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Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 11:44 AM
BUTLER COUNTY — A Cincinnati man and his girlfriend, taken into custody last week for the fatal shooting in St. Clair Twp., were arraigned Thursday in Butler County Common Pleas Court on new charges.
Keith D. Harris Jr., 27, and Diamond Reid, 18, who were arrested as they left a Hamilton County motel, now both face murder charges for the death of Trey Shepard on April 8, according to the indictment handed down by a grand jury.
Previously, Reid was charged with obstruction of justice. In addition to murder, she is now charged with aggravated robbery and felonious assault.
Harris is additionally charged with aggravated robbery, felonious assault and having weapons under disability.
Both told Judge Keith Spaeth they could not afford an attorney, and one was appointed for them. Spaeth set Reid’s bond at $500,000 and $1.25 million for Harris.
Also, another Cincinnati man and his girlfriend who detectives arrested in California after a fatal shooting in St. Clair Twp. are in route to Ohio to stand trial.
William D. Harris, 26, of Cincinnati, was arrested April 10 as he stepped off a bus in California with his girlfriend. Deputies issued a murder arrest warrant for Harris earlier this month along with a $5,000 reward for information leading to his whereabouts.
Thursday’s indictment also added aggravated robbery, felonious assault and having weapons under disability to the charges William Harris is facing.
His girlfriend Terrianoi Head, 23, of Cincinnati, is charged with obstruction of justice.
William and Keith Harris are not related, according to police.
The incident happened when an intruder entered an upper floor apartment of the Nelson Street residence and shot Shepard during a reported exchange of gunfire.
In a 911 call, a woman who lived in the apartment downstairs said people had been banging on their doors and broke out the sliding glass doors.
“Someone is breaking into the house upstairs from me,” the woman, who was holding her baby, told dispatchers. “I hear banging. She (the woman in the upstairs apartment) is crying. She is asking for help.”
The woman said her neighbor cried out that someone was shot outside.
Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 5:37 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 9:18 AM
— WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR BUTLER COUNTY UNTIL 2 A.M. SUNDAY
We will be starting out in the 20s and will be mostly cloudy, according to Storm Center 7 meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Passing showers move in during the day mixing with snow and possibly some rain in the afternoon. The best chance for this is south of I-70. Snow totals will be limited and most of the Miami Valley won’t see any stick. Butler County is under a Winter Weather Advisory with possible snowfalls reaching 1 inch to 3 inches. The Dayton area might see a dusting on grassy surfaces. North of Dayton will have a pretty quite Saturday. It looks like the Miami Valley dodges the heaviest bands of snow which will stay south. Temperatures climb to around 40. Clouds decrease tonight and we drop to the mid 20s.
Sunday: It will be a beautiful end to the weekend. We will see highs in the mid to upper 40s. Dry and sunny!
Monday: We see a nice start to the new week with temperatures close to normal with highs in the low to mid 50s. Clouds increase in the evening.
Tuesday: Scattered rain showers will develop with highs in the upper 50s feeling mild and breezy.
Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 6:03 AM
WASHINGTON TWP. — Crews responded to reports that a red Chevy Trail Blazer flipped on its top in Washington Twp. Saturday morning.
The single vehicle flipped at the cross of Hempstead Meadows and West Alex Bell Road around 5 a.m.
Medics were on scene but no one was taken to the hospital.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:51 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 12:59 PM
SPRINGFIELD — A threatening letter sent to the Springfield NAACP president earlier this week has prompted an investigation by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
The letter police said contained “threats of violence and racial epithets” and was mailed to the chapter office and received Wednesday.
Springfield NAACP President Denise Williams reported the letter to Springfield police.
"We have reached out to our partners in state and federal agencies, and we're making a cooperative effort to identify the source of the abhorrent act," said Springfield Police Division Chief Lee Graf. "We take these threats very seriously."
Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 1:05 AM
— A group of students from the Dayton area left Friday night, headed to Washington, D.C. to march in the nation's capital Saturday in the name of gun control.
The students have a grueling itinerary, leaving from Englewood by bus Friday night, riding by bus through the night and arriving in Washington around 9 a.m.
"We want action and we want prevention," said Sammy Caruso, an Oakwood High School student who coordinated the trip.
Oakwood students spent their Friday night making signs in preparation for their trip. They'll joine other teens from all over the country in what's being called the "March for our Lives."
It's a push for tougher gun laws in the wake of the most recent mass shooting last month at a high school in Parkland, Florida.
"I think marches are one of the best ways we can get people involved," said Caruso.
Students from several schools in the Miami Valley boarded the bus, along with some parents and teachers who also are along for the trip.
Caruso said he lost a friend in the Parkland shooting, so he said this issue is personal for him.
"I really felt like I needed to do something about it, I couldn't just watch this happen, see something that happened to my friend ... I need to do as much as I can," he said.
"We want our congressmen to know that we're sick of it, and if they're not going to have any action, we're going to demand it."