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NEW DETAILS: Police findings don’t point to alcohol in wrong-way crash

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 5:05 PM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 6:08 PM


A preliminary finding indicates no evidence of alcohol involved – but does show excessive speed - in the double fatal wrong way crash on I-675 last week.

An investigation into the wreck that killed wrong-way driver Melvin Bonie Jr. of Beavercreek and Kalip Grimm of Miami Twp. shortly before 9:30 p.m. Oct. 16 did not show signs of alcohol being a factor, according to a Centerville police report released this afternoon.

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Autopsy reports from the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office are not complete on Bonie, a 69-year-old retired defense analyst, or Grimm, a 2017 Miamisburg High School graduate. Services for Grimm, who would have turned 19 on Sunday, were this morning.

The Centerville report indicated Bonie’s Lexus going an estimated 80 miles per hour as it headed northeast in the middle lane of southwest bound lanes in the crash that involved four vehicles and six people, records released today show.

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Two 911 callers said they saw a vehicle going the wrong way down the southbound Ohio 48 exit ramp from I-675 minutes before the wreck.

Bonie’s Lexus hit two others – a Toyota Venza driven by 54-year-old Takasi Sibuya of Miamisburg and a Toyota Corolla driven by 20-year-old Maria Perdomo of Centerville – before the fatal crash, Centerville records show.

None of the motorists in the Toyotas – including Venza passenger Tyler Sledge, 22, of Springboro – were hurt, Centerville police officer John Davis said last week.

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Bonie’s SUV then collided head on with the Ford Mustang driven by Grimm, records show. A Mustang passenger, 16-year-old Morgan Sampier of Miamisburg, was treated and released from a local hospital, Davis said last week.

Seven Centerville police units and crews from Sugarcreek Twp., Montgomery County and the Ohio State Patrol responded to the accident, which forced the closure of all southbound lanes from Wilmington Pike to Ohio 48 until about 3:10 a.m., according to Centerville police.

Lesbian couple beaten, held captive for days over borrowed car, police say

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 1:45 PM

Borrowed Car Leads to Lesbian Couple Being Attacked, Held Captive

Three Indiana men and a woman have been booked on more than 30 separate criminal charges in connection with the alleged beating and kidnapping of a married lesbian couple.

One of the men, Kenneth Allen Braswell, 32, is charged with raping one of the women, according to Indianapolis jail records. Braswell is also charged with criminal confinement, kidnapping, battery with a deadly weapon, battery resulting in bodily injury and unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

Police have charged Jose Antonio Nieves, 35, and Thomas James Bell, 26, with crimes that include kidnapping, criminal confinement, battery, intimidation, possession of meth and carrying a handgun without a license. Melissa Richards, 29, is charged with multiple counts of criminal confinement and battery.

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The Indianapolis Star reported that an affidavit filed in the case states the couple traveled from Terre Haute to a home on the east side of Indianapolis the morning of Nov. 10 to do heroin. Fox 59 in Indianapolis reported that the house was Richards’ home. 

One of the women borrowed Richards’ Mustang to visit her son about 20 miles away in Danville, the news station reported. The women said that Richards became angry when the car wasn’t returned quickly enough. 

“I’m keeping your wife until I get my car back,” Richards said, according to the affidavit

The woman still at Richards’ house told police she was bound with duct tape, pistol-whipped and left in a large closet, the Star reported. She said that, at some point, she felt someone pulling her pants down.

The woman told detectives that Braswell raped her, the Star said. 

“If you scream, I’ll hurt you,” he told her, according to the affidavit

The woman said that her captors then took her to the basement, where she was beaten some more, Fox 59 reported. On Nov. 11, some of the accused retrieved the Mustang, along with the wife, who they forced to go with them at gunpoint, the affidavit said. 

When they got back to Richards’ house, the woman was placed in the basement with her wife, where she was also beaten, the document said. 

The women said they were held in the basement until Nov. 14. They were given food and water once, but could not eat due to their injuries, police said. 

The Star reported that the affidavit described bruises and cuts on both women’s faces. One of the women also had a broken collarbone. 

One of the victims described watching as the group beat her wife, who fell to the ground.

“I didn’t know if she was alive anymore,” the woman said, according to the affidavit

On Nov. 14, Nieves and Bell are accused of putting both women in Richards’ Mustang for a drive to Bargersville, where, one woman told police, Nieves talked about killing them, the Star said. She said Nieves claimed he knew someone there who would help bury their bodies.

On the way to Bargersville, the Mustang blew a tire, the Star reported. They pulled into a convenience store parking lot, where the women said Nieves tried injecting himself with heroin.

The women asked to use the bathroom, the affidavit said. When Nieves allowed them to go inside the store, the women begged the clerk to call police.

The women locked themselves in the bathroom until police arrived, the Star reported

Nieves and Bell were arrested outside the convenience store, while Braswell and Richards were taken into custody at Richards’ home. 

The Star said that detectives searching Richards’ home confiscated a bloody towel, along with bloody sweatpants found in the closet where one victim said she was raped. There was also a large pool of blood on the basement floor. 

In the Mustang, they found two handguns, duct tape, a machete and two cellphones.

Braswell, Nieves and Richards remained in the Marion County Jail on Wednesday. It was not immediately clear when Bell was released. 

Court records show that Braswell, Nieves and Bell are scheduled for a Jan. 22 trial on the charges. 

Young woman vanishes after online date, family fears the worst

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 6:06 PM

A missing person flyer is tacked to a pole in a neighborhood. The family of Sydney Loffe is distributing flyers as part of an effort to find the missing 24-year-old Lincoln, Neb., woman, who was last seen on Wed., Nov. 15.
A missing person flyer is tacked to a pole in a neighborhood. The family of Sydney Loffe is distributing flyers as part of an effort to find the missing 24-year-old Lincoln, Neb., woman, who was last seen on Wed., Nov. 15.(Pixabay)

A 24-year-old Lincoln, Nebraska, woman has been missing for several days following a date with someone she met online, and now police are calling the circumstance surrounding her disappearance “concerning.”

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Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Jeff Bliemeister spoke to local media Tuesday and urged residents to continue looking for Sydney Loofe as the department conducts interviews and pieces together the events that led to her her disappearance, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

Police confirmed that Loofe was last seen in Wilber, 40 miles southwest of Lincoln, on Wed. Nov. 15.. according to the Star.

Suspicion grew when she missed work the following day at a Lincoln grocery store where she is a cashier after apparently going out on a date the night before, her parents said. Loofe sent a Snapchat message saying she was “ready for my date” just hours before she disappeared.

Her family said she sent the Snapchat message about going on a date with a woman she met online, and that she was definitely “planning on coming home that night.”

She also left her cat and car at her home in Lincoln, her family said.

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Loffe’s family is circulating a flyer that suggest they fear she was abducted. The flyer indicated that her phone pinged off a cellphone tower in the Wilber area, but that it has since been turned off.

Her parents, Susie and George Loofe, find it suspicious that her phone is off, and that her cat and car were left at home.

Lincoln police have declined to say if they have spoken to the person Loofe was going out with that night or where in Wilber she might have been.

“Really what our focus is on at this point is trying to find Sydney,” the police chief Bliemeister said. “And to go out and to detail every investigative aspect really, I think, is going to detract from the overall message of, ‘We’re trying to find her as quickly as possible.'”

Police are asking anyone with information on Loofe’s whereabouts to call 402-441-6000.

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Loofe is 5-foot-7 and weighs 135 pounds. She was last seen wearing a white Columbia jacket and a cream-colored shirt. She has a yin-yang tattoo on one of her forearms, the word “Believe” with a cross on the inside of her left wrist, and the phrase “Everything will be wonderful someday” on her right bicep.

$2K+ of suspected stolen merchandise recovered in bust

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 1:37 PM

$2K+ of suspected stolen merchandise recovered in bust

A 21-year-old Columbus woman is facing theft charges after police said they recovered more than $2,000 worth of suspected stolen merchandise from the vehicle she was driving.

Satia Dunson, of Columbus, is charged with theft and possession of criminal tools and has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

German Twp. Police spotted Dunson’s vehicle Nov. 8 and noticed she had a warrant for larceny out of Huber Heights. 

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Dunson was pulled over in the area of the Dunham Sports, 1600 Upper Valley Pike, where she was taken into custody.

Police said they “noticed a large amount of clothing that was inside the vehicle that had security tags on them, still had the hangars on them.”

“It was obvious they had been out shoplifting,” said Lt. Russell Garman with the German Twp. Police Department.

Dunson’s trial is scheduled for January.

Sidney police search for missing teen

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 4:31 PM


Sidney police are asking for helping finding a 15-year-old girl who was last seen Wednesday morning.

Avonell Martin, 15, was last seen around 7:45 a.m. when she stopped by a friend’s house to say goodbye and that she was heading to Cleveland, according to police.

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Martin was the passenger in a silver or grey 4-door mid-size car with tinted windows, police said.

The teen is described as being 5-foot-4, 128 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.  She was last seen wearing a black and blue coat with blue jeans.

Anyone with information on Martin’s whereabouts is asked to contact Sidney police at 937-498-2351.