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3 charged in Oxford ‘brutal rape case’ in court before trials begin

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 3:51 PM


            From left: Roger Richard Michael Simpson; Elijah Lee Mincy; and Rodney Adrian Louis Gibson II
From left: Roger Richard Michael Simpson; Elijah Lee Mincy; and Rodney Adrian Louis Gibson II

Three men charged with dozens of crimes for an alleged February 2017 sexual assault in Oxford were in court Thursday for a hearing before their trials begin later this month.

Roger Richard Michael Simpson, 23, of Cincinnati, is charged with 23 felony crimes, including 10 counts of rape, sexual battery, complicity to rape and kidnapping. His trial before Butler County Common Pleas Judge Michael Oster is scheduled to begin March 20.

FIRST REPORT:3 men face dozens of charges in Oxford rape case

Elijah Lee Mincy, 21, of North Campus Avenue, Oxford, is charged with 23 felony crimes, including three counts of rape, complicity to rape, sexual battery and kidnapping. His trial is scheduled to begin April 17.

Rodney Adrian Louis Gibson II, 21, of Cincinnati is charged with 26 crimes, including two counts of rape, sexual battery, kidnapping and complicity to rape. His trial is scheduled to begin April 24.

All three men remain housed in the Butler County Jail on high bonds set by Oster when the indictments were unsealed in July.

The Thursday hearing was to consider a motion to suppress statements Mincy made to Oxford police alleging he was not advised of his Miranda rights before he made statements that could be considered incriminating.

MORE: Oxford rape case: Judge denies lower bond for 1 of 3 charged

The allegations involve a single victim, a 19-year-old woman who was visiting Oxford on Feb. 11 and 12, 2017. The assault occurred in an off-campus apartment complex at 3770 Southpointe Parkway, according to Oxford police.

“This is a very brutal rape case,” Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said last summer when the indictment was announced. “One of the worst this office has seen.”

Police were called to McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital during the early morning hours of Feb. 12, 2017, to investigate a reported sexual assault, according to Oxford Police Chief John Jones.

The victim was intoxicated at a party at a residence at the apartment complex and became separated from her friends, according to police.

The men are accused of luring the teen to another residence and sexually assaulting her, according to Oxford Police Chief John Jones said.

Jones said the case was presented directly to a grand jury after a lengthy investigation that included search warrants, interviews and forensic analysis.

The 72-count indictment was handed down by a grand jury on June 14, but it was sealed until the suspects were arrested, according to the prosecutor’s office.

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Kettering police on report of shooting; Smithville Road blocked

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:15 PM

Shooting

Police issued a “Signal 99” tonight for an officer in need of assistance.

According to initial reports, a shot was fired.

There is a heavy police presence in the area of Smithville and Patterson roads in Kettering, and those streets are now blocked.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

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Two Dayton rec centers host world’s largest swimming lesson

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:05 PM

Two Dayton recreation centers hosted the 2018 World's Largest Swimming Lesson this morning.

The Greater Dayton and Lohrey Recreation Centers taught basic water safety reminding everyone that learning to swim helps prevent drowning. More than 41,000 swimmers in 27 countries on six continents participated in 2017.

>>Spike in illness has health officials warning of precautions at swimming pools

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning remains the leading cause of injury related death for children ages one to four, and the second leading cause for children under 14. Internationally, the World Health Organization estimates drowning is one of the top five causes of death for children ages one to 14 in 48 of the 85 countries it monitors. 

"The earlier you introduce kids to the water, the greater chance of survival," said Ian Morgan, the Head Life Saving Instructor for the City of Dayton. "When you enter a kid into water and teach them swim lesson one through four, you reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent." 

In a 2014 survey completed by the American Red Cross, results indicated 54 percent of Americans either can't swim or don't have all of the basic swimming skills. 

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Other results show parents do not recognize that supervision is key. 

According to a 2016 Safe Kids Worldwide report, despite the fact that lack of supervision played a role in the majority of drowning deaths, less than half of parents (49 percent) indicated they remain within arms' reach of their child in the water.

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Republicans delay compromise immigration vote until next week, hoping to rally support, reports say

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 4:07 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 4:07 PM

Watch – President Trump Signs Executive Order Ending Migrant Family Separations

Republican leaders have delayed a vote on a compromise immigration reform bill until next week, hoping to rally more support for the measure, according to news reports.

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The move follows the defeat Thursday of a separate, more conservative immigration bill in the House of Representatives.

>> What does the new executive order on immigration do; can migrants be held indefinitely?

Update 7:30 p.m. EDT June 21: President Donald Trump is criticizing Democrats for their opposition to the hard-line Goodlatte immigration bill, which was defeated in the U.S. House Thursday.

Tweeting that “they won’t vote for anything,” the president complained that Democrats are blocking reform.

“You cannot pass legislation on immigration whether it be for safety and security or any other reason including “heart,” without getting Dem votes. Problem is, they don’t care about security and R’s do,” Trump tweeted Thursday night.

Update 7:00 p.m. EDT June 21:  House Republicans are delaying a vote on a so-called compromise immigration measure until next week, according to The Associated Press.

A vote on the legislation was first rescheduled from Thursday until Friday after another, more severe immigration measure was defeated.

Republican leaders reportedly hope they can get more support for the compromise measure by delaying the vote.

Update 5:00 p.m. EDT June 21: The more conservative of two immigration bills in the U.S. House of Representatives went down in defeat Thursday as 41 Republicans joined the Democrats in a 231-193 vote against the measure, according to Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree

The hard-line measure called for extreme limits on legal immigration and only temporary protections for “Dreamers,” who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children by their parents.

The second bill is seen as more of a compromise measure, but it’s unclear if Republican leadership can manage to get the votes needed to pass it on Friday, and even if they do, it faces an even bigger hurdle in the Senate, where Republicans don’t have the votes to pass an immigration bill on their own. They’ll need Democrats’ support to get it done.

The Washington Post is reporting an important House moderate in the immigration debate, Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) has said he won’t support the compromise measure.

Hurd has said he opposes the measure because it includes funding for a border wall, a campaign promise Trump made to supporters during the 2016 presidential campaign.

He called the proposed wall “an expensive and ineffective 4th century border security tool that takes private property away from hundreds of Texans,” according to the Post.

Update 2:45 p.m. EDT June 21:  The Justice Department has asked a federal judge to change the rules around the detention of child migrants one day after the president ended his administration’s policy of separating children from parents at the border, The Associated Press reported.

Officials aim to change rules governed by the Flores settlement, which requires the government to release children from custody after 20 days to their parents, adult relatives or other caretakers, in order of preference.

>> Time cover: Photo of little girl crying at border, Trump illustrates immigration debate

The move is aimed at stopping the separation of children from their families amid a new policy where anyone caught crossing the border is charged criminally.

Update 2:25 p.m. EDT June 21: The House of Representatives on Thursday rejected one of two proposed GOP immigration reform bills, according to Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupree.

 

Meanwhile, aides said the House will wait until Friday to vote on a second immigration bill, The Associated Press reported.

 

Update 1:18 p.m. EDT June 21: Trump discussed the need for immigration reform during a cabinet meeting Thursday, citing national security concerns.

 

Update 12:20 p.m. EDT June 21: First lady Melania Trump is making an unannounced visit to the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday.

 

Melania Trump was in Texas on Thursday morning and planned to tour two facilities holding child immigrants, CNN reported.

She previously spoke out against the policy of separating migrant children and parents at the border.

"Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform," said her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, according to CNN. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."

The Trump administration policy was ended Wednesday by an executive order from the president.

>> Photos: Melania Trump visits facilities for migrant children in Texas

Update 12:10 p.m. EDT June 21: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called a pair of proposed Republican immigration reform bills a “compromise with the devil.”

She said that the bills make Republicans complicit in Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. The policy, which directs prosecutors to pursue cases against any person suspected of coming to the country illegally, resulted in the separation of hundreds of children from their parents at the border.

 

Update 11:55 a.m. EDT June 21: House Speaker Paul Ryan said officials are working on reuniting families that have been separated in recent weeks at the border.

“I believe (the Department of Homeland Security) is working on that,” Ryan said Thursday at a news briefing. “We obviously want to have families reunited.”

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He said DHS officials are working with the Department of Health and Human Services to bring the families back together.

“What we’re trying to do is put the families at the head of the queue so they can be adjudicated faster,” he said.

 

The Trump administration in April directed prosecutors to pursue cases against all people suspected of crossing the border illegally as part of a “zero tolerance” immigration enforcement policy. Parents were separated from their children as they faced prosecution. Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

>> First lady Melania Trump makes unannounced visit to child migrant detention center

Trump ended the policy Wednesday with an executive order days after he first started calling on Congress to stop the separations through legislation.

The House is set to vote Thursday on a pair of Republican immigration reform bills, although neither appeared likely to succeed.

 

Original report: “The Border has been a big mess and problem for many years,” Trump wrote. “At some point (Senate Minority Leader Chuck) Schumer and (House Minority Leader Nancy) Pelosi, who are weak on Crime and Border security, will be forced to do a real deal, so easy, that solves this long time problem.”

   

The president’s tweet comes one day after he ended his administration’s much-derided policy of separating migrant children from parents at the border and as the House readies to debate and vote on a pair of Republican immigration reform bills.

>> Trump signs executive order ending migrant family separations

It was not immediately clear whether the bills would be successful. House Republican leaders were still trying Thursday morning to build support for one negotiated among conservative and moderate factions of the GOP, although the measure is unlikely to pick up much, if any, Democratic support.

 >> From Jamie Dupree: House to vote on two GOP immigration bills – both may fail

Ahead of the planned vote, the president accused Democrats of “only looking to Obstruct” the immigration bills in order to gain political clout ahead of the mid-term elections.

“What is the purpose of the House doing good immigration bills when you need 9 votes by Democrats in the Senate, and the Dems are only looking to Obstruct (which they feel is good for them in the Mid-Terms),” Trump wrote Thursday morning in a tweet. “Republicans must get rid of the stupid Filibuster Rule-it is killing you!”

 

>> Trump ends migrant family separations: Read the executive order

Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to end his administration’s policy of separating migrant children from parents suspected of coming to the country illegally at the border. The controversial policy was a result of Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration enforcement push announced in April.

Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Funeral home owner faces criminal charges after cremation mix-up

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 8:52 PM

File photo of urns used for cremains. A Georgia funeral home owner is facing criminal charges after he allegedly gave the man the wrong remains. (Source: File)
File photo of urns used for cremains. A Georgia funeral home owner is facing criminal charges after he allegedly gave the man the wrong remains. (Source: File)

A Middle Georgia man thought his mother would rest in peace after her funeral service in January.

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However, the man learned that cremated remains he had buried weren’t those of his mother, the Telegraph of Macon reported.

Now, a Johnson County funeral home owner is facing criminal charges after he allegedly gave the man the wrong remains.

The situation began when John Hall Brantley, owner of Brantley Funeral Home in Wrightsville, contracted the man, whose identity was not released, to cremate his mother, the GBI told the newspaper.

From January to May, the crematory tried to get in touch with Brantley about cremains it had done for him, but could not do so. The crematory then got in touch with the son, listed as next of kin.

The son was puzzled because "in their minds, mom has been buried," GBI spokesman Scott Whitley said.

Eventually, the son realized what was up. He contacted Wrightsville police, who called in the GBI.

The urn has been disinterred, and the GBI will try to determine whose remains were in it.

In a search of the funeral home, GBI agents said they found three unlabeled containers with cremated remains inside.

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