Franklin crash victim, 20, remembered as ‘amazing person’

Published: Sunday, June 18, 2017 @ 5:48 PM


A 20-year-old woman who died in a head-on crash in Franklin Saturday was on her way home from celebrating her 1-year wedding anniversary a day early, according to a longtime friend.

Courtney Trent and James Daley, 20, both of Franklin Twp., had dropped off their 6-month-old son at a relative’s house in West Carrollton and were driving home from dinner when the collision occurred that killed Trent, according to Melanie Barker, 19, who said she had been friends with her for six years.

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Barker, who said she cannot come to terms with her friend’s death, remembered her as “an amazing person.”

“She had a heart of gold and she was there for everyone,” Barker said of the 2014 Franklin High School graduate. “She was just so bubbly and wanted to have fun and make friends.”

Trent died after a Toyota Highlander crashed into the Pontiac G6 in which she was riding just before 9:01 p.m. at Ohio 123 near Beal Road and Shotwell Drive in Warren County, according to a release from the Lebanon post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

In a preliminary investigation, state troopers said Corey Kappus, 18, of Franklin, was driving south on Ohio 123 when he fell asleep and the vehicle veered off the right side of the road. Kappus’ Toyota then went left of center and struck the Pontiac head-on.

Trent was pronounced dead at the scene.

Troopers said Daley, who was driving the Pontiac, was taken to Atrium Medical Center. His condition was not released Sunday night.

Kappus also was taken to Atrium Medical Center with unknown injuries and has since been released.

The crash remains under investigation, but speed and the absence of a seat belt are considered contributing factors in the crash, according to troopers.

Barker said Trent was not only “an amazing person,” but also an amazing mother to 6-month-old son, James Daley III, who appeared with his mother in numerous photos she posted to social media.

“Watching her with her son was like watching her be completed,” Barker said. “She just radiated when she was around that baby. Motherhood looked so good on her.”

Trent would want people to keep her memory alive by having fun and being happy “because she was such a happy person,” she said.

“She would want people to remember just her being happy, her laugh,” Barker said. “Her laugh was so contagious.”

Thief unwittingly leaves wallet, photo ID at crime scene

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 11:00 PM

A thief unwittingly turned himself in after leaving his wallet behind after leaving a Dayton store.

Police said they were dispatched to Dollar General on 2312 N. Main St. in Dayton around 8 a.m. Saturday, and found a wallet left behind by one of the suspects. Police found several items with the suspect’s name on them, including a photo ID. 

The second suspect was identified as a heavyset man between 30 and 40, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt. The suspect ran away on foot south through the nearby alley, appearing to have several items hidden under his sweatshirt. 

According to reports, police found hangers with five children’s outfits near the wallet, as well as three packs of Ivory soap and a Halloween mask.

Moraine police shooting vigil: Jamarco McShann’s death ‘senseless’

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 7:45 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 9:10 PM

Vigil for Jamarco McShann ends with balloon release

Community members and family gathered tonight for a candlelight vigil to remember a man shot and killed Friday in a Moraine police shooting.

Local activist, the Rev. Jerome McCorry, spoke at the vigil and said he represents the family of 23-year-old Jamarco McShann.

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“This was senseless,” he told the crowd in the Pinnacle Park lot that marked the spot where McShann was shot and killed.

Moraine police said he pointed a gun at them, which family members dispute.

Jamarco McShann

A large photo of McShann was held up at the vigil, which ended with a balloon release and a vow from organizers to seek justice.

“It’s about a bunch of scared cops who use the excuse ‘I feared for my life,’ ” McCorry said. “In the name of Jamarco a federal lawsuit will be filed.”

Pastor runs past firefighters to be with woman who fell down 50 foot cliff

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 11:01 PM

A woman in her 70s fell from a 50 foot cliff. (Photo:
A woman in her 70s fell from a 50 foot cliff. (Photo:

An older woman is recovering after falling about 50 feet off a cliff in rural Claremore, firefighters said.

A family friend said the woman, who is in her 70s, was dumping out some leaves when she slipped and fell behind her home.

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Multiple agencies spent about 90 minutes rescuing her while a medical helicopter waited nearby.

Firefighters said the woman was alert and talking when she was rescued. She was taken to a Tulsa hospital where she is recovering from bruises, a broken arm and a couple of broken ribs.

Pastor David Mewbourne of Claremore Assembly of God, the woman's pastor of 14 years, said he ran past firefighters and climbed down the cliff to keep her company while they worked on a way to rescue her safely.

Mewbourne said a tree was the only thing that kept her from going into the Verdigris River.

New father accused of selling heroin from maternity ward

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 10:24 PM

Cody Hulse. (Photo:
Cody Hulse. (Photo:

A new dad is accused of selling heroin from his family's room in the maternity ward.

Cody Hulse's child was born Thursday and police say a few hours later, Hulse was arrested on accusations he was selling heroin out of the maternity ward. 

Only Channel 11 was there as Hulse faced a judge Friday.

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On his way to jail, Channel 11 asked him what he had to say about the allegations.

"I have an addiction problem," Hulse said. "I do." 

Police say they stopped a car on North Main Street and could see heroin bags in plain sight.

They asked the person where they got the drugs, which led officers to Room 511 of the maternity ward of Excela Health Westmoreland. 

They found Hulse inside his girlfriend's room. 

They say he cooperated and told them he sold heroin to people who visited the room earlier that day.

Inside his pocket, police say they found 34 bags of heroin, needles, rubber bands and a spoon. 

Channel 11 contacted Excela Health about the arrest and whether there's anything the hospital can do to prevent something like this from happening again.

A spokesperson told Channel 11, "We appreciate the efforts of the city of Greensburg Police Department. Excela Health's security team works cooperatively with local and state law enforcement on an ongoing basis to help insure our health care is delivered in a safe environment for patients, visitors and employees."

The baby's mother denied knowing he had heroin in the room, but said she knew Hulse had issues with heroin in the past.