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Woman admits killing performer with illegal silicone injection

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 11:48 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 11:48 AM

A woman who pretended she was a medical professional admitted she caused the death of a popular Atlanta-area drag performer, officials said Monday.

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Deanna Roberts, 47, pleaded guilty to injecting four people with silicone that she purchased illegally and used improperly, U.S Attorney's Office spokesman Bob Page said in a news release.

One of those four people, 45-year-old Lateasha Shuntel, whose real name was Lateasha Hall, died at her Doraville home Nov. 18, 2015.

Her lungs were heavily congested with silicone, according to the autopsy.

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Silicone was found in Hall’s liver, kidney, heart, brain and spleen, DeKalb County Associate Medical Examiner Dr. Geoffrey Smith wrote in the autopsy.

Each of her buttocks had 10 injection sites, Smith said.

Roberts punctured a blood vessel on Hall with one of the silicone injections and silicone was carried by the blood stream to the lungs and other organs, causing Hall’s death, Smith said.

Three other customers of Roberts did not die after receiving silicone injections, Page said.

Roberts purchased 178 gallons of liquid silicone from an Arizona-based business between 2004 and 2015, stating in an affidavit that the silicone was not intended to be injected into humans, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

The Food and Drug Administration strictly regulates liquid silicone, which is only permitted to treat certain eye conditions and not for bodily injections.

Roberts is scheduled to be sentenced May 24 on eight felonies related to Hall’s death.

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‘Robust’ police presence at Mason schools after 2 threats

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 12:16 PM


            A Mason High School student was arrested Thursday evening after an investigation tied him to a threat about a shooting at the school, district officials said. FILE PHOTO
A Mason High School student was arrested Thursday evening after an investigation tied him to a threat about a shooting at the school, district officials said. FILE PHOTO

A Mason High School student was arrested Thursday evening after an investigation tied him to a threat about a shooting at the school, district officials said.

In a notice posted on Mason Schools’ website — and sent to school parents in the Warren County district — Mason officials said the district worked with Mason Police in their investigation of a threat posted in a restroom of the school.

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And a Mason Middle School student is under investigation for his threat made on a school bus, said officials.

The student allegedly stood up on the bus today (Thursday) and said he was going to shoot up the school on Friday, according to communications from the district.

“We will have a robust law enforcement presence at all of our schools on Friday, and will have other measures in place that we aren’t sharing publicly. We always support a parent’s decision to do what is in your best judgment when it comes to your child’s safety — and an absence will be counted as excused,” an email to parents from the district said.

“We understand how disturbing threats are for your family. They are for our Mason City Schools staff, too. We are all working hard to share the message that making a threat is very serious and has enormous consequences for the person who does so, and a community,” said officials.

Mason High School is the largest in Ohio and the school system’s enrollment is the biggest in Warren County.

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Springfield man enters plea in shooting death of pregnant girlfriend

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 11:18 AM


            Travis Hypes appeared in court Friday and pleaded not guilty to murder and felonious assault charges.
Travis Hypes appeared in court Friday and pleaded not guilty to murder and felonious assault charges.

A Springfield man pleaded not guilty in Clark County Common Pleas Court on Friday to murder and felonious assault charges related to the shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend.

Travis Hypes is accused of shooting Lindsey Marsh, who was 30 weeks pregnant with the couple’s child, on April 5 at a home on McCreight Ave.

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A court affidavit said that Hypes told police the couple had gotten into a physical argument. He drew a gun, but he claims it accidentally went off, according to the affidavit.

Marsh later died from the shooting at the hospital, but the baby was successfully delivered.

Hypes’ bond was set at $500,000 cash surety.

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Springfield man indicted on murder, accused of killing pregnant woman

Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 8:11 AM

Woman's baby delivered by C section after she's shot in head

A Springfield man was indicted on two murder charges this week in connection with the shooting that killed a woman who was 30 weeks pregnant.

Travis Hypes, 24, was indicted in Clark County Common Pleas Court on the murder charges and felonious assault, according to the prosecutor’s office. He is accused of shooting Lindsey Marsh, who was carrying their baby, on April 5 at a home on McCreight Avenue.

MORE: Springfield pregnant woman shot in the head: What we know now

The baby was successfully delivered by c-section before Marsh died, a police affidavit said. Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson said the baby is still fine.

The affidavit says Hypes told police that he and Marsh got into an argument and began pushing each other. Hypes told authorities he brandished the gun but didn’t mean to use it, the affidavit said.

The gun allegedly went off during the pushing match, according to what Hypes told police in the affidavit.

But Marsh’s family doesn’t believe that’s what took place. They told the Springfield News-Sun that Marsh was protective of the baby and wouldn’t willingly get involved in a physical altercation.

MORE: Springfield crime: Family of slain pregnant woman responds

Hypes was arrested while Marsh was fighting for her life and was originally charged with felonious assault. After her death, Clark County prosecutors upgraded the charges.

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1 injured in shooting at Florida high school

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:29 AM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 10:32 AM

At least 1 Person Injured in Florida High School Shooting

One person was injured Friday morning in a shooting reported at Forest High School in Ocala, according to the the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

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