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Drug use suspected for Kettering pedestrian hit by 2 cars on I-70

Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 3:53 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 11, 2018 @ 7:15 PM

Drug use suspected for pedestrian struck on I-70

UPDATE @ 7:15 p.m. (Feb. 11)

A Kettering woman struck by two cars on Interstate 70 and her boyfriend were believed intoxicated when they crossed the highway, troopers said.

Marissa L. Christophel, 19, was hit Wednesday as she and Joseph P. Finch, 22, of Dayton, ran across I-70 between U.S. 68 and Ohio 72 to get back to their vehicle.

She was listed in serious condition today at Miami Valley Hospital, where she was flown from the scene.

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According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol traffic crash report, Christophel was under the influence, with drug use suspected, when they ran across the interstate.

Finch was being charged with misdemeanor intoxicated pedestrian on the highway, Lt. Brian Aller of the patrol’s Springfield Post said last week. He said Christophel faces charges, too, pending drug test results.

The speed limit is 70 mph. The eastbound lanes were shut down for three hours following the accident, the traffic report stated.

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Kettering woman is stable in the hospital after being struck — by two cars on Interstate 70 — and her Dayton boyfriend is charged for being an intoxicated pedestrian, officials said.

Lt. Brian Aller, Ohio State Highway Patrol in Springfield, said Joseph P. Finch, 22, of Dayton, is being charged with misdemeanor intoxicated pedestrian on the highway.

Marissa L. Christophel, 19, of Kettering, remains stable at Miami Valley Hospital. 

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The couple was running across I-70, between U.S. 68 and Ohio 72, to get back to their vehicle. The woman had a gas can in her hand when she was hit by a Honda Civic driven by Jeffrey A. Black, 56, of Kettering, and then by a Chevrolet Malibu driven by Terry L. Hirons, 38, of Springfield, according to the state patrol.

She was knocked into the air and landed partially in the roadway. The second car struck her legs. The speed limit is 70 mph.

Aller said the office is investigating whether Christophel was impaired as well. If so, he said, she, too, will be charged. 

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Aller told News Center 7’s John Bedell that the duo had been dropped off on I-70 West, and were crossing the interstate to get to their disabled vehicle on the eastbound side.

Troopers are looking to speak with the driver of the vehicle that dropped them off. Aller said that driver would not be held criminally liable, they just want to interview him.

Aller said the investigation includes gathering a timeline of events. Aller himself said he saw the couple’s car broken down on Wednesday morning.

This was during the snow storm that he had spotted a broken down car, covered in snow and parked about five feet off the side of the road.

Aller said the department did not call to have the vehicle towed at that time because it did not pose a hazard to snow removal efforts by the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Aller said they have not been able to glean from those involved when the vehicle was first left on the side of I-70.

Aller said the investigation is ongoing, and they are working with Springfield police, whom had some contact with the couple earlier in the night.

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Illegal immigrants dealt kilos of fentanyl in Miami County, feds say

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 3:03 PM


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Two illegal immigrants from Mexico have been charged with intent to distribute several kilograms worth of fentanyl in Miami County, according to court documents.

Nabor Zapeda-Ibarria, 23, and Jesus Mayorga Gonzalez, 40, have been charged with possession and intent to distribute more than 400 grams of fentanyl in Dayton’s U.S. District Court.

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A magistrate judge ruled Tuesday that both would remain detained during their case. Both are scheduled for a March 2 preliminary hearing.

Confidential sources told law enforcement that a residence at 5545 County Road 25A in Tipp City was being used by a drug trafficking organization with ties to Mexico, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit written by a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) special agent.

In January, Mayorga Gonzalez was stopped for speeding on Interstate 75 and provided false names for both defendants, according to the complaint.

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The special agent wrote that, according to a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office detective assigned to a Homeland Security task force, Mayorga Gonzalez was the subject of a November 2016 seizure of nine kilograms (19.84 pounds) of heroin and $400,000.

“Specifically, during the prior investigation a cooperating witness stated that Mayorga Gonzalez was a coordinator f0r large amounts of heroin coming into the Dayton area and was also involved with the collection of large amounts of drug proceeds,” the special agent wrote. A prosecutor and defense attorney both said Tuesday that Mayorga Gonzalez was not arrested the 2016 case.

The affidavit said that the DEA obtained a search warrant earlier this month for the “target residence”and located Zapeda-Ibarria inside along with evidence.

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The evidence mentioned included a hydraulic press, Tyvek suits, face masks and more than $150,000 cash, three kilograms of suspected fentanyl in the attic floor, a loaded handgun, scales and suspected drug cutting agents.

Mayorga Gonzalez was found with a key to the residence, according to the complaint, which stated that both men admitted to being in the country illegally.

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‘How to Get Away with Murder’ star Karla Souza alleges she was raped by a director in Mexico

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 1:26 PM

1. Karla Olivares Souza is a 32-year-old Mexican actress. 2. Souza is best known for playing Laurel Castillo on "How to Get Away with Murder" on ABC. 3. She went to an acting school in France and toured there with a theatre company. 4. Her TEDx talk "Sweet are the Fruits of Adversity" is the most-viewed Spanish-language TEDx talk. 5. In 2018, she said an unnamed director on "Murder" violently attacked and raped her.

Actress Karla Souza claims she was sexually assaulted by a director early in her career.

The “How to Get Away with Murder” star spoke to CNN en Español Tuesday, sharing that she was raped by a director while filming in her native Mexico early in her career, People reported.

The 32-year-old said the director, who she would not name, totally abused his power and held “psychological control” over her.

The actress felt she had to “give in” to his advances.

“I ended up giving in to him. (I let him) kiss me, to touch me in ways I did not want him to touch me and in one of those instances, he attacked me violently and yes, he raped me,” she said, fighting back tears.

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Souza said she was staying in a separate hotel than her co-stars, where only she and the director had rooms. The unnamed director would stop by at odd hours, claiming it was work-related.

“He knocked at my door saying he wanted to go over some scenes and I thought it’s 2 a.m., it’s not appropriate and it’s something that shouldn’t be happening,” she said.

Souza continued, adding that one night he knocked on her door and she refused to answer, which caused him to decide “to shoot my scene and then he suddenly started to humiliate me in front of the others on the set.”

The actress has come forward after countless powerful men in Hollywood have been accused of sexual harassment, assault and rape, beginning with movie producer Harvey Weinstein in October.

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No phones, social media ordered for middle school students facing felony charges for nude photos and video

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 2:24 PM


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Two Wilson Middle School students will be back in court next month to appear before a juvenile judge on felony charges involving nude photos and video.

The 12-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl who are students in the Hamilton school were arrested earlier this month and charged with illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.

According to police reports, the male student obtained pictures and a video of the female performing sex acts on herself. The male student then sent the material to other students via his cell phone.

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The 12-year-olds were arraigned on Wednesday before a Butler County juvenile court magistrate, where no plea was entered, according to Rob Clevenger, court administrator. A pre-trial hearing before county juvenile court Judge Ronald Craft is scheduled for March 26.

At Wednesday’s hearing, the two defendants were ordered to be under supervision of court monitoring, have no cell phone or access to social media and use the internet for school purposes only.

Hamilton Sgt. Brian Robinson compared the charges the duo are facing to possessing or distributing child pornography.

“There is a big difference between this and sexting,” he said.

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Did you hear gunfire last night from a roaming pickup truck? Police are asking for help

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 9:30 AM


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Ross Township police are asking for information about shots fired Tuesday night.

At about 9 p.m., police received several calls from residents reporting gunfire in Ross and Hanover Townships, according to the department’s Facebook post.

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Witnesses reported the gunshots were originating from a large, loud, black pickup truck roaming the area. Officers investigating the shots fired recovered several shell casings. No property damage has been reported and the truck was not located.

If anyone has any information concerning the truck or occupants, please contact the Ross Township Police Department at 513-863-2337.

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