Skylar Richardson case: It could be months before appeals cases are heard

Published: Thursday, July 05, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Hearing today in Carlisle buried baby case

The case of a Carlisle teen awaiting trial on aggravated murder charges for allegedly killing her newborn baby took a detour to the appeals court in April, just days before trial.

Since then attorneys have been busy filing briefs concerning medical records at the heart of the issue that halted the trial of Brooke Skylar Richardson. But as ordered by Warren County Common Pleas Judge Donald Oda II, the content of those briefs outlining both the prosecution — and defense stances — have been sealed.

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Richardson, who was 18 last July when the remains of her baby girl were found in her family’s backyard, is charged with aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter, gross abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and child endangering for the May 2017 death of her infant.

Trial could be delayed

In May, after a scheduling order was issued by 12th District Court of Appeals Judge Robert Hendrickson, briefs were filed by both sides.

Last week, Warren County Assistant Prosecutor Kristen Brant, who is handling the appellate case for the state, requested oral arguments before the 12 District.

Ben Manning, 12th District court administrator, said a date has not yet been set for those oral arguments. He estimated it might be another couple months before it is scheduled.

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On April 12, Oda issued a split decision concerning Richardson’s medical records and both sides appealed. That stopped the trial scheduled to begin April 16.

The defense team appealed after the judge ruled physician-patient privilege did not apply to conversations between Richardson and a doctor at Hilltop OB-GYN, who after an appointment on July 12 called Carlisle police to report the teen had a child and buried it in the backyard.

The prosecution also appealed a portion of information between a second physician and Richardson, as well as others, that were ruled privileged by the judge — unless a defense expert is called to testify based on information from that physician.

Days after the appeals were filed, defense attorneys requested Richardson be taken off house arrest. Oda took Richardson off house arrest, but also ruled she would continue to be supervised with a GPS monitor, and be subject to random drug tests and unannounced home visits from Community Corrections.

Richardson was given a curfew from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. by the judge.

Both the prosecution and defense declined to comment.

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Police nab Springfield bank robbery suspect after pursuit; bond $150,000

Published: Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 12:02 PM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 5:30 PM

The EB I-70 ramp to SB I-675 is closed following a police pursuit of a suspect who allegedly robbed the Security National Bank in Springfield at gunpoint Saturday.

UPDATE @ 5:30 p.m. (July 16):

Bond is $150,000 for a Dayton man accused of robbing a Springfield bank on Saturday and leading police on a chase.

Ricky Jenkins, 27, pleaded not guilty today to aggravated robbery and fleeing and eluding during his arraignment in Clark County Municipal Court.

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Springfield police said Jenkins had a gun when he robbed Security National Bank, 1756 N. Limestone St. Police spotted the suspect’s car and pursued. Jenkins crashed his car at Interstate 675 and fled on foot. He was apprehended by a Clark County Sheriff’s deputy in the 11000 block of Lower Valley Pike in Medway, police said.

UPDATE @ 3 p.m. (July 14):

The suspect in connection with the Security National Bank robbery was arrested Saturday by deputies with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in the 11000 block of Lower Valley Pike in Medway, Springfield police Lt. Matthew Buynak said. 

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The suspect got away with a bag containing an unknown amount of money, the lieutenant said.

The suspect reportedly dropped the bag after he crashed his vehicle at Interstate 675 and fled the scene on foot.

All the money was recovered, Buynak said.

Police are not releasing the suspect’s name at this time.

UPDATE @ 1:25 p.m.:

The ramp from eastbound 70 to southbound 675 is back open after a police pursuit that turned into a foot-chase with a bank robbery suspect.

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UPDATE @ 1:15 p.m.:

Springfield police confirmed one person has been apprehended in connection to the Springfield bank robbery this afternoon.

The arrest was made in the area of Lower Valley Pike, according to police.

UPDATE @ 12:19 p.m.:

The ramp from eastbound Interstate 70 to southbound Interstate 675 is closed following the police pursuit with a bank robbery suspect.

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Multiple police agencies are now searching for a man who robbed the Security National Bank at gunpoint in Springfield.

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According to Springfield police, around 11:20 a.m. a man robbed the bank at 1756 N. Limestone St. and fled in a white Buick.

Police scanners reported the suspect was wearing a turban and mask during the robbery.

The suspect reportedly wrecked at the Interstate 675 entrance from Interstate 70 and left southwest on foot.

A gun was found in the suspect’s vehicle after he crashed, according to police scanners.

Police report the last place the man was seen was in a creek nearby.

A K9 unit was requested.

Police are attempting to shut down the ramp to I-675.

Multiple agencies helping this case include the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Huber Heights Police Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Office and the Springfield Police Department.

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OSP releases cruiser cam video in fatal crash following pursuit in Dayton

Published: Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 2:05 AM
Updated: Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 11:07 AM

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released cruiser cam video of a pursuit that started on Gettysburg Avenue and ended in a crash.

UPDATE @ 4:45 p.m. (July 16):

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released the cruiser camera video today from a fatal crash Saturday following a pursuit.

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UPDATE @ 10:54 a.m.:

The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Dayton Post has identified the driver involved in a fatal crash Saturday in Dayton following a pursuit.

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Thurston Melson, 37, was driving a 2007 Dodge Magnum on Gettysburg Avenue near Oakridge Drive when a trooper attempted to initiate a traffic stop, according to a release from the OSP.

Melson reportedly failed to stop and fled onto Oakridge Drive. According to OSP, the vehicle ran a stop sign and struck a utility pole.

Melson was taken to Miami Valley Hospital and was listed in serious condition. 

His passenger, Ebony Radford, 35, died at the scene, troopers said.

The crash remains under investigation.

UPDATE @ 9:57 a.m.:

Ebony Radford, 35, of Dayton was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash after a short police pursuit in Dayton Saturday, Montgomery County Coroner’s Office confirmed.

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Radford was as passenger of the vehicle that failed to stop at a traffic stop around 1:40 a.m. at Gettysburg Avenue and Oakridge Drive.

The identity of the driver has not been released, but he was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in stable condition, according to the highway patrol.

UPDATE @ 3:59 a.m.:

A female passenger involved in a car crash after a police pursuit was pronounced dead at the scene, Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Matt Robinson said.

The accident occurred shorty before 1:40 a.m. Saturday after a trooper initiated a traffic stop at Gettysburg Avenue and Oakridge Drive.

Robinson said the car failed to stop, turned right on Oakridge Drive then lost control and crashed into an RTA pole after a short, 20-second pursuit. The rear end of the vehicle split in half on impact.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as male, was transported to Miami Valley Hospital in stable condition.

Robinson said the trooper was not injured.

The victims’ identities have not been released.

Female passenger pronounced dead at scene of Dayton crash involving police pursuit

UPDATE @ 2:34 a.m.:

Dayton police have arrived to assist Ohio State Highway Patrol units in an accident near Oakridge Drive and Cleverly Road that occurred after a police pursuit.

An ambulance escorted by police has left the scene.


Ohio State Highway Patrol units are on scene of a car crash near Oakridge Drive and Cleverly Road in Dayton that reportedly occurred after a short police pursuit.

OSP confirmed units were dispatched to the scene at 1:40 a.m. Saturday.

Scanner reports indicated the two people inside the vehicle have to be extracted because the doors will not open. One person is reportedly unconscious.

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

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Department of Justice indicts 7 people for stealing $1.5M in online dating scam

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 4:43 PM

The U.S. Department of Justice indicted seven Nigerian nationals on charges of conducting an online dating scam that cost victims more than $1.5 million. (Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash)
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Seven Nigerian nationals have been indicted for conducting an online dating scam that cost lovelorn victims more than $1.5 million, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia said in a Friday news release.

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The seven defendants created fake profiles on dating sites, sometimes using images of government officials or models, the Justice Department said. The defendants would carry on relationships for months over online messaging, texts and phone calls, tricking “lonely individuals into giving them money,” U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak said in the release

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“Some victims lost hundreds of thousands of dollars from their retirement savings or inheritances,” Pak said. 

After gaining love and trust over multiple months, the defendants would create “elaborate false stories” in order to convince victims to send them money via wire or online transfers, according to the release. Between the seven, they are charged with 60 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, identity theft and use of false passports.

The defendants are:

  • Olu Victor Alonge, a.k.a Serge Damessi, a.k.a. Didier Baraze, a.k.a. Mobo Marcus Adeh, a.k.a. Ayo Baraze, a.k.a. Nicolas Soglo, 34, of Newnan
  • Ugochukwu Lazarus Onebunne, a.k.a. Policap Tizhe, a.k.a. Saheed Ademoha, 41, of Douglasville, Georgia.
  • Olajide Olalekan Adara, a.k.a. Kelvin Mensah, 33, of Loganville, Georgia.
  • Joshua Adedeji Ipoade, 28, of Atlanta.
  • Oladunni Temitope Oladipupo, 24, of Lynn, Massachusetts.
Two other defendants have not been apprehended, and their identities have not been made public. 

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Ex-political candidate indicted over actions during Springboro police stop

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 12:33 PM

A police report released today shows the incident resulting in the arrest of Samuel Ronan, 28, of Springboro began after a patrolman observed as a ??€œroad rage incident between two vehicles.??€ It also indicates dispatch advised the patrolman that Ronan had a ??€œconcealed weapon license??€ and ...

A Warren County grand jury has indicted Samuel Ronan, the former political candidate arrested on June 9 after a struggle with Springboro police that he streamed for Facebook Live.

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Ronan, 28, of Springboro, is charged with obstructing official business, a fifth-degree felony; and failure to comply with an officer, and resisting arrest, first-degree misdemeanors.

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Ronan remains free, pending his arraignment in the common pleas court on Aug. 3.

Locally, Ronan ran against Congressman Steve Chabot in the May Republican primary in the 1st District which includes Warren and Hamilton counties, and two years ago as a Democrat, he contested the election of state Rep. Scott Lipps.

Ronan also ran for Democratic National Committee chairman in 2017 and gained attention in appearances on CNN.

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