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Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 5:31 PM
SIDNEY — A judge Friday approved suspended local lawyer Chris Bucio's request for early release from a five-year community control sentence ordered in January 2017 following a criminal conviction in Shelby County.
David Greer, a Dayton lawyer representing Bucio, filed the motion for early release Jan. 15 in Shelby County Common Pleas Court, saying Bucio had been rehabilitated and there was no need for continued supervision.
Visiting Judge Timothy Campbell of Greene County, who sentenced Bucio last year, granted the motion after hearing from witnesses including Bucio.
During his testimony, Bucio said he did not know when, if ever, he would reapply to practice law in the state. The Supreme Court has prohibited reapplication until at least Nov. 30, 2019.
Bucio cried after hearing the judge’s decision. He called the experience “humbling.”
“I am grateful this process has allowed me to become a better father, son, husband, friend and have a deeper relationship with God,” Bucio said before leaving the courtroom with family and friends, some who applauded on hearing Campbell’s decision.
Bucio was convicted in that court in November 2016 on felony unauthorized use of property involving land obtained for fees from a Shelby County client. He was accused of taking 22 acres of farm land from the woman in payment for legal representation in 2010, selling the land and keeping the proceeds.
The woman was paid $97,767 restitution by Bucio as part of a settlement agreement just before his sentencing. He was sentenced to five years of community control and a $5,000 fine.
The Ohio Supreme Court Nov. 29 suspended Bucio from the practice of law in the state. The suspension was for an indefinite time.
Bucio’s law firm had offices in several area communities including Troy, Tipp City, Greenville and Sidney.
He spent 48 hours in jail in January after he failed to notify his probation officer that he was out after curfew when he and his family stayed the night at a local hotel because their home’s furnace was out.
The probation officer said he at first talked with Bucio about the failure to report but, after talking with his boss, later told Bucio he would have to spend the jail time. The change came, probation officer Dustin Snow testified, because others on probation would have been found in violation and received that sanction.
Snow said Bucio was considered rehabilitated but the recommendation from the department for continued community control was to avoid setting a precedent by allowing someone off supervision after one year. Others, he said, had to serve at least two years as part of the punishment for their crime.
Campbell said Bucio completed all requirements of community control and had been “more than adequately punished” after taking his family to the hotel because of the furnace problem but failing to report to Snow.
The community control would end as soon as his decision was filed with the court, Campbell said.
Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 11:53 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 5:51 PM
— UPDATE @5:49 p.m. (Feb. 17)
A mugshot has been released of a second man charged with making threats on social media toward juvenile court judge Anthony Capizzi.
Marquan Cooper, 22, is wanted on a charge of intimidation.
UPDATE @ 5:02 p.m. (Feb 16)
A second person has now been charged with making threats on social media toward juvenile court judge Anthony Capizzi.
Marquan Cooper, 22, of Dayton was charged with one count of intimidation.
Cooper was said to have made threats toward Capizzi and his family on social media using the alias “Quannie Coop”, according to the prosecutor’s office.
UPDATE @ 3:35 p.m. (Feb. 16)
Devin Wilson was indicted in Montgomery County for intimidation. He will be arraigned Feb. 22.
UPDATE @ 1:30 p.m. (Feb. 9)
Devin Wilson, 24, of Dayton has been formally charged in a threat made against a juvenile court judge, said Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney Mat Heck, Jr. in a release.
The alleged threat against Juvenile Court Judge Anthony Capizzi was made on Feb. 2 on social media under the alias of "Ball Meezy," the release said.
Wilson is charged with one count intimidation, a third‐degree felony. His case will now be presented to a grand jury.
Wilson is currently on probation for a drug trafficking offense.
Heck’s release said his office will be seeking that Wilson be taken off probation and sentenced to 18 months in prison.
"The defendant, on probation for less than one month, threatened a judge about a case, which is an assault on the entire criminal justice system. We have to take these matters very seriously, whether someone is threatening a judge, a prosecutor, a police
officer, or any other court officer,” Heck said in a release.
A 24-year-old Dayton man was arrested Wednesday in connection with social media threats against a juvenile court judge, according to Dayton police.
Devin Wilson was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on a possible third-degree felony charge of intimidation or bribery of a public servant.
Social media posts advocating violence against Montgomery County Juvenile Court Judge Anthony Capizzi were reported to several law enforcement agencies, according to an email obtained by this news organization.
Capizzi is handling the juvenile court portion of the Huber Heights AT&T armed robbery case involving six juveniles and one adult.
A Dayton police report shows Wilson was arrested at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday at his residence on Edison Street.
“If I ever see him I’m beating the (expletive) outta him he better pray I don’t catch him downtown coming out of that building,” said one post that included a photo of Capizzi.
Another post discovered by this news organization said, in part: “Somebody need to split Judge Capizzi wig when he get off work.”
Capizzi declined to comment.
Wilson was on probation after pleading guilty in January to aggravated trafficking of drugs. Wilson received five years’ community control as part of a plea in which a charge of trafficking of cocaine was dropped.
If found guilty of violating his probation, Wilson could face 18 months in prison plus whatever sanction is imposed if he is found guilty of a crime, according to a judge’s ruling in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.
In another case that was considered in Wilson’s probation, he was found guilty of possession of less than five grams of cocaine and aggravated possession of drugs.
Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 1:03 PM
OMAHA, Neb. — A Nebraska man has been arrested for the 18th time for indecent exposure, authorities said.
The latest incident took place Thursday at an Omaha food court, KETV reported.
Witnesses told KETV that Shawn Noble, 39, was yelling obscenities when he emerged from the food court restroom completely naked. When the property manager ordered him back into the bathroom to put on his clothes, he lunged at her, witnesses said.
Food court employees were able to barricade Noble inside the restroom until police arrived, KETV reported. Noble was charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct and taken to the Douglas County Jail.
Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 3:47 PM
WELLINGTON, Fla. — A Florida woman was arrested on Thursday after deputies said she drove intoxicated with a child sitting above an open case of beer tucked in the back seat.
A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy pulled over Miami resident Stephanie Roque, 30, about 11 a.m. after she made a complete stop in her SUV in the center of a lane, the Palm Beach Post reported. The deputy said that Roque’s drivers license was suspended, and noticed she had a “strong smell of alcohol,” the arrest report states.
Roque told the deputy that she “just got out of rehab today for a drinking problem,” according to the report. The deputy found a child in the backseat of the car with an open 12-pack of beer sitting underneath the child’s feet, the Palm Beach Post reported. Only nine of the 12 beers were in the case, the report states.
Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 2:36 PM
PARKER COUNTY, Texas — A woman in Texas has been arrested after she was caught on camera tossing her small dog named Pumpkin out of a moving vehicle.
The Chihuahua-mixed breed survived the incident and was found Thursday roaming a family's rural property in Weatherford, WFAA reported. Surveillance cameras on the property provided clear identification of the vehicle. The dog's microchip further confirmed the owner's identity.
When questioned by Sgt. Ricky Montgomery, Janet Byas, 43, initially denied tossing the dog out of the vehicle. When the evidence of her involvement was presented to her, Montgomery said she admitted that she threw the dog out of the car because she was frustrated with it. She said Pumpkin would not stay on her property and she "couldn't handle it anymore," WFAA reported.
When WFAA asked for Montgomery's reaction to Byas' reasoning for throwing the dog out of the car, Montgomery said, "Grow up."
Byas was arrested and charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty.