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Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 1:02 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 1:22 PM
BUTLER COUNTY — A former Butler County corrections officer will serve a two-year prison sentence for having sex with an inmate in the Butler County Jail.
Nakisha Newell, 29, faced a maximum five-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in March to sexual battery, a third-degree felony.
The courtroom was ringed Thursday with deputes and court services officers as Newell read a statement to the judge before being sentenced.
“I understand I broke the law. Along with that, I am also aware that I shed a negative light on the sheriff’s office and disappointed all the honorable officers who work there,” Newell said. “I disappointed the community in which we live in and broke a huge level of trust.”
Newell, a mother of four, told the judge she was at “rock bottom” when she was arrested, but is trying to better her life.
“I will accept the sentence you give me, but I would really like a chance to show that I am not a bad person and that I have changed,” Newell said.
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Newell’s defense attorney Mike Allen told Butler County Common Pleas Judge Greg Stephens that his client has taken responsibility for her actions from the “very beginning.”
“She cooperated fully with the investigation, not trying to dock responsibility,” Allen said, noting that Newell has found full-time employment.
The defense attorney also told the judge that up until this incident, Newell had been a law-abiding citizen.
“She is now in counseling,” Allen said, adding that “she has suffered for her actions.”
Stephens said he weighed several factors for sentencing, including that he believes Newell is “truly remorseful” and that she has no criminal background.
But, the judge said, while there was no a formal impact statement from the victim, the man reported he lost his dignity because of the situation and has been harassed by other inmates.
The judge told Newell she created a dangerous situation for her co-workers when she sneaked in a cell phone and an e-cigarette to the inmate, which could have been fashioned into a weapon or used for criminal purposes.
“You have cast dispersion on the integrity of the penal system. You have cast dispersion on the integrity of the entire criminal justice system,” Stephens said, adding it is difficult enough for officers to do their jobs without “the occasional bad apple making it harder.”
In addition to her jail sentence, Newell was also declared a Tier III sexual offender, meaning she must register her address for the rest of her life.
Newell, who was employed as a corrections officer for 18 months, had sex with the inmate between Oct. 14 and Nov. 24, 2017, according to the indictment.
Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 12:08 AM
DAYTON — A woman accused of grand theft auto said she drove off in a stolen car “because it was faster than walking,” according to a Dayton police report.
Police were called around 9:45 p.m. Friday to Church’s Chicken, 2443 N. Gettysburg Ave., after a woman said her white 2018 Chevrolet Equinox rental was stolen from the parking lot after she went inside to get food.
The rented vehicle was tracked using OnStar, and a Dayton officer was able to find it a little more than three miles away in the 100 block of North Plaza Avenue, according to a police report.
Police identified the alleged driver as 36-year-old Brittany Grandberry.
When asked why she drove the vehicle: “she stated that she walked past it and saw it was running and walked back to it. She stated that she drove the vehicle away from Church’s Chicken because it was faster than walking.”
Grandberry is due Monday in Dayton Municipal Court.
Published: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 6:30 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 9:00 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 9 p.m.
A woman in her 60s was gunned down this evening when she was walking near a house targeted by a drive-by shooting, police said.
The woman, whose name was not released, was an innocent bystander who suffered at least one gunshot wound; she was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries, Dayton police Sgt. Creigee Coleman said.
“A vehicle driven by a male had another male inside the vehicle, and that male fired several rounds towards an unknown house in an attempt to probably cause damage to that house,” Coleman said.
The passenger fired five or six rounds, he said.
Aaron Taylor said the woman was his great aunt.
“I just happened to pull up, see my auntie in the grass dead,” he said.
He described his aunt as a sweet lady and matriarch of his family and the community.
“Definitely innocent bystander walking up the street,” Taylor said.
Police are searching for a silver Ford Taurus or similar four-door car, and also are asking for the public’s help to come forward with any information.
“Now this is a situation where a person was indiscriminately firing a weapon, a large-caliber weapon from what I’ve been told, at a house and a person who was innocent just happened to be walking by and got hit by a bullet that has no eyes,” Coleman said.
Police and medics were called this evening to a shooting.
The shooting was reported at 6:10 p.m. in the 800 block of North Euclid Avenue.
At least one person was shot, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.
According to initial reports, a caller heard 12 to 15 gunshots and saw a woman on the ground.
We are on the way and will update this report as we learn details.
Published: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 11:14 PM
TURTLECREEK TWP. — Law enforcement is asking for the public’s help to find two prisoners who escaped Saturday night from the Community Correctional Center.
Deputies from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office responded around 8:30 p.m. to the area of 5234 state Route 63, the CCC, for a report of two men running through a field. They jumped into an older model silver minivan and fled the area.
The men are identified as Daniel Hatfield Jr. and Jeremy Mink, and were confirmed to have escaped from the facility run by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction, according to the sheriff’s office.
Hatfield, 27, stands 5 feet 6 inches, weighs 186 pounds, has blue eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing tan pants and a white shirt. He is sentenced to CCC after being convicted of a probation violation for drug offenses out of Butler County.
Mink 28, stands 6 feet, 1 inch, weighs 195 pounds has blue eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing tan pants and no shirt. He was sentenced to CCC after being convicted of drug offenses out of Clermont County.
Anyone with information on either man’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at 513-695-1280.
Published: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 7:45 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 10:15 PM
TROTWOOD — UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m.
Patrols near a sobriety checkpoint Friday night in Trotwood netted two OVI arrests, the Montgomery County Combined Agency Task Force announced tonight.
More than 225 vehicles passed through the checkpoint at 4825 Salem Ave., which resulted in five citations: one for no seat belt; two for driving under suspension and two for no operator's license.
In nearby patrols, there were nine traffic stops with two OVI arrests; three citations for no seat belt; one citation for fictitious registration; and one misdemeanor summons for marijuana possession, according to the task force.
The goals of the sobriety checkpoints are to provide public awareness to the consequences of driving under the influence, reduce the number of impaired drivers on the roadways, reduce the number of alcohol-related traffic crashes, and make the roadways a safer place to travel, the task force said.
An OVI checkpoint is planned for tonight in Trotwood.
The Montgomery County Combined Agency OVI Task Force’s sobriety checkpoint starts at 8 p.m. in the 4800 block of Salem Avenue.
Ohio law requires OVI checkpoints to be publicized ahead of time.
There also will be patrols in the area of the checkpoint in addition to patrols for the “Click It or Ticket” campaign through May and June, according to the task force.