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January 12, 2021 (513)732-7648
On 1-11-21 at 9:24pm, the Clermont County Communications Center received a 911 call from a resident of an apartment located at 28 Church St. in Batavia Township, reporting a female subject was lying unresponsive inside of the apartment. Central Joint EMS and deputies from the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and located the female subject inside of an apartment deceased. Detectives and the Crime Scene Unit from the Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and met with the Clermont County Coroner’s Office, who pronounced the female deceased at 11:42pm.
The cause of death is unknown at this time. The deceased was transported to the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.
The identification of the deceased has not been confirmed.
Arrests Made: Update
Clermont County Sheriff Robert S. Leahy reports that an arrests has been made in connection with the death investigation on Church St. in Batavia Township Clermont County.
Detectives from the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, have charged Kilo Nigel “Mike” Moton , age 51, for his involvement in the death of the female at 28 Church St in Batavia Township, which is believed to have occurred Saturday January 9, 2021 at their residence located at 28 Church St. The female in question has been positively identified by the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office as Mary Megan Applegate, age 36.
Moton is the father of Applegate’s two children, however the two were not married. “Moton is truly the worst of the worst. To violently murder the mother of one’s children, is simply unimaginable.” Sheriff Robert S. Leahy
Kilo Nigel “Mike” Moton has been charged with one count of Murder, a felony of the first degree. Moton was taken into custody without incident at 5:33pm by Hamilton County law enforcement agencies on his outstanding warrant from Springfield Township Police Department.
Moton was transported to the Hamilton County Justice Center where he is being held without bond.
Moton will appear for his arraignment at the Hamilton County Justice Center on January 13th 2021 at 9am.
This investigation will be reviewed in its entirety with the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office and presented to the Grand Jury for consideration of additional charges.
The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all of the law enforcement agencies in Hamilton County who participated in the expedited capture of Moton.
Any additional enquiries related to this incident should be directed to the Clermont County Prosecutor’s at 513-732-7313
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. CONTACT: Chief Deputy Chris Stratton Tuesday, December 22, 2020. (513)732-7648
Clermont County man indicted for Murder in recent death of a child
On December 22, 2020 the Clermont County Grand Jury returned an indictment on Joshua L. McClanahan of Pierce Township for one count of Murder, an unclassified felony. Thisindictment stems from a felonious assault investigation involving a 1 year old child, which occurred in June of 2010 at 7 Lori Lane, Amelia Ohio 45102. The incident resulted in a multi-jurisdictional investigation which included Amelia and Pierce Township Police , the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation & Identification. Attending physicians at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital determined that the child’s injuries were consistent with “Shaken Baby Syndrome,” which McClanahan eventually confessed to detectives. McClanahan was indicted on June 23, 2010 for one count of Felonious Assault and Endangering Children both felonies of the second degree. McClanahan entered a plea of guilty to felonious assault on December 22, 2010 and was sentenced by Judge Victor Haddad to eight year prison, the maximum of term allowed. McClanahan was released on May 19, 2018 on post release control. At the time of sentencing the prosecution reserved the right to bring additional charges in the event of the child’s death.
Over the course of ten years following the assault, the child required constant care, and endured over twenty extensive medical procedures. On November 25, 2020 the now 11 year old male passed away at his home, which is located in the 1600 block of Ohio Pike, Pierce Township, Clermont County.
The child’s death was determined by Clermont County Coroner, Dr. Brian Treon, to be a direct result of medical problems stemming from the original injuries he sustained in 2010.
McClanahan was arrested on the indictment and is currently being held in the Clermont County Jail without bond. He will appear before Judge Anthony Brock for an arraignment hearing at 10 am on Wednesday December 23, 2020 in Clermont County Common Pleas Court
Any additional inquires about this investigation should be directed to the Clermont County Prosecutors Office at (513) 732-7313.
Joshua Lee McClanahan 35yo
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Sunday, December 13, 2020 CONTACT: Chief Deputy Chris Stratton
On 12/13/20, at 1:06pm the Clermont County Communications Center received a 911 call reporting a tree trimming accident had occurred in the 400 block of SR 222 in Franklin Township. Felicity-Franklin Fire & EMS along with Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene.
Upon arrival, Felicity- Franklin Fire/EMS personnel made contact with George Shelton Jr. who was attempting to retract a man lift/bucket that his father was inside of when a tree reportedly fell onto the bucket. Upon arrival, Sheriff’s Deputies identified the male in the lift bucket as George Steven Shelton, age 67 of Felicity. George Shelton was helping his son trim and remove a number of trees from the property on SR 222. Shelton was operating a Genie man lift in order to cut sections from the top of trees, allowing them to drop the ground. While cutting top sections of a tree, a tree trunk, approximately 10 feet in length, fell landing on Shelton while he was in the bucket of the man lift. Shelton was approximately 50ft off the ground at the time at the incident.
Felicity Fire Department personnel were unable to get the lift to retract down far enough to remove Shelton from the bucket. Bethel-Tate Fire Department responded with a tower truck and safely removed Shelton from the lift, in order to begin life saving measures.
AirCare was requested at the scene by EMS and arrived at 1:34pm. AirCare continued with life saving measures, however were unable revive Shelton. The AirCare doctor on the scene pronounced Shelton dead at 2:15pm. The Clermont County Sheriff’s Investigative Unit responded to process scene and interview witnesses. The Clermont County Coroner’s Investigator responded to the scene and the body of George Steven Shelton was released to the Mcintyre Funeral Home in Felicity.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Chief Deputy Chris Stratton
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 (513)732-7648
UPDATE: Chad Willhoff is now in custody 11/12/2020 1435hrs
On November 10, 2020 the Clermont County Grand Jury indicted Chad Willhoff, age 41 of Milford, on five counts of Gross Sexual Imposition, each felonies of the third degree and one count of Rape, a felony of the first degree. The alleged offenses occurred between 1994 and 1996 while Willhoff was a juvenile. Willhoff and the male victim were neighbors during that timeframe and the offenses occurred in the 200 block of East Plane St. in the Village of Bethel.
A release was made earlier this year, July 16, 2020, when a Clermont County Grand Jury indicted Wilhoff, on six counts of Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor; three counts of Sexual Battery; and one Count of Gross Sexual Imposition, all felonies of the third degree. Those alleged offenses occurred between 2003 and 2008 while Wilhoff was employed by Bethel-Tate High School as a coach of girls soccer, girls track, girls basketball, and boys track.
Willhoff turned himself in at the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office on July 16, 2020.
On July 17, 2020 Willhoff was given a $75,000 O/R Bond and was released from the Clermont County Jail
A Warrant on Indictment for the arrest of Chad Willhoff was issued on his new charges on November 10, 2020. Willhoff remains at large.
If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Willhoff, you are encouraged contact the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office at 513-732-7510 or your local law enforcement.
Any additional inquiries about this indictment or investigation should be directed to the Clermont County Prosecutors Office at 732-7313.
The photo below is Chad Willhoff’s booking photo from July 16, 2020
Chad Willhoff, age 41
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 7/28/2020
Clermont County Grand Jury indicts Jacob Bumpass in connection with 2010 Covington Kentucky Missing Persons Paige Johnson
On March 22, 2020 the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office was contacted about a human skull being located by an individual looking for deer sheds in a wooded area of Williamsburg Township, Clermont County (OH). Subsequently, an extensive search of the area was conducted and additional human remains were located over a three day period. The skull was collected and sent to the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office for examination and identification. Using a Forensic Dental Consultant, the remains were positively identified as Paige Johnson, a 17 year old female reported missing to the Covington (KY) Police Department on September 23, 2010.
On July 28, 2020 the investigation was presented to the Clermont County Grand Jury and an indictment was returned against Jacob Bumpass for one count of Abuse of a Corpse, a felony of the fifth degree, and one count of Tampering with Evidence, a felony of the third degree.
Jacob Bumpass was taken into custody without incident on a traffic stop at 12:58 pm in Hamilton County Ohio. Bumpass is currently being transported to the Clermont County Jail.
“Working on the original search at East Fork Lake in 2010, and following this case for 10 grueling years, I am thankful that my Office was able to work in conjunction with the Covington Police Department to bring Bumpass to justice. It is my sincere hope that this helps bring a sense of closure to the family of Paige Johnson.” Sheriff Robert S. Leahy
Bumpass is currently being held in the Clermont County Jail without bond. He will appear before Judge Anthony Brock for an arraignment hearing at 10 am on Wednesday July 29, 2020 in Clermont County Common Pleas Court
A press conference will be held at the Kenton County Administration Building, located at 1840 Simon Kenton Way, Covington, KY 41011, today at 3:30pm.
Bumpass arrived and was processed into the Clermont County Jail at 2:15pm today.
Jacob Thomas Bumpass 32yo