Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:16 AM EDT2014-08-20 10:16:37 GMT
Palestinian militants are firing rockets from Gaza and Israel is launching airstrikes following the end of a cease-fire and the collapse of talks aimed at a lasting truce.Full Story >
Palestinian militants launched dozens of rockets and Israel responded with airstrikes on Wednesday after Egyptian efforts to mediate a lasting truce in the monthlong Gaza war collapsed in a hail of fire a day earlier.Full Story >
A former teaching assistant with Northwest Local School District pleaded guilty to one count of sexual battery Wednesday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court.
Brandon Lampley, 28, had sexual conduct with a 16-year-old Northwest High School student on Feb. 12 at the Colerain Township school, the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office has said. When the girl was not in her assigned classroom at a particular time during the school day, the school began an investigation.
Lampley resigned from his job shortly after the allegations surfaced.
Lampley faces a maximum of five years in prison for the charge which is a third degree felony. Sentencing is May 30.
Outside of court, attorney Christopher McDowell said by pleading, his client saves the victim the trauma of having to appear before a grand jury.
"He's very remorseful (and) very sorry for what has occurred here," McDowell said. "This is an aberration for him. It's not something that he's ever done before or since."
Stacey DeGraffenreid, an assistant Hamilton County prosecutor, said outside of court, that Lampley and the victim first met back in possibly January or before then. The sexual conduct happened in a training area that's not opened during the school day.
DeGraffenreid said Lampley and the victim had a previous sexual encounter at the school possibly 10 days before the Feb. 12 incident but prosecutors didn't charge him for that previous incident as part of Lampley pleading.
DeGraffenreid said Lampley and the victim exchanged more than 700 text messages during a short period. Lampley later told the victim to delete the messages and both of them did do that. Colerain Township Police recovered some of the messages but it was not clear how many they found.
Prosecutors will ask that Lampley serve prison time.
"We take this as a very serious matter," she said.
McDowell anticipates Lampley will serve some jail time, noting that Judge Ralph Winkler ordered him jailed without bond on Wednesday.
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Tuesday, August 19 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-08-19 22:22:05 GMT
Lyndi Trischler has a passion for police work. She became a Florence Police officer in February 2012. Last year, she welcomed her first daughter and a few months later became pregnant with her firstFull Story >
Lyndi Trischler has a passion for police work. That's why she became a Florence Police officer in 2012. Now, she says, she is forced to choose between her job and her family.Full Story >
You may be a hot mess after reading some of these cray new words added to the Oxford Online Dictionary. While some of the new words are pretty amazeballs, others have us scratching our heads. Britain'sFull Story >
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Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:47 AM EDT2014-08-20 04:47:23 GMT
The nation's largest private prison company, Corrections Corp. of America, has paid more than $8 million in back wages and benefits to current and former employees guarding federal inmates at a prison in...Full Story >
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