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Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 3:51 PM
BUTLER COUNTY — 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.
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.
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.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 4:16 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee man cleared of a rape and burglary conviction after spending 31 years in prison was awarded $1 million by the Tennessee Board of Claims, The Tennessean reported.
Lawrence McKinney, 61, was awarded the cash after a unanimous vote by the board. He was released from prison in 2009 because of new DNA evidence that cleared him of rape and burglary charges handed down in Memphis in 1978.
McKinney will receive $353,000 up front to pay his attorney fees and debts and also to buy a vehicle, the Tennessean reported. The remaining $647,000 will be distributed in a monthly annuity that will pay McKinney $3,350 per month for life beginning on May 1, the newspaper reported.
The payment is guaranteed for a minimum of 10 years. If McKinney should die within that span, the balance will be paid to his wife, or his estate if she also does not survive, the Tennessean reported.
The $1 million award is the maximum amount the board was allowed to allot for McKinney. Gov. Bill Haslam granted an executive exoneration to McKinney in December.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 12:32 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 3:47 AM
TROTWOOD — UPDATE @ 3:45 a.m: One person is in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital after being shot in the mouth in Trotwood early Friday morning, according to officials.
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The incident occurred in the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road just after midnight, per initial reports.
The suspect vehicle, believed to be a black Lincoln SUV, was towed away shortly after the shooting occurred and one person was arrested while officials were on scene.
No word on if the person arrested is the suspected shooter or just being taken in for questioning.
We will continue to update this story as details become available.
UPDATE @ 2:25 a.m: Officials continue to investigate after a person was shot in the mouth in Trotwood early Friday morning.
Initial reports indicate the shooting occurred in the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road just after midnight.
The suspect was not on scene when authorities arrived, but officials are describing the suspect vehicle as a black Lincoln SUV.
The victim was transported to Miami Valley Hospital on unknown conditions.
Crews are responding to the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road in Trotwood on a reported shooting that occurred early Friday morning.
The incident was dispatched around 12:20 a.m., per initial reports.
We will continue to update this story with more details.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 3:24 AM
MIAMI TWP. — A West Carrollton police cruiser was reportedly hit during a short pursuit on southbound I-75 Friday morning, according to officials.
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The pursuit started around 2:45 a.m. and ended shortly after at the 43 milemarker near the I-675 exit ramp, per initial reports.
No injuries were reported as a result of the hit and one person was reportedly detained at the scene.
No word on the severity of the damage to the cruiser.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
NEW YORK — Federal agents arrested a crew member of Fly Jamaica Airways for allegedly attempting to smuggle bags of cocaine into the United States by taping them to his legs, according to a statement by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
On March 17, the man was taken to a private search room at JFK International Airport, CNN reported. The flight had arrived in New York from Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Agents said they found four packages taped to his legs, with nine pounds of cocaine with a reported street value of $160,000, CNN reported.
The man has been charged with federal narcotics smuggling, CNN reported. He will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.