Monroe police bust prostitution operation

Published: Friday, September 21, 2012 @ 6:43 PM
Updated: Friday, September 21, 2012 @ 6:43 PM

A prostitution operation police say was operating out of house in a Lemon Twp. subdivision was busted Friday afternoon by an undercover detective.

Monroe police received a tip about suggestive ads posted on a website listing the location as “Monroe, Middletown and Trenton.” A check of the web site turned up daily ads posted by two women who offered services together, according to Detective Gregg Myers.

“I placed a phone call and scheduled a time,” Myers said.

The detective said he made contact with a woman who said she was Katy who said both girls were available for $200 for full services. She stated there would be no kissing and a condom had to to be worn, according to the police report.

When Myers arrived at the door of 517 Diamond Loop, he was let in the door and the two women allegedly discussed price and sex actions. Myers then signaled for police to respond.

Alicia Cope, 26, 517 Diamond Loop, and Jamie Waybright, 22, 219 E. Circle Drive, Mason, were both charged with solicitation, a third-degree misdemeanor. They were transported to the Middletown City Jail.

Myers said the women indicated they had offered solicitation for about a month. One of the women said that there were usually about six clients a day, Myers said.

While the woman were negotiating prices with the detective, two children, ages 7 and 3, were present with two other adults, Myers said. Butler County Children Services was called to investigate.

The house is located in a usually quiet subdivision just outside Middletown and not typically a problem area of police.

Myers said, “there are no limits to good and bad neighborhoods. It can happen anywhere.”

Court: Cross shaped monument honoring WWI vets ruled unconstitutional

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 5:06 AM

An Eternal Flame monument dedicated to World War I casualties.
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An Eternal Flame monument dedicated to World War I casualties.(Harvey Meston/Getty Images)

A 40-foot Latin cross-shaped monument in Maryland, built nearly a century ago to honor soldiers who died during World War I, has been ruled unconstitutional by a federal appeals court, CNN reported

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The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday by a 2-1 margin that the 92-year-old structure was in violation of the First Amendment because it is on public land at a busy intersection in Prince George's County and is maintained with government funds. The court's decision does not address whether the monument should be removed or modified.

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and the American Legion, who were named as defendants in the case, argued that the cross had a nonreligious purpose “does not have the primary effect of endorsing religion.”

But the appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, sided 2-1 with the American Humanist Association, an organization that advocates for secularism and represented several non-Christian residents of Prince George's County.

The memorial was completed in 1925 using contributions from private donors and the American Legion. It was acquired in 1961 by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

If the Supreme Court declines to hear the case, a district court judge would have to decide whether to order the removal of the cross, said David Niose, legal director of the American Humanist Association.

"It's hard to think of remedies other than removal," Niose told CNN, though he said there is the "possibility of modifying the structure."

Dayton thief drops T-bone steaks down his shorts

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 4:37 AM

Police are searching for a man who dropped three T-Bone steaks down his shorts.

Officers were dispatched at 8:40 p.m. Friday to Groceryland, 1451 Troy St. in Dayton to a report of a theft.

The store manager told police he was walking down the meat aisle when he became suspicious by the behavior of a man talking to another customer. The manager later saw the man run out the front entrance. He ran after him, but lost sight of him after he went behind the store, according to a Dayton police report.

The manager showed police surveillance video footage, which shows the thief grab three T-bone steaks, which each cost between $10 and $20. Then, in a different aisle, the suspect places the steaks down his shorts, the report stated.

No arrests have been made.

Georgia man, 93, eats lunch daily next to photo of late wife 

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 4:10 AM

Clarence and Carolyn Purvis were married for 64 years until her death in 2013.
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Clarence and Carolyn Purvis were married for 64 years until her death in 2013.(Francis Dean/Corbis via Getty Images)

A 93-year-old man from Georgia lost his wife four years ago, but he still has a daily lunch date with her.

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Clarence Purvis takes a picture of his late wife, Carolyn, and sets up her photograph at a table of their favorite eatery, Smith’s Restaurant in Reidsville, WTOC reported.

“She was always with me when we were livin',” Purvis told WTOC. “She's with me now."

Purvis met Carolyn Todd in 1948, when she was 16 years old and he was 24. They were wed the next year and were married for 64 years. She died on Nov. 22, 2013, at age 81, The Purvises owned Purvis Garage in Glennsville, where Carolyn lived her entire life. The couple had three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Clarence and Carolyn dined at Smith’s Restaurant for the last 13 years of her life. 

“Ain't nobody loved one another more than me and my wife loved one another,” Clarence Purvis said. “I wanted what she wanted and she wanted what I wanted."

Although his wife is gone, Clarence Purvis still bonds with her at lunchtime.

“He's a part of this restaurant,” Joyce James, the restaurant’s owner, told WTOC. “I asked my husband, I said, ‘You know, if something happened to me, will you put my picture on the table?’ He said, ‘I don't think so, dear.’ He said, ‘I love you but, that might be a little much.’” 

Purvis visits the Glennville Cemetery “at least four times a day” to visit his wife, WTOC reported.

“I imagine I come 125 times a month,” he told WTOC. “I love her that much. And miss her that much. And think she would with me."

Clear skies for meteor shower this weekend

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 5:53 AM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 3:20 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini has a look at how cool we get and how active the meteor shower will be this weekend.

After finding Venus and Mars early in the week, another special treat awaits you in the early morning sky this weekend! 

>> Advice for best viewing of meteor shower

The Orionid meteor shower will put on a good show Friday night into Saturday morning, and Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Debris from Haley's comet will hit Earth's atmosphere. The Orionid shower gets its name because the meteors look like they are coming  from the constellation Orion. This year, 10 to 30 meteors per hour are possible. 

>> Warming trend continues; lower temps arrive next week

This weekend skies will cooperate for great viewing of the Orionid meteor shower!

Temperatures will drop into the middle 50s overnight Saturday into Sunday. The moon will set around 8:14 p.m. so skies will remain dark. Some high clouds will be out there Saturday night, but overall it will still be a good night to view.

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Get outside and grab a blanket, find a dark spot with a good view of the sky and let your eyes adjust to the darkness. If you capture any photos share them using the hashtag #SkyWitness7!