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Cases still open for 4 women missing from Middletown

Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 3:30 PM

4 women are missing from Middletown

As officials continue to search a park in Greene County for evidence in the disappearance of a Miamisburg woman last summer, Middletown police say cases remain open for four missing women who shared similar lifestyles.

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Federal, state and local officials this week closed the 618-acre Sugarcreek MetroPark to search for evidence in the disappearance of Chelsey Coe, 25, who was reported missing last August.

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“There’s nothing concrete that says she’s here,” Miamisburg Sgt. Jeff Muncy said Wednesday. “This is just one lead we’re investigating and we’re trying to do it thoroughly to find her.”

Muncy said information leads police to believe the park may have been one of the last places Coe was seen.

Social media users were quick to speculate if Coe’s disappearance is related to the four Middletown women as well as Amber Whitmer, a 30-year-old who went missing in June 2016 from Springfield.

FBI and Miamisburg police are searching Sugarcreek Reserve for a second day for Chelsey Coe

In March, Middletown Police Maj. Scott Reeve said there was no evidence that the disappearances of Coe and Whitmer were connected to the Middletown cases.

On Wednesday, he had the same answer.

“There is no indication they are connected,” Reeve told the Journal-News, but he said the department is aware of the search for evidence in the Coe case.

The four women missing from Middletown are:

  • Brandy English, 41, missing May 11, 2016
  • Amber Flack, 30, missing Sept. 1, 2016
  • Melinda (Oney) Miller, 47, missing Feb. 19, 2017
  • Michelle Burgan, 47, missing May 16, 2017

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All four of those women have a shared history of prostitution, Reeve told the Journal-News.

“It is really difficult to find these ladies or even information on them because in some cases that don’t have permanent addresses and move around. And (they have) a history of prostitution that makes them vulnerable,” Reeve said.

A run-in with law enforcement may be the first police hear about the women, he said.

The Middletown Police Department enlisted the help of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for leads on the women’s whereabouts.

Information from BCI led detectives to Florida and Kentucky a few months ago on leads of English’s whereabouts, but officials did not find her.

Detectives say it is possible English’s disappearance is related to the death of Lindsay Bogan, who went missing from Middletown two years ago and whose skeletal remains were found in July 2016 on a Madison Twp. farm. Her death remains unsolved.

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English made it known to others she was helping police in their investigation of Bogan’s then-disappearance, police told the Journal-News in 2016. There have been no sightings of English since May 2016.

“We hear theories and rumors all the time … We don’t get any first-hand information and that is what we need,” Reeve said.

This article contains additional reporting by staff writers Kara Driscoll and Nick Blizzard.

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Trump again contradicts U.S. Intelligence on Russia

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 1:14 PM

For the second time this week, President Donald Trump publicly went against the findings of the U.S. Intelligence Community with respect to Russian efforts to undermine election activities in the United States, as the President shot down a question about whether Russia was still engaged in activities like their 2016 interference in the U.S. elections.

“Is Russia still targeting the U.S.?” a reporter asked, as the President wrapped up a Cabinet meeting at the White House.

“Thank you very much. No,” President Trump said firmly as he shook his head, giving an answer that again runs counter to what American intelligence agencies have been warning for months, that Russia is looking for a repeat of their 2016 interference efforts.

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In brief remarks to reporters, the President said several times that he has been tough on Russia.

“There’s never been a President as tough on Russia as I have been,” Mr. Trump told reporters. “And I think President Putin knows that better than anybody, especially the media.”

On Monday, after Mr. Trump had seemingly sided with the denial of Vladimir Putin at a joint news conference in Finland, the Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, quickly issued a statement reiterating that the U.S. firmly believes Russia meddled in the 2016 election, noting “their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy.”

Mr. Trump then clarified his comments on Tuesday, in a statement read to reporters – but Wednesday’s remarks seemed to take him back to square one – where the President argues that the Russians are not coming after the U.S.

The President’s answer puts him squarely at odds as well with many in both parties in the Congress, who fully believe that Russia is still actively engaged in efforts to meddle with the 2018 and 2020 elections in the United States.

“OMG. OMG. OMG,” wrote Michael Hayden on Twitter, a former Director of the CIA and National Security Agency.

“Mr. President. Walk this back too,” said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer.

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Enon police officer 1 of 2 arrested after woman stabbed in Perry Twp.

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 12:01 AM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 9:06 AM

SCENE: Stabbing reported in Perry Twp.

UPDATE @ 12:12 p.m.:

A part-time Enon police officer and another man were arrested Wednesday following a stabbing that left a woman in critical condition, records show.

Dwight Richard, 49, and Tyler Minton, 31, were arrested at the same address where the stabbing was reported and were booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of felonious assault.  Formal charges in the case are still pending, records show.

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Dwight M. Richard (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)

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Richard identifies himself as an off-duty police officer when he called 911 to report the stabbing.

Tyler Minton (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)

“I’m an off-duty officer,” Richard said in the call to police.

In addition, he refers to himself a part-time officer with the Enon Police Department on his LinkedIn profile.  

Enon Police Chief Lew Wilcox told this news organization he is unable to comment at this time.

The stabbing was reported in the 11000 block of Wolf Creek Pike around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Richard told authorities the female victim was stabbed in the neck. The victim was transported to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries, police said.

Richard asked Minton not to shoot him.

“Tyler please don’t shoot me,” Richard said on the 911 call. “I love you please don’t”

Richard tells the dispatcher there were multiple guns in the house and that he was about 100 yards behind the property when police arrived.

“I’ve gone out back because I think he has a weapon,” Richard said.  “There are multiple firearms in the house and I believe he has one.”

Police have not said what roles Richard and Minton had in the stabbing.  Both men were in the Montgomery County Jail at noon Wednesday on pending charges.

UPDATE @ 9:25 a.m.:

Two men are in custody after a woman was critically injured in a stabbing on Wolf Creek Pike in Perry Twp. late Tuesday, according to investigators.

The victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital following the stabbing in the 11000 block of Wolf Creek around 11:30 p.m.

Tyler Minton, 31, and Dwight Richard, 49, were arrested at the same address where the stabbing was reported and were booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of felonious assault.  Formal charges in the case are still pending, records show.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was called to assist in the investigation.

Police said the stabbing was an isolated incident, however did not disclose the circumstances that led to the violence.

UPDATE @ 9 a.m.:

Police are still on scene of a reported stabbing from late Tuesday in Perry Twp.

Evidence markers are in the road and the driveway of a two-story white house in the 11000 block of Wolf Creek Pike.

Wolf Creek Pike is currently closed, according to our crew on scene.

Police were dispatched on a report of a stabbing around 11:35 p.m. 

We are working to learn more on this developing story and will update this page as information becomes available.

INITIAL REPORT (Tuesday):

Crews responded to South Wolf Creek Pike on a reported stabbing late Tuesday.

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Initial reports indicate a person was possibly stabbed in the 11000 block around 11:35 p.m.

The condition of the victim was not immediately available.

We’re working to learn more. This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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Clown car: Driver uses clown masks to try to get into HOV lane

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 12:55 PM

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You may have names for the commuters who share the road during rush-hour traffic. Clown may be the safest one to go with. 

But one driver in New York may live up to that moniker.

A driver in the high occupancy lane on FDR Drive in New York City tried to beat the law by adding clowns, to his convertible to qualify for the HOV lane, WNBC reported

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Masks were added to some of headrests in the car, but sitting in the passenger seat was a person-like shape wearing a mask, with an arm and hand draped casually out of the window. 

The unidentified driver was sporting sunglasses, a red clown nose and a cigarette. 

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By law, drivers with passengers in the car can use the HOV lanes, usually with a minimum of two or three people in the car, WNBC reported.

If a police officer sees some alone in a vehicle using HOV lanes, or using a fake passenger to get around the rules, the officer can issue a summons. Drivers face two points on their license for breaking the law, WNBC reported.

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REPORT: Local man arrested after attempted hit and skip for warrant, drug possession

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 1:08 PM

A Dayton man was arrested Tuesday after he crashed a vehicle into a dumpster and attempted to flee the scene, according to a Dayton police report.

Eli D. Price, 37, was reportedly arrested on a warrant for trespassing along with suspicion of drug possession, illegal occupancy of a public place, unauthorized use of a vehicle and probation violation, according to Miami Valley Jail records. He is awaiting court action and a parole hearing for his charges.

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According to the report, Price crashed into a construction dumpster on West Fourth Street around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday. He was then apprehended by a Sinclair officer while he attempted to flee the crash scene on foot. He had been driving the vehicle without a license, read the report.

Price was transported to Grandview Hospital, and after his discharge, was arrested by Dayton police. While searching Price, police discovered a small flashlight that contained 17 pills of Clonazepam (Klonopin), according to the report. Price was transported and processed at Montgomery County Jail.

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