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Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 3:46 PM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 3:52 PM
BUTLER COUNTY — Bond has been set at $1 million for an Oxford man accused of raping two Miami University students in his vehicle that serves as a taxi service.
Sherman Jackson II, the owner and operator of Sherman’s Safe Ride, was video arraigned Tuesday on two counts of rape and two counts of kidnapping.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Thursday in Butler County Area I Court.
Two females filed separate reports with police accusing Jackson, 38, of the 5200 block of College Corner Pike, of sexually assaulting them in his vehicle, according to Oxford police. The incidents were reported on Friday and Saturday.
The first alleged victim called 911 at about 12:35 a.m. Friday from West Collins Street and reported she had been assaulted, according to the police report.
The second incident was reported by a female who said she was assaulted between 1:30 and 4 a.m. Saturday on Brown Road, according to the report.
The first woman called 911 three times early Friday, once screaming, “Let me out, let me out” and then hanging up.
Dispatchers called the woman back and were able to determine she was at the McDonald’s on South Locust Street.
“He was supposed to drop me off at home,” the woman sobbed in the call. “As soon as I got in the cab, he said he was going to take me to McDonald’s. I said, ‘No I want to go home.’ ”
Jackson approached officers on Saturday when they were impounding his 2001 Chevrolet Suburban and he agreed to talk with them, according to the report. After the interview, he was booked in the Butler County Jail.
As part of the city’s taxi permit process, Oxford Police Lt. Lara Fening said Jackson underwent a background check and passed.
She said Jackson is a local resident and that she has known him since he was a teenager.
Jackson was convicted for disorderly conduct in 2010, a traffic violation and five civil cases.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 1:44 PM
— A jury in Pennsylvania on Thursday found comedian Bill Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 7:37 PM
XENIA — Beginning on Monday, May 7th, and lasting the entire week, the City of Xenia maintenance crews will be flushing the City fire hydrants in order to test the hydrants and clean the water mains.
The flushing hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The purpose of hydrant flushing is to avoid any inclement weather conditions and is intended to keep citizens safe in case of fire emergencies.
Residents may notice discolored water, low water pressure, and hydrants flowing for long periods of time.
The water is safe to drink, but should be checked before drawing the water and doing laundry.
Residents with water softeners should not cycle their unit at night unless the water has been checked.
The tentative schedule for flushing is:
**Monday - Northwest of W. Church St., North of Market St. and Dayton Ave. and West of N. Detroit St.
**Tuesday - West of St. Rt. 35 and Northwest of Bellbrook Ave.
**Wednesday - North of E. Church St. and East of N. Detroit St. including Amlin Heights and Old Springfield Pike
** Thursday - Between Church St., Market St. and Dayton Ave. on the North and South of E. Third St. along Cincinnati Ave. to Industrial to Bellbrook Ave. and Northeast of St. Rt. US 35
**Friday - South of Third St. and East of Bellbrook Ave. to Industrial Blvd. then East of Cincinnati Ave.
If residents would like more information, they can call the City of Xenia at 937-376-7232, or visit the official City of Xenia website, www.XploreXenia.com, and enter "Seasonal Services" in the site search box for a map outlining the hydrant flushing zones.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 6:03 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 7:03 PM
FAIRBORN — UPDATE @ 7:02 p.m.: Crews tell us they don’t know what caused the fire in prairie grass at Community Park that burned an area approximately 100 yards by 100 yards.
There were no injuries, officials said.
Crews are dealing with a grass fire reportedly in Community Park, on East Dayon Yellow Springs Road in Fairborn.
The park is near I-675 in Greene County and there were calls to police dispatch about a grass fire near the interstate.
The incident was dispatched just after 4:20 p.m.
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Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 7:24 PM
DAYTON — A MetroParks ranger was giving a man a ticket involving an alcohol violation Thursday afternoon when the man took a swing at the officer.
That resulted in the man's arrest, according to a MetroParks sergeant.
The incident, dispatched about 6:16 p.m., occurred in the 100 block of Monument Avenue at RiverScape MetroPark.
No one was injured.
The man will be charged with the alcohol offense as trespassing and assault on a law enforcement officer. He was taken to the Montgomery County Jail.