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Fugitive wanted from November shooting in Dayton arrested

Published: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 @ 3:37 PM

The U.S. Marshal’s Office announced today the arrest of a man who was wanted in a November shooting on Germantown Street.

Isaiah Tucker, 20, was arrested Tuesday morning and is being held in the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of felonious assault and weapons violations.

Tucker was wanted by Dayton police for allegedly firing a weapon from a vehicle on Nov. 25, according to the release. The shooting is believed to be an act of retaliation for Tucker’s friend who was previously shot and killed, according to the release.

Tucker was tracked down by Dayton police and the U.S. Marshal’s Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team to an address in the 1700 block of Germantown Street, according to the release.

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Middle school teacher resigns amid student sexual battery allegation

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 11:50 AM
Updated: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 5:22 PM

A veteran Miamisburg Middle School teacher resigned amid an allegation of sexual battery involving a student, according to the district.

The resignation of the unidentified woman came Wednesday, district Superintendent David Vail said, a day before Miami Twp. police began investigating a sexual offense at school on Miamisburg Springboro Pike, records show.

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Vail declined to confirm the name of the teacher, but said she had taught in the district for nine years. The superintendent said he first became aware of the allegations Tuesday morning, just prior to the start of the last day of school for students.

“Once we became aware ... the central office and human resources became involved,” Vail said.

He said “our investigation did not allege any sexual conduct.” But Vail said that the issue involved “some action that warranted further investigation,” and a decision was reached “that it was in her best interest to resign.”

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That occurred Wednesday, the last day for teachers, Vail said.

A sexual battery complaint report filed Thursday, and “we are cooperating fully with authorities,” Vail said.

“Because of the nature of the investigation, there’s a lot I’m not at liberty to discuss at this time,” he said.

This news organization has requested a copy of the former teacher’s personnel file and resignation letter.

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Police on Friday acknowledged the allegations, but declined to comment further. A police record the department released Friday indicates the initial report of the allegations came in about 7:20 a.m. Tuesday.

It lists “sexual offense” as the nature of the call and “sexual battery” as the description of the offense. Additional police reports were requested by this news organization. Authorities declined to release those documents, citing the ongoing investigation.

Cincinnati police: Runaway may be headed to Dayton

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 10:09 PM

Kelssie Campbell (Cincinnati Police Department)

Cincinnati police put out an alert today that a runaway juvenile could be headed to the Dayton area.

Police said Kelssie Campbell, 17, left the Girls Stay Center youth home and has yet to return. 

Campbell, described as standing 5 feet, 5 inches with black eyes and hair, has a history of running away, police said. 

She is believed to be headed to Dayton, where she's from. Police have no word on her means of travel, but she was last seen wearing a purple dress and gray shoes. 

Anyone with information is urged to call police.

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WATCH: Florida man goes airborne after being shot with Taser

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 4:24 PM

A Florida man’s unceremonious meeting with the ground after being shot with a stun gun was caught on camera.  

Carlos Sierra, a 26-year-old homeless man, was on the run from Surfside police in Miami-Dade County after authorities said he stole a bicycle from a condominium's parking garage, WFOR reported.

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When officers arrived to find Sierra with the bike in his hands, he dropped to the ground and allowed the officers to handcuff him and get him back on his feet.  

Sierra tried to run away, while still in handcuffs, before being stopped by a jolt from a stun gun, WFOR reported. The shock sent the man flailing into the air, which led to a forceful, and likely painful, landing in the middle of the road.   

Sierra, who is sporting bloody facial wounds in his mugshot, was charged with burglary, resisting arrest and criminal mischief.

Kirkersville Murders: 4 probation officers suspended for killer’s early release

Published: Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 8:36 PM

UPDATE @ 6:10 p.m. (May 26)

Four probation officers have been suspended for their roles in the early release of the man who killed his ex-girlfriend, her co-worker and the Kirkersville police chief last month.

Thomas Hartless, 43, was released April 12 by the Licking County Probation Department. Following a Licking County Municipal Court investigation four officers were suspended for failure to complete various tasks, this news organization’s media partner 10TV.com (WBNS) in Columbus reported.

EARLIER REPORT (May 18)

The man responsible for the shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend, her co-worker and the Kirkersville police chief at a nursing home should not have been released early from jail.

The Licking County Probation Department director in Newark released a report today regarding its handling of Thomas Hartless’ case, our news partner 10TV.com (WBNS) in Columbus reported.

Licking County Municipal Court released Hartless, 43, on April 12 after he served 20 days of a 90-day sentence. He pleaded guilty March 23 to misdemeanor domestic violence charges involving three attacks on Medrano — in December, January and March, 10TV.com and the Newark Advocate reported. That decision was made in error, and bypassed established protocol.

"It has been uncommon for our court over the past seven years for early releases to be done on those offenders who have had violent backgrounds," Kevin Saad, director of the Licking County Court Municipal Probation Department wrote. 

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The investigative report highlights multiple issues with the handling of the Hartless case, which ultimately led to the May 12 shooting deaths of Medrano, a nurse, nurse's aide Cindy Krantzand Police Chief Eric DiSario at the Pine Kirk Care Center in Kirkersville. Hartless then turned the gun on himself.

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Saad also noted that the additional domestic violence charges in January and March were violations of his pretrial probation supervision for the December 2016 offence, but that no actions were taken, the Advocate reported. A probation officer added a condition that Hartless not possess weapons, but no one visited his home to make sure he didn't have them, according to the newspaper. 

10tv.com reported that among 13 issues of concern outlined by Saad were: 

  • The recommendation to release Hartless was reviewed by the senior probation officer but he wasn't supposed to approve it 
  • The weight of an early release fell only on the recommendation of the interviewing probation officer 
  • The intensive support probation officer failed to take into account Hartless' record of violence 

The probation department is working to make changes to prevent further violence after a domestic violence offender is released from custody, 10tv.com and the Advocate reported. Those changes include:

  • A lethality risk assessment on a victims if the offender is eligible for early release
  • No contact orders to no violent contact orders in every domestic violence case 
  • Order domestic violence offenders to complete a domestic violence treatment program and be ordered to not possess weapons
  • Home checks within seven days of release to search for weapons
  • Mandatory GPS monitoring for offenders in appropriate circumstances
  • Continued training for probation officers on risk assessments
  • Mandatory home visits have a violence complaint has been levied against an offender on supervision.

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