Centerville officers acted in defense when shooting teen last month

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 1:59 PM

A Montgomery County grand jury returned a no true bill for two Centerville police officers that shot a teen in early February.

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The grand jury heard evidence and testimony and found the officers “acted in self-defense as well as defense of others,” according to a release from Prosecutor Mat Heck.

A 15-year-old male was by Centerville officers Feb. 2 behind the Centerville Police Department. The teen sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

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“The two Centerville officers observed the teenager remove what they believed was a handgun from his waistband and point it at them,” a media release reads. “Due to the serious and imminent threat, the officers discharged their duty weapons.”

It was later discovered the pistol was an air gun that resembled an actual firearm. 

Suspect in fatal police chase crash begs deputies ‘Kill me’

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 2:30 PM

The suspect in Monday’s fatal police-involved pursuit crash that killed another person on North Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp. told deputies immediately after, “Kill me, please kill me.”

Jordan Harville, 24, of Clayton, told Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies that he was “a dope fiend” and asked, “… you think I give a (expletive) about my life?”

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Harville was arrested after the crash that killed Anthony Hufford, 28, after police said the stolen Ford F250 pickup Harville stole in Miami County struck Hufford’s Honda Accord.

Harville had his bond set at $75,000 in Troy Municipal Court, and officials said more charges are coming for the pursuit and crash.

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Harville also had been wanted on a warrant from Montgomery County Common Pleas Court case in which he didn’t report on probation after he received intervention in lieu of a conviction for a low-level felony case for breaking and entering a barn.

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Deputies’ reports said that after Harville exited the pickup that had flipped, he jumped from the bed of the truck and tried to run through a parking lot. Deputies apprehended Harville, who had blood on his hands and nose from the crash.

Deputies wrote that Harville was belligerent and didn’t comply with orders, so they used force to secure him in a Miami County deputy’s cruiser.

Harville screamed “my (expletive) life is ruined,” a deputy wrote.

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At one point, emergency personnel asked Harville what he had taken. Harville told the medic he was drunk, according to the incident report.

“He would slide completely off the seat and be unresponsive, and then wake up. He then stated he used heroin,” a deputy wrote.

Harville told the sheriff’s deputy he used heroin during the police pursuit.

Police: Bus driver set to take kids on field trip was high on marijuana

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 4:37 PM

Police in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, arrested Ali Mahfuz, 63, on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.
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Authorities arrested a school bus driver Tuesday after he allegedly drove a bus while high on marijuana.

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Officers were called Tuesday morning to Chelmsford High School in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, after students reported smelling a strange odor on the school bus they had boarded for a field trip. The students notified a teacher, who contacted the Chelmsford Police Department. The students were taken off the bus.

Officers determined that the bus driver, 63-year-old Ali Mahfuz, was high on marijuana. Mahfuz was charged with operating under the influence of drugs, operating negligently as to endanger and reckless endangerment.

Before arriving at Chelmsford High School, Mahfuz drove a route for Greater Lowell Technical High School in Tyngsborough.

Mahfuz is employed by North Reading Transportation Inc. The company is cooperating with the investigation.

Chelmsford police Chief James Spinney praised the students for speaking up.

"I cannot overstate the role played by the students today in ensuring their safety on the roads," Spinney said. "They knew something was not right, and they spoke up right away, alerting school administrators. I commend these students for their role in stopping a dangerous situation from unfolding."

Mahfuz is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday in Lowell District Court.

Court date pushed back for West Liberty school shooting suspect

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 3:16 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 3:17 PM

A competency hearing for the 17-year-old suspect in the West Liberty-Salem High School shooting has been pushed back.

Ely Serna was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning but that hearing has been moved to April 7, the Champaign County Juvenile Court said in a statement.

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The new date was set at the agreement of counsel, Champaign County Prosecutor Kevin Talebi said, to allow for more hearing time.

The competency hearing is to determine whether Serna can understand court proceedings and if he will be able to assist in his own defense, the Springfield News-Sun previously reported.

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Serna has been accused of shooting two students and firing several shotgun shots in a restroom and hallway of West Liberty-Salem High School on Jan. 20.

He faces numerous charges, including two counts of attempted murder; three counts of felonious assault; six counts of improperly discharging a firearm; and single counts of inducing panic and illegal conveyance of a deadly weapon in a school, according to the county prosecutor’s office.

Prosecutors are seeking to try Serna as an adult.

He was taken into custody the morning of the shooting and has been held in a juvenile detention center since then.

Logan Cole was shot in the chest and back. He has returned to school part-time. His marked his 17th birthday last week.

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His father, Ryan Cole, wished him well on Facebook for his birthday.

“Your heart of compassion for others and kind hearted spirit is an example to me,” Ryan Cole said. “I could not be prouder of how you have allowed God to work through your life these past number of months.”

Tenn. couple arrested for allegedly attempting to sell baby on Craigslist

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 9:36 AM

A Tennessee couple is in police custody after they attempted to sell their 5-month-old baby online. 

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John David Cain, 26, and Deanna Lynn Greer, 37, placed an ad on Craigslist, where they listed their infant for sale for $3,000, WATE reported on Saturday, citing the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

The couple was detained by state agents during a sting operation that ended Friday when Cain and Greer attempted to exchange the baby for cash with state agents.

Cain and Greer were arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect or endangerment.

They are both being held on a $150,000 bond.

The baby is currently in state custody, according to WATE.

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