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Photos, Top Left & Right ​Retaining Wall as Seen    From Front of Shawnee Run Apt. Buildings 

​Bottom Left, Retaining Wall As Seen From Shawnee Run Road. 

​Bottom Right, Shawnee Run Road Apt. Building Back Parking Lot Looking Toward Madeira Pines. 

​Property Buffering Madeira Pines From Shawnee Run Road Apt. Buildings. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

​Residents of Madeira Pines Address Madeira City Council Members...

October 10, 2017

​          ​More than a dozen residents of Madeira Pines, all members of Madeira Pines Homeowners Association were in attendance at last night's city council meeting. ​ Association President Matt Shafer was the spokesperson representing the association. Matt started his address by stating the concern the residents have following the recent  crimes committed at the neighboring four family properties located on Shawnee Run Road, owned by Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority. 

​       Matts concern specifically is for the safety of the families living on Madeira Pines. Matt discussed various solutions that potentially might increase the safety of the residents. He suggested that a fence could be erected on the top of a retaining wall separating Madeira Pines from the Shawnee Run properties, or the installation of surveillance Cameras. He was especially concerned that homes on the East side of Madeira Pines are facing the back of the CMHA properties. City Manager Moeller addressed the suggestion of a fence installed on top of the retaining wall, stating that a fence would meet Madeira  zoning requirements only if a walkway is provided. It was suggested that CMHA might provide some suggested security due to their concern for the community. Moeller went on discussing additional street lighting, and that he would discuss that possibility with Duke Energy.

​      Matt asked about the city's access to information regarding the residents living in the properties. That information would be limited to public records. Mayor Adrien stated that normally it is frustrating working with CMHA, but that she was surprised that in the two recent instances the cooperation was different including the eviction of the resident in Apartment number two in just less than a few days. Adrien and Matt discussed the upcoming appointment with representatives of the CMHA, Matt disclosed that soon to be council member and Madeira Pines resident Matt Luther was the resident designated to meet with CMHA, discussing the Shawnee Run properties. Adrien went on to say that the city would do whatever was possible assisting the residents of Madeira Pines. Moeller added that he wasn't too sure how quickly Duke Energy might respond to the lighting issue, but he would shoot off an email the next morning.  

​      Next were comments from Law Director Fox stating that the neighborhood would lack standing in bringing any legal action, lacking legal leverage. Our police chief assured residents that there would be police patrolling , including on foot. The chief suggested that any questionable activities in the neighborhood be called in and suggested a neighborhood watch program be initiated. The chief also said that the call record at the Shawnee Run properties during the past eighteen months have not been out of the ordinary, loud noise, chatter in the backyard, no drugs, fighting, no physical altercations etc. A comparison was made to the homes and call instances on Madeira Pines versus the number of residents living in the CMHA properties on Shawnee Run Road and call instances at those properties. There was a discussion relating to privacy issues, including trespassing onto the CMHA property.

Vandalism on St. Gertrude's Campus

​October 15, 2017


​          ​St. Gertrude's Pastor, Rev. LaCasse  wrote in today's Church bulletin that two statues ,Our Lady of Lourdes and the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe were vandalized. The attacks happened several weeks ago, causing more than $10,000.00 in damage. Both statues are located at different places on the St. Gertrude's Campus. The church reported a hammer was used to inflict the damage. Father asked that the community pray for the safety of the campus and remember to keep your eyes and ears open, alert for anything suspicious.

​​Madeira Police Investigation

September 18, 2017

September 20, 2017 Story updated

​Update coming "Matt Shafer addresses council".

​Source, Madeira Police Department FB Site                                                                                   Scene of the crime 7370 Shawnee Run>>>>

​                                                                                                                                                                   Metropolitan Housing Authority Information >>

​      Yesterday, Sunday September 17th our police department sent out a flyer via list serve, notifying our residents that a shooting occurred on Shawnee Run Road. The shooting more specifically occurred at 7370 Shawnee Run Road. The address is one of two apartment buildings owned by the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority. This is also the scene of another recent crime that occurred on July 26th. On that day and at that address there was a "home invasion" committed by two African American males and one white female.  All three were identified and subsequently indicted by a Hamilton County Grand Jury on August the 29th. . Two of the three, Derrick Jackson and Rosemary Kidd have been arrested. Kidd was arrested in Covington Kentucky and Jackson was arrested by United States Marshals (part of the SOFAST Strike Team, see below) on Saturday September 16th in Spokane Washington. Ray Martin an African American is still at large. The three are under criminal indictment charged with aggravated burglary, kidnapping, felonious assault, and obstructing justice. More specific details can be found on the Madeira Police Department Facebook Page.

​     Yesterdays crime (Sunday September 17th) occurred at the same address, 7370 Shawnee Run Road and involved the shooting of one person, identified by police as a non - resident, at approximately 9:01 AM. The person suffering from serious gunshot wounds made his way to Bethesda North Hospital, walked into the ER, and was taken into surgery. Our police put out on list serve a flyer describing  a red automobile of interest, that was subsequently found. Madeira police responded to calls of several gunshots being fired at the Shawnee Road address on Sunday Morning. Madeira police are searching for two individuals, seen leaving the crime scene. The suspects are considered armed and dangerous. This crime and the earlier crime committed at the same address, according to Madeira Police are very similar. 

​     This property and the adjoining apartment building (7380 Shawnee Run Road) are both tax exempt properties owned by the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority.  Property records indicate that CMHA acquired both properties in January of the year 2000. The former owner is listed as Mason Construction Company. What is memorable about the purchase of these properties was the eviction of Ann, and Katy both senior Madeira citizens, in addition to some other long time Madeira residents. I never understood why our residents were required to vacate the properties. Katy had worked at St. Gertrude's for decades and it was very difficult for Ann who in spite of her age was still active at St. Gertrude's. Up until the year 2000 the messenger is not aware of criminal activities at these two properties.

September 20, 2017, Today it was announced that the third person involved in the July 29th shooting and robbery at 7370 Shawnee Run Road has been captured. Ray Martin was captured yesterday at 5 PM, in downtown Cincinnati by SOFAST members. Martin is currently awaiting arraignment in the Hamilton County Justice Center.

​       Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Task Force (SOFAST)

​The Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) is a multi - jurisdictional law enforcement organization created to arrest the most violent felons in the Southern District of Ohio. Strike teams are headquartered in the largest metropolitan areas, Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati. The SOFAST is comprised of agents, officers, and deputies from multiple federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.  Each member of SOFAST is deputized as a Special Deputy US Marshal, thereby giving each member the ability to travel in an effort to apprehend the worst criminal offenders. The SOFAST emphasizes identifying and pursuing fugitives who have been documented as gang members and sharing gang intelligence with local law enforcement . The goal is to arrest the most violent offenders and gain the trust and cooperation of our citizens to help combat the violence stemming from gangs, guns, and drugs.

CMHA Is Responsible For Security......

​October 11, 2017

​       ​The messenger dispatched a reporter and photographer to Madeira Pines and the Shawnee Run Road  /  CMHA properties. The photos posted above on this page may help explain the problem and may help in developing solutions. (click on to pictures to enlarge)

​Lifelong Madeira Resident With Imminent Knowledge Weighs In.......

October 12, 2017

​      ​Lifelong Madeira resident agrees that security at the CMHA properties located on Shawnee Run Road, the scene of recent criminal activities, is the responsibility of Metro Housing Authority. This extremely reliable source went on to say that with the exception of the recent activities, the Housing Authority has for the past seventeen years been very responsible, and they insist that tenants contribute to the community. The source has come to know many of the tenants and does not speak badly of any tenant that he has known. The source does not dispute the recent criminal activities but credits CMHA for the timely eviction of the tenant from Apartment number 2. The source agrees with our police chief, that past history at the Shawnee Run apartments, with the exception of recent activities is not different in comparison to what would might happen on any typical residential Madeira street.

​Messenger Note, If any further criminal activities were expected, it would be recommended that CMHA install surveillance cameras  in back of Apartment Buildings. Neighborhood watch by Madeira Pines residents was also a good suggestion.