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Published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 3:57 PM
Updated: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 6:00 PM
— A Clark County man accused of planting a camera in a couple’s bedroom to watch them while they were undressed was sentenced Wednesday.
Theodore Galbreath, 64, pleaded guilty to voyeurism in August after a woman found the camera hidden in her bedroom in December.
Galbreath had a chance to withdraw his guilty plea Wednesday because the court did not inform him about sexual offender registration. He was labeled a Tier I offender, which means he must resister his address once a year with his county sheriff’s office for the next 15 years. He chose to keep his guilty plea.
His defense attorney Amanda J. Lantz asked for no jail time but for community service or fines. He has already been sentenced, she said.
“Immediately, he and his wife engaged in family counseling, marital counseling and personal private counseling sessions. He’s learned through counseling he has an addiction that’s been unaddressed for decades,” Lantz said.
Galbreath has taken many steps since being confronted with the camera, Lantz said. His daily electronic usage has been monitored. He still travels to Cincinnati for counseling and also pays for the victims’ counseling.
Clark County Municipal Court Judge Denise Moody said that even though there’s no history of this behavior, what Galbreath shared in the pre-sentencing report concerned the court.
The judge sentenced Galbreath to 90 days in jail with 60 days suspended and a $750 fine and court costs. Moody also ordered him not to have contact with the victims, to have no similar offenses and to register as a Tier I sex offender.
Galbreath’s defense attorney requested to schedule a time for him to report to jail so he could say goodbye to his family but was denied.
He was taken into custody shortly after his sentencing and was booked into the Clark County Jail at 10:15 a.m., online jail records show.
Both the prosecutor and defense attorney declined to comment about the case and sentencing.
A Springfield resident was shocked to hear about the voyeurism charge Wednesday. He believes Galbreath’s sentencing isn’t long enough.
“You don’t go putting cameras in people’s bedrooms and stuff and watching them,” John Layne, said.
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Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 6:37 PM
TROY — A Michigan man who led state troopers on a 55-mile chase from Piqua to Allen County in November was sentenced Monday in Miami County Common Pleas Court to 30 months in prison.
David Nehmer, 27, of Paw Paw, Michigan, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer and six months in jail for driving while under the influence. The sentences will be served concurrently in the penitentiary. Nehmer’s driver’s license was also suspended for five years.
Nehmer was arrested in the early morning hours on Interstate 75 near Bluffton. The pursuit began in Piqua after troopers received a report of a vehicle driving on its rims.
The pursuit of Nehmer — wanted on warrants out of Michigan — included speeds of more than 120 mph, troopers said.
Janna Parker, an assistant county prosecutor, said Nehmer was on parole in Michigan at the time of the chase that included what she called “insanely fast speeds” on tire rims. She said Nehmer put not only himself but multiple police officers and countless motorists at risk.
Judge Christopher Gee sentenced Nehmer, calling the pursuit “a horrific and very dangerous chase.” Gee said Nehmer was fortunate no one, including him, was injured.
“This kind of behavior cannot be condoned in any way,” Gee said.
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Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 5:57 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 6:30 PM
CLARK COUNTY, Ohio — The Clark County Sheriff’s Office says a woman’s 3-month-old daughter who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in 1984 was buried in the wrong grave at a family plot in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Bethel Twp.
Connie Rosellen told News Center 7 she discovered the mistake after the death of her stepfather. During his burial, cemetery officials reportedly struck her daughter’s casket and broke it.
Rosellen said she called deputies last week after arriving at the cemetery for her daughter’s disinterment and reburial and allegedly found the baby’s remains in what she described as a shallow grave, covered only by the blanket she was buried with, a tarp and and a plywood board.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office says multiple deputies responded to the cemetery but they didn’t open a criminal case. According to their initial investigation, the cemetery followed all legal procedures.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 9:44 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 11:58 AM
— A wrongful death civil lawsuit has been filed in the October Moraine police officer-involved fatal shooting of a Dayton man.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court by the estate of Jamarco McShann alleges a conspiracy and misconduct involving several Moraine police officers.
“Defendant Officers John Howard, Jerry Knight, Michael Cornely, Justin Eller, Brian O’Neal, and unnamed officers willfully and maliciously shot Jamarco Dewayne McShann to death, and/or failed to intervene to prevent the use of deadly force against him despite the duty and the opportunity to do so,” the lawsuit states.
On Wednesday, the attorneys that filed the suit had a press conference that included other community activists and mothers of other Ohio men who have been shot and killed by police.
“Jamarco McShann’s rights were violated,” said attorney Andrew Stroth, who filed the lawsuit. “He was unjustifiably shot and killed. There was no provocation. There was no threat of danger. The officers shot and killed him through the back of his vehicle. And the lawsuit outlines the allegations.”
Rev. Jerome McCorry, president and CEO of the National Congress on Faith & Social Justice, said: "We will fight for justice until justice is done.” Attorneys for the family also said it was “unacceptable” that the officers who fired their guns were back on full duty.
“The City of Moraine does not comment on pending litigation,” read a statement made Wednesday by Moraine law director Buzz Portune, “but is satisfied that all actions taken by its Division of Police and officers involved in the matter were fully compliant with all applicable law enforcement standards and appropriate under the circumstances.”
“The defendant officers otherwise acted both willfully, wantonly, recklessly, negligently, intentionally, and with malice and willful indifference in committing the acts alleged in this complaint, which resulted in the wrongful death of Jamarco McShann,” according to the suit.
The 23-year-old McShann, died from “multiple shotgun and gunshot wounds” after a confrontation with Moraine officers John Howard and Jerry Knight in the early-morning hours of Oct. 20, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation oversaw a probe into the matter at the request of the Moraine Police Division. That has been forwarded to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 3:26 PM
TROY — A Piqua man pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony rape in a case heard in Miami County Common Pleas Court.
Dylan Cost, 21, initially faced one count of rape for alleged sexual conduct with a person under age 13, in August in Piqua. As part of a plea deal, that charge will be dismissed.
The new charge does not specify the age of the victim and carries a shorter potential sentence. He could receive up to 11 years in prison at sentencing April 30. The original charge carried a possible life sentence.
Judge Jeannine Pratt found Cost guilty and ordered a pre-sentence investigation.
He will be classified as a Tier III sex offender at sentencing. The designation will require him to register his address at the sheriff’s office in the county where he lives every 90 days for the rest of his life after prison release.