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.

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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.

Warren County couple being held on bond in woman’s slaying

Published: Monday, September 18, 2017 @ 5:29 PM
Updated: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 12:33 PM

Christopher and Jacqueline Kirby
WARREN COUNTY JAIL
Christopher and Jacqueline Kirby(WARREN COUNTY JAIL)

A Warren County couple has been arraigned in connection with the killing of a South Lebanon woman on Friday.

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Bond for Christopher G. Kirby, 38, and Jaqueline R. Kirby, 30, was set at $250,000 during hearings Tuesday in Warren County Court.

They are both charged with murder, attempted murder and two counts of aggravated robbery.

The deceased was identified on Monday as Deborah Power, 63, of South Lebanon.

Power apparently died of blunt force trauma, but tests are pending, according to Doyle Burke, chief investigator for the Warren County Coroner’s Office.

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About 11 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15, deputies responded to a 911 call of a person in need of help at 59 W. Broadway in South Lebanon. The Kirbys both lived at this residence.

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After “rendering aid” to a unidentified man who lives there, deputies found the body of Power, who also lived there.

The unidentified man is still in critical condition and being treated at a local hospital, according to a press release issued Monday by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

The Kirbys are scheduled to return Friday to the county court.

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Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact the sheriff’s office at 513-695-2525.

Brother one of two charged in South Lebanon murder

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 6:55 PM

Christopher and Jacqueline Kirby
WARREN COUNTY JAIL
Christopher and Jacqueline Kirby(WARREN COUNTY JAIL)

A Warren County couple remained in the Warren County Jail on Tuesday, charged with murdering a relative on Friday in South Lebanon.

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Christopher Kirby and Jaqueline R. Kirby, 30, who are married, both are charged with murder, attempted murder and two counts of aggravated robbery in the case.

Deborah Power, 63, of South Lebanon was found under a blanket and “cold to the touch with blood underneath” by sheriff’s deputies called to a home at 59 W. Broadway in South Lebanon just before midnight Friday, according to a search warrant filed in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

Her husband, Ronnie Power, remained in critical condition on Tuesday, according to WCPO-TV.

Deborah Power’s parents adopted Christopher Kirby, 38, Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell told WCPO.

“Our two defendants were interested in taking some property basically for the purposes of buying drugs ultimately went in and beat our female victim to death, beat our male victim to the point to where he’s in very very critical condition and obviously we’re hopeful that he’ll survive these injuries but it’s still looking pretty dire,” Fornshell told WCPO on Tuesday.

Also Tuesday, Warren County Judge Gary Loxley set bond for the Kirbys at $250,000 each during hearings in Warren County Court.

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The case began at 11:50 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, when an 8-year-old boy called 911, according to Fornshell.

Deputies responded to the residence - where the Kirbys also lived, according to earlier reports - to find Ronnie Power bleeding from the head.

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After “rendering aid” to him, deputies found the body of Deborah Powers, who also lived there, according to a press release issued Monday by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

Deborah Power apparently died of blunt force trauma, but tests are pending, according to Doyle Burke, chief investigator for the Warren County Coroner’s Office.

Ronnie Power’s truck was found the next day at the West Chester Hospital, where he was taken for treatment.

Investigators suspect the Kirbys traveled to the hospital in the truck. They seized clothing and the passenger side seatbelt and took swabs from the truck, according to the search warrant inventory.

The Kirbys are scheduled to return to the county court at 3 p.m., Friday.

Father high on heroin pushes son in stroller down 7-foot hill, police say

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 6:30 PM

Police say Charles Brookbank was high on heroin while with his 5-year-old son, putting him in danger.
Butler City Police Department
Police say Charles Brookbank was high on heroin while with his 5-year-old son, putting him in danger.(Butler City Police Department)

A Butler, Pennsylvania, father was arrested and jailed Sunday after he was accused of putting his 5-year-old in son danger.

He allegedly pushed his son, who was in a stroller, over a 7-foot hill while high on heroin, according to the Butler City Police Department.

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Butler police said Charles Brookbank had his son strapped into the stroller. He had visitation with his son that day.

Detectives said that while he was walking with the stroller, Brookbank ran into telephone poles, bushes and stopped to buy heroin before taking the drug.

Multiple people said they saw the erratic behavior.

“He even left the child at a busy intersection at a stop sign for a while,” Butler City Deputy Police Chief Dave Adam said.

Police said that as they arrived on the scene, Brookbank was overdosing. He lost his footing, fell on top of the baby stroller and plummeted down a hill. 

Police said the boy was taken to the hospital to be checked out. He is OK and back with his mother.

“It’s the kids, it's the families, this is what heroin does,” Adam said. “These are the victims.”

Gun range suit: Vandalia cop ‘retreated’ as bullets whizzed overhead

Published: Monday, September 11, 2017 @ 12:25 PM
Updated: Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 3:36 PM

Vandalia homeowner says bullets from nearby shooting range ending up on his property

A Vandalia police officer “retreated behind” his cruiser when responding to a call last week over errant bullets from the Miami Valley Shooting Grounds landing on a neighboring business’ property, according to a police report.

The officer’s superior said it “was obvious … that the shooters were a threat to public safety and not in compliance with the permit” the police chief issued in 2007, according to the report.

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Vandalia police responded Sept. 7 to the Miami Valley Shooting Range after neighbor Jamie Spencer told officers bullets were being fired onto the property of a business on the 7300 block of Johnson Station.

Spencer filed a lawsuit against the range and its owner, Dana Tackett, the next day.

The officer that responded to the neighboring business said he had to retreat behind his cruiser when a bullet came too close, and his supervisor said the pair “heard several rounds whiz by us while we were up there.”

“We both knew it was not safe where we were, so we went back down the hill,” wrote Sgt. Todd Flynn.

According to the police report, the permit issued to the shooting grounds restricts shooters to firing “in a direction from east to west perpendicular to and using as a backstop the 50 foot hill on the western edge of the property.” But the officer on scene saw “at least six people shooting in a southbound direction” and “another range facing northbound with people shooting northbound too.”

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Tackett told police “I did not know they were shooting from these ranges back here,” and said he would cease fire until the range issues are resolved with the city, according to the report.

Spencer’s lawsuit alleges bullets from the outdoor shooting range are landing on his property.

“It’s a terrible feeling,” Spencer said in an interview. “When you hear it whistle over you, you know it must be close.”

Spencer’s ranch is located at 7848 Brown School Road. The gun range, located on two parcels — 7771 and 7751 Cassel Road, with a mailing address of 7751 Johnson Station Road — is separated from the ranch by railroad tracks.

Spencer asks the court to stop the shooting grounds from operating the gun range until the range can demonstrate to the court the range “can and will be maintained and operated such that bullets do not exit the” range property.

Spencer also requests the range pay him $25,000 “or an amount to be determined at trial, including attorney’s fees and ‘clean-up’ costs…,” according to the lawsuit.

Tackett said he believes Spencer is framing him, and there is no way bullets from his range could end up on Spencer’s ranch. He declined further comment.

The standoff between the neighbors has brewed for months, according to public records obtained by this news organization, including eight 911 calls since September 2016.

“This is going to be a long-term battle with them,” Spencer told a 911 dispatcher in March.

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Last month, Spencer was trespassed from the shooting grounds, according to police records. Several days later, on Aug. 27, Spencer again reported an issue where a woman on his property heard “whistling through the trees above her,” according to the records. The Vandalia officer then went to the shooting grounds.

“I went to the rifle range area, where every booth was filled with somebody shooting,” the officer wrote. “I then asked everybody in the booths where the range officer is. Multiple people told me there is none and said he left a few minutes ago.” An employee at the range told the officer the problem would be “addressed immediately,” the officer wrote.