Clay model to help ID remains unveiled in Greene Co.

Published: Thursday, December 08, 2016 @ 5:18 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 08, 2016 @ 10:24 AM

UPDATE @ 10:15 a.m. (Dec. 8):

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation worked with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office to help create a clay model of a woman’s face used from the skull recovered from Spring Valley Twp. May 1.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said Ohio BCI worked with the Ohio State University and a local hospital to also assist in obtaining the data they needed to create the model.

DeWine said he’s urging other local law enforcement agencies that are working on missing person’s cases to reach out the Ohio BCI to see if their cases warrant creating a clay model as well.

Greene County Sheriff Gene Fisher said the advancement in technology has changed how law enforcement works.

“The technology available today is so much more advanced than 25 years ago when I got into law enforcement,” Fisher said.

The Greene County Coroner’s Office also said that there was no trauma to the body of the female that was found and right now they do not have an exclusive cause of death.


A clay model will be unveiled today of a facial reconstruction of a woman whose skeletal remains were found near Xenia earlier this year.

The clay model was created by a forensic artist in an effort to help identify the remains.

Earlier this year, officials said the body have been exposed to the elements for a period of at least three months, but no more than a year.

Details include: female Caucasian; 25 to 50 years old; 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-10; white tank top; white bra; and black pants with a pink stripe up the leg, with a pink heart on the left thigh area that says, “Babe.”

The sheriff’s office has asked anyone with information on the remains to come forward.

The model will be unveiled this morning. Anyone with information

Ten Commandments monument destroyed in less than 24 hours after installation

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

A two year battle came to an end in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Tuesday, but the controversy over a monument to the Ten Commandments has not.

In less than 24 hours after the installation of the monument, someone destroyed the display by knocking it down, breaking chunks of granite off, KARK reported.

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The Ten Commandments were unveiled after state Sen. Jason Rapert introduced legislation to have the biblical laws displayed on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol.

It measured 6 feet tall and stood near a walkway between the capitol building and the state’s Supreme court, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

It was paid for by private donations totaling more than $26,000.

The bill, the Arkansas Ten Commandments Monument Act 1231, was passed in April, 2015, despite opposition that has continued until this year.

The American Civil Liberties Union said they plan to file a lawsuit to get the monument taken down.

The Satanic Temple also plans on filing a lawsuit.

Gov. Mike Huckabee took to Twitter for some harsh words for whoever knocked down the monument.

KTHV is reporting that Michael Reed has been arrested for destroying the monument.

Marsh Supermarket in Hamilton sets closing date

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 9:23 AM

Hamilton’s Marsh Supermarket is among 18 locations that are closing and holding liquidation sales.

Located at 1500 Plaza Dr. just off Millville Avenue, the store is set to close July 8.

Prices are marked down between 30 percent to 50 percent and the vast majority of items remaining are non-perishable ones.

MORE: Grocer buys 15 Marsh stores, including Middletown, Eaton stores

The other 17 Marsh locations set to close by next month are located in Indiana.

The Hamilton location was built in 1967, according to the Butler County Auditor’s Office.

Marsh closed 19 stores in May and put 44 locations up for sale after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

RELATED: New owner of Marsh groceries calls Middletown ‘a good fit

Generative Growth II LLC, a privately-held Findlay based company, purchased 15 Marsh Supermarkets in Ohio and Indiana earlier this month, including stores located at 621 N. University Blvd. in Middletown; 223 Aukerman in Eaton; and 982 N. Market in Troy.

MORE: 5 things customers say they’ll miss most about Brown’s Deli in Hamilton

They’ll be managed by Fresh Encounter Inc., which operates grocery stores under the banners of Great Scot, Community Markets, King Saver, Chief and Sack n’ Save.

TSA begins searching books before travelers board planes

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 9:08 AM

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The TSA is testing a new policy under which passengers will be asked to separate their reading materials from the rest of their carry-on luggage so agents can fan through the pages to see if anything dangerous is hidden inside.

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Right now, the book searches are happening at just a few airports, but Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said in a recent television interview that the process could expand nationwide.

Though the TSA insists agents will not pay attention to the contents of your reading material, there’s no way to verify or enforce that neutrality. Some already believe the TSA doesn’t pick passengers for extra screening as randomly as it claims. And some say it would be easy for agents to unfairly scrutinize people reading controversial political or religious content — or just an author the agent happens to dislike.

The policy also raises a new privacy concern. The United States has “a long history of special legal protection for the privacy of one’s reading habits,” notes privacy expert Jay Stanley in an analysis of the TSA’s plan for the ACLU. That history includes “numerous Supreme Court and other court decisions, [plus] state laws that criminalize the violation of public library reading privacy or require a warrant to obtain book sales, rental or lending records.”

“A person who is reading a book entitled ‘Overcoming Sexual Abuse’ or ‘Overcoming Sexual Dysfunction’ is not likely to want to plop that volume down on the conveyor belt for all to see,” Stanley said. Or what if you’re learning Arabic or studying advanced mathematics? Critics have pointed out that both of those activities attracted airport security scrutiny even before implementation of a nationwide book screening.

Some say scholars are especially at risk of running afoul of the TSA under this new program. “Academics are unsurprisingly big readers, and since we don’t simply read for pleasure, we often read materials with which we disagree or which may be seen by others as offensive,” said Henry Reichman, chair of the American Association of University Professors’ Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure.

“For instance, a scholar studying terrorism and its roots may well be reading — and potentially carrying on a plane — books that others might see as endorsing terrorism,” he said.

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Deputies: Mother locks 11-year-old in car, sets it on fire

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 9:44 AM

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Authorities arrested a 48-year-old woman on Tuesday after she was accused of binding her 11-year-old son’s wrists, locking him in a car and setting it on fire at a Michigan cemetery, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

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Deputies and firefighters were called around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday by the suspect’s 50-year-old husband, who was worried that his wife might have harmed their son. Officials learned the couple’s car was on fire at Roselawn Memorial Park in LaSalle Township.

Deputies found a smoking 2014 Ford Focus at the cemetery, but neither the woman nor her son were nearby. Authorities found the pair talking to staff in a different part of the cemetery and arrested the woman on charges of attempted murder and arson.

She was taken to ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital for evaluation. Her son was also taken to the hospital and later released.

Authorities said a preliminary investigation found the mother bound her son’s wrists and locked him inside the Focus. She set fire to the trunk of the car as the boy struggled to get out, deputies said.

“The mother later attempted to ignite a fire using gasoline inside the passenger compartment where the boy sat,” deputies said in a news release. “This fire did not ignite.”

When the fire failed to catch, the woman let her son out of the car and walked away. The pair found a cemetery employee, who freed the boy from his bindings, according to authorities.

Deputies continue to investigate the case.