Friday, December 16, 2016

Fort Thomas City Council Roundup (November 2016)

Mayor Eric Haas and former Mayor, Mary Brown. FTM file. 
Police Chief Mike Daly detailed two recent incidents a little further in front of Fort Thomas City Council.

The first involved a little more about how police captured Todd Hundley, who took police on a two-day chase that started in Bellevue, Kentucky and ended in Versailles, Kentucky.

RELATED: Escaped Prisoner CAUGHT After Two-Day Chase 

Hundley escaped from police custody while at St. Elizabeth in Fort Thomas, where he was being treated for injuries that occurred to him while leading police on a high-speed chase in Bellevue.

Fort Thomas was not the arresting agency. 

The Campbell County Detention Center refused to book him into jail without first being checked by hospital staff.

"(Hundley) was handcuffed to a bed with one hand with one hand free and somehow was able to get (his cuffed) hand free. We think he either made his way down Deschler or Gaddis towards US-27. We had a canine unit and several units tracking him," said Daly.

"He went to Michaels Tire, walked into the bathroom to clean himself off, which we were able to get some of the evidence from the bathroom itself. He waited until someone left from behind the desk and grabbed a random set of keys, went outside and started clicking it and lo and behold, got lucky and was able to find a car. From there we don't know which direction he went in."

The manager was able to ID the suspect and the next day, Lt. Rich Whitford got a tip about Hundley's whereabouts in the Frankfort area.

A foot chase occurred and he was able to evade Kentucky State Police for a day, before they finally arrested him in Versailles, Kentucky.

Fort Thomas Police Detectives, Adam Noe and Michael Rowland interviewed the suspect there.

"He refused to interview with police, but our detectives help process evidence from the car he stole and collected evidence so it worked out well for us," said Daly. "The good thing is that no one got hurt."
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Hundley has multiple felonies across three different cities. He was charged with:

#1 FLEEING OR EVADING POLICE, 2ND DEGREE (ON FOOT)
BOND: $25000
#2 THEFT OF IDENTITY OF ANOTHER W/O CONSENT
#3 WANTON ENDANGERMENT-1ST DEGREE-POLICE OFFICER
#4 FLEEING OR EVADING POLICE, 1ST DEGREE (MOTOR VEHICLE)
#5 CRIMINAL MISCHIEF, 1ST DEGREE
#6 ESCAPE 2ND DEGREE-(IDENTIFY FACILITY)
#7 OPER MTR VEH U/INFLU ALC/DRUGS/ETC. .08 (AGG CIRCUM), 2ND
#8 LEAVING SCENE OF ACCIDENT-FAILURE TO RENDER AID OR ASSISTANCE

"Todd" Hundley. Kentucky State Police. 
Daly also reviewed the armed attempted bank robbery that occurred on that same day.

RELATED: BREAKING: Attempted Robbery of U.S. Bank in Fort Thomas 

A male juvenile was taken into custody at 5:00 p.m. at US Bank in Fort Thomas at 2 S. Fort Thomas Avenue after attempting to rob the bank.

Fort Thomas Police Lt. Rich Whitford, told Fort Thomas Matters that a male juvenile walked into the branch and showed a knife to employees, before demanding cash.

Police were called and were on scene within two minutes. The Fort Thomas Police Department is two blocks north, less than a quarter mile from the branch.

"The subject, who is mentally challenged, walked into the bank right before it was getting to close. He was kind of walking around and the manager went up to him to ask if he could help him. At that time, the teenager pulled a knife out and asked for money with a bag, while waving the knife around," said Daly.

There were several other bank employees inside who were able to call 911 and hit the panic button.

"Our officers arrived and did a fantastic job of approaching it as a group. We just tried to talk to the boy, to get him to drop the knife. He was slashing at officers while they were talking to him. The guys have a history with this boy and have worked with him in the past. It goes back to knowing their community. They were able to corner him and overpower him and were able to get the knife from him. No injuries to anyone. No taser, no gun, great restraint and communication skills."

Daly said Lt. Whitford, Lt. Casey Kilgore, Sgt. Will Hunt, Officers Doug Bryant, Brandon Laffin, Derek Faught and Adam Peak all played a part in disarming the potentially dangerous situation.

Daly said the juvenile is currently lodged in Campbell County juvenile system and courts are handling the charges.

In other notes from council:
- Former Mayor Mary Brown, was an invited guest to the November Fort Thomas City Council meeting to ceremoniously hang her mayoral portrait on the council chambers mayoral picture wall.

Brown served on Fort Thomas City Council from 1976-1999, when she became mayor. She served in that role until 2014 when Haas took over for her.

- Sharon Schomaker (31 Bonnie Lane) wants the public right of way closed at the end of her street on Bonnie Lane to sell three to four potential lots. Schomaker, a realtor with Warden and Associates in Fort Thomas said that they own a few different parcels and had a developer with a contract on property, but he could not easily access so the contract fell through.

She said she asked to get it on the Planning and Zoning Commission agenda for October, but that did not occur.

“Time was of the essence because I had a contract at that time and thought I was on the agenda for Planning and Zoning in October, but nothing happened," she said. "I got a call an hour and a half before the meeting starting it was canceled. No reason, which was a shock to me.”

City Attorney, Jann Seidenfaden clarified that if a public right of way is closed, that is a council decision, not one that Planning and Zoning would take up.

The Schomakers owned property on Cochran Avenue and a paper street was closed in a similar manner in 2011.

“There’s a fundamental issue of access here,” said City Administrative Officer, Ron Dill, who referred the matter to staff.

- The crosswalk have been installed at Highland Avenue by Ruth Moyer.

RELATED: Only One Of Five Proposed Crosswalks Will Be Installed 

The city also contacted the Kentucky Department of Transportation and they added signalization of the lights Highland and Grand and Pentland and Grand.

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