NEW MIAMI, Ohio (AP) - Four teenagers have been charged with plotting
kill the police chief of this small, southwest Ohio village, authorities
The 15- and 16-year-old boys were charged with conspiracy to commit
murder, said juvenile prosecutor Greg Stephens. Prosecutors want the boys
be tried as adults.
Chief Duane Pelfrey, head of the 10-member police force, said he has
dealt with the suspects in the past, but would not elaborate. He has
counseled one of them against getting involved with gangs and guns.
Pelfrey said he was investigating a series of car break-ins when he
received a tip that youths were plotting to shoot him in front of police
"I can only surmise there was some type of revenge or removing me so
wasn't in the way," said Pelfrey, 36. "We were trying to break up a little
The first suspect was arrested last week and the fourth on Sunday.
New Miami is a village of 2,500, about 20 miles north of Cincinnati.