Stormy Daniels’ lawyer: ‘We will vehemently contest all charges’

Published: Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 11:27 AM

Stormy Daniels is scheduled to appear in court in Columbus

UPDATE @ 1 P.M.:

INITIAL REPORT:

Stephanie Clifford, the adult film star who goes by the stage name Stormy Daniels, is scheduled to appear in Franklin County Municipal Court on Friday on charges that she inappropriately touched undercover police officers during a performance at a Columbus strip club.

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Her second night performance at Club Sirens, a strip club on the north side of Columbus, has been canceled, according to a tweet posted on Daniels' account.

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Her attorney Michael Avenatti said his client will plead not guilty to the three misdemeanor charges. "She was arrested for allegedly allowing a customer to touch her while on stage in a non sexual manner! Are you kidding me? They are devoting law enforcement resources to sting operations for this? There has to be higher priorities!!!" Avenatti said on Twitter. "...We will vehemently contest all charges."

She was released on bail early Thursday.

Stormy Daniels

Columbus Police said in a news release that her arrest was part of a long-term investigation into allegations of human trafficking, prostitution and other vice related violations.

Also arrested were Miranda Panda of Marion and Brittany Walters of Pickerington. All three were charged with illegal sexually oriented activity in a sexually oriented business. Clifford allegedly illegally touched three different undercover vice detectives, Columbus Police said.

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"Since last fall, Columbus Police were made aware of illegal activity through various adult entertainment clubs throughout the city," the release said. "Columbus Police have made numerous arrests utilizing this law. The Division engages in these operations routinely with no effect on other calls for service."

In 2007, Ohio legislators adopted a strict law that prohibits workers who are nude or partially nude in sexually oriented businesses from touching patrons or the clothing of patrons.

The law places restrictions on strip clubs, peep shows and adult bookstores. A coalition of adult entertainment businesses failed to get enough voter signatures to place the law on the statewide ballot for a referendum vote in 2007.

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Victim in Springfield homicide identified 

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 10:29 AM

Units were dispatched to the scene at approximately 10:30 p.m. and found a male victim, reportedly in his 50s, dead in an alley on Clifton Ave. Police said the man was shot multiple times.

Police are still working to learn what led up to the homicide shooting that killed Howard Edley, 70, of Springfield. The shooting occured in the alley of E. Rose Street and Clifton Avenue.

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Authorities were dispatched to the scene at approximately 10:30 p.m. Saturday and found Edley who was shot multiple times according to police. 

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No arrests have been made in this shooting and police currently do not have a description of any suspects. 

We will continue to update this story with any information we receive. 

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Passing storms expected through the evening; flood advisory for Darke County

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:08 AM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 4:30 PM

Showers and thunderstorms are expected for our Monday, but a much drier change is on the way.
    • Flood Advisory until 7:30 p.m. for Darke County - Minor flooding of low-lying and poorly drained roads will occur along with minor flooding of farmland near waterways.
    • Scattered storms to taper off after dark
    • Cooler, less humid air arrives for midweek
    • Unsettled weather returns for the coming weekend

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5-day forecast with Meteorologist Jesse Maag

>>Five-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

This evening: Expect passing showers and storms. A few may contain gusty winds and brief heavy rainfall. Temperatures will be in the 80s but fall into the 70s where rainfall occurs.

Overnight: Any lingering showers will taper off with clouds breaking. Temperatures and humidity will drop with lows in the upper 60s by morning.

>> County-by-County Weather 

Tuesday: Skies will become mostly sunny. It will be warm but less humid with highs in the middle 80s.

Wednesday: Lots of sunshine is expected with much less humidity. Highs will top out near 80 degrees.

Thursday: Expect another nice day under mostly sunny skies. Highs will rebound back into the middle 80s.

Friday: Clouds will be on the increase with a chance for scattered showers and storms developing by afternoon. The humidity will also be on the rise with highs in the middle 80s. 

Saturday: Numerous showers and storms are expected, especially in the afternoon hours. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

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Dayton police continue to investigate shooting death of 70-year-old man

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 9:41 AM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 11:24 AM

Markell Simpson (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)
Markell Simpson (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)

UPDATE@4:38 p.m.:

Dayton police on Monday afternoon declined to comment on the relations between the victim and the suspect. However, officers acknowledged that both men lived at the address where the shooting occurred. 

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They’re working on the motivation, putting the case together to present for the consideration of change,” Lt. Jason Hall said of investigators. 

Residents at the apartment complex expressed shock at Lawrence’s death, saying the 70-year-old worked around the complex.

“He was a neighborhood maintenance man, he spoke to the kids, if you needed help, he was there to help, really sad and unfortunate,” said one woman who asked not to be identified.

Boy, 6, found wandering alone on busy Centerville street 

Most residents at the complex seem to think Lawrence was killed while sitting on a couch, something police did not confirm Monday.  They’re not sure why Simpson would shoot him but say, if he did, it just doesn’t make any sense.

UPDATE @ 11:25 a.m.: 

A woman, who identified herself as the mother of a 19-year-old arrested on a murder charge, called police after receiving a call from her son, according to a 911 call obtained by this news outlet. 

“I just left work. He called me and said ‘come home,’” the woman said. 

“And he said he shot someone, my roommate.”

The call ends with the woman saying she arrived at home followed by “Oh my God,” before the line disconnects. 

We’ll continue to update this page as we learn more. 

FIRST REPORT

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on a preliminary charge of murder after a reported shooting at a Dayton home Sunday morning. 

Officers and medics were dispatched around 7:30 a.m. to the home in the 3700 block of Lakebend Drive on reports of a person shot, according to dispatch records. 

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A man listed as the victim in a Dayton police incident report was identified as Robert Lawrence, 70, of Dayton, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. His cause and manner of death were still under investigation, according to officials. 

A man arrested at the scene, identified as Markell Simpson, 19, was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on a preliminary charge of murder, according to jail records. 

Additional details were not available. We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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 Off-duty Troy firefighter dies unexpectedly

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 4:21 PM

An off-duty Troy firefighter/paramedic passed away unexpectedly Friday evening.

Jason Holfinger, 38, died unexpectedly at his Covington home, according to his obituary.

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He is survived by his wife and three children.

Holfinger joined the Troy Fire Department in 2013.

Grief counseling has been offered to Troy firefighters.

Visitation will be at Koinos Christian Fellowship Church in Troy on Wednesday from 3 to 8 p.m.

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A funeral service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m.  at the church.

A cause of death has not yet been determined.

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