Judge hears testimony in school threat case

Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 @ 5:25 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 @ 5:25 PM

Tipp City school and police officials testified Tuesday that a seventh grader admitted writing a threat on a cafeteria table Feb. 20, stating at one point it was “a dumb choice.”

The testimony came in Miami County Juvenile Court during the an adjudication hearing for a 14-year-old charged with felony inducing panic along with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and aggravated menacing.

The teen sat at the defense table with his mother and attorney Andrew Wannemacher. He did not testify. He has been released from juvenile detention on electronically monitored house arrest.

Judge W. McGregor Dixon Jr. took the testimony from six witnesses and verbal arguments of Wannemacher and Rob Long, an assistant county prosecutor, under advisement. He will issue a written decision. If convicted of the felony, the teen could be sentenced to detention until age 21.

The boy is one of two Tipp City schools students accused of making five threats at Tippecanoe High School and Middle School between Feb. 13 and 20. Each boy is accused of making one threat.

Charges have not been filed in three threats. Tipp City police continue to investigate.

The second student charged, a 15-year-old high school freshman, is being held at the West Central Juvenile Detention Facility north of Troy. A hearing on a motion for his release is scheduled for Wednesday.

The 14 year old was accused of writing a threat in pencil on a cafeteria table during study hall near the end of the school day Feb. 19. A sixth grader found the threat the following morning and told a teacher. The 15 year old is accused of writing the first threat Feb. 13 on a high school bathroom wall.

Shane Mead, Tippecanoe Middle School assistant principal, testified he interviewed the 14 year old after school staff determined who had been at the table in the hours before the threat was found.

Mead said the boy initially denied involvement, but then came clean. “He looked right at me and said, ‘I did it,’” Mead said.

The boy also wrote a confession and at one point said he “was screwin’ around … trying to be funny,” Mead added.

Police Detective Sgt. Chris Graham said the boy told him he “didn’t know why” he wrote on the table and had “made a dumb choice.”

Wannemacher asked the judge to dismiss the charges, a motion that was denied.

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.

Police: Man steals ambulance with medic, patient inside

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 3:10 AM

Jeffrey Lamar Brown

A 44-year-old Dayton man is accused of stealing an ambulance with a medic and patient in back.

Within an hour of driving off Friday evening with the Dayton Fire Department life squad, the suspect — identified by police as Jeffrey Lamar Brown — was behind bars.

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The ambulance was taken around 6:30 p.m. after medics responded to a call in the 400 block of Salem Avenue. The keys were in the ignition when the suspect took off, according to a Dayton police report.

Dayton police finally were able to stop the ambulance in the 2100 block of West Riverview Avenue, about a mile and a half from where it was stolen.

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Brown was arrested at 7 p.m. and was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of robbery and two counts of kidnapping, all felonies. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday, online jail records show.

Man impersonates officer, tries to get to cash register at Dayton store

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 6:34 AM

A man wearing a police badge early this morning asked whether United Foods employees had weapons before he tried to get to the cash registers.

A security guard told police around 12:50 a.m. the man entered the grocery store, 2141 N. Main St., and asked to see their liquor license. When the guard told him they don’t sell alcohol, the man asked whether the employees have weapons, according to a Dayton police report.

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The suspect then tried to open the security door that leads behind the cash registers. When the guard asked the man for his identification, he left in a gold Buick Regal, the report stated.

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Surveillance video shows that the suspect stands 6 feet, 3 inches and weighs about 170 pounds with long black braids in a pony tail and a long black goatee. He was wearing a white long-sleeve button-up shirt with black pants and black shoes. He also was wearing a silver police badge around his neck, according to the report.

The matter remains under investigation.