News photographer shot by Clark County deputy sues

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 5:28 PM

Body camera released of Ohio news photographer shot by deputy

The news photographer shot by a Clark County deputy in New Carlisle in September has filed a federal lawsuit against the deputy, Clark County and the city of New Carlisle.

Andy Grimm filed the lawsuit Thursday seeking damages and the suit calls the shooting “excessive use of force and violation of Mr. Grimm’s constitutional and common law rights.”

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The lawsuit doesn’t state a specific amount of money Grimm is seeking to cover attorney fees, injuries, damages, losses and to adequately punish and deter the conduct alleged but says it will be more than $75,000.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations is handling the investigation into the deputy-involved shooting. The bureau didn’t return a phone call seeking the status of that investigation on Thursday. The sheriff’s office will do an internal investigation into Shaw’s actions after the state’s investigation is completed.

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Grimm says in the suit he wasn’t a threat to anyone the night he was shot by Clark County Deputy Jacob Shaw. Body camera footage obtained by the Springfield News-Sun appears to show Shaw was conducting a traffic stop when he fired at Grimm.

The lawsuit also alleges Grimm’s wife, Melanie Grimm and KBA News LLC, which publishes the New Carlisle News, have suffered due to the shooting.

“Plantiff KBA News, LLC asserts loss of business profits as local law enforcement agencies have retaliated against the business in response to the events of Sept. 4,” the lawsuit says.

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Clark County Sheriff Office Chief Deputy Travis Russell declined to comment on behalf of the sheriff’s office Thursday. New Carlisle City Manager Randy Bridge also declined comment.

Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment Thursday.

Shaw returned back to work in the jail in October.

Deputies: 2 arrested after 3-month-old child, 51 pounds of heroin, found in SUV

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 3:50 PM

Police Two Arrested After 51 Pounds Of Heroin, 3-Month-Old Child Found In SUV

Deputies in Mississippi arrested two women Monday night on suspicion of drug trafficking after authorities said they found 51 pounds of heroin and a 3-month-old child in an SUV the women were driving.

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A deputy pulled over a Ford SUV on Interstate 20 in Rankin County on Monday night for an unspecified traffic violation. Authorities said that during the stop, the deputy became suspicious that the SUV was being used to transport drugs or contraband.

Deputies said the women in the vehicle, driver Arlene Viridiana Moya, 23, and passenger Trisha Lynne Ibarra, 23, allowed authorities to search the SUV. Inside, deputies said they found 51 pounds of heroin concealed in the vehicle.

Deputies in Rankin County, Mississippi, arrested 23-year-old Arlene Viridiana Moya, left, and 23-year-old Trisha Lynne Ibarra, right, on suspicion of drug trafficking on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018.(Rankin County Sheriff's Office)

Deputies estimated the drugs were worth between $2 million and $10 million.

Authorities also found Ibarra’s 3-month-old child in the SUV, deputies said. Rankin County Court Judge Tom Broome ordered the toddler be taken into the custody of Child Protective Services.

Moya, of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, and Ibarra, of Laredo, Texas, were arrested on charges of aggravated trafficking of heroin.

Authorities continue to investigate the case.

Dayton officer who fired shots during investigation identified

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 1:02 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 5:29 PM

Salem Ave Police Shootout

UPDATE@ 5:25 p.m.

According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, they plan to present a case to the prosecutor’s  office regarding possible charges for the involved officer.  That case is expected to be presented by the end of the week. 

UPDATE @ 4:40 p.m. (Jan. 23):

Dayton police have identified the officer who fired shots during an investigation outside Lev’s Pawn Shop on Salem Avenue Saturday.

Det. Justin Saunders fired his service weapon after the driver of a suspect vehicle “attempted to strike a detective with the vehicle,” according to a prepared statement from the department.

Joshua A. Craver and William Goodwin, both 18, were arrested at 3351 Salem Ave. by Riverside police on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

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Two Dayton detectives who had been in the area working on an unrelated issue responded to the pawn shop after Riverside police requested them “due to stolen property from previous offenses being pawned at that location,” Dayton police said.

Saunders has been with the department since Aug. 2008 and is currently on paid administrative leave, while an administrative investigation is conducted.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the criminal investigation in the case.

UPDATE @ 7:30 p.m.

Two people are jailed in connection with an incident late this morning outside Lev’s Pawn Shop in Harrison Twp. that led a Dayton police detective to fire his service weapon.

Joshua A. Craver and William Goodwin, both 18, were arrested at 3351 Salem Ave. by Riverside police on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

Joshua A. Craver (MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL)
William Goodwin(MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL)

They are in the Montgomery County Jail awaiting formal charges, online records show. Goodwin also was booked on numerous warrants for misdemeanor and minor misdemeanor infractions.

UPDATE @ 2:05 p.m.

Two people are in custody following an officer-involved shooting late this morning in the 3500 block of Salem Avenue.

No one was injured, and the coroner’s office did not respond to the scene, despite earlier reports.

Law enforcement responded to the area of Lev’s Pawn Shop, 3351 Salem Ave. in Harrison Twp.

Dayton police Maj. Eric Henderson said there were reports that a vehicle was spotted there that may have been involved in an aggravated burglary in Riverside, and that the suspects may have been trying to pawn weapons stolen in that incident.

“While approaching this vehicle there was immediate threat and officers discharged several rounds,” he said.

No one was injured when the Dayton detective fired his service weapon.

There are two, possibly three people in custody, Henderson said. The names and potential charges have not been released.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident, Henderson said.

Riverside is investigating the aggravated burglary in its jurisdiction, and the Dayton Police Department is handling its own administrative investigation, police said.

FIRST REPORT

Yellow crime scene tape surrounded Lev’s Pawn Shop this afternoon as part of a police investigation.

Two people were seen in the back of a police cruiser.

Officers were called at 10:47 p.m. by Riverside police to the pawn shop, 3551 Salem Ave., in Harrison Twp., according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center. No information was available on what led police there.

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A witness at the scene told our crew on scene that the incident began as a robbery, but dispatch did not confirm that report.

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We are on scene and will update this report as we learn details.

Police: Man who died in jail was arrested with 38 syringes, stolen gun

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:25 PM

Dillon Abplanalp, 28, was found dead early Monday in a cell at the Montgomery County Jail. MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Dillon Abplanalp, 28, was found dead early Monday in a cell at the Montgomery County Jail. MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Moraine Police arrest records show how Dillon Abplanalp ended up in the Montgomery County Jail, where he died in custody Monday, though it may be weeks before the official cause of his death is determined.

Two Moraine police officers responded just before 7 p.m. on Jan. 14 to the McDonald’s on West Dorothy Lane, where employees reported a male in a tan Cadillac Seville passed out in the drive-thru lane.

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The man police later identified as Abplanalp, 28, was unresponsive but woke up as officers repeatedly knocked on the car’s windows, which were locked.

Both officers wrote in a police report that they saw evidence of syringes visible in the car.

A search of the car and Abplanalp’s pockets turned up 38 syringes, 12 grams of heroin and a stolen 9 mm Taurus semi-automatic handgun loaded with hollow-point bullets, according to the police report.

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Abplanalp was arrested for possession of drugs, receiving stolen property, carrying concealed weapons and having weapons under disability because of a prior felony conviction. He was also cited for have a fictitious car registration and no driver’s license.

The address given for Abplanalp on the police report corresponds to a homeless shelter, the St. Vincent de Paul Gateway Shelter for Men at 1921 S. Gettysburg Ave.

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Abplanalp was transported to the county jail, where he died eight days later.

A preliminary hearing for Abplanalp, was scheduled for today in Kettering Municipal Court, but the case was dismissed because of his death.

Results of an autopsy may take up to 10 weeks, pending the results of toxicology tests, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Arrest made at high school for Walmart shooting in Fairfield Twp.

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 5:21 PM


            Fairfield Twp. police arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with the robbery of a 17-year-old who was shot in the leg on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, after they met up for an alleged drug deal in the Walmart parking lot. DAN ACTON/CONTRIBUTED
Fairfield Twp. police arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with the robbery of a 17-year-old who was shot in the leg on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, after they met up for an alleged drug deal in the Walmart parking lot. DAN ACTON/CONTRIBUTED

Fairfield Twp. police arrested a 16-year-old male at Colerain High School in connection with last weekend’s shooting at Walmart.

The high school junior was arrested this afternoon on suspicion of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, and felonious assault, a second-degree felony. He allegedly robbed a 17-year-old in the middle of a suspected drug deal. Police also believe he shot the 17-year-old in the leg during the alleged robbery.

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The teen was taken to the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center around 4:30 p.m. and will have an arraignment hearing at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

On Saturday, the 17-year-old was shot around 3 p.m. while he was in the driver’s side of a car in the Walmart parking lot on Princeton Road. The shot teen accelerated his vehicle and struck other vehicles and a shopping cart corral, according to police.

Capt. Doug Lanier said detectives are working to piece together surveillance video of the parking lot and have been in contact with the 17-year-old male and his family in gathering information. The 17-year-old was treated and released from West Chester Hospital.

The vehicle used to drop off the teen, and pick him up, from Walmart was a red 2007 Toyota Camry stolen Friday from Cincinnati. The vehicle has been recovered.

The case remains under investigation.