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SURVEILLANCE VIDEO RELEASED: Gunmen rob AT&T store with numerous customers inside

Published: Wednesday, September 06, 2017 @ 1:18 PM
Updated: Friday, September 08, 2017 @ 12:55 PM

Video shows man pointing gun and putting customers against wall.

UPDATE @ 12:50 p.m. Sep 8

Miami Township Police have released surveillance footage from the AT&T store robbery on Wednesday. In the video you can see two masked men enter the store and immediately start moving customers to the side wall. Police are still searching for the suspects.  

UPDATE @ 2:58 p.m.:

Miami Twp. police said between 10 and 15 customers were inside the AT&T store on Miamisburg Centerville Road when two masked men barged into the store and stole cellphones and cash from the business, according to police.

Two masked men enter store, point gun at customers and employees.

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“This was well planned out. They thought about it in advance,” said Miami Twp. Sgt. Paul Nienhaus.

Nienhaus said the suspects arrived in the front of the business between 12:30 and 1 p.m. and were dropped off by a driver of a silver Hyundai Sonata with Kentucky license plates.

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One of the suspects stayed in the lobby of the store, while the other suspect took employees to the back and had them fill a black bag with cellphones and cash, Nienhaus said.

“This is a little disturbing,” the sergeant said.

The suspects then exited out the rear of the store and were picked up by a second vehicle, which was described as a silver Chrysler 300. The vehicle sped off from the store and went west on Ohio 725.

UPDATE @ 2:06 p.m.:

Witnesses said around 20 people were inside the AT&T store when two masked gunmen barged in and robbed the store on Miamisburg-Centerville Road this afternoon.

Officers responded to the business, 2427 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, around 1 p.m. after the men entered the store.

Witnesses said people laid on the ground and stood against the wall as the men took at least one employee to the back of the business.

Initial reports indicated at least one gun was held to the head of an employee of the store.

AT&T store robbed by armed and masked gunmen

INITIAL REPORT:

The AT&T store on Miamisburg Centerville Road was robbed at gunpoint this afternoon, according to initial reports.

The robbery was reported around 1 p.m. and is said to involve multiple male suspects.

Initial reports indicated at least one gun was held to the head of an employee of the store.

The suspects are believed to have stolen cellphones from the business, 2427 Miamisburg Centerville.

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Columbus police seek help finding endangered missing man

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:53 PM

Stanley Lapczynski
Stanley Lapczynski

An Endangered Missing Adult Alert has been issued for a Columbus man. 

Stanley Lapcynski, 79, suffers from dementia and was last seen around noon Friday when he left his residence but did not return.

He stands 5 feet 6 inches and weighs 190 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a Home Depot shirt and blue jeans.

He is believed to be driving a dark green 2001 Chevrolet Aveo with Ohio plate FFW4599.

Anyone with information is urged to call police or the Ohio Attorney General Missing Persons Unit at 866-693-9171.

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Judge changes his mind: Woman who started fire in jail cell will stay locked up

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 4:27 PM


            Georgia Osborne, 35, of Middletown, pleaded no contest to first-degree misdemeanor arson Friday afternoon in Middletown Municipal Court. She was originally charged with arson, a fourth-degree felony, after she started a fire in her jail cell around 7 a.m. May 17.
Georgia Osborne, 35, of Middletown, pleaded no contest to first-degree misdemeanor arson Friday afternoon in Middletown Municipal Court. She was originally charged with arson, a fourth-degree felony, after she started a fire in her jail cell around 7 a.m. May 17.

A Middletown woman pleaded no contest to a lesser degree arson charge Friday afternoon in Middletown Municipal Court.

Last week, Georgia Osborne, 35, was charged with arson, a fourth-degree felony, after she started a fire in her jail cell around 7 a.m. May 17. She used a lighter to catch a blanket on fire while she sat on the concrete floor, according to the police report. She sneaked the lighter into the jail, the report said.

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Osborne, represented by attorney James Calhoun, pleaded no contest to arson and criminal trespass and was sentenced to 180 days in jail with credit for eight days served.

Middletown Municipal Court Judge James Sherron initially said he would release Osborne on probation if she met with representatives from Access Counseling, provide a negative drug screen when she returns to court in two weeks, and not be charged with additional crimes.

But after meeting with Calhoun, the city prosecutor and a representative from Access Counseling, Sherron changed his mind. The judge revoked Osborne’s probation and sent her back to jail.

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After reviewing Osborne’s criminal history on his computer, Sherron noted that in 17 years, she had 53 cases in Middletown court.

“Is that something to be proud of?” Sherron asked her.

“It’s embarrassing,” Osborne said, burying her face in her right hand.

Osborne said she has a 4-month-old son and she had hoped to live with her mother, who was at the court hearing.

Outside the courtroom, Osborne’s mother said she was “pleased” Sherron decided to keep her daughter in jail.

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Oakwood investigating threat to high school

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 2:44 PM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 2:56 PM


            Oakwood police say no gun was used in a social media threat made today towards Oakwood High School.
Oakwood police say no gun was used in a social media threat made today towards Oakwood High School.

Oakwood school officials released details of its investigation into a threat made on social media to the school.

A concerned parent said a one-call alert was made from Principal Paul Waller, who said an Oakwood student posted a threat on social media but had removed the threat. Details of the threat were not made available.

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The school district issued the following statement regarding the incident.

“On Friday, May 25, Oakwood High School administrators were made aware of a possible threat of violence at the school that had been sent via Snapchat by an OHS student. Upon learning of the threat, administrators immediately reported this communication to the Oakwood Safety Department, and officers were sent to the school.

“Police investigated and determined it was not a credible threat. No weapons were found. The student who sent the message was taken into custody by OSD. The case will be referred to the Montgomery County Juvenile Prosecutor’s Office for potential charges.”

As part of the schools’ safety plan, students are taught if they see or hear something to say something, officials said. “Students followed that example today and reported the message to administrators,” the statement said, allowing the district and police to intervene.

“We understand situations such as this are concerning to parents, students and the Oakwood community. Oakwood Schools safety procedures, which have been put in place in the best interest of our students and staff, were followed. All are safe and classes have continued in session as normal.”

Oakwood police confirmed to this news organization that no gun was involved in the threat.

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Oxford sexual assault: Victim speaks in court as 3 men sent to prison

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 2:46 PM


            From left: Elijah Mincy, Rodney Gibson II and Roger Simpson were all sentenced Friday, May 25, for an incident involving the sexual assault of a woman who was visiting Oxford in February. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
From left: Elijah Mincy, Rodney Gibson II and Roger Simpson were all sentenced Friday, May 25, for an incident involving the sexual assault of a woman who was visiting Oxford in February. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Three men have been sent to prison for an incident involving the sexual assault of a woman who was visiting Oxford in February.

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In April, Roger Richard Michael Simpson, 24, of Cincinnati, was found guilty of 23 felony crimes, including 10 counts of rape, sexual battery, complicity to rape and kidnapping after a four-day trial. On Friday, Butler County Common Pleas Judge Michael Oster sentenced him to 51 years in prison.

Elijah Lee Mincy, 22, of Oxford, who was charged with 23 felony crimes, but took a plea deal pleading guilty to rape and kidnapping, was sentenced to eight years in prison.

The third defendant, Rodney Adrian Louis Gibson II, 22, of Cincinnati, was charged with 26 felony crimes, but also took a plea deal, pleading guilty to complicity to kidnapping. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

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The crimes involved a woman, who was 19 years old at the time, who was visiting Oxford on Feb. 11 and 12, 2017. The assault occurred in an off-campus apartment complex on Southpointe Parkway, according to Oxford police.

The victim was intoxicated at a party at the apartment and went with one of the men to another apartment where the assault occurred, police said.

Prosecutors say the three men assaulted the woman and held her against her will for about 90 minutes at the residence before the woman rejoined her friends and told them she had been raped.

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The victim addressed each man during the separate sentencing hearings.

“Before you I was fearless … I was looking forward to my future,” the victim told them.

She said she now had difficulty with everyday life.

“My body, my life, my choice was nothing to you,” she said.

Simpson’s attorney Donald Leroy pointed out to the judge that he has a 1-year-old son and he would like to remain active in the child’s life. There were also a number of church members in attendance in support of Simpson.

“He is sorry for his actions,” Leroy said.

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In his address to the judge, Simpson offered an apology to his son and mother “for putting them through the pain of me having to go to prison.”

He quoted scripture and said he would pray for the victim, but did not offer an apology.

Both Mincy and Gibson, who was the person the victim went to visit prior to the assault, did apologize for their actions.

Defense attorneys for Mincy and Gibson pointed out the men and no previous criminal history, were high school graduates and, at the time of offenses, were enrolled at Miami University.

Michele Temmel, Mincy’s attorney said, “friends and family when I talk to them about Elijah, they describe him as being kind, thoughtful, a hard worker, trustworthy and respectful.”

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A number of family members, some sobbing, spoke to the judge on Gibson’s behalf.

Defense attorney Scott Kruger said Gibson is “very selfless and interested in the welfare of others.”

“He is remorseful,” Kruger said, pointing out that Gibson apologized to the victim soon after the incident.

When imposing the sentences, Oster called the crime heinous, but noted both Mincy and Gibson took responsibility for their actions and apologized.

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