Court docket: March 19, 2014

Man charged with rape of 15-year-old girl says it was consensual

CINCINNATI -- A man charged with the rape of a 15-year-old girl said it was consensual, according to court documents.

Justin T. Bryant, 20, is accused of raping the girl on March 18 at a residence located in the 9100 block of Neil Drive in Mount Healthy.

Court documents show Bryant originally denied any sexual contact with the victim, then admitted to having consensual intercourse with her.

He is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Wednesday.


Dad charged in 11-year-old daughter's homicide to appear in court

CINCINNATI – A man charged in the death of his 11-year-old daughter is scheduled to appear in a Hamilton County courtroom Wednesday to either enter a plea or set a date for trial.

Deandre Kelley, of Sedamsville, was arrested in January on multiple charges, including reckless homicide, after police say he shot and killed Shanti Lanza at his Delhi Avenue home.

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Kelley has been held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a $500,000 bond since his arrest.

He is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m.

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Homeowner chases burglar from Hyde Park house, suspect to appear in court

CINCINNATI – A Hyde Park homeowner chased a burglar barefoot down the street after his dog's loud barking alerted him.

Lt. Mark Briede with the Cincinnati Police Department said Ken Kirkendall, 18, broke into Robert Shaffer's residence at about 8 a.m. in the 900 block of East Rookwood Drive.

Shaffer said he was in his bedroom when he heard his brown Labrador Retriever, Rocky, barking loudly.

"I came downstairs and a man turned the corner just as I was coming around the stairs and I chased him out with my dog, through my yard, across the street, flagged down a couple of cars while I was chasing him," Shaffer told WCPO reporter Tom McKee. "Had them call 911. And he jumped down a 9-foot wall and I didn't have any shoes on so I could only chase him so far. And then the police arrived and set up a search and eventually caught him."

Briede said Kirkendall was last seen running down Lower Grandin Road when multiple officers arrived at the scene. One officer spotted him on Golden Avenue, just north of Columbia Parkway, off of Delta Avenue.

"(The) subject ran across rush hour traffic on Columbia Parkway without getting hit, which is a feat unto itself," Briede said. "One of our officers chased again. We then moved our quadrant and the officers to that position and we finally cornered him about 3312 Riverside."

Shaffer said he hasn't done a complete inventory of his home but believes he scared Kirkendall before he was able to steal anything.

"People have robbed houses and cars in this neighborhood for a long time," Shaffer said. "So when I saw him, I thought maybe this is a chance to catch this guy or one of these guys that does this from time to time."

Rocky, credited with alerting Shaffer to the burglar, remained with his owner throughout the ordeal.

"He chased him the whole time with me right by my side, barking all the way."

Kirkendall is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Wednesday.


Hamilton man arrested in Paddock Road shooting

A Hamilton man faces several charges after police said he shot at three people.

Officers said 27-year-old Tyree White shot at three people in a vehicle on March 2 in the 4600 block of Paddock Road.

The bullets hit the car the intended victims were driving in, causing them to crash.

Investigators said White was identified using gas station surveillance video and by the victims.

He was arrested Tuesday in the 7000 block of Reading Road.

White faces three counts of felonious assault. He is due in court Wednesday.

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