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Fairmont fired 2 connected to Stivers teacher indicted for pandering

Published: Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 12:00 AM


            John S. Findley
John S. Findley

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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This news organization has asked Dayton Public Schools for public records related to Findley’s alleged communications involving minors.

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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.

Thief unwittingly leaves wallet, photo ID at crime scene

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 11:00 PM

A thief unwittingly turned himself in after leaving his wallet behind after leaving a Dayton store.

Police said they were dispatched to Dollar General on 2312 N. Main St. in Dayton around 8 a.m. Saturday, and found a wallet left behind by one of the suspects. Police found several items with the suspect’s name on them, including a photo ID. 

The second suspect was identified as a heavyset man between 30 and 40, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt. The suspect ran away on foot south through the nearby alley, appearing to have several items hidden under his sweatshirt. 

According to reports, police found hangers with five children’s outfits near the wallet, as well as three packs of Ivory soap and a Halloween mask.

Dayton K-9 unit searching for armed robbery suspect

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 9:32 AM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 10:31 AM

UPDATE @ 10:32 a.m.

Police continue to search for the suspect in a reported armed robbery at a Dayton Dollar General Saturday morning.

Dispatchers said police have yet to find a person matching the description of the suspect.

INITIAL REPORT

Dayton police are searching for a man who reportedly robbed a South Gettysburg business at gunpoint Saturday morning, according to dispatchers. 

Crews were dispatched to the Dollar General at 888 South Gettysburg Avenue around 9:12 on a reported armed robbery. 

Initial reports indicate a man in a black ball cap robbed the store and left on foot in an unknown direction. 

Dispatchers reported police are using a K-9 unit to search for the suspect in the area. 

We will continue to follow updates in this developing story.

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Florida man arrested after bombs, ammo, school maps found in home

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:55 PM

Bombs, Ammo, School Maps Found In Florida Home, Man Arrested

A Florida man was arrested after homemade bombs, an AK-47 assault rifle, ammunition and school maps were discovered inside his bedroom. 

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said in a news conference Thursday that deputies were set to search the home Randall Drake, 24, of Dunedin, Florida, shared with his parents for a child pornography investigation.

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During a search of Drake’s bedroom on Wednesday, authorities said detectives found explosives and numerous firearms in a locked closet, The Associated Press reported.

The weapons included the following:

  • An AK-47 rifle with a 60-round clip
  • A .308-caliber rifle
  • A .50-caliber pistol
  • A 12-gauge shotgun
  • Numerous other handguns
  • About 15 knives
  • A baseball bat with protruding nails in it 
  • A crossbow
  • Brass knuckles
  • A container of gunpowder
  • More than 2,300 rounds of ammunition
  • Three incendiary devices
  • A homemade silencer
  • Tactical vests

Detectives also said they found a map and aerial images of an elementary and middle school in Tampa, Florida, as well as the Hillsborough County Water Treatment Plant. According to deputies, journals and a handwritten letter that talked about revenge were also discovered.

In this undated photo released by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, a weapons cache is shown in the home of Randall Drake.(Pinellas County Sheriff's Office via AP/AP)

Gualtieri said his office is trying to figure out why Drake had the incendiary devices and what he was going to do with them.

Drake has since posted $20,000 bond. He faces two charges of unlawfully making, possessing or attempting to make a destructive device.

Dayton thief drops T-bone steaks down his shorts

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 4:37 AM

Police are searching for a man who dropped three T-bone steaks down his shorts.

Officers were dispatched at 8:40 p.m. Friday to Groceryland, 1451 Troy St. in Dayton to a report of a theft.

The store manager told police he was walking down the meat aisle when he became suspicious by the behavior of a man talking to another customer. The manager later saw the man run out the front entrance. He ran after him, but lost sight of him after he went behind the store, according to a Dayton police report.

The manager showed police surveillance video footage, which shows the thief grab three T-bone steaks, which each cost between $10 and $20. Then, in a different aisle, the suspect places the steaks down his shorts, the report stated.

No arrests have been made.