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Woman stabbed with screwdriver at 'trouble spot' bar

TNS Regional News • Jul 11, 2014 at 9:07 PM

A Hamilton woman is in jail after a stabbing incident Wednesday at a bar police here call “a trouble spot.”

Tatanisha J. Ross, 41, of East Avenue, allegedly stabbed 37-year-old Deokka N. Wright of Hamilton with a screwdriver, then pulled a large amount of hair out of her scalp after an argument inside J&J Bar, 316 S. Third St.

Ross was taken into custody around 2:36 a.m. shortly after officers responded to the bar. She is charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony. Bond was set at $50,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 16.

Ross has been arrested 31 times in Hamilton since 1992, mainly for assault and disorderly conduct charges, according to Hamilton Municipal Court records.

With dozens of calls each year for everything from fights, suspicious activity and drug complaints to shots fired, stabbings and shootings, J&J Bar has one of the highest police call volumes for bars in Hamilton, if not the highest one, according to police.

“It’s kind of a trouble spot,” said Hamilton police Detective Richard Burkhardt.

Hamilton police have responded to two shootings at or near the bar in this year alone, including one on June 2, when a 28-year-old man was found in the bar’s parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound to his left side and several facial cuts from a knife, police said.

Since Jan. 1, they also have responded to three shots fired calls and five fight calls, according to police department statistics.

Police responded to 16 fight runs and 1 for shots fired at the bar in 2013, 13 fight calls in 2012 and 12 fight calls, one stabbing and one shooting in 2011.


By Eric Schwartzberg - Journal-News, Hamilton, Ohio (MCT)

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