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Published: Saturday, 4/16/2011

2nd man held in alley killing

Suspect spotted downtown in Greyhound bus station

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Toledo firefighters tend to a diver in the water while another sits ready as they search the Maumee River for evidence just downstream from the Willis B. Boyer Museum Ship in East Toledo. Divers found nothing and will resume the search, but not Saturday because of high winds in the forecast, Fire Chief Mike Wolever said. Toledo firefighters tend to a diver in the water while another sits ready as they search the Maumee River for evidence just downstream from the Willis B. Boyer Museum Ship in East Toledo. Divers found nothing and will resume the search, but not Saturday because of high winds in the forecast, Fire Chief Mike Wolever said.
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Thomas Johnson, center, smiles as he crumples a  piece of paper during his arraignment in Toledo Municipal Court. Thomas Johnson, center, smiles as he crumples a piece of paper during his arraignment in Toledo Municipal Court.
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Police were working surveillance at the downtown Greyhound bus station on Friday when they saw Kenneth Anderson, the man wanted for allegedly shooting and killing a 71-year-old Toledo man Wednesday night.

“He looked surprised,” said Sgt. Tim Noble.

Anderson, 29, of 917 Forest Ave. was arrested about 8:30 a.m. without incident.

He is charged with aggravated murder for shooting Charles Harris, Jr., twice in the head about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday outside the garage where Mr. Harris stored his lawn-care equipment in an alley near Nebraska Avenue. On Thursday, police arrested Thomas Johnson, 21, 3265 Glenwood Ave., for tampering with evidence in connection with the incident.

A tip to the Crime Stopper program and a series of interviews led police to Johnson, Sergeant Noble said. Johnson was arraigned Friday morning in Toledo Municipal Court, where bond was set at $100,000.

While in court, Johnson was laughing and crumpled up a piece of paper.

He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing April 20.

Both men were in the Lucas County jail last night, police said.

Mr. Harris, known to many as “Chuck A Luck,” was robbed of his wallet, which, his daughter, Karen Harris, said was recovered.

“It appears to have been a robbery, a conflict ensued, and Anderson shot him,” Sergeant Noble said. “They thought he had money.”

Witnesses said they saw Mr. Harris swing something as though he was putting up a fight.

Ms. Harris, known to some as “Lady K” and a vocalist in the local band KGB, said police told her that Johnson and Anderson had thrown the murder weapon into the Maumee River.

Toledo Fire Department divers searched for the weapon upstream of the Anthony Wayne Bridge on the east side of the river Friday but found nothing, Fire Chief Mike Wolever said.

He said the divers would go back to resume their search.

They were not expected to do so Saturday, however, because of high winds in the weather forecast.

Mr. Harris owned a lawn-care company, Cash and Carry.

He was also well-known as an advocate for people trying to recover from addictions.

Mr. Harris founded several support groups and hosted annual trips to Akron for Alcoholics Anonymous’ Founder’s Day.

Family members said he had been sober for 22 years.



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