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Another local postal worker accused of stealing gift cards

Published: Thursday, June 01, 2017 @ 7:45 AM

Mail employee suspected of stealing

A Miamisburg postal worker has been indicted for stealing gift cards worth $653, according to documents filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court.

Denise R. Davis, 49, of Dayton, was indicted on four counts of stealing gift cards between July 20, 2015 and July 22, 2016. She was a city mail carrier who started at the office in 2004, according to special agent Scott Balfour of the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General in Cleveland.

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Last fall, this news organization reported that a Miamisburg postal worker was questioned in a criminal investigation and resigned. That worker was not named, but Balfour said Davis’ employment did end in September 2016.

Davis’ case is at least the eighth federal prosecution involving local United States Postal Service employees in the past three years.

WATCH: Video shows postal worker shoving mail down her sweatpants

Davis stole a $30 Kroger gift card, a $313 American Express gift card, a $300 Visa gift card and a $10 Kroger gift card, according to the indictment. The case docket originally listed one count of delay or destruction of mail or newspapers.

No court dates for Davis have been set. Davis’ lawyer, Julius Carter, said he had no comments on pending cases.

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In the other seven local federal cases involving postal workers, most have received probation. Most of the cases have been for stealing gift cards. The exception is Leanna Heskett, who was sentenced in February to five months in prison.

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rose also ordered Heskett to undergo mental health counseling and two years of supervised release, including seven months of home confinement.

Surveillance video obtained by this news organization shows Heskett repeatedly putting packages down her sweatpants.

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The only other local postal worker case that hasn’t concluded is that of former West Carrollton post office worker Laticha Schroyer, who was allegedly seen vacationing and riding amusement park rides after claiming she was too injured to sit, stand or walk for more than five or 10 minutes at a time.

Court documents allege she was seen in airport and amusement park surveillance traveling and riding a ride at Orlando’s Sea World water park.

Schroyer’s trial is scheduled for Aug. 14.

OSP pursuit through Miami, Shelby, Logan counties ends in crash in Sidney

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 7:36 PM

A pursuit that began in Miami County traveled through Shelby and Logan counties before it ended with the suspect crashing on the east end of Sidney.

The pursuit prompted a “Signal 99” in Shelby County, which indicates a need for officer assistance.

The suspect was heading north at speeds around 85 mph at points before turning back south. The crash happened around 7:20 p.m. on Ohio 47 on the east end of Sidney in Shelby County.

The driver was taken from the scene in an ambulance, according to a witness.

We are working to find out what led to the pursuit.

Son charged in father’s death admits heroin run before calling 911

Published: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 6:47 PM

Freddie Green was pressed by prosecutors about his actions during his trial for his father's murder.

An accused killer in court on Tuesday admitted waiting four hours, during which time he drove to Dayton for heroin, before calling 911 for help for the victim, his father.

Freddie Green, 42, took the witness stand during the second day of his trial on murder and felonious assault charges in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

“You had all the time in the world,” Assistant County Prosecutor Steven Knippen said during cross examination. “You let him die on the bedroom floor.”

Green admitted this and driving to the Dayton area for heroin Dec. 2 before calling 911. He said he planned to commit suicide with the drugs.

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Green said he was unsure what to do after shooting his father out of fear he would pull out another gun after they struggled on Dec. 2 in the bedroom of a home they shared in Lebanon.

“My father was known to have multiple weapons,” he said. “The possibility was there.”

A syringe containing the illegal drugs was found in the kitchen when police arrived on Dec. 2 to find Sidney Green, 64, dead in the bedroom from a single gunshot to the back of his head.

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If convicted, Freddie Green faces up to 15 years to life in prison.

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When he did call 911, Green said, “I took it from him. I fired and I shot him,” he said. “I took the gun from him. He said something about grabbing another gun, so I fired.”

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Under questioning Tuesday from lawyer Jeff Richards, Green answered, “Absolutely,” when asked if he still believed he had done the right thing.

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His father was one of six victims of deadly domestic violence in the last half of 2016 in Warren County.

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The jury is expected to begin deliberating on Wednesday.

Jury deliberating in heroin-related murder trial in Warren County

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 11:14 AM

Freddie Green faces up to 15 years to life in prison if convicted of murdering his father.

A jury is deliberating in the murder trial of a Lebanon man accused of killing his father in December in Warren County.

Freddie Green, 42, is accused in the Dec. 2 fatal shooting of his father, Sidney Green, 64, in a rented home they shared in Lebanon.

The jury began deliberations at 10:57 a.m. Wednesday, the third day of the trial in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

On Tuesday while testifying, Green admitted waiting four hours, during which time he drove to Dayton for heroin, before calling 911 for help for his father.

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Green said he planned to commit suicide with the drugs.

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Green said he was unsure what to do after shooting his father out of fear he would pull out another gun after they struggled in the bedroom of a duplex in Lebanon.

A syringe containing the illegal drugs was found in the kitchen when police arrived to find Sidney Green dead in the bedroom from a single gunshot to the back of his head.

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Green is charged with murder and felonious assault.

If convicted, he faces as much as 15 years to life in prison.

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His father was one of six victims of deadly domestic violence in the last half of 2016 in Warren County.

Dayton man to serve 15 years in Verizon store robberies

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 4:43 PM


            Andre Wright
Andre Wright

Andre Wright, 37, of Dayton is to serve 15 years in prison for robbing Verizon stores in Germantown and Deerfield Twp. in 2016.

Wright pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of robbery and two counts of kidnapping, according to a release from the Warren County prosecutor’s office.

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On June 24, Wright and a co-defendant, entered a Verizon store in Germantown with a toy gun.

They assaulted the clerk, tied him up in the rear bathroom, and stole 30 cell phones, iPads and other electronic equipment, according to

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On July 3, Wright and the co-defendant robbed a Verizon store in Deerfield Township, again using a toy gun, assaulting the clerk, tying him up with a power cord in the rear bathroom. In this case, they stole cash, 14 cell phones, and other electronic devices.

The co-defendant, James Shell of Germantown, was identified from video surveillance at the stores and confessed to the crimes, according to the prosecutor’s office.

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Wright is to serve 15 years in prison and pay more than $20,000 in restitution to the stores.

Shell was sentenced in October to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay restitution, according to state prison records.