Charlottesville attack: Homicide case against Ohioan heads to grand jury

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 8:46 PM

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The case against James Alex Fields Jr., the Ohioan and suspected driver in the deadly Charlottesville car-ramming, is headed to a Virginia grand jury. 

Fields initially was charged with second-degree murder in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, of Charlottesville in the incident in August that left more than 30 people injured. 

After a preliminary hearing in Charlottesville Circuit Court on Thursday, Judge Robert Downer Jr. granted a motion to certify the following in the case against Fields and three others: 

  • One felony count of first-degree murder,
  • One felony count of hit and run, 
  • Five felony counts of aggravated malicious wounding 

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The judge also granted the commonwealth attorney's request to certify felony counts against three other defendants. The charges are discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school and malicious wounding. 

A counterprotester holds a photo of Heather Heyer on Boston Common at a "Free Speech" rally organized by conservative activists, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Boston. Heyer was killed last Saturday when a car, allegedly driven by James Alex Fields Jr., that plowed into a group of people during protests in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)(Michael Dwyer/AP)

Fields's case -- and the cases of three other defendants in the Charlottesville riot incident -- will be presented to a Charlottesville Circuit Court grand jury on Dec. 18. 

The Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney for the city did not comment on Downer's rulings.

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Police: Motorist drives into house, flees scene in Miami County

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:07 AM

Troy police are looking for a suspect who drove into the side of a house in Troy Saturday.

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Crews were dispatched to 400 block of East Staunton Road around 2:15 a.m. on reports of a vehicle into a structure.

The motorist didn’t stay at the scene and drove away after causing significant damage to the house, according to Sgt. Mumford of the Troy Police Department.

The vehicle was found a couple blocks away from the house but possible suspects were not found, Mumford said.

Residents were home at the time but no one was injured, according to Mumford. 

Mumford said the vehicle had significant damage to it.

It’s not known what caused the accident.

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Two arrests made during OVI checkpoint in Greene County

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 3:31 AM


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Two OVI checkpoints and saturated patrolling took place in Beavercreek and Fairborn Friday night.

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It was reported that 510 motorists passed through the two checkpoints, according to Lieutenant Matt Schmenk of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Xenia Post.

The checkpoints took place on Colonel Glenn Highway from 8 to 10 p.m. in Beavercreek and 10 p.m. until midnight in Fairborn, according to Schmenk.

Five motorists were evaluated for impairment during the checkpoints but no arrests were made. Two OVI arrests were made during the checkpoints by saturated patrols in the area, Schmenk said.

The checkpoints were held by OSP, Greene County Sheriff’s Office, the Beavercreek Police Department and the Fairborn Police Department.

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Family Video robbed at knife-point in Dayton

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 3:00 AM



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Police are searching for a man who reportedly robbed a Family Video at knife-point in Dayton Friday.

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The suspect reportedly entered the location at 1910 Wayne Ave. just after 10:30 p.m., according to the employee working at the time.

A man in his late 20s to early 30s reportedly looked around the store before going behind the counter and pulling out a pocket knife, according to a Dayton police report.

The employee told police the man put the knife to the their stomach and demanded them to get on the ground. The suspect then took an undisclosed amount of money from the drawers before leaving out of the front door on foot, the report said.

It was not known which direction the suspect went.

A K-9 was requested to the scene, as well as an evidence technician, according to the report.

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The suspect is described as being between five foot six and five foot eight inches tall, thin with a dark mustache and brown hair. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a red shirt underneath, a black and red hat and jeans, according to the report.

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Fire destroys barn in Shelby County

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 11:34 PM

A fire destroyed a barn Friday evening near Houston in Shelby County.

The blaze was reported sometime around 4 p.m. in the 2100 block of Patterson Halpin Road.

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Crews from multiple fire departments were called to the scene.

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