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Published: Friday, August 14, 2015 @ 12:11 PM
Updated: Monday, August 17, 2015 @ 2:52 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @2:50 p.m. Aug. 21
A suspect in a cold case homicide from 2006 will be released from custody after a grand jury declined to indict him on any charges.
Velis Nelson was arrested on charges related to the shooting deaths of Felicia Kirksey-Goodson-Battle and Elizabeth Davis on Jan. 5, 2006 on Vernon Drive.
The grand jury was presented with evidence and declined to indict Nelson on any charges at this time, according to a release from the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.
The criminal investigation remains open, and Nelson will be released from custody.
UPDATE @ 2:40 p.m. Aug. 17
Bond was set at $1 million for Velis Nelson, who faces four counts of murder and four counts of felonious assault with a deadly weapon, according to proceedings this morning in Dayton Municipal Court.
A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 24.
UPDATE @ 6:20 p.m. Aug. 15
A man is behind bars in connection to a cold case murder, Dayton police said.
Velis S. Nelson, 28, was arrested Thursday and booked into the Montgomery County Jail on four counts of murder and four counts of felonious assault.
Dayton police did not release details about the cold case. However, online Dayton Municipal Court records show the charges are connected to a Jan. 5, 2006, incident.
The only homicide reported in Dayton on that day was a fatal double-shooting of two Dayton women.
Elizabeth Davis, 49, and Felicia Goodson, 44, were found slain around 4 a.m. Jan. 5, 2006. Dayton police said at the time that Davis was shot and killed in the kitchen of a home on Vernon Drive. Police said Goodson tried to run for help but her assailant followed her and shot her once in the back of the head on the porch of a nearby home on Grand Avenue.
Nelson — who also used the alias Willie Dixon — was convicted in October 2008 of aggravated robbery involving a firearm and sentenced to three years in prison and five years of probation. According to court documents, at the time of the robbery Nelson had a Trotwood address.
FIRST REPORT, Aug. 14
A man is in Montgomery County Jail on four counts of murder in connection to a cold case, Dayton police said.
Velis S. Nelson, 28, was arrested Thursday and booked into jail on four counts of murder and four counts of felonious assault. Dayton police said he was arrested in connection to a cold case, but further details have not been released.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:12 AM
PERRIS, Calif. — Neighbors described the reportedly nightmarish situation at the Turpin home, where parents David and Louise allegedly kept their 13 children shackled to their beds and malnourished, as seeming like a “cult.”
A man named Mike, who did not want to give his full name and was a neighbor of the Turpins when they lived in Murrieta, California, told the Post, “I thought they were like a cult. They would march back and forth on the second story at night. The light would be on the whole time, and they would be marching the kids back and forth.”
Mike said he would arrive home late from his job at a hospital and see the children marching through the upstairs rooms of the Turpin home between midnight and 3 a.m.
David and Louis Turpin were arrested Sunday in their Perris, California, home after one of their daughters called police for help, saying she had managed to escape the house with a cellphone. When police arrived, they reportedly found the siblings, ages 2 to 29, living in squalor and looking very thin, with several of the kids shackled to furniture.
Mike said his wife, Myrna, called the family “clones,” saying the Turpins all spoke “robotically, in a monotone and at the same” time during the few occasions on which Myrna interacted with them at a local grocer.
However, Mike told the Post that he and Myrna never called the police because they didn’t see anything that suggested they needed to. They just thought the parents were a bit odd.
Mike, as well former neighbors from when the Turpins owned a farm in Rio Vista, Texas — which the family left due to foreclosure — remarked on the amount of trash that the family accumulated.
“I ended up calling the police because of the trash and everything that was left there,” said former Texas neighbor Randy McClain. “There was a brand new pickup truck covered in [trash] — a whole truck bed full and overflowing to the ground with trash: diapers, Spam cans, potted meat cans, just overflowing.”
The Daily Mail got access to the Turpin’s Perris backyard and found a Disney-themed fountain situated in a messy yard in which “piles of metal pipes could be seen strewn around, along with a rusty set of metal garden furniture and some diaper boxes.”
Through the screen door, the Daily Mail spied piles of clutter, including what appear to be stacked books, within the house.
Neighbor Leticia Gomez, 45, who lives directly behind the Turpin home, told the Daily Mail that she wasn’t aware there were any kids in the house. She described the Turpins’ garden as unkempt and “scruffy.”
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 1:52 AM
PERRIS, Calif. — A pair of well-kept dogs were taken from the Perris, California, house where 13 children were found shackled and severely malnourished last week.
David Turpin, 57, and Louise Turpin, 49, are facing a minimum of 94 years for charges including child neglect and torture after police said their children, ranging from ages 2 to 29, were discovered in their home severely malnourished.
In a statement on Wednesday, city spokesman Joe Vargo said authorities recovered two Maltese terrier dogs in far better condition than the Turpins’ children. The 1-year-old female puppies were reportedly healthy and were taught skills, People reported.
“The animals, one white and one black, appear healthy and friendly and are leash-trained, according to Christina Avila, a senior animal control officer,” a press release from the city of Perris said.
Investigators said the children were only allowed showers a few times per year and were fed only once per day. In a press conference with reporters Thursday, District Attorney Mike Hestrin alleged that the last time any of the children had seen a doctor was four years ago and they had never been to a dentist. Police said the parents allegedly kept themselves well-fed and regularly ate pies in front of their children to taunt them, ABC News reported.
The 17-year-old who reportedly escaped the home through a bedroom window to alert authorities was initially believed to be just 10 years old due to the severity of her malnourishment, while the oldest victim, a 29-year-old woman, weighed only 82 pounds when the children were found. According to Hestrin, the children “lack a basic knowledge of life,” although they were allegedly homeschooled, KTLA reported.
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 1:02 PM
HARRISON TWP. — UPDATE @ 7:30 p.m.
Two people are jailed in connection with an incident late this morning outside Lev’s Pawn Shop in Harrison Twp. that led a Dayton police detective to fire his service weapon.
Joshua A. Craver and William Goodwin, both 18, were arrested at 3351 Salem Ave. by Riverside police on suspicion of aggravated burglary.
They are in the Montgomery County Jail awaiting formal charges, online records show. Goodwin also was booked on numerous warrants for misdemeanor and minor misdemeanor infractions.
UPDATE @ 2:05 p.m.
Two people are in custody following an officer-involved shooting late this morning in the 3500 block of Salem Avenue.
No one was injured, and the coroner’s office did not respond to the scene, despite earlier reports.
#SalemAveIncident An officer involved shooting occurred in 3500 block of Salem Ave. NO officers or suspects were injured. Mont. Co. Sheriff's Office will conduct criminal investigation. We will handle administrative investigation.— Dayton Police Dept. (@DaytonPolice) January 20, 2018
Law enforcement responded to the area of Lev’s Pawn Shop, 3351 Salem Ave. in Harrison Twp.
Dayton police Maj. Eric Henderson said there were reports that a vehicle was spotted there that may have been involved in an aggravated burglary in Riverside, and that the suspects may have been trying to pawn weapons stolen in that incident.
“While approaching this vehicle there was immediate threat and officers discharged several rounds,” he said.
No one was injured when the Dayton detective fired his service weapon.
There are two, possibly three people in custody, Henderson said. The names and potential charges have not been released.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident, Henderson said.
Riverside is investigating the aggravated burglary in its jurisdiction, and the Dayton Police Department is handling its own administrative investigation, police said.
Yellow crime scene tape surrounded Lev’s Pawn Shop this afternoon as part of a police investigation.
Two people were seen in the back of a police cruiser.
Officers were called at 10:47 p.m. by Riverside police to the pawn shop, 3551 Salem Ave., in Harrison Twp., according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center. No information was available on what led police there.
A witness at the scene told our crew on scene that the incident began as a robbery, but dispatch did not confirm that report.
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 2:13 PM
COLDWATER — A 19-year-old Coldwater man is charged with murder in the death of a woman in her apartment earlier this month.
A Mercer County grand jury returned the indictment Friday against Francy Majo. He is accused of killing 47-year-old Sandra Renner Jan. 3 on North Elm Street in Coldwater.
Majo was arrested the next morning. According to police, Majo said he stabbed Renner to death.