Butler County’s unsolved homicides get new attention

Published: Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 3:59 PM

Hope Dudley and Sheriff Jones talk with families on homicide victims

Hope Dudley’s son was killed in a drive-by shooting in Hamilton County 10 years ago. On Friday, the 66-year-old marked her son’s unsolved homicide by helping grieving families in Butler County.

“Helping them helps me,” Dudley said standing in the lobby of the Butler County Sheriff’s office preparing to hang a poster titled “Butler County Unsolved Homicides: Can you help find who killed me?”

Dudley became an activist for her son’s death as well as others in Hamilton County, founding the group U-Can-Speak-For-Me. The group uses posters, flyers and playing cards depicting victims that are distributed in prisons and jails, along with any public location that might catch the eye of someone with information.

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This year, after meeting victim’s families at a Butler County candlelight memorial, Dudley decided to develop a poster featuring unsolved cases in the county.

The poster features 20 Butler County cases, but Dudley said there is room for more if police agencies or family members want to call her to be included.

About 20 family members of victims gathered at the the sheriff’s office Friday to see the posters.

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“Everybody in this room, you have my compassion and my prayers are with you. … I think it is a brilliant idea to put these posters up and have them up in the jail,” Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones told those gathered.

There are about 1,000 prisoners in the Butler County Jail, according to Jones, and “everyone is connected to everyone …. people in jails and prisons know lots of things, they know lots of people and people talk. Anywhere we can put these posters up we will. And if it helps with one (unsolved homicide), we have done wonderfully.”

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Dudley said she is hopeful someone will come forward in all the Butler County cases featured on the poster.

Dudley said families wanting their loved ones included can give her a call at 513-404-3063.

Cases included on Butler County unsolved homicide poster:

  • Calvin Simmons Jr., killed Sept. 16, 2016 on University Boulevard, Hamilton
  • Jaylon Knight, killed March 11, 2016, 200 block of Charles St., Hamilton
  • Christopher “CJ” Sandle, killed Jan. 13, 2016, 400 block of Millville Ave., Hamilton
  • Eric A. Givens II, killed July 5, 2016 on Walnut St., Hamilton
  • Anthony Broadus, killed June 3, 2015, East side of Hamilton
  • Broderick McGee, killed March 16, 2013, on Central Avenue in Hamilton
  • Chelsea Johnson, killed April 15, 2012, found next to a creek on Fairfield
  • William “Billy” DiSivestro, missing on Feb. 7, 2011, last seen on Hamilton’s Westside
  • Katelyn Markham, August 2011 disappeared from her Fairfield home. April 2013, remains found in Cedar Grove, Ind.
  • Frenchman Minnifield, killed on Jan. 8, 2004, on South Second Street, Hamilton
  • Eric “Josh” Bruce, killed on April 22, 1997, at William and Neilan Blvd., Hamilton
  • Robert Leon Johnson, killed on June 16, 1996, on South Monument Street, Hamilton
  • Richard Mincher, killed on Aug. 20, 1993, on Dixie Highway, Hamilton
  • Nancy Abrams, killed March 10, 1985, King Kwik Store at 1422 S. Breiel Blvd, Middletown
  • Alana “Laney” Gwinner, Dec. 10, 1997 disappeared from Gilmore Bowling Lanes. On Jan. 11, 1998, her body was found in the Ohio River near Warsaw, Ky.
  • Christina L. Carnes, killed on Jan. 20, 1994, on Mack Road, Fairfield
  • Joseph W. Oakley, killed on Aug. 30, 2012, on Pleasant Avenue, Fairfield
  • Damien T. Taylor, killed on March 15, 2012, on Winton Road, Fairfield
  • Robert Fields, killed on July 14, 1997, on Village St., Hamilton
  • Bryant Johnson, killed on April 27, 2013, on 12th Street, Hamilton
  • Also included is Corey Mitchell, killed on May 29, 2010, on Paul Lawrence Dunbar in Dayton

Anyone with information call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-352-3040. or text “cintip” plus your message to “274637.” All callers remain anonymous.

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VP Mike Pence ready for secret meeting with North Korea, but North backs out

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 9:05 PM

Vice President Mike Pence, and seond lady, Karen Pence are pictured just in front of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong  (back left) during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.  
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Vice President Mike Pence, and seond lady, Karen Pence are pictured just in front of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong (back left) during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Vice President Mike Pence was ready for a secret meeting with North Korean officials at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, earlier this month, but the North backed out, according to news outlets.

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Pence attended the Olympics Opening Ceremony on Feb. 9 as part of a five-day trip to Asia and was seated near Kim Jong-un’s sister, but did not speak to her, creating a media sensation.

The North canceled the meeting just two hours before Pence was scheduled to meet with Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, and another North Korean state official, Kim Yong Nam, on Feb. 10 after Pence announced new sanctions against the North Korean regime during his trip and rebuked it for its nuclear program, according to the Washington Post, which was the first to report on the secret meeting.

“North Korea dangled a meeting in hopes of the vice president softening his message, which would have ceded the world stage for their propaganda during the Olympics,” the vice president’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers, said in a statement, according to The Hill.

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News of the secret meeting comes as relations between the communist north and democratic south seem to be thawing in recent weeks with the announcement last month from Kim Jong-un that he was sending a delegation to the Olympics. He sent his sister to lead the group.

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“We regret [the North Koreans'] failure to seize this opportunity," State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement. "We will not apologize for American values, for calling attention to human rights abuses, or for mourning a young American’s unjust death."

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Pence said he planned to use his trip to the Olympics to prevent North Korea from using the games as a ploy for favorable propaganda on the communist regime.

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Rain continues into the morning; wet commute, reduced visibility expected

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 3:53 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at the rain Wednesday and who could see some light freezing rain Thursday.

>> Record-breaking warmth this week 


  • Rain returns this morning, chance storm
  • Rounds of rain continue into weekend
  • Flood threat lingers

>> 5-Day Forecast


TODAY: Rain with the chance for a few thunderstorms will continue to move into the Miami Valley this morning. The commute will likely be wet so drivers should slow down and watch for pockets of heavy rain that could drop visibility. A very mild morning, but temperatures drop during the day behind the cold front to the upper 30s and low 40s by the end of the afternoon. Rounds of rain showers continue through the afternoon and evening hours, but won’t be as heavy. The roads will stay wet for the drive home and it could get cold enough at night for some freezing rain to develop. 

>> County-by-County Weather

THURSDAY: Temperatures, especially in the northern Miami Valey, should reach the low to mid 40s. Scattered rain showers in the morning will mix with freezing rain in some spots, however, temperatures will quickly climb to above freezing, limiting any major impact. Road temperature may also stay warm enough to limit problems, but conditions could get slick briefly in some areas. The rest of the day will be dry in most cities as highs reach the upper 40s. 

FRIDAY: Another wave of energy will bring widespread showers back to the Miami Valley. It’ll be breezy with highs in the upper 50s. Rain may fall heavy in some spots, keeping the flood threat elevated for low lying cities, creeks, and streams. 

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

SATURDAY: We’ll see scattered showers at times, especially in the afternoon. A breezy day with highs in the upper 50s. 

SUNDAY: Morning showers come to an end with it being windy and cooler at times as highs peak in the low 50s. These temperatures will drop quickly into the evening. 

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Man suffers life-threatening injuries after being ejected from vehicle in Springfield crash

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 5:30 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 6:56 AM

Springfield crash seriously injures one person

UPDATE @ 6:15 a.m: One man suffered life-threatening injuries after being ejected from the vehicle he was driving in a Springfield crash Wednesday morning, according to officials.

>> Driver extricated, highway reopens after crash on SB I-75

Springfield police say the man was traveling south on Limestone Street at a high-rate speed when he hit a tree and then hit a pole just after 4 a.m.

He was taken to an area hospital.

Limestone Street was blocked off as a result of the crash.

A traffic reconstruction team responded to the scene as well. 


One person sustained serious injuries in a single-vehicle crash early Wednesday morning.

The crash happened shortly after 4 a.m. on Limestone Street near Chestnut Avenue, according to reports. One person sustained a serious injury, and a traffic reconstruction team is responding.

This story will be updated as we learn additional details.

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