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In the market for an ‘Incredible Hulk’ vehicle?

Published: Thursday, November 08, 2012 @ 3:45 PM
Updated: Thursday, November 08, 2012 @ 3:45 PM

Those in the market for an “Incredible Hulk”-themed car have the chance to bid on an animated Chevrolet Caprice seized in a prior drug bust by the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

An online auction by the U.S. Marshals Service closes on Monday for the 1989 Chevrolet Caprice seized in March along with six other vehicles. The vehicle was seized and forfeited to the government as part of a drug case against Thomas E. King of Fort Wayne, Ind., who was arrested in early March while arriving to pick up a large shipment of drugs along Symmes Road in Fairfield, according to the sheriff’s office.

The auction can be accessed online at www.skipcoautoauction.com/Marshall-Auction/US-Marshal-Units.aspx.

Proceeds generated from the auction will be deposited into the U.S. Department of Justice’s Assets Forfeiture Fund — used to compensate victims, supplement law enforcement programs and support community programs.

In total, the sheriff’s office had seized from King more than 500 pounds of marijuana, a loaded Kel-Tec semi-automatic rifle, a Freightliner semi-trailer, a Lexus, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, a GMC Denali, a Dodge Ram, a Chrysler Aspen, and most notably the “green machine” Chevrolet Caprice painted and detailed with an “Incredible Hulk” theme.

For detailed pictures of the car, visit www.usmarshals.gov/assets/2012/hulk_flyer.pdf.

Police investigating after 2 found dead in hotel room

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 1:59 PM

Police in Miamisburg are investigating after two people were found dead in a room at InTown Suites, 8981 Kingsridge Drive.

Police were called to the hotel after someone called 9-1-1 and reported seeing two unresponsive people inside the room.

Early reports indicate the deceased are a male and female.

We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

Fairfield teacher trial: School security camera footage shown in court

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 1:32 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 2:41 PM


            Tyler Conrad, 27, of Hamilton, is charged with two counts of sexual battery, sexual imposition and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

Video from security cameras at Fairfield High School were played during the second day of a teacher’s trial for alleged sexual conduct with a teen student.

Tyler Conrad, 27, of Hamilton, is charged with two counts of sexual battery, sexual imposition and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. His bench trial began Monday in Butler County Common Pleas Court.

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Fairfield School resource officer Kevin Harrington said he spent a week reviewing the archived tapes from late August to October 2016 from a camera pointed in the hallway where Conrad’s classroom was located.

He was looking for video of the 16-year-old girl who testified Conrad inappropriately touched her in his classroom.

Six tapes were projected for the judge to review, showing the girl and Conrad going in and out of the classroom late in the school day.

Sometimes they appeared to be walking near each other, at other times they entered and exited several minutes after each other. Other students, faculty, and a security guard were also seen coming and going in the hallway.

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Defense attorney Chris Pagan pointed out during cross examination that two of the classroom doors were close together and the angle was from a distance. He noted any activity in the classroom itself could not be viewed and it appeared the classroom door was never closed.

Harrington disagreed.

“On one of the videos, I believe the last one, it appears Mr. Tyler Conrad closed the door and locked it,” Harrington said.

On Monday the girl testified for nearly two hours stating Conrad’s attention began with rubbing her shoulders and touching her leg and then later he touched her private area making penetration.

She said Conrad picked her up in the summer of 2016 and took her to a Ross Twp. house where he began kissing her and carried her to a bedroom. When he touched her on the outside of her private are, she said she became uncomfortable and he stopped.

The defense tried to get the straight “A” student to recall dates or a range of dates of the incidents, but she could not. Pagan also used transcripts of past interviews with police to point out her statements were not the same as the current testimony.

EXCLUSIVE: Evidence questioned in Fairfield teacher Tyler Conrad’s alleged sex crime

When the girl reported the incident to a youth leader and it was reported to Fairfield police, Detective Rebecca Ervin said it was difficult to interview the teen in October 2016.

“She was very concerned about what was going on in school and who would ‘know’,” Ervin said during testimony.

After interviewing the girl, her parents and some students, Ervin said she went to interview Conrad at the school.

“He immediately pulled out his phone and started to manipulate it … I confiscated,” Ervin said.

Cell phone data from Conrad’s phone and the girl’s phone indicates from May 7, 2016 to Oct. 9, 2016, 83 calls were exchanged, Ervin testified.

In the same period of time 2,876 text messages were exchange between the girl and Conrad, according to phone records.

Investigators digging to recover body of missing woman

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 10:50 AM

UPDATE @ 2:39 p.m.

TROY — Tammy Weddington, Nikki’s stepmother and guardian during her teenage years, said there have been probably four searches over the last seven years of Nikki being missing.

“It’s a mixture,” Weddington said of her feelings. “We need some closing. Whomever had anything to do with the disappearance or death of her we need to find them.”

Troy police Detective Captain Jeff Kunkleman said so far, police have a hole dug out that is 10 feet by 10 feet by three feet. They plan to dig up to another two feet.

UPDATE @ 1:23 p.m.

About 10 officers from Piqua and Troy police as well as the Miami County Sheriff’s Department and Dayton cold case investigators have been out at the Troy home where missing woman Nikki Lyn Forrest once stayed. 

“We’re digging,” said Troy police Detective Captain Jeff Kunkleman. “We have information that at the time close to her disappearance she was at this residence.” 

Dan and Mickey Langston, of Troy, are aunt and uncle to Nikki Lynn Forrest. They are out at the home on Croydon Road where investigators are searching for clues in the 2010 disappearance. 

“I hope she is preferably found alive and comes home, or if she’s not living I would like them to find her and give her a proper burial and service,” said aunt Mickey Langston.

Kunkleman said Tuesday’s search was prompted by new information Dayton cold case investigators received from new interviews and re-interviews of people.

Nikki’s boyfriend owned the home on Croydon Road where police are digging. He is not the current property owner.

RELATED: 5 area missing persons cases that continue to be mysteries

Kunkleman said the backyard search was focused on an area that would have been below a shed.

He said “human remain” dogs helped to narrow the backyard search. Kunkleman said the current property owner has been cooperating.

“We want to bring some closure to the family if we can,” Kunkleman said. “If we don’t find her we want to eliminate this residence as a possibility.”

Mickey Langston said her niece was an upbeat and carefree person. 

“She had a lot of boyfriends and she was just looking for love and that’s what I’m afraid led to all this,” Mickey Langston said.

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Authorities are in Troy this morning in hopes of getting answers about a woman who went missing nearly seven years ago.

Cold Case File: Still no trace of missing pregnant woman

Nikki Lyn Forrest, 19, was four months pregnant when she disappeared in September 2010. 

Investigators have new information in the cold case that has sent them to a backyard of a home in the 1400 block of Croydon Road in Troy. The police activity is visible from North Dorset Road near West Main Street.

Cold case detective joins search for woman who vanished while pregnant

A white tent is up and authorities tell us they are digging in hopes of recovering Nikki Lyn Forrest’s body.

Investigators are also digging in the garage.

Cadaver dogs are on scene with police from Piqua and Troy.

Investigators have been at the property before as part of the investigation. It is the former home of Nikki Lyn Forrest’s boyfriend, who was named as a suspect in her disappearance.

VIDEO: 4 Miami Valley cold cases

We’re working to gather more details and will update this story as more information becomes available.

Football Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy dead at 48

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 2:35 PM

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 4: Former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy with his bust during the Class of 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Fawcett Stadium on August 4, 2012 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Former University of Miami All-American and a member of the 1989 national championship team Cortez Kennedy, also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has died at the age of 48, according to the Orlando Police Department.

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No cause of death has been given to this point.

Orlando police confirmed to ESPN that, “they are investigating Kennedy’s death, but also said ‘there is nothing suspicious to report’ at this time.”

Kennedy went on to play 11 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks from 1990-2000, was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1992 and made eight Pro Bowls.