Miamisburg man knows New York terror suspect as ‘very friendly’

Published: Wednesday, November 01, 2017 @ 8:46 AM
Updated: Wednesday, November 01, 2017 @ 9:21 AM

Miamisburg man knows New York terror suspect as ‘very friendly’

A Miamisburg man told the New York Post he knew the man suspected in the New York City attack, calling him “very friendly.”

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Kobiljon Matkarov, 37, said he met suspected terrorist Sayfullo Saipov in Florida a few years ago after Saipov came from Uzbekistan.

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“He is very good guy, he is very friendly… he is like little brother… he look at me like big brother,” Matkarov was quoted by the Post Tuesday from his home in Miamisburg.

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Matkarov said he’d been working for Uber and living in New Jersey as recently as this summer, according to the Post.

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Matkarov had a trip planned to Uzbekistan in June and was flying out of New York with his children and wife– he reached out to Saipov for a ride, according to the Post.

A summary of Matkarov’s addresses in recent years include two sites in Miami Twp., which encompasses Miamisburg, and three others in Fort Myers, Fla., according to a background check conducted by this news organization.

The latest local address was from October 2014 to June of this year. In 2011, 2012 and 2014 he is listed at three different addresses in Fort Myers, Fla., according to the background check.

A undated address listed previous to the Florida locations was a Miami Twp. site.

Xenia man is fatality in 3-vehicle Greene County crash, OSHP says

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 12:54 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 7:20 PM

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Authorities have identified the man who died in a three-vehicle accident in Greene County Wednesday afternoon.

Zachary McDaniel, 25, died at the scene of the crash at Clifton Road and State Route 72, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said in a statement.

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One of two dogs in the vehicle with him was killed as well. 

He was wearing a seat belt when he drove his white Isuzu Rodeo onto 72 from Clifton Road and was hit by a Ford dump truck headed south on 72.

McDaniel’s vehicle continued forward after impact and struck a semitrailer headed north on 72.

Robert Thornton Sr., 73, of Dayton, was driving the dump truck. He was checked at the scene for injuries.

Waylon Throckmorton, 35, of Lucasville, the driver of the semitrailer, was not injured.

Alcohol and/or drugs do not appear to be factors in the crash, which remains under investigation, according to the state patrol.

A medical helicopter was initially placed on standby.

S.R. 72 and S. River Rd. in Miami Twp. in Greene County. A three vehicle crash is reported. Google Map
Man, dog killed in Greene County crash

Paid suspension for local teacher accused in fatal hit-and-run crash

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 5:41 PM
Updated: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 6:52 AM

Kristine Baggs was arraigned in Clark County Common Pleas Court.

UPDATE @ 1:00p.m. (Nov. 22):

Kristine Baggs, a Kenton Ridge High School science teacher, has been put on paid administrative suspension according to Northeastern School District officials Wednesday after making her first court appearance.

Baggs is facing charges related to a deadly hit and run pedestrian accident that killed Lawrence Mason, 45, of Medway, in September 2016.

The Ohio Attorney General prosecutor on the case against Baggs spoke about the charges filed against the educator in court Wednesday. 

Paid suspension for local teacher accused in fatal hit-and-run crash

“These are very serious charges,” prosecutor Leigh Bayer said. 

She asked the court to handle Kristine Baggs’ case like the court has handled similar cases in Clark County. 

"There was a victim who died as a result of being hit by a car driven by Ms. Baggs," Bayer said in court. "And the car was hidden from view several days afterward." 

She also asked that Baggs not be allowed in any establishment that serves alcohol as a condition of her bond. 

Baggs doesn’t admit to the allegations, her defense attorney Richard Mayhall said in court. He asked the court to release her on her own recognizance bond. 

“She has been employed as a teacher in Clark County for the last 15 years,” Mayhall said. “She’s married, she has two children, she has no prior record. Since this incident occurred nearly 15 months ago, she has had no other allegations.” 

A magistrate set Baggs’ bond at $100,000. 

UPDATE @ 12:00 p.m. (Nov. 22):

Kristine Baggs, a Kenton Ridge High School science teacher, has been put on paid administrative suspension according to Northeastern School District officials Wednesday.

Baggs made her first court appearance Wednesday morning on charges related to a deadly hit and run pedestrian accident that killed Lawrence Mason, 45, of Medway, in September 2016.

UPDATE @ 10:57 a.m. (Nov. 22):

Kristine M. Baggs appeared in court Wednesday morning for her arraignment.

Baggs pleaded not guilty and bond was set at $100,000.

UPDATE @ 6:53 a.m. (Nov. 21)

Our newsroom is working to gather more information on the arrest of Kristine M. Baggs, 40, of Springfield. She was booked into Clark County Jail Monday afternoon around 5 p.m. 

Kristine Baggs (Contributed Photo)

She is listed as a teacher in family and consumer science at Kenton Ridge High School. She made $52,788 in 2016, according to the Dayton Daily News and Springfield News-Sun Payroll Project.

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A Northeastern School District teacher has been indicted in a deadly hit and run pedestrian accident that killed a man standing on North Tecumseh Road in Bethel Twp. last year.

Kristine Baggs is charged with failure to stop after an accident, tampering with evidence and two counts of vehicular manslaughter, according to the Clark County Common Pleas Court website. 

Lawrence J. Mason, 45, of Medway was struck and killed by a silver 2015 Dodge Durango in September 2016, according to an Ohio State Highway Patrol crash report. The vehicle and driver left the scene, according to investigators.

The vehicle was later traced to the Baggs family, and Mason’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Baggs was arrested Monday afternoon, more than a year after the deadly accident.

"I'm hoping the family may have some justice for their loved one with Ms. Baggs going to jail for this indictment and charges," said Lt. Brian Aller, commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Springfield post. 

Kristine Baggs is a teacher in the Northeastern School District, Superintendent John Kronour said. 

Kronour said he couldn't comment until he knows more about the situation. 

She hasn't been suspended or put on leave at this time. 

"Not yet, but I anticipate that might be forthcoming," Kronour said.

Woman pulled over by man impersonating law enforcement officer

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 4:47 PM



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A man impersonating a law enforcement officer pulled over a woman in Arkansas, according to the St. Francis County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident happened Saturday on Highway 38 near Hughes.

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Investigators said a man impersonating a game and fish officer stopped a woman and asked to check her vehicle for guns. He had a blue light on his dash and was in a dark-colored pickup truck.

The man did not show the woman a badge or a weapon. The incident happened during the daytime hours and appears to have been an isolated occurrence.

Investigators said they believe they know who the man is, but no arrests were immediately made.

Officials said the impersonator is not the same one who stopped people earlier this year.

7-year sentence for Lebanon man who possessed child porn

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 4:24 PM


            Michael Kirkwood of Lebanon pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Dayton.
Michael Kirkwood of Lebanon pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Dayton.

A 60-year-old Lebanon man was sentenced on Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 7 years for possession of child pornography.

With time for credit served, Michael Kirkwood could be free in five years, according to the sentence ordered by Judge Walter Rice during a hearing in federal court in Dayton.

Kirkwood has been in jail since June 2016. He was arrested then when he met a federal agent who had posed as 13-year-old girl Kirkwood was to buy underwear at Victoria’s Secret for her to wear while they had sex, court documents said.

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Kirkwood was originally charged with coercion and enticement.

In January, Kirkwood pleaded guilty to the single charge, in a plea also recognizing he actually communicated via Facebook with the 13-year-old victim and admitted “chatting” on-line with about 20 other girls of similar ages.

The federal agent heading the investigation said Kirkwood seemed to be “grooming” the victim, according to Rice.

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On Wednesday, Rice said child pornography crimes were “never-ending” for victims wondering if pictures taken of them as children could viewed decades later.

Rice also noted Kirkwood’s otherwise law-abiding life, advanced age, low expectations he would ever commit another crime and multiple health problems as reasons he should be considered for release after five years.

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Since his arrest, Kirkwood’s wife has sought divorce and sold their house and he has lost his job as a machinist, according to statements during the hearing in federal court.

Rice also ordered Kirkwood to forfeit a handful of computer devices seized in the case. Investigation found 84 images of children having sex with adults on Kirkwood’s computers, Rice said during the hearing.

Kirkwood apologized but was unable to explain his motivation.

“I really can’t explain why I did it,” he said.

Rice fined Kirkwood $5,100 to go to victims of trafficking and other crime victims, while setting a hearing early next year to determine if he could pay additional fines from liquidation of the home he lived in before his arrest, a motorcycle and other property.

The judge urged Kirkwood to “work very, very hard” to determine “why this occurred.”

“It may give you peace in the years you have left,” Rice concluded.