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Published: Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 12:00 AM
Two Kettering Fairmont High School part-time employees were dismissed in June when the district’s superintendent found out about their connection to the Stivers High School drama teacher who is facing charges of pandering obscenity involving a minor.
Former Dayton Public Schools employee John S. Findley, 34, has been indicted on seven counts of pandering obscenity of a minor or pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor from November 2015 until August 2016.
The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office and Findley’s attorney have said the alleged victim was not a Stivers student. Prosecutors said Findley was charged for having pictures of a juvenile that were found on his phone.
Findley has a hearing Nov. 1 in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court to challenge the way investigators obtained some evidence, according to Findley’s attorneys.
Prosecutors said Findley is free on a $100,000 bond and is required to have electronic monitoring of his whereabouts.
Findley was placed on paid leave from Dayton Public Schools April 18, according to district records. David Romick, president of the teachers union at Dayton Public Schools, said Findley’s discipline process had not gone far when Findley resigned July 9. Findley was indicted Aug. 29.
In late June, Fairmont Superintendent Scott Inskeep fired two employees — who are not being named because they haven’t been criminally charged — after speaking to Dayton police about this case, a school district spokesman said this week. The two were employed part-time in non-teaching and non-coaching roles.
“Scott was contacted by a detective who provided him with information about an investigation involving Mr. Findley and made him aware of his associations (with the employees),” Fairmont school district spokeswoman Kari Basson wrote in an email.
“Due to the nature of the investigation, the decision was made to not renew the supplemental contracts of (the men). Supplemental contracts are all non-renewed each school year and these individuals were not offered new supplemental contracts for the 2017-18 school year.”
Findley never worked for Kettering’s school district, according to Basson. The two fired Kettering employees’ personnel files didn’t include a termination letter.
Kettering police public information officer John Jung said that department has had only brief contact with both men. Prosecutor’s office spokesman Greg Flannagan said the two men do not have current criminal cases against them.
Basson wrote that it was Inskeep’s understanding “that this is an ongoing investigation involving Mr. Findley, so he prefers not to comment any further on anything that might pertain to the investigation.”
This news organization has asked Dayton Public Schools for public records related to Findley’s alleged communications involving minors.
The mandatory reporting requirement for employees in any official capacity who suspect possible child abuse or neglect extends to many professionals, including all school district employees.
Dayton police have asked anyone with relevant information to call Sgt. Gary Lowe at (937) 333-1132.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 10:17 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 4:42 PM
LEBANON — UPDATED @ 4:30 p.m
Warren County Judge Joe Kirby ordered a 14-year-old Hamilton Twp. boy to remain in custody and undergo an assessment following a hearing Tuesday. The boy is accused of inducing panic, making false alarms and intimidation of a witness after a Snapchat of him holding a realistic toy gun to a friend’s head left other students worried he would bring a gun to school at Little Miami High School.
A Lebanon High School student will remain in the Warren County Detention Center for assessment in a school threat case.
This afternoon, Judge Joe Kirby flashed a newspaper headline reporting that more than 400 people had been shot in 200 school shootings before issuing the order to the boy, 17, of Turtlecreek Twp., who has already served four days in detention since he surrendered to authorities on Friday.
He 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.
This case stems from an incident reported on Friday night by Lebanon City Schools involving a student threatening a student in another district using social media.
Another juvenile who attended Little Miami High School is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. hearing on charges including inducing panic and intimidation of a witness in the court in Lebanon, according to court officials.
“You could not not pick a worse offense,” Kirby said, noting the text was sent the day after the school shooting sin Parkland, Fla.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 12:19 PM
DAYTON — A sneaky new scam involving tax refunds is growing, and it means you need to keep a close eye on your bank account.
There are several variations of the scam: unexpected refund deposits to your bank account using compromised bank routing information, suspicious paper checks coming in the mail and, in one case reported in Maryland, it appeared a fraudulent refund check had been deposited using a smartphone.
According to the IRS, the victim will then receive a call or recorded message saying they need to return the funds to a collection agency-which is actually the scam account.
If you pay the scammers, you will get a double whammy hit to your bank account when the IRS or your bank realize that the deposit was bogus and withdraws the funds.
The number of victims jumped from a few hundred to a few thousand in just days, after more tax practitioner data breaches, according to the IRS.
The IRS has these recommendations to avoid getting scammed:
If you notice a suspicious deposit, contact your bank to have the money returned to the IRS and call the IRS at 800-829-1040.
If you receive a paper check, write “void” in the endorsement field on the back and return it to the location printed on the check.
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 5:00 AM
HAMILTON — This will be the year, predicts Police Chief Craig Bucheit, that Hamilton decides whether to equip its police officers with body cameras that record the actions of the law enforcement officers and those they are arresting.
The city recently performed a test and evaluation of its fourth body-cam vendor.
“I would expect that we’re going to get to a decision point this year, in 2018,” Bucheit said.
Hamilton is taking its time because the decision is one that can lock a government into a relationship with a vendor for many years, partly because the companies are responsible for storing the video for long periods of time.
“It really is a huge decision in terms of taxpayer dollars, resources and the allocation of that,” Bucheit said. “So it’s a decision we want to make sure we’re getting right. There’s still a lot of uncertainty around the technology, in terms of best practices and how the hardware, the cameras themselves, are utilized – when you’re recording, when you’re not, how to store that, how do you manage that.
“What are the costs on the back end? Not just the up-front costs in terms of the hardware, but what are the costs on the back end to store, to maintain that (for years to come).”
Across the county, West Chester Township and Oxford are the latest agencies to begin using such cameras.
When using body cameras, “You’re creating potentially hundreds of thousands of hours of records that have to be maintained,” Bucheit said. “So what does that look like? How many people (on staff) does that take? What are the personnel expenses that are associated with that storage?”
Also, he said, there are decisions to make about what videos should be released to the public, the media, and others.
Some early studies found the cameras led to fewer complaints against police and fewer instances of police misconduct, but Bucheit said, “there are studies out there that show that net benefit is a much smaller margin than was initially reported.”
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:12 PM
The names of the two men found shot to death Monday in a Harrison Twp. car dealership have been released, but their autopsies are still pending.
The men, reportedly friends, were officially identified Tuesday as Buck-I Auto Sales owner Frank D. Buck, 71, and Lester Golson, 59, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
Deputies said they do not believe anyone else was involved in the shooting deaths, but declined to provide many additional details.
Buck’s daughter, who said Tuesday that funeral services are pending, expressed love for her father and compassion for the Golson family.
“My father was a loving man would do anything in the world for just about anybody, he was loved by a lot he was always smiling, laughing, and joking around,” said Candace Buck. “My condolences are with the Golson family during this very hard time.”
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Candace Buck said Golson was a family friend who had purchased vehicles at the business before.
A woman who tried to get into the business Monday and saw one man point a gun at another then called 911 to report that she saw people get into a “tussle” before she heard three gunshots.
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In the sometimes frantic 6-minute call at 1:22 p.m., the woman said, “I was trying to get to my car and get to the phone to call the police then I heard gunshots.”
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office incident report listed the call as a homicide with an investigation pending. Other than that, it gave few clues as to detective’s theories.
The report’s narrative read: “On Monday, February 1, 2018, Deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to 2801 North Dixie Drive in Harrison Township in reference to a shooting.”
Deputies had not commented on the relationship between Buck and Golson. Neither had felony records in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.
Kyle Phillips of Huber Heights watched Monday as police worked the scene. He said he shopped for a car at the dealership several years ago.
Phillips said word of two deaths was “crazy” but that gunfire in the Northridge area — where he used to live — was not surprising to him.
The sheriff’s office said people in the North Dixie area shouldn’t worry about suspects.
“I don’t believe that there’s anybody that we need to worry about right now,” Capt. Jeremy Roy said. “We think it was contained right here.”
Police have not released how many weapons were found at the scene or if the bullets found in the deceased’s bodies match the weapon or weapons found.
Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rob Streck said Tuesday there was no new information available and that detectives are chasing down leads.