Sunday, August 3, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Compiled from staff and wire reports

NCH man arrested in wife's death

A North College Hill man strangled his wife to death Saturday morning at their home, police said.

Herbert "Lamont" Ellison arrived at the North College Hill fire department at 9 a.m. and told fire officials that he had just killed his wife, police said. Police subsequently found Renee Ellison dead in the couple's home at 6719 Betts Ave. Ellison, whose age was not available, told police he had taken pills and was taken to University Hospital in police custody.

The Ellisons lived in North College Hill for a few years, police said.

The death is under investigation. To report any information, contact Col. Paul R. Toth, Chief of Police, at 521-7171.

UC basketball player charged with assault

A University of Cincinnati basketball player was arrested Saturday afternoon on charges of domestic violence and assault.

Armein Kirkland, 19, of Tyler, Texas, is accused of grabbing a woman by the throat and slapping her in the face.

The woman, whose age and address were unavailable, was also arrested at 2:30 p.m. Saturday on the same charges.

According to the police report, Kirkland and the woman have lived together at an apartment in the 2600 block of Wendee Drive in Price Hill for two months.

Kirkland is a sophomore at UC and a guard on the basketball team.

Ex-teacher may go to jail for sex crime

MIAMISBURG, Ohio - A former Miamisburg High School teacher and coach pleaded no contest to charges that he had sex with a 16-year-old female student.

Karlos Patterson, 60, could get up to two years in prison on three counts of sexual battery. He resigned as a science teacher and baseball coach on Nov. 18.

Police Detective Rod Stanley said Patterson and the girl often met at a park near the girl's home and then went to Patterson's house. As a part of the plea agreement Friday, Patterson will surrender his teaching certificate. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 20.

Man arrested after standoff with police

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP - A man who was in a standoff with police after allegedly holding his girlfriend at knifepoint inside his house in Springfield Township was taken into custody early Saturday, a sheriff's dispatcher said.

Tommy C. David, 33, was charged with domestic violence, obstructing official business and inducing panic, Springfield Township police said.

He was being held in the Hamilton County jail.

The man threatened the girl with a knife about 5:30 p.m. Friday, county dispatcher Brian McCordle said. She broke away when police arrived, but he would not come out of the house. He surrendered about 1 a.m.

Man convicted in fatal beating

A Hamilton County jury convicted a 20-year-old Springdale man of murder and felonious assault Thursday in the beating death of 33-year-old Larry Thomas.

Eric Brundage, of 5974 Sunridge Drive was convicted of murder and felonious assault and faces possible life in prison when he is sentenced Aug. Common Pleas Judge Ann Marie Tracey.

Thomas was beaten Nov. 23, 2002 and died for days later.

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