Fugitive Logan jail inmate arraigned on escape charge

Published: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 4:28 PM
Updated: Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 6:32 AM

            Courtesy: Clark County Sheriff's Office

An inmate who escaped from a Logan County Jail work program on Tuesday and was later captured remains in jail without bond.

Joseph Lee Knox was arraigned on an escape charge out of Logan County Thursday morning in Clark County. He was also arraigned on receiving stolen property charge.

Sgt. Scott Woodruff said Wednesday evening that police received information at about 5:30 p.m. that Knox was possibly staying at the Executive Inn, 325 W. Columbia St.

“We located him about two blocks from there,” Woodruff said. Knox was taken into custody at about 6:30 p.m. while walking near West Columbia and North Yellow Springs streets.

A front desk clerk at the inn told News Center 7’s Layron Livingston that Knox came into the business earlier in the day and asked about renting a room. The clerk said he ran Knox off.

Knox was last seen at about 10:30 Tuesday morning, when he walked away from the garden area outside the secured section of the jail, the Logan County Sheriff’s Office said. Kitchen staff and inmates alerted corrections staff that he was missing. Knox had been assigned to work as a trustee at the jail.

He was serving time on contempt charges. He went in on July 19 and his sentence was to be completed Oct. 22, according to the sheriff’s office. Knox also was wanted in Madison County on a contempt of court violation.

Woodruff said Knox also has an outstanding 2010 warrant in Clark County for receiving stolen property. “He is being booked in on that local warrant,” Woodruff said, and will be detained in the Clark County Jail.

Earlier Wednesday, the Ohio Adult Parole Authority issued an alert for law enforcement officers to be on the lookout for Knox, believed to be in a maroon 1993 Ford F150 XLT, bearing license tag FLB 9378, driven by his father.

Woodruff said Knox was not armed when he was apprehended and police have not located that vehicle or Knox’s father.

Knox, 36, is suspected of committing one burglary in Logan County and another in Champaign County on Tuesday.

At about 7 p.m. Tuesday, a woman reported that a man matching the description of Knox knocked on her door in the 5000 block of Ohio 47 West and asked for gas. The woman said the man was riding a red dirt bike.

Police determined Knox stole the dirt bike from a residence in Bellefontaine.

At 8:48 p.m., the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 6000 block of North Ludlow Road in Urbana after a caller reported returned home to find a man inside. The resident chased the suspect out of the house, and the suspect reportedly fired shots at the resident as he fled. A dirt bike was found near the scene.

A description of the suspect matches that of Knox, according to the sheriff’s office.

At about 10 p.m., West Liberty police responded to a burglary complaint, and the homeowner reported that a .22-caliber handgun and ammunition were taken from a gun safe. A helmet was located in a nearby cemetery, police said.

Deputies will be working with the Logan County Prosecutor’s Office to file an escape charge.

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.

Four local teens qualify for Olympic trials

Published: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 @ 3:12 AM
Updated: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 @ 3:12 AM

InfoSource--Dayton Daily News

Patrick Mulcare (Springboro) and Cliff Goertemiller (Oakwood) set Ohio records and joined Dayton Raiders teammates Brett Mackenzie (Tipp City) and Colin Kanzari (Beavercreek) in qualifying for next year’s U.S. Olympic Trials during last week’s Junior National Championships at Stanford University.

Mulcare and Goertemiller both set their records in the 15-16 boys division. Mulcare was timed in 4 minutes, 26.30 seconds for the 400 intermediate medley. He placed eighth.  Goertemiller was timed in 15:44.69 to reset the state mark in the 1,500 free. He placed sixth.

Their efforts count as state records because they are registered as Ohio swimmers.

Also qualifying for the Trials at Omaha, Neb., were Mackenzie (4:30.24 in the 400 IM, 19th) and Kanzari (2:20.68 in the 200 breaststroke, 16th).

Other Raiders to participate in the National Championships were Jack Pohlmann (Beavercreek), Josh Quallen (Wilmington), Brock Turner (Oakwood), Alex Osterhage (Centerville) and Henrick Pohlmann (Beavercreek).

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.

"Beer with more punch" a possibility in Ohio

Published: Wednesday, June 01, 2011 @ 8:32 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 01, 2011 @ 8:32 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio --(AP)-- A change proposed for the two-year state budget would allow Ohioans to buy boozier beer, up to 18 percent alcohol.

The current limit is 12 percent.

State Senate Majority Leader Jimmy Stewart says tells The Columbus Dispatch that some of the state's smaller breweries would be very excited about making some limited-time products with higher alcohol content.

The newspaper reports Stewart offered the amendment after talking to the owners of a brew pub in his southeast Ohio district.

The beer proposal is among a long list of budget changes unveiled Tuesday in the Republican-led Senate.

A spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services cautions that underage drinkers -- who are typically binge drinkers -- get in trouble faster when alcohol contents are higher.