Miami students may face charges for rape flier

Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 @ 12:36 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 @ 12:36 PM

The Butler County prosecutor’s office has determined a flier found in a Miami University residence hall is not constitutionally protected speech and charges may be filed against two male students.

A “Top Ten Ways to Prevent Rape” flier was removed Oct. 8 from McBride Hall, according to Matthew Dwyer, a resident advisor. Later that evening, Dwyer found a new sheet called “Top Ten Ways to Get Away with Rape” placed in the men’s restroom.

The flier “gave detailed steps on how to successfully rape a female,” according to police.

Misdemeanor or felony charges are possible depending on the outcome of the police investigation, Prosecutor Mike Gmoser said Tuesday.

“The incident is currently under investigation,” said Miami University Police Chief John McCandless. “We will present our findings to the Butler County Prosecutor’s office and they will determine what the appropriate charges will be.”

Miami University officials have said the school will discipline the two students responsible for posting the flier.

Miami’s Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution can take action if a student is found to have violated Miami’s Student Code of Conduct. Potential code of conduct sections violated by the creation and posting of this flier and related damage in the corridor include mental abuse or harm; damage to property; and disorderly conduct.

Potential sanctions for a student found responsible for violating these sections include removal from the residence hall, mandatory educational programs and suspension.

OVI checkpoint planned for Friday in Butler County

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 12:41 AM

Monroe police officer Doug Leist gives a field sobriety test to a man stopped during an OVI checkpoint Early Saturday morning, June 11, 2011 along OH-4 in Monroe, Ohio.  Monroe police, along with Middletown police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, participated in the checkpoint.  Staff photo by Nick Graham
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The Butler County OVI Task Force will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Fairfield Friday night. 

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The OVI checkpoint will be conducted on northbound Ohio 4 near Symmes Road from 11 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday. 

Officers, deputies, and state troopers will also conduct saturation patrols in the area. 

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Threat for strong storms returns late Friday

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 3:49 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 11:30 PM

RELATED: WHIO Interactive Radar

Clouds will break into the overnight hours. Some patchy fog will be possible. Temperatures will fall into the middle 50s by morning, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Patchy fog possible early Friday
  • Storms return Friday evening, some strong
  • Severe weather threat continues into holiday weekend

RELATED: County-by-County Forecasts 

DETAILED FORECAST 

RELATED: Heavy damage from Wednesday’s storms in Park Layne

Friday:  Partly sunny skies and quiet conditions are expected through much of the day. Scattered storms will develop toward late evening and continue into Friday night. A few storms could be strong as they arrive before weakening late Friday night. Temperatures on Friday will reach into the middle 70s. 

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Saturday: PAfter an early morning shower, much of the day will be quiet with partly sunny skies. Scattered showers and storms will redevelop from south to north by late evening into Saturday night. Some storms could be strong or severe. Temperatures will reach into the lower 80s by late afternoon..

RELATED: WHIO Interactive Radar

Saturday: After an early morning shower, much of the day will be quiet with partly sunny skies. Scattered showers and storms will redevelop from south to north by late evening into Saturday night. Some storms could be strong or severe. Temperatures will reach into the lower 80s by late afternoon.

RELATED: Sky Witness 7 

Sunday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible, especially the first half of the day. A few storms could be strong, possible severe. Temperatures will reach into the upper 70s.

Memorial Day: Partly cloudy skies are expected for the holiday with a slight chance for a shower or storm, mainly north of Interstate 70. Highs will be in the middle to upper 70s.

Tuesday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds with a passing shower possible. Highs will be in the middle 70s.

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Task force seizes heroin, cocaine, cash, arrests 1 in Clayton

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 4:59 PM

Detectives seized a large quantity of heroin, cocaine and cash today from a Clayton apartment.

The Montgomery County Regional Agencies Narcotics Gun.Enforcement task force searched the residence at 7387 N. Main St., which ended a monthlong drug trafficking investigation.

One arrest was made, 23-year-old Mikeial Smedley was booked under suspicion of possession of drugs at the Montgomery County Jail but has yet to be formally charged.

The task force is continuing its investigation.

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Three tornadoes, zero injuries: ‘It’s a miracle,’ fire chief says

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 5:46 PM


            A tornado damaged businesses in Park Layne in Clark County on Wednesday night. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF

Clean-up efforts began Thursday after severe weather ripped through the Miami Valley overnight, bringing an outbreak of tornadoes in the north and severe flooding in the south.

Three tornadoes struck Wednesday night — two in Clark County and one in Miami County — the National Weather Service confirmed Thursday, but warnings were issued in Greene, Warren and Preble counties too.

WATCH: 6 videos that show the intense Wednesday storms

No injuries were reported.

“I was extremely surprised,” Bethel Twp. Fire Chief Jacob King said. “It’s a miracle.”

His township included the hardest-hit area, Park Layne, where a confirmed EF1 tornado (with maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour) ripped through a Sunoco Gas Station and damaged the Mel-o-Dee Restaurant, Family Dollar and Motor Sports of Dayton.

FORECAST: More severe weather could come this weekend

King said rescue crews had to free a woman from the Family Dollar on South Dayton-Lakeview Road.

“We received a call of a person trapped inside the Family Dollar who said they couldn’t get out of the bathroom of the storage area because the doors were jammed shut,” King said. “Our crews arrived on the scene, did a rampant assessment of the facility, forced entry and was able to rescue that one occupant from the building.”

The person was unharmed, King said, and he was happy to find out no one was hurt during the storm.

RELATED: Beloved restaurant forced to close after damage from tornado

The Mel-O-Dee restaurant could be closed for up to three weeks because of broken air conditioning units and a structural truss damaged. The beloved Clark County restaurant has been open since 1965 and is known for its broaster chicken and other dishes made from scratch.

Larry Shaffer, Clark County Combined Health District, said eight of 10 restaurants were back in business after the storms caused closures.

Another EF1 tornado (about 90 miles per hour) was confirmed about five miles southeast of Piqua.

An EF0 tornado (with maximum winds of 75 miles per hour) tore branches off trees and threw them onto and through mobile homes at McMahan’s Mobile Home. Residents reported extensive damage, including holes in roofs that allowed water to pour right in.

PHOTOS: Aftermath of destructive storms, tornadoes

Residents said they were alerted to the danger by watching Storm Center 7 coverage on WHIO-TV.

“I was watching the news, watching Channel 7 news, and it showed it coming this way and I was looking and said, ‘it’s coming right for this mobile home park,’” said one resident. “That’s when I went outside, the rain stopped and got real calm, and that’s when it hit.”

In Butler County, storm damage included thousands of gallons of water in flooded basements.

Firefighters rescued 15 people, eight adults and seven children, after high water trapped them at Sebald Park in Madison Twp., Butler County Wednesday. Crews said high water cut off access to a bridge in the park, trapping multiple people in the high water.

Those trapped in the park included a pregnant woman and people with medical issues, according to Madison Twp. Fire Department Chief Kent Hall.

Hamilton resident Rebecca Lee called 911 when heavy rains swept up her green Honda Odyssey on Wednesday night between Tabor and Cleveland avenues.

“I got to get out of my car or I am going to drown soon,” Lee said to dispatchers. “I am going to have to get out or die. There is water up to my waist, and it is getting worse and worse.”

Ben Johnson, who lives on Taylor School Road, said he felt “shear panic” as the storms blew through, flooding his basement, destroying appliances and knocking out a door in the basement. He lost a washer, dryer, refrigerator, video games and couch.

“Everything in the basement is gone,” he said after putting on waders.

Staff Writers Parker Perry, Allyson Brown, Jim Ingram, Wayne Baker, Rick McCrabb and the Breaking News Team contributed reporting.

STORM CENTER 7 WEEKEND FORECAST

Friday: The day will begin dry with pleasant conditions. Highs will reach the middle 70s with some sunshine early. Scattered storms will develop toward late evening and continue into Friday night. A few storms could be strong as they arrive before weakening late Friday night.

Saturday: Most areas should be dry in the morning, but isolated storms could be triggered in the afternoon. Scattered showers and storms could develop into the evening. Some storms could be strong or severe. Highs will be in the 80s with muggy conditions.

Sunday: Scattered showers and storms move through the first half of the day. A few storms could be strong, possibly severe. The eastern Miami Valley may still have a few storms around late afternoon. The area dries out into the night. Daytime highs will be around 80 with still-muggy conditions.

Monday: At least some portion of Memorial Day should be dry, though another front will approach that could trigger a few showers or storms in the evening and into the night. Highs will reach the middle 70s with sunshine and scattered clouds.

Tuesday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds with a passing shower possible. Highs in the middle 70s.