Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Man pleads guilty to aggravated robbery

Compiled from staff and wire reports

Marcus Harris, 21, of Golf Manor, pleaded guilty Monday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court to a charge of aggravated robbery.

Harris is one of two men accused of helping a third man break into a Walnut Hills town house, where that man was shot and killed by the homeowner.

Harris will be sentenced Aug. 26. 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.

Kenneth Sims, 28, of Price Hill, pleaded guilty last week to involuntary manslaughter in the same incident. He will be sentenced Aug. 4. Sims faces a prison sentence of three to 10 years, and an additional year for using a gun.

Corey Simley, the 29-year-old owner of the town house at 955 Auburn View Drive, shot Michael Harris four times, minutes after the break-in. Simley was not charged.

Women who faked names sentenced

Four women who falsified names on ballot petitions filed with the Hamilton County Board of Elections on behalf of Jim Condit Jr. last year will spend 30 days in jail, Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Steven Martin ruled.

"What you did threatened the integrity of the election system, for that you have to pay a price," Martin told the women after they each pleaded guilty to a charge of election falsification Monday.

A grand jury in May indicted Antoinette Feagin, 40, of Blue Ash; Rosemary Johnson, 41, of Northside; Dorethea White, 28, of Millvale; and Vanessa White, 48, of Over-the-Rhine. The women were paid up to $1 for each signature they collected.

Condit, who had hoped to run as an independent candidate in the 2nd Congressional District, was forced to drop out of the race because the fake signatures left him short of the amount necessary to be put on the ballot. He is not accused of wrongdoing.

CPS budget hearing is Wednesday

Cincinnati Public Schools' Board of Education will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday to gather input on the proposed 2003-04 operating budget. The meeting will be held at the district's education center located at 2651 Burnet Ave. in Corryville.

To see the budget recommendations, go to www.cps-k12.org under the What's New section.

3-year sentence given in fatal SUV crash

An Indiana man who drove a sport utility vehicle off Interstate 74 in May killing the passenger was sentenced Monday to three years in prison.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Patrick Dinkelacker also suspended Matthew J. Schemer's driver's license for 10 years on the charge of aggravated vehicular homicide.

Schemer, 22, of Lawrenceburg, lost control of the vehicle about 1 a.m. April 23 near the Race Road overpass in Green Township. The SUV hit an embankment and several trees, throwing passenger Mark E. Orschell from the vehicle, Hamilton County sheriff's officers said. Orschell, 21, of West Harrison, Ind., died at the scene.

The two were not wearing seat belts, sheriff's officers said.

Teen charged in crash injuring pedestrians

MOUNT HEALTHY - A 16-year-old North College Hill teen was charged with two juvenile counts of aggravated assault Monday for her involvement in an early Sunday traffic crash that injured two pedestrians.

Police said the teen was driving in the parking lot of Compton Groves Apartments about 4 a.m. Sunday when she struck one pedestrian and several parked cars, one of which in turn hit the other pedestrian. The girl, who had a learner's permit, told police she had fled a party in the apartment complex after being harassed by other partygoers.

Both pedestrians were transported to University Hospital. A woman, who suffered internal injuries, was released from the hospital Monday, police said. A man, who suffered head injuries and a broken leg, was expected to be released late Monday or today.

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