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Published: Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 12:05 PM
— Update@4:10 p.m.: Brandon Murray is an employee of Xenia Community Schools, although he teaches at the Miami Valley Juvenile Rehabilitation Center, Superintendent Gabriel Lofton said. He added that Murray was placed on an indefinite leave of absence on Oct. 9.
Lofton declined to comment any further.
The alleged victim is a 25-year-old woman who is an acquaintance of Murray and his wife, police said.
In June, Murray, his wife and the victim traveled to Logan County with a group of people and they all were drinking at Froggy’s swim-up bar, police said. At the end of the night, the victim was “extremely intoxicated,” and was sitting in a vehicle with Murray and his wife waiting for the rest of their group and the designated driver.
Murray’s wife was passed out at the time, and that’s when he allegedly raped the victim, police said.
There was a 10-minute window between the time the alleged sexual assault occurred and the group’s return to the car, police said.
Murray is a teacher at the Miami Valley Juvenile Rehabilitation Center in Xenia. According to the Ohio Department of Education, he currently has a license to teach in Xenia.
His Facebook profile says he’s also a teacher at Xenia Community Schools. We’ve called the school district to confirm that information, but they’ve yet to respond.
A 34-year-old man from the New Carlisle area is facing a rape charge in Logan County.
Brandon Murray is being held in the Logan County Jail on suspicion of rape and gross sexual imposition since his arrest on Tuesday.
Murray allegedly fondled and sexually assaulted a woman who was sitting in a vehicle outside Froggy’s swim-up bar by Indian Lake, according to the statement of facts on file with the Bellefontaine Municipal Court.
The alleged incident happened in June. The alleged victim reported it to authorities a little more than a month later.
Murray denied the allegations and told investigators the interaction with the woman was consensual, according to the statement of facts.
Murray is being held on $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 16.
Murray is a Tecumseh High School graduate and played football at Wittenberg University, lettering in 2004 and 2005, according to the school’s website.
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 11:04 PM
DAYTON — A non-profit is offering complimentary laundry services to lower-income Dayton residents on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
This service will be held At Your Service Coin Laundry located at 4755 Airway Road in Riverside, according to a release.
The Laundry Project brings renewed hope to thousands of people nationwide by providing the funds and items necessary to wash and dry clothes and linens. Fees are paid for while volunteers assist with laundry services, entertain children, and create a caring space at the laundromat.
Members of the community may donate much-needed supplies including detergent, bleach, quarters (rolls of $10), one-gallon Ziploc bags, garbage bags, coloring books, crayons, fabric softener, and laundry baskets.
With the average cost of eight loads of laundry nearing $35, many families are forced to choose between paying bills and washing their clothes. To ease this expense, Currents hosts its Laundry Project to lift a burden many families experience regardless of location. In 2017, this project positively impacted 1,161 families by washing 12,442 loads of their laundry for free.
For more information about Current of Ohio or past Laundry Projects, visit www.CurrentOfOhio.org.
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 10:26 PM
DAYTON — In an effort to reduce drug sales, gun crimes, and traffic pursuits in the City of Dayton, officers utilize the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSP) aircraft to track vehicles who fail to comply with traffic stops. These air patrols are helping to catch drivers in pursuit from police cruisers.
On Thursday, four arrests were made in two different incidents with the help of the OSP aviation unit, according to Dayton police reports.
Ahlea Graham-Johnson, 23, was charged with obstructing official business and a parole violation. Charles Warren, 28, was charged with obstructing official business and was later released. James Mitchel, 39, was charged with obstructing official business, failure to comply, improper use of CCW fire arms, carrying concealed weapon, and having weapons while under disability. His next court date is scheduled for Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.
Graham, Warren, and Mitchel were all passengers of a 2009 Chevrolet Impala while traveling at an excessive rate of speed with a loud exhaust when they failed to comply to a traffic stop initiated by a cruiser illuminating their overhead lights and sirens.
An OSP aircraft was hovering above when they took over the pursuit and followed the Chevy for about 15 minutes before it parked in the rear of 749 Taylor Street. Three individuals fled from the vehicle, and were then caught and arrested.
During a different incident, Marcus Blackwell, 22, was arrested and charged with obstructing official business and failure to comply with order. His next court date is set for Monday at 1:45 p.m.
Blackwell was driving a 2007 Dodge Charger with excessive tint when he failed to comply to a traffic stop when a cruiser activated their emergency lights.
An OSP aircraft took over the pursuit by keeping visuals on the Charger. Blackwell turned onto Stormont Drive, parked, and started walking down the sidewalk before police showed up and arrested him.
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
TROY — It took nearly 37 years before a positive ID was made of Jane Doe whose body was found along a Miami County road, but only a short time for donations and creation of a new stone marking her grave in Troy.
Marcia Sossomon King of Arkansas, who was 21 when she died in 1981, was remembered Friday with the placement of the stone and a memorial service at Riverside Cemetery. The name Sossomon, her father’s last name, was added at the request of her family.
The body of the Jane Doe, also known as “Buckskin Girl” for the jacket, was buried at the city cemetery weeks after its discovery with a marker identifying the grave as Jane Doe’s.
Nine members of King’s family attended the Friday service.
“Words don’t describe the feelings we have for all of you, how you have loved her and taken her in your arms,” said her stepmother Cindy Sossoman.
She said King’s father, John Sossomon, died in January, a few months before she was identified. Cindy Sossomon said King was very trusting and obviously fell into the wrong hands. However, thanks to Miami County investigators and the community, she soon “was in good hands ... in the loving hands of people here.”
King’s identity was confirmed this spring thanks to new genetic genealogy tools by the nonprofit DNA Doe Project with ID confirmation by the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab.
She died of strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head. She had no socks, shoes, bags or any form of ID. She did have a buckskin jacket, which was shown in efforts to find out her name and led to her being known as the Buckskin Girl.
“We are grateful this day has come, that Marcia has a name other than Buckskin Girl,” said the Rev. Greg Simmons, chaplain of the Miami County Fraternal Order of Police lodge.
The stone was the result of a private fundraising effort led by retired Piqua police officer Paul Sullenberger with assistance from the FOP lodge. He asked the some 50 people gathered to say King’s full name aloud.
“Her name is written in stone and etched in our hearts and minds,” Sullenberger said.
“I just can’t thank people enough,” Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak said of the efforts to provide the stone.
Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Steve Lord said the investigation into who killed King continues with a focus on establishing a timeline for the days and weeks leading to the discovery of her body.
“She has been placed in Louisville, Kentucky, approximately 14 days prior to her being found,” he said. “We continue to seek the assistance from anyone that may have had contact with her in April of 2014 in Ohio or Kentucky.
Anyone with information is urged to call the sheriff’s tip line at 937-440-3990 or leave tips at www.miamicountysheriff.org/contactus-1.
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 1:52 PM
Updated: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 7:50 PM
— UPDATE @ 7:50 p.m.
Fewer than 300 Dayton Power & Light customers without power after storms knocked out service to more than 1,600 across the region.
The majority of outages, as of 7:50 p.m., are in Greene County, where there are 154 customers in the dark, according to the DP&L online outage map.
Other outages include 80 in Montgomery County; 27 in Miami County; 6 in Mercer County; 3 each in Preble and Shelby counties; 2 each in Champaign and Darke counties; and 1 in Auglaize County.
Ohio Edison is reporting fewer than five outages in Clark County.
There are more than 1,600 Dayton Power & Light customers without power after the first round of storms moved through the area.
As of 4:25 p.m., the number of customers without power was 1,657, according to the DP&L online outage map.
Most of those without power were in Montgomery and Greene counties, with more than 650 each.
In Mercer County, there were 720 outages as of 1:50 p.m., but service was restored to all but 5 as of 2:35 p.m.
Other outages include, by county: 60 in Darke; 160 in Miami; 7 in Warren; 5 in Preble; and 1 in Shelby.
Ohio Edison reports 24 power outages in Clark County, as of 4:25 p.m.