Death in Butler County Jail ruled suicide

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 1:11 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 2:58 PM


            Samantha Young. Photo contributed from Butler County Sheriff’s Office
Samantha Young. Photo contributed from Butler County Sheriff’s Office

UPDATE @ 2:20 p.m.:

A Cincinnati woman’s death in the county jail has been ruled a suicide by the Butler County Coroner’s Office.

Samantha Young, 21, died from hanging on Tuesday in the Hanover Street facility, according to coroner’s office release.

The incident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office.

“This is a tragedy. Our condolences go out to the family,” said Lt. Rick Bucheit.

INITIAL REPORT

A woman was found dead Tuesday in Butler County Jail, the sheriff’s office said in a release.

Sheriff’s Office Major Mike Craft said the death is under investigation as a suicide.

The 21-year-old female inmate, Samantha Young of Cincinnati, was found dead in her cell, according to the sheriff’s office.

At approximately 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, a corrections officer discovered Young unresponsive with a bed sheet tied around her neck and her knees bent. Corrections officers got Young down and started CPR until medical staff arrived.

Despite efforts, Young was pronounced dead at the jail by coroner’s office staff.

The sheriff’s and coroner’s offices continue to investigate the incident. Officials say there is no indication of foul play.

Young was booked into jail Jan. 14 for a probation violation.

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Man accused of sex assault at Clark County Humane Society sentenced

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 10:08 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 11:23 AM

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A man accused of sexual misconduct with an underage girl at the Humane Society Serving Clark County was sentenced to four years in prison.

Demetrice Green, 36, was sentenced by Clark County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard O’Neill on Feb. 12. Green entered an Alford plea to a charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. An Alford plea means he didn’t admit to the crime but accepts its punishment.

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Green will have to register as a tier two sex offender once he is released from prison, according to the judgment entry filed in the case.

Green was originally charged with three counts of rape, four counts of unlawful sexual conduct and one count of gross sexual imposition. The plea document says that the prosecutor’s office dismissed the remaining counts because Green pleaded.

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A Clark County Sheriff’s Office affidavit says Green, an employee at the animal shelter, and the victim carried on the relationship for about three years.

“A forensic interview of the victim was conducted at our Child Advocacy Center,” Detective Debra Strileckyj wrote. “Juvenile victim disclosed numerous sex acts had occurred with … Green at a location in Clark County where the defendant was an employee.”

The affidavit says the encounters happened between January 2013 and the summer of 2016.

Green entered his plea to the court on Oct. 4, according to court records.

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O’Neill took many factors into consideration when deciding the sentence, including oral statements, the seriousness and recidivism factors, he wrote in a judgment entry of conviction.

“The court is guided by the overriding purposes of felony sentencing, including protection of the public from future crime by the offender and punishment of the offender,” O’Neill says in the entry.

A prison sentence is justice, O’Neill said.

“The court further finds that a combination of community control sanctions would demean the seriousness of the defendant’s conduct and its impact on the victim,” the entry says.

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6-year-old boy, 3 family members shot outside Texas steakhouse

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 11:06 AM

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Police are investigating after a 6-year-old boy and three of his family members were shot Sunday evening in the parking lot of a Texas Roadhouse steakhouse in San Antonio.

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Police Chief William McManus said Sunday that the shooting, which happened as people were waiting outside the restaurant to eat, left the 6-year-old with a gunshot wound to his leg. Police said two of the boy’s three injured family members, all adults in their 20s, were hospitalized Sunday in critical but stable condition.

The shooting happened around 8:40 p.m. outside the Texas Roadhouse steakhouse on Cinema Ridge, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

“We do not believe that this shooting is random,” McManus said. “There were a number of people that were standing (outside the restaurant). All the people that were hit were from the same family.”

The gunman, who has not been identified, fired about 10 shots at the family within 15 feet of the front of Texas Roadhouse, the Express-News reported. He was masked at the time of the shooting, according to the newspaper.

Police continue to investigate the attack.

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Police: Middletown man died after being punched and falling off stage at bar

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 2:29 PM

John Fugate was a popular musician in Middletown

The Middletown music community is mourning the loss of one of its members.

John Fugate, 46, a musician who booked bands at the Old Crow Bar on Jackson Lane, died Saturday morning after an incident in the bar, according to Middletown police and friends.

Fugate allegedly was punched while he was standing on stage around 1 a.m. Saturday, said Maj. Scott Reeve from the Middletown Division of Police. Fugate fell backward off the stage and hit his head on the concrete floor, Reeve said. He was transported to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where he died, police said.

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Reeve said police know who allegedly punched Fugate, but no charges have been filed. After the investigation is complete, the facts will be presented to the Butler County Grand Jury for consideration, Reeve said.

The bar posted on its Facebook page Saturday that the death of Fugate is a “devastating loss.”

Fugate had worked as a route driver for 13 years at Bonbright Distributors, said Bill Manley, vice president of operations. He said Fugate was a reliable employee. His delivery route included Hamilton and Middletown, Manley said.

He called Fugate’s death “unbelievable” and “tragic.”.

“I can’t get over it,” said Manley, his voice cracking.

Fugate had volunteered at the Old Crow since its former stage manager, John Howard, died from lung cancer last year, friends said.

Another friend, Chris Lester, owner of Lester’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Shop on Central Avenue, said he had known Fugate for about 30 years. Fugate was a frequent customer, Lester said.

Fugate’s death was “a tragic loss,” said Lester, who called Fugate a great father. “I’m heart-broken for them all.”

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Springboro teacher’s son appeals conviction in drug case

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 11:34 AM


            Warren County Juvenile Court Judge Joe Kirby’s conviction of a Springboro boy in a drug case involving his mother, a teacher in Springboro, has been appealed to the Ohio Twelfth District Court of Appeals. STAFF/LAWRENCE BUDD
Warren County Juvenile Court Judge Joe Kirby’s conviction of a Springboro boy in a drug case involving his mother, a teacher in Springboro, has been appealed to the Ohio Twelfth District Court of Appeals. STAFF/LAWRENCE BUDD

The teen son of Springboro teacher Amy Panzeca has appealed his juvenile court conviction in their drug case to the Twelfth District Court.

In December, her son, now 16, was sentenced to 30 more days in the local detention center as part of his sentence in Warren County Juvenile Court. He had pleaded no contest to charges of trafficking in drugs and possession of controlled substances.

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He was also ordered to complete an in-patient treatment program, placed on probation, possibly until he turns 21, and fined $250.

He was accused of selling drugs to students at Springboro High School, including LSD allegedly purchased with Bitcoin, an on-line currency that his mother purchased for him with a credit or debit card.

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Before the no-contest plea, his lawyer Kevin Hughes urged Judge Joe Kirby to suppress statements made to police and agents of the Warren County Drug Task Force and a search warrant supporting a raid of the Panzeca home in Settler’s Walk planned community.

Copies of both motions are included with the appeal filed with the court.

The charge came after a raid last May of the Panzeca home in the Settler’s Walk planned community in Springboro, culminating an investigation in which kids were questioned after being stopped by police after leaving the home.

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Amy Panzeca, 48, is pressing for the identity of confidential informants in her case and suppression of statements to police. A suppression hearing is scheduled for Feb. 28 in court in Lebanon.

No dates have been set yet in her son’s appeal in the state appeals court in Middletown.

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