Police search for suspects in Cedarville credit card scam

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 6:05 AM

Courtesy Cedarville Police Department 

UPDATE @ 5 p.m (Mar. 17)

Cedarville Police are still looking for a pair of suspects that continue to use stolen credit card information in the area.

The pair has reportedly encrypted small cards with the stolen information and are using those cards at stores such as Wal-Mart or Kroger. The pair then utilizes the self check out options and swipe multiple cards until one of them works. 

If you have any information regarding the suspects pictured you are asked to call Cedarville Police at (937) 766-2881.


CEDARVILLE — The Cedarville Police Department is searching for suspects involved in a recent credit card scam. 

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Several individuals in Greene County were defrauded after the suspects copied credit card numbers and potentially used a counterfeit telecommunications device allowing victims to incur charges without their knowledge or consent, according to police.

These suspects were recorded using counterfeit credit cards at shopping centers and superstores in the area, according to police.

The suspects typically use self-checkout lanes and potentially use more than one card. The cards used by the suspects usually do not include a chip.

Anyone who recognizes the suspects or has information is asked to contact the Cedarville Police Department at 937-766-5205, Greene County Sheriff’s Office 937- 376-5111 or your local police department.

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Police: South Florida man drops baby to join in fight

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 2:07 AM

Rodney Frazier (left) and Naura Haliburton were arrested in South Florida on Wednesday.
Palm Beach County Jail

Two South Florida residents are facing charges after they were accused of attacking a woman while a 5-month-old child under their care lay bleeding on the ground. One of the suspects dropped a car seat — with the baby still in it — to join the altercation, police said.

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Riviera Beach Police arrested Naura Haliburton, 25, and Rodney Frazier, 24, Wednesday on multiple charges, including battery and child neglect. As of Friday, Frazier remained at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $7,000 bail. Haliburton was released under supervision Thursday after she posted an $8,000 bail bond.

Police say the pair took the child to St. Mary’s Medical Center after leaving the scene of the altercation. The arrest report does not specify either Haliburton or Frazier’s relationship to the child. However, an investigator from the Department of Children and Families was called to review the situation.

The report does not specify who was assigned custody of the child.

According to the report, the situation unfolded shortly before 10 a.m.Wednesday at a residence in Riviera Beach. Police did not disclose the address. A 22-year-old woman told police investigators Haliburton provoked an argument, then Halliburton and Frazier forced their way into the residence when the woman refused to let them in.

The woman said Haliburton was upset because she believed the woman was making phone calls to others about her.

As the dispute intensified, Frazier went back outside to remove the baby from the car. When he came back, Frazier saw Haliburton and the other woman fighting. He dropped the car seat to join the altercation, police said.

A witness told investigators the child fell out of the seat onto the ground crying and had blood coming from his lip. Haliburton and Frazier picked the child up, put him in the car and drove away, police said.

Two arrested in connection to Warren County shooting

Published: Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 9:35 AM

Larry Fields Jr. and Michelle Hofmann

A man and woman are behind bars in connection to a Saturday night shooting in Salem Twp., according to Warren County Sheriff's Office release. 

Crews were called shortly before 9:30 p.m. for a gunshot victim, who was taken to Bethesda North Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, deputies said.

Larry Fields Jr., 38, of Lebanon, was arrested and charged with one count of felonious assault, according to deputies. 

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Michelle Hofmann, 33, of Blanchester, was arrested and charged with one count of obstructing justice and one count of tampering with evidence. 

Deputies said the two were arrested after members of the Warren County Tactical Response Unit had to force entry into Fields' home. 

Hofmann was charged in connection with the shooting, according to the release, and two others in the home were arrested on outstanding warrants.

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10-year-old boy with autism arrested at school

Published: Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 1:54 AM

Luanne Haygood, the mother of a 10-year-old boy with autism, is angry that her son was arrested earlier this month at his Florida school for allegedly punching and kicking his teacher six months ago. Okeechobee County school resource officers put the child in handcuffs at Okeechobee Achievement Academy, but Haygood said the school district isn’t properly equipped to deal with autistic children.

“He has autism. He doesn’t know what’s going on,” she can be heard saying in the video that she recorded of her son’s arrest. “He’s scared to death. He’s 10 years old.”

>> Watch Haygood's video here (WARNING: Viewer discretion advised)

Haygood watched as her son was removed from his classroom for allegedly leaving a paraprofessional with scratches and other marks back in October. He was arrested on an outstanding warrant on allegations of felony battery on a school board authority.

“I was extremely angry. That I felt like this was a power play. I felt like this was a this is what you get. You can’t do anything about it. We’re going to arrest your son if he can’t abide by the rules,” Haygood told WFOR, adding that her son's disability is the reason behind his behavior. “To go and have him arrested on school grounds in front of other students, in front of personnel, during school hours – they could’ve come to my house at any time to tell me what was going on.”

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The boy reportedly spent one night in juvenile detention, according to the Washington Post. The child was then released on house arrest and is expected to appear in court next month.

Haygood said the incident would never have happened if the school had the proper services to address his disability.

“I want something done," she told WFOR. "I want other kids to not have to go through this.”

According to CNN, the school district released the following statement:

"It has been district procedure to invite students in to take the Florida Standards Assessment. The district would not invite someone to one of our campuses for the sole purpose to arrest.

"The district routinely assists students by providing services from our board certified behavioral analyst, licensed mental health counselors, school social workers, and psychologists. As a team, these individuals develop interventions, conduct assessments, and offer support both at school and in the home in order to assist students and families.

"The district is unable to provide specific information as to both current and past incidents regarding this or any other student due to educational laws and rules. It is our hope that we can continue to work with all families to help their students improve both behaviorally and academically."

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.


Rape case lawyer says women are 'especially good' at lying

Published: Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 7:07 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 8:47 AM

FILE - In this April 18, 2007, file photo, defense attorney Steve Farese Sr., speaks in Selmer, Tenn., in the trial of Mary Winkler, who was eventually convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the March 2006 shooting death of her preacher husband, Matthew Winkler. Farese is being criticized for telling a Tennessee jury that women are “especially good” at lying “because they’re the weaker sex.” The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports Farese made the comments during closing arguments of the trial of Mark Giannini, a wealthy businessman accused of raping a woman. Farese maintains that the sex was consensual. He told the Commercial Appeal that his job “is not to care if anybody gets offended.

A lawyer for a wealthy Tennessee businessman who was later found not guilty in a Memphis rape trial made a comment during closing arguments Thursday that raised some eyebrows.

According to WHBQ, Steve Farese, attorney for Mark Giannini, said women are "especially good" at lying.

"People can be very good at lying," Farese said. "Women can be especially good at it because they're the weaker sex."

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Memphis Area Women's Council Executive Director Deborah Clubb told USA Today that she was "stunned" by the comments.

"It's despicable," she said. "It's absolutely despicable."

Farese told USA Today that his job "is not to care if anybody gets offended" and "smart people will see it for what it is."

According to WHBQ, the jury on Friday found Giannini not guilty on all charges in case. A woman had claimed that he raped her in 2014 when she visited his Eads mansion for what she thought was a job interview.

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As the verdict was read, the woman had an emotional breakdown in the courtroom. Giannini and Farese embraced one another.

The woman who accused him of rape has filed a $6 million lawsuit against Giannini.

If he had been found guilty, he would have faced up to 15 years in prison without the possibility of parole.