Citizens For A Better Norwood

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

4 stories from the NPD file: Norwood police get their men

We appreciate Lt. Tom Williams, Jr. providing our readers with information about 4 recent incidents that illustrate how our police officers go about their work. He especially wanted community members to the know the follow up on 2 Norwood suspects who made the local the news.

1. Over the weekend, an officer attempted to stop a car for a red light violation at Wesley and Norwood Avenues. The driver refused to stop, and a chase ensued north on Montgomery Rd. and down Losantiville until the officer lost sight of the vehicle. With assistance from the Golf Manor police, the vehicle was found unoccupied on Vera Ave. The Madeira K9 Unit was available and quickly responded to the scene. When the suspect was found hiding under a vehicle in the 2600 block of Vera, he was also found with heroin and marijuana. In addition to being charged with various traffic violations, Lawrence Brown of 4500 Erie Avenue in Madisonville was also charged with felony drug possession failure to comply. This incident started at 2:45 a.m. and concluded less than an hour later.

2. Monday, Norwood police found and arrested Timothy Neubacher who was wanted on a felony child endangering indictment. Neubacher is the Norwood resident accused of leaving his 9-day old baby on a bed that was too close to a baseboard heater on January 17th. The infant's cries were muffled after she wound up getting wedged between the wall and the mattress. Neubacher discovered her hours later after she had suffered burns so severe she had to be hospitalized. Following his indictment by the Hamilton County Grand Jury, Neubacher failed to turn himself in on February 2 as planned. An investigation by a CIS detective led to an address on Curzon St. in Northside where Norwood police arrested Neubacher and then took him the Justice Center.

3. Also on Monday, Officer Mark Weitzel stopped a car on Ross Avenue for not having headlights. The driver, Nathan Baxter, was arrested for driving under suspension. Norwood police at the scene observed a bag of marijuana under the seat of one of the passengers, Ricky Wright. After getting the driver’s consent to search the vehicle, (lo and behold), police found a large backpack with over 2 lbs. of marijuana in the trunk and a handgun stolen from Versailles. Wright was arrested and charged with felony drug trafficking, felony drug possession, and felony receiving stolen property.

4. Yesterday afternoon, a man broke into a home in the 3900 block of Floral Avenue. A neighbor who was at home saw the man and scared the him off, then immediately called 911. Minutes later, Det. Mark Garner located the burglar at the corner of Elsmere and Hudson. He turned out to be John Spinnie, the same Norwood resident who was charged last April with multiple Norwood and Cincinnati home burglaries and who was arrested outside the Hamilton County Justice Center for allegedly stealing the vehicle he drove to own arraignment. We hope these new charges will finally keep him in the pokey and out of Norwood homes for a good long time: burglary, felony escape warrant, and probation violation.