Monday, July 21, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Hamilton man dies in motorcycle crash

Compiled from staff and wire reports

A 41-year-old Hamilton man died late Saturday after running his motorcycle off a Colerain Township road and into a fence, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

At about 11:13 p.m., Timothy Nelson was driving his 2003 Kawasaki motorcycle eastbound on West Kemper Road near Huntergreen Drive when he lost control.

A Colerain Township life squad took him to Mercy Fairfield Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly before midnight.

Nelson was wearing a helmet. Alcohol or drugs were not considered factors in the crash, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department.

Man, 80, arrested on drug charges

Complaints about a person selling cocaine in Over-the-Rhine led police to an unusual suspect - an 80-year-old man.

Roy Mosley , a previously convicted drug felon, was released on his own recognizance, without posting any bond money. He was charged Thursday with drug trafficking and permitting drug abuse after an undercover officer bought drugs in a house at 1814 Race St., police said.

Mosley had also sold $40 worth of cocaine June 26 to an informant, court documents alleged. For that, he also was charged with trafficking.

Mosley was sent to prison in 2001, when he was 78, for drug trafficking, illegally having a gun and possession of cocaine.

Sheriff seeks man in sexual assault case

The Boone County Sheriff's Department is seeking help finding a man who sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl Saturday evening at a park in Walton.

The girl was lured into a secluded area at about 8:30 p.m. at the City of Walton Community Park off Old Stevenson Mill Road, police said. Boone County Sheriff's Department officials described the assault as a form of inappropriate touching. The girl became suspicious and ran from the man. She was otherwise unharmed.

The girl described the suspect as a white man in his late 20s or early 30s, 6 feet tall and just shy of 200 pounds. He had shorter, light-red spiked hair, and may have been unshaved. He was wearing long pants and a white short-sleeved shirt.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call the Boone County Sheriff's Department at 859-371-1234.

Former Cincinnatian dies in boxing bout

CEDAR CITY, Utah - A boxer who was originally from Cincinnati died one round into a scheduled six-round bout Friday night at Cedar Raceway. Heavyweight Brad Rone took a punch from his opponent Billy Zumbrun with about five seconds left in the first round.

Less than 10 seconds later, after the bell rang, Rone fell to the canvas. Rone stopped breathing and was later declared dead at Valley View Medical Center, according to Detective Ross Drishinski, Iron County Sheriff's office medical examiner.

"Right now the speculation is cardiac arrest," Drishinski said.

Rone's body will be taken to the Salt Lake City medical examiner's office, where an autopsy will be performed.

Bruce Trampler, a friend of Rone's, said the boxer's mother died earlier in the week. Rone, who lived in Las Vegas, was fighting to earn money for her funeral, Trampler said.

The fight was the third of four scheduled for the night. Officials canceled the final fight.

3 wounded in shooting in South Fairmount

Three people were wounded in a shooting Sunday afternoon on Queen City Avenue in South Fairmount.

The shooting occurred about 5:55 p.m. in the 1800 block of Queen City Avenue, police said. The injuries sustained by the victims, including one shot in the leg and another shot in the elbow, were not considered life-threatening, police said.

Police were still searching for a suspect late Sunday.

Rain raises bacteria levels in Ohio lakes

CLEVELAND - Heavy rainfall has created higher bacteria counts in lakes this summer, causing the state Health Department to increase the number of warnings to swimmers posted at Lake Erie beaches.

Storms stir up sediment in lakes, creating an environment in which bacteria can grow, said Ray Saporito, the Ashtabula County Health commissioner. The warnings usually specify children, elderly and people with weak immune systems, but health officials say healthy adults also should avoid swimming at those areas for a day or two after a heavy rainfall.

State park beaches such as Edgewater and Villa Angela often have warning signs posted, but this year, the warnings have extended to beaches that usually don't have problems, said Steve Binns, the Health Department's administrator of recreation programs.

Lawmaker looks at Ind. licensing system

INDIANAPOLIS - A state lawmaker says Indiana may need to review its licensing system for motorists in the wake of fatal crashes involving elderly drivers, including one in Indiana.

State Sen. Thomas J. Wyss, the chairman of the Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee, said the recent tragedies could prompt a review of Indiana's licensing system.

State law requires residents age 75 and older to renew their licenses every three years.

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