Sunday, July 27, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Boy, 5, killed by truck driven by grandfather

BRIGHT, Ind. - A pickup truck that was backing up in a driveway struck and killed the driver's grandson as the 5-year-old rode a bicycle, Dearborn County sheriff's authorities said.

Cayne Willoughby was pronounced dead at a hospital after Friday night's accident near Bright, about 15 miles west of Cincinnati.

Garry D. Willoughby, 50, had been driving the pickup, the sheriff's department said.

The death was under investigation Saturday.

Motorcycle driver crashes, dies on I-75

Cincinnati Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred early Saturday morning in the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Elmwood Place.

Marvin Bullock, 34, of Forest Park was driving south when he lost control of his motorcycle, left the right side of the roadway and struck a light pole shortly before 1:30 a.m., according to traffic unit investigators.

Bullock, who had been wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Airport officers protest firing

DAYTON, Ohio - Three airport security officers say they were wrongfully fired after they stopped a pilot they suspected was drunk.

The officers say they were following protocol when they stopped the AirTran Airways pilot May 3 at a security checkpoint at the Dayton International Airport after one officer thought he smelled alcohol on the pilot's breath.

A breath test showed the pilot, whose name was not released, was sober, AirTran officials said.

In termination letters, the Transportation Security Administration told security screeners Debra Cummings and Rick Fader and supervisor Robert Phelan that they treated the pilot rudely. They were fired June 12.

TSA spokesman Chris Rhatigan declined to comment on the incident.

Supermarket robbed on Dixie Highway

FORT WRIGHT - Police are looking for three robbers who struck the Thriftway grocery store on Dixie Highway about 8:30 Friday night.

Police said the robbers indicated to store employees that they were armed. The robbers took an undisclosed amount of money from the office and got away.

Nobody was injured.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040.

Sheriff's deputies face drug charges

COLUMBUS - In an FBI sting, two sheriff's deputies guarded shipments of cocaine for men they thought were drug dealers, investigators said in federal court.

Robert A. Sears and Ronald D. Dyson, deputies in Belmont County in eastern Ohio, appeared in U.S. District Court on Friday for a detention hearing. They are charged with extortion and drug conspiracy.

Undercover agents posed as members of a Miami drug cartel and buyers from southern Ohio and hired the two to stand guard during a drug deal, testified Matthew P. Campe, a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent based in Cambridge.

- Compiled from staff and wire reports

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