Tuesday, August 5, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Cincinnati man, 29, charged in two killings

Compiled from staff and wire reports

A Cincinnati man was charged Monday with killing two people in separate shootings last year.

Carlton James Jr., 29, was indicted on two counts of murder in the deaths of Tony Johnson, who was killed May 25, and Rashad Barnes, who died Sept. 16.

Prosecutors say both men were shot to death in Cincinnati. Johnson died after he was shot at 2017 Seymour Ave., shile Barnes died after a shooting at 1680 California Ave.

James was arrested last month in Indianapolis and was recently extradited to Hamilton County.

Anderson Twp. man jailed in murder case

BATAVIA - A 42-year-old Anderson Township man was ordered jailed Monday in lieu of $1 million bail in the shooting death of a possible romantic rival in front of witnesses.

Mark A. Albert is facing a charge of aggravated murder in the death of Larry Colwell, 40, of Union Township on Saturday evening.

Witnesses told police Albert shot Colwell once in the back of the head at a camp site about 100 yards from a lake along the property of a private fishing and social club in Union Township. The two men belonged to the Hamilton County Anglers' Club. Albert was the current club secretary.

Investigators had not found the gun by Monday evening. It is believed Albert and Colwell had been linked to a woman once married to Albert.

Albert, who has a prior conviction for felony domestic violence, was not supposed to have a gun, officials said.

It was the third homicide in Union Township this year.

Man gets 5 years for part in fatal burglary

A Price Hill man was sentenced to five years in prison Monday for his part in a burglary that ended with the fatal shooting of one of the suspected burglars.

Kenneth Sims, 28, pleaded guilty last month to involuntary manslaughter and had faced up to 10 years in prison. He was sentenced to five years by Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Mark Schweikert.

Prosecutors say Sims helped Michael Harris break into a Walnut Hills town house on Jan. 24. Police say Corey Simley, the 29-year-old owner of the home, shot and killed Harris during the break-in. Simley was not charged.

Sims faced charges in the death of Harris because the shooting was the result of the break-in.

Man gets 3 years for role in beating death

A Springdale man was sentenced to three years in prison Monday for his role in the beating death of a 33-year-old man last year in Over-the-Rhine.

Mitchell Johnson, 19, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter after prosecutors agreed to reduce the original charge of murder, which carried a potential life sentence. He was sentenced by Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Richard Niehaus.

Prosecutors say Johnson and another man severely beat Larry Thomas on Nov. 23. Thomas died four days later.

Woman faces long term in bank fraud

Lottie Mae Stanley said she was looking for a deal that would get her four to five years in prison. If federal authorities get their way, the recently captured woman will spend six times that.

Stanley could spend 30 years in prison if convicted on a federal indictment that charged her last week with nine counts of bank fraud in the Eastern District of Missouri. That tally doesn't take into account numerous other charges pending across the country, including in the Tristate, where Stanley resided for four months recently.

The federal indictment alleges Stanley, a 51-year-old mother of 12 from North Carolina, stole or used fabricated checks to defraud or attempt to defraud nine Missouri banks of $33,793 since 1997.

She was indicted in Hamilton County last month on six counts of identity theft, forgery and theft.

Dog owner indicted after 9-year-old bitten

LEBANON - A biting chow could send its Turtlecreek Township owner to jail for up to a month.

Eunice Smith, 37, was indicted Monday on a felony charge of failing to properly confine or restrain her dog following a June 17 attack on a 9-year-old boy.

It was the second time 2-year-old Flare had taken a bite out of Smith's neighbors at Shadow Lake trailer park, Warren County Dog Warden Nathan Harper said.

Smith was cited in February on a misdemeanor charge, and Flare was declared a vicious dog after the canine bit an adult neighbor, he said. By law, vicious dogs must be locked in an enclosure, he said.

Flare is being held at the Warren County Animal Shelter.

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