Grand jury indicts Butler County corrections officer accused of sex with inmate

Published: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 2:26 PM
Updated: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 2:28 PM

Nakisha Newell, a former Butler County corrections officer, is accused of having sex with an inmate at the Butler County Jail. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Nakisha Newell, a former Butler County corrections officer, is accused of having sex with an inmate at the Butler County Jail. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

A fired Butler County corrections officer accused of engaging in sexual activity with an inmate was greeted with an indictment Tuesday when she showed up for a preliminary hearing in Hamilton Municipal Court

Nakisha Newell, 28, of Monroe, was arrested Nov. 27 after a day-long investigation by the sheriff’s office.

Newell was charged with two counts of sexual battery and illegal conveyance into a detention facility for allegedly having sex with a male inmate at the Hanover Street corrections facility.

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Newell was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Tuesday on the initial charges, but prosecutors told her attorney an indictment had been returned by the Butler County grand jury.

Newell, her attorney Mike Allen, and Assistant Butler County Prosecutor Kelly Heile then moved to Butler County Common Pleas Court Judge Greg Stephens’ courtroom, where Newell was arraigned on the indicted charges of two counts of sexual battery, a third-degree felony, and one count of illegal conveyance into a detention facility, a first-degree misdemeanor.

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Allen entered a not guilty plea on Newell’s behalf and requested the $5,000 bond posted in municipal court be transferred to common pleas court.

Newell is the mother of four children and is not a flight risk, Allen said.

“She’s not going anywhere,” he said. The attorney declined to comment after the hearing.

Stephens granted the transfer of bond, but ordered Newell taken into custody until the transfer took place.

Newell, who was employed as a corrections officer for 18 months, is also accused of bringing a cell phone and electronic cigarettes into the jail. She was fired from her position after being charged.

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Butler County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Mike Craft said an observant corrections sergeant brought information to administrators and an investigation into possible criminal activity began.

During questioning about the contraband, Newell confessed to having sex with a male inmate, Craft said.

4 in custody after SWAT surrounds Dayton apartment building

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 11:15 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 11:35 AM

Police standoff on Elsmere Avenue

UPDATE @ 11:35 a.m. 

Four people have been placed in handcuffs following a SWAT situation at an apartment on Elsmere Avenue in Dayton, according to our crew on the scene. 

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Additional details about the standoff are not available. 

During the standoff, at least one of the people inside the apartment was broadcasting on Facebook Live, according to Dayton police scanner traffic. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more.

FIRST REPORT

We’re working to learn more about police activity at an apartment building on Elsmere Avenue in Dayton Thursday morning. 

Multiple Dayton police officers and SWAT members have responded to the 1900 block of Elsmere Avenue and have surrounded the building, according to our crew on the scene. 

Initial reports indicate a man is inside one of the apartments who has an outstanding warrant for his arrest. 

Additional details are not available. We’ll update this page as we learn more.

Judge denies request by ex-Miamisburg teacher facing teen sex charges

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 12:02 PM


            Jessica Langford
Jessica Langford

The request by a former Miamisburg teacher indicted on charges of sexual battery and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor student to have all grand jury testimony prepared for trial has been rejected.

But the judge’s ruling in the case against Jessica Langford, 32, of Centerville, left open the possibility that grand jury testimony of certain witnesses may be available for trial, which is set for April.

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The attorney for Langford requested the secret proceedings be available for trial because their absence may “deprive the defendant of a fair adjudication of the allegations,” Montgomery County Common Pleas Court records state.

Attorney Lawrence Greger said there may be a “particularized need” in the case that would allow Judge Timothy O’Connell’s to permit the request, court records show.

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O’Connell’s ruling states “the parties conclude that the existence of a particularized need is not evident at this time.”

“The evidence, at this point, seems to indicate that a particularized need may develop at trial, as this matter seems to turn on the existence of possible inconsistent statements by two witnesses,” McConnell’s ruling filed Jan. 11 states.

Langford was indicted Nov. 14 on three counts of sexual battery and three counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. On Nov. 21, Langford pleaded not guilty to all counts and has remained free on conditional recognizance, court records show.

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NEW DETAILS: What happens next to Tipp o’ the Town restaurant site?

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 11:15 AM

Tipp o’ the Town Family Restaurant to close Dec. 31.

The Tipp o’ the Town Family Restaurant property at 1150 W. Main St. in Tipp City has been purchased, and the new owners intend to demolish the existing structure and build a new eatery.

But it won’t be called Tipp o’ the Town. Instead, it will be called “Taco Bell.”

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Paul Laubier, owner of Tipp o’ the Town, shut down the restaurant on Dec. 31. At the time, Laubier said there were two potential scenarios of what could happen to the property.

The company that owns the Taco Bell on the east side of the I-75-Ohio 571 interchange had the equivalent of first dibs on the property on the west side of the interchange — an option to purchase that extended through mid-January, Laubier said. If no deal was finalized during that time frame, Laubier said a second, unidentified potential buyer was interested in purchasing the property, and had indicated to Laubier that the restaurant would likely reopen as Tipp o’ the Town.

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Laubier said Wednesday night that the Taco Bell-connected company had exercised its purchase option, and plans to build a relocated Taco Bell on the site after demolishing the existing structure.

“I have 30 days to vacate,” Laubier said. “The deal is done, and money is in escrow.”

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The Tipp o’ the Town Family Restaurant was a community mainstay for more than 29 years. The building has housed a restaurant since the mid-1960s, when an Aunt Jemimah’s Pancake House opened there, and it has had stints as Calico Kitchen, Ye Old Family Inn and Cindy’s, Laubier said. When Laubier opened Tipp o’ the Town in the fall of 1988, the space had been empty for more than a year.

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Now 66, Laubier said it was time for him to retire. But he said the “Tipp o’ the Town” business name and the restaurant’s recipes are still for sale to anyone who would want to reopen with the same or similar concept in another location.

“I’d love to keep the name going,” the now-retired restaurant owner said. “It would be a perfect opportunity for someone to open Tipp o’ the Town somewhere else in Tipp City.”

Robert Zavakos — senior vice president of the commercial real estate firm NAI Bergman -- represented the Taco Bell-affiliated company in the real-estate transaction. 

U.S. marshal killed, officers wounded while serving warrant in Pennsylvania

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 8:26 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 11:19 AM

U.S. Marshal Shot, Killed While Serving Warrant in Pennsylvania

A deputy U.S. marshal was killed and two police officers were injured Thursday morning when authorities said they were shot while serving a search warrant, according to multiple reports.

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PennLive.com reported that a deputy U.S. marshal was killed in the shooting, which happened around 6:30 a.m. in Harrisburg. Two other officers were injured, including a Harrisburg police officer, Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse said Thursday in a statement.