Sunday, May 25, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report



Compiled from staff and wire reports

Trust to benefit firefighter's children

The children of a Cincinnati firefighter killed in the line of duty have garnered generous donations from the community.

Through Friday, $23,133.37 has been raised for the children of Oscar Armstrong III, who died fighting a Bond Hill fire March 21. Armstrong, 25, entered a burning building with a fire hose that was too kinked to deliver adequate water, according to an internal investigation released Thursday.

Sam Malone, president of the Bond Hill Community Council, presented the money Friday to Annette Armstrong, Oscar Armstrong III's mother. The money goes to a trust fund for his two sons and an unborn child.

Malone said that donations have ranged from $1 to $3,000.

Donations can be made at any Fifth Third Bank.

Owner of many dogs faces charges

COVINGTON - A man is charged with animal cruelty after police searched his garage and found two dead dogs, a malnourished dog and the skull of another dog, a Kenton County officer said Saturday.

Officers searched the Covington home of Robert Hallead Thursday after receiving complaints from neighbors, said Sgt. Darrin Gilvin of the Kenton County Police Department.

They found 24 dogs, 18 of them Dobermans, living in the two-story home off Marshall Road, Gilvin said. The Dobermans were well fed but were in dirty pens, said Gilvin.

"There was dog feces everywhere and mud. They were in the house and it was just terrible," Gilvin said.

The malnourished dog was 2 years old and weighed 16 pounds, about half of what it should weigh, Gilvin said. "All its ribs were showing and its hip bones," he said.

Hallead and a woman who co-owned some dogs have placed all but three of them in several homes, Gilvin said. Hallead could not be reached for comment.

Resident injured in apartment fire

A Mount Washington apartment fire Saturday morning left a man with first- and second-degree burns and three families without a home.

The fire broke out at 6:55 a.m.in the third-floor apartment of a three-story building at 5460 Beechmont Ave. Cincinnati firefighters had the blaze under control within 20 minutes, officials said.

The cause of the fire, which resulted in $50,000 in damages, is not known.

The unidentified injured man, who lived in one of the apartments and is believed to be in his 20s, was treated at University Hospital for minor smoke inhalation and burns to his face and neck. His condition was not released.

Murder suspect returned to Ind.

LAWRENCEBURG--A man who was captured after he appeared on America's Most Wanted this month is back in Dearborn County, where he's accused of killing his wife in November.

Roger Dale Holbrook, 56, was taken Friday to the Dearborn County Jail from Pickett County (Tenn.) Jail, where he had been since he was caught May 17 - hours after the case was shown on national television.

Authorities said Holbrook had been hiding out in Byrdstown, near the Kentucky border.

Holbrook is accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife Barbara, 52, who was found Nov. 5 at her Dearborn County home.




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