3 charged in Oxford ‘brutal rape case’ in court before trials begin

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 3:51 PM

            From left: Roger Richard Michael Simpson; Elijah Lee Mincy; and Rodney Adrian Louis Gibson II
From left: Roger Richard Michael Simpson; Elijah Lee Mincy; and Rodney Adrian Louis Gibson II

Three men charged with dozens of crimes for an alleged February 2017 sexual assault in Oxford were in court Thursday for a hearing before their trials begin later this month.

Roger Richard Michael Simpson, 23, of Cincinnati, is charged with 23 felony crimes, including 10 counts of rape, sexual battery, complicity to rape and kidnapping. His trial before Butler County Common Pleas Judge Michael Oster is scheduled to begin March 20.

FIRST REPORT:3 men face dozens of charges in Oxford rape case

Elijah Lee Mincy, 21, of North Campus Avenue, Oxford, is charged with 23 felony crimes, including three counts of rape, complicity to rape, sexual battery and kidnapping. His trial is scheduled to begin April 17.

Rodney Adrian Louis Gibson II, 21, of Cincinnati is charged with 26 crimes, including two counts of rape, sexual battery, kidnapping and complicity to rape. His trial is scheduled to begin April 24.

All three men remain housed in the Butler County Jail on high bonds set by Oster when the indictments were unsealed in July.

The Thursday hearing was to consider a motion to suppress statements Mincy made to Oxford police alleging he was not advised of his Miranda rights before he made statements that could be considered incriminating.

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The allegations involve a single victim, a 19-year-old woman who was visiting Oxford on Feb. 11 and 12, 2017. The assault occurred in an off-campus apartment complex at 3770 Southpointe Parkway, according to Oxford police.

“This is a very brutal rape case,” Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said last summer when the indictment was announced. “One of the worst this office has seen.”

Police were called to McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital during the early morning hours of Feb. 12, 2017, to investigate a reported sexual assault, according to Oxford Police Chief John Jones.

The victim was intoxicated at a party at a residence at the apartment complex and became separated from her friends, according to police.

The men are accused of luring the teen to another residence and sexually assaulting her, according to Oxford Police Chief John Jones said.

Jones said the case was presented directly to a grand jury after a lengthy investigation that included search warrants, interviews and forensic analysis.

The 72-count indictment was handed down by a grand jury on June 14, but it was sealed until the suspects were arrested, according to the prosecutor’s office.

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 12:44 AM

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

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Surface Street Incidents

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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  • Arlington Road between Pleasant Plain and Upper Lewisburg Salem Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE, March 5 - Sept. 30. All ramps for I-70 will remain open. 
  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • SR 48 between First Street and Riverdale Street, Lane closures March 19 - April 1. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 4 north/south between I-70 and Lower Valley Pike, Lane closure April 2 - 26. One northbound and two southbound lanes will remain open. 
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, RAMP CLOSURE, March 12 - Sept. 30. The official detour is: I-75 north to US 35 east to Jefferson/Main Street to Ludlow Street to US 35 west. 
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.
  • US 35 east between Edwin C. Moses Boulevard and Jefferson Street, Overnight lane closures March 19 at 8 p.m. - March 20 at 6 a.m. Two eastbound lanes will remain open.


  • N. Market Street between Foss Way/Kirk Lane and Stonyridge Avenue, ROAD CLOSURE March 5 at 7 a.m. - Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. 
  • I-75 south near CR 25A (Piqua), Lane closure March 19 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. One southbound lane will remain open. 
  • US 36 westbound between Scott Drive and Kienle Drive, Lane closure March 26 - June 30. One westbound lane will remain open. 


  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. 
  • SR 274 between Shroyer Road and Island Avenue, Lane closure April 9 - June 9. One lane will remain open in each direction. 


  • SR 121 between Washington Street and Fairview Street, ROAD CLOSURE Mar. 12 - April 13. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503. 
  • SR 121 between Arnold Street and Harter Road, ROAD CLOSURE Mar. 12 - April 13. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503. 


  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE March 15 - Aug. 15. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north


  • US 68 between SR 508 and Township Road 310, ROAD CLOSURE April 23 - 27. The official detour is: US 68 to SR 296 to SR 29 to SR 235 to SR 47 to US 68. 

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Fake Facebook page sends city into tizzy over snakes

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 12:19 AM

(Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
Carl Court/Getty Images
(Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)(Carl Court/Getty Images)

When most of northwest Georgia was preparing for severe storms, one city had to contend with the idea that snakes are lurking in sewers — or so they thought

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Calhoun Mayor Jimmy Palmer said ­the “City of Calhoun, Gordon County GA” Facebook page — where a post about snakes originated — is fake. 

“My wife saw it and actually called me,” Palmer said

The post, which has been up since 2:27 p.m. Monday, alleges a Calhoun police officer killed the “copperhead as it came out of the sewer in front of the courthouse” and urges residents to avoid the sewers, which may have more snakes. The post has garnered 19,000 reactions and more than 123,000 shares on Facebook — and it still has some panicked. 

“I’ve had comments like ‘Is it safe to walk down the street’ and those things,” Palmer said. “I don’t think the people who put it on there realize the impact.” 

The page, which has more than 12,000 followers, has been so believable that other law enforcement agencies have tagged the page or shared its posts, WSB-TV reported. Police say it’s been difficult finding the owner since the page is usually taken down before the person is caught. The page was still open just after 8 p.m. Tuesday. 

The city attorney plans to send a notice to Facebook notifying it of the fake page. The notice reads in part: “The objection is that this Facebook page impersonates and misrepresents to be the City’s official page by displaying a version of the official municipal seal and describes itself clearly as a ‘government organization.’

Fake city pages are hardly new. 

In October 2016, comedian Ben Palmer created a fake city of Atlanta Facebook page, poking fun at the city’s crime and public safety efforts. The city, however, responded to the Facebook page’s use of the trademarked Atlanta City Seal, which was used without proper authorization. Creative changes were made to the satirical page’s seal to avoid trademark conflicts. 

But while the fake city of Atlanta page is still going strong (it has more than 154,000 followers), some are hoping the fake Calhoun page is removed from Facebook. 

Calhoun resident Matt Wiley said he is happy the city is adamant about the page’s removal: “For the sake of the city, that’s not a bad move just to make sure the people are informed. If you start spreading misinformation, panic might ensue, especially if it’s an alligator or a giant snake.”

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Slick spots possible as temperatures drop overnight

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 3:59 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 11:35 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks into what other problems you may deal with Wednesday and Thursday on the roads.

Skies will clear with temperatures dropping into the lower 20s overnight, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Some refreeze of slushy areas likely, which could lead to some slick spots.

>> Clipper-type system could bring snow this weekend


  • Skies slowing clearly, cold overnight
  • Sunshine to return rest of week
  • Weekend storm could bring accumulating snow
Five Day Forecast


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Thursday: Sunny skies will return with unseasonable temperatures holding in the lower 40s.

Friday: Sunshine will start the day but clouds will increase late. Highs will rebound into the middle 40s.

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Saturday: Snow will push across the Miami Valley. The snow may mix with rain in the afternoon, especially south. Some snow accumulation will be possible. It will become blustery with highs holding in the upper 30s.

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Sunday: Skies will clear with highs in the lower 40s.

Monday: Sunshine is expected to start the day with increasing clouds late. It will be milder with highs in the upper 40s.

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Damage from electrical fire on Pinehurst Avenue estimated at $10K

Published: Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 4:33 PM
Updated: Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 5:37 PM

House fire on Pinehurst Ave in Dayton

UPDATE @ 5:30 p.m.

A electrical fire that started in the basement of a residence on Pinehurst Avenue has been extinguished, according to Dayton District Fire Chief Adam Landis.

No injuries were reported. He estimated the damage at $10,000.

Landis also said the cause of the fire is under investigation and the residents will be able to stay in their house. 


Fire crews were dispatched to a working structure fire on the 50 block of Pinehurst Avenue on Monday afternoon. We are headed to the scene and will update you with the latest information. 

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