Council works to wrap up 2015

Five Bellefontaine City Council members met Tuesday as part of a schedule change to wrap up necessary ordinances before year end while avoiding a Christmas week meeting and to clear the way for renovations to the council chambers.

  • Written by JOEL E. MAST

Pilkington wants case moved and new prosecutor



Attorneys for Brittany Pilkington filed 50 motions Nov. 25 asking in part to move her trial, eliminate the possibility of a death sentence and to remove the Logan County Prosecutor’s Office from her capital murder case.

  • Written by JOEL E. MAST

Stapleton bond set at $1 million

URBANA — A Champaign County Municipal Court judge set Michael Stapleton’s bond at $1 million last week.

Stapleton was arraigned on charges of murder and felonious assault in connection to the Nov. 29 death of Brett Jaynes, 4. He did not enter a plea and was appointed an attorney.

Previous story — Man arrested, charged with murder in 4-year-old's death



URBANA — A North Lewisburg man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the death of 4-year-old Brett Jaynes, deputies of the Champaign County Sheriff's Office report.

Michael C. R. Stapleton, 25, has been charged with murder and felonious assault following the North Lewisburg boy's death Sunday evening at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus.

The Champaign County Prosecutor's Office and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are assisting deputies with the investigation.

The Franklin County Coroner's Office is expected to perform an autopsy on the boy this week.

The suspect was lodged in the Tri-County Regional Jail.


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Authorities investigate 4-year-old boy's death

NORTH LEWISBURG — Deputies of the Champaign County Sheriff's Office are investigating the death of a 4-year-old North Lewisburg boy.

Deputies responded about 1:30 p.m. Sunday to a report of an unresponsive child in a home in the 200 block of Gunn Street in the village.

The boy was taken to a Union County hospital before being flown by medical helicopter to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus.

He was pronounced dead around 7 p.m, deputies said.

Northeast Champaign County Fire and EMS Department also responded to the scene.

Authorities have not released the child's identity.


Woman transported from Quincy crash


Mary T. Robinson, 54, of 107 N. Miami St., Quincy, was transported by Rosewood squad to Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney for non-incapacitating injuries sustained in a crash Tuesday afternoon.