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Police say an officer in Ohio was on the scene of an accident Saturday night when a driver ran into him.

In this dashcam video, see officer Brandon Heisler using his flashlight to direct traffic.

He says he stepped in the middle of the road to help cars pass and when his back was turned a distracted driver clipped him.

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An Ohio woman accused of suffocating her three sons has pleaded guilty in the boys’ deaths and was sentenced to 37 years in prison.

Brittany Renee Pilkington, 27, had been scheduled for trial early next year. The guilty pleas on Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and murder took the death penalty off the table.

Pilkington’s three-month-old son, Noah, was found dead in August 2015 in her and her husband’s apartment in Bellefontaine, in western Ohio. A four-year-old son, Gavin, had died in April 2015, and another infant, Niall, had died in July 2014.

The mother confessed to killing the boys the day Noah was found, telling police in a taped confession that she was depressed and worried her sons would eventually become abusive toward women.

Pilkington´s husband, 47-year-old Joseph Pilkington, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of sexual imposition for having sex with her before they were married, when she was underage.

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A woman said a manager at a fast-food restaurant in Cincinnati threw a blender at her after she complained about her food order. The whole ordeal was captured on surveillance video. She says her order was messed up, so she went inside to complain and get a refund. After waiting 25 minutes, the woman hurled her Happy Meals at the manager. She says the manager then picked up a blender and threw it at her, knocking her to the ground.

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A woman who does not abuse drugs herself was sentenced to 11 years in prison Monday morning after pleading guilty to two first-degree felony counts of trafficking drugs and one first-degree felony of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

According to Muskingum County Assistant Prosecutor John Litle, 41 year-old Janet Gartner of Guernsey County was dealing methamphetamine with her boyfriend, Nicholas Bair, when they caught the attention of officers from the Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force (CODE) in Licking County.

Gartner’s attorney, Nicole Churchill, explained that Gartner has five children and cleaned houses for a living. When she met her co-defendant, Bair, he was loving toward her and her children.

“I don’t believe anyone wakes up and goes ‘you know, I want to sell meth,’” said Churchill.

However, prosecutors disagreed, saying that Gartner and Bair masterminded one of the largest and most obscure drug operations that Licking County has ever seen.

They also said the drug-dealing duo wreaked havoc in central Ohio by selling meth for $6,500 per pound.

The scheme was brought to an end by cops after they set up two separate controlled buys at a car wash in Dresden, where the couple were known to meet buyers.

They were taken into custody after the second sting operation.

A subsequent search of their remote farmhouse yielded more than $160,000 in cash, at least five pounds of methamphetamine, 50 pounds of marijuana, hundreds of THC vape pens, several ounces of cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms, two vehicles, four ATV’s and three firearms.

An emotional Churchill pleaded with the judge during Gartner’s sentencing hearing Monday as a good mother, hard worker, and someone who just wanted to do what’s best for her family.

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For the first time we’re seeing the dramatic exchange between Piqua police officer Justin Augustine and a fellow officer, moments after Augustine allegedly crashed his police cruiser while intoxicated. The video from Saturday night at the Piqua police station shows an emotional, tense, and allegedly intoxicated officer Augustine trying to leave and drive home. Earlier in the night the uniformed officer crashed his cruiser into a flatbed trailer; now he was refusing to take a drug and alcohol test. The 9 minute video starts with an unnamed officer entering the station and taking Augustine to the garage. “When you total a vehicle you have to go down to do a drug and alcohol assessment, everyone who wrecks a cruiser has to go down there.” But Augustine refuses. Then this exchange: “I’m done.” “Are you going to go with me to take the test, Augie? You’re refusing it? You don’t want to do that.”

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An Ohio woman who led police on a chase and hit cruisers on a highway outside of Cleveland was sentenced on Wednesday.

Imani C. Edwards, 23, was charged with failure to comply and multiple counts of felonious assault. Newburgh Heights police said Edwards claimed she was late for work.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Michael Shaughnessy sentenced Edwards to four years and nine months in prison. Her license will be suspended for 15 years, and she was ordered to pay more than $26,000 in restitution to Newburgh Heights and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

A state trooper tried to pull over Edwards during rush hour on March 22 for window tint and fictitious registration, but she refused to stop, according to the patrol. Newburgh Heights police officers attempted to help by boxing in the vehicle. Police said Edwards rammed into two cruisers and a patrol SUV.

The chase ended near East 105th Street and St. Clair Avenue in Cleveland when she was forced off the road and hit a utility pole.

“I don’t know what you were thinking,” Shaughnessy said. “At a time when law enforcement is under such scrutiny, your lawyer is right, they showed incredible restraint. And they should be commended. You jeopardized not only their safety – you almost ran over the officer – but the safety of the community and your own safety.”

The incident was captured on dash camera video, which was played in court on Wednesday.

“That’s one of the most egregious videos I’ve ever seen,” Shaughnessy said.

OHIO: Brooke Skylar Richardson cried as the jury handed down a not guilty verdict in the 2017 death of her newborn daughter. The jury found Richardson not guilty of aggravated murder, not guilty of involuntary manslaughter, not guilty of child endangerment and guilty of abuse of a corpse. The jury, comprised of seven women and five men, reached a verdict in less than five hours on Thursday.

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A female inmate being held at the Montgomery County Jail appeared in court Thursday morning, charged with assault and harassment of a corrections officer. Erin Loftus was charged with one count each and pleaded not guilty to the charges. The charges stem from the incident that happened on June 24. According to video that was just released from inside the jail, Loftus was completing an interview with a health employee when a female corrections officer stepped off an elevator to escort her back to her cell.

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KENNEDY HEIGHTS, Ohio (WKRC) – A man accused of firing shots at four people in a Kennedy Heights neighborhood turned himself in. Devonta Allen, 18, faces four counts of felonious assault.

Police say Allen was caught on video chasing after the four people on Tyne Avenue on July 25. He’s accused of firing three shots at the victims, hitting two different vehicles the victims were in. No one was hit.

According to court papers, he can be heard saying “I don’t like white people in my hood” on the video right before firing the shots.

Police say Allen turned himself in Monday night. He had an audiotaped statement admitting to shooting at the victims. However, he said they were armed and fired at him first.

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A Hamilton County grand jury indicted a mother and her dealer this week on charges that they traded an 11-year-old girl for drugs.

Officials say 32-year-old April Corcoran from Pleasant Plain pleaded guilty to rape and human trafficking in June. Prosecutors say she also gave the girl heroin numerous times as a reward and the drug always made her vomit.

Prosecutors say Corcoran would take her daughter to a man in exchange for drugs, leave her with him and return later. Investigators have identified the man as Shandell Willingham. He faces charges of rape, gross sexual imposition and trafficking in persons.

Judge Leslie Ghiz sentenced Corcoran to 51-years-to-life in prison.

The girl’s grandmother spoke out in court according to WKRC saying, “I viewed the tape. I saw my granddaughter. I heard her small voice. It was horrific, very horrific. How could she do this? How could she do this? I don’t know if my granddaughter is going to be able to have a normal life.”

According to Judge Ghiz, the young girl is living out of the state with her father, is said to be suicidal, and on medication.

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Cops raced into action after a man called 911 to report a Cincinnati home had just been broken into back in November. “The house is for sale, but it’s not an open house today. And I just seen two male black subjects force the front door open,” the caller tells the 911 operator in audio that was only just released. Officers responded to the home, where a black realtor was showing a prospective buyer the residence. Footage captured the exchange between the officers and the two men

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MURRAY CITY, Ohio (WCMH) — A man is accused of stealing a piece of construction equipment and using it to flip a vehicle in Ohio. It happened July 6 on Main Street in Murray City. According to the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office, Carl H. Williams, 26, of Glouster, admitted to stealing a front end loader from his employer and using it to flip a car belonging to a female acquaintance. A witness followed Williams as he brought the loader back to Murray Timber and Log Company before running into the woods. Williams was charged with felony theft of a motor vehicle. The sheriff’s office says additional charges for criminal damaging, operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident will be presented to the Hocking County grand jury at a later date

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Dramatic courtroom video shows two brothers in Ohio lungeing at the man convicted of killing their mother. A sentencing hearing was held Thursday for Dale Williams, 62, who had previously pleaded guilty in the shooting death of Elizabeth Pledger-Stewart. Just as the victim’s daughter was about to make a statement, her brothers leapt at Williams in an apparent attempt to attack him.

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Jonathan Robinson, 25, refused to move and could be seen arguing with officer Carl Harmon. The cop had stopped a woman carrying Robinson’s two children, moments before.

In the video Harmon shouts at Robinson to ‘get back!’ after Robinson followed the woman, later identified to be his wife, crossing the road.

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Columbus police released more than 49 minutes of video footage Monday in connection with a Friday encounter in which an officer punched a man who refused to comply with police instructions to stay back from a scene where officers were investigating a report of gunshots.

The video is a compilation of three officers’ body cameras and two cruisers’ video footage showing at least three people taken into custody after a shooting was reported by the ShotSpotter detection system Friday in the 900 block of Heyl Avenue on the South Side. Though the scene is repeated from different angles, the clearest footage of the altercation appears to come at the 22-minute mark.

Jonathan Robinson, 25, refuses to get back and argues with officer Carl Harmon after Harmon stops a woman with two children Robinson later identifies as his kids as they attempt to cross the street toward the house where the investigation is focused.

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Surveillance footage captured the sickening moment a mentally-ill inmate was punched in the head and face at eight times by prison guards who were supposed to be supervising him.

Terrance Debose, 47, could be clearly seen on video strapped to a chair in a small cell in the Cuyahoga County Jail in Cleveland, Ohio.

Corrections Cpl. Nicholas Evans could be seen standing next to the chair and appeared to switch off his body camera before pummeling the face of the inmate.


Corrections Officers Nicholas Evans, left, and Timothy Dugan, right, were seen placing Terrance Debose into a cell while being restrained

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OHIO: A 600 pound cocaine dealer is so obese a makeshift courtroom had to be set up in his ambulance for him to plead guilty in. Kirk Lenell Smith admitted to cocaine trafficking and being a felon in possession of a gun during makeshift hearing. Smith was sentenced to two years in jail. His sentence was agreed on as part of a plea deal struck between him and prosecutors

OHIO: Cuyahoga County officials have released surveillance video that shows now-indicted corrections officers spraying pepper foam on an inmate while she is restrained in a chair.

Clark is accused of using pepper foam on the female in July 2018, while guard Robert Marsh is charged with unlawfully restraining her. Marsh also allegedly struck the inmate.

The incident was caught on the two angles of jail’s surveillance cameras.

The men are two of five corrections officers who were indicted following a lengthy investigation by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

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Body camera footage released by Cleveland police shows the moment a 9-year-old fourth-grade student at St. Francis School was arrested for bringing a gun to school last month.

According to the video, the student grabbed the gun, a .40-caliber semi-automatic Taurus, out of his mother’s closet and brought it to school in a book bag.

Another student whom the 9-year-old showed the gun to at school notified a teacher.

In the video of the incident, the officer asks the boy to turn around, and then he’s placed in handcuffs.

The boy tells his mother that he’s scared.

“You should have been scared touching the gun. You can’t be scared of me, you bringing guns to school,” the officer said.

The boy’s mother asks him if he’s comfortable while he’s sitting there in handcuffs. “No, mommy,” he says.

“It gets better because you go in my car,” the officer tells the boy. “Then you go down to the station with me and then I take you to (detention home). Just so you know, what you did was bad.”

The boy responds, “I’m sorry.”

“Sorry doesn’t cut it,” the officer says.

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Alyssa Zebrasky, 27, was pictured in her third mugshot on Tuesday after she was arrested in Montgomery County, Ohio.

She was booked on a charge out of nearby Mahoning County.

She was taken into custody after trying to steal a bag from a Walmart in Boardman Township.

During a search, police said they found a hypodermic needle, a ‘whitish rock like substance’ and an ‘orange pill’ in containers inside her purse.

Zebrasky admitted to police the drugs were Methamphetamine and a suboxone pill.

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The Windham Board of Education holds a special meeting, voting to take action against it’s own Superintendent who’s accused of having sex with one student, and attempting to have sex with another. The educator also once taught English in Campbell and Western Reserve Schools.

Meanwhile, some parents are concerned that little information was provided by the school district — and they’re worried there may be other victims out there.

At 7:00 AM a special meeting of the Windham Board of Education was called to order. By just one minute after, members of the board had moved behind closed doors and into executive session.

They voted to discuss the employment status of school Superintendent 35-year-old Laura Amero who was recently indicted by a Portage County Grand Jury for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old male student in 2017. She’s also accused of attempting to have sex with another male student while she was the Principal in the district two times between 2015 and 2017 when he was 16 and 17-years-old.

Amero is officially charged with: Two counts each of Sexual Battery and Attempted Sexual Battery and One Count of Intimidation of a Witness.

It took the Board of Education just 13 minutes to emerge and unanimously vote to suspend Amero without pay pending the outcome of her criminal case.

She was previously on paid administrative leave since the start of the investigation and she’s been ordered to have no contact with the victims and to stay away from all juveniles while under indictment.

The President of the School Board says Amero has been the Superintendent since February, and prior to that she has been a Principal in the district since 2015. He says the district had done all the necessary steps to check her background.

Windham Board of Education President Darryl McGuire says, “Of course we did our due diligence. Even when we hired her, we even had a lot of experience with her from 2015 as a Principal. Of course we didn’t see any of that or have any indication of any wrong doing — until the allegations came fourth.”

Dominique Hardwick, the mother of one Windham student says she only heard about the investigation from her son. The school didn’t send anything home until a few days ago.

“I just feel like that was something that we should have been notified about immediately,” Hardwick said.

The mother of three feels the school needs to address what’s happened with all the students.

“It needs to be addressed to make sure there aren’t any other victims,” Hardwick said.

Amero is free on a $350,000 bond, she has previously declined comment and referred us to her attorney who has not responded at this point.

Her next court hearing is set for May 31st.

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A woman who is currently on probation for bestiality has been indicted by a Trumbull County Grand Jury on one charge of robbery.

35-year-old Amber Finney is accused of robbing Chase Bank on West Market Street in Warren back in February.

According to police, the teller informed Finney that she could only dispense $1,000 at a time;

The woman allegedly accepted the money, and then walked out of the bank and made her way to the parking lot, where she was spotted meeting up with a man.

Police officers who were called to the scene were able to track down Finney by following footprints in the snow. She was arrested at a home on Ward Street NW a short time later.

Finney made headlines in 2017 when she pleaded no contest to a charge of bestiality under Ohio’s newly enacted laws criminalizing sex with animals.

The conviction stemmed from a disturbing incident in which Finney, who has three paw prints tattooed on her left shoulder, was caught on video having a sexual encounter with a dog on New Year’s Day.

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An Ohio driver was seen fleeing cops Monday. Police say she told them she was late for work. Imani Edwards was pulled over by Cleveland police for having tinted windows, but then she took off without warning, police say. At one point, video shows cops boxing her in and came out with guns drawn. One officer tried to open her door and she barreled her way through, taking off again. Edwards was then caught racing through a residential area, where authorities tried again to get her to stop.

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After deputies led a shackled Herman See into court Monday, he insulted one of the prosecutors who helped convict him of 22 counts of rape. See then told Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Patrick Dinkelacker that he only bows down to his god. Angela Stites, the mother of two of the victims, was also in court. A jury convicted Stites of four counts of rape. Dinkelacker sentenced her to 86 years in prison. He sentenced See to 221 years behind bars

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When Judge Eugene Lucci revealed the defendant would spend 22 years in prison, Manson Bryant stood up and began shouting. Deputies in the courtroom restrained Bryant and moved him away from the judge, but he continued to yell. That reportedly prompted the judge to later add six more years to his sentence (not caught on video). Bryant will now spend 28 years behind bars