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Police Beat (02/27/15)

Officers respond to domestic violence complaint

At 12:37 a.m. on Feb 23, an officer responded to 222 N. Elm St. on a report of domestic violence. On arrival, the officer met with the victim who advised that her husband had assaulted her, taken her money and identification and left the home shortly before the police arrived on scene. As the victim spoke to the officer about the assault, the officer noticed one side of her hair was a completely different color than the other side. Upon further inspection, the officer realized the discoloration was actually a result of her head being covered in blood. The officer observed an approximated two-inch laceration on the side of her head along with a swollen lip and several other lacerations on the victim's face. He radioed for a squad to come and further evaluate the victim's injuries. Everything the officer observed was consistent with wounds from an assault. The victim advised that she and her husband had been arguing about circumstances she could no longer recall when he began striking her in the head and face with a closed fist. Oxford paramedics arrived on the scene and the victim agreed to be transported to McCullough-Hyde hospital for treatment. The officers on the case located the victim's husband at his mother's house in Hamilton at which point he was transported to Butler County Jail. He was charged with Domestic Violence.

Coffee shop burglary, iPad, cash missing

At 6:58 a.m. on Feb. 23, officers were dispatched to the Oxford Coffee Company at 21 Lynn Ave. in reference to a burglary. Both owners reported to officers that they had arrived to work at approximately 6:30 a.m. at which point they found the cash register had been forced open and change and cash were missing. Also missing was an Apple iPad. According to the owners, the cash register drawer had been locked prior to the incident and there was now noticeable damage to the drawer. There was no forced entry observed to the store. Both the front and rear doors of the store were locked. The burglary appeared to have occurred between 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 and 6:30 a.m. on Feb. 23. The investigation is ongoing.

Fraternity house vandalized

On Feb. 24, the Oxford Fire Department responded to a call from 310 Tallawanda St., the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house, in reference to a fire alarm. When the officer arrived he found a group of males standing on the south side of the house. One of the males showed to officer two windows that had been broken and said he could hear water flowing from inside the house in the kitchen. The broken windows led into the kitchen, but the kitchen remained locked at all times and no one had the key. They had closed the kitchen this semester due to lack of funds to keep a chef on staff. He could not give a time frame on how long the window had been broken because no one used the kitchen and no one walks past it. The fire department had to force entry into the kitchen because no one had the key. The officers found a water pipe that had been ruptured due to the frigid temperatures in the kitchen. Upon further investigation, the officers came to the conclusion that the window had been forcibly broken a day or two prior to the pipe bursting. The fire department was able to shut off the power to the house, which forced the residents to move out temporarily. The officer located a broken bud light bottle underneath one of the windows, which presumably had been used to break the window.