Sunday, January 26, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Three men sought in home invasion

SPRINGFIELD TWP. - Police were searching Saturday for three men who forced their way into a home Friday night and held a mother and her three small children at gunpoint before driving away in the family's car.

No one was hurt in the robbery, which happened in the 6200 block of Stella Avenue just after 9 p.m.

The men stayed only a few minutes before jumping in the car, which was running in the driveway. The men - all armed - searched the home but did not take any valuables, police said.

Police were looking for the dark green, four-door 1996 Acura Legend, with tinted glass and a temporary Ohio tag of C615331.

To leave an anonymous tip, call 729-1300.

Two accused of aiding in fatal break-in

Two men have been arrested for allegedly helping a Golf Manor man break into a Walnut Hills townhouse, where he was shot and killed by the homeowner Friday morning.

Arrested Friday night were Marcus Harris, 20 of Golf Manor, and Kenneth Sims, 28, of Price Hill. Both are charged with complicity to aggravated robbery.

Corey Simley, the 29-year-old owner of the townhouse at 955 Auburn View Drive, shot Michael Harris minutes after he broke into the home at 8:19 a.m., according to police reports. No charges have been filed against Mr. Simley, who police say was defending himself when he fired the gun.

Michael Harris was pronounced dead at the scene. It is unclear if Michael Harris and Marcus Harris are related.

Anyone with information is asked to call the criminal investigations unit at 352-3542 or CrimeStoppers, 352-3040.

Catholic Schools Week to be celebrated

Catholic school students, their teachers and communities throughout the 19-county Archdiocese of Cincinnati will celebrate "Catholic Schools: Making a World of Difference" during the 30th annual Catholic Schools Week, today through Saturday.

More than 1,000 representatives from Greater Cincinnati Catholic schools will participate on Wednesday as Cincinnati Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk presides at a 9:30 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains, 325 W. Eighth St., downtown.

Suspect arrested in fatal shooting

DAYTON, Ky. - Police arrested Donald Donatelli, 29, of Newport early Saturday morning in connection with the shooting death of John Gilene, 44, also of Newport, hours earlier.

Dayton Police Chief Mark Brown said the men were fighting outside in the 1100 block of Dodd Drive when Mr. Donatelli pulled out a gun and shot Mr. Gilene in the stomach about 9:20 p.m.

He died at University Hospital shortly after midnight, Chief Brown said.

Mr. Donatelli was arrested at his home hours later and taken to Campbell County Jail, where he faces a murder charge.

His bond has been set at $5,000 cash.

Compiled from staff and wire reports

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