Tuesday, July 22, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report


Man pleads guilty to manslaughter charge

Compiled from staff and wire reports

One of two men accused of helping a Golf Manor man break into a Walnut Hills town house, where he was shot and killed by the homeowner, pleaded guilty Monday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court to an involuntary manslaughter charge.

Kenneth Sims, 28, of Price Hill, will be sentenced Aug. 4. He faces a prison sentence of three to 10 years, plus an additional year for using a gun during the Jan. 24 home invasion robbery.

Sims and Marcus Harris, 20, of Golf Manor, were each indicted on a charge of murder with felony specifications, two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of robbery and aggravated burglary.

Corey Simley, the 29-year-old owner of the townhouse at 955 Auburn View Drive, shot Michael Harris four times minutes after he broke into the home at 8:19 a.m., according to police reports.

Simley was not charged.

Marcus Harris' court hearing is scheduled for July 28.

Deputy, stranded motorist hit on I-71

COLUMBIA TWP. - A Hamilton County sheriff's deputy and a stranded motorist were slightly injured Monday on Interstate 71 when a northbound pickup truck struck the motorist's disabled vehicle, causing the disabled vehicle to hit the deputy.

Cpl. Mark Eaves was assisting Jaydra R. McClendon, 24, of North Fairmount, whose disabled car was on the right shoulder of northbound I-71. A pickup driven by Raymond G. Wilkinson, 71, of Madisonville, went off the right side of the highway and struck the disabled car, knocking it into Eaves and McClendon.

Eaves drove himself to Jewish Hospital Kenwood, where he was treated and released. McClendon was taken by the Golf Manor Life Squad to Bethesda North Hospital, where she was treated and released. Wilkinson refused medical attention.

Wilkinson was cited for failure to drive in marked lanes.

Man accused of murder found dead

The body of a man wanted for the murder of a North Fairmount woman washed up on the Cincinnati bank of the Ohio River in Lower Price Hill early Monday.

The body of DeAngelo Shelton, 26, was found behind the Amtrak station in the 1900 block of River Road about 7 a.m.

He had been sought since July 15 for the murder that day of Tracey Walker, 24, whose body was found in her Carll Street apartment. The two had a son together and Walker had filed domestic violence charges against Shelton at least twice.

The body was transported to the Hamilton County Coroner's Office, where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

3 killed in 6-vehicle pileup on I-70

VANDALIA, Ohio - A woman and two young children were killed in a six-vehicle pileup on Interstate 70, authorities said.

A car in front of the victims' Toyota sedan stopped abruptly on the highway Sunday afternoon, causing tractor-trailers and passenger vehicles behind it to collide, said Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Art Combest.

The patrol said Monday it was looking for anyone who saw the crash or any actions that may have contributed to it.

Killed were the driver, Sarah S. Tomlinson, 22, of Dayton, Ohio; her son, Hayden Tomlinson, 2; and her niece, Kieran K. Pratt, 1, of Richmond, Ind., the patrol said.

Another driver was injured after his Jeep slid under the back of one of the trucks. Scott Duckro, 39, of Dayton, was in critical condition Monday at Miami Valley Hospital.

The eastbound lanes of I-70 were closed for about eight hours after the accident about 10 miles north of Dayton.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Dayton patrol post at (937) 832-4794.

Strip search yields cocaine, police say

HAMILTON - Police strip-searched a drug suspect and found a significant amount of cocaine: 38 individually wrapped baggies containing off-white "rocks" that tested positive for the drug, authorities said.

Brandon D. Taylor, 23, was arrested Saturday, after police spotted him on Butler Metropolitan Housing Authority property. Taylor had been warned to stay away from the public housing areas.

Officers brought Taylor to the police station, where they got a supervisor's permission to search his body for drugs, police said. They said they found he had concealed baggies of the drug between his buttocks. The drugs' total weight exceeded 15.8 grams, a report says.

Taylor was charged with criminal trespassing, possession of drugs and trafficking in drugs/preparing them for sale. His preliminary hearing is set for Friday in Hamilton Municipal Court.

Treasurer pleads guilty to stealing

The treasurer of St. Antoninus Church's altar and school society pleaded guilty Monday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court to stealing $60,000 from the society.

Deborah Hughes, 39, of Green Township will be sentenced Aug. 19. She faces up to a year and a half in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.




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