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Prosecutors reviewing Indiana crash that left 2 Beavercreek siblings dead

Published: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 @ 1:35 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 @ 9:55 PM

A crash on Interstate 70 in western Indiana left two children from Beavercreek dead. The children were age 1 and 5. Their mother and brother were seriously injured in the crash.

UPDATE @ 9:56 p.m.:  Prosecutors in Indiana are reviewing the investigation of the crash that left a Beavercreek brother and sister dead.

Finley and Brennen Bereda, 1 year and 5 years old, were in a van their mother was driving on I-70 near the Illinois line on Tuesday when a semitrailer hit it, the Indiana State Police said.

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Christina Bereda, 33, was taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She has since been released. Another son, Jordan, 3, remains a patient at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

ISP said child restraint seats were in use during the family’s drive from Ohio to Missouri.

According to ISP, the semitrailer failed to stop or avoid traffic approaching a construction zone when it hit the Bereda’s van, about 60 miles southwest of Indianapolis. The semitrailer hit another semi after striking the Ohio family’s vehicle.

The driver of the semitrailer, 62-year-old Amritpal Singh, of Quebec, Canada, was taken to a hospital. The driver of the semi he hit, 57-year-old Russell Sims of Indianapolis, also was taken to a hospital.

According to ISP, prosecutors are reviewing the incident for possible charges.

Christina Bereda’s husband, David, was profiled by the Dayton Daily News in 2014 during the Dayton Flyers’ NCAA tournament run. At the time, the University of Dayton grad had been deployed for five months as an Air Force physician and said he would watch March Madness with a group of airmen in Kyrghzstan.

The Bereda family moved to Missouri a little more than a year ago. 

They were parishioners at Ascension church in Kettering, where their youngest was baptized in May 2016.

Father Ed Pratt, Ascension church, said, “We do the best to recognize their grief, comfort them the best we can and just promote faith. 

“Things happen that we can’t understand and we must put it in God’s hands,” he said.

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Trump confirms Cohen represented him in 'crazy Stormy Daniels deal'

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 1:17 PM

This combination photo shows, from left, President Donald Trump, attorney Michael Cohen and adult film actress Stormy Daniels. (AP Photo)
This combination photo shows, from left, President Donald Trump, attorney Michael Cohen and adult film actress Stormy Daniels. (AP Photo)(AP)

President Donald Trump on Thursday said attorney Michael Cohen represented him “with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal” weeks after he told reporters that he had no knowledge of a $130,000 payment paid to the adult film star by Cohen.

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During a phone interview on “Fox & Friends,” Trump said Cohen did “a percentage of my overall legal work -- a tiny, tiny fraction.”

“Michael would represent me … on some things,” Trump said. “He represents me — like with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal, he represented me.”

Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, called the admission “another gift from the heavens in this case” in an interview on MSNBC.

“It’s a hugely damaging admission by the president because according to what he said on Air Force One a few weeks ago, he didn’t know anything about the agreement, he didn’t know anything about the payment, Michael Cohen went off and did this on a lark and Mr. Trump knew nothing about it,” Avenatti said. “He tripped himself up.”

Cohen negotiated a $130,000 payment to Daniels in October 2016 in exchange for her signing a nondisclosure agreement barring her from talking about an alleged sexual encounter she had with Trump in 2006, The Wall Street Journal reported in January.

Trump told reporters on Air Force One earlier this month that he was unaware of the payment or where the money had come from.

Avenatti told CNN Thursday that Trump’s most recent comments would only bolster his efforts to force Trump and Cohen to testify under oath about their knowledge of the payment to Daniels.

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“It’s going to add considerable momentum to our efforts to depose the president and put him under oath, because now we have two contrary statements in less than a month,” Avenatti said.

Daniels, who was born Stephanie Clifford, is suing to break the nondisclosure agreement, claiming the document is invalid because it was never signed by Trump.

Cohen filed notice Wednesday that he would not answer questions in the Daniels case, exercising his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

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Bill Cosby found guilty in sexual assault trial

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 1:44 PM

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A jury in Pennsylvania on Thursday found comedian Bill Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

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Police: Suspected driver in deputy cruiser ramming had loaded shotgun

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 2:15 PM

            Sha’King Jones
Sha’King Jones

Sha’King Jones is the alleged driver among a group of young adults and juveniles suspected in Monday’s ramming of a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office cruiser at a Valero gas station at Siebenthaler Avenue and Philadelphia Drive in Harrison Twp.

Jones also had a loaded weapon, according to court documents.

According to the sheriff’s office, as deputies approached the stolen Corolla that was parked in the lot of the Valero, the driver noticed the deputies, got back in the vehicle and sped off, striking the patrol vehicle.

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“Sha’King Jones was the driver of a confirmed stolen vehicle,” a sheriff’s detective wrote in Vandalia Municipal Court documents obtained by this news organization. “The (defendant) fled the vehicle on foot and was apprehended — located in the vehicle loaded and ready at hand was a loaded (12-gauge Mossberg) shotgun.”

Jones was arraigned Thursday in Vandalia Municipal Court on charges of having weapons under disability, receiving stolen property and failure to comply with the order of a peace officer. His bond was listed at $75,000 cash/surety.

The detective wrote that Jones ignored verbal commands to exit the vehicle “and accelerated backwards striking the marked cruiser forcing it through the lot striking 2 more cars. (Defendant) then fled at a high rate of speed while being pursued by police.”

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Nikeas Jones, 20, was charged with obstructing justice and also was scheduled for a Thursday arraignment. Nikeas Jones “became vulgar and ignored warnings to stop,” the detective wrote.

Sha’King Jones long juvenile record

As a 12-year-old in December 2010, Sha’King Jones was charged with misdemeanor assault. He was ordered into a work program, counseling and wrote an apology letter, according to Montgomery County Juvenile Court records obtained by this news organization.

For nearly three years, Jones had no new infractions. But just after his 15th birthday, Jones continued a spree of charges that totalled 21 felony and misdemeanor cases in Montgomery, Franklin and Stark counties before he turned 18.

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As a juvenile, Sha’King Jones faced felony charges of breaking and entering, failure to comply and multiple counts of assault, grand theft auto, robbery and vandalism.

He also faced numerous misdemeanor counts of domestic violence, criminal trespass, unauthorized use of a vehicle, obstructing official business, resisting arrest, assault, misconduct at an emergency, disorderly conduct at school, criminal damaging and criminal mischief.

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In March 2014, a Montgomery County Juvenile Court magistrate judge sentenced Jones to 6 to 21 months of incarceration, the first of numerous times Jones was ordered to be detained.

A court document from June 2, 2017 said Jones had been held in the Dept. of Youth Services facilities for 541 days.

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Community garden in Xenia to take root this weekend

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 2:10 PM

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The first seeds for a community garden will be planted this weekend at Lexington Park in Xenia.

The effort by a new coalition of entities called Community Roots is aimed at increasing access to fresh food for Xenia residents.

“Access to fresh produce is basically non-existent downtown and on the east end,” said Jillian Drew, health educator with Greene County Public Health. 

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The garden is being funded through a grant provided by the Ohio Department of Health and the county public health department.

“This is really about bringing community together, learning how to garden and do all these things as a unit,” Drew said.

Steve Short, a resident of the neighborhood for more than a decade, said the park is a perfect setting for the garden.

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“The soil is really good. Perfect place to grow things,” Short said of the field where plants will be installed.

Short said the garden will bring people in the neighborhood together.

“There's a lot of older people in this neighborhood and younger people and that's a good mix ... they'll build relationships and friendships,” he said.

Community Roots comprises Greene County Public Health, the city of Xenia, and the extension offices for Central State University and the Ohio State University. All will be represented for the garden planting and unveiling Saturday.

The event is scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. at Lexington Park, 1067 Lexington Ave., Xenia.

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