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Grand jury indicts Butler County corrections officer accused of sex with inmate

Published: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 2:26 PM
Updated: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 2:28 PM

Nakisha Newell, a former Butler County corrections officer, is accused of having sex with an inmate at the Butler County Jail. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Nakisha Newell, a former Butler County corrections officer, is accused of having sex with an inmate at the Butler County Jail. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

A fired Butler County corrections officer accused of engaging in sexual activity with an inmate was greeted with an indictment Tuesday when she showed up for a preliminary hearing in Hamilton Municipal Court

Nakisha Newell, 28, of Monroe, was arrested Nov. 27 after a day-long investigation by the sheriff’s office.

Newell was charged with two counts of sexual battery and illegal conveyance into a detention facility for allegedly having sex with a male inmate at the Hanover Street corrections facility.

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Newell was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Tuesday on the initial charges, but prosecutors told her attorney an indictment had been returned by the Butler County grand jury.

Newell, her attorney Mike Allen, and Assistant Butler County Prosecutor Kelly Heile then moved to Butler County Common Pleas Court Judge Greg Stephens’ courtroom, where Newell was arraigned on the indicted charges of two counts of sexual battery, a third-degree felony, and one count of illegal conveyance into a detention facility, a first-degree misdemeanor.

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Allen entered a not guilty plea on Newell’s behalf and requested the $5,000 bond posted in municipal court be transferred to common pleas court.

Newell is the mother of four children and is not a flight risk, Allen said.

“She’s not going anywhere,” he said. The attorney declined to comment after the hearing.

Stephens granted the transfer of bond, but ordered Newell taken into custody until the transfer took place.

Newell, who was employed as a corrections officer for 18 months, is also accused of bringing a cell phone and electronic cigarettes into the jail. She was fired from her position after being charged.

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Butler County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Mike Craft said an observant corrections sergeant brought information to administrators and an investigation into possible criminal activity began.

During questioning about the contraband, Newell confessed to having sex with a male inmate, Craft said.

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New discount clothing retailer may be coming to Dayton Mall

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 11:14 AM

            An exterior sign has been requested for Ross Dress For Less at the Dayton Mall.
An exterior sign has been requested for Ross Dress For Less at the Dayton Mall.

A new discount store may be coming to the Dayton Mall.

The Dayton Mall has submitted a request to add an exterior sign for Ross Dress For Less, according to Miami Twp. records.

Miami Twp. communications coordinator Jill Drury confirmed there is construction happening at the mall where electronics retailer hhgregg was located before closing in May 2017.

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Ross Dress For Less is a bargain retailer with the closest locations to Dayton in Indianapolis and Louisville, according to the store’s site locator. While Macy’s and J.C. Penney are shrinking their retail footprint, Ross Dress For Less continues to open new stores full of merchandise priced 20 to 60 percent below department stores.

Last year, the company opened 21 Ross Dress For Less locations as part of a larger plan to open 70 Ross stores and 20 dd’s locations.

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“With this opening group, we continued to expand Ross and dd’s in both new and existing markets. Ross grew in its newest market – the Midwest – as well as existing markets, including California, Texas, and Florida,” said Jim Fassio, president and chief development officer, in a 2017 release. “Looking ahead, we remain confident in our expansion plans and continue to see plenty of opportunity to grow across all of our markets. We continue to believe that over the long-term, Ross can grow to 2,000 locations and dd’s can become a chain of 500 stores.”

The company plans to add 100 new stores in 2018.

Dayton Mall officials said they could not comment on the store. This news organization has reached out to Ross Dress For Less for more information about the potential store.


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Storm Center 7’s Kirstie Zontini to fly with U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 8:26 AM

Kirstie Zontini prepares to fly with U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Storm Center 7 Daybreak meteorologist Kirstie Zontini is scheduled to fly with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Wednesday afternoon.

Zontini will be meeting with the team early this afternoon and will be going through a training program to learn how the team’s F/A-18C Hornet aircraft perform and what she should expect during her flight.

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Zontini is scheduled to fly with the team this afternoon around 4:30 p.m.

The Blue Angels are making their first appearance at the Vectren Dayton Air Show since 2014.

The fastest speed the team reaches during its performances is about 700 mph.

News Center 7 will bring you the behind the scenes look at the team and Zontini’s flight throughout the day Wednesday.

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Some residents upset with Washington Twp. road widening project

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 11:10 AM

            Portions of Nutt Road in Washington Twp, such as this one, are being widened by the township in the third phase of a project devoted to the road. FILE PHOTO
Portions of Nutt Road in Washington Twp, such as this one, are being widened by the township in the third phase of a project devoted to the road. FILE PHOTO

The $3.1 million project making changes to Nutt Road in Washington Twp. has entered its final phase, and some residents on the street are unhappy with the road construction work that they say is damaging trees.

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This is the third and final phase of the project that began in 1996 when a 4,800-foot section was widened from State Route 48 to Quailwood Trail. Phase two, a 2,100-foot stretch from Quailwood to west of School House Park, was completed in 2010.

The project includes widening Nutt Road to three lanes between School House Park and Clyo Road with the exception of a small section near 2021 Nutt Rd., where a 24-inch gas pipeline crosses.

According to township officials, changes along the one-mile section include curb and gutter, plus a sidewalk along the south side of the road.

The project is funded by Washington Twp.

Terry Baltes, who lives at 2021 Nutt Rd., said he is unhappy with the final phase of the project.

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“Washington Twp. is doing some road construction here and they have decided to lower the road by over five feet, which is taking out several of our 100-year-old trees. It is an absolute devastation,” Baltes said.

Township Administrator Jesse Lightle said the project is improving safety and that the township is also mindful of trying to save as many trees as possible during the construction work.

“When the Nutt Road project is complete, it will improve driver and pedestrian safety with wider lanes and the addition of turn lanes and sidewalks,” she said. “In order to improve safety, the road profile was lowered by about five feet in a small section of Nutt Road west of Beaufort Run. This adjustment improved drivability and sight distance.”

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Lightle said that Washington Twp. has saved trees and screening where possible on Nutt Road to minimize the impact to neighboring residents.

“We thank all of the residents that travel Nutt Road for their patience throughout the project,” she said.

Work also began last month on the annual Street Improvement Program for Washington Twp. A total of 19 streets are being paved this summer, including 16 neighborhood streets, one collector road, and two commercial streets.

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In total, the program will use an estimated 14,600 tons of asphalt, according to Public Works Director Mike Wanamaker. About 7,500 feet of curb also will be repaired.

Commercial streets include sections of Paragon Road and Lyons Road. Paragon is being resurfaced from State Route 725 to Congress Park Drive, and Lyons is receiving a coat of asphalt from State Route 725 to immediately east of Yankee Street.

The collector street, Spring Valley Pike, is being resurfaced from Washington Church Road east to the City of Centerville corporation line.

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The township also is paving nearby Old Spring Valley Court, a neighborhood street east of the intersection of Spring Valley and Yankee Street.

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Showers, storms to return today

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 4:15 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 11:02 AM

The chance for more showers and storms continues today in the Dayton area.


  • Few evening showers and storms today
  • Chances for rain/storms continues into weekend
  • Little relief from the heat/humidity

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Today: Another hot and humid day is expected. Highs will be in the lower to middle 80s but with the humidity, it’s going to feel more like the upper 80s, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. The chance for showers and storms returns again this afternoon into the evening. These storms could give way to gusty winds and heavy downpours at times.

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Tonight: Any showers and storms that remain this evening should fade away past sunset. Some fog is possible again overnight with temperatures dropping into the mid-60s.

Thursday: The chance for a few showers and storms returns. Highs will be near 80 degrees.

Friday: The best chance for rain moves in. Showers and storms are expected with highs in the lower 80s.

Saturday: More showers and storms are likely at times, though it won’t be an all-day rain event. Highs to start the weekend will be in the upper 70s to lower 80s. 

>> Cloudy with a chance of podcast

Sunday: More dry time is expected, but there’s still a chance for showers and storms. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

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