Sunday, July 6, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Compiled from staff and wire reports

Man hospitalized after pit-bull attack

MADISONVILLE - A 52-year-old man was hospitalized with undisclosed injuries after a pit bull attacked him and his dog in the 4500 block of Plainville Road Friday afternoon.

John Douglas of Madisonville was walking his 9-year-old Labrador-Chow mix around 4 p.m. when a pit bull mix came up and attacked his dog.

"He went to try and separate them, and the stray bit him," says Cincinnati Police Officer Ron Fuller. "He estimates that he had been struggling with this animal for about half an hour."

A witness came to Douglas' aid with a machete, which Douglas used to fend off the dog, Fuller said.

Douglas's dog was taken home and he was taken to the hospital. Fuller did not know their conditions Saturday afternoon.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Cincinnati (SPCA) has quarantined the pit bull.

Police investigate bank robbery

MIDDLETOWN - Police are searching for a man who robbed a bank of an undisclosed amount of money Saturday.

Middletown police said a white male entered the Oak Hills Bank, 4421 Roosevelt Blvd., around 11 a.m., showed employees a note and demanded money. The suspect then left with the cash.

Sexual photo leads to guilty plea in break-in

A Cheviot man pleaded guilty to breaking into a neighbor's apartment after the woman found a photo of the man's penis under a chair.

Joseph Muench, 39, was sentenced Thursday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court to six months in jail. He told Judge Steve Martin that leaving the photo in the 79-year-old woman's Cheviot apartment "was a very, very, very stupid mistake."

Prosecutors said the woman recognized the photo because Muench had previously showed it to her and made sexual comments.

The woman, whose name was not released, said she found the photo a few days after noticing that the lock on her front door had been tampered with in March.

Bacteria make Ky. rivers unsafe

FRANKFORT - People should avoid swimming in large parts of the Licking River, the North Fork of the Kentucky River and the Upper Cumberland River, the Kentucky Division of Water and the Cabinet for Health Services advised.

High levels of fecal coliform bacteria were found in the waterways. Illegal straight-pipe discharges, failing septic systems and bypasses from sewage collection systems contribute to the problems.

Car crash leaves one dead, one injured

WEST CHESTER TWP. - One man was killed and another injured in a single-vehicle crash early Saturday morning.

The vehicle went off the right side of Cincinnati-Dayton Road near Guard Street and hit a pole about 2 a.m. The vehicle's passenger, Sergei Maksimov, 22, of Loveland, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

Police on routine patrol discovered the crash.

His roommate, Dmitiri Ivanov, was driving and was taken to Bethesda North Hospital, where he is in fair condition, police said. Ivanov, who is a Russian national with resident alien status, was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.

Alcohol and speed were factors in the crash, according to West Chester police.

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