Fairfield police investigate alleged social media threat about high school

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 11:12 AM

This is the post on the Fairfield City School District’s website about the alleged social media threat made regarding the high school.
This is the post on the Fairfield City School District’s website about the alleged social media threat made regarding the high school.

The Fairfield Police Department is investigating an alleged social media threat made concerning the Fairfield High School, but investigators doubt its credibility.

Police were contacted around 8 p.m. on Wednesday regarding the alleged threat, and Fairfield posted about it on Twitter at 9:25 p.m. Wednesday.

“We don’t have anything else at this time,” said Fairfield Police spokesman Officer Doug Day. “They don’t believe it to be credible. They don’t know if the person is lying, or why they’re lying.”

The complaint was made to the Fairfield High School school resource officer by an adult.

“There’s a kid involved, but what they’re involvement is we don’t know at this time,” Day said. “Fingers are being pointed.”

Fairfield High School officials posted on the district’s website they “will continue to work with law enforcement and post updates as we receive them.”

This is the latest report of a school threat at an area high school. Since February, there have been at least six other threats made concerning or at a local school. Some of those making threats have been charged.

The school district posted the text of a pair of all-call messages sent to parents of the school district from Fairfield High School Principal William Rice. The text of the first call was posted on the district’s Facebook page at 3:49 p.m.

“…[W]e received an anonymous phone call to the front office that a student was in the lower parking lot with a BB gun,” Rice said in the call. “We immediately contacted local law enforcement who responded and investigated. We also reviewed our security camera footage that covers the lot. No person was found and nothing out of the ordinary was seen on camera.”

A second call was sent out, and posted on the district’s Facebook page at 8:30 p.m., to “address rumors on social media of a threat having to do with a perceived walk out on March 14.”

“First, your son and/or daughters’ safety is our first priority,” Rice said in the second call. “Rather than a walk out on March 14, administration and student leaders have been working on a plan for how to safely and properly allow for student voices to be heard.”

The high school on Friday will post on the district’s website an overview of activities in the school for March 14 to remember the 17 lives lost in the Parkland, Florida shooting.

“This is another reminder that as a community when we see or hear things that raise concern it is our duty to report them to school administration or law enforcement,” Rice said.

There were 17 students and school staff killed on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Students returned to the school two weeks later.


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Police: 2 suspected metal thieves caught red-handed at Hewitt Soap Factory

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 11:17 PM

Jacob Schiessler, left, and Scott Schiessler
Jacob Schiessler, left, and Scott Schiessler(MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL)

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A Tipp City man told police he was nearly run over this evening after he tried to confront two suspected metal thieves.

The 56-year-old man dialed 911 to report a theft in progress around 5 p.m. at the old Hewitt Soap Factory, 300 Linden Ave.

He said he was on his way home from work when he saw a red pickup truck on the property. He walked up to the truck to get its license plate number when he spotted a man later identified as Jacob Schiessler come out of a vacant building, and saw another man, later identified as Scott Schiessler, load metal into the bed of the pickup, according to a Dayton police report.

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The man said when he confronted the men about the theft, Jacob Schiessler threatened him and he backed away at the urging of the 911 operator.

Then, he said Jacob Schiessler got into the driver’s seat of the pickup, accelerated and tried to run him owner. The victim said he was able to run out of the way to avoid being struck, the report stated.

Police found the pickup at First Street Recycling, 1400 E. First St.

The victim identified Jacob and Scott Schiessler as the men involved in the incident at the Linden Avenue site, the report stated. 

Firefighters continues to douse the hot spots of the old Hewitt Soap Factory fire that erupted early Friday morning.

Both men were booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of felony breaking and entering, and Jacob Schiessler also faces a felonious assault charge. They are due to be arraigned Friday afternoon in Dayton Municipal Court, online jail records show.

The old Hewitt Soap Factory ceased operation in 2004. It had a massive fire Dec. 22, 2016, that destroyed a building at the facility constructed in 1897. A second large fire erupted Nov. 10, 2017, this time at a three-story building on the site’s northern side.

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‘I’ll bite your nose off and spit it in your face,’ man tells cop during arrest

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 10:12 PM

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A 56-year-old man pinched a Dayton officer and threatened to bite him tonight during his arrest, according to a Dayton police report.

Officers on patrol reported finding Martin Eugene Flemings around 7:20 p.m. inside a garage that was boarded up by the city at 22 W. Hudson Ave.

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According to the report, Flemings, who was possibly intoxicated, became belligerent after he found out his lighter shaped like a handgun would be placed in the property room. He began yelling and told an officer: “I’ll bite your nose off and spit it in your face,” the report stated.

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Flemings then reached back and pinched the officer in the right thigh, according to the report.

Flemings was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of menacing, resisting arrest and illegal entry into a nuisance premises. He also had a warrant for failing to appear on a drug possession charge, records show.

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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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John Crawford shooting: Beavercreek wants separate trial from Walmart

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 10:57 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 10:57 AM

John Crawford shooting: Beavercreek wants separate trial from Walmart

The wrongful death civil rights lawsuit brought by John Crawford III’s parents against Beavercreek and Walmart has been scheduled for a February 2019 trial date, according to federal court records.

But the case could be split into two trials, if a federal judge grants a motion from the city of Beavercreek to separate the defendants.

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Dayton’s U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice scheduled the trial for Feb. 4, 2019 — a day shy of 4½ years after Crawford, 22, of Fairfield, was shot and killed by Beavercreek police officer Sean Williams in Walmart.

Beavercreek police responded after lone 911 caller Ronald Ritchie said he saw a black man carrying a rifle and waving it at people, including children. Police said Crawford, who was on his cell phone, didn’t respond to requests by Williams and Sgt. David Darkow to drop the item — a realistic-looking BB/pellet rifle he picked up from an open box in the store.

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Crawford’s attorneys said Crawford had less than a second to hear and respond to anything officers said. Williams was cleared by a Greene County special grand jury in September 2014, and a federal investigation ended in 2017 without criminal charges.

Beavercreek attorneys filed a motion to split the case. They argued that the Beavercreek defendants are facing civil rights allegations such as excessive force, the police department’s supervision, training and control of its officers in circumstances requiring the use of force.

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The Beavercreek attorneys said the Walmart defendants face state law claims involving issues of negligence and premises liability concerning the packaging, storage, shelving and safeguarding of pellet rifles.

“Due to the vastly different sets of facts supporting the claims against these sets of Defendants,” Beavercreek attorneys wrote, “severance of the claims and separate trials are appropriate.”

Rice has not ruled on the motion.

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