Escaped inmate given a sweater by a stranger before being caught

Published: Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 3:53 PM


            David Z. Combs
David Z. Combs

A Fairfield man who had a short taste of freedom Wednesday after escaping from the Butler County Historic Court House is now facing an escape charge.

David Z. Combs, 41, of 4987 Potomac Dr., was taken to a hearing on a theft charge in Area II Court located in the High Street building. Combs did not follow fellow inmates and ducked out a side door, which was alarmed but that alarm malfunctioned, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

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He was dressed in a bright green jail jumpsuit, shackled and handcuffed, and someone thought he appeared to be cold and gave him a sweater, according to deputies.

“He made it about a block and a half before someone called and snitched on him. I like snitches,” said Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones.

Combs, who was facing a misdemeanor after a November arrest, is now charged with felony escape.

Jones said Combs was taken into custody 10 minutes after leaving the courthouse by Hamilton police.

“Maybe if he had more friends or a better plan he could have gotten a bit further,” Jones said. “We get about two or three a year that flee or walk away, but our track record on catching them is pretty impeccable.”

Flares, not improvised explosive devices, ignited at Florida mall, FBI says

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 9:33 AM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 1:04 PM



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Lake Wales police are searching for those responsible for igniting two marine flares Sunday evening near the entrance of the JC Penney at the Eagle Ridge Mall Sunday evening.

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Firefighters responded to reports of an explosion at the mall on 451 Eagle Ridge Drive around 5:20 p.m.

Firefighters initially said that an improvised explosive device had been detonated in a corridor located next to the mall entrance of JC Penney.

The FBI later determined that there was no explosion and no pipe bombs were discovered. Officials also said that the incident didn’t appear to be terrorism-related.

"It appears two items, believed to be marine flares, were ignited in a mall hallway, creating a large amount of smoke, and a backpack was located at the scene," said Andrea Aprea, an FBI spokeswoman. "Bomb technicians examined the contents of the backpack and determined it did not contain any incendiary or explosive devices."

A witness who called 911 told WFTV that she heard a fire alarm sound and saw orange smoke billowing from an object.

The mall was evacuated. No one was injured, but a ceiling and a wall were damaged by the flares, officials said.

After speaking with witnesses, police said they are looking for a person of interest described as a stocky, middle-aged white man wearing a gray shirt and a hat.

Detectives said they will review surveillance footage recorded at a jewelry store in the mall.

The investigation is ongoing.

Fired officer accused of sex with inmate has hearing continued

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 11:37 AM


            Nakisha Newell, a former Butler County corrections officer, is accused of having sex with an inmate at the Butler County Jail. She appeared in Butler County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, after being indicted on two counts of sexual battery, a third-degree felony, and one count of illegal conveyance into a detention facility, a first-degree misdemeanor. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Nakisha Newell, a former Butler County corrections officer, is accused of having sex with an inmate at the Butler County Jail. She appeared in Butler County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, after being indicted on two counts of sexual battery, a third-degree felony, and one count of illegal conveyance into a detention facility, a first-degree misdemeanor. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

A fired Butler County corrections officer accused of engaging in sexual activity with an inmate was in court with her attorney on Monday, but the case was continued before it was called on Judge Greg Stephens’ docket.

Nakisha Newell, 28, of Monroe, was arrested Nov. 27 after a day-long investigation by the sheriff’s office. She was indicted in December on two counts of sexual battery (both felonies) and illegal conveyance into a detention facility (a misdemeanor) for allegedly having sex with a male inmate at the Hanover Street corrections facility.

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Newell was scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on Monday, but that hearing was continued until Feb. 26. She is free on $5,000 bond.

During arraignment last month, Newell’s attorney, Mike Allen, entered a not guilty plea on Newell’s behalf. He told the judge that Newell is the mother of four children and not a flight risk.

Newell, who was employed as a corrections officer for 18 months, is accused of having sex with an inmate between Oct. 14 and Nov. 24. She is also accused of delivering a white iPhone to the inmate while he was in jail.

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Butler County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Mike Craft said an observant corrections sergeant brought information to administrators, and an investigation into possible criminal activity began.

During questioning about the contraband, Newell confessed to having sex with a male inmate, Craft said.

15-year-old arrested in ‘revenge fight’ shooting in Xenia

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 8:31 PM
Updated: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 10:35 PM



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UPDATE @ 10:54 a.m. (Jan. 22):

A 15-year-old boy was arrested for his alleged involvement in a shooting police said is “the result of a revenge fight that was setup to happen on Pocahontas.”

Police responded to the shooting around 8:15 p.m. Sunday.

According to investigators, the victim was a 17-year-old male, who was shot in the abdomen and is in stable condition at Kettering Medical Center.

Charges against the 15-year-old are pending.

UPDATE @ 10:35 p.m. (Jan. 21):

A male was shot tonight at the intersection of Pocahontas and South Detroit streets after a report of an altercation between the suspect and victim, police said.

A Xenia detective at the crime scene did not say whether the victim was an adult or juvenile, and said his condition was not available.

Police also did not release information about the suspect, but no arrest has been made.

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Police are investigating a shooting that happened tonight in the area of Pocahontas and South Detroit streets in Xenia.

The shooting was reported around 8:15 p.m.

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According to initial reports, the victim was headed to Greene Memorial Hospital. The victim’s name, age and condition were not available.

The suspect is possibly a juvenile, according to reports.

We are on the way and will update this report as we learn details.

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Hotel evacuated after man walks in carrying multiple firearms, police say

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 8:39 AM

Authorities were called to a hotel in Henry County, Georgia, on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, after a man was spotted with multiple guns, officials said.
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Authorities were called to a hotel in Henry County, Georgia, on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, after a man was spotted with multiple guns, officials said.(WSBTV.com)

Police in Henry County searched a hotel in McDonough on Monday morning after getting reports of an armed man at the hotel.