Monroe outlet mall shooting investigation under way

Published: Monday, August 05, 2013 @ 2:47 PM
Updated: Monday, August 05, 2013 @ 6:15 PM

A Monroe police officer who shot a shoplifting suspect in the leg Saturday at Cincinnati Premium Outlets has been placed on administrative leave, while the suspect remains in a Warren County jail cell on a $75,000 bond.

Monroe Police Chief Greg Homer spoke for the first time about the incident during a news conference Monday, but had few answers to the onslaught of questions about how the moments leading up to the shooting unfolded. Homer said he wouldn’t second guess the actions of Officer Chad Caudill, a five-year veteran of the department and 2012 Officer of the Year.

He described the officer as “shook up” by the incident and confirmed he would be on administrative leave until the investigation into the officer-involved shooting wraps up. Monroe administrative staff will interview Caudill — with his union attorney present — Wednesday as part of the department’s internal investigation, Homer said.

When asked if he thought Caudill acted appropriately during Saturday’s incident, Homer replied: “That’s a very good question, and we’ll come up with a very good answer.”

Meanwhile, 22-year-old Jamarcus Levon Brown, of Trotwood, was arraigned by video Monday in Lebanon Municipal Court, where his bond was set at $75,000. Brown, who is charged with felony fleeing and alluding and assault on a police officer, was deemed a flight risk by Magistrate Marty Hubbell since he’s run from police before.

Brown appeared on a giant video screen in the courtroom seated in a wheelchair and wearing a bright orange jail jumpsuit. He told the magistrate he could not raise the bond amount and apologized for his actions.

“I’m really sorry for all that went on,” Brown said. “I’ve got two jobs out there, judge. I’ve got two kids. I pay child support every month. I’m just missing out on a lot for real.”

Last week, Brown led Huber Heights police on a 100-mph chase on Interstate 70. Brown crashed the car he was driving near the Dayton-Yellow Springs Road exit on I-675 and then ran into the woods before police could capture him.

City Prosecutor Matt Graber mentioned the high-speed chase and added that Brown allegedly gave a fictitious name when he was arrested on Saturday when the magistrate asked his opinion on bond. Hubbell set a preliminary hearing for Brown on Aug. 12.

Brown’s latest attempt to elude police started Saturday as two police officers were investigating a group of suspects, including Brown, for theft at the Sunglass Hut store at Cincinnati Premium Outlets, Homer said. Around the time the mall closed at 9 p.m., and as Caudill was examining video surveillance at the sunglasses store, Brown ran away.

Caudill chased after him into the mall’s parking lot, when Brown jumped into a parked vehicle and started to drive away. Police believe Brown knew the person’s car he borrowed for the attempted getaway.

Somehow Caudill ended up on the hood of that car and as Brown continued to accelerate, the police officer fired two shots through the vehicle windshield, one of which struck Brown in the leg and sent the suspect to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown.

The gunshots caused panic for one man and his family, who called Warren County 911 and reported two shots were fired near the Nike entrance at the mall. He told the dispatcher that a car was pulled over and someone was laying on the ground.

“I got a kid in the car so I can’t stay there,” he said. “Two gun shots were fired, people started screaming and running. I got in the car and left.”

Homer said he didn’t “have an answer” to how many innocent shoppers might have been present during Saturday’s incident, or if any of those bystanders were at risk of being injured.

The last time a Monroe police officer was involved in a shooting was in 1995, according to the department’s records.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is working on the scene investigation, which includes investigating the car Brown drove, Homer said. The Monroe Police Department is handling the internal and suspect investigation, the chief said.

Hit-and-run driver admits heroin use before fatally striking bicyclist

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 12:52 AM

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A bicyclist was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, who later admitted to using heroin before getting behind the wheel near Cincinnati on Monday.

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The victim, 61-year-old William Rust III, of Cincinnati, was riding his bike along the shoulder of U.S. 52 in Anderson Twp., just east of Cincinnati Monday afternoon, our news partner WCPO-TV reports. 

A car, driven by Steven Sickle, 33, of Feesburg, Ohio, drifted off the road and hit Rust, throwing him from the bike, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office said in a media release. Deputies said Sickle fled the scene without stopping or attempting to help.

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Rust was pronounced dead at the scene.

Another person drover Sickle back to the scene of the crash, where he admitted to ingesting heroin before driving, WCPO-TV reports. 

Sickle was charged with fleeing the scene of a deadly automobile crash, and aggravated vehicular homicide.  

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 3:38 AM

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Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

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Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents have been reported. 

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Surface Street Incidents

  • No incidents have been reported. 

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • I-75 south near North Main Street in Dayton, lane closure May 1st – 26th. Two southbound lanes will remain open.

I-75 south ramp to US 35 west will be closed from January 9th to September 30th to replace a bridge deck beam that was not included in the I-75 modernization project. The official detour is: I-75 south to the Edwin C. Moses turn around lane to I-75 north to US 35 west.

  • I-75 north ramp the US 35 east will be closed March 28th to September 23rd. ODOT lists the suggested detour as NB I-75 to US 35 west, to James H McGee Blvd, to US 35 east. 
  • I-75 south Ramp to Northwoods Boulevard, ramp closure May 25th between of 9 am and 3 pm. The suggested detour from ODOT is: I-75 south to US 40 to I-75 north to Northwoods Boulevard
  • I-70 between I-75 and SR 202, Nightly lane closures May 15th – June 6th between 6 pm and 6 am. Two lanes will be closed starting at 9 pm. 
  • I-70 between Airport Access Road and Taywood Road, Lane closures April 3rd - June 30th. Two lanes will remain open.
  • I-70 east between Airport Access Road and North Dixie Drive, Overnight lane closures May 24th at 10 pm – May 25th at 6 am. One eastbound lane will remain open.
  • US 35 east Ramp to Perry Street, ramp closure April 1st – May 30th. The official detour is: US 35 east to Jefferson Street to South Patterson Blvd. to Stout Street to Perry Street.
  • Ludlow Street Ramp to westbound US 35 in Dayton, ramp closure May 12th – August 9th. The suggested ODOT detour is: Washington Street to US 35 west.
  • SR 49 south between Brookville-Salem Road and Pleasant Plain Road, Lane closures through May 31. One southbound lane will remain open.
  • Hoover Avenue between Gettysburg Avenue and Elmhurst Road in Dayton will be closed starting April 3 until early June for water line construction. The construction will also impact the intersection of Hoover and Gettysburg avenues and drivers should expect congestion and delays. Detours will be posted. 
  • Bridgewater Road between Taylorsville Road and US 40, bridge closure May 15TH – September 12th. The official detour is: Bridgewater Road to Taylorsville Road to Rip Rap Road to Little York Road to Brown School Road to US 40
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November of 2017 

MIAMI COUNTY 

  • SR 202 between Ross Road and US 40, road closure May 22nd through 31st. The official detour is: US 40 to I-75 to SR 571 to SR 202
  • Piqua-Troy Road between Statler Road and Eldean Roadbridge closure April 12th – October 12th. The official ODOT detour is: Piqua-Troy Road to West Peterson Road to CR 25A to Eldean Road to Piqua-Troy Road.
  • Statler Road between Cromes Drive and Free Road, road closure until June 15th. The official detour is: Cromes Drive/Looney Road to US 36 to Troy-Sidney Road to Statler Road. 

GREENE COUNTY

  • Gate 19B on National Road at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is closed until mid-June for a $1.3 million security upgrade. Drivers should expect delays around the base at the three gates remaining open, Gate 16B off Kaufman Avenue, Gate 1B off Springfield Street, and Gate 22B at I-675 and Col. Glenn Highway. Gate 22B will be inbound traffic only during the morning commute. 

CLARK COUNTY 

  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, ramp closure April 19th – October 31st. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.
  • SR 56 at Silvers Road, road closure May 22nd through the 26th. The official detour is: SR 4 to SR 29 to SR 187 to SR 56.
  • SR 565 between SR 29 and Houston Pike, Daily lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.

DARKE COUNTY

  • SR 571 between US 36 and Jaysville-St. Johns Road, road closure May 25th through June 2nd. The official detour is: US 36 to US 127 to SR 49 to SR 721
  • US 36 between US 127 and SR 48, Lane closures April 24th – June 30th. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 721 between US 36 and Covington-Gettysburg Road, bridge closure March 20th – June 3rd. The official detour is: US 36 to SR 48 to SR 718.
  • SR 121 between Arnold Street and Fairview Avenue, Daily lane closures April 24th – September 1st between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

  • US 36 between Berwick Drive and Dugan Road, road closure April 10th – July 10th. The suggested ODOT detour is: SR 814 to SR 296 to US 68.
  • US 36 between SR 814 and McMahill Road, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 54 between SR 4 and Brigner Road, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 55 between Elm Tree Road and Edgewood Avenue, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 296 between SR 29 and SR 814Daily lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.

SHELBY COUNTY 

  • Amsterdam Road between CR 25A (Sidney) and Heiland Kies Road, road closure May 15th– August 15th. The official detour from ODOT is: Amsterdam Road to CR 25A to SR 274 to Heiland Kies Road to Amsterdam Road

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Fentanyl disguised as OxyContin in drug bust

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 3:04 AM

A November traffic stop on Interstate 77 in North Carolina's Iredell County turned into a drug bust.

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That drug bust was considered the biggest OxyContin bust in the county’s history.

But WSOC-TV anchor Allison Latos has learned that the drugs seized in the bust turned out to be fentanyl, which is up to 100 times more powerful than heroin.

Thousands of pills were packed into a paint can with a false bottom.

Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell said he is shocked that 5,000 pills were disguised as OxyContin but were actually fentanyl.

“Bad guys don't want other bad guys to know what they have, so that's why they disguise their products,” Campbell said.

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Deputies arrested Anthony Prettyman and Corey Laurenson, of Elmira, New York.

Weny Elmira Narcotics helped feds break up a large drug ring there, where police raided homes and arrested four men accused of dealing tens of thousands of pills.

“To have a sort of relatively rural smaller city, such as Elmira, be a source location for drugs was something we hadn't seen very frequently,” said U.S. Attorney James Kennedy Jr.

Police are still investigating if the ring is to blame for several overdoses in New York, but Campbell is grateful deputies stopped the pills from being sold here.

“Over 5,000 pills taken off the street and who knows what that could have led to and how many countless lives it saved,” Campbell said.

The sheriff said the pills were headed for Charlotte, a distribution city for the East Coast.

Fentanyl is so powerful, had deputies touched those pills, they could have become ill.

Deputies take precautions and wear gloves during drug investigations.

Last week, officers in Rock Hill were on heightened alert because an officer in Ohio went to the hospital after he brushed fentanyl off his uniform.

Rock Hill police said every officer has a kit with a mask, gown and gloves

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Manchester explosion: Here’s what we know about the victims

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 11:31 PM

Armed police stand guard at Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig  in Manchester, England Monday, May 22, 2017. Police says there are

Authorities continue  to sort out what happened Monday night when a man who police believe was a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device outside an arena in Manchester, England.

The explosion happened moments after the conclusion of a concert by pop star Ariana Grande.

At least 22 have been confirmed dead and 59 injured as of 2:30 a.m. ET Tuesday.

Here's what we know now about some of the victims: