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.

Xenia school board votes to keep Lofton as chief administrator

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 12:20 PM

Xenia Interim Superintendent Gabriel Lofton
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Xenia Interim Superintendent Gabriel Lofton(Richard Wilson)

The Xenia school board voted Monday night to negotiate a new longer-term agreement with Gabriel Lofton, the district’s interim superintendent.

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Lofton will no longer be referred to as the interim top administrator starting Jan. 1, and the board will be negotiating a new agreement with Lofton to begin next school year, according to the board’s resolution.

Lofton, previously with Cincinnati Public Schools, was hired by the board over the summer to serve as the interim superintendent on a one-year contact at an annual salary of $145,000.

Board President Pam Callahan said the board initially hired Lofton on an interim basis “to make sure he was a good fit for our district.”

“He had a solid entry plan and has been working that plan from day one,” Callahan said. “We are going to embark on a visioning plan which will include a community forum to seek input regarding a possible building project as well as an academic improvement strategy. We felt Dr. Lofton has integrated himself well into the community and we feel his leadership will move our district forward.”

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Lofton said Tuesday that his time in Xenia has been “excellent” so far and the community has much to be proud of, with teachers putting in extra time to work with students, parents who inspire and volunteer and others from the community “who give their time, expertise, and resources in order for us to continue to be successful and exceed expectations.”

“We are focused on providing our students with an excellent education, in a student-centered environment,” Lofton said. “Take pride in knowing, Xenia Community Schools is committed to educating the “whole” child, has a personalized approach for student success, and has high expectations.”

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Among Lofton’s challenges will be to oversee two aging school buildings — Xenia High School and Warner Middle School — that the state has deemed fit for renovations or replacement. District voters three times rejected a proposed school tax to pay for a new school building that would replace the high school and middle school.

Trotwood man accused of shooting at police in standoff pleads insanity

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 12:08 PM

            William D. Gibson
William D. Gibson

The man accused of shooting at police during a 2½-hour standoff in Trotwood in October has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

William D. Gibson, 42, has a hearing scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. The results of a forensic evaluation of Gibson’s mental condition may be revealed.

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Gibson’s attorney filed motions last month for a mental competency evaluation and to plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

Judge Dennis Adkins ordered the Forensic Psychiatry Center for Western Ohio to examine the Defendant and return findings about Gibson’s mental condition “at the time of the alleged offense and other data or conclusions considered by the examiner(s) to be pertinent to the issue of insanity.”

Adkins also ordered a report to include facts “found by the examiner(s), interpretations, and conclusions as to (Gibson’s) competence to stand trial at the present time.”

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Gibson — who is being held in Montgomery County Jail on a $500,000 bond — was indicted on 10 counts of felonious assault against a peace officer, six counts of having weapons while under disability and five counts of discharge of a firearm on or near a prohibited premises.

At about 11:30 a.m. Oct. 13, Gibson called 911 to say his wife accidentally shot herself in the leg. When police arrived and started treating his wife outside the residence, police said Gibson told them they had one minute to leave or he would start shooting.

Gibson fired a shot inside the residence at 4645 Wolf Creek Pike, according to Trotwood police Chief Eric Wilson, who said his officers then felt they were being targeted in what officials said was an active shooter situation. Gibson fired approximately 11 times, according to emergency scanner traffic.

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Numerous agencies including multiple SWAT groups and the Dayton Bomb Squad responded after Trotwood officers dropped a “99” signal for additional assistance.

Adkins wrote examiners should determine if Gibson was insane at the time of the alleged offense, and separately, if he is presently incompetent to stand trial or could be within a year.

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New Mexico policeman who adopted drug-addicted baby receives award

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 12:07 PM

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Infant.(China Photos/Getty Images)

A New Mexico police officer, who adopted a drug-addicted baby girl born to a woman fighting an addiction, was honored by the Albuquerque Police Department on Monday, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

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Ryan Holets received the Outstanding Service to the Community award from Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller.

The baby, who Ryan and Rebecca Holets named Hope, was born Oct. 12. She had heroin and crystal meth in her system and had to endure detox for about two weeks, suffering withdrawal symptoms.

Ryan Holets said his wife was the real hero, KRQE reported.

“She didn’t hesitate, because you know, she had to take a few seconds to understand what I just said, but she immediately said, ‘Let’s do this, this is a wonderful thing,’” he said.

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Ryan Holets was responding to a possible theft at an Albuquerque convenience store on Sept. 23. As he was leaving, Holets said he noticed a couple sitting outside against a cement wall, allegedly shooting up heroin. He turned on his body camera and confronted the couple, and then he noticed the woman was pregnant.

“It's not every day I see a sight like that and it just made me really sad,” Holets told CNN.

Crystal Champ, 35, told Holets that she was eight months pregnant.

“You're going to kill your baby,” Holets told Champ. “Why you have to be doing that stuff? It's going to ruin your baby.”

Already a father of four -- including a 10-month-old infant -- the officer decided to adopt the baby when it was born, and his wife agreed.

Rebecca Holets said she was excited about the prospect of adopting.

“He walked in and said, ‘So, I met this lady today,’” she told the Albuquerque Journal. “I thought that was an interesting choice of words. He said, ‘She’s shooting up heroin and eight months pregnant. I agreed to adopt her baby.’”

The adoption will become final by the end of the year.

The Holetses agreed to pay for counseling for Champ and the father of her baby, who was the man seen in the video, in addition to attorney’s fees for the adoption.

Dayton to open new $6 million Helena Street bridge

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 12:05 PM

The Helena Street bridge over the Great Miami River in Dayton will reopen Friday with a ribbon cutting at 2 p.m., city officials announced.

The ailing bridge was closed in the fall of 2016 for a $6 million rebuild that features wider sidewalks, improved lighting and a new middle turn lane.

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Since 1999, the city of Dayton has invested almost $65 million to replace 11 bridges.

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With the reopening of the Helena Street bridge, work will begin on replacing the nearby Keowee Street bridge over the Great Miami River. The Keowee Street bridge, which will close Monday, is providing a detour route for the Helena Street bridge through this week.

Dayton bridge projects

Here’s a look at the completed Dayton bridge projects and their cost (in reverse chronological order):

Webster Street Bridge over the Mad River

Opened: November 2, 2017

Cost: $10.1 million

Broadway Street Bridge over Wolf Creek

Opened: September 16, 2013

Cost: $2.4 million

Rosedale Drive Bridge over Wolf Creek

Opened: October 25, 2011

Cost: $1.9 million

Philadelphia Drive Bridge over Wolf Creek

Opened: January 11, 2011

Cost: $3.4 million

Edwin C. Moses Boulevard Bridge over Wolf Creek (aka the Veterans Memorial Bridge)

Opened: May 13, 2010

Cost: $4.3 million

Stewart Street Bridge over the Great Miami River

Opened: November 30, 2009

Cost: $15.4 million

Dayton Expressway Bridge over Keowee Street

Opened: November 3, 2008

Cost: $6.6 million

Paul Lawrence Dunbar Street Bridge over Wolf Creek

Opened: July 29, 2008

Cost: $2.4 million

Washington Street Bridge over the Great Miami River

Opened: December 6, 2007

Cost: $7.6 million

Findlay Street Bridge over the Mad River

Opened: May 5, 2006

Cost: $4.5 million