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Forest Hills Journal (Newspaper) - December 6, 1977, Cincinnati, OhioCooperation nets results Van Camp says Byj Kemp staff writer a this is a a we department. Its been a real team Effort and took a lot of sacrifice on everyone a part a said Clermont county sheriff John Van Camp thursday As he commended his investigators for their work in gathering the evidence leading to indictment of Larry Ralston for the murders of four Young women. A i feel we have made a significant if not major breakthrough in the strangling a the sheriff added. The deaths of Linda Kay Harmon Nancy Grigsby Elaina Bear and Diane Mccrobie were among 10 unsolved murders of Young women Over the past two and a half years that have baffled Law enforcement officials in several counties. There were a number of similarities in some of the cases. Since the remains of Linda Harmon were discovered in Franklin township a Little Over two years ago Thorold Todd of the Ohio Bureau of criminal investigation and identification has worked closely with the Clermont county sheriffs department. Sheriff Van Camp said that Todd was with his men constantly in the last few Days of the investigation before the indictments As were Captain Herb Vogel and detective Tom Simonds of the Hamilton county sheriffs department. Cooperation with Hamilton county has been excellent sheriff Van Camp added. He said sgt. Ray Hulgin of that department had contributed significantly to the investigation Over the past two years by preparing and supplying to Clermont county voluminous reports on possible leads in the cases the four key people in the final solution of the cases however were sgt. Fred Loeffler Deputy Bob Stout and the sheriff along with Sci and is Todd. The sheriff put Loeffler in charge of the investigation under his close personal supervision and had Given the sergeant every authority to spend whatever Money was needed to gather information and to use whatever Man hours in overtime it took to get the Job done. He said he was grateful to the county commissioners for including an amount of Money in the appropriations for this year that could be used in developing special cases such As the murders and the Auto title thefts which were being cracked at the same time. The sheriff and sgt. Loeffler praised deputies Michael Wylie and Greg Hensley for carrying the the Load of other investigations especially the Long hours of undercover work on the title thefts while Loeffler Stout and Van Camp concentrated on the murders. Sheriff Van Camp said the rest of the men did extra jobs often putting in overtime that they did no to turn in were not Nosey about the hush hush investigations and were patient with the three when they were tired or frustrated. The concentrated period of investigation began oct. 6 when Cincinnati police specialist Donna Kim Union township policeman Jerry Pike and Thorold Todd of Sci and i came to Batavia to discuss a rape Case with sgt Loeffler three girls had been picked up in Price Hill on sept. 24 and were raped in a secluded spot off round Bottom Road. They reported the attacks to Cincinnati police and identified Ralston a picture. The girls later led police to the place where the assaults occurred. It Washington methodist gets new minister the Rev. Kenneth d. St Reitenberger has been appointed by Bishop Dwight Loder West Ohio conference As pastor of the it. Washington United methodist Church 6365 Corbiey rd., effective nov. 15. In 1968 he was married to the former Sharon Strieker Greenfield Rev. St Reitenberger born in Greenfield Ohio graduated from Buckskin Valley High school in 1964, and from Ohio University with an a in philosophy in 1968. While at Ohio University he served As president of the Wesley foundation and president of Wesley choir. He attended the Boston University school of theology where he received the master of theology degree in 1972. During Seminary years he served Rev. St Reitenberger As pastor intern at St. Johns in. Meth. Church in Watertown mass. In 1971 or. St Reitenberger was appointed pastor of the be Point in. Methodist Church completing a 6% years successful ministry prior to coming to the it. Washington methodist Church. In addition to regular pastoral duties or. St Reitenberger has also served on the dist. Pastoral care committee As coordinator of the District Council on youth ministries and on the conf. Youth Council. He has been heavily involved in the summer Church Camp program and the school for youth in Mission. The congregation invites the Public to visit the 9 30 or 10 45 sunday morning worship services and meet the Streitenber Gers. Sun run site to be discussed again Anderson township trustees and representatives from Queen City metro will meet again at 8 . Inside today bridal news business Church 12,13 classifieds 22,23 5 editorial 14 10 real estate 20,21 dec. 19 to further discuss utilizing land behind the Beechmont ave. Firehouse and maintenance building for a permanent site for die Sun run parking. Trustee t of Taylor said trustees on dec. 1 were Given four proposals by metro to consider. Land could be the townships contribution of 20 per cent to match the Federal governments Grant from Urban mass transit authority funds. Trustees have not made any decisions yet according to Taylor All three trustees Are a in favor of promoting the facility a a he added. The four proposals presented by continued to Page 8 shows off Salt Supply John Dahlheimer head of the Road maintenance Days later that Snow four inches Worth fell on Crew shows off All the Salt Anderson township area using up much of the crystals. Journal had at the beginning of the Winter season. He photo Bauer said it was enough for one Snow fall. Only a few since it was in Union township Clermont county specialist Kim turned the Case Over to the Union township police department. After going Over the evidence gathered so far with Kim. Pike and Todd Loeffler went to see prosecutor Robert a. Jones and was advised to prepare the triple kidnapping and rape charges to present to the grand jury. The jury indicted Ralston for those offences on oct. 19. He had not yet been arrested. Since Ralston lived in Norwood Loeffler contacted police there and then he. Stout and Hensley began gathering information about rations friends and associates. They Learned he had fled to the cd ago area and sent copies of the an it St warrants and Ralston a Des Ripton to Cook county police. Thai department was asked to pick him up and hold him for Clermont county. In the meantime on oct. 22, remains of a female body were found near Dagmar Road three Loeffler received a Call from Springfield township police asking him to Contact mrs. Barbara Mccrobie whose daughter Diane had been missing since july 17. It was one of Many Calls from police departments with missing girls on file and from parents who had missing daughters Loeffler talked to mrs Mccrobie and two other daughters who told him that Diane had been acquainted with Ralston and he and the sheriff decided that the recently found body was probably that of Diane. From that Point the investigations into the identity of the body concentrated on her. In Cook county police located Ralston at his sister s Home and arrested him. Me waived extradition Loeffler and Stout continued to Page 23 pre trial conference today the pre trial conference in the four murders for which 28-year-old Larry m. Ralston of Norwood has been indicated was to be held this afternoon at 3 . With Clermont county common pleas judge Ralph a. Hill presiding during a pre trial conference the attorneys and the judge would discuss such matters As How Long the attorneys would need to prepare their cases and when they would be ready to go to trial How Many witnesses could be expected to testify and How Many Days to schedule for testimony and what information should be exchanged. The defense attorney May obtain a list of prosecution witnesses and learn the main items of evidence supporting the charges. Attorneys May also discuss motions for changes in procedure that could delay the actual trials. Ralston was indicated by a Spe Ial grand jury last tuesday for the aggravated murders of Elaina Marie Bear 15, Northside on or about Jan 15. 1977 Diane sue Mccrobie 17, Springfield township on or about july 17, 1977 Kinda Kay Harmon 17 Anderson township on or about sept. 3, 1975 and Nancy Grigsby,22,Withamsville, on or about May 4.1976. He was arraigned the following morning before judge Louis j. Schwartz. The charges read alleged that each incident took place during a rape or attempted continued to Page 23 Christmas shopping at school mothers of the Newtown elementary . Worked for almost a year getting ready for Santa a workshop held at the school nov. 30, dec. 1 and dec. 2. Mothers made All the gifts offered to the students in the shop. Each class came to the workshop to browse and buy inexpensive gifts for friends and family. Proceeds from the workshop go for . Projects and to buy things for the school. Jane Cox and Lynn Wagner were co chairmen for this workshop. The first one was held last year. Paramedic wins state award the Anderson Hills kiwanis club inspired paramedic project has been voted the Best of All Ohio kiwanis clubs in the membership category of the local club. Ward Lanier a club member and past kiwanis lieutenant governor said the club will be presented an award for this project at the state convention to be held in Cincinnati in August 1978. Lanier is co chairman of the convention. Lanier said the last time the kiwanis club received a similar award was in 1966 when rules called for submit Ion of an Overall years Worth of activities rather than a single project. In that year he added the local Forest Hills journal 564 Batavia Pike Cincinnati Ohio 45244 528-1111 club was beginning its pee wee basketball program and was sponsoring a number of Knothole teams. Statewide there Are Kiwa mans in 362 clubs. 18,000 Block Parent program begins in Sherwood a 100% coverage of Anderson township. My. Washington Newtown California every tues Quot. Forest Hills journal december 6, 1977. Published weekly on tuesdays at 564 Batavia Pike Cincinnati Ohio 45244. Controlled circulation postage paid at Cincinnati Ohio circulation audited by the Block Parent program begins in Earnest in the Vicinity of Sherwood elementary school this week after three attempted assaults of Young children in the area last week. Those adults involved in the program will have an 8x10 sign in their window. The sign has a White background with a red helping hand on it. Any child who is approached by a stranger threatened by an older child frightened by a dog or stray animal or who becomes ill should go the t he nearest House displaying the helping hand sign. The adult at the House will take the child in and Call the child a parents or the police. Everyone displaying a sign has been a checked through the Hamilton county crime computer assured a Mother who is helping with the project. A a few applications to be a Block Parent Are still available at the Sherwood elementary school. There Are some areas of the neighbourhood that do need More Block parents she added. This week there should be 25 or 30 signs up. Once every applicant has been screened there should be about 60 Homes involved in the program. The Mother stressed that this program is not just for Sherwood elementary students but for All students in that neighbourhood including those who attend Catholic schools. Sgt. Raymond Hoffbauer of the Hamilton county sheriffs department visited Sherwood elementary last week to explain to the children what they should do it approached. A stranger he told the children is anyone their parents or teachers do not know. Children should not think that any adult they see hanging around the school for a few Days that Speaks to them and seems Friendly is their Friend. Adults involved in the Block Parent program will also be watching for any strangers in the area and All residents of the neighbourhood Are urged to report any strange or suspicious person or

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