Convicted felon guilty on weapons charges

Published: Monday, October 01, 2012 @ 6:23 PM
Updated: Monday, October 01, 2012 @ 6:32 PM

A convicted felon with a long history of weapons violations has been convicted on federal weapons and ammunition charges in federal court while awaiting trial in Montgomery County on rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition charges.

Edward Robinson, 35, was convicted Monday in U.S. District Court of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition. Those charges stemmed from a March 2011 raid on Robinson’s Miami Twp. home by members of the Regional Agencies Narcotics & Gun Enforcement, or RANGE Task Force.

Robinson is prohibited from having a gun because of a 1998 involuntary manslaughter conviction. He shot and killed 52-year-old Gary Forsythe of Harrison Twp. in a car on Roland Circle, Feb. 22, 1997.

During that March raid, authorities also recovered evidence of an alleged rape and 15.6 pounds of marijuana.

Detectives said a handheld camcorder was found in the home that contained images of the alleged sexual activity with an impaired female victim. “In reviewing the video, we observed the defendant having degrees of sexual contact with the female who appeared to be semi-conscious, passed out, highly intoxicated,” Montgomery County sheriff’s Maj. Dave Hale said.

The alleged sexual activity with the impaired woman is thought to have taken place between December 2010 and February 2011, Hale said in August. The victim now is 22 years old.

A grand jury on Aug. 7 indicted Robinson on two counts of rape with an impaired person, two counts of sexual battery and one count of gross sexual imposition.

Robinson is in the Montgomery County Jail without bond. His next court appearance on the sex charges is scheduled for Thursday, according to court records.

Monday’s weapons conviction was the second for Robinson, who was convicted of having weapons under disability in Montgomery County Commons Pleas Court in 2008 after he was pulled over and found to be in possession of five firearms he said he bought at a gun show.

Robinson was initially released from custody after the raid pending formal charges, but was arrested in Shelby County in March of this year on suspicion of possessing a dangerous ordnance.

“When we found out about the rape, he was already in custody in Shelby County,” Hale said. “We knew he wasn’t getting out. We then (pursued charges) but there was no real hurry in charging him up because we knew he wasn’t going anywhere.”

On Monday evening, Shelby County online court records did not show any pending charges against Robinson.

Robinson was 21 when he was tried on murder charges in Forsythe’s death. Forsythe, a Vietnam veteran, was shot once in each arm; one bullet traveled across his body and pierced his heart. Prosecutors said Robinson called Forsythe about the gun he advertised for sale and suggested they meet at Roland Circle in the Wesleyan Hill neighborhood, where Forsythe was found dead at the wheel of his car after it rolled into a tree.

A jury convicted Robinson on a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter, avoiding a mandatory 18-year sentence and he was never indicted on a gun specification that would have added three years to his sentence.

At one point in the trial, there was doubt whether Robinson was competent for trial. He was sentenced in August 1998 to 10 years in prison and was denied early release several times, according to court records.

Robinson could be sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on each of the convicted counts and faces up to 28 years in prison if convicted on all counts he faces in Montgomery County.

Husted bucks GOP, is against voter photo ID push

Published: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM
Updated: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The official who oversees Ohio's elections says he doesn't agree with a measure proposed by some fellow Republicans to require voters to show photo IDs at the polls.   

Secretary of State John Husted tells The Columbus Dispatch on Thursday that he would not change current policy that allows voters to prove their identities with photo IDs or other documents, such as utility bills or paychecks.   

A bill approved by the Ohio House would require voters to show the photo ID before casting an in-person ballot. It is now being reviewed by the Senate.   

Husted instead proposes changes for voters casting early ballots or provisional ballots. He says those voters should be required to give their full Social Security numbers instead of the currently required last four digits.

New restaurants, retail shops coming to Oxford

Published: Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 2:25 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 29, 2016 @ 4:37 PM

New restaurants and retail shops are coming to a development on the former Walmart site in Oxford.

Bishop Square — a 50,000-square-foot mixed use development at 419 Locust Street that currently includes 272 units of student housing — is adding Marco’s Pizza, Tim Hortons, a Sprint retail store and a bank.

“The final stage is important because we’ll be building the outlots that sit along Locust, which will serve as the front door to the whole project,” said Josh Rothstein, of Blue Ash-based OnSite Retail Group, which is handling marketing and leasing for the project. “The retailers and restaurants are excited to open their locations here because being across from Kroger, TJ Maxx and Dollar Tree provides tremendous exposure, great visibility and easy access to the shoppers already passing through this part of town.

“It’s also easily in walking distance to not only the concentration of Miami’s campus, but also the off-campus housing population,” Rothstein said.

Two other storefronts on the site are being are in the process of being leased, he said.

Existing Bishop Square tenants include Oxford Lane Library, Mercy Health - Orthopaedics and Sports Rehabilitation, Great Clips and Cloud 9 Vapor Lounge. A second-floor above some of those tenants includes office space.

Alan Kyger, Oxford’s economic development director, said the community is excited to see the Bishop Square project moving into its final phases.

“In 2005, when Walmart moved away from this site, the abandoned building that was left behind was a large eyesore for the Tollgate Business District, as well as for the whole community,” Kyger said. “Developer Robert Fiorita is to be commended in providing such a good-looking redevelopment project.

“The addition of these merchants will provide the citizens of Oxford additional shopping options. I expect each of these new businesses to be very successful in this new development.”

Marco’s Pizza has 700 stores in 35 states, doubling in size over the last five years and on track to 1,000 stores by the end of 2017, according to the company. Area locations include Middletown, Monroe, Hamilton and Liberty Twp. in Butler County.

Tim Hortons has more than 4,400 locations in the United States, Canada and the Middle East. Area locations include Monroe, Springboro and Maineville in Warren County.

Crash victim lived to fly, friend says

Published: Saturday, June 09, 2012 @ 8:16 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 09, 2012 @ 8:16 AM

A 73-year-old Bellbook man killed in a plane crash Saturday morning was an experienced pilot who had built four planes like the “experimental aircraft” he flew that day, according to his wife.

Roger Flower died in the 8 a.m. crash, said Sgt. Anthony Pearcy of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

“Some witnesses in the area did see the plane flying and the witnesses believe they did see something fall off the plane,” he said.

Flying out of the Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport in Greene County, the plane flown by Flower crashed about 100 yards from a house at 1856 Ohio 380. Debris from the crash spread about 300 feet and the plane had extensive damage.

Flower was a naval aviator for 31 years who still loved to fly in his retirement, said Jan Flower, his wife of 50 years.

“It was his life, ” she said. “He was flying a plane that he had built and flew out of Greene County Airport and was there every day and loved it.”

After retiring from the Navy, he became a certified aviation engineer and began building his own aircraft, his wife said.

“He knew what he was doing about building it and just loved it and wasn’t ready to give up airplanes, so he built them,” she said.

Both natives of Ohio, Roger and Jan Flower have four sons and moved to Bellbrook eight years ago, when they were done traveling with the Navy.

She described her husband as “a leader, totally confident. (He) could tackle anything, could build or fix anything, loved his children and his grandchildren, (and) loved serving in his church.”

The OHSP is investigating the crash with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

The plane was a fixed wing, single engine, experimental/homemade aircraft, according to the patrol.

“According to the family members, it’s been flown before,” said Pearcy.

There was no flight plan filed for the plane and the destination of the flight was unknown, Pearcy said.

“As unfortunate as this incident is, it is fortunate that no other people were involved,” Pearcy said.

Arrest made in slaying of businessman

Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 @ 7:44 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 @ 7:44 PM

Police have arrested a 20-year-old Dayton man in the slaying of a business owner found dead inside a burned out garage last week.

Anthony Lamar Stargell Jr. was arrested Wednesday morning and is in the Montgomery County Jail pending the filing of an unclassified felony murder charge.

Dayton Sgt. Dan Mauch said detectives believe Stargell shot and killed 54-year-old Tommy Nickles before setting a fire inside 838 S. Main St. on April 3.

“The fire did not do the damage that the perpetrator expected,” Mauch said Wednesday afternoon. He said evidence collected inside the business and from Nickles’ stolen work van helped lead detectives to Stargell. The van was recovered by police late April 3 in the 400 block of Leland Avenue.

A search warrant was executed at 2905 Oakridge Drive on Wednesday, where Stargell occasionally stays with family. He was taken into custody at about 11 a.m.

Nickles, of Kettering, died from multiple gunshot wounds and was found in a garage where he ran Quality One Electrical Service. A Golden retriever that had been shot to death also was found in the building, police said.

Nickles' family confirmed last week that he had been living in the building because of a recent divorce. They said they couldn’t fathom why someone would want to kill the father of two. 

“Tom was a good man, he was a good father,” said Gavin Whitt, Nickles’ godson.

Mauch said Stargell and Nickles knew each other. He said police are investigating robbery as a possible motive or that Nickles possibly owed Stargell money.

“It’s still an ongoing investigation,” he said. Police also are trying to locate several individuals who may have stolen property belonging to Nickles.

According to court records, Stargell was convicted of robbery in February 2011 and sentenced to five years’ probation.

His mother, Tonya Bailey, said her son recently got out of prison, but she doesn’t believe that he is responsible for Nickles’ death.

“I don’t think that he did do it, but if he did do it he didn’t do it by himself,” she said.

She said Stargell wasn’t on South Main Street on the night Nickles was killed. “He was here,” she said at her mother’s house on Wednesday.