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Life sentence for Franklin High grad for friend’s murder in drug binge

Published: Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 6:10 PM

A Warren County Man was sentenced to 20 Years To Life In Prison for murdering a drug friend on Christmas Day 2016.

A 26-year-old Warren County man was sentenced today to 20 years to life in prison for murdering a friend on Christmas Day 2016, culminating a four-to-five-day methamphetamine binge.

Judge Robert Peeler sentenced Zachary Wilson, 26, on three counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault and single charges of improperly discharging a firearm and tampering with evidence.

Peeler sentenced Wilson after the mother-in-law of the murder victim, Jeremy Foxx, 24, of Carlisle, said he left behind two young children after a troubled life plagued by mental and physical problems.

“Every day they still ask for their daddy,” Anita Lykins said.

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Allison Moore, 20, of Franklin Twp., Foxx’s cousin and Wilson’s former girlfriend, was sentenced to 36 months in prison for tampering with evidence in the case.

Wilson, 26, fired at least nine rounds from an AK-47 pistol into Foxx, culminating a five-day methamphetamine binge.

I’m sorry,” Wilson said. It’s a bad situation. I’ve got to live for it for the rest of my life.”

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Wilson, a Franklin High graduate living outside Lebanon at the time of the shooting, shot Foxx as they drove with Moore, shattering the back of Foxx’s skull and sending a bullet into one of the homes they were driving by.

The truck crossed through a ditch as Wilson circled back in a futile attempt to find the the pistol before fleeing - first to Caesar Creek Lake Park and then Kentucky.

On Thursday, a victim’s advocate read a statement from a resident of Carlisle into whose home a bullet fired by Wilson went that night.

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“Jeremy Foxx was not the only victim,” Assistant County Prosecutor Travis Vieux said, adding that all of Warren County was affected by “an increase in this kind of violent activity.”

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Piqua man guilty in rape case plea agreement

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 3:26 PM

            Dylan Cost, 21, pleads guilty in rape case. CONTRIBUTED.
Dylan Cost, 21, pleads guilty in rape case. CONTRIBUTED.

TROY — A Piqua man pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony rape in a case heard in Miami County Common Pleas Court.

Dylan Cost, 21, initially faced one count of rape for alleged sexual conduct with a person under age 13, in August in Piqua. As part of a plea deal, that charge will be dismissed.

The new charge does not specify the age of the victim and carries a shorter potential sentence. He could receive up to 11 years in prison at sentencing April 30. The original charge carried a possible life sentence.

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Judge Jeannine Pratt found Cost guilty and ordered a pre-sentence investigation.

He will be classified as a Tier III sex offender at sentencing. The designation will require him to register his address at the sheriff’s office in the county where he lives every 90 days for the rest of his life after prison release.

Cost remains in the county jail on $250,000 bail.

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Driver on fentanyl gets maximum sentence for fatal Ross Twp. crash

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 11:40 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 12:08 PM

Larry Gray II (left) pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide for the death of Laura Cheek. Cheek was killed on Aug. 17 when her black Ford Mustang was hit head-on by Gray’s yellow Mustang on Ross-Millville Road. STAFF FILE
Larry Gray II (left) pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide for the death of Laura Cheek. Cheek was killed on Aug. 17 when her black Ford Mustang was hit head-on by Gray’s yellow Mustang on Ross-Millville Road. STAFF FILE

A Hamilton man has been given the maximum prison sentence for killing a woman in an August crash in Ross Twp.

Larry Gray II, 24, of Oxford Street, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide in February for the death of Laura Cheek.

Butler County Common Pleas Judge Greg Howard on Wednesday sentenced Gray to eight years in prison.

Cheek, 38, of Reily Twp., was killed on Aug. 17 when her black Ford Mustang was hit head-on by Gray’s yellow Mustang on Ross-Millville Road.

Reilly Twp woman killed in crash

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At the time of the crash, Gray was estimated to be traveling 79 mph and was impaired by fentanyl, according to the Butler County Sheriff”s Office investigation, Assistant Butler County Prosecutor Dan Phillips said.

Gray was also given a lifetime license suspension, a $5,000 fine, and will be place on three years of post release control when released from prison.

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There were reports at the crash scene that Gray was driving erratically before the crash that happened at about 9:30 a.m. Police said he also sideswiped another vehicle before colliding with Cheek. The occupants of that car were not injured.

After Gray’s plea on Feb. 7, Howard gave him a chance to remain free until sentencing, but Gray failed a drug test and was taken into custody and booked into the Butler County Jail.

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Lawsuit alleges Moraine police conspired in Dayton man’s deadly shooting

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 9:44 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 11:58 AM

Moraine police shooting: 1 man fatally shot

UPDATE @ 12:02 p.m. 

Family of Jamarco McShann holding a press conference about his death.

Rev. Jerome McCorry, of the National Congress on Faith & Social Justice, said: "We will fight for justice until justice is done.”

According to McCorry, other mothers of Ohio men shot and killed by police are at the press conference.

“These mothers are the leaders,” he said. 

The family’s attorney called it “unacceptable” that the Moraine officers are back on the job.


A wrongful death civil lawsuit has been filed in the October Moraine police officer-involved fatal shooting of a Dayton man.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court by the estate of Jamarco McShann alleges a conspiracy and misconduct involving several Moraine police officers.

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“Defendant Officers John Howard, Jerry Knight, Michael Cornely, Justin Eller, Brian O’Neal, and unnamed officers willfully and maliciously shot Jamarco Dewayne McShann to death, and/or failed to intervene to prevent the use of deadly force against him despite the duty and the opportunity to do so,” the lawsuit states.

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Attorneys for the McShann family said they have scheduled a news conference for 11:30 a.m. today.

We are seeking response from the city and will update the story.

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“The defendant officers otherwise acted both willfully, wantonly, recklessly, negligently, intentionally, and with malice and willful indifference in committing the acts alleged in this complaint, which resulted in the wrongful death of Jamarco McShann,” according to the suit.

The 23-year-old McShann, died from “multiple shotgun and gunshot wounds” after a confrontation with Moraine officers John Howard and Jerry Knight in the early-morning hours of Oct. 20, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation oversaw a probe into the matter at the request of the Moraine Police Division. That has been forwarded to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

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The defendants “together with their unnamed co-conspirators, reached an understanding, engaged and continue to engage in a course of conduct, and otherwise jointly acted and/or conspired among and between themselves to unreasonably stop, seize, shoot, and kill Jamarco McShann in violation of his constitutional rights, complete false, inaccurate, and misleading reports, and to make false statements to superior officers in order to conceal their wrongdoing,” according to the suit.

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Austin package explosions: Parts of downtown Pflugerville shut down due to suspicious package report

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 2:50 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 2:50 AM

Package Explodes At FedEx Facility In Shertz,Texas

Police have shut down parts of downtown Pflugerville, an Austin suburb, due to a report of a suspicious package, the city’s police chief said early Wednesday. It is not yet known whether the incident is related to the Austin bombings.

The news came the day after investigators linked a fifth bomb blast at a FedEx ground delivery facility northeast of San Antonio to the deadly package bombs in Austin. A sixth blast at a south Austin Goodwill store was not related to the bombings, investigators said.

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