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Police: Tips from the community lead to arrests

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FAIRFIELD, Ohio - Fairfield police say tips from community members led to arrests in the city's fourth homicide of 2012. The city has been constantly working all leads in the other three cases, but needs that one credible tip to crack each case.

"We had credible information called in yesterday, early afternoon," said Fairfield Police Department Community Affairs Officer Doug Day. "Some things that we knew that only people involved would know. They led us in the right direction and everything fell into place so far."

That tip led to the arrest of three suspects Monday afternoon in connection with a deadly home invasion over the weekend in Fairfield. The three suspects went before a judge on Tuesday and a fourth suspect turned himself into authorities while his alleged accomplices were in court.

The Chelsea Johnson case of the 15-year-old girl found dead in a creek bed in mid April has been turned over the to prosecutors office. Day says investigators still need tips to help cooperate some collected evidence. He said it that someone knows what that is, but may believe the information is meaningless.

The cases of 19-year-old Joseph Oakley who was found shot in the same creek Johnson was discovered and 29-year-old Damien Taylor who was found dead in March. Day said these cases are almost finished, but police need some tips.

"We'll get it done.  We'll solve them," said Day. "It's just going to take us a little while."

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