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Crime


Finding work key to cutting crime, saving money in Clark County

Helping the nearly 300 convicts that leave Ohio prisons and return to Clark County every year can save taxpayers here millions of dollars and cut down on crime, local experts say. Finding work is often a critical part of keeping felons from committing more crimes, said Brad Andringa, the re-entry coordinator for Opportunities for Individual Change, a local nonprofit that offers job training and other...
Big Stories of 2016: Clark County, there’s a new sheriff in town

Big Stories of 2016: Clark County, there’s a new sheriff in town

Clark County has seen a the top of the sheriff’s office for the first time in 30 years. After a contentious campaign, longtime Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly lost his re-election bid in November to Deb Burchett. She became the first female sheriff in Clark County’s history when she took office in January. MORE: Burchett defeats incumbent Clark County sheriff Burchett ran for office following...
Big Stories of 2016: Clark County sees impact of opiate epidemic

Big Stories of 2016: Clark County sees impact of opiate epidemic

The nation has been dealing with a spike in opiate abuse and Clark County wasn’t spared from the epidemic. Since 2008, the number of overdose deaths in Ohio has risen by more than 600 percent, according to statewide data. In 2015, a record 72 people died of unintentional drug overdoses in Clark County. Through November 2016, the county had seen 39 confirmed unintentional overdose deaths, according...
Urbana man accused of rape of woman with developmental disabilities

Urbana man accused of rape of woman with developmental disabilities

An Urbana man has been charged with rape and gross sexual imposition, accused of having sex with a woman who has developmental disabilities. Fred T. Markel, 59, of 5920 Terre Haute Road, pleaded not guilty to the charges in Clark County Municipal Court on Tuesday. His bond was set at $50,000. RELATED: Clark County man indicted in rape of woman with disabilities Clark County Sheriff’s Office...
Violence spike at West Liberty group home from holidays, new residents

Violence spike at West Liberty group home from holidays, new residents

A spike in violence at a West Liberty children’s group home may have been caused by new residents at the holidays, according to home leaders. Earlier this month, two girls at the Adriel School group home pushed their way into a staff member’s office, stole the staff member’s car keys and drove off, West Liberty Police Chief Shane Oelker said. Then last week nine youths at the home...
Springfield woman charged in connection with Florida woman’s death

Springfield woman charged in connection with Florida woman’s death

A Springfield woman has been arrested in connection with the alleged killing of a Florida woman in Springfield and the hiding of her remains in Xenia. Hannah Whitman, 34, of Springfield, has been charged with complicity to aggravated murder and tampering with evidence. Police alleged in court records that she played a role in the 2015 death of Tiffany Chambers, who’s remains were recently identified...
Mother of Springfield murder victim seeks help in unsolved case

Mother of Springfield murder victim seeks help in unsolved case

The mother of a murdered Springfield woman wants anyone with information on the crime to come forward, after more than a year has passed without an arrest in the case. Candance Prunty, 26, was found shot to death in her West Mulberry Street home in October 2015. No one has been arrested. She was shot in her head and neck, according to a police report. Family members found her on the kitchen floor...
Clark County couple sentenced to life in prison for rape of children

Clark County couple sentenced to life in prison for rape of children

A Clark County couple will likely spend their rest of their lives in prison after they were sentenced Thursday for sexually abusing three children. Christopher Remy, 28, and Tamara Remy, 29, were convicted late last month of multiple charges, including rape of three children under the age of 10 whom they knew. Both received multiple life sentences. “I’m very satisfied with the sentence...
New Clark County sheriff picks new leaders

New Clark County sheriff picks new leaders

Newly elected Sheriff Deb Burchett, Clark County’s first female sheriff, started on the job this week and has made several new administrative appointments. One of Burchett’s first actions was to split the major position into three jobs. Maj. Russell Garman, who worked in the sheriff’s office for 36 years, has been replaced by Majs. Gary Cox, Chris Clark and Andy Reynolds. Cox will...
Springfield man indicted, accused of bringing heroin into jail

Springfield man indicted, accused of bringing heroin into jail

A Springfield man has been indicted after deputies say he attempted to bring heroin into the Clark County Jail. Deon Ragland, 28, of Springfield is charged with illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility and possession of heroin. Ragland was pulled over in Springfield Twp. for driving under suspension, according to court records. He was taken to jail...
Baby’s death part of rise in felony child abuse cases in Clark County

Baby’s death part of rise in felony child abuse cases in Clark County

The death of a 3-month-old girl last week allegedly at the hands of her father is part a spike in felony child abuse cases across Clark County prompting local leaders to take preventative action. Lilly Hayslip died Dec. 27 and her father, Brian Hayslip, 22, has been arrested in connection with her death. Deputies alleged Hayslip told them he shook her because she wouldn’t stop crying. A Clark...
Springfield father indicted in death of 3-month-old daughter

Springfield father indicted in death of 3-month-old daughter

A father accused of killing his 3-month-old daughter has been indicted by a Clark County Grand Jury on a murder charge. Brian Hayslip, 22, of Springfield, is facing murder, involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidences charges in Clark County Common Pleas Court. Hayslip is accused of shaking baby Lilly Hayslip when she wouldn’t stop crying Dec. 27. Officials said Lilly appears to have...
Ohio Supreme Court to debate red light camera laws

Ohio Supreme Court to debate red light camera laws

Love them or hate them, the fight over red light cameras in Ohio will resume next week when the Ohio Supreme Court hears arguments on a lawsuit against the 2014 state law that effectively bans the electronic traffic cops. The city of Dayton has sued the state, arguing that three elements of the 2014 law are unconstitutional because they undercut local municipalities’ home-rule authority to self-govern...

Clark County Municipal Court cases

Cases called Wednesday included: Emily Cyphers, 22, of New Carlisle, domestic violence and assault, both dismissed. AustinD. Emery, 26, of 5111 Stoneridge Drive, two counts of passing bad checks, dismissed. William L. Ferrell, 50, of South Vienna, South Vienna, four counts of trafficking drugs, four counts of possession of drugs and weapons under disability, dismissed, indicted by the grand jury....
Springfield public housing: smoking ban will be difficult to enforce

Springfield public housing: smoking ban will be difficult to enforce

A new federal rule that bans smoking in public housing will be difficult to enforce in Springfield and Clark County. The Springfield Metropolitan Housing Authority has begun to discuss its policy on the ban, board member Kent Sherry said. The rule was announced by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in late November, according to the Associated Press. “From a health standpoint it&rsquo...
Enon man charged with vehicular manslaughter in fatal motorcycle crash

Enon man charged with vehicular manslaughter in fatal motorcycle crash

A man has been charged with vehicular manslaughter in connection to a May crash that killed a New Carlisle resident. Nathan Burkholder, 20, of Enon, was charged Wednesday in Clark County Municipal Court. Burkholder was driving a 1998 Ford F-150 on Ohio 235 near Scarff Road when he allegedly turned left in front of an oncoming motorcycle, according to investigators. The driver of the motorcycle, Nicholas...
Judges: Proposed Springfield court budget plan illegal

Judges: Proposed Springfield court budget plan illegal

The city of Springfield wants the Clark County Municipal Court judges and clerk to agree to use about $450,000 from its revenue-generating funds — such as court costs — to pay for its operations, but the judges said that’s illegal. City leaders disagree and believe their proposal to cover budget cuts to the judicial system is legal. City commissioners voted recently to cut about...
Clark County student killed in crash called hard worker, caring

Clark County student killed in crash called hard worker, caring

An 18-year-old killed in a one vehicle accident Wednesday night was a student at Northeastern High School and the Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center. Luke W. Cordell, of South Vienna, was pronounced dead at the scene on Tarbutton Road where authorities believe he lost control of his Ford F-150 pickup truck. He was headed west about 8:40 p.m. when he drove off the right side of the roadway...
Downtown Springfield business vandalized

Downtown Springfield business vandalized

An unknown person vandalized the sixth floor lobby of the EF Hutton Tower this week, spraying the floor and bathrooms with a fire extinguisher and ripping parts of the EF Hutton sign from the lobby wall. The vandal caused other damage, according to a Springfield Police Division report, including writing, “Wall St. sucks,” on the lobby floor using an unknown orange substance. The suspect...
Police continue to search for leads in Springfield women’s slaying

Police continue to search for leads in Springfield women’s slaying

Friends of a woman found shot-to-death in her home last week remembered her for being a caring, determined person as police continue to search for leads in the case. Lacie Henry, 29, was found killed in her home on South Fountain Avenue on Dec. 8. Police suspect two gunman broke into her home and killed her in the same room that her 2-year-old child was in, Springfield Police Chief Stephen Moody said...
Unlikely source make gifts for Springfield nursing home residents

Unlikely source make gifts for Springfield nursing home residents

Residents of Springfield Manor were treated to an early Christmas surprise this week supplied from an unlikely source — prison inmates. Community Stitches, one of the programs through the Madison County Correctional Institution, teaches inmates how to sew various items, including crafts and quilts. The gifts are then delivered to the sponsoring program site or some of the items are sold, with...
Springfield woman sues medic, others in alleged ambulance assault

Springfield woman sues medic, others in alleged ambulance assault

A woman who said she was assaulted in the back of an ambulance while she was sedated has sued the ambulance company, the employees who were allegedly involved and the nursing home she was being taken to. The woman reported that the incident occurred in December, 2015. The woman was returning from a hospital to Southbrook Health Care Center by way of a First Care Ohio ambulance when she said she was...
Springfield-based EF Hutton says fraud wiped out 8 weeks of business

Springfield-based EF Hutton says fraud wiped out 8 weeks of business

EF Hutton America has lost two months of business after the company was the victim of an Internet scam, leading to a major financial loss and a reduction in hours for staff members, company officials said. The company hired a Florida-based marketing firm in October, which was paid thousands of dollars to drive customers to EF Hutton America’s website. RELATED: Community ‘sold’ EF...
Clark County bust finds $400K in drugs; suspects held on $1M bond

Clark County bust finds $400K in drugs; suspects held on $1M bond

Deputies seized $400,000 worth of drugs and almost $300,000 in cash in one of Clark County’s biggest raids as part of a months-long investigation with law enforcement from across the region. “This is what happens when law enforcement gets together,” Lt. Chris Clark from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said. “We get stuff done.” The drugs included multiple kilos...
Springfield man gets max prison sentence in choking death

Springfield man gets max prison sentence in choking death

A Springfield man convicted of choking another man to death over $70 and drugs was sentenced Wednesday to 26 years to life in prison. Prentiss Hare, 35, received the maximum sentence from Clark County Common Pleas Judge Richard O’Neill. Hare was convicted last month of murder and aggravated robbery in the death of 35-year-old Deshun Lumford. Clark County prosecutors said Hare killed Lumford...
Springfield man accused of failing to register as sex offender

Springfield man accused of failing to register as sex offender

A Springfield man has been indicted on a charge of failure to verify his address after he didn’t register with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office as a sex offender, the sheriff’s office said. Dereal Wells, 33, of 502 Linwood Ave., was considered armed and dangerous by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office when he failed to register in June, the Springfield News-Sun previously reported...
Suspect in 5-hour standoff with Springfield police found, arrested

Suspect in 5-hour standoff with Springfield police found, arrested

A Springfield man who was at the center of a more than five-hour standoff with police and escaped has been found and arrested. Kyle Harris, 26, was arrested on Saturday at an apartment on Villa Road by U.S. Marshals, Springfield Police Capt. Mike Hill said. Police attempted to arrest Harris on Dec. 5 in the 400 block of East Southern Avenue when the standoff took place, Hill said. He was wanted on...
Several Springfield senior police officers set to retire as group

Several Springfield senior police officers set to retire as group

Five veteran Springfield police officers with more than 150 years of combined service will retire this week. To Detective Tim Barcus, Sgt. Barry Eggers, Capt. Mike Hill, Detective Allen Icenhour and Officer Mark Parsons — being a police officer was never a job. It was something they loved to wake up to do every day. “This is a family, this is what I’m going to miss about it &mdash...

Family of dead inmate sues Clark County

The mother of the woman who died from a drug overdose at the Clark County Jail has sued Clark County and its Sheriff’s office for $500,000. Kristy Parker, 32, died earlier this year while in custody. An autopsy report states she died of a drug overdoes. It is believed she took the drugs while confined at the jail and Marcia S. Galvan is accused of smuggling those drugs into the institution and...
Christmas gifts, other items stolen from cars in Clark County

Christmas gifts, other items stolen from cars in Clark County

Thieves in Clark County got away with about $1000 worth of items from cars in Moorefield Twp., including a woman’s Christmas presents for her family. Surveillance video from the Northridge Apartments complex captured two suspects going through vehicles and taking things from six unlocked cars early Sunday morning, Clark County Sheriff’s Office Detective Brian Melchi said. “They&rsquo...
Clark County jail moms record stories for kids

Clark County jail moms record stories for kids

A nonprofit group is working in the Clark County Jail for the first time with incarcerated women to make sure children are not without their mother’s voices. The number of women in prisons in the United States has been increasing at a rate 50 percent higher than men since 1980, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Justice. “When the mother is incarcerated, family units are literally...
$100K cut to Springfield police, fire OT may mean slower responses

$100K cut to Springfield police, fire OT may mean slower responses

Springfield city leaders have recommended cutting $100,000 in overtime pay for police officers, firefighters and medics next year, which could mean fewer first responders on the streets. The proposed cuts come after voters rejected an income tax increase on the ballot last month. Staff members have recommended about $1.5 million in cuts to several departments next year to avoid a projected deficit...
Rumor of Springfield police on ‘Cops’ TV show spreads on social media

Rumor of Springfield police on ‘Cops’ TV show spreads on social media

A Springfield police team will be featured on the popular show “Cops” but it won’t be any officers from Ohio. A Facebook post reporting that the Springfield Police Division in Clark County will be featured on the national TV show is false, Springfield Police Chief Steve Moody said Wednesday. “It’s probably another Springfield in the country,” the chief said. There...
Springfield man accused of leaving infant daughter at laundromat

Springfield man accused of leaving infant daughter at laundromat

A man pleaded not guilty to allegedly leaving his 9-month-old daughter in the care of a stranger while he did drugs in a Springfield laundromat. Justin Woodard, 33, of Mechanicsburg, was arrested by Springfield police on a charge of child endangering Monday afternoon. Officers were called to the Soapbox Laundry, 1791 S. Limestone St., by a woman who said a man had overdosed in the laundromat bathroom...
Questions remain in 74-year-old Springfield woman found dead in lake

Questions remain in 74-year-old Springfield woman found dead in lake

Clark County investigators have still several questions in the death of a 74-year-old woman who was found in C.J. Brown Reservoir in Buck Creek State Park. Eloise Briggs and her SUV were pulled out of the lake Monday morning. She had been missing since Saturday afternoon. At this point, investigators don’t believe she had any kind of dementia, said Lt. Chris Clark of the Clark County Sheriff&rsquo...
Springfield couple face life sentence in child rape, abuse case

Springfield couple face life sentence in child rape, abuse case

A Clark County husband and wife face life in prison after a jury found them guilty of dozens of child sex abuse charges. Tamara Remy, 29, and Christopher Remy, 28, each faced more than a dozen charges, including child rape, child endangering, gross sexual imposition, intimidation of a victim or witness and complicity to rape, according to court records. The couple abused three girls they knew, Clark...
Three indicted in connection with shooting death of Logan County man

Three indicted in connection with shooting death of Logan County man

Three suspects have been indicted on charges related to the shooting death of a Logan County man found dead in his home on Thanksgiving morning. Zachariah Huddleston, 22, and Marquevous Watkins, 21, have been indicted on charges of murder, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery, with a specification that the crimes involved a firearm, Logan County Assistant Prosecutor Eric Stewart said. Alexus...
Clark County jury finds couple guilty in child rape case

Clark County jury finds couple guilty in child rape case

UPDATE @ 7:50 p.m. (Dec. 5): A Clark County jury has found a man and woman guilty on multiple charges involving child rape and sexual assault, ending more than 20 hours of deliberations over three days. Tamara and Christopher Remy were each facing dozens of charges, including child rape, child endangering, gross sexual imposition, intimidation of a victim or witness and complicity to rape, according...
Clark County school locked down briefly due to police investigation

Clark County school locked down briefly due to police investigation

A police investigation nearby the Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center led school leaders to put the building on lock down for about nine minutes Friday morning. Springfield police said there was a report of an armed man around an apartment complex near John Street. The school was put on lock down from 9:02 a.m. to 9:11 a.m, Superintendent Rick Smith said. “We heard there was an incident...
Springfield teen pleads not guilty by insanity in brother’s death

Springfield teen pleads not guilty by insanity in brother’s death

The 16-year-old Springfield teen charged in connection with the death of his 14-year-old brother pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity today. Nicholas Starling appeared in the Clark County Common Pleas court today on charges of aggravated murder, three charges of murder and two charges of tampering with evidence. His bond was set at $100,000. He’s been accused in the Oct. 30...
Springfield man accused of trying to run over Burchett campaign worker

Springfield man accused of trying to run over Burchett campaign worker

A Springfield man has been charged with assault after police say he ran over a political sign and allegedly tried to hit another man with his vehicle. Samuel Doyle, 22, appeared in Clark County Municipal Court on Thursday. He pleaded not guilty to assault and was released on his own recognizance. The victim of the assault is listed in court documents as Travis Russell, who worked in support of Deb...
Clark County jury finds couple guilty in child rape case

Clark County jury finds couple guilty in child rape case

UPDATE @ 7:50 p.m. (Dec. 5): A Clark County jury has found a man and woman guilty on multiple charges involving child rape and sexual assault, ending more than 20 hours of deliberations over three days. Tamara and Christopher Remy were each facing dozens of charges, including child rape, child endangering, gross sexual imposition, intimidation of a victim or witness and complicity to rape, according...
2 Enon officers injured in crash while investigating violent robbery

2 Enon officers injured in crash while investigating violent robbery

Two Enon police officers were injured when their patrol car struck a deer as they investigated a violent robbery. The crash has left the Enon Police Department with only two patrol cars in their fleet, Chief Lew Wilcox said. Officers responded to the first block of North Xenia Avenue just before 10 p.m. Tuesday and found a man injured. The victim told officers that three adult men, all wearing ski...
Clark County student charged in connection with school threat

Clark County student charged in connection with school threat

An unsubstantiated threat caused Kenton Ridge High School officials to order a temporary shelter in place Monday, according to Northeastern Local Schools Superintendent John Kronour. Kronour declined to release specific details about the threat, but said it came from a student who is now facing disciplinary action as a result. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office said the threat was found in one...
Springfield man accused of shooting his mother

Springfield man accused of shooting his mother

A Springfield man is in jail on a $150,000 bond after police say he fired shots inside of a home and one of the bullets hit his mother. Sie’e Littleton, 25, is booked in the Clark County Jail on two charges of felonious assault. Police were called to a home on Erie Avenue on Thanksgiving night on reports of a woman who was shot, according to a Springfield Police Division report. Officers found...
Greene County double homicide victims identified; suspect at large

Greene County double homicide victims identified; suspect at large

State and local investigators are trying to piece together what happened on a quiet street just outside the village of Yellow Springs Sunday that left two people shot to death and a killer on the loose. The victims were identified Monday as William “Skip” Brown, 44, and Sherri Mendenhall, 63, by the Montgomery County Coronor’s Office. They were neighbors who lived in separate apartments...
Machete-wielding Florida man accused of sexually assaulting wife

Machete-wielding Florida man accused of sexually assaulting wife

When Bairon Ramirez-Lopez came home Wednesday afternoon, he heard his pregnant wife talking to another man on the phone and became enraged, believing she was having an affair, a court document states. That’s when he grabbed her, pulled her into the bedroom of their home and forced her to have sex, according to an affidavit by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. He now stands...
Cat survives being tied up, burned with gasoline in Indiana cornfield

Cat survives being tied up, burned with gasoline in Indiana cornfield

Police have made an arrest after the discovery of a female cat found burned and tied up in a cornfield in Lafayette, Indiana, just outside of Indianapolis. The Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County Indiana said on its Facebook page Thursday that on Wednesday night, the cat was found tied up with rope, doused in gasoline and set on fire.   WXIN reported that animal welfare workers think the...

More than 140 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty last year, according to two organizations that track officer deaths nationwide. The number marked a roughly 10 percent rise in officer deaths from last year, when 123 officers died in the line of duty, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The group released preliminary numbers late last month that showed 135...
Florida ice rink banned skater for Iraqi heritage, suit claims

Florida ice rink banned skater for Iraqi heritage, suit claims

The Olympic dream of a Broward County ice skater has turned into an ugly dispute that has spawned a discrimination and defamation lawsuit against the West Palm Beach, Florida, skating rink where she once practiced. Angela Aldahwi, a dual citizen of both the United States and Iraq, has filed suit against Palm Beach Ice Works in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, alleging that her daughter, Hyaat Aldahwi...
Prosecutor Joe Deters no longer assigned to Ray Tensing case

Prosecutor Joe Deters no longer assigned to Ray Tensing case

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters is no longer assigned to the Ray Tensing case. Chief Assistant Prosecutors Seth Tieger and Stacey DeGraffenreid will prosecute the Tensing case. Deters said the Tensing retrial coincides with the retrial of convicted serial killer Anthony Kirkland. Both are set for May 2017, which would make it difficult for him to prepare for both cases. “Even though one...
Newborn taken from Florida hospital in 1998 found; woman arrested

Newborn taken from Florida hospital in 1998 found; woman arrested

A newborn who was taken from a Jacksonville, Florida, hospital in 1998 has been found in South Carolina, officials said. Kamiyah Mobley was taken hours after being born on July 10, 1998, from University Medical Center, which is now UF Health Jacksonville. The only picture authorities had of Kamiyah was a composite, because of how quickly she was taken. Authorities also had a sketch of the woman...
Student injured in shooting near Maryland high school