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Published: Thursday, August 04, 2016 @ 3:23 PM
Updated: Monday, August 08, 2016 @ 1:47 PM
PIKE COUNTY — UPDATE @ 12:52 p.m. Aug. 8
WHIO’s John Bedell recently touched base with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine regarding the investigation into the unsolved April 22 fatal shootings of eight Rhoden family members in Pike County.
DeWine said the murders were “well planned” and executed by more than one person. He said at least one person involved was familiar with the properties where the bodies were found. While investigators have made progress, DeWine said the outcome is still nowhere in sight.
“I’ll tell you we know a lot more today that when we first started,” DeWine said. “We’re still not to the point where we can say, ‘we’re gonna go arrest someone.’ We’re just not to that point yet.”
DeWine has kept a tight lid on releasing details of what investigators are learning. Autopsy reports have been withheld from the public.
“The reason for that is there’s certain facts that only — at this point — only the murderer knows,” he said. “We don’t want to broadcast those facts. Because once you do, it becomes much more difficult to judge the credibility of something someone comes in and tells you.”
DeWine reiterated statements he made at the outset, that “this could be a long investigation.”
“It really is like putting together a big, say thousand-piece jigsaw puzzle,” he said. “We’re putting in pieces. A piece here, a piece here, a piece here. At some point it becomes clear. You start seeing a picture and at some point, you figure it out.”
In response to a question on whether the shooters knew the victims, DeWine said certainly those responsible “knew the territory.”
“Someone was involved who knew that area, and probably knew those homes and at least some of the people who were victimized. But beyond that I really can’t say.”
DeWine responded to questions about the marijuana that was found growing on two properties where bodies were found.Pike County shooting: The latest
“Clearly, this was a serious commercial operation,” said DeWine, who would not confirm whether there are any connections to international drug cartels.
“I don’t want to be in a position where we confirm or deny any kind of theory. I don’t think that would be fair as far as our investigation is concerned and our ability to find out who did this,” he said.
The three surviving children of the victims of the Pike Co. shooting massacre in April that left 8 members of the Rhoden family dead, are in danger according to Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader.
According to a report from the Columbus Dispatch, Reader testified at a court hearing and said that the Rhoden family, specifically the three children in the homes where the murders occurred, remain in danger.
He also confirmed his investigators are looking for multiple killers, according to the report.
No arrests have been made yet for the killings.
Reader’s testimony came in a hearing to keep proceedings about the surving Rhoden children closed to the public and the media.
Reader told Pike County Juvenile Judge Robert Rosenberger: “I believe if the information about the minor children is released, it would put the minor children or their caregivers in grave danger.”
The judge is considering access to hearings for 9-month-old Ruger Rhoden and 3-month-old Kylie Rhoden, both of whom are in foster care.
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 11:07 PM
DAYTON — A gunshot victim arrived tonight at Good Samaritan Hospital, which notified police.
The shooting reportedly happened in the 700 block of Ferguson Avenue in Dayton, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.
Dayton police were dispatched to the hospital around 9:45 p.m.
The victim’s name, age and condition was not available tonight.
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 5:31 PM
LEBANON — The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is warning people of a phone scam that cost one area resident about $2,000.
Sgt. Roy McGill said since Feb. 15, several residents who live inside and outside Warren County have received phone calls from someone identifying himself as a “Sgt. Corey Adams” of the sheriff’s office and telling them he has a warrant for their arrest.
The fake deputy then tells the resident to purchase pre-paid debit cards from local retailers and subsequently requests the debit card numbers for payment, over the phone, to keep from being arrested on the warrant. McGill said at least one victim provided payment information and was scammed out of approximately $2,000.
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 3:46 PM
WINCHESTER, Mass. — A 22-year-old woman is dead after a double stabbing Saturday at a public library in Massachusetts.
Winchester police tell Boston 25 News they were called to the Winchester Public Library just after 10:30 a.m.
When police arrived, they found a female and an elderly man both suffering from stab wounds, Boston25News reported.
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan says the 22-year-old female was in the library sitting at a table when the suspect, 24-year-old Jeffrey Yao, approached her from behind and stabbed her with a 10-inch hunting knife.
She suffered multiple stab wounds to the head and upper torso and was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Several people in the library ran to help the woman, including a 77-year-old man who also sustained stab wounds, Boston25News reported. He was taken to the hospital.
Yao was arrested in connection with the stabbing. He is being held without bail and is facing murder and assault with intent to murder with a dangerous weapon charges.
Officials did not say if the stabbing was random or if Yao knew the victim. They are still investigating the stabbing - including the motive.
The victim has not been identified.
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 2:44 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 2:33 PM
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Police arrested a Florida man Monday after he allegedly broke into a sleeping woman’s home and committed sexual battery.
Officers responded to an apartment in an undisclosed West Palm Beach neighborhood about 5 a.m. Feb. 19 when a woman called and said she woke up to a man kneeling at the foot of her bed and touching her genital area, according to the arrest report.
She told officers that she asked the man — who was later identified as 27-year-old Lamarsh Shelly — what he was doing in her house, and he said “your door was open,” the police report states.
According to the arrest report, Shelly then asked her if she wanted to have sex and asked her for a cigarette. She gave him a cigarette, and she demanded he leave the apartment. She told officers that she knew him from the neighborhood, and he went by the nickname “Honeycomb.”
The woman said Shelly was wearing a black shirt with tan pants, the Palm Beach Post reported. Officers then spoke to another witness who said that she saw Shelly outside of the apartment walking north while smoking a cigarette.
Officers located Shelly at 8th Street and Herietta Avenue, where he told officers, “I don’t burglarize and I don’t want sex,” the report states.
Shelly later admitted to officers that he walked into the apartment, opened the front door and saw the victim sleeping in her bed, the Palm Beach Post reported. He said that he made noises to wake her up to tell her that her front door was open, but did not mention touching her.
Police said children were sleeping in the apartment when the incident occurred.