Convicted child sex offender commits suicide

Published: Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 5:53 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 5:53 PM

News Center 7 has learned that William Rose, convicted of sex crimes involving children, committed suicide early Tuesday while at the Orient Center near Columbus.

There were no details immediately available about how the death occurred, authorities said.

Rose was at the correctional reception center, a part of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, before being transferred to the prison where he had been assigned to serve his sentence.

Inmates are processed through one of three reception centers, based on their gender and county of commitment, according to the ODRC. Male inmates from 63 counties across southern Ohio are processed through the center at Orient.

The 44-year-old convicted of raping three children was sentenced Sept. 28 in Shelby County Municipal Court to 27 years in prison. He was ordered to serve three, nine-year sentences consecutively — one for each of his victims.

Judge James Stevenson also fined Rose and classified him a Tier 3 sexual offender.

Rose, arrested May 29 for videotaping his sexual encounter with a 12-year-old girl, was released that same day, then arrested nine days later on charges accusing him of committing child sex crimes.

He had been indicted on four counts of rape, two counts of pandering obscenity and two counts illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material. He admitted to three counts of rape.

Man accused of killing ex-girlfriend, hiding body in car heads back to Lorain Co.

Published: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 @ 3:08 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 7:20 PM

DASHCAM: Darke Co. police apprehend suspect in woman's death

An Elyria man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and stuffing her body into the trunk of his car that crashed Wednesday in Darke County is on the way back to Lorain County.

>> MORE TRENDING NEWS

  • Woman’s body found in trunk of car on Ohio 49
  • Body believed to be of Linnea Satterfield of Elyria
  • Driver Roy Owens Jr. is suspect in Satterfield’s disappearance

UPDATE@4:29 p.m.

A Darke County judge set a $1 million bond today for Roy Owens Jr., who is suspected of slaying his ex-girlfriend and hiding her body in the trunk of a Buick LeSabre.

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The Elyria Police Department filed an aggravated murder charge Thursday against Owens, who will be extradited to Lorain County, court officials said. Owens agreed to return to Elyria by waiving an extradition hearing.

Roy Owens Jr in court for extradition hearing

UPDATE@3:32 p.m. (July 20)

Owens was scheduled to appear around 4 p.m. today in Darke County Common Pleas Court. We’ll have a reporter in the courtroom who will bring you the  latest development in the case. 

UPDATE @ 11 p.m. (July 19)

Police detectives from Elyria arrived in Darke County this evening to question Roy Owens Jr., the suspect in the disappearance of Linnea Satterfield. Authorities believe a woman’s body found in Owens’ trunk is that of Satterfield, who is Owens’ estranged girlfriend reported missing Monday by her family.

Owens and Satterfield are from Elyria, a Lorain County city in suburban Cleveland.

UPDATE @ 10:25 p.m.

A background check of Roy Owens Jr., 56, the suspect in the disappearance and possible death of his estranged girlfriend, Linnea Satterfield, shows four misdemeanor convictions in Lorain County.

Owens, of Elyria, was found guilty in 2002 for domestic violence and disorderly conduct; and in 2000 for carrying a concealed weapon and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle. Also in 2000, a felony charge of possessing criminal tools was dismissed.

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UPDATE @ 6:20 p.m.

Darke County deputies responding to a report of an erratic driver around 1 p.m. learned ahead of time the vehicle was connected to a northern Ohio crime thanks to witnesses providing a license plate number, Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker said.

“Meantime the car crashed. The car drove off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole, snapped the utility pole; it landed on top of the vehicle,” Whittaker said of the car responding deputies found in a ditch in the 8000 block of Ohio 49 near Greenville, north of Dayton.

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Roy Owens Jr. was taken into custody without incident and was taken to a local hospital for evaluation before he was booked into the Darke County Jail on felonious assault and domestic violence charges. Elyria police signed an arrest warrant for aggravated murder today against Owens, Elyria police Capt. Chris Constantino said.

When deputies searched Owens’ 2001 Buick LeSabre, “we discovered what appears to be an adult female deceased subject in the trunk of his vehicle,” Whittaker said. The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Darke County coroner, he said.

Before Owens was arrested -- Constantino said Owens was only wearing socks and underwear -- witnesses said he at first appeared to be running away and that he had a knife and made statements that he would harm himself, Whittaker said. When deputies responded, Owens was near his car, did not have any weapons and complied with deputies’ orders.

Elyria police detectives are on the way to Darke County, and the sheriff’s office will work closely with them and provide whatever assistance is needed, the chief deputy said.

UPDATE @ 5:15 p.m.

A suspect in a woman’s disappearance who crashed his car into a ditch this afternoon near Greenville was arrested around 1:30 p.m. without incident, according to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

When deputies searched the car of Roy Owens Jr., 56, they found a deceased woman in the trunk. The body was believed to be that of 56-year-old Linnea Satterfield, who was reported missing on Monday from Elyria in suburban Cleveland.

Darke county body found

Blood and a sign of a struggle was evident Monday when Elyria police officers checked Satterfield’s home after her sister reported her missing. Officers found her vehicle in the driveway of her Eastern Heights Boulevard home, her purse inside the house and her cellphone stuck in a neighbor’s dryer vent, Elyria police Capt. Chris Constantino said.

Police also checked the home at 128 Charles Court she shared for about 20 years with Owens, her estranged boyfriend, but neither were there. Satterfield was believed to be held against her will or worse. A warrant was issued for Owens’ arrest on felonious assault and domestic violence charges, and a nationwide alert was issued, Constantino said.

CBS affiliate Cleveland19.com WOIO reported that Charles Court neighbors said Owens and Satterfield had a lot of arguments, some “really bad.”

Linnea Satterfield, left, and Roy E. Owens Jr.(Cleveland19.com)

UPDATE @ 4:25 p.m

Roy Owens Jr., who was wanted for a possible kidnapping, was arrested in Greenville near Ohio 49 at around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, said Capt. Chris Costantino of the Elyria Police Department. 

Darke County authorities then searched Owens’ trunk and found a deceased woman they believe to be Linnea Satterfield of Elyria. 

Elyria Police issued an alert for Linnea Satterfield on July 17, 2017, when her friends and family could not get in contact with her. 

Police advise Satterfield had recently broken up with her boyfriend Roy Owens Jr. and had moved into her own residence. 

Map: Elyria and Darke County

UPDATE @ 4:05 p.m.

A body has been found inside of a trunk in Darke County. The vehicle has been the focus of an investigation this afternoon on Ohio 49 North.

A suspect is in custody without further incident. 

EARLIER REPORT

We’re working to learn more about an investigation reported on Ohio 49 west of Ansonia in Darke County. 

>> Read the latest local stories in the Miami Valley 

Callers into this newsroom report Ohio 49 is blocked in both directions in the area of Hathaway Road for an apparent investigation involving the Darke County Sheriff’s Office. 

Scanner traffic indicates deputies responded to the area around 1:30 p.m. on a report of a suspicious man in the area. 

Dispatchers for the Darke County Sheriff’s Office said there was a crash reported in the area, but declined to comment further on the incident. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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FBI mostly mum about morning raids on 4 Montgomery County homes

Published: Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 7:11 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 8:04 PM

A raid on Wilding Ave this morning

UPDATE @ 8:05 p.m.:  The FBI isn’t elaborating about the raids Thursday morning on four Montgomery County homes where law enforcement served sealed search warrants.

>> LATEST CRIME NEWS FROM THE MIAMI VALLEY

“The only information I can confirm is that the FBI and our law enforcement partners were conducting law enforcement operations at locations in the Dayton area today,” FBI spokesman Todd Lindgren said.

>> MIAMI VALLEY’S MOST WANTED

UPDATE @ 8:50 a.m.:

Raids conducted at four homes in Montgomery County are connected to the same investigation, according to officials. 

The FBI, Montgomery County RANGE Task Force and Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies were on scene this  morning at these addresses: 

  • 2300 block of Wilding Avenue, Harrison Twp. 
  • 2200 block of Cardinal Avenue, Harrison Twp.
  • first block of Cromwell Place, Harrison Twp.
  • 5100 block of Pepper Drive, Huber Heights

Officials did not release any further details about their investigation and a call to the FBI has not been returned. 

Our crew at the scene observed a tactical-style shotgun being removed from the home on Pepper Drive in Huber Heights. 

We’ll continue to update this page as we learn more. 

FIRST REPORT

The FBI, Montgomery County RANGE Task Force and sheriff’s deputies are at least two raids in the county. 

They are at a house in the 2300 block of Wilding Avenue, Harrison Twp. Details of the investigation have not been released.

Range task force raided an apartment at 96 Cromwell

Our crew on scene reports that some members of law enforcement are wearing what appear to be HAZMAT suits.

Officials are at a second scene on Payne Avenue, near Wilding Avenue. It’s unknown if that scene is related to the investigation on Wilding.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Range Task Force and the FBI raided a home on Pepper Ave in Huber Heights

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 1:20 AM
Updated: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 1:20 AM

Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY 

  • I-75 south ramp to US 35 west will be closed from January 9th to September 30th to replace a bridge deck beam that was not included in the I-75 modernization project. The official detour is: I-75 south to the Edwin C. Moses turn around lane to I-75 north to US 35 west.
  • I-75 north ramp the US 35 east will be closed March 28th to September 23rd. ODOT lists the suggested detour as NB I-75 to US 35 west, to James H McGee Blvd, to US 35 east. 
  • I-75 north/Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, ramp closure March 28th – September 23rd. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H McGee Blvd. to US 35 east
  • I-75 south Ramp to US 35 west, ramp closure January 9th – September 30th. The official detour is: I-75 south to the Edwin C. Moses turn around lane to I-75 north to US 35 west.
  • I-75 north between Main Street and Needmore Road, lane closure July 22nd between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm. Two northbound lanes will remain open.
  • I-70 between I-75 and SR 202, shoulder closure May 8th – September 12th. Both the inside and outside shoulders will be closed for road work. Road will be open.
  • I-70 between Preble County Line Road and South Kimmel Road, overnight lane closures June 12th – August 31st between 6 pm and 7 am. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • US 35 west between Edwin C. Moses Boulevard and Jefferson Boulevard, traffic pattern switch July 6 – August 13.  Lanes will be moved to the inside portion of the interstate. Two lanes will be open in each direction.
  • SR 48 between Siebenthaler Avenue and Shiloh Springs Road, Nightly lane closures June 26th – July 31st between 7 pm and 6 am. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 741 at Austin Boulevard, intermittent lane closures and construction work May 22 – August 25.  
  • SR 49 between SR 721 and US 40, lane closures June 12th – July 31st between 7 am and 7 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • Shroyer Road between Gainsborough Road and East Dorothy Lane will be repaved and reconfigured from June 9 through at least October. Once the project is completed, Shroyer Road will be reduced to three lanes. 
  • Ludlow Street Ramp to westbound US 35 in Dayton, ramp closure May 12th – August 9th. The suggested ODOT detour is: Washington Street to US 35 west.
  • Bridgewater Road between Taylorsville Road and US 40, bridge closure May 15th – September 12th. The official detour is: Bridgewater Road to Taylorsville Road to Rip Rap Road to Little York Road to Brown School Road to US 40
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November of 2017 

MIAMI COUNTY 

  • Piqua-Troy Road between Statler Road and Eldean Road, bridge closure April 12th – October 12th. The official ODOT detour is: Piqua-Troy Road to West Peterson Road to CR 25A to Eldean Road to Piqua-Troy Road.
  • West Peterson Road East between Troy-Sidney Road and Piqua-Troy Road, road closure July 5th – August 19th. The official detour from ODOT is: Troy Sidney Road to Piqua Troy Rd to Eldean Rd to County Road 25A to Peterson Road.
  • Piqua-Troy Road between Statler Road and Eldean Road, road closure April 12th – October 12th. The official detour is: Piqua-Troy Road to West Peterson to CR 25A to Eldean Road to Piqua -Troy Road or Piqua-Troy Road to West Peterson to Troy-Sidney Road to Statler Road to Piqua-Troy Road
  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, Shoulder closures April 11th – October 31st.

CLARK COUNTY  

  • US 68 north Ramp to US 40 east, ramp closure July 17th – August 30th. The official detour is: US 68 north to SR 41 to US 68 south to US 40 east
  • I-675 north over I-70, traffic pattern switch. The two lanes of northbound traffic are shifted to the southbound side just south of the overpass. Two northbound lanes will be open. * Once over the bridge, the right lane will be an exit only for I-675 north to I-70 west. The left north bound lane will be for thru traffic to Spangler Road. 
  • I-70 west near I-675, lane width restrictions April 5th – October 31st. The roadway will be restricted to 22’ in this area.
  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, ramp closure April 19th – October 31st. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.
  • SR 41 between Donnels Creek Lane and SR 235, lane closures July 5th – October 16th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 565 between SR 29 and Houston Pike, Daily lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.

DARKE COUNTY 

  • SR 118 between SR 47 and the Mercer/Darke County line, daily lane closures June 16th – July 31st between the hours of 6 am and 6 pm. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 121 between Arnold Street and Fairview Avenue, Daily lane closures April 24th – September 1st between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • US 127 between US 36 and Kruckeberg Road, Daily lane closures June 12th – August 25th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 49 between Rossburg-Lightsville Road and the Mercer/Darke County line, Daily lane closures June 26th – July 21st between 6 am and 6 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 726 between Preble County Butler Township Road and East Washington Street, lane closures June 15th – July 21st between 6 am and 6 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY 

  • US 36 between SR 814 and McMahill Road, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • US 36 between Bollinger Road and Edgewood Avenue, lane closures June 12th – August 31st between  7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • US 36 between SR 814 and Cambrian Road, lane closures July 5th – October 16th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 54 between SR 4 and Brigner Road, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 55 between Elm Tree Road and Edgewood Avenue, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 245 between SR 296 and Gilbert Road, lane closures July 5th – October 16th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 54 between Hickory Grove Road and Water Street, lane closures July 5th – October 16th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 296 between SR 29 and SR 814, lane closures May 22nd – September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
SHELBY COUNTY 
  • SR 66 between Enterprise Drive and Greenback Road, road closure July 10th – October 13th. The official detour is: SR 185 to SR 48 to US 36 to SR 185
  • Amsterdam Road between CR 25A (Sidney) and Heiland Kies Road, road closure May 15th– August 15th. The official detour from ODOT is: Amsterdam Road to CR 25A to SR 274 to Heiland Kies Road to Amsterdam Road.

Chief touts public’s help as 28 indicted on Middletown drug charges

Published: Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 2:10 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 10:46 PM


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More cooperation from community members and more coordination among law enforcement agencies helped lead to indictments of 28 people suspected in drug activity in Middletown, according to police.

Middletown Lt. Jimmy Cunningham said about 12 of those indicted were arrested on Thursday when the sweep began about 8 a.m.

“We want to make it exceedingly difficult to sell drugs in Middletown,” Cunningham said, adding he believed many people will recognize some indicted as those residents suspected of selling drugs in their neighborhood.

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“Just because you may not see anything happen when you call in doesn’t mean we aren’t doing anything,” Cunningham said.

Officers are working to build felony cases that will have the most impact on those convicted, Cunningham said.

Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said recent coordination between his agency and the Butler County Sheriff’s Office have paid dividends.

The chief said the indictments came because of the investigative work of the Middletown Police Special Investigations Unit and the Butler County Regional Task Force (BURN).

“The results are the compilation of months of work based on complaints from the community who stepped up and reported drug activity to the police department,” Muterspaw said, noting Butler County Probation also assisted in this indictment sweep.

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Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said, “We are excited to be a part of this drug arrest round-up with the City of Middletown. It is imperative that agencies work together to get these drug dealers off our streets and out of our communities.”

In March, Muterspaw and the sheriff announced the combined effort between departments. The chief then indicated that regionalization of resources is key in the fight against the heroin epidemic.

“We are really happy with the hard work and effort by the Special Operations and BURN teams, but without our community speaking out against drug dealers, we wouldn’t be able to do this. More is coming, I promise you that,” Muterspaw said.

Those indicted were being rounded up by police, and some might not be apprehended yet. If you know any of the suspects or have information about them, contact Sgt. Jamie Wilcox at 513-425-7749.

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Those indicted are:

Walter Lumpkin of Hamilton – trafficking in Heroin

Donald Otis of Middletown – possession of Heroin/fentanyl

Ashley Banks of Middletown – aggravated trafficking in drugs

Jason Cundiff of Middletown - aggravated trafficking in drugs

Steven Eldridge of Middletown – weapons under disability

Heather Trent of Middletown -aggravated possession of drugs

Joseph Morgan of Middletown - aggravated possession of heroin

Dustin Hall of Oxford - aggravated trafficking and possession of drugs

Julius Pruitte of Middletown - aggravated possession of drugs

Raymond Jones of Middletown - aggravated possession of drugs

Jonathon Halsey of Middletown - aggravated possession of drugs methamphetamine/firearms

Bobby Mathews of Middletown - aggravated possession of drugs methamphetamine

Bailey Joseph of Trenton - aggravated possession of heroin

Megan Carr of Middletown -aggravated possession of drugs

Stacy Sharp of Middletown – aggravated possession of heroin

Henry Crowe of Middletown – trafficking in drugs

Kenneth Sorrell of Middletown - aggravated possession of drugs methamphetamine

Rachael Bunch of Madison Twp. - possession of drugs methamphetamine

Jacob Harpe of Hamilton - aggravated trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs

Michael Minton of Middletown - aggravated possession of drugs methamphetamine

Cianti Trammel of Middletown - aggravated trafficking in heroin and possession of heroin

Ronald Brewer of Somerville - aggravated possession of drugs and possession of drugs

Rodney Washington of Hamilton - trafficking in cocaine

Hilliard Chappell III of Cincinnati - trafficking in heroin

Yontay Samples of Hamilton - trafficking in heroin

Cheyne Carpenter of Hamilton - trafficking in drugs

Steven Sparks of Fairfield – aggravated trafficking in drugs

Stephen Baker of Hamilton – aggravated trafficking in drugs and trafficking in heroin