Despite pleas, Lebanon student held for polygraph in school threat case

Published: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 5:24 PM

Warren County Judge Joe Kirby ordered a 14-year-old Hamilton Twp. boy accused of inducing panic, making false alarms and intimidation of a witness in a school threat case at Little Miami High School in the days following the fatal school shooting in Parkland, Fla. to remain in custody and undergo a mental health evaluation and submit to a polygraph before being released.Staff photo by Lawrence Budd
Staff Writer
Warren County Judge Joe Kirby ordered a 14-year-old Hamilton Twp. boy accused of inducing panic, making false alarms and intimidation of a witness in a school threat case at Little Miami High School in the days following the fatal school shooting in Parkland, Fla. to remain in custody and undergo a mental health evaluation and submit to a polygraph before being released.Staff photo by Lawrence Budd(Staff Writer)

A Lebanon High School student accused of making a threat against his school in the days after the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, will remain in the Warren County Detention Center, at least until he completes a polygraph test.

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Judge Joe Kirby ordered the 17-year-old boy who has already served 11 days in detention to stay in detention, despite appeals for his release in a courtroom gallery filled with family, friends and supporters.

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It was the second time on Wednesday during hearings in Warren County Juvenile Court that Kirby made this ruling in hopes of gauging whether the boys were joking or could carry out threats. The other case involved a 14-year-old from the Little Miami Schools.

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“Until I have that, I cannot take the chance and release him,” Kirby said in declining to free the Lebanon boy.

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In the Lebanon case, the student is charged with inducing panic by texting, “THAT’S IT IM GONNA SHOOT UP A SCHOOL I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE” to friends on Feb. 15.

His lawyer, Ed Perry, said the school board had voted not to expel the boy, making it possible for him to return to school on Monday.

But Kirby said this anticipated the boy attending the alternative school, rather than regular classes, at the high school.

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In both cases Wednesday, no hearing was scheduled to reconsider detention until the polygraphs and — in the Little Miami case — a mental exam is completed.

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Prosecutor: Mason dad abused ‘fussy’ infant

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 2:49 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 3:32 PM

Mason dad facing child endangering charges

A Mason father is facing felony charges after allegedly causing his baby girl serious physical harm.

Jason Bittner, 33, was indicted Monday by a Warren County grand jury for felonious assault and child endangering.

Bittner’s wife took their 3-month-old daughter to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center last month with traumatic brain injuries and 29 rib fractures in various stages of healing, according to Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell.

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Doctors were told the injuries were the result of an accident, but that story is not consistent with the infant’s injuries, Fornshell said.

“The defendant knew the child had been injured on Feb. 26, but sought no medical treatment despite knowing about the head injury,” Fornshell said.

Bittner was resentful the infant, his second child, was a girl and not a boy, according to the prosecutor. But he also was intolerant of a fussy infant, Fornshell told this news outlet.

“There was underlying resentment over (the sex of the child), but his temper over the fussing may have had more to do with it,” Fornshell said.

Bittner told Mason police detectives the infant fell off a couch while in a “baby bouncer type seat” without a harness, according to a search warrant to seize Bittner’s cellphone. The incident occurred while he was alone in the house with his children after his wife went to work.

“Jason Bittner left the infant on the couch unattended with a 2-year-old sibling and went to the lower level basement of the house,” police said Bittner told them. He was away from the children for 20 to 30 minutes before returning upstairs.

“Jason Bittner advised that when he arrived upstairs he observed his infant daughter face down on the wood laminate floor with the baby bouncer seat resting over her back. Jason Bittner describes his daughter as having convulsions while lying on the floor,” detectives stated in the court documents.

Bittner said he observed a dark spot under the child’s eyes when he picked her up, but did not seek medical treatment, according to the court documents.

“Jason Bittner sent a text message to his wife that the infant had scratched herself with her fingernails causing the bruising to the eye and did not tell his wife of the infant’s fall,” according to court documents.

It was not until 48 hours later after the child was running a fever that the mother took the baby to the hospital.

“The infant’s mother had no knowledge of the fall and had suggested the baby be taken to the doctor, but was convinced by Jason Bittner that the symptoms were from cold of flu and to try treatments at home,” according to court documents.

Bittner’s attorney said there are two sides to every story and his client is presumed innocent.

“The facts will come out in court at the appropriate time,” defense attorney Steven Adams said after Bittner’s arraignment Wednesday in court, where he entered not guilty pleas to all three charges. “I just ask everyone to pray for this family. It is a very stressful ordeal, but keep an open mind because medical professionals, they can get it wrong sometimes.”

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Bittner, a chiropractor, was arrested Friday at his office in West Chester Twp., according to Warren County Jail booking records.

He spent the weekend in the county jail. During his arraignment Wednesday, Warren County Common Pleas Judge Timothy Tepe set bond at $25,000 with a 10 percent rule.

Adams told this news outlet after the arraignment that the baby is recovering well.

“I have seen pictures of her. She is doing quite well. She is smiling,” Adams said. “The community is behind Jason and his family and the child and the whole family. They are praying for this child and the whole family.”

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West Carrollton cruiser struck during traffic stop, driver arrested

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 3:24 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 9:40 AM

CRUISER CAM: West Carrollton cruiser struck by vehicle during traffic stop, driver arrested

A woman accused of hitting a West Carrollton police cruiser, while the officer was on a separate traffic stop, was arrested on suspicion of OVI after her vehicle was stopped on Interstate 75 Friday morning, according to jail records and police.

Stephanie Dye, 47, was booked into the Montgomery County Jail following the incident on the highway around 2:45 a.m. in the area of Interstate 75 and Interstate 675.

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Police said they had pulled over a vehicle for a speed violation and as the officer was handling that traffic stop, Dye allegedly struck the stopped West Carrollton cruiser. 

The officer left the original traffic stop and was able to stop Dye’s vehicle a short time later without incident, investigators said.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was called to assist with the crash investigation involving the cruiser.

No injuries were reported.

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Tipp City: Middle school student made threats against 2 adults, building

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 5:08 PM

The Tipp City Exempted Village Schools said Thursday that a middle school student faces misdemeanor charges including aggravated menacing and disorderly conduct after he allegedly made written comments threatening intent to harm two adults within the building and to cause building destruction. 

Tipp City police were notified and are investigating the incident. There were no injuries. 

“The Tipp City Police Department does not deem the student to be an immediate threat to students, staff, or the community,” Superintendent Gretta Kumpf said in a written statement.

Kumpf said the district emphasized the police were confident there is no additional threat of harm from the incident. She said the student will remain out of school during the investigation. 

Police said the threats were found in a classroom, turned over to administrators and a suspect identified. The juvenile admitted to writing the threats, police stated.

Police said charges were filed after contact with Miami County prosecutors. The student is charged with two counts of aggravated menacing and one count of disorderly conduct.

The student, a boy, is with parents but that could change, police said Thursday evening.

Parents were notified of the threats via a phone call, Liz Robbins, district community relations director, said.

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Ex-Springfield schools ‘tech guy’ accused of inappropriately touching students

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:05 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 1:05 PM

Ex-Springfield schools ??€˜tech guy??€™ accused of inappropriately touching students

A former Springfield City Schools technology employee is charged after multiple female students at the district accused him of inappropriately touching them, according to court documents.

Jordan Pennington, 33, is charged with gross sexual imposition, according to court documents.

One child victim “had reported that while she was in her classroom, the ‘Tech Guy’ who helps with laptops placed his hand on her back and lowered it to the top of her butt and that she moved before he could touch her entire butt,” court records showed.

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A second child reported Pennington touch the side of her breast over her clothes at the school and at the STEM Nights on “numerous occasions,” records indicated.

“Upon learning of the allegations, the District immediately placed the employee on paid administrative leave and conducted a formal investigation into these concerns,” Springfield City School said in a prepared statement.  “The employee in question is no longer employed with the Springfield City School District.”

The incidents were reported to have happened in January and February at Warder Park-Wayne Elementary School, according to a police report.

The district said Pennington resigned prior to a scheduled termination hearing.

Records indicated that some of the incidents reported were witnessed and numerous children were interviewed as part of the investigation.

Pennington is not currently in the Clark County Jail.

We’ve reached out to Pennington for comment, but have not heard back.

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