No smoke detectors in home of fatal fire, official says

Published: Thursday, December 12, 2013 @ 8:09 AM
Updated: Friday, December 13, 2013 @ 10:15 AM

            New information released in Craig Drive house fire
New information released in Craig Drive house fire

While the cause of a fire that took the life of a grandfather, mother and two young children in Kettering Thursday morning is still unknown, the State Fire Marshal has determined that there were no working smoke detectors in the home on Craig Drive.

The four people killed in the blaze have been tentatively identified by the Montgomery County Coroner's office as Forrest Carroll, 76; Alicia Carroll-Mobley, 36; Shaun N. Mobley Jr., 4; and Jacob S. Mobley, 2 years old.

Forrest Carroll was found deceased outside of the home on Craig Drive while the other three victims were located inside once the fire was extinguished.

A Kettering fire official said there was, "absolutely no hope," of rescuing anyone inside the home when fire crews arrived early this morning to intense heat and flames.

Alicia's husband Shaun Mobley Sr. and their two daughters escaped the fire, which damaged two neighboring homes.

Alicia Mobley's brother-in-law John Weber said Shaun Mobley Sr. was injured in the fire and is recovering at Kettering Medical Center. He said the family was planning to gather at the home on Saturday to celebrate Shaun Mobley Jr.'s 4th birthday, which was Wednesday.

Weber also confirmed that Forrest Carroll was Alicia's father.

Kari Basson, community relations coordinator for the Kettering City School District, said the district was contacted by a school resource officer with the Kettering Police Department and told some of their students were involved in the fire on Craig Drive. District officials have assembled crisis management teams at Indian Riffle School and Kettering Middle School.

Shaun Mobley Jr. was in the preschool program at Indian Riffle.

Basson said a third grader who survived the fire is also a student at Indian Riffle and an 8th grader who survived is a student at the middle school.

Staff at the middle school are trying to coordinate fund raising efforts for the family. A donation drive and account for the family have also been advertised on social media today. A "Mobley Family Fund" has also been established through Fifth Third Bank.

The home in the 1900 block of Craig Drive is completely destroyed, having collapsed into the basement. A home to the south also caught fire and suffered extensive damage, while the home to the north was damaged by heat from the flames.

When police first arrived on scene just before 4 a.m. the home was fully engulfed.

A man was outside the home and the responding police officer attempted to save him, but the intense heat prevented the officer from making it to the victim, Kettering Police Lt. Craig Moore said.

Police said they believe that man initially escaped the home unharmed but went back into the burning structure.

The victim was pronounced dead on the scene and the officer suffered minor injuries, Moore said. Officer J.P. Jung drove to the hospital for treatment of minor heat related injuries.

Two firefighters also suffered minor injuries while battling the blaze and were removed to the hospital.

Kettering Fire Battalion Chief Jon Durrenberg said that man was found in the driveway and the three additional victims were found inside the home.

"Where they were at the time of the fire is hard to determine because of the damage to the house," he said. "That's still under investigation."

The investigation into the cause of the fire has been turned over to the State Fire Marshal's office.

"Although we do not yet know what caused this tragic loss of life, I want to remind everyone that working smoke detectors save lives," said State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers in a statement Thursday afternoon. "It is so important that everyone have a functioning smoke alarm in their home and have an escape plan with at least two ways out."

Emergency crews received a 911 call from neighbors around 3:50 a.m. reporting flames shooting from the home.

"Around 3:40 a.m. I heard somebody yelling, 'Is anybody in the house, is anybody in the house?'" said neighbor Larry Graf. "The flames were pretty intense...You could feel the heat from it."

Firefighters arrived and attempted to make entry into the residence, but were unable to because of the extent of the flames, Moore said.

Durrenberg said firefighters worked to remove the man found in the driveway and then concentrated their efforts on extinguishing the fire.

"There was absolutely no hope from the time the first crews arrived that anybody could be rescued," Durrenberg said.

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Sister pleads with Hamilton jury to spare her brother’s life

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:56 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 4:30 PM

Michael Grevious II found guilty of aggravated murder

Less than 24 hours after finding Michael Grevious II guilty of aggravated murder, jurors returned to a Butler County courtroom the sentencing phase of the trial.

Grevious, 25, of Hamilton, was found guilty at about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday night of aggravated murder for ordering a retaliation shooting at Central Avenue and Knightsbridge on Aug. 3, 2016 that killed two people.

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On the other charges — having weapons under disability and felonious assault — Grevious was found not guilty. Those charges were related to gun violence that killed his step-brother during the early morning hours of July 24, 2016 at a Hamilton bar.

Less than 24 hours after finding Michael Grevious II guilty of aggravated murder, the jury returned to the courtroom for the sentencing phase of the trial. Grevious’ younger sister, Courtney, told the court that she and her siblings witnessed abuse between their parents while growing up.(NICK GRAHAM/STAFF)

Prosecutors submitted exhibit and testimony from the trial that they say support the aggravated circumstances of Grevious’ crime that will support the death penalty, but called no witnesses.

If the jury determines the aggravating circumstance for murder for hire outweighs any mitigating factors “you must impose death,” Assistant Prosecutor Brad Burress told the jury.

But defense attorney David Washington said the jury would get a glimpse of Grevious and his up bringing through the testimony of family and friends.

“In the end you will find the mitigating factors outweigh the aggravating circumstances of the crime, Washington said.

The younger sister of Grevious took the stand Thursday and told the jury about her “best friend.”

Courtney Grevious said she and her brother are about one year apart in age and people often think they are twins.

“He is my best friend,” she said crying. “I love him so much.”

Michael Grevious II became emotional in court today when a photo of his young son was shown. (NICK GRAHAM/STAFF)

Courtney Grevious said she, Michael and their older sister, Cassidy observed emotional and physical abuse while growing up between their mother and father.

Eventually they moved with their mother to Georgia where they often lived in hotels and shelters, she said.

“It was tough,” she said, adding is was also difficult for Michael not having a father.

When the family moved back to Hamilton, Michael lived with his father and so did she for a short time.

“It was very negative,” she said.

Courtney Grevious said her father pushed Michael and his step-brothers, Mondale and Kalif Goens, into “hustling CDs and T-shirts.” He also belittled Michael, calling him a “Mama’s Boy,” she said.

Courtney Grevious said her brother has “so much to offer” and he wants to be a father to his son.

The defense showed the jury a photo of Grevious’s 1-year-old son

“We call him little Mickey,” she said.

Grevious began crying in court while looking at the photo of his son.

The jury has four sentencing options, according to Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser.

Those options are:

  • Life in prison with parole eligibility after 25 years served
  • Life in prison with parole eligibility after 30 years
  • Life in prison without the possibility of parole
  • Death

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Grevious is a repeat violent offender because of a previous conviction for aggravated robbery and the aggravated murder charge included a gun specification. That means if the jury chooses one of the parole-eligible sentences, an additional three years will be added for use of a gun. The judge can also sentence Grevious to an additional one to 10 years for the repeat violent offender classification.

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Ohio governor candidates release tax returns ahead of Election Day

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 12:15 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 12:16 PM


Federal tax returns released on Wednesday show that Mike and Fran DeWine reported $634,975 wages, pension and investment income last year and paid $113,801 in taxes.

The Greene County couple donated $57,389 to charities, including Catholic churches, anti-abortion groups and community health organizations.

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The DeWine-Husted campaign allowed media outlets to review three years of returns and take notes but not make copies of the documents.

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, DeWine’s opponent in the May 8 primary, filed individually for 2017 and reported income of $97,197, federal taxes of $13,794, state and local taxes of $5,105 and no charity donations. Her husband Donzell Taylor, who owns dozens of companies, filed his own return, which was not made available to reporters.

The big numbers reveal the extensive wealth of the 71-year-old DeWine. The DeWines receive interest income from companies, trust funds, brokerage accounts and partnerships. Their holdings include partial ownership of the Asheville Tourists, a single A professional baseball team.

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In 2016, their total income hit $758,848, the tax bill was $138,129 and charitable giving was $42,726, returns show. In 2015, total income was $645,870, federal taxes paid was $125,642 and charitable giving was $42,569.

Additionally, over three years, the DeWines paid $177,923 in state and local taxes.


In addition, the couple established and funded a charitable foundation, which makes roughly $800,000 in annual contributions to various entities, including Hands Together, which operates the Becky DeWine School in Haiti.

Releasing tax returns is not mandated by law but by and large, candidates for governor have done so voluntarily in the interest of transparency and accountability.

DeWine’s running mate, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, also released three years of federal returns filed jointly with his wife, Tina Husted, a Realtor, professional runner, coach and artist.

In 2017, the Husteds total income was $176,765, total federal taxes were $27,398 and charitable gifts totaled $10,126. In 2016, income was $134,014, federal taxes were $14,450 and charitable giving totaled $8,645, according to the Husted return. Their 2015 return shows income of $159,126, federal taxes $23,316 and charitable giving of $10,005.

Additionally, over three years, the Husteds paid $64,257 in state and local taxes.


State Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Boardman, is the only Democrat in the gubernatorial primary to release his returns. Filing jointly with his wife, who is a nurse, Schiavoni reported $207,990 in income and $35,049 in federal taxes in 2017. They paid an additional $12,151 in state, local and real estate taxes and declared $268 in charitable giving that year.

For 2016, their income totaled $235,101, federal taxes were $44,217, state, local and real estate taxes were $12,513 and charitable giving totaled $331.

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Mother charged with killing her three children has hearing today, trial date set

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 9:29 AM

Brittany Pilkington
Brittany Pilkington

A mother who is accused of killing her three children has a trial date set, and there is a hearing today in the case.

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Brittany Pilkington is charged with three counts of aggravated murder in Logan County Common Pleas Court. She is accused of killing infant Niall in July 2014, 4-year-old Gavin in April 2015 and infant Noah on Aug. 18, 2015. If convicted, she could face the death penalty.

Pilkington is scheduled to face a four-week-long trial starting on Jan. 7, 2019, according to online court records.

A status hearing for the case is set for today at 3:30 p.m., according to court records.

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Springfield man accused of accelerating to push car 300 feet in road rage incident

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

A collection of crime stories from SNS.

A Springfield man accused of using his car to push a different car with a child inside almost 300 feet was indicted this week.

Donald Taylor, 57, was indicted on two counts of felonious assault and one count of aggravated assault in Clark County Common Pleas Court.

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Police began their investigation when they were called to the scene of an accident close to the intersection of Leffel Lane and South Limestone Street on April 13. There, police were told by a woman that Taylor had crashed into her and kept accelerating after the accident, according to an affidavit.

A child was in the woman’s car, the affidavit says.

Taylor said the woman had “cut him off”, according to an affidavit.

“Mr. Taylor was asked if he stopped after the crash, and he first stated he did, but later stated he did not and continued to accelerate while pushing (the) vehicle,” the report says.

Others indicted in Clark County Common Pleas Court this week are:

Aaron Le Rice, 22: intimidation of an attorney, victim or witness in a criminal case.

Kaseem Graham, 38: four counts of failure to comply and receiving stolen property.

Michael D Lemmings, 32, 809 S Limestone St. in Springfield: receiving stolen property.

Dustin A Cantrell, 35, 1019 James St. in Springfield: receiving stolen property.

Robert F Walters, 44, 618 Mason St. in Springfield: receiving stolen property and forgery.

Wyatt P Scott, 50: breaking and entering.

Angela Sue Brickman, 41, 2148 Clifton Avenue in Springfield: breaking and entering.

William Allen Kelly, 45, 1569 Lexington Ave. in Springfield: three counts of forgery.

Jaryld Portis, 46, 1411 Woodward in Springfield: aggravated robbery.

James Lester Cunningham, 45, 818 Rodgers Dr. in Springfield: two counts of domestic violence.

Isiah C Cammon, 24, 1552 S. Fountain Ave. in Springfield: carrying concealed weapon and improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle.

Andy McConell III, 23: carrying concealed weapon, improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle.

Bryan Campbell, 30, 522 Fremont Ave. in Springfield: three counts of trafficking in heroin.

Donald Vaughn, 17, 2408 Greenway Ct. in Dayton: aggravated robbery and two counts of kidnapping.

Tabatha Litchfield, 25: theft.

Romelo E Butler, 24, 1819 Clay St. in Springfield: improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle.

Miles Copely, 28, 930 N. Fountain Ave. Apt 302 in Springfield: aggravated possession of drugs.

Kyle Artis, 43, 1851 Norwood Ave. in Springfield: three counts of ethnic intimidation.

Darrell Strickland, 53, 1020 Clifton Ave. in Springfield: domestic violence.

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