Detective: We continue to follow leads in Katelyn Markham death

Published: Monday, August 15, 2016 @ 4:57 PM
Updated: Monday, August 15, 2016 @ 4:57 PM

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Fairfield’s Katelyn Markham would have been 27 years old Tuesday. But instead of presents, balloons and a cake, her family and friends will watch the premiere of a documentary chronicling her disappearance and death.

The hour-long documentary, entitled “Taken Too Soon: The Katelyn Markham Story,” explores the ongoing homicide investigation and unanswered questions surrounding the young art student’s disappearance in 2011 from her Fairfield home. Her remains were found two years later in a wooded area in Indiana.

Indiana State Police, the Fairfield Police Department and a retired Butler County Sheriff’s Office detective as well as a private detective have been working the case for years.

In December, Markham’s father asked the Butler County Sheriff’s Office to also investigate his daughter’s death.

Since then, sheriff’s detectives, including Det. Joe Nerlinger have been going over evidence.

On Monday, Nerlinger told this news outlet that the sheriff’s office continues to follow up on any leads.

“We have reviewed the extensive files and will continue to follow any and all leads in an effort to ensure justice for Katelyn,” Nerlinger said.

He declined to discuss any specifics in the case.

Michael Crisp, of Remix Films in Georgetown, Ky., produced the documentary that will premiere at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Showcase Cinema de Lux 18 on Springdale Road.

“We want people to see the film because it might trigger someone’s memory of the evening of the disappearance,” Crisp said. “They might know something that they’re keeping and have kept for several years, so that’s really our goal.”

Fairfield Police Chief Mike Dickey, who is featured in the film, said he too hopes the movie will spark something new in the cold case.

“There are cases that will remain open because of a lack of information,” Dickey said. “I understand his frustration, but at the same time the number of eyes that have looked at this from other public agencies — the Indiana State Police, Butler County Sheriff, us, BCI — … it’s had a thorough airing within the law enforcement community. So I’m confident that we’ve explored every option that’s been available to us.”

Crisp was hired by an anonymous victim’s advocate group to bring Markham’s story to the big screen.

Markham, a 22-year-old art student went missing from her Dorshire Drive residence during the early morning hours of Aug. 14, 2011. Police and volunteers looked for months to find the young woman who vanished leaving behind her purse, keys and her dog.

The case gained national media attention as days turned into months with no news on Markham’s whereabouts.

Then on April 7, 2013, skeletal remains were found in a remote wooded area in Cedar Grove, Ind. Within days, confirmation came that the remains were Katelyn’s, and the Franklin County Coroner ruled her death a homicide. However, the exact cause of death could not be determined.

A reward for information leading to the arrested and conviction of Markham’s killer has grown to $100,000 over the years.

Crisp said 100 to 125 seats of the 200-seat theater, are reserved for the Markham family and friends and the 29 people he interviewed over the past year-and-a-half to make the documentary.

This article contains previous reporting by staff writer Denise Callahan.

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Little Caesars honoring bracket-busting win with free pizza

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 1:52 AM

The University of Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers celebrate after their stunning upset victory against top-seeded Virginia on Friday night.
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The University of Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers celebrate after their stunning upset victory against top-seeded Virginia on Friday night.(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

If you’re crying in your beer after the University of Maryland-Baltimore County became the ultimate bracket buster in the NCAA Tournament on Friday night, take heart. There is a free pizza waiting to ease your sorrow.

Little Caesars is honoring UMBC’s 74-54 victory against Virginia -- the first time a No. 16 seed has defeated a No. 1 seed -- with a free lunch combo on Monday, April 2.

The $5 Hot-N-Ready Lunch Combo will include four slices of pepperoni pizza and one 20-ounce Pepsi product per family, the company said in its promotional release. Orders must be made between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. local time. An important point: the order must be placed by 1 p.m. The rules in the promotion state that even if you were in line at 1 p.m., if the order has not been placed it will not be honored. In other words, arrive early. 

Here are the details of the deal. You can read the full terms and conditions here.

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Checkpoint leads to 17 citations issued in Washington Twp.

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 1:55 AM

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An OVI checkpoint was held from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. Friday in Washington Township.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Montgomery County Combined Agency OVI Task Force conducted the checkpoint.

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There were no OVI arrests made during the checkpoint that saw over 730 vehicles on State Route 725 near Paragon Road, according to a release.

One citation for improper registration display and one citation for driving under suspension was occurred as a result of the OVI checkpoint, the release stated.

Extra patrols in the area from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s and Ohio State Highway Patrol resulted in six citations for moving violations, five non-moving citations, three seat belt citations, one marked lanes citation, according to the release.

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Extra patrols will be out for the remainder of Saint Patrick’s Day weekend.

Eleven alcohol involved crashes occurred around Saint Patrick’s Day in 2017, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Police encourage everyone to drink responsibly to keep roadways safe over the holiday weekend.

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Next few days ‘critical’ to survival of children injured in crash involving RTA bus

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 2:19 AM

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Two children injured after a crash Tuesday afternoon involving four vehicles and an RTA bus have been on ventilators since the crash, and family said the next few days are critical to their survival. 

The siblings, Emmanuel, 6, and Eric, 7, are best friends, according to family. The family said they've been told by doctors that Emmanuel, especially, may not survive.

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Both children are being watched for fevers and additional swelling on the brain after they sustained "horrific" injuries.

 “It breaks my heart, you know,” said Ryan Morgan, a police officer and the boys' uncle. "They're my nephews. I was there when both of them were born. I deal with this type of stuff all the time, but when it's your own family, it hits you especially hard." 

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Deputies said they believe the driver of the vehicle the boys were in was intoxicated at the time of the crash. Preliminary indicatations are that the two men in the Cadillac with the children are their father and uncle. 

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Both men remain hospitalized. Neither they nor the children were wearing safety belts, according to a traffic crash report. 

The Cadillac struck an RTA bus, setting off a chain reaction crash that ended in the parking lot of an Auto Zone on North Main Street. 

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Amber Alert: Boy, 4, found safe in Ohio thanks to vigilant motorist

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 1:11 AM

An Amber Alert  in Ohio helped authorities find a missing 4-year-old boy.
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vigilant motorist helped authorities find a 4-year-old Ohio boy who was abducted hours earlier from his home in Sandusky and was the subject of a statewide Amber Alert.

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Police said Jennifer Hemcheck forcibly removed Q’Dai Hemcheck from a vehicle and sped away with him in a white 2015 Hyundai Sonata with Florida license plates.

Shortly after a statewide Amber Alert was issued that described the vehicle, plate number and provided photos of the Hemchecks to mobile phones, a 911 caller reported spotting a car that matched the description.

“If it wasn’t for the fact that the caller, regular citizen with a cellphone, called in, we probably wouldn’t have been able to locate that car, if not as quick or at all, if we hadn’t had that help from that citizen,” Sgt. Tom Bloomberg of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Lebanon Post said.

Jennifer Hemcheck was arrested after she was found at 8:30 p.m. riding in the car on southbound I-75 in Monroe in Warren County, police said. Another woman was driving the car, and she, too, was arrested.

Jennifer Hemcheck’s 12-year-old daughter also was in the car and was taken to the Lebanon Post to be reunited with her father, troopers said.

As for D’Quai, he has been taken to Erie County Children Services and his father has been notified, according to the highway patrol.

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