Crime


Springfield police investigating second homicide this week

A 22-year-old Springfield man was shot and killed Friday morning, the second fatal shooting in Springfield within a week. Gary Cameron was found dead at around 12 a.m on Russell Avenue. No one was arrested in the case and police declined to take questions about the investigation Friday. MORE: Shooting death of Springfield man ruled homicide; victim identified Officers did detail in a police report...


Friends of woman found dead upset about lack of prison time

Friends of woman found dead upset about lack of prison time

A friend of a woman killed by a Springfield man is upset the woman who helped hide her friend’s body in a field will not go to prison. Hannah Whitman, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and one count of gross abuse of a corpse, a fifth-degree felony. Whitman was present when Springfield killer Prentiss Hare lured Tiffany Chambers into an alley...
Greenon teacher accused of sex misconduct will likely not face charges

Greenon teacher accused of sex misconduct will likely not face charges

No charges are forthcoming against a former Greenon Local School District teacher accused of sexual misconduct with grade school students. Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson said the Clark County Sheriff’s Office investigation into whether Larry Yowler committed a crime has not found evidence to support charges. Yowler, who had taught for 20 years and was teaching second grade at Indian Valley...
Man who allegedly led police on chase, crashed into house indicted

Man who allegedly led police on chase, crashed into house indicted

A Dayton man was indicted in Clark County Common Pleas Court accused of leading Springfield police on a high-speed chase and crashing into a home. Kevin Cragg, 26, was indicted on counts of having weapons under disability, improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle and failure to comply with order or signal of police officer. RELATED: 2 in custody after SUV slams into house ...

Springfield woman accused of hitting husband with car during argument

A Springfield woman is accused of hitting her husband with a car during an argument. Bonita Beachum, 49, is charged with felonious assault and domestic violence in Clark County Municipal Court. She pleaded not guilty to the charges and her bond was set at $15,000. MORE: Woman found shot, wounded on Oak Street in Springfield Springfield police began their investigation when they were called to the...
‘It’s a disruption:’ Neighbors trying to pick up pieces after windows shot out with BB gun

‘It’s a disruption:’ Neighbors trying to pick up pieces after windows shot out with BB gun

Three people are in custody after a string of vandalism in south Springfield. According to police, those in custody are a woman and two boys. Police reports document over 30 car windows that were damaged between Friday and Sunday — many of them with a BB gun in the area of South Fountain Avenue. Joan Elder had one of her windows damaged, while her husband’s car had three. She said she&rsquo...
3 in custody in connection with Springfield damaged vehicles 

3 in custody in connection with Springfield damaged vehicles 

Springfield police have three people in custody in connection with the smashing of vehicle windows. They include an adult female and two male juveniles. Police have taken many reports about windows of vehicles being smashed and shot out with a BB gun, according to police reports. Officers began their investigation Sunday morning after about 20 vehicles were reported damaged. Police took more reports...
Springfield man accused of robbing Kroger at knifepoint

Springfield man accused of robbing Kroger at knifepoint

A Springfield man is accused of robbing a local Kroger by taking steaks at knifepoint. Robert Jackson, 32, of Springfield, was charged with robbery in Clark County Municipal Court. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and his bond was set at $27,750. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office began their investigation on July 4 when they were called to the Kroger store on Main Street, according to an...
Springfield men accused of shooting at fleeing man

Springfield men accused of shooting at fleeing man

Two Springfield men are accused of shooting at a man trying to break up a large fight and then again when the man was trying to run away. Jonavon McCoy and Shamarr Thigpin, both 22, were indicted on a charge of felonious assault in Clark County Common Pleas Court. Springfield police began their investigation on June 29 when they were called to the area of West Parkwood Avenue and West Southern Parkway...
Pot bust: Pair tries to get 55-pound ‘name-brand’ marijuana shipment

Pot bust: Pair tries to get 55-pound ‘name-brand’ marijuana shipment

Investigators seized 55 pounds of “name brand” high-quality marijuana shipped to a Springfield residence. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security’s Bulk Cash Task Force conducted a controlled delivery of the illegal drugs and a subsequent search Saturday afternoon at 1670 Summit St. in the city of Springfield. The task force was alerted by a shipping company...
No cameras at Springfield pool where alleged sexual assault took place

No cameras at Springfield pool where alleged sexual assault took place

The National Trail Parks and Recreation District does not have cameras at the facility where an alleged sexual assault occurred. This publication learned Friday NTPRD only has surveillance cameras in a few areas. “Our first and only surveillance was added this past winter at the Carleton Davidson Stadium/Mitchell Boulevard Complex,” said Director Leann Castillo of the National Trail Parks...
Springfield woman accused of stabbing 79-year-old man during robbery indicted on attempted murder charge

Springfield woman accused of stabbing 79-year-old man during robbery indicted on attempted murder charge

A Springfield woman who allegedly stabbed her 79-year-old uncle during a robbery in June was indicted. Rebecca Isaac, 37, was indicted in Clark County Common Pleas Court on charges of attempted murder, aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence. She is due in court later this week. READ: A Springfield home was shot at, a police report says Springfield police began their investigation in June when...
‘Imma run you over’: Woman accused of striking man with car in Springfield

‘Imma run you over’: Woman accused of striking man with car in Springfield

A Zanesfield woman accused of driving her car over a man is released on bond, according to Clark County Jail records. Shelby Riley, 34, faces a charge of felonious assault with a deadly weapon, according to Clark County Municipal Court records. Bond was set Tuesday at $5,000. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of two to eight years in prison, a fine of up to $15,000, and a possible driver&rsquo...
Deputies seek warrant on Springfield man for felonious assault

Deputies seek warrant on Springfield man for felonious assault

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a warrant on a Springfield man on a charge of felonious assault, according to court records. Records filed in Clark County Municipal Court show Jermaine T. Liggins, 26, of 621 N. Belmont Ave., Springfield, was accused of assaulting a man on June 23 in the 4400 block of Dayton Road in Mad River Twp. The report shows Liggins was accused of striking...
Springfield family moves back into house damaged in car crash

Springfield family moves back into house damaged in car crash

A Springfield family has moved back into their home after it was struck by a car involved in a high-speed chase. Shalene Radford, her mother and their dogs were forced to temporarily move out of their Kenton Street house while the large hole in the living room caused by the crash was covered. Her mother was moved into a hotel with the dogs while Radford had to find housing elsewhere. They all moved...
Springfield police investigating two weekend shootings, one fatal

Springfield police investigating two weekend shootings, one fatal

Springfield police are investigating two separate weekend shootings that left one man dead and another one injured. Police identified the deceased man as Scott Williams, 21, of Springfield. He was found shot inside a a silver, Cadillac CTS late Sunday night after a crash. Police responded to the intersection of Spring Street and Selma Road for a report of a two vehicle crash with injuries around 11...
Ex-area football standout sentenced for fake $100 bills scam

Ex-area football standout sentenced for fake $100 bills scam

A former college football player from Dayton who had pleaded guilty to a scheme to use fake $100 bills to buy postal money orders was sentenced Monday to time served. Donye McCleskey, 29, graduated from Chaminade-Julienne, played football at Indiana State and once played a preseason NFL game for the Indianapolis Colts before being waived due to injury. Appearing in Dayton’s U.S. District Court...
Springfield man accused of holding knife to woman’s throat; charged with abduction

Springfield man accused of holding knife to woman’s throat; charged with abduction

A Springfield man is accused of holding a knife to a woman’s throat and poking her with the weapon as he forced to her drive around the city. Michael Welliver, 39, is charged in Clark County Municipal Court with felonious assault and abduction. READ: Counterfeit money found at Springfield fast food restaurant leads to police investigation Springfield police began their investigation when they...
Shirtless man accused of biting, spitting on Springfield police officer

Shirtless man accused of biting, spitting on Springfield police officer

A man is accused of biting and spitting on a Springfield police officer. Brian Jones Jr., 23, of New Carlisle was charged in Clark County Municipal Court with assault and harassment with a bodily substance. A bond was set at $10,000 and he pleaded not guilty to the charges Friday morning. Springfield police began their investigation when they were dispatched to West Main Street to investigate disorderly...
Springfield woman indicted for allegedly pulling knife, saying ‘I’ll kill you’ to gas station clerk

Springfield woman indicted for allegedly pulling knife, saying ‘I’ll kill you’ to gas station clerk

A Springfield woman who is accused of threatening to kill a store clerk with a knife during a robbery has been indicted. Jennifer Lytle, 33, was indicted on a count of aggravated robbery in Clark County Common Pleas Court. She pleaded not guilty to the charge. MORE: 3 new things we learned about the West Liberty-Salem shooting Police began their investigation in early May when they were called to...
Task force seizes drugs, guns in Springfield high-speed pursuit

Task force seizes drugs, guns in Springfield high-speed pursuit

Police seized drugs, guns, cash following a high-speed chase Thursday that ended with a crash into a home. Kevin Cragg, 26, of Dayton, was arraigned Friday in Clark County Municipal Court on charges of fleeing and eluding a police officer, three counts of weapons under disability and three counts of firearms in motor vehicle. Authorities at the scene said Cragg and a woman were arrested after a police...
Police: Springfield woman was dead for about six hours before man found her in backseat

Police: Springfield woman was dead for about six hours before man found her in backseat

A woman was dead for about six hours before she was discovered in the backseat of a vehicle by a passer-by on Thursday afternoon in Springfield, according to police. The deceased woman, 42, was found at about 12:45 p.m. in the 900 block of West Jefferson Street. A cause of death has not been released. A man told police that he was walking to his detached garage when he noticed the car. “(He)...
Woman indicted for using man’s identity to set up utilities account in Springfield

Woman indicted for using man’s identity to set up utilities account in Springfield

A Springfield woman was indicted this week, accused of using a man’s name to set up a Columbia Gas account for her home. Latasha Jackson, 36, was indicted in Clark County Common Pleas Court on a count of identity fraud. Springfield police started their investigation when they were called by a man who told them that Columbia had called him about an unpaid bill. “(He) advised them that he...
Death investigation underway after woman found dead in vehicle in Springfield

Death investigation underway after woman found dead in vehicle in Springfield

Police are investigating a woman’s death after she was found deceased Thursday afternoon inside a vehicle. Crews were called at 12:45 p.m. to the 900 block of West Jefferson Street, Lt. Jeff Williams of the Springfield Police Division said. The woman’s cause of death is unknown and under investigation.  Her name, age and hometown have not been released.
Mother charged after 2-year-old found alone in a parking lot in the rain in New Carlisle

Mother charged after 2-year-old found alone in a parking lot in the rain in New Carlisle

A Springfield mother is facing a child endangering charge after a 2-year-old was found alone in an apartment parking lot in New Carlisle. The mother of the child, Krysten Beckett, 28, of Springfield was charged Monday with endangering children in Clark County Municipal Court. The case was continued. Clark County sheriff’s deputies began their investigation when they were called last week to...
Already in jail for stealing cigarettes, Springfield man indicted for other Dollar General burglaries

Already in jail for stealing cigarettes, Springfield man indicted for other Dollar General burglaries

A Springfield man already serving time in jail for stealing cigarettes from a local smoke shop has been indicted in connection to burglaries at area dollar stores. Robert Walters, 44, was indicted on five counts of breaking and entering and one count of possessing burglary tools. MORE: Springfield police seek public’s help in deadly shooting Springfield police were investigating a rash of Dollar...
Counterfeit money found at Springfield fast food restaurant leads to police investigation

Counterfeit money found at Springfield fast food restaurant leads to police investigation

Springfield police are investigating counterfeit money found at a local restaurant. Law enforcement responded to the McDonald’s on East Main Street at about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday and met with an employee who told officers the employee found fake money. “(She) stated they had received a fake $20 bill at some point in the evening with no possible suspect,” the report says. The employee...
Ex-Springfield schools employee will not face felony prosecution for inappropriate touching

Ex-Springfield schools employee will not face felony prosecution for inappropriate touching

An ex-Springfield City Schools technology employee who faced accusations that he inappropriately touched district students will not be indicted, according to a county prosecutor. Jordan Pennington, 33, was charged with gross sexual imposition and attempted gross sexual imposition in Clark County Municipal Court in March. Those charges were dismissed as prosecutors were preparing to take the case to...
Springfield bank robbery suspect passed note demanding money

Springfield bank robbery suspect passed note demanding money

A man walked into a Springfield bank on Tuesday and passed a note to tellers demanding money, according to a police report. Officers began their investigation when they were called to the PNC bank in the 2000 block of East Main Street at around 3:49 p.m. “Upon arrival, I spoke with staff who stated the suspect came in and provided a note asking for money,” the report says. “The employee...
Police: Gun used in failed robbery attempt at Springfield school was stolen, loaded with wrong ammunition

Police: Gun used in failed robbery attempt at Springfield school was stolen, loaded with wrong ammunition

The gun allegedly used in a robbery attempt during which a teenager is accused of trying to shoot a man was stolen and was loaded with the wrong ammunition, according to a Springfield police report. The incident happened at about 3 p.m Monday at Fulton Elementary School. Crews were dispatched on the report of a boy being struck by a vehicle. A man told police that he met two teenagers in a school...
Witness to alleged attempted shooting near Springfield school: ‘My natural instinct was get my kids out of here’

Witness to alleged attempted shooting near Springfield school: ‘My natural instinct was get my kids out of here’

A man who was near a school parking lot where a teenager allegedly tried to shoot a man for $500 says he’s nervous to bring his kids back to the park in the area. Paul Cooper had seven kids with him at the park when he witnessed a teen get hit by a truck. “The only thing I (saw) was him coming over … the curb,” Cooper said. “There was another kid on the side and then...
UPDATE: 2 teens arrested after alleged attempted shooting, truck strike outside Springfield school

UPDATE: 2 teens arrested after alleged attempted shooting, truck strike outside Springfield school

Two males aged 14 and 16 were arrested on Monday after a man told police the younger teen tried to shoot him during a deal to buy a phone and the man hit that teen with his vehicle. Officers were dispatched at about 3 p.m to Fulton Elementary School in reference to a boy being struck by a vehicle, according to Springfield police report. “On arrival, I observed a black male laying on the ground...
Springfield man accused of breaking into sporting goods store

Springfield man accused of breaking into sporting goods store

A Springfield man is accused of breaking into a Springfield sporting goods store. Richard Williams, 35, is charged in Clark County Municipal Court with breaking and entering. He pleaded not guilty to the charge and his bond was set at $5,000, according to court records. MORE: Vehicle accident on I-70 east at U.S. 68 cleared; Traffic moving slow Police began their investigation on June 13 when they...
Woman accused of leaving 8-week-old puppy in hot car in Springfield

Woman accused of leaving 8-week-old puppy in hot car in Springfield

A Fairborn woman is charged in Clark County with leaving an 8-week-old puppy in a hot car for about an hour. April Booth, 41, was charged Thursday with cruelty to companion animal in Clark County Municipal Court. The case was continued until next month, according to court records. Clark County Dog Warden investigator Beth Hollingsworth began her investigation on June 8 when she was called to Sally&rsquo...
Springfield police investigate butcher knife stabbing incident involving husband, wife

Springfield police investigate butcher knife stabbing incident involving husband, wife

A Springfield man was reportedly stabbed in the arm during a domestic dispute by his wife, although investigators are unsure who the primary aggressor was during the incident, according to a police report. Springfield police began their investigation on Wednesday at around 3 p.m. when they were called to a home on the 1500 block of Shelby Drive. There, they met with a woman who allegedly stabbed her...
REPORT: Springfield woman followed home, assaulted by man

REPORT: Springfield woman followed home, assaulted by man

A Springfield woman told police a man she only knew by a nickname followed her home from a dollar store and grabbed her before she could get inside. Springfield police began their investigation on Wednesday when they were called to a home on the 400 block of Reames Avenue. MORE: NEW DETAILS: Springfield woman accused of stabbing 79-year-old “The victim stated that on Wednesday at about 9:30...
NEW DETAILS: Springfield woman accused of stabbing 79-year-old man charged with attempted murder

NEW DETAILS: Springfield woman accused of stabbing 79-year-old man charged with attempted murder

A Springfield woman who allegedly stabbed her 79-year-old uncle has been arrested and charged. Rebecca Isaac, 37, is charged with attempted murder and aggravated robbery in Clark County Municipal Court. She is due in court at 10:30 a.m. this morning. READ: A Springfield home was shot at, a police report says Springfield police began their investigation when they were called to a home on the 2100 block...
A Springfield home was shot at, a police report says

A Springfield home was shot at, a police report says

Springfield police are investigating a shooting where a bullet was found lodged inside the wall of a home. Police were called to the 900 block of Lagonda Avenue on Monday morning in reference to a gunshot, according to a Springfield police report. MORE: Springfield man accused of having sexual relations with 14-year-old They spoke to a victim who said a man he knew had damaged his property and fired...
Springfield woman charged in case of missing teenager

Springfield woman charged in case of missing teenager

A Springfield woman faces accusations she housed a runaway teenager for five months without contacting law enforcement. Heather Crowley, 43, is charged in Clark County Municipal Court with interference with custody and obstructing justice. She pleaded not guilty to the charges. READ: Springfield woman killed in crash lost fiance in shooting in 2017 Clark County sheriff deputies began their investigation...
Stabbing victim, 79, still recovering, no suspect in custody

Stabbing victim, 79, still recovering, no suspect in custody

The Springfield Police Division is investigating after a man was stabbed multiple times Tuesday night at his home. The 79-year-old man was at his residence on the 2100 block of Gerald Drive where officers responded to a “report of a male being stabbed by his niece” according to a police report. RELATED : Police, medics called for stabbing victim in his late 70s The victim was bleeding...
Man killed at Springfield bar lost brother in 2012 shooting in Columbus

Man killed at Springfield bar lost brother in 2012 shooting in Columbus

The man who was killed at the Wagon Wheel bar on Sunday lost his brother to gun violence in 2012. Jahream Beard, 35, of Springfield was identified as the man shot outside the bar on S. Burnett Road early Sunday morning. His brother, Kahlee Beard was shot and killed after a fight in Columbus in Jan. 2012. Kahlee Beard was 30 at the time of his death. Robert M. Harris II reached a plea deal with prosecutors...
Springfield police make arrest in dollar store burglaries

Springfield police make arrest in dollar store burglaries

A Springfield man is serving 60 days in jail after pleading guilty to stealing cigarettes from a local smoke shop and is facing more charges in connection with dollar store burglaries. Robert Walters, 44, pleaded guilty Monday to theft, according to court records. He was accused of grabbing two cartons of cigarettes and running from the Just Smokes store on June 9. MORE: Springfield police seek public&rsquo...
Man pleads guilty to tampering with a coin machine, stealing quarters in New Carlisle

Man pleads guilty to tampering with a coin machine, stealing quarters in New Carlisle

A man pleaded guilty in Clark County court to stealing quarters from a coin machine in New Carlisle, according to online court records. Jeffrey Hale, 36, of Huber Heights, was charged in Clark County Municipal Court with tampering with a coin machine. He pleaded guilty to the charge and his sentence was not immediately clear. MORE: 5 Springfield businesses report burglaries in last two days Clark...
The man a girl, 15, is accused of stabbing was allegedly hitting pregnant woman, report says

The man a girl, 15, is accused of stabbing was allegedly hitting pregnant woman, report says

A man who allegedly broke down the front door to a Springfield home and attacked a pregnant woman before being stabbed by her 15-year-old daughter is facing criminal charges in connection with the incident. Victor Thompson Jr., 34, of Cincinnati, was charged in Clark County Municipal Court with one count of domestic violence and one count of assault. Springfield police began their investigation when...
Fatal Springfield bar shooting: New details emerge from deadly night

Fatal Springfield bar shooting: New details emerge from deadly night

A family member of the man shot and killed outside the Wagon Wheel bar in Springfield Sunday sat with him as he laid dying in the parking lot, according to a Springfield police report. Springfield police responded at around 2:40 a.m. Sunday morning to the bar at 1005 South Burnett Road due to multiple people being shot. When they arrived, Jahream Beard, 35, was laying on the east side of the parking...
Officials finding success in fighting perceived problem bars and clubs

Officials finding success in fighting perceived problem bars and clubs

When Harrison Twp. officials try to get Plush Gentlemen’s Club’s liquor license revoked next month, they’ll be armed with evidence of at least one connected homicide or shooting — a hallmark of successful efforts in recent years to shutter bars in Hamilton, Middletown and Huber Heights. Police and community leaders in southwest Ohio say the process to fight liquor licenses...
Have you seen missing Preble County woman?

Have you seen missing Preble County woman?

The Preble County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to find a West Alexandria woman reported missing. Laura Patterson, 52, left her home on foot sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday. It appears she took nothing with her, according to the sheriff’s office. Patterson works in the Monroe area, but her employer has not heard from her. She is considered an endangered...
Greene County asks court to dismiss Xenia’s annexation case

Greene County asks court to dismiss Xenia’s annexation case

Greene County is asking the Ohio Second District Court of Appeals to dismiss the City of Xenia’s claims that county commissioners failed to meet their obligations in the city’s attempt to annex land connected to Central State University. Attorneys representing the county commission board last week filed a motion to dismiss and an answer to Xenia’s writ of mandamus, which asks the...
Jury convicts teen who says alternate personality killed his dad’s girlfriend

Jury convicts teen who says alternate personality killed his dad’s girlfriend

It only took three hours of deliberations Wednesday for a jury to convict a 16-year-old Champaign County boy in the stabbing and shooting death of his father’s longtime girlfriend. Donovan Nicholas was found guilty of aggravated murder and murder, the Columbus Dispatch reported, in the death of 40-year-old Heidi Fay Taylor in April 2017. He will be sentenced Tuesday. He was tried as an...
Springfield man indicted on charge of ethnic intimidation

Springfield man indicted on charge of ethnic intimidation

A Springfield man was indicted this week in connection with him allegedly using an ethnic slur. James Campbell Jr., 58, of Springfield, was indicted on a charge of ethnic intimidation in Clark County Common Pleas Court. Springfield police began their investigation when they were called to a home on June 27. There they met a man who said Campbell Jr. was outside of his home “causing a scene&rdquo...
Family, friends share memories of 70-year-old killed in Springfield

Family, friends share memories of 70-year-old killed in Springfield

Friends and family describe 70-year-old Howard Edley as a hardworking man who loved God. “He was connected and he did make a difference. And that’s what his life was about — making a difference in the lives of other people,” said family friend, Robin Henry. EARLIER: Police ask for information in shooting death of 70-year-old Henry said she’s known Edley since she was...
‘Tyler please don’t shoot me’: Enon police officer among men arrested in stabbing incident

‘Tyler please don’t shoot me’: Enon police officer among men arrested in stabbing incident

A part-time police officer and another man were arrested on Wednesday after a woman was stabbed in the neck and left in critical condition. Enon Police Officer Dwight Richard, 49, and Tyler Minton, 31, were arrested at the same address of the stabbing and booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of felonious assault, records show. The stabbing was reported in the 11000 block of Wolf Creek...
Alaska man accused of defrauding people in Ohio, other states of hundreds of thousands of dollars

Alaska man accused of defrauding people in Ohio, other states of hundreds of thousands of dollars

An Alaska man is accused of defrauding people in Ohio and other states of hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Andrew Jensen, 30, of Anchorage, was arraigned Monday in Morgan County Common Pleas Court in McConnelsville, about 82 miles southeast of Columbus. He is jailed in the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail in Nelsonville following his indictment by a Morgan County grand jury on 29 felony counts...
Enon police officer cleared in Perry Twp. stabbing investigation

Enon police officer cleared in Perry Twp. stabbing investigation

The investigation continues into a stabbing in Perry Twp. late Tuesday night that left a woman in critical condition: Dwight Richard, a part-time Enon police officer initially arrested, has been cleared Tyler Minton, also arrested, faces two counts of felonious assault The victim, who was stabbed in the neck, remains in Miami Valley Hospital Part-time Enon police officer Dwight Richard...
WARNING: Dramatic Vegas shootout caught on camera

WARNING: Dramatic Vegas shootout caught on camera

Metro Police discussed more details from the officer-involved shooting that happened on July 11 in downtown Las Vegas, KLAS reported. One man was killed by police and another was wounded in the shootout. Assistant Sheriff Tim Kelly said one officer fired a total of 31 rounds and another fired one during the shootout. The suspects fired 34, Metro said. The officers involved in the shootout with suspects...
Department of Justice indicts 7 people for stealing $1.5M in online dating scam

Department of Justice indicts 7 people for stealing $1.5M in online dating scam

Seven Nigerian nationals have been indicted for conducting an online dating scam that cost lovelorn victims more than $1.5 million, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia said in a Friday news release. >> Read more trending news  The seven defendants created fake profiles on dating sites, sometimes using images of government officials or models...
Meth conspiracy indictments began with 2017 local traffic stop

Meth conspiracy indictments began with 2017 local traffic stop

The first indictment in what federal prosecutors called a southwest Ohio-based, Mexican cartel-linked methamphetamine trafficking ring stemmed from a June 2017 traffic stop on Interstate 70 in Preble County. Dennis Olinger and Hayley Bigelow’s stories didn’t match when an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper stopped the blue Volkswagen Passat for speeding, according to court documents. The...
Paying dead spouse’s bills at issue in Ohio Supreme Court case

Paying dead spouse’s bills at issue in Ohio Supreme Court case

The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday is set to hear arguments in a case about whether a deceased person’s spouse must pay nursing home fees left at the time of death. The dispute is based on a lawsuit filed against an 80-year-old Franklin Twp. woman in Franklin Municipal Court over an unpaid $1,678 nursing home bill for her husband’s care. Cora Bell’s lawyer, Miriam Sheline,...
Springfield homicide victim identified 

Springfield homicide victim identified 

The victim in Saturday’s homicide shooting as been identified as Howard Edley, 70, of Springfield.  Springfield police are still working to learn what led up to the homicide shooting that occurred Saturday evening in the alley of E. Rose Street and Clifton Avenue. The neighborhood was quiet Sunday afternoon, but Saturday night, police tape, investigators, and police cars swarmed the area...
Body cam video shows capture of Springfield bank robbery suspect

Body cam video shows capture of Springfield bank robbery suspect

Body camera video just released Wednesday captured the moments a Dayton man was arrested, accused of robbing a Springfield bank on Saturday. Security National Bank robbed at gunpoint July 14 Ricky Jenkins, 27, charged with aggravated robbery, fleeing and eluding He was arrested in Medway following a high-speed chase “Get on the ground now! You’re under arrest!” Body camera video...
Local business owners convicted on workers’ compensation charges

Local business owners convicted on workers’ compensation charges

A Dayton man was one of six Ohioans convicted on charges related to workers compensation fraud, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation said. Randall Mount of Ram Restoration at 11125 Yankee Street in Centerville was convicted of not operating with workers’ compensation coverage. Mount pleaded no contest to a second-degree misdemeanor for failure to comply after the Bureau of Workers&rsquo...
4 charged in alleged meth-trafficking ring in Greene County

4 charged in alleged meth-trafficking ring in Greene County

Four people face felony charges for allegedly conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in Greene County, and Fairborn police are asking for the public’s help in locating one of the suspects. An arrest warrant has been issued for 32-year-old Christopher Howard, who faces felony charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and aggravated trafficking and possession of drugs, according to...
Secret Service calls on schools to build threat teams, safety plans

Secret Service calls on schools to build threat teams, safety plans

The Secret Service today published a school safety guide, encouraging schools to develop “threat assessment teams” and “targeted violence prevention plans” in the wake of continued school shootings in recent years. The guide first calls for creation of threat assessment teams that should include “personnel from a variety of disciplines including teachers, guidance counselors...
Premier, doctor ask court to dismiss patients’ lawsuit

Premier, doctor ask court to dismiss patients’ lawsuit

Premier Health and a surgeon who does contract work through the health network have asked a court to dismiss a lawsuit against them that claims they did not tell two patients they were receiving emergency care not covered by their insurance. The patients were both taken to the emergency room at Miami Valley Hospital, owned by Premier, and were assigned Dr. Kenneth Christman, an on-call plastic surgeon...
Police: Teen lies about rape at Springfield aquatic center

Police: Teen lies about rape at Springfield aquatic center

A teenage girl’s sexual assault at a Springfield pool never happened, police say. Springfield police detectives determined the assault that reportedly happened June 30 at the Splash Zone Aquatic Center, 300 Eagle City Road was false, according to a news release. The girl is now charged with filing a false report after she admitted to police she made up the incident, police said. “We have...
Glitch leads to a Springfield sex offender living too close to a daycare

Glitch leads to a Springfield sex offender living too close to a daycare

A registered sex offender is living too close to a Springfield daycare, but officials didn’t catch the violation because of incorrect data in their system. The man, Joseph Crager, is a Tier 3 sexual offender. He lives less than 1,000 feet from the Kids World of Springfield preschool, which is located at 2000 E. High St. The daycare moved about a year ago, but its requested address change was...
Warren County judge rejects transgender child’s name change; family appeals

Warren County judge rejects transgender child’s name change; family appeals

A Mason family has appealed a Warren County judge’s rejection of their motion to change their child’s name from Heidi Clare Whitaker to Elliott John Whitaker. Stephanie and Kylen Whitaker filed for the name change on April 24 in Warren County Juvenile Court on behalf of their 15-year-old child. “The child picked a name to suit gender identity,” Stephanie Whitaker said in the...
Group calls for police review board in Yellow Springs

Group calls for police review board in Yellow Springs

A group of Yellow Springs residents wants the village to create a civilian police review board because of what an organizer called a history of poor accountability and transparency in the department.  A group of six to eight people who said they are concerned about police practices created the Yellow Springs Police Accountability Coalition, according to organizer Shawn Paulson.  Paulson...
Springfield man accused of cutting woman with steak knife

Springfield man accused of cutting woman with steak knife

A Springfield man is accused of cutting a woman’s hand with a steak knife during a fight. Robert Holmes, 66, is charged with felonious assault and domestic violence in Clark County Municipal Court. He pleaded not guilty to those charges, and his bond was set at $25,000. The German Township Police Department began its investigation when officers were called to a home on the 5000 block of Johnson...
Springfield nurse practitioner indicted for drug trafficking

Springfield nurse practitioner indicted for drug trafficking

A Springfield nurse practitioner was indicted for felony drug trafficking, according to a press release from the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy. Douglas Shrewsbury was indicted on 11 counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and nine counts of aggravated possession of drugs, read the release. The Board of Pharmacy reportedly began its joint investigation with the Springfield Police Department in...
Woman accused of relieving herself in restaurant parking lot

Woman accused of relieving herself in restaurant parking lot

A Dayton woman was arrested after a Butler Twp. police officer spotted the woman allegedly urinating and going to the bathroom in the parking lot of a restaurant on North Dixie Drive early Monday morning, according to records. Thomcria Sims, 40, was charged with public indecency and booked into the Montgomery County Jail following the incident at Wings Sports Bar & Grille in the 7900 block of North...
No jail time for Springfield woman who helped dispose body of murder victim

No jail time for Springfield woman who helped dispose body of murder victim

Whitman was sentenced Monday afternoon to five years of community control, six months of house arrest and 500 hours of community service.  A Springfield woman who pleaded guilty in June to charges related to the disposal of a homicide victim is expected to be sentenced this afternoon.  Hannah Whitman, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony...
Springfield man sentenced for trafficking elephant tranquilizer 100 times more potent than fentanyl

Springfield man sentenced for trafficking elephant tranquilizer 100 times more potent than fentanyl

A Springfield man convicted of trafficking an elephant tranquilizer 100 times more potent than fentanyl was sentenced Friday to 3½ years in prison. Christian O. Dearmond, 25, was one of two men indicted for possession with intent to distribute 10 or more grams of carfentanil, an analogue of fentanyl. Dearmond was sentenced to 42 months in Dayton’s U.S. District Court by Judge Walter Rice...
Missing Endangered Adult Alert canceled after Portage County man found safe

Missing Endangered Adult Alert canceled after Portage County man found safe

A Missing Endangered Adult Alert has been canceled after a 79-year-old Deerfield man was found safe. A 79-year-old Portage County, Ohio, man who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease is the subject of a Missing Endangered Adult Alert. Virgil Yeager left his residence in the city of Deerfield at noon today and hasn’t returned, according to a release from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office...
Arraignment set for former GOP statehouse candidate to be tried before visiting judge 

Arraignment set for former GOP statehouse candidate to be tried before visiting judge 

A retired Hamilton County common pleas court judge has been assigned to hear the case involving a former GOP candidate who is charged with extortion and coercion in connection to alleged threats made during her campaign. Timothy S. Hogan was assigned to the case against Jocelyn Smith, 36, by the Supreme Court of Ohio Friday morning. At the request of Smith’s attorney her arraignment has been...
Girl subject of Cincinnati-area Amber Alert found

Girl subject of Cincinnati-area Amber Alert found

A 6-year-old girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert issued Thursday has been found and is in good condition, sheriff’s deputies told our partners at WCPO-TV. The girl’s mother Ashley Hardy is in custody and turned herself in to authorites, WCPO reported. A statewide Amber Alert has been issued for a 6-year-old Hamilton County girl. Malayah Sisco was last seen with 26-year-old Ashley...
Lancaster, Ohio, man subject of endangered missing adult alert found safe

Lancaster, Ohio, man subject of endangered missing adult alert found safe

A Missing Endangered Adult Alert has been canceled after a 78-year-old Lancaster, Ohio, man was found safe. A 78-year-old Lancaster, Ohio, man who suffers from dementia is the subject of a Missing Endangered Adult Alert. Charles Minton was last seen at 8 a.m. when he left his residence and did not return. He stands 5 feet 7 inches, weighs 160 pounds and has blue eyes and brown hair. He drives a silver...
Skylar Richardson case: It could be months before appeals cases are heard

Skylar Richardson case: It could be months before appeals cases are heard

The case of a Carlisle teen awaiting trial on aggravated murder charges for allegedly killing her newborn baby took a detour to the appeals court in April, just days before trial. Since then attorneys have been busy filing briefs concerning medical records at the heart of the issue that halted the trial of Brooke Skylar Richardson. But as ordered by Warren County Common Pleas Judge Donald Oda II,...
Man indicted after being shot by Kettering officer with clean record

Man indicted after being shot by Kettering officer with clean record

A Montgomery County grand jury this week indicted a Dayton man who reportedly fled before being shot by a Kettering police officer. On the same day details of charges against Wayne Morgan emerged, Kettering police also released the personnel file of officer Matthew Stull, who shot Morgan after a traffic stop June 21. Morgan, 31, has been indicted on charges of having weapons under disability, a third-degree...
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