Police headlines

Springfield man accused of having sex with teen

A Springfield man has been charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor after allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

James Mitchell Jr., 19 of Springfield, pleaded not guilty to a felony count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor Thursday in Clark County Municipal Court. According to Springfield police, Mitchell engaged in sexual intercourse with the teen back in June. The girl told officers that at first the sex was consensual, but “she told the suspect to stop and he wouldn’t,” according to court records.

A rape kit was collected and returned DNA evidence earlier this month identifying Mitchell as the alleged assailant, according to court records. When interviewed by officers, Mitchell said the sex was consensual, but admitted that he knew the girl was 15 at the time. He’s being held in the Clark County Jail on $5,000 bond. JESSICA HEFFNER, STAFF REPORT

Man allegedly breaks victim’s jaw during fight

A Springfield man must post $25,000 to get out of jail after allegedly breaking another man’s jaw during a fight.

Joseph Lewis, 54, pleaded not guilty to one count of felonious assault Thursday in Clark County Municipal Court. He’s accused of punching another man in the face in the area of Selma Road and East Street on July 3. According to the victim, Lewis asked him for a light and then assaulted him. The attack left the man unconscious. He was transported to Springfield Regional Medical Center and then transferred to Miami Valley Hospital due to breaking his lower jaw, according to Springfield police.

Lewis was identified in a photo array as the alleged assailant earlier this month, police said. A warrant was issued and he was taken into custody Thursday morning. He’s being held in the Clark County Jail. JESSICA HEFFNER, STAFF REPORT

Thefts

A bicycle, a television and a game console, valued at $800, were reported stolen between 6 and 7 a.m. Thursday during a home burglary in the 1500 block of Victory Drive.

A handgun, laptop and a camcorder, change, and a game console and games, valued at $1,630, were reported stolen between 8 a.m. and 4:20 p.m. Wednesday during a home burglary in the 1700 block of Summit Street. STAFF REPORTS

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