‘Bad timing. Real bad:’ 2 illegally enter building with K-9 training nearby

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 3:51 PM

Police chief saw them breaking into closed hotel

When the Middletown police chief and two new City Council were having lunch Wednesday on the fourth floor of the City Building, they noticed through a window that it appeared two subjects were climbing a fire escape and entering a window on the upper floors of the former Manchester Inn.

So Chief Rodney Muterspaw, who was meeting with council members Joe Mulligan and Ami Vitori, called police dispatch to report the suspicious activity at the hotel that closed seven years ago.


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As the two suspects were illegally trying to enter the Manchester Inn, the police department’s K-9 team was training along with eight agencies of the Southwest Regional K-9 Training Team at the city’s K-9 training center near the Middletown Regional Airport.

“Bad timing,” Muterspaw said with a laugh. “Real bad.”

Middletown’s K-9 officers Bear, Chase and Koda, along with dogs from the other police agencies, entered the building, said Officer Ryan Morgan, Chase’s handler. Morgan said there were 11 dogs stationed in and around the Manchester Inn.

“Dogs were barking everywhere,” Morgan said.

While Morgan and Chase were on the second floor, Chase, a 4-year-old German shepherd, indicated he smelled human scent, Morgan said. When they found the subjects hiding in a hotel room, Chase “showed force” and the subjects quickly surrendered, Morgan said.

Morgan said there is “no better training than real life scenarios.”

Nicholas Tsakeris, 18, and a juvenile were charged with criminal trespass, police said.

This story will be updated.

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Did you hear gunfire last night from a roaming pickup truck? Police are asking for help

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 9:30 AM


Ross Township police are asking for information about shots fired Tuesday night.

At about 9 p.m., police received several calls from residents reporting gunfire in Ross and Hanover Townships, according to the department’s Facebook post.

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Witnesses reported the gunshots were originating from a large, loud, black pickup truck roaming the area. Officers investigating the shots fired recovered several shell casings. No property damage has been reported and the truck was not located.

If anyone has any information concerning the truck or occupants, please contact the Ross Township Police Department at 513-863-2337.

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Sentencing for man who killed mother with child in car delayed

Published: Friday, January 26, 2018 @ 3:54 PM
Updated: Monday, January 29, 2018 @ 3:30 AM

Brandon Carr
Brandon Carr

UPDATE @ 9:05 a.m. (Feb. 21):

Sentencing for Brandon Carr has been delayed until Mar. 8 at 9 a.m.

UPDATE @ 4:35 p.m. (Feb. 6):

Brandon Carr, 36, was found guilty Tuesday in the shooting death of Brittany Russell, prosecutor’s said.

Prosecutor’s said Carr was found guilty as charged.  His sentencing is set for Feb. 21 at 9:45 a.m.


The man accused of shooting a Middletown mother to death in a car, where her 6-month-old daughter was discovered unharmed, is set for trial today.

Brandon Carr, 36, of Hamilton is charged with aggravated murder, murder, kidnapping, felonious assault, tampering with evidence, endangering children and having weapons under disability in connection to the killing of Brittany Russell, 29, of Middletown.

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Russell’s body was found inside a vehicle in an apartment parking lot off Free Pike in Dayton in early February 2016.

Russell’s 6-month-old daughter was in the backseat of the vehicle, but was not harmed, authorities said.

The U.S. Marshal’s Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team arrested Carr on March 14, 2017, at an address on Cornell Drive in Dayton.

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Two men shot to death on North Dixie Drive were friends

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:12 PM

LISTEN: 911 call released in double homicide in Harrison Twp.

The names of the two men found shot to death Monday in a Harrison Twp. car dealership have been released, but their autopsies are still pending.

LISTEN: The 911 call about the North Dixie shooting

The men, reportedly friends, were officially identified Tuesday as Buck-I Auto Sales owner Frank D. Buck, 71, and Lester Golson, 59, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Deputies said they do not believe anyone else was involved in the shooting deaths, but declined to provide many additional details.

Buck’s daughter, who said Tuesday that funeral services are pending, expressed love for her father and compassion for the Golson family.

“My father was a loving man would do anything in the world for just about anybody, he was loved by a lot he was always smiling, laughing, and joking around,” said Candace Buck. “My condolences are with the Golson family during this very hard time.”

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Candace Buck said Golson was a family friend who had purchased vehicles at the business before.

A woman who tried to get into the business Monday and saw one man point a gun at another then called 911 to report that she saw people get into a “tussle” before she heard three gunshots.

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In the sometimes frantic 6-minute call at 1:22 p.m., the woman said, “I was trying to get to my car and get to the phone to call the police then I heard gunshots.”

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office incident report listed the call as a homicide with an investigation pending. Other than that, it gave few clues as to detective’s theories.

The report’s narrative read: “On Monday, February 1, 2018, Deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to 2801 North Dixie Drive in Harrison Township in reference to a shooting.”

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Deputies had not commented on the relationship between Buck and Golson. Neither had felony records in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

Kyle Phillips of Huber Heights watched Monday as police worked the scene. He said he shopped for a car at the dealership several years ago.

Phillips said word of two deaths was “crazy” but that gunfire in the Northridge area — where he used to live — was not surprising to him.

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The sheriff’s office said people in the North Dixie area shouldn’t worry about suspects.

“I don’t believe that there’s anybody that we need to worry about right now,” Capt. Jeremy Roy said. “We think it was contained right here.”

Police have not released how many weapons were found at the scene or if the bullets found in the deceased’s bodies match the weapon or weapons found.

Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rob Streck said Tuesday there was no new information available and that detectives are chasing down leads.

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Judge orders big jump in bond for Trenton man charged with child sex, pornography

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 8:00 AM

            Mickey R. Murrill, 30, of the first block of North Street, is charged with 25 felony crimes including rape, voyeurism and possesion of child pornography. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Mickey R. Murrill, 30, of the first block of North Street, is charged with 25 felony crimes including rape, voyeurism and possesion of child pornography. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Bond was increased Tuesday for a Trenton man facing 25 felony charges including rape, voyeurism and possession of child pornography.

Mickey R. Murrill, 30, of the first block of North Street, was taken into custody last week. He faces one count of kidnapping for sexual motivation, four counts of illegal use of a minor in a nudity oriented material or performance, one count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, four counts of voyeurism, rape, two counts of gross sexual imposition and 12 counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor.

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On Friday at Murrill’s arraignment in Butler County Common Pleas Court, bond that was set earlier in Middletown Municipal Court of $120,000 was continued by common pleas Judge Charles Pater.

Murrill was back before Pater on Tuesday, when is bond was increased to $500,000. He has pleaded not guilty and has been appointed an attorney.

According to the indictment, the crimes occurred between Oct. 18, 2014 and October 18, 2017. The six alleged victims are between the ages of 6 and 12, according to the Trenton police report. Two other possible victims are listed on the original report, but Detective Sean Gill said there was not enough proof for charges to be filed.

Murrill’s mother, aunt and grandmother, who declined give their names, said he has suffered from head injuries and has tried suicide in the past.

Murrill is accused of showing pictures of females with no pants on to a 6-year-old girl and then asking the child to pull down her pants, according to the police report.

The child was transported to a hospital, where the girl disclosed Murrill had touched her private parts inside her underwear. The girl said the photos on Murrill’s phone were of girls, according to a report.

Detectives searched Murrill’s apartment two days later and seized a laptop, a tablet, a flash drive, two SD cards and a camera. The electronics were analyzed by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

During a Feb. 6 interview with detectives, Murrill told them that he had a spy camera in his residence that was made to look like a USB charger. Officers were unable to find the device when they searched the residence a second time.

While officers were searching Murrill’s residence on Feb. 6, detectives filed charges against him in Middletown Municipal Court. According to the police report, Murrill said he was suicidal during the interview and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The charges were presented directly to a Butler County grand jury, and the indictment was returned last week.

Murrill is accused of producing some of the images involving a child and also downloading some images, according to prosecutors.

Gill said Murrill is accused of having sexual contact with two of the victims, and the remainder of the victims where photographed without their knowledge with a camera in his apartment.

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