Friday, June 13, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report



Compiled from staff and wire reports

Wanted man held after shots at store

A man wanted for running from police was arrested early Thursday after allegedly firing shots at a Mount Airy gas station when a Cincinnati police officer was inside.

Jermaine Brown, 23, fired seven shots with a .22-caliber semiautomatic handgun into the windows of Thornton's Food Mart at Colerain and North Bend Road about 2 a.m., police said. One of the bullets hit the window a few feet from where Officer Joehonny Reese stood.

Reese, 34, an officer since 1998, and a woman in the store, Billie Goodwin, were not hurt. The officer works third shift in District 5.

Brown, found hiding nearby, was arrested shortly after the shooting. He was charged with felonious assault, firing a weapon into a habitat, carrying a concealed weapon and illegally having a weapon - illegal because of a prior drug conviction in Illinois.

Brown, of Mount Airy, had been wanted since last month for failing to stop for a police officer.

Woman indicted in dragging of deputy

A Pierce Township woman accused of dragging a Hamilton County sheriff's deputy more than 50 feet while fleeing a bank, and later leading officers on a high-speed chase, was indicted Thursday.

A Hamilton County grand jury indicted Juanita Maddux, 43, on two charges of felonious assault, three charges of failing to comply with a police officer, and receiving stolen property.

Law officers say Maddux became angry with a teller at PNC Bank on Beechmont Avenue. When deputies tried to stop her, Maddux is accused of hitting one deputy and dragging another with her truck. Neither was seriously injured.

Maddux was arrested that same night after leading officers on a high-speed chase up Interstate 75 from Cincinnati to Evendale.

The receiving stolen property charge stems from a stolen license plate on her truck.

Drill to test county's readiness for disaster

MASON - Procter & Gamble's Health Care Research Facility off Mason-Montgomery Road will be the scene Saturday of a drill to test Warren County's readiness for a terrorism attack or other disasters.

Emergency responders from 16 state, local and county agencies are expected to participate in the four-hour event, which begins at 8 a.m. and is coordinated by the county's Department of Emergency Services.

Foam parties bubbling back

There's a different kind of bubbly now at Tristate bars.

Foam. And lots of it.

A fixture at raves and spring break bashes for years, foam parties are not new. But the soapy, sloppy soirees are making a comeback.

In the next two weeks, two local bars will be swamped in suds - Jump Cafe and Bar in Over-the-Rhine, and Woolley's on Monmouth in Newport.

During parties, foam is pumped by machines into contained areas, typically a walled-off dance floor or an inflatable tub. Revelers then dance and cavort in this grown-up version of a wading pool.

At Jump's Psycho Beach Party tonight, there won't be a contained area. The majority of the club will be soaked with suds from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The fun at Woolly's on Monmouth will begin around 10 p.m. June 20 with hula hoop and swimsuit contests.

Truck overturns on interchange ramp

MONTGOMERY - Traffic from Interstate 275 west to I-71 north slowed to a crawl during the Thursday morning rush hour after a tractor-trailer truck overturned on the ramp about 2:40 a.m.

The truck driver, Thomas Shade, 34 of Fombell, Pa., was taken to Bethesda North Hospital. His condition was not available.

The truck, which was hauling paper products, was on the ramp when it went off the roadway and overturned, Montgomery Police Sgt. John Crowell. Fuel from the truck spilled onto the road.

Dismissal refused in 1974 slaying case

HAMILTON - A Butler County judge Thursday rejected a motion by Donald L. Korn, accused in the 1974 killing of a woman, to dismiss his case.

Earlier this month, Common Pleas Judge Patricia Oney heard arguments in the case of Korn, 58, accused in the stabbing and mutilation death in Butler County's Fairfield Township of Mildred "Ruth" Doench, a retired elementary school principal.

Korn's attorney argued that local prosecutors had forfeited the right to retry Korn when they returned him to an Indiana prison, where he was serving a life sentence for a rape conviction.

Prosecutors argued they followed procedures correctly.




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