James Uphoff sentenced in child porn case

Published: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 @ 12:02 PM
Updated: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 @ 12:19 PM

Retired Wright State University professor James K.Uphoff was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in federal prison a year after pleading guilty to possession of child porn.

Uphoff, 77, also the former Oakwood Board of Education president, had entered a guilty plea in October 2013 and reached a deal for a binding sentence from six months to two years.

U.S. District Court Judge Walter H. Rice accepted the plea deal and also ruled that Uphoff must pay $5,100 in fines and be on supervision for 10 years. Uphoff also must forfeit computer equipment, continues ex-offender treatment and register as a sex offender.

Uphoff has spent seven days in custody. The non-binding federal sentencing range for such an offender is from 63 to 78 months. Uphoff must voluntarily surrender to U.S. Marshals within 30 days.

Rice disagreed with a letter he received that Uphoff was"rotten to the core" while adding Uphoff is an"intelligent" and "educated" man who has shown "a lack of judgment."

Uphoff told Rice: "I apologize for my past failures" and that he is searching for "ways I can atone for them."

Defense attorney John Rion spoke about Uphoff's long educational and community background, and said his client feels"humiliated" and "shamed" and that he is amenable to more counseling and treatment.

Assistant U.S. attorney Christy Muncy said Uphoff violated his pre-sentencing supervision more than once and has been viewing materials related to children being used as sex objects for nearly a decade. Muncy asked the court for a sentence of 18 months.

In September 2012, investigators found 550 pornographic images and two videos on three of Uphoff's computer devices.

Investigators also found at Uphoff's residence hundreds of printouts depicting images of naked teenage boys and young adults either in bondage or pornographic poses.

Investigators also found at Uphoff's residence hundreds of erotic stories of adults engaging in sexual acts with some children and engaging in sexual acts with other children.

OSP cruiser hit in Dayton after I-75N pursuit from Middletown

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 12:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 2:21 AM

Pursuit ends on Keowee St in Dayton

A trooper’s cruiser was struck Wednesday night in Dayton during a pursuit that began in Middletown.

The chase involved a white Chevrolet Camaro, which began on northbound Interstate 75 south of exit 32 (Ohio 122).

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Three people were taken into custody, and the trooper was not hurt, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Hamilton Post.

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Keowee Street was closed just north of Third Street and police had taped the area off for the investigation.

A Miamisburg man said he was in his vehicle at East Third and Keowee streets when a white Camaro — its headlights out — raced by him from behind.

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T.C. Cavinder said the sports car narrowly missed his and another vehicle, hit curbs along Keowee and stopped near a bridge. A man in the Camaro hopped out and threw up his hands, Cavinder said.

We are working to find out what led to the pursuit.

Wife stabbed 123 times in alleged 'cold medicine' killing, autopsy shows

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 2:13 AM

Man Accused Of Fatally Stabbing Wife, Blames Cold Medicine

An autopsy has found 123 stab wounds and cuts on a woman who police say was stabbed by her husband after he said he awoke from a dream with blood all over him.

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WSOC-TV's partner in Raleigh, WTVD, obtained the autopsy report for 29-year-old Lauren Phelps which details 24 stab wounds and 20 cuts to her head and neck, as well as dozens of wounds to her torso and arms.

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In a 911 call, Phelps' 27-year-old husband, Matthew, told the operator he took more cold medicine than he should have Sept. 1 and woke up after his dream with blood all over him and a knife on the bed he shared with his wife in their Raleigh home.

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Matthew Phelps is charged with first-degree murder.

Man claims cold medicine caused fatal stabbing of wife

Published: Monday, September 04, 2017 @ 5:09 PM

Man Accused Of Fatally Stabbing Wife, Blames Cold Medicine

A Raleigh, North Carolina, newlywed was arrested and charged with murdering his wife.

The News & Observer reported that police spokeswoman Laura Hourigan said Matthew Phelps, 29, was charged shortly after 6 a.m. Friday.

Phelps called 911 after waking up and discovering his wife, Lauren Ashley-Nicole Phelps, 29, stabbed to death in their bedroom.

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In the 911 call made at about 1:10 a.m., the dispatcher is heard asking him to explain exactly what happened. Phelps said he “had a dream” and when he turned on the lights, she was “dead on the floor.”

The dispatcher continued to ask Phelps questions about his wife. He can be heard becoming emotional and telling the dispatcher that she is not breathing, and that he is “too scared to get close to her.” He then told the dispatcher that he took more cold medicine than he should have before going to bed.

“I took Coricidin Cough and Cold because I know it can make you feel good and sometimes I can’t sleep at night,” Phelps told the dispatcher. Phelps can then be heard sobbing toward the end of the seven-minute call.

“I can’t believe I did this,” Phelps said. “Oh God. She didn’t deserve this. Why?”

According to the couple’s posts on Facebook, the two were married Nov. 13 of last year, News & Observer reported.

Phelps, who did not have a past record, will make his first court appearance Tuesday. A jail spokesman said Phelps is at  Wake County jail without bail.

Convicted rapist won't have joint custody of victim's child after judge rescinds ruling

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 1:49 AM

Woman’s Rapist Gets Joint Custody Of Child He Fathered In Assault

The Michigan judge behind a controversial ruling last month, which granted a convicted sex offender joint legal custody to the child conceived by his 12-year-old victim in 2008, has rescinded his decisionCBS News reports.

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Sanilac County Judge Gregory Ross ruled Tuesday that 27-year-old Christopher Mirasolo will not have any parental rights to the 8-year-old boy. However, he will still be expected to pay for child support.

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Mirasolo was not seeking custody of the child. This odd scenario started when the mother, now 21, sought state assistance for her son. Ross ruled for joint legal custody after a DNA test verified Mirasolo was the boy’s biological father.

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Why did Ross initially grant Mirasolo legal custody? John Nevin, a spokesman for the Michigan Supreme Court, said that Ross wasn’t aware of Mirasolo’s two convictions, nor of how he and the mother were connected. After learning of Mirasolo’s record, Ross put the order on hold and rescheduled a hearing for Tuesday.

In a statement released to the Port Huron Times Herald, Sanilac County Prosecutor James Young said he wanted to “express [officials’] apologies for the manner in which this case was handled.”

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The mother, identified only as Tiffany, spoke to CBS News earlier this month and expressed dismay that the judge would grant her attacker joint custody of her son. She said she had to provide the father’s name as a condition of receiving state financial assistance.

“I was receiving government assistance, and they told me if I did not tell them who the father was of my child, that they would take that away from me,” Tiffany said.

She said “horrible things” and “flashbacks” still come to mind when she hears Mirasolo’s name.