Sunday, September 14, 2003

Regional report

Compiled from staff and wire reports

Roommate arrested in fatal stabbing

COLLEGE HILL - A dispute between roommates apparently led to the city's 45th homicide this year.

Ann Thornton, 39, was pronounced dead Friday at University Hospital from a stab wound to her torso.

Police had responded to a report of a fight at her Savannah Way home at 9:50 p.m. Friday.

Thornton's roommate, Zabrina Hall, 30, has been charged with one count of murder. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Section at 352-3542 or CrimeStoppers at 352-3040.

Man dies in house fire; cause unknown

SEDAMSVILLE - Cincinnati firefighters are trying to determine the cause of an early morning fire that killed a homeowner Saturday.

Albert C. Gehrum, 55, was found inside his home at 742 Steiner Ave., after firefighters extinguished the blaze. The house was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived about 6 a.m.

Motorcyclist hurt in crash with car

ROSS TOWNSHIP - A Groesbeck man was in critical condition Saturday evening at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton after the motorcycle he was driving was rear-ended on State Route 27 in Butler County Friday night.

Michael S. Foster of Banning Road was stopped or was slowing down to make a left turn at Ross Millville Road when he was struck by a 1996 Honda driven by Troy Rees, 30, of Tallawanda Drive in Fairfield.

Rees, who was cited for failure of assured clear distance by Butler County Sheriff's Office investigators, refused treatment..

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Boy, 13, sentenced for scalding friend

COLUMBUS - A 13-year-old was sentenced to one year probation and ordered to serve 60 hours of community service for throwing scalding water on a sleeping friend.

Police said the teen was inspired by Jackass: The Movie, a film version of the defunct MTV stunt show.

The 13-year-old, of suburban Gahanna, said he heated a cup of water and threw it on the back of 14-year-old Shaka Townsend on May 19. In a plea deal, the delinquency assault charge was reduced from a second-degree felony to a fifth-degree felony.

The teen's mother said her son thought he was pulling a prank to add to a movie he and his friends were making. He videotaped the incident.

She said he was devastated when he realized he had hurt Townsend.

She said she is pleased with the Franklin County Juvenile Court decision.

Ohio AG checking Medicaid claims

COLUMBUS - The federal prosecution of a subsidiary of health care giant Abbott Laboratories has the Ohio attorney general looking into whether customers of the subsidiary submitted fraudulent claims to the government.

Investigators want to know whether Ohio customers of Columbus-based Ross Products filed fraudulent Medicaid claims for internal feeding equipment, said John Guthrie, head of the attorney general's health-care fraud section. Medicaid is the state-federal program that provides medical services for the poor.

CG Nutritionals, a Ross affiliate, pleaded guilty in federal court in July to obstructing a criminal health care investigation.

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