Search concluded at Greene County park connected to missing Miamisburg woman

Published: Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 4:28 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 12:45 PM

Investigators said they spent a second day searching a local Greene County park for evidence and clues into the disappearance of a Miamisburg woman missing for more than a year.

Update@12:45 p.m. (July 12):

Miamisburg police and FBI teams have concluded the search at Sugarcreek Reserve after searching the last areas they wanted to check. The park reopened around 11 a.m. when all the K-9 handlers and their dogs cleared the area.

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Since authorities this week began closing Sugarcreek MetroPark for much of the day to search for evidence involving Chelsey Coe’s disappearance, patrons of the 618-acre site have stopped by only to find their routine interrupted.

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On Thursday morning, park user Tina Moronell discovered her access to using the running trails blocked by the search, which has included more than 20 agents and officers from the FBI, Miamisburg police and MetroParks, along with search dogs.

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“It’s disturbing to say the least,” the Washington Twp. resident said. “We think of the park as a place for families and recreation. You don’t think of it as a crime scene. So it’s quite disturbing.”

Moronell said she enjoys frequenting the park with running groups because its clean and safe.

“So it’s very family-oriented,” she said. “I don’t know what they’re going to find and I hope the mom will find peace and they can resolve the situation.”

FIRST REPORT:

Clues that led federal, state and local authorities to close a massive Greene County park this week to search for evidence linked to a missing Miamisburg woman did not come through a previous search, but were discovered recently, police said.

The search at Sugarcreek MetroPark – the third day of which continues this morning – tied to last year’s disappearance of Chelsey Coe was not prompted by items found in early May after authorities raided her last known address and searched neighboring properties, said Miamisburg Sgt. Jeff Muncy.

“A lot” of evidence found during the search on Lower Miamisburg Road is “still being processed. We haven’t got a lot of that back yet,” he said.

Instead, the search at the 618-acre park was prompted “through other things I’ve done throughout the investigation that led us here,” Muncy said.

He indicated authorities recently came across the clues when asked about the timing of the park search.

“….This is when we got the information and this is when we decided to do the search,” he said.

The investigation – which has involved the FBI, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and several other organizations – continues this morning as the search is set to resume at 6:30 a.m.

Muncy said the search – which has so far covered more than 400 acres – may end by noon.

Authorities have reason to believe the park may have been one of the last places Coe – who was 25 when she went missing – was seen before she disappeared.

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Comfortable midweek temperatures, showers to return this weekend 

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 3:37 AM

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  • Comfortable and warm this afternoon
  • Showers and storms return for weekend
  • Temperatures near normal

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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Court docs: Man stood over police officer and shot him 10 times

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:55 PM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:55 PM

Police were on the scene of a shooting in Weymouth, Massachusetts, where a policeman died from his wounds.
Weymouth Police Department
Police were on the scene of a shooting in Weymouth, Massachusetts, where a policeman died from his wounds.(Weymouth Police Department)

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

The arraignment was expected to take place Tuesday. 

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Nonprofit helping pay off mortgage on slain police officer's family home

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 3:33 AM

This Dec. 10, 2012 photo shows Weymouth Police Officer Michael C. Chesna in Weymouth, Mass. (Gary Higgins/The Quincy Patriot Ledger via AP)
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This Dec. 10, 2012 photo shows Weymouth Police Officer Michael C. Chesna in Weymouth, Mass. (Gary Higgins/The Quincy Patriot Ledger via AP)(Gary Higgins/AP)

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. 

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The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is providing the first $100,000 toward the mortgage and is challenging others to support the family through the initiative.

Any money raised exceeding the mortgage will go directly to Chesna's wife and two children.

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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.

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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.

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More comfortable weather on the way, weekend showers expected

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 3:19 AM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 2:36 AM

Storms return by the weekend.

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  • Lower humidity through midweek
  • Temperatures rise for the end of the week
  • Unsettled weather pattern for the weekend

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Overnight: A comfortable night in the forecast with clear skies and temperatures dropping to around 60 degrees by morning.

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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.

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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.

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Sunday: A mix of clouds and sunshine will wrap up the weekend with a continued chance for a few showers or storms. Highs will hold in the lower 80s.

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