Man shot in face testifies against landlord

Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 @ 1:42 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 @ 1:42 PM

A man who was shot in the face on Valentine’s Day allegedly by a home owner who wanted him to leave says he was shot “for no reason.”

Donald Knapp testified Tuesday morning in Hamilton Municipal Court in a hearing for Pamela Dawson, who is charged with felonious assault.

The 51-year-old woman told the JournalNews earlier this month that Knapp was a renter in her home and he turned violent minutes before the shooting by “manhandling” her during a trip to a pharmacy.

Knapp, 43, spoke with difficulty during the short hearing due to damage to his nose and mouth from the single shot from the .38 caliber revolver.

“She shot me in the face for no reason,” Knapp said. His nose was scabbed over from the bullet hole. He said physicians put a metal plate in his head and sewed his tongue back together to repair the damage.

Knapp said there was an argument in the vehicle and Dawson “got really upset. She told me to get out of the car.”

He added Dawson grabbed his arm and pushed him, then he grabbed her arm to get the prescription back and “she (Dawson) rolled on the ground.”

Dawson drove home and Knapp said it took him about 30 minutes to walk back to the Campbell Avenue residence.

Knapp said Dawson told him to get out of the house, so he went to the basement to retrieve a pair of overalls and his girlfriend’s purse.

“She said I wasn’t moving fast enough,” Knapp said, adding he was more than willing to leave and would not have gone back into the house if he had known Dawson had a gun.

Dawson told the JournalNews she just meant to scare Knapp and she thought the first chamber of the gun was empty. She said she suffered injuries when Knapp locked her out of her vehicle, threw her to the ground and assaulted her.

“He came walking back into the house. I told him to leave,” Dawson said in an interview a day after the shooting. “I wasn’t going to have him in my house after he manhandled me. He started yelling ‘unlawful eviction.’ ”

Following the hearing, Judge Dan Gattermeyer bound the case over for grand jury consideration.

Defense attorney David Brewer said “there are witnesses that do not agree with his version of the events.”

Dawson faces two to eight years in prison if convicted of the charge against her. She is free on bond.

Butler commissioners oppose governor’s sales tax solution

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 12:29 PM

            Butler commissioners oppose governor’s sales tax solution

Butler and a host of other counties are mounting a fight to Gov. John Kasich’s proposed one-time payment to make up for millions in lost Medicaid sales tax monies.

The county stands to lose more in $3 million in sales tax revenue since the federal government outlawed the tax collection in the state. The governor’s proposal would provide a one-time only “transitional” payment of $2.1 million, and Butler County commissioners said they find that unacceptable.

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“We can expect that to be a $3 million loss annually, which would burden the general fund and would not allow us to have our structurally balanced budget,” Commissioner Cindy Carpenter said. “That amount shifted from state structured revenue to the county is not something that is sustainable.”

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Carpenter proposed the county join about a dozen other counties in a joint resolution objecting to Kasich’s plan. Commissioner T.C. Rogers said he agreed with his colleague, but said since county officials are meeting with the County Commissioners Association of Ohio later this week, they should probably wait to see if a greater groundswell of opposition is afoot.

“I’d like to make sure our resolution is going to be the most effective if we have CCAO pushing this, because it represents all county commissioners across the state,” he said.

Carpenter agreed to wait until that meeting to proceed.

Sasquatch investigators coming to Hamilton

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 11:24 AM

Sasquatch investigators coming to Hamilton

The Hamilton Lane Library presents the Ohio Night Stalkers, an Ohio group of cryptozoologists, on Saturday, March 11, from 3 to 5 p.m.

The Ohio Night Stalkers will entertain and inform the audience as they present their findings of Sasquatch investigations from throughout the state.

Cryptozoologists practice the study of hidden or unknown animals, including creatures deemed imaginary by mainstream scientists.

RELATED: Paranormal experts discover eerie things at Hamilton electric plant

Registration is required prior to the talk. To register, call 513-894-1409. The Hamilton Lane Library is located at 300 N. Third St.

Kitten is latest NYPD officer on 'paw-trol'

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 11:17 AM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 11:17 AM

            Kitten is latest NYPD officer on 'paw-trol'

Call it Brooklyn nine lives.

An NYPD precinct’s latest member of the force is Martin, a 6-month-old tabby-cat who was found abandoned at the station.

Officers at the the 60th Precinct in Brooklyn convinced their commanding officer to keep Martin as the station pet and morale booster, as long as he did not have to clean the litter box, according to the Brooklyn Paper.

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“I told them, ‘I have two cats at home and two dogs, and I don’t have a problem with it, but we got to get a litter box and you have to clean out the litter box. I’ll even foot the expense, the food, the water, the treats — but I’m not cleaning out the litter box,’ ” Deputy Inspector William Taylor told Brooklyn Paper.

The cat was named for officer Martin DiCostanza, who lobbied to keep the feline, according to the New York Post.

Martin was microchipped, neutered and vaccinated. The station was also converted to accommodate the cat, including setting up baskets for napping, multiple food and water stations and plenty of toys.

Martin and Taylor have taken to one another. The cat keeps the commander’s chair warm until he arrives each day. Taylor has also purchased treats and high-end cat food, cementing the feline friendship.

“He’s definitely lifted spirits. There’s not one person here, cop or civilian, that doesn’t adore this cat,” Taylor told the Post. “He has the run of the precinct. He took control of the place right away.”

Trump budget will give $54B to Pentagon, cut State Department, EPA, officials say

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 11:30 AM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 11:53 AM

            Trump budget will give $54B to Pentagon, cut State Department, EPA, officials say

The Trump administration will release a budget proposal Monday that calls for an increase in spending for defense and a deep cut for the Environmental Protection Agency, according to sources familiar with the proposal.

According to a story from Reuters, two officials familiar with the proposal, but who are not authorized to speak about the specifics of the plan, said the Department of Defense will receive money for building ships and aircraft and bulking up its presence in “key international waterways and chokepoints.”

An official in the Office of Management and Budget said the budget “blueprint” will pour some $54 billion into defense spending. The source said the money will come from cuts in domestic programs, foreign aid and the State Department. The State Department budget could be cut by as much as 20 percent, one source said.  

The EPA is also said to be in the president's crosshairs, while White House spokesman Sean Spicer has said that Social Security and Medicare spending will be protected, with no cuts suggested.

According to Myron Ebell, who led the Trump transition team focused on the EPA, said staff at the EPA could be cut by two-thirds.  What will be submitted on Monday or Tuesday is known as a “skinny budget,” or a document that summarizes policy and funding priorities.

The federal budget process begins with a budget request submitted by the president to Congress. Then the House and Senate must pass budget resolutions. The House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees research and mark up appropriation bills. Congress would then vote on the bills and go back to committee to reconcile differences. After the final bills emerge from Congress, the president signs them and the budget becomes law.