Monday, September 8, 2003

Regional Report

Police make quick arrest in slaying

Compiled from staff and wire reports

NORTH AVONDALE - Less than 12 hours after a midnight killing in this neighborhood just east of downtown, Cincinnati police arrested a man Sunday and charged him with murder.

Bryant R. Gaines, 26, was arrested at 10 a.m. Sunday for the slaying of Clarence Eugene Bradshaw, 26, who was shot and killed at 12:04 a.m. Sunday, the 44th homicide of the year in Cincinnati.

Police said the two men had been in an argument with each other when witnesses saw Gaines shoot Bradshaw several times.

"There's all kind of rumors" about what exactly happened, said Sgt. Bob Liston of the homicide unit. Police said they might arrest one or two more people in connection with Bradshaw's death.

University to open neuroscience unit

CORRYVILLE - University Hospital will unveil its new Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit today at a grand opening ceremony.

The 12-bed unit can be expanded to 20 beds when needed and provides care for patients with diseases or disorders of the brain and nervous system. It's one of the largest and most advanced units of its kind in the region.

The new unit will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. for tours. Visitors also can receive screenings for blood pressure, hearing and stroke risk.

Armed robbers strike in two townships

COLERAIN TWP. - Police were investigating two armed robberies from late Saturday and early Sunday, one in Colerain Township and the other in Columbia Township.

Shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday, a man entered Angilo's Pizza at 6600 Colerain Ave., brandished a black semiautomatic pistol and demanded money from the register. He took money and fled the restaurant on foot.

At 12:42 a.m. Sunday, two men approached a man as he was getting into his 1995 Pontiac Grand Am at an apartment complex at 5631 View Point Drive in Columbia Twp. Armed with semi-automatic handguns, the suspects robbed the man of his wallet, the keys to his car and his gym shoes.

Anyone with information on the robberies is asked to call the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office investigations unit at 513-825-1500.

Two officers hit by truck in traffic stop

DAYTON - A state trooper and a suburban Dayton police officer were both struck by a vehicle on Interstate 75 while conducting a traffic stop early Sunday morning.

At 2:41 a.m., Trooper Kyle T. Albright and West Carrollton officer Gene D. Jamen had pulled over Lance R. Edwards, 42, of Dayton, for speeding.

While the officers were arresting Edwards on charges of driving under the influence and speeding at more than 100 mph, Robert W. Stein, 50, of Kettering, drove a 1989 Chevrolet pickup into the two patrol cars, which struck the two officers and Edwards.

All three were taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where they were treated and released. Charges against Stein, who also was taken to the hospital, are pending.

Blue Ash loading up on salt for winter

BLUE ASH - Service Director Dennis Albrinck is looking ahead to winter, and he doesn't intend to run short on road salt again this year.

The city's new 4,100-ton salt dome on Interstate Circle is just finished and ready to be filled to the brim. Albrinck plans to put 4,000 tons on order by next week.

That should be enough to cover Blue Ash roads, even if the winter of 2003 is anything like last year, he said.

"Normally we use 2,200 tons a year. Last year we used 3,800, and we didn't have enough. We were putting down liquid calcium chloride and borrowing salt. It wasn't a very pleasant experience," Albrinck said.

Officers injured when their cruisers collide

SHARONVILLE - Two police officers were injured early Sunday when their cruisers collided while they were responding to a emergency call.

The crash occurred about 4:15 a.m. at the intersection of E. Kemper Road and Rockfield Court, police said. Officer Ray Hugentobler suffered a broken wrist and officer Derek Broenner suffered a concussion and broken collar bone.

Both officers were taken to University Hospital for treatment. The crash remains under investigation.

Car, motorcycle accident kills driver

FAIRFIELD - A 57-year-old man was killed Saturday when his motorcycle collided with a car on Dixie Highway.

Robert Bryant , address not available, was pronounced dead at the scene following the 2:34 p.m. crash at Dixie Highway at Camelot Drive, police said. The motorcycle collided with a Pontiac Grand Am at the intersection. The driver of the car was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

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