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Published: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 @ 1:11 AM
Updated: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 @ 11:40 AM
CLINTON COUNTY — A 26-year-old London, Ohio man was killed after leading police in a pursuit that ended in a crash on Ohio 73 Monday evening.
State troopers said Joseph Noble was being pursued by Clinton County deputies and Wilmington police. They said officers deployed stop sticks. Officers said Noble swerved off the right side, went left of center, and hit a car driven by Sonja R. Cayaditto, 26, of New Vienna. Her vehicle then hit another vehicle.
Noble was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cayaditto was expected to be treated and released.
The third driver was not hurt.
Police said they found evidence of alcohol consumption at the scene. They added that speed was also a factor in the crash.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 4:32 PM
ATLANTA — A New York gang member will serve a life sentence for the 2016 murder of a Clark Atlanta University student.
A Fulton County jury convicted Devin Kingdom, 24, of murder in the shooting death of 25-year-old Cierra Ford. Ford, a communications major at Clark Atlanta, was shot in the head when several accused gang members broke into her boyfriend’s Sandy Springs apartment in November 2016.
Ford was a California native who wanted to be a journalist. She was a good student and an inspiration to other young women, her brother said.
“Cierra was intelligent, charismatic, and she had a vibrant sense of humor that resonated with her friends and family,” Clarence Ford said.
Her boyfriend, Tyrique Lobban, was shot three times and injured. Lobban was a leader of the same New York Gang, prosecutors said, and the men intended to kill him to remove him from his position.
Three accused gang members were arrested following Ford’s death and a fourth, Gregory Battle, is still on the run. Initially, police believed robbery was a motive. Kingdom was the first to be convicted.
Malik Ortiz also stood trial last week and was acquitted of the homicide. The jury was unable to reach verdicts on the remaining 12 counts, according to the Fulton County District Attorney’s office.
Joseph Clarke, another murder suspect, is still awaiting trial.
Prosecutors said the trouble started two years after the New York gang members relocated to Atlanta in 2014. They lived with Lobban in his apartment until infighting resulted in a leadership struggle.
“The dispute between Lobban and the other four men came to a head in October of 2016 when Lobban asked Clarke, Ortiz, and Battle to move out of the apartment,” said Chris Hopper, the spokesman for Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. “Once they moved out of the apartment, the men made a decision to kill Lobban and remove him from his leadership position in the gang.”
In the deadly coup, the four allegedly entered the Sandy Springs apartment through an unlocked door with weapons drawn, the jury heard at trial.
They first encountered a roommate and another alleged gang member, Jabar Brady. Hopper said the men gave Brady, who was 19 at the time, a chance to live and he left the apartment.
Prosecutors intended for Brady to testify, but he killed himself in New York shortly before the trial, according to the DA’s office. He was considered one of the state’s key witnesses.
“The gravity of these violent deaths never seems to end,” Howard said of Brady’s death.
Ford and Lobban were shot when the group kicked in the door to Lobban’s upstairs bedroom and found them in bed, prosecutors said.
In addition to felony murder, Kingdom was found guilty of first-degree home invasion, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, first-degree burglary and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
He was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Kimberly M. Esmond Adams to life in prison plus 10 years.
The jury apparently could not reach a conclusion on Ortiz’s involvement in the crime.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 5:43 PM
CENTERVILLE — The mother of a Centerville student has filed a sheriff’s report claiming that her autistic son was placed in a room with no windows on Tuesday as a form of punishment for not meeting acceptable behavior standards.
The school district said the room has a window but would not talk about the specifics of the woman’s complaints.
Monique Williams, the mother of 11-year-old Michael Dixon, a special needs student at Watts Middle School said her son was locked in a “small room similar to a closet as a form of punishment” instead of being allowed to attend the “Jazz on the Lawn” event with other students in his class, according to the sheriff’s report.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office had a deputy go to the school to investigate the incident.
Williams alleges in the police report that a teaching aide told her that her son, who also has ADHD and asthma, “did not acquire enough points on his good behavior to attend” the event, so he had to spend time in the room.
She said she was told other students had been placed in the room for bad behavior and that her son was not injured. Her son told her that this was not the first time he had been placed in the room.
Sarah Swan, community relations specialist for the school district, said the district would not comment on the specifics of the allegation, but provided a statement on the issue.
“We cannot go into the specifics of the situation due to student confidentiality,” she said in a statement. “There is a room located in the office area at Watts Middle School that has traditionally been used when students lose privileges. The door to the room is kept open, and it also has a window.”
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 6:10 PM
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The city of West Hollywood, California, proclaimed May 23 Stormy Daniels Day and is honoring the adult film star with a key to the city.
The city said in a Twitter announcement that it’s honoring Daniels for her leadership in the #Resist movement.
In advance of our 4PM presentation of the Key to the City, we'd like to wish everyone a Happy #StormyDanielsDay! @StormyDaniels @MichaelAvenatti #WeHo https://t.co/kLyiOmB3Jo pic.twitter.com/RrMqN6bS6l— CityofWestHollywood (@WeHoCity) May 23, 2018
“In these politically tumultuous times, Daniels has proven herself to be a profile in courage by speaking truth to power, even under threats to her safety and extreme intimidation,” the statement said.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has been embroiled in a lawsuit she filed against President Donald Trump last year in California state court, claiming a “hush agreement” she signed over their alleged affair a decade ago is null and void.
The City of West Hollywood is proclaiming May 23rd as “Stormy Daniels Day” and giving @StormyDaniels a key to the city. The City says Stormy is receiving these honors because of her leadership in the “#Resist Movement” pic.twitter.com/zQLTK8vMeD— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) May 23, 2018
She was paid $130,000 by Trump attorney Michael Cohen shortly before the 2016 presidential election in exchange for keeping silent about the alleged affair with Trump. But Daniels’ attorney argued the agreement was no good because Trump never signed it.
Cohen has admitted using his own money to pay off Daniels and, while records have revealed Trump made payments to Cohen, the president has denied any involvement with the porn star.
Daniels has said she wants to tell her story, like other women who have had alleged encounters with the president, but the hush agreement prevents her from legally doing that.
On 'Stormy Daniels Day,' West Hollywood to honor porn star with key to the city https://t.co/yzQbePNqF7— Stuart Wood (@stuiewood) May 23, 2018
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 2:24 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 5:33 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 3:35 p.m.: A 50-year-old man has been arrested in a hit-and-run motorcycle crash that left a Dayton woman dead, according to a police spokeswoman.
Robert Butt was arrested Tuesday morning on preliminary charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and failure to stop after an accident, according to police and jail records.
Butt remains in the Montgomery County Jail pending the filing of formal charges, according to investigators.
Butt is accused of leaving the scene of a crash in the 3300 block of Needmore Road on Sunday that killed 49-year-old Lynn Goss.
Additional details were not available.
A 49-year-old Dayton woman was killed in a motorcycle crash early Sunday morning on Needmore Road, according to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office.
Lynn Goss was pronounced dead at Grandview Hospital after the crash in the 3300 block of Needmore about 2:30 a.m., the coroner's office said.
Goss' death was ruled an accident and she was a passenger on the motorcycle, officials said.