Police say Colerain mass shooting victim lied about being pregnant

Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 10:52 AM

Colerain resident Sanford Dullah says he's concerned about shooting victim allegedly lying about being pregnant and losing her unborn child during gender reveal mass shooting July 8.

Colerain Twp. police now believe that that a female shooting victim at a gender reveal party on July 8 lied about losing her unborn child.

The unsolved mass shooting left one woman dead and eight others injured, including three children.

Jim Love of the Colerain Twp. Police Dept. said detectives have been busy developing leads and following up on evidence that has been collected in the shooting in the 9900 block of Capstan Avenue in Colerain.

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But police now believe Cheyanne Willis, who was shot in the leg at a shower in her unborn baby’s honor, was not truthful about losing an unborn child, and appears to not have been pregnant.

Love said police are now certain that “Willis was not pregnant,” and have wasted time following up on information that was incorrect. Willis could also be facing charges regarding providing false information to police, Love said.

He added that detectives are following up on tips and evidence and will continue to work the case “to make something break.”

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Autum Garrett, 22, of Huntington, Ind., suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died before first responders arrived on the scene July 8. Willis was the other adult victim shot and three children ages 8, 6 and 2, were sent to Cincinnati Children’s hospital with non-life threatening injuries from gunshot wounds.

Gender reveal parties are events at which expectant parents announce the gender of their unborn child.

A $10,000 reward has been put up by an anonymous donor for information leading to the arrest of people involved in the mass shooting.

Colerain resident Sanford Dullah was near Capstan Drive on Monday afternoon, and he was concerned about the alleged fabrication told to police by Willis.

“I have concerns if there was a baby in the first place and what else could she be lying about?” Dullah said, adding that he was also concerned that witnesses providing false information have wasted the time of law enforcement during the investigation.

The Cincinnati Drug Enforcement Administration, Ohio Attorney General’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigations, United States Marshal’s Service, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI are combining efforts with the Colerain Twp. police in the investigation.

A texting only tip line has been added, 513-470-7165, in an attempt to bring in more information. Callers can still provide information at 513-352-3040 or 321-COPS.

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Springfield man accused of abduction, stomping on woman’s head

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 8:12 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 8:45 PM


            Jonathan J. Rockey
Jonathan J. Rockey

A Springfield man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly abducted a woman he knows and stomped on her head in Pike Twp. last week.

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Jonathan J. Rockey, 36, of Springfield, pleaded not guilty to one count each of domestic violence, abduction, disrupting public services, assault, menacing and unauthorized use of a vehicle in Clark County Municipal Court on Tuesday morning. Bond was set at $23,500.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the intersection of Studebaker Road and Ayers Pike for an active domestic violence dispute on Feb. 17. The victim and another man who stopped to help told deputies the suspect just drove off in a minivan towards Miami County, according to a police report.

A witness told deputies he was driving on Ayers Pike when he heard a woman calling for help. As he pulled up to the van, he allegedly saw Rockey stomping on a woman’s head. The witness told Rockey he had an active concealed carry permit, the report said. Rockey allegedly threatened the witness, he said.

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The victim told deputies she had just arrived home in New Carlisle when Rockey asked her to go on a car ride, the report said. Rockey allegedly had alcohol on his breath and threw the victim’s phone into the back of the car so she wouldn’t be able to reach it. Rockey drove to some woods the victim wasn’t familiar with and allegedly refused to take her home, the report said.

Rockey accused the woman of cheating on him and allegedly told her if she didn’t tell the truth she wouldn’t make it out of the woods alive, the report said. The victim began yelling for help and Rockey allegedly pulled her out of the vehicle and began stomping on her head and stomach until the witness arrived to help. The victim told deputies multiple times she believed he was going to kill her, it said.

Rockey was taken into custody by deputies on Monday evening in New Carlisle, according to jail records.

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Woman ‘just out of rehab’ had open 12-pack, child in car, deputies say

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 4:44 PM

A woman was arrested in unincorporated Wellington, Fla., for DUI and child neglect. Stephanie Roque, 30, allegedly had an open 12-pack of beer in her car. Police said the 12-back was sitting beneath a child's feet in the backseat.

A woman was arrested on Thursday in an unincorporated area of Wellington, Fla., after deputies said she drove intoxicated with a child in the back seat, who was sitting above an open case of beer.

A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy pulled over Miami resident Stephanie Roque, 30, on Forest Hill Boulevard and Lyons Road abour 11 a.m. after she made a complete stop in her SUV in the center of a lane. The deputy said that Roque’s drivers license was suspended, and noticed she had a “strong smell of alcohol,” the arrest report states.

Roque told the deputy that she “just got out of rehab today for a drinking problem,” according to the report. The deputy found a child in the backseat of the car with an open 12-pack of beer sitting underneath the child’s feet. Only nine of the 12 beers were in the case, the report states.

The deputy had Roque perform roadside sobriety tests, and then arrested her on charges of DUI and child neglect. Roque was booked into the Palm Beach County jail and released on Thursday after posting a $4,000 bond, according to jail records.

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Driver cited in ambulance crash in Warren County

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 4:20 PM


            The driver accused of causing this head-on crash with an ambulance in Warren County has been cited into court.
The driver accused of causing this head-on crash with an ambulance in Warren County has been cited into court.

The Lebanon man driving the truck that crashed head-on into an ambulance earlier this month, sending himself and three people to the hospital for treatment, is to appear in court Thursday on a misdemeanor charge.

Jesse C. Jones, 21, of Lebanon, was charged with “lanes of travel” on Tuesday in Warren County Court.

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On Feb. 9, Jones, two ambulance technicians and a woman they were transporting to a hospital after she suffered a stroke, were treated after the three-vehicle crash on Ohio 122 outside Red Lion in Clearcreek Twp., Warren County.

Jones and the ambulance techs were treated and released.

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Marjorie Bottorff, 52, the person being transported at the time of the crash, remained in serious condition on Wednesday at Miami Valley Hospital.

Jones is required to appear for his arraignment scheduled for 1:20 p.m. Thursday at the county court in Lebanon.

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Illegal immigrants dealt kilos of fentanyl in Miami County, feds say

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 3:03 PM


            Nabor Zapeda-Ibarria
Nabor Zapeda-Ibarria

Two illegal immigrants from Mexico have been charged with intent to distribute several kilograms worth of fentanyl in Miami County, according to court documents.

Nabor Zapeda-Ibarria, 23, and Jesus Mayorga Gonzalez, 40, have been charged with possession and intent to distribute more than 400 grams of fentanyl in Dayton’s U.S. District Court.

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A magistrate judge ruled Tuesday that both would remain detained during their case. Both are scheduled for a March 2 preliminary hearing.

Confidential sources told law enforcement that a residence at 5545 County Road 25A in Tipp City was being used by a drug trafficking organization with ties to Mexico, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit written by a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) special agent.

In January, Mayorga Gonzalez was stopped for speeding on Interstate 75 and provided false names for both defendants, according to the complaint.

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The special agent wrote that, according to a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office detective assigned to a Homeland Security task force, Mayorga Gonzalez was the subject of a November 2016 seizure of nine kilograms (19.84 pounds) of heroin and $400,000.

“Specifically, during the prior investigation a cooperating witness stated that Mayorga Gonzalez was a coordinator f0r large amounts of heroin coming into the Dayton area and was also involved with the collection of large amounts of drug proceeds,” the special agent wrote. A prosecutor and defense attorney both said Tuesday that Mayorga Gonzalez was not arrested the 2016 case.

The affidavit said that the DEA obtained a search warrant earlier this month for the “target residence”and located Zapeda-Ibarria inside along with evidence.

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The evidence mentioned included a hydraulic press, Tyvek suits, face masks and more than $150,000 cash, three kilograms of suspected fentanyl in the attic floor, a loaded handgun, scales and suspected drug cutting agents.

Mayorga Gonzalez was found with a key to the residence, according to the complaint, which stated that both men admitted to being in the country illegally.

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