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Springfield teens search for dad's killer

Published: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 @ 4:11 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 @ 4:11 PM

SPRINGFIELD - Two teenagers are determined to find out who killed their father 13 years ago. They recently reached out to News Center 7 in a letter asking us to
look into this Clark County cold case. 

The body of Chad Mullenix, 23, was found by a neighbor in his apartment at the Ashton Meadows complex on January 23, 2003. He was laying on his back in the kitchen
with a gunshot wound to the head. 

Chad's children were only babies when he was shot to death but now Kiersten Mullenix, 17 and her brother Phillip, 16, are on the hunt for his killer.

"I just want to know why and who? I could be seeing the guy everyday, or her," said Kiersten. "I just want to know why and why...why my dad?"

Kiersten, who is graduating from high school in May, is planning to go to college and major in criminal justice. 

"I want to be a detective. I want to help people get justice that I haven't gotten," said Kiersten. 

Phillip is interested in cars and his mother, Heather Moore, said he looks a lot like his father. 

"They've always known about their dad," said Moore. "I've always kept the memory alive." 

Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly said the Mullenix murder is on his list of cold cases. Detectives just need that additional piece of evidence to bring this case to a conclusion. 

"We believe that we've had a viable suspect and we believe that the person who took his life, who committed this homicide, still lives in this area," said Sheriff Kelly.

Detectives said Mullenix, who suffered from Cerebral Palsy, was taking prescribed painkillers. They also know that he had been a victim of arson when a girlfriend set his van on fire.
They also know that he was alive on Jan. 21 when he was captured by a bank camera getting money out of his account.

However, robbery does not appear to be the motive because nothing was missing from Chad's apartment and he has $500 in his pocket at the time of the murder.

"Chad left behind two children and in his memory, we would like to solve this crime," said Kelly.

4 soldiers killed in ambush: Where is Niger and what are U.S. troops doing there?

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 11:43 AM

4 Soldiers Killed In Ambush In Niger

Questions remain in the aftermath of an ambush attack on a group including U.S. Army soldiers in Niger that left four American service members dead on Oct. 4.

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Defense Department officials said Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, 35, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, 39, Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, 29 and Sgt. La David Johnson, 25, were killed in an attack during an advise-and-assist mission in southwestern Niger.

The circumstances that led to the attack remain under investigation.

The American military operation in Niger is one of about 20 in Africa and part of the U.S. Africa Command, according to NPR. The command is aimed at building military relations with African nations and other key players in the region. It began operations in 2007.

Here is what we know about Niger and U.S. military presence in the country:

Where is Niger?

Niger is a landlocked country in western Africa, bordered by Chad, Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Algeria and Libya.

The country became independent from France in 1960. Political instability and a series of military coups followed.

Is Niger generally safe for Americans?

The U.S. State Department in April issued a warning for Americans traveling in Niger to stay away from “locations frequented by Westerners” and to keep to hotels with armed Nigerien security officers because of the risk of terror attacks and kidnapping threats against Westerners.

“Niger’s southeastern border with Nigeria and east of Maradi are poorly controlled,” State Department officials said. “Boko Haram and several factions affiliated with ISIS have conducted cross-border attacks into Niger. The government of Niger has increased its security forces in the border areas, but the situation remains unstable and travel is not advised.”

What about for soldiers – is it generally safe?

Despite the threat of violence, officials said the Oct. 4 deaths were the first American service members to be killed in combat in Niger.

“I think clearly there's risk for our forces in Niger,” said Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, the director of the Joint Staff. “Any time we deploy full forces globally, we will look very hard at the enablers that need to be in place in order to provide security for them. And that ranges from the ability to pull them out if they are injured, to the ability to reinforce them at the point of a fight if they … need reinforcement. We look at all those things and evaluate on a continual basis.”

How big is the American military presence there?

Officials with the Defense Department said this month that about 1,000 troops in the region work with about 4,000 French service members. The U.S. military has had some presence in the country since 2012, according to CNN.

What are U.S. soldiers doing there?

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said U.S. armed forces have been working for years with West African nations to combat the threat of terrorism.

The Army soldiers killed in the Oct. 4 attack were assisting with Nigerien security force counterterrorism operations about 125 miles north of Niamey, the country’s capitol city, according to thee Defense Department.

“We’re providing refueling support, intelligence support, surveillance support,” Defense Secretary James Mattis said. “But also we have troops on the ground. Their job is to help the people in the region learn how to defend themselves. We call it foreign internal defense training, and we actually do these kinds of missions by, with and through our allies.”

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New father accused of selling heroin from maternity ward

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 10:24 PM

New Father Allegedly Sold Heroin From Maternity Ward

A new dad is accused of selling heroin from his family's room in the maternity ward.

Cody Hulse's child was born Thursday and police say a few hours later, Hulse was arrested on accusations he was selling heroin out of the maternity ward. 

Only Channel 11 was there as Hulse faced a judge Friday.

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On his way to jail, Channel 11 asked him what he had to say about the allegations.

"I have an addiction problem," Hulse said. "I do." 

Police say they stopped a car on North Main Street and could see heroin bags in plain sight.

They asked the person where they got the drugs, which led officers to Room 511 of the maternity ward of Excela Health Westmoreland. 

They found Hulse inside his girlfriend's room. 

They say he cooperated and told them he sold heroin to people who visited the room earlier that day.

Inside his pocket, police say they found 34 bags of heroin, needles, rubber bands and a spoon. 

Channel 11 contacted Excela Health about the arrest and whether there's anything the hospital can do to prevent something like this from happening again.

A spokesperson told Channel 11, "We appreciate the efforts of the city of Greensburg Police Department. Excela Health's security team works cooperatively with local and state law enforcement on an ongoing basis to help insure our health care is delivered in a safe environment for patients, visitors and employees."

The baby's mother denied knowing he had heroin in the room, but said she knew Hulse had issues with heroin in the past.

Family finds crawling worms in Cosco chicken at dinner table

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 12:18 PM

A worm crawling on a boy’s finger. A family in Canada found worms in their cooked chicken breast dinner from Cosco. The retailer apologized and refunded their money.
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A worm crawling on a boy’s finger. A family in Canada found worms in their cooked chicken breast dinner from Cosco. The retailer apologized and refunded their money.(Steven Gottlieb/Corbis via Getty Images)

A Canadian family made a nauseating discovery while eating a chicken dinner last Thursday.

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The Mo family of Point Cook, Victoria were stunned to discover worms crawling in their cooked chicken.

Leon Mo said he bought the $6 chicken breast from Costco while shopping with his wife.

Mo told the Herald Sun that his daughter refused to eat the food because she told him “there’s worms.”

He says that when he looked in the package, there were two more worms.

After the skin-crawling discovery, he took the chicken back to the store where they gave him a full refund and filed a report. They also called him the next day to check and see how he was feeling.

Mo noted that the chicken wasn’t yet expired, and says that though he trusts big brand stores, “People need to seriously check the quality.”

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He and his wife, who was then nine months pregnant, both ate some of the meat, but he says they weren’t sick from the food.

Police search for suspect after report of armed robbery

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 11:17 AM
Updated: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 12:01 PM

UPDATE @ 11:59 a.m.

Dayton police have canceled their track in search of a robbery suspect, according to dispatchers. 

There has been no report yet of a suspect found or arrested. 

Police were dispatched around 10:50 Sunday morning to report of an armed robbery at Dollar General on Wayne Avenue.

Stay with WHIO for updates.


Police are currently looking for at least one suspect in report of an armed robbery on Wayne Avenue in Dayton.

Crews responded around 10:50 Sunday morning to report of an armed robbery at the Dollar General store on 1431 Wayne Ave., according to dispatchers.

We are working to learn multiple details about this developing story.