Man, 21, charged in Hamilton police pursuit caught on video

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 11:45 PM
Updated: Friday, July 19, 2013 @ 5:38 PM

Police pursue car, arrest man

A 21-year-old Hamilton man Friday was charged with multiple traffic and criminal charges after a Thursday night police pursuit.

The chase started on Hamilton’s Main Street and ended about eight miles away in Fairfield after the man rammed two police cruisers in an attempt to elude capture.

Emery Herzig, of Fairborn Court, was taken to Mercy Health-Fairfield Hospital to be evaluated for medical conditions apparently unrelated to the pursuit, according to Sgt. Ed Buns, a spokesman for Hamilton Police Department. Herzig remains hospitalized there as of Friday morning and his condition is not a result of any aspect of the pursuit.

He has been charged with fleeing and eluding a police officer, leaving the scene of an accident, and reckless operation. More charges may be filed against Herzig upon completion of the investigation into the facts of the nearly 30-minute pursuit, which never exceeded 45 to 50 mph, Buns said.

“We don’t normally have pursuits that last that long,” he said. “However, given some of the information that the on-duty supervisor had, and the speed of the car … he continued to let the pursuit go.”

Additional charges against Herzig may be filed by the Butler County Sheriff’s Office and Fairfield Police Department for actions committed against deputies and officers.

At 7:06 p.m. Thursday, police attempted to stop a Honda Civic on the west side of Hamilton that was operating erratically and nearly hit several oncoming vehicles.

Police officer Pete Gibbons signaled the driver to stop in the area of Main and F streets. Herzig pulled to the side of the road, but drove off when Gibbons got out of his cruiser.

He then traveled east on Main and across the High Main Bridge, refusing to stop after driving across tire-deflating stop sticks that damaged some of his tires.

Herzig made a U-turn in the area of High Street and Fair Avenue, then headed west on High across the Great Miami River and out Main Street to the city limits.

Butler County Sheriff’s Office units deployed stop sticks a second time, deflating the remainder of the car’s tires.

Herzig continued west on Main, pulled off another u-turn, turning into the Meijer parking lot and almost striking several citizens and the police cruisers pursuing him.

He then headed east on Main and High streets, turning south on Ohio 4. At Laurel Avenue he sideswiped a Hamilton police cruiser blocking the intersection to protect traffic, causing the cruiser’s side mirror to fall off.

Herzig continued south into Fairfield where he went left of center into opposing northbound traffic and pulled into the lot of a Performance Honda dealership at 5760 Dixie Highway, where police said he intentionally rammed a second Hamilton police cruiser that blocked the exit from the lot.

Herzig’s car, damaged and with all four tires deflated, finally came to a halt in the middle of Ohio 4 at 7:33 p.m.

Hamilton and Fairfield police, along with sheriff’s deputies, exited their cruisers and drew their weapons, with at least one officer giving verbal commands, according to reports.

Herzig reportedly sat motionless in his seat and did not react to the commands, so officers and deputies removed him from his seat via the car’s window

Gender-neutral birth certificate approved in California

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 10:31 AM

DURHAM, NC - MAY 11:  A gender neutral sign is posted outside a bathrooms at Oval Park Grill on May 11, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)
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DURHAM, NC - MAY 11: A gender neutral sign is posted outside a bathrooms at Oval Park Grill on May 11, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)(Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

California has become the first state to allow another gender designation on birth certificates: non-binary.

Governor Jerry Brown’s signed the bill that will take effect next year, The Sacramento Bee reported.

SB 179 also allows adults to use a gender marker other than “F” or “M” on their driver’s license. California is now only the second state to allow gender-neutral licenses. Oregon is the only other state to allow it, while Washington, D.C. has permitted non-gender specific licenses, WRC reported.

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Non-binary will be listed on drivers licenses starting in 2019, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Non-binary is an “umbrella term for people with gender identities that fall somewhere outside of the traditional conceptions of strictly either female or male,” and includes people who are transgender or born with intersex traits, The Bee reported.

Five people in the country have decided so far to use the designation non-binary as their legal gender. But according to the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, 31 percent of the more than 27,000 people who took part identified themselves as non-binary.

The new law will make it easier for changes to official documents. Currently, anyone who wants to change their gender on their identification has to have a medical certification, but now that rule will be abolished, The Times reported.

Father of murdered toddlers says mother shared live video of crime scene

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Georgia Mother Kills Two Youngest Sons By Placing Them In The Oven

Jameel Penn says he learned his boys were in trouble when their mother called him via video chat.

Lamora Williams panned around the room, and Penn saw his sons on the floor.

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“After I seen what I seen, you know I called the police,” Penn said in an interview Sunday.

But Lamora Williams’ first call wasn’t to Penn.

Longtime friend Neesa Smith told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Williams called her first Friday night.

“I asked her what was wrong and she said, ‘I can’t do it no more,’” Smith said.

The friend said that Williams told her the boys were dead. “I said, ‘Call the police Mora. Just call the police,’” Smith said.

Williams was arrested Saturday and charged with murder after her two young children, ages 1 and 2, were found dead inside their southwest Atlanta home.

The two boys had “received burn marks on their bodies at some point,” according to Atlanta police. Investigators hauled an oven away from William’s Oakland City West End apartment.

Williams, 24, told police she left the children with a caregiver at noon Friday and returned home late in the evening, finding the children dead and the caregiver gone. But police say they do not believe Williams left her children with a caregiver. She has been booked into the Fulton County jail.

“I ain’t got no soul no more,” Penn said during a vigil Saturday, as he held onto his 3-year-old, Jameel.

“Ja’karter, Keyante, my world, my everything. I’m lost,” he said.

Friends and family members described Williams as a good-hearted, but overwhelmed woman who meant well.

The 24-year-old single mother of four had help from Penn and her 6-year-old daughter’s father’s side of the family, but it wasn’t enoughthey said.

Williams quit a job about a month ago because she couldn’t find a sitter for the kids, according to Smith. “Nobody could tell what she was going through,” she said.

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Tabitha Hollingsworth said her sister had struggled with mental health issues her whole life.

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Lamora Williams, 24, is charged with two counts of murder and is accused of placing two of her children into an oven and turning it on, according to an arrest warrant.(Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)

Carrie Fisher once sent producer a cow tongue after friend was allegedly assaulted

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 12:58 PM

Carrie Fisher Stuck Up For Friend Who Was Allegedly Assaulted By Sending A Cow Tongue To Producer

Apparently, Carrie Fisher wasn’t afraid to take matters into her own hands when it came to getting even.

Heather Ross, a longtime friend of the late “Star Wars” actress, opened up to a Tucson, Ariz., radio station about her own experiences with sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood following allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein.

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Ross told the station about in incident in which a producer (not Weinstein) picked her up to take her to dinner, but pulled the car over and climbed on top of her, pinning her to the seat.

She said that when she managed to get him off of her, he said, “You’ll never make a movie in my town and get the F out of my car.”

When Ross confided in Fisher, the actress decided to get revenge.

“About two weeks later, she sent me a message online, and she said, ‘I just saw [blank] at Sony Studios,’” Ross said. 

“’I knew he would probably be there, so I went to his office and personally delivered a Tiffany box wrapped with a white bow,’” 

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She continued, “I asked her what was inside and she said, ‘It was a cow tongue from Jerry’s Famous Deli in Westwood, with a note that said, ‘If you ever touch my darling Heather or any other woman again, the next delivery will be something of yours in a much smaller box!’”

Fisher’s actions definitely had an impact on Ross.

“It felt validating to know, Okay, first of all, this woman who I love as a friend was not just a fake Hollywood friend. That’s who she was. She spoke out and she put things out there in your face,” Ross said.

Fisher passed away on Dec. 27, 2016, after suffering a heart attack on a plane from London to Los Angeles. She was 60 years old.

Anthony Scaramucci’s media company asks Twitter to vote on number of Jews killed in the Holocaust

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 12:59 PM

In this July 21, 2017 photo, White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci speaks to members of the media in the Brady Press Briefing room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
In this July 21, 2017 photo, White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci speaks to members of the media in the Brady Press Briefing room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Anthony Scaramucci’s media organization has drawn fire from social media outlets after it tweeted a poll asking “How many Jews were killed in the Holocaust?”

The organization, The Scaramucci Post, backed by the former White House communications director, removed the tweet as the backlash grew Tuesday morning.

While it is generally accepted that 6 million Jews were systematically killed in concentration camps during World War II, the poll asked readers to say how many Jews they believed were killed – less than 1 million, between 1-2 million, between 2-3 million, or, more than 5 million.

The majority of those responding before poll was pulled from Twitter (about 90 minutes after it was posted) chose “more than 5 million.” In second place was “less than 1 million.”

The Scaramucci Post is run by Lance Laifer, a hedge fund manager, according to the profile of the page on Twitter. 

Laifer apologized for the tweet saying it was posted “… to highlight ignorance of the basic facts of the Holocaust.”

Laifer also said he was responsible for the poll and that Scaramucci had nothing to do with it.