Woman charged with steal­ing money given for slain cops

The Columbus Dispatch - - Metro&state - By Jim Woods jwoods@dis­patch.com @Wood­snight

A closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion cam­era, po­lice say, caught a woman tak­ing $300 from a do­na­tion jar set up for two slain Wester­ville po­lice of­fi­cers on the counter of a North­west Side bar.

Donna Lee Ater, 62, of the 3500 block of Rocky Way Lane on the West Side, was charged Tues­day with theft in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent this past Satur­day at the Av­er­age Joe’s Bar, 1126 W. Hen­der­son Road. If she is con­victed, the first-de­gree mis­de­meanor car­ries a max­i­mum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Court records say that Ater used the stolen money to then play Keno at Av­er­age Joe’s.

More than $300 in cash was stuffed into the jar on be­half of Of­fi­cers An­thony Morelli and Eric Jo­er­ing, who died af­ter they were shot when they re­sponded to a 911 call in con­nec­tion with a do­mes­tic-vi­o­lence in­ci­dent Feb. 10. Quentin L. Smith, 31, has been charged with two counts of ag­gra­vated mur­der in their slay­ings.

Only a few dol­lars re­mained in the jar af­ter the money was taken, po­lice said.

A break in the theft came Mon­day when an anony­mous caller con­tacted Av­er­age Joe’s man­age­ment and pro­vided Ater’s name. Two peo­ple who were in the bar at the time were able to iden­tify Ater out of a photo ar­ray, court records show.


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