. Vilardo was arrested several blocks away after his car struck a tree on Atson Lane. He was treated and released from University Hospital.

Ms. Davis was returning a carload of children from a high school basketball game when the crash took place. Her 14-year-old daughter, Jasmine, received stitches in her head and lip from the crash.

Police seek man who robbed Mason bank

MASON - Police continued to search Saturday for the man who robbed a Fifth Third Bank of an undisclosed amount of money.

They said that a man entered the branch inside a Kroger store, 5210 State Route 741, at 2:25 p.m. Friday and threatened to use an unseen weapon if tellers didn't give him the money. The man fled the grocery store and ran toward the back of the building.

Police described the suspect as black, about 6 feet tall, 35-40 years old, with a slender build and little facial hair; wearing a tan trench coat, blue sweater and light blue shirt at the time of the crime. To leave an anonymous tip, call Detective Don Cope, 229-8599, ext. 6011.

Woman reports shots fired into her home

A Price Hill man is facing a firearms charge after a woman reported that three shots were fired into her home on Crestline Avenue about 11 p.m. Thursday.

Antonio Cornist, 32, is charged with discharging a firearm into a residence, a felony.

Officers arrested Mr. Cornist at his home. He told officers he was in the area, but denied shooting a gun, the police report says. A second suspect is being sought in connection with the incident.

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