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ELO woman dies from stab wound

November 15, 2010

EAST LIVERPOOL - A woman is dead, an 82-year-old man in custody, following a stabbing Saturday night at a downtown apartment not far from the city police department.

Cynthia Cline, 51, 210 Baum St., died about 2 a.m. Sunday at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where she was flown by helicopter ambulance after receiving initial treatment at East Liverpool City Hospital for a single stab wound to the abdomen, according to police Chief Mike McVay.

Charged with felonious assault Saturday night was Clyde Harris, 82, of the same address. He is listed as the occupant of the home, McVay said.

The city department was alerted at 7:21 p.m. by a 911 call routed through Hancock County Sheriff's Department. According to reports, Cline made the call herself, telling the dispatcher someone had stabbed her.

When police arrived at the four-plex apartment building, they reported finding Harris sitting at the kitchen table, highly intoxicated, with a bloody knife beside him. Cline was on the floor with another knife laying beside her, reports said. Both reportedly were kitchen knives.

"We believe there was an argument and he ended up stabbing her," McVay said, adding it is not yet known whether it was a domestic dispute or what type of relationship exists between the two.

Harris was taken into custody without incident, according to McVay, who said he was transported to the county jail.

The 4-12 p.m. shift investigated the initial stabbing call, but once the police department received word that Cline had died from her injury, detectives Don Fickes and Darin Morgan were called out at 3 a.m., as was McVay, and the county prosecutor on duty - Tammie Riley Jones was notified.

As of late Sunday morning, Riley Jones, Assistant Prosecutor John Gamble, county investigator Chuck Doran and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification were on the scene along with city police officers.

After a search warrant was authorized by East Liverpool Municipal Court Judge Melissa Byers Emmerling, the BCII was collecting evidence in the apartment, located at the corner of Jackson and Baum streets. The owner of the complex was not immediately known by police.

Harris is expected to be arraigned in East Liverpool Municipal Court this morning on the felonious assault charge, and McVay said the investigation is continuing to determine the appropriate charge Harris will face, since his alleged victim died.

Asked if Cline or Harris previously have been in trouble with the law, McVay responded, "We're familiar with them both."



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