Thursday, May 22, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report



Compiled from staff and wire reports

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IDs sought for Stratford partygoers

Cincinnati police want the public to help them identify five more people they suspect took part in the Stratford Avenue disturbance this month.

Police released five pictures Wednesday and are hoping the men will turn themselves in. The men are pictured in the street during the "Cinco de Stratford" party late May 3 into early May 4 when two cars were overturned and small fires were set.

One of the men sought was panning the crowd with his video camera, egging people on to participate.

Six other men were indicted Monday on rioting charges. Two were University of Cincinnati students. UC President Joseph Steger has said he would seek to expel any student found guilty of a felony.

Investigators ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Boy's bathtub death appears accidental

MILFORD - Clermont County officials say there is no apparent criminal wrongdoing in the death of an infant boy found submerged in a bathtub Tuesday evening.

"This appears to be a tragic accident," said Assistant Clermont County Prosecutor Tony Brock Wednesday.

Brock declined to release the 9-month-old boy's name. The child was pronounced dead at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The infant's mother left the boy in the care of his 12-year-old sister while she went to a nearby store to buy milk. Another sibling, a 9-year-old sister, was also left at home, officials said.

While the mother was out the infant "made a mess" and the 12-year-old decided to clean him up, according to a police report.

She placed him in the bathtub. She left briefly and when she returned the boy was face down in the water, officials said.

Slain man's family will hold a vigil

The family of Cincinnati's fifth homicide victim of 2003 will hold a candlelight vigil Saturday in Northside.

Relatives and friends of Damin Terrell Warner, 24, will gather at 5 p.m. at 1767 Hanfield Ave., where Warner was shot to death Feb. 3. At the time of his death, Warner was on the Cincinnati police Most Wanted list for two 2002 shootings in Avondale and for fleeing from police in Walnut Hills.

Warner was shot before - in December 2001. He drove himself to University Hospital, where officers found a 9mm handgun under the seat of his car.

He was acquitted in 2000 of felonious assault after a shooting in Avondale during which police said Warner fired nine shots. Two men were hurt.

The public is invited to the vigil. The Rev. Walter Dobbins of First Baptist Church of Mount Auburn will speak.

Men arrested in solicitation sweep

Cincinnati police arrested men they say were looking for prostitutes Tuesday in Over-the-Rhine.

Officers from District 1 and the vice squad arrested the men, who are accused of offering to pay undercover women officers for sex. They were charged with soliciting prostitution.

They also seized eight of the alleged clients' vehicles.

A 12th man was arrested on other charges.

Road work OK'd by Reading council

READING - City workers can tackle a new $370,000 street improvement program since council approval Tuesday of curb repairs and repaving projects for 2003.

Roads to be improved include Clark Road; Carol Ann Drive; Honeyhill Court and Becky Court; Bonnell, Bradley and Marion streets; and Burkhart and Halker avenues.




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