$1M bond set for man charged in 3-year-old NC girl's death

Published: Monday, December 04, 2017 @ 3:24 PM

WATCH: Investigators Believe They’ve Found Body of Missing 3-Year-Old NC Girl

The man charged in connection with the death of North Carolina 3-year-old Mariah Woods made his first court appearance Monday morning in Onslow County. 

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A judge read the charges against 32-year-old Earl Kimrey and ordered him to be held on a $1 million bond.

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The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI believe they found Mariah's body Saturday in Shelter Creek, along Shaw Highway in Pender County. The medical examiner’s office is tasked with confirming the body’s identification, officials said.

According to arrest warrants, officials believe Kimrey "secretly disposed" of the toddler's body because he knew she did not die of natural causes.

FBI officials said they are investigating the case as a homicide.

"We've had a tremendous amount of people (who) came out from the community willing to assist, not only with their support, but (with) their willingness to help and with their prayers for this community,” district attorney Ernie Lee said.

Kimrey was arrested after several days of exhaustive searches for the girl. He is charged with multiple offenses, including concealing a death, obstruction of justice and burglary.

Officials told WSOCTV that Kimrey was the boyfriend of Woods's mother and lived with them in the home. Woods’s mother first reported her missing Monday morning. 

FBI officials said in a release Saturday that they have evidence to believe Mariah is deceased, but that her body has not yet been found.

The agency is transitioning from search operations to recovery operations, officials said.

Hundreds joined search for Mariah

Officials said more than 700 people turned up Friday to join the search for the toddler. Dozens had to be turned away.

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said volunteers came from as far away as Raleigh, which is 120 miles southeast of Jacksonville.

On Thursday, Miller called on civilians to join law enforcement officers in the land and air search for Mariah.

FBI officials said the agency sent "items of interest" to its lab in Quantico, Virginia, for priority testing in the case.

The sheriff said Wilmington Police Department officers and New Hanover County sheriff's deputies were searching on horseback, and boats from the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries were also in on the search.

Woods's mother, Kristy Woods, told WITN-TV in Greenville that she last saw her daughter at about 11 p.m. on Nov. 26, when she checked on her. She said Kimrey saw the child at about midnight when she got up and he told her to go back to bed. Once they realized she was missing, the couple said they called authorities.

Kristy Woods made a plea for the girl's safe return on Nov. 27.

"This is my world. This is my angel," the mother said. "She was sent to me for a reason. This is my everything besides my boys, the love that I have for this girl."

But the girl's biological father, Alex Woods, said he doubted Mariah's mother's story.

"Someone just walked right up in there, grabbed the 3-year-old out of the bed and she didn't cry? She didn't scream?" the father told WCTI-TV in New Bern on Tuesday. "Nobody heard anything? Four people in the house, two adults and two kids, someone just comes up and snatches the baby and walks out?"

Four volunteer fire departments, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Department and K-9 units searched in the wooded area behind the girl’s home and in surrounding wooded areas, WCTI reported. They also used a helicopter and drones to aid in the search.

"I don't believe she would go out by herself, especially in the dark," said the girl’s grandmother, Anne Edwards. “She's a sweet child but she's shy with strangers, so she wouldn't just go with a stranger."

Edwards said the 3-year-old struggled to get around on her own and wore leg braces for assistance.

"It's really tough because it's just like everybody says: 'I didn't believe this could happen to me,'" Edwards said.

Neighbors have started a makeshift memorial for Mariah and have dropped off flowers and stuffed animals in memory of the little girl. 

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No arrests made during OVI checkpoint in Butler County

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 2:04 AM
Updated: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 7:08 PM

UPDATE @ 7:00 p.m. (July 22):

No arrests were made during an OVI checkpoint Saturday night in Fairfield.

98 cars passed through the checkpoint between 11:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m., and was conducted in the northbound lane of U.S. 127 at Pleasant Avenue and Symmes Road, according to Butler County OVI Task Force Coordinator Pete Reising. Five cars were diverted for further investigation, but there were no arrests.

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Checkpoints and saturation patrols are continuing efforts by the task force to reduce OVI related crashes resulting in injuries and fatalities. 

FIRST REPORT:

An OVI checkpoint will be held in Fairfield Saturday night by the Butler County OVI Task Force. 

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The checkpoint will be conducted in the northbound lane of US 127 at Pleasant Avenue and Symmes Road from 11 p.m. to no later than 3 a.m. 

Checkpoints and saturation patrols are continuing efforts by the task force to reduce OVI related crashes resulting in injuries and fatalities.

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West Chester man arrested after standoff with police

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

Rahoul Jones
Rahoul Jones

A West Chester Twp. man barricaded himself in his home briefly before he was arrested on weapons and domestic violence changes.

Rahoul Jones, 38, was arrested at his home on Crescentville Road at around 4:30 a.m. July 15.

Township spokeswoman Barb Wilson said Jones was alone in the house when police arrived, but he did have weapons.

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“They initially called SWAT out for the call but a negotiator got him out before SWAT ever got to the scene,” Wilson said.

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Jones allegedly struck and choked the victim.

He was charged with domestic violence, receiving stolen property (a handgun), having weapons under a disability, obstructing official business and telecommunications harassment.

The case was bound over to the grand jury from Area III Court on Thursday. As of Friday he was still in the Butler County Jail.

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Man arrested in Riverside SWAT standoff ID’d, report says

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 4:48 AM
Updated: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 9:54 AM

Riverside Standoff

UPDATE @ 9:54 a.m.:

The suspect allegedly involved in a standoff with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and multiple agencies in Riverside Sunday morning has been identified.

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Jeffrey Jordan, 48, was booked into Montgomery County Jail around 7:30 a.m. but has not been formally charged. Charges of inducing panic are pending, according to jail records.

Jeffrey Jordan, 48, booked into Montgomery County Jail on pending charges.

UPDATE @ 7:55 a.m.:

A police standoff involving multiple departments and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team ended Sunday morning after police took a 48-year-old male into custody.

Sgt. David Crigler of the Riverside Police Department confirmed crews were dispatched to a residence in the 400 block of Darnell St. for domestic violence at approximately 1:53 a.m. The Riverside Fire Department, Huber Heights and Trotwood units also assisted.

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The suspect’s wife told police she called for help after he threatened her, loaded a weapon and then pointed it at her. He then turned the gun on himself threatening suicide, Sgt. Crigler said. She was able to leave the residence unharmed.

Sgt. Crigler said a SWAT team was deemed necessary after the suspect refused to leave the home. Police attempted communicating with the him using a megaphone but were unsuccessful. They eventually made contact with the suspect through multiple phone calls.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident and is expected to be booked into the Montgomery County Jail for domestic violence.

UPDATE @ 6:41 a.m.: 

A standoff incident involving SWAT, and Riverside and Trotwood police departments has ended after a male was taken into custody Sunday morning.

The incident occurred at a residence in the 400 block of Darnell Street and ended at approximately 6:16 a.m. when the man was taken into custody. Police ordered the man to lay on the ground after he walked backwards out of the residence and then placed him in handcuffs. 

Police and SWAT crews on scene of a standoff in the 400 block of Darnell St. in Riverside.(JEFFERY BROWN / STAFF)

The man has been described as a “middle-aged Caucasian” but his identity remains unknown.

Police have not released the circumstances regarding the standoff or what charges the man may face.

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FIRST REPORT:

A SWAT team arrived at a residence in the 400 block of Darnell Street in Riverside Sunday morning.

City dispatch confirmed a SWAT team arrived at the location Sunday at approximately 4:25 a.m. but could not provide any details regarding the situation.

We are on our way to the scene and will update this story as more details become available. 

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Victim found with gunshot wound after shooting near Brown St.

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 3:30 AM
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 10:39 PM

UPDATE @ 10:25 p.m. (July 21):

Police found a victim with a gunshot wound near the Oregon District early Saturday morning after crews responded to the 110 block of Brown Street.

Crews were originally called out to an area on Pine Street around 3:00 a.m., but when police didn’t find anyone there, dispatch contacted them about a person with a gunshot wound on Brown Street.

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A Dayton police report states what the victim said and what at least one witness saw. One person who flagged down officers said they saw three men fighting and a handgun was seen before two men started chasing a third man through a parking lot on Pine Street. 

Police found who they believed was that third man alive with a gunshot wound to his right leg who told police that he was shot by another person on E. Fifth Avenue. 

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“Every time I’ve been here it’s been so calm. There never seems to be anything out of the ordinary,” said Emily Hanrahan of New Carlisle. 

The man was later transported to Miami Valley Hospital where police further interviewed him. He said he had gotten into an argument with the owner of a food vendor and claimed the owner had punched him once, then again, and ‘knocked him out’ before pulling a gun. The man ran away to hide in a nearby dumpster and realized he’d been shot, stated the report.

Vending carts and food trucks were all packed up by the time police responded. 

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News from this incident didn’t stop people from enjoying their Saturday night. “I only go places where I know that I’m going to have a good time and not have to worry about that. If I’m going to the Oregon District, I don’t have to worry about that,” said Phil Crisp of Springfield. 

There are currently no leads on suspects or other witnesses at this time. 

UPDATE @ 5:15 a.m.:

Montgomery County Regional Dispatch confirmed officers did not log any reports after being called to the scene of a reported shooting in Dayton.

The incident was initially reported at approximately 2:59 a.m. Saturday near the 110 block of Brown Street. Scanner reports indicated a medic was requested for a shooting victim at the location.

The county dispatch confirmed officers were called to that location and were then moved to the 320 block of E. 5th St., but did not confirm whether or not a victim was found.

FIRST REPORT:

Police crews and a medic are en route to a reported shooting in the 110 block of Brown Street in Dayton, Montgomery County Regional Dispatch confirmed.

The shooting was reported at approximately 2:59 a.m. Saturday.

Scanner reports indicated there has been at least one victim, injuries unknown.

We are on our way to the scene and will update this story as more details become available. 

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