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2 jailed in Clark County accused of stealing cars, property, assaulting deputy

Published: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 9:32 PM

RAW VIDEO: Clark Co Deputy Cruiser rammed by suspect attempting to flee

Two Springfield men are in jail on felony charges accusing them of stealing vehicles and receiving stolen property in an investigation that included the ramming of a sheriff's cruiser.

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Jeffrey Palmer, 33, is charged with one count of receiving stolen property. 

Robert Coder, 27, described by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office as Palmer's accomplice, is in custody on a raft of charges: 

  • Receiving stolen property 
  • Felonious assault on a police officer 
  • Assault on a police officer 
  • Failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer 
  • Vandalism 

According to the Clark County Sheriff's Office, Palmer was arrested about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at a McDonald's on East Main Street in Springfield after a sheriff’s deputy's automated license plate reader alerted him to a possible stolen vehicle that had passed him. 

Robert Coder (Courtesy/Clark County Sheriff’s Office)

In the vehicle was evidence connecting Palmer to the stolen car and other thefts. That evidence led deputies and detectives to the Townhouse Motor Lodge, also on East Main Street, where a second stolen vehicle was recovered. 

Palmer consented to a search of his motel room and investigators found even more evidence of criminal activity, as well as information about a third stolen vehicle in the area of Wittenberg University. 

The information from the motel led investigators to the Ronez Apartments in northeast Springfield, where they found a fourth stolen vehicle. 

While conducting surveillance on the fourth vehicle, investigators watched as two men later identified as Coder and Kurt Miracle got in it and drove off. When police tried to stop the car, Coder rammed a Clark County sheriff's cruiser in trying to elude capture. 

The deputy was not injured, sheriff's Lt. Kristopher Shultz said Tuesday night. 

Jeffrey Palmer (Courtesy/Clark County Sheriff's Office)

Authorities, during the arrests, learned Miracle was wanted in Madison County. He was not involved in the investigation of Palmer and Coder, Lt. Shultz said, noting that Miracle "was in the wrong place at the right time" and surrendered to Madison County authorities directly. 

Palmer and Coder were taken to the Clark County Jail. Their initial appearances in court could come Wednesday morning. 

The sheriff's investigation is continuing to determine the identities of the victims so their property can be returned to them. 

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: What we know now

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 10:26 AM

Local businesses feeling pressure from government shutdown

U.S. lawmakers are in session today but no deal is in sight to prevent an extended government shutdown.

The Wright-Patterson Air Force Museum closed Saturday and other local governmental institutions will be closed Monday as Republicans and Democrats have failed to reach a deal to fund governmental operations.

Both sides are dug in at the moment, with Republicans pushing for a larger defense budget and the Democrats wanting more non-defense spending as well as an agreement on the immigration bill — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Cox Media Group D.C. Correspondent Jamie Dupree reports.

Students at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine practice hazardous materials scenarios in the apprentice program. In this Dayton Daily News file photo, Airman 1st Class Jane Vierzen wore full hazmat suits with a respirator to complete her site reconnaissance health risk assessment training. TY GREENLEES/STAFF(Staff Writer)

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U.S. Senate members return at 1 p.m. today and the U.S. House of Representatives meet at 2 p.m. but no action is expected this afternoon. The U.S. Senate has a procedural vote set for early Monday morning on the GOP’s plan to fund the government through Feb. 8.

5 WAYS SHUTDOWN IS AFFECTING GOVERNMENT

1.  U.S. troops will continue to report for duty and U.S. Mail will be delivered, but around one million civilian federal workers will not be at work if the shutdown extends into Monday, according to the Associated Press.

2. Nearly 45,500 IRS employees will be furloughed, which could delay the implementation of lower income tax withholdings set to go into effect nationwide next month, according to the AP.

3. Medicare and Medicaid will continue to operate, the former continuing to provide insurance coverage for nearly 59 million seniors and disabled citizens and the ladder continuing to provide coverage for low-income and disabled people, according to the AP.

4. Most of the federal employees under the U.S. Department of Justice will continue working during the shutdown, including members of the national security division, the FBI, DEA, ATF and the U.S. Marshals Service, according to the AP.

5. Some U.S. Lawmakers have announced they will donate their pay during the shutdown. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced Saturday he will donate to an Ohio diaper bank that supports struggling families and Sen. Todd Young (R-IND) announced he will donate his pay to charity.

The Statue of Liberty is pictured from Liberty State Park on January 21, 2018 in Jersey City, New Jersey. The iconic landmark was closed yesterday as part of the US government shutdown now entering its second full day after coming into effect at midnight on Friday after senators failed to pass a new federal spending bill. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

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2 rape trials scheduled to start in Greene County on Monday

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 7:02 AM

Two separate rape trials are set to begin Monday in Judge Stephen Wolaver’s courtroom in Greene County Common Pleas Court.

Myron Marquice Walker, 20, is charged with rape and gross sexual imposition and has been held in the Greene County Jail since his arrest in October.

A grand jury indicted Walker on the charges on Oct. 20, and Walker pleaded not guilty to the charges on Oct. 27.

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The alleged incident came to light the early evening of Jan. 22, when Greene County deputies responded to Greene Memorial Hospital on a possible sex offense, according to the sheriff’s office report. 

A 19-year-old woman reported she had been raped that afternoon at a home on Eavey Street in Xenia Twp., and she underwent a sexual assault examination at the hospital, according to the report. 

The sheriff’s office did not release further details, citing an ongoing investigation. 

Walker’s attorney Travis Kane said this is a case in which two college students engaged in consensual sex.

“My client has maintained his innocence from the very beginning. He’s been cooperative with law enforcement, and he’s eager to prove his innocence in court,” Kane said.

This is not the first trial for Walker on the same charges in a different case. On Jan. 12, 2017, a jury found him not guilty of rape and did not reach a verdict on a charge of gross sexual imposition. 

Myron Marquice Walker

The case stemmed from an incident that allegedly happened in November 2015 in a Hawthorn Hall dormitory at Wright State University, according to Greene County court records.

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Jury selection on Walker’s new case is scheduled to start first thing Monday morning, according to Wolaver’s office.

If Walker’s case is delayed, the jury trial of David P. Coleman, 34, who has been held at the Greene County Jail since his arrest in April 2017, is scheduled to begin with jury selection, according to Wolaver’s office.

David P. Coleman

On April 28, 2017, a grand jury indicted Coleman on charges of rape, felonious assault and abduction, according to Greene County court records. On May 5, 2017, Coleman pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to the court records.

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Coleman’s attorney, William Cass, could not be reached for comment.

Coleman’s trial will have to be rescheduled, if Walker’s case gets started as planned, according to Wolaver’s office.

Lanes reopen after two-vehicle crash on I-70 in Clark County

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 6:51 AM

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UPDATE @ 8 a.m: Lanes have reopened on westbound I-70 near the 48 milemarker after a two-vehicle crash occurred early Sunday morning, according to OHSP.

INITIAL REPORT

Two lanes are blocked on westbound I-70 near the 48 milemarker after a two-vehicle accident early Sunday morning. 

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The Ohio Highway State Patrol-Springfield Post, responded to the crash around 4:45 a.m., per initial reports.

According to officials, two vehicles, a mini-van and a pick-up truck, were traveling west on I-70 when a crash occurred, causing both vehicles to hit the median.

The driver of the mini-van was reportedly trapped in the vehicle before crews were able to free him by cutting the door off. 

One driver was transported to Miami Valley Hospital and the other was transported to Soin Medical Center.

Both drivers suffered from minor injuries and are expected to be okay, according to sheriff’s. 

The crash is still under investigation.

We will continue to monitor when lanes will reopen and update this story. 

Rain showers start the week, possible snow flurries Tuesday 

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 4:29 AM

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • A few showers expected today
  • More rain likely Monday
  • Colder with the chance for snow Tuesday

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

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TODAY: A few showers are expected throughout the day today. While it won’t be a wash-out, you’ll want to make sure you have an umbrella handy if you have plans to be out. Temperatures will be on the mild side in the mid to upper 40s. 

TONIGHT: A few light showers can’t be ruled out overnight, but more dry time is expected. Lows will be in the lower 40s.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

>> County-by-County Weather

MONDAY: More rain expected for the day, especially in the afternoon and early evening. Rain could be heavy at times with highs peaking in the lower to mid 50s. 

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

TUESDAY: Colder air returns with highs in the upper 30s early in the morning. Temperatures will likely fall through the entire day with a chance for snow showers or flurries. 

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WEDNESDAY: Another cool day expected with partly cloudy skies and highs in the mid to upper 30s. 

THURSDAY: Partly sunny skies as temperatures peak in the upper 30s again.