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Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8:30 PM
MIDDLETOWN — Thousands of dollars worth of jewelry was stolen tonight from Rogers Jewelers at the Towne Mall.
The incident was reported just before 8 p.m. at the store, 3461 Towne Blvd., according to Middletown police dispatch.
According to initial reports, about $20,000 in jewelry was taken; however, police could not confirm the amount.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 11:21 AM
WARREN COUNTY — Prosecutors are asking Warren County Common Pleas Judge Donald Oda II to overrule a request for change of venue for the trial of a Carlise teen accused of killing her infant, then burning and burying the body in the backyard of her home.
In the response filed late Thursday, Assistant Warren County Prosecutor Steven Knippen said the request filed by Brooke Skylar Richardson’s attorneys two weeks ago is premature.
In the motion for change of venue, defense attorneys Charles H. Rittgers and Charles M. Rittgers included a memorandum of support. That memorandum apparently was four pages long and contained specifics of the case. Last year, Oda issued a gag order prohibiting all parties involved in the case from making public statements about the case.
In his response to the change of venue motion, Oda said: “This case is not going to be tried in the press.”
The judge ordered the memorandum of support stricken from the change of venue motion.
The Rittgers then filed their response.
“The court’s order, which is now in the public sphere, is casting doubt as to the defense counsel’s sincerity, credibility, and truthfulness by indicating that the court is troubled by the defense memorandum,” the defense team stated in the motion.
Knippen said in the state’s position that The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled a change of venue is required merely because of a extensive pretrial publicity.
“Any decision on change of venue rests in the sound discretion of the court,” Knippen said in the court filing.
The prosecution pointed to several “high profile” cases that have received substantial publicity and media attention, but have not required change of venue, including trial and two re-trials of of Ryan Widmer who is convicted of killing his wife, Sarah.
“Simply asserting that there has been pretrial publicity, as the defendant has done in this case, is not enough to demonstrate the defendant will suffer any prejudice. Rather a careful and searching voir dire provides the best test of whether prejudicial pretrial publicity has prevented obtaining a fair and impartial jury from the locality,” Knippen wrote citing a previous state court decision.
The prosecution concluding the change of venue issue should be decided during jury selection when the “effects of pretrial publicity, if any, on defendant’s right to a fair trial can be determined.”
A hearing is set for March 14, and Richardson’s trial is scheduled to begin April 16.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 9:34 AM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 10:45 AM
MIDDLETOWN — A Middletown high school is on lockdown this morning.
A notice from Bishop Fenwick High School this morning states: “Bishop Fenwick High School is currently on a ‘soft lockdown.’ This means that teaching continues in the building, but no one will be permitted in or out of the building until the lockdown is lifted. Everyone is safe in the building.”
One Ohio mayor wants school district to put levy on ballot to pay for added security. Would you support that? https://t.co/ERZp4xrr15— Ohio Politics (@Ohio_Politics) February 23, 2018
Middletown Maj. David Birk said a student was acting suspiciously and the school called police. As a precaution the school was placed on lockdown. Birk said officers are on scene investigating and talking with those involved.
The school is asking for people to not call the school so phone lines can remain open.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 11:09 AM
MIDDLETOWN — Police are investigating an apparent attempted robbery of a Middletown store this morning.
Several men in a vehicle stolen from Englewood pulled in and backed up several times about 9:55 a.m. in the parking lot of AT&T on Towne Boulevard, according to Middletown Maj. David Birk.
“Four of them got out and pulled their shirts over their heads and started toward the store,” Birk said. That is when the customers in the store and employees ran to the back of the store.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 9:45 AM
LEANDER, Texas — A man is accused of hitting a woman with his pickup in Texas after she refused his advances toward her, according to an arrest affidavit.
Carlos Amozurrutia, 27, of Round Rock, was charged with accident involving personal injury, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
The victim said Amozurrutia was giving her a ride home Sunday when he began making unwanted advances toward her, the affidavit said. It said she told him to stop so he stopped his pickup and pushed her out. She said that when he drove away, he struck her with the truck, the affidavit said. It said police were alerted at 2:26 a.m. Sunday about the incident in the 400 block of Blockhouse Drive.
The victim had an injury on the left side of her face, and also scratches and red marks on her hands and knees, according to the affidavit. The affidavit does not say how the victim and Amozurrutia knew each other.
A witness who also was in the pickup said she got out of the truck with the victim and saw it strike her, the affidavit said.
It also said two other witnesses who were driving by saw the victim struck and knocked to the ground by an open door on the passenger side when the truck pulled away.
It said the two witnesses told police the driver left without offering to help the victim.
Police stopped Amozurrutia at a nearby gas station for an unrelated offense and were able to identify his truck as the one that hit the victim, the affidavit said.