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A 12 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1 9, 2000 Shooting: Deputy kills attacker From Page Al than two miles away. The sheriff said Timothy Lucas' brother, Michael Lucas of Cole-rain Township, told detectives he ! had been distraught because an ; older man who befriended him had ; recently been placed in a nursing ' home. "There was some indication I that the brother was not surprised this had happened," Sheriff Leis said. I Michael Lucas told investiga-; tors his brother "had become very agitated" when his friend, ' with whom he shared an interest in model railroading, went into the nursing home. Michael Lucas is Timothy Lucas' only living relative, the sheriff said. The sheriff, relating Deputy Vi-ner's account, said the officer pulled over Mr. Lucas, who was driving his 1986 Buick on Banning Road, at about 2:40 a.m. when he saw the car had two different license plates - a temporary tag and a regular plate. After Mr. Lucas gave the officer his driver's license, Deputy Viner returned to his cruiser and determined both license plates . were expired and the temporary tag had been altered, the sheriff said. "At this point, the officer advised Mr. Lucas that the (car) would need to be towed. Mr. " Lucas became non-compliant and , attempted to insert his keys in the ignition," the sheriff said. When the deputy reached in to take the keys, Mr. Lucas grabbed the pipe "and started swinging (it) through the window at the officer. The officer retreated and Mr. Lucas came out of the vehicle charging the officer with the pipe above his head," Sheriff Leis said. Deputy Viner told investigators Military readiness plan blasted : By Andrea Stone - VSA Today - WASHINGTON - The Penta gon's focus on being capable of fighting two major wars at once is outdated and inadeauate to meet the threats the nation will face in the next 25 vears. when economic security issues will rival military ones, a blue-ribbon panel will re port today. The report by the bipartisan U.S. Commission on National Se curity, known as the Hart-Rud-man Commission after its co-chairmen, former Sens. Gary Hart, D-Colo., and Warren Rud-man, R-N.H., is a broad blueprint for national security in the 21st century. The commission says the two-war strategy, which envisions being able to fight simultaneously in the Persian Gulf and the Korean peninsula, is a relic of the Cold War era. It says forces are ill-designed for modern missions such as peacekeeping in Kosovo or humanitarian relief in Africa. The panel identified five key . components me military win neeu. Conventional, heavy forces to win major conflicts like the Per-" sian Gulf War. I Lighter, rapidly deployable ; forces to respond to smaller cri- . , .' A homeland security force that would operate a national missile defense system, control borders and airspace and protect against terrorist attacks. Specially trained units for humanitarian, military police and peacekeeping missions. The report also calls for more attention to the spread of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and the threat of terrorism. It said, "Outer space and cyberspace must become a high priority of U.S. security planning." Nev. horse-slaying trial to be moved The Associated Press VIRGINIA CITY, Nev. - In a legal move rarely seen in Nevada, a district judge ordered a change of venue in the case of three men accused of killing wild horses, saying media coverage has stacked tiny Storey County against them, Two former Marines, Lance Cpls. Darien Brock, 22, and Scott Brendle, 23, and a former high school buddy, Anthony Merlino, 21, were arrested in January 1999. The two Marines were given dishonorable discharges. The men were accused of killing more than 28 horses with high-powered rifles, but are charged in the death of one mustang, a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine. WE What's next Whenever a Hamilton County sheriffs deputy is involved in a shooting incident, two separate investigations are launched, said sheriff's spokesman Steve Barnett. The results of both investigations are reviewed by Hamilton County Sheriff Simon L. Leis Jr. and the Hamilton County he retreated about 40 feet - between his cruiser and the Buick and then toward Banning Road. He twice ordered Mr. Lucas to stop. When Mr. Lucas came within seven to eight feet of the deputy, he fired the shot and called for a life squad, the sheriff related. There was no time for the deputy to summon help. A tape of the incident released by the Hamilton County Communications Center indicates the first radio contact after the traffic stop was: "Shots fired" and, then, "Officer needs assistance." Mr. Lucas had no prior run-ins with the law. The preliminary investigation does not indicate drugs or alcohol were involved although a blood test has been ordered to verify it, the sheriff said. Sheriff's investigators described Mr. Lucas as a lifelong resident of the area who never married and as "a loner" who did a number of odd jobs but had no regular employment. He lived alone in a modest brick, ranch-style home. 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International long distance, tales, and other applicable service charges may effective through 12jl00. FROM PAGE A 1 Prosecutor's Office. One investigation is conducted by detectives from the sheriffs Criminal Investigation Section, which is responsible for all criminal investigation, Mr. Barnett said. The other investigation is done by the Internal Affairs Division of the sheriffs office, led by retired Cincinnati Police Lt. Col. Bruce Knox. lawns of neighbors in the area. "This is hard for me to believe," said Ms. Highley. "He didn't bother anybody. There was no trouble. (What happened) doesn't sound like him at all." Said Sheriff Leis: "I can't explain how things like that happen. This was a very unfortunate shooting. When (Deputy Viner) was advised that (Mr. Lucas) had died, the first question out of his mouth was whether or not he had any children or a family. I find this whole thing hard to believe, myself. I do not understand what prompted (Mr. Lucas) to do this." Deputy Viner had two regularly scheduled off days Tuesday and today and will be provided any administrative leave and psychological help he might need, the sheriff said. The deputy joined the sheriffs' department on June 16, 1994. He served as a corrections officer for 4'2 years, then eight months as a patrol clerk before being promoted to patrol officer a year ago. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Barnett said Deputy Viner's service record is unblemished and the sheriff called him "an outstanding young officer." The last time shots were fired by a sheriff's deputy was Oct. 26, I 1 1' Simply the best I ' J deals m wM 8. I : O (i) Q Cincinnati Bell Wireless: terrific deals; great service, and excellent phones. 500 - 1CBW Because there were no witnesses to Tuesday's fatal shooting in Colerain Township of Timothy W. 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The names of officers involved in the shooting were not released because authorities feared their lives would be endangered by friends of the two men. The Ohio Supreme Court rejected a request in June 1983, made by the Queen City Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, to release the officers' names. Cincinnati Dell" . . THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Canadian teen arrested in Web attacks USA Today WASHINGTON - Authorities investigating the attacks in Febru ary on some of the world s most popular Internet sites say they have made a major breakthrough with the arrest of a juvenile in Canada. Canadian law-enforcement officials are expected to announce the arrest of the suspect today at a . news conference in Montreal. "The investigation has given authorities the opportunity to bring light on Internet attacks that have strongly shaken the heart of electronic commerce worldwide, causing losses that were valued at many hundreds of - millions of U.S. dollars," the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a written statement late Tuesday. The unidentified juvenile's arrest comes more than two months after the assaults disabled the sites of several electronic commerce giants, including Yahoo, eBay and Amazon.com. Millions of customers were denied access to more than a half-dozen popular Internet sites during several days in early February. Yahoo, one of the busiest gateways to the Internet, was disabled for more than three hours, preventing users from getting to e-mail, news pages and other activities. The attacks led to an international manhunt for the culprits and exposed technological vulnerabilities among some of the new economy's leading players. 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