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Published: Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 3:31 PM
BUTLER COUNTY — An Oxford cab driver was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to sexual battery involving two Miami University students.
W. Sherman Jackson II, 38, the owner and operator of Sherman’s Safe Ride, was charged with assaulting the women in his cab in early December. He was originally charged with three counts of rape and three counts of sexual battery, but took a plea deal in May.
Jackson had faced a total of 10 years in prison.
During sentencing, Jackson was also declared a Tier III sexual offender meaning he must register his address with the sheriff’s office every 90 days for the rest of his life after he is released from prison.
Before sentencing, Butler County Common Pleas Judge Keith Spaeth said he had received “multiple letters of support for Jackson” as well as victim impact statements.
Jackson declined to speak in court before being sentenced.
Christopher Pagan, Jackson’s attorney, said his client was “very nervous” and told the judge he has a limited criminal background, has accepted responsibility for his actions, and has the support of his family.
“It is a terrible, terrible lapse of behavior in a short period of time … unusual behavior for him,” said Pagan, who added that Jackson was sorry for his actions.
Assistant Butler County Prosecutor Kelly Heile told the judge that while Jackson’s past criminal background involved only misdemeanors, a 2012 conviction for criminal trespassing involved Jackson “lurking” outside a home in Oxford.
Two women, both 21-year-old Miami University students, filed separate reports on Dec. 8 and 9 saying Jackson sexually assaulting them in his vehicle, according to Oxford police.
The first victim called 911 at about 12:35 a.m. Dec. 8 from West Collins Street and reported she had been assaulted, according to the police report.
The second incident was reported by a woman who said she was assaulted between 1:30 and 4 a.m. Dec. 9 on Brown Road, according to the report.
The first woman called 911 three times, once screaming, “Let me out, let me out” and then hanging up.
The victims did not speak Thursday in court during Jackson’s sentencing.
Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 3:37 AM
TODAY: A beautiful morning with cooler temperatures around 60 degrees and some northern spots in the 50s. Dew points stay in the 50s today, meaning a comfortable air mass is in place. Overall, sunshine and a few clouds for the day with highs reaching in the low 80s, which is close to normal.
THURSDAY: Another beautiful morning with it being quiet and cool. Sunny skies for the afternoon as temperatures climb to the middle 80s. Clouds increase at night.
FRIDAY: Warm and muggy conditions return with highs in the low 80s. Scattered showers and storms develop and we could see stronger winds and heavy rain towards evening.
SATURDAY: Muggy with more active weather for the day. It’ll be partly to mostly cloudy as highs peak in the low 80s. Some afternoon showers and storms redevelop, but activity will taper off at night.
SUNDAY: Some dry time early with partly to mostly cloudy skies. Scattered showers and storms redevelop again in the late afternoon/evening. High reach near 80 degrees.
Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:55 PM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:55 PM
WEYMOUTH, Mass. — A man who was sought for driving erratically stood over a Massachusetts police officer and shot him 10 times in the head and chest, according to witness statements recorded in court documents.
Emanuel Lopes is accused of shooting and killing two people Sunday after he was allegedly observed driving a BMW erratically and crashing into another car.
Witnesses told police Lopes was speeding and swerving between lanes before he apparently crashed into a stationary vehicle. A witness in that vehicle told police Lopes got out of the car, mumbled “I’m sorry,” and ran off on foot.
According to police, Officer Michael Chesna responded to reports of Lopes’ driving. Court documents indicate Chesna found Lopes as he was throwing a rock through a window.
When Chesna approached Lopes, court documents say Lopes picked up a large rock and charged at the officer. Police say when Lopes hit Chesna with the rock, Chesna fell to the ground and dropped his gun.
According to court documents, Lopes picked up the gun and shot Chesna 10 times as he stood over him. Witnesses told police Lopes stood over Chesna and shot him five times in the head and five times in the chest.
Police say Lopes then moved through the neighborhood, pausing in one backyard to shoot through a large picture window on the back of home. According to police, one of those shots hit a 77-year-old woman named Vera Adams in the chest, killing her.
Lopes was eventually arrested and police say there were no bullets left in the gun.
According to the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office, Lopes was slated to be arraigned Monday afternoon from his hospital bed, but was not medically able to be arraigned.
Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 3:33 AM
WEYMOUTH, Mass. — A nonprofit organization has announced a major donation to help pay off the mortgage on a slain Massachusetts police officer's family home.
Weymouth police Sgt. Michael Chesna, 42, was shot and killed Sunday in the line of duty.
Any money raised exceeding the mortgage will go directly to Chesna's wife and two children.
The foundation, established in memory of a fallen 9/11 firefighter, supports military and first responders who are killed in the line of duty. In addition to his service with the Weymouth Police Department, Chesna was also a military veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
MUST READ: Absolutely amazing story -- @Tunnel2Towers is providing $100,000 to help pay off the mortgage of fallen @WeymouthPD Sgt. Michael Chesna's family home https://t.co/t72RzRPg86 #Boston25 pic.twitter.com/LMmIOKVk84— Mike Saccone (@mikesacconetv) July 17, 2018
Frank Siller, chairman and CEO of the foundation, will join Weymouth police Chief Richard Grimes at the Weymouth Police Department at 3 p.m. Wednesday to make the official announcement.
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 3:19 AM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 2:36 AM
Overnight: A comfortable night in the forecast with clear skies and temperatures dropping to around 60 degrees by morning.
Wednesday: Lots of sunshine is expected with the humidity remaining low. It will be pleasantly warm with highs in the lower 80s.
Thursday: A warmer day is expected with some high clouds around mixed with sunshine. Highs will rebound into the middle 80s.
Friday: Clouds will be on the increase through the day with a chance for showers and storms developing by late afternoon. Highs will be in the middle 80s with humidity on the rise.
Saturday: Numerous showers and storms are expected, especially during the afternoon and early evening. One or two stronger storms will be possible. Highs will be in the lower 80s.