Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Teen shot, officer hurt

Nine face charges in Hamilton 'major melee'

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

HAMILTON - "It was a nightmare on Benninghofen Avenue," said Sgt. Thomas E. Kilgour.In the predawn hours Sunday, chaos erupted in the 2000-2100 blocks of that street in the city's Lindenwald section, where there were reportedly at least two celebrations involving alcohol.

A 14-year-old boy was shot, a police officer's arm was slammed in a door badly enough to keep him off duty for a week and nine people were arrested on a variety of charges: disorderly conduct, taunting a police dog, assault on a police officer, inciting to violence and resisting arrest.

"They had a major melee down there," said Acting Police Chief Steve Poulemanos.

The 14-year-old boy, Coty R. Retherford, was walking down the street on his way to a friend's house when he was shot in the chest, his mother, Nancy, 46, said. She disputes a police report that says her son and the shooting suspect had been in an argument before the shooting.

Ms. Retherford said it was miraculous that the projectile missed her son's heart, lungs and spine. He was treated at Middletown Regional Hospital and released. James Davidson, 52, of the 2000 block of Benninghofen, was arrested on charges of felonious assault and discharging a firearm in the city limits. He is to appear Wednesday in Municipal Court.

Lt. Greg Dininger was recovering at home after a suspect slammed a door on him as he tried to make an arrest, police said.

Although some of the events are unclear, Kilgour said a preliminary investigation showed Davidson was having a party, and someone threw a bottle through a window, but Davidson "thought someone was shooting his house," Kilgour said. That's when Davidson allegedly fired the shot that hit the teen in the chest.

The investigation was continuing Monday.

E-mail jmorse@enquirer.com

Commandments removed amid protests
Boy, 14, guilty in fatal shooting
State's deficit keeps growing
Ballpark kisser gets 4 1/2 years

Art Fields is playing to win

Mom arrested, hid 13 kids from judge
City loses exclusion zone fight
CPS adds 4 administrators

SW Ohio fails new smog standards
New owners reshaping, renaming Forest Fair
Church forum explores racism
Ann Richards bashes Bush before speech
Two schools designated as 'promising'
Tristate A.M. Report
Good News: Chamber joins support for arts in park
Obituary: John LaVelle, served church through law

Longtime inmate suspected in attack
Early study results favor Liberty Twp. interchange
Teen shot, officer hurt
Monroe complex won't lose water

Trucker accused of 202 sex charges
I-71 crash driver has 10 DUIs
Mason drops ban on 2 seniors in prank

Ohio Moments: Drug firm thrived from early start

Coach & Four torn down
Mayor cuts job of top city official
Priest guilty of new abuse charges
Louisville pet stores told to quarantine
Leslie Co. man dies in mine accident

Young adults leaving town
See what others are saying
Tell us what you think