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‘Operation G.R.A.P.E.’ targets graffiti in Dayton

Published: Saturday, August 12, 2017 @ 12:48 PM


            Graffiti like this at 211 S. Main St. was among the targets of Dayton police, city personnel and local volunteers during Operation “G.R.A.P.E.” on Saturday. MALIK PERKINS/STAFF
Graffiti like this at 211 S. Main St. was among the targets of Dayton police, city personnel and local volunteers during Operation “G.R.A.P.E.” on Saturday. MALIK PERKINS/STAFF

Dayton police officers, city of Dayton employees and community volunteers painted over graffiti in several locations on Saturday.

Operation G.R.A.P.E. (Graffiti Removal and Property Enhancement) worked to paint over or clean up graffiti in at least six locations around downtown Dayton.

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“I don’t only work in the city, I live in the city, so we want to maintain it,” said Dayton police Sgt. Gordon Cairns, who was helping on his day off. “When people come down and visit, we want them to say it is a clean city and it looks nice.”

Central Patrol Operations Division officers also planned to clean up some vacant lots and overgrown areas.

“It’s about claiming unclaimed spaces, said Bryan Stewart, a legislative aide for the city. “We’re going to go after and sometimes put up public art. Other times it is about simply covering up a curse word.”

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The targeted graffiti areas were at Monument and I-75, East First and Meigs, Jefferson Street and Route 35, South Main Street between Washington and Fifth, East Third Street and Sears and a blue building at Jackson and Gates.

Volunteers said they hope to gather quarterly to clean, and they may hire a local artist to paint some buildings.

“If you notice people tagging, call the police at the non-emergency number,” Cairns said. “Let us know and we’ll do our best to get the graffiti cleaned up as fast as possible.”

Substitute teacher accused of sex with 2 students seeks insanity plea

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 10:24 AM

Madeline Marx plans to submit motions seeking competency and a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Marx, a former substitute teacher, is accused of having sexual contact with two Kettering Fairmont High School students.

The Kettering Fairmont High School substitute teacher accused of having sexual contact with two students plans to submit motions to determine her competency and fitness to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Madeline Marx, 23, appeared Wednesday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. Pending the motions being filed and a doctor conducting the exam, Marx’s scheduling conference was continued until Jan. 31.

Attorney Keith Fricker told Judge Steven Dankof he was going to file the competency and NGRI motions in the next couple days.

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Fricker told Dankof he had arranged for a doctor to do the exam and if prosecutors object, he would work with them to find a replacement.

Before the hearing, Marx was dabbing her eyes and was comforted by a woman who came with her to the hearing. During it, she had tissues with her while at the podium.

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“Ms. Marx, hang in there, OK, you’ll get through this,” Dankof said. “You’ll be all right.”

Marx is charged with two counts of sexual battery. Both counts are third-degree felonies and punishable by sentences of up to 9 to 36 months in prison.

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A 17-year-old student told police he was given oral sex by a teacher July 19 in the parking lot of Big Lots on Wilmington Pike, according to a complaint, affidavit and statement of facts filed in court.

A 16-year-old boy told police he had intercourse with a substitute teacher Sept. 21 in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Smithville Road, according to court documents.

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Marx was removed from Fairmont’s building Nov. 8 by police. Marx admitted to having sexual relationships with multiple students, according to court documents.

Marx also was a substitute teacher for Oakwood schools, but officials there say there hasn’t been any complaints about her.

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Springboro boy sentenced in drug case involving teacher mother

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 9:38 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 10:21 AM


            The 16-year-old son of Springboro teacher Amy Panzeca is shown during an earlier juvenile court hearing in the case stemming from a drug raid at their home in May. STAFF
The 16-year-old son of Springboro teacher Amy Panzeca is shown during an earlier juvenile court hearing in the case stemming from a drug raid at their home in May. STAFF

UPDATE, 10:10 a.m.: A Springboro boy was sentenced this morning to 30 days in the Warren County Detention Center, ordered to complete an in-patient treatment program and placed on probation for drug charges in a case also involving his mother, a teacher in the Springboro Schools.

The boy was led out of the courtroom to begin his detention. He was given credit for 15 days already served.

Judge Joe Kirby also fined the boy $250 and ordered him to remain on probation, possibly until he turns 21.

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Prior to sentencing, the teen pleaded no contest to the charges against him, and Kirby found him delinquent.

EARLIER: The 16-year-old son of a long-time Springboro school teacher accused of drug-related charges at their home is to enter a plea and be sentenced this morning in Warren County Juvenile Court.

The case stems from a raid on their home in May by the Warren County Drug Task Force.

The boy, 16, is accused of trafficking in LSD to 25 to 30 Springboro High School students, as well as possession of the hallucinogenic and marijuana.

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Teacher Amy Panzeca allegedly helped her son obtain the online currency Bitcoin used to purchase LSD, and she is charged with child endangering and contributing to the unruliness of a minor.

She is on leave from her job.

Shoplifting suspect leads Englewood police on chase in stolen car, officers say

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 4:06 PM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 11:27 PM

WATCH: Shoplifting suspect leads Englewood police on chase in stolen car

UPDATE @ 11:20 p.m.: A man arrested on suspicion of shoplifting from a Walmart before ramming into a police cruiser at a Meijer gas station is in the Montgomery County Jail.

Michael Paul Williams, 40, is being detained pending the filing of formal charges of receiving stolen property and failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, according to online jail records.

Michael Paul Williams (Courtesy/Montgomery County Jail)

He was arrested in the area of Brandt Pike and Fishburg road just before 3:30 p.m., according to online jail records.

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A man suspected of shoplifting at an Englewood Walmart on Tuesday led police on a brief chase after officers learned the getaway car was stolen, police said. 

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After the suspect left Walmart, he stopped at a nearby Meijer gas station to get gas for the car, which was stolen, Englewood police said. The police chief, who was in the area, spotted the car and he attempted to blocked it in with his vehicle. 

However, the suspect backed into the chief’s car hard and sped off, prompting the chase, which ended on Brandt Pike in Huber Heights a short time later, police said. 

The suspect has been apprehended but his identity had not been released. 

No other information was immediately available. But we will continue to follow this story and bring you the latest information as it becomes available. 

Harem strip club defendant sentenced for drug trafficking, sex charges

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 5:06 PM

A judge said Samantha Childers was given “quite an opportunity” by not facing prison time after she pleaded guilty to felonies associated with a raid at The Harem.

A 31-year-old Dayton woman who pleaded guilty to several felonies and two misdemeanors involving drug trafficking and sexual activity after a 9-month investigation of The Harem strip club was sentenced Tuesday to probation.

Samantha Childers received up to five years’ community control sanctions after pleading guilty to cocaine and heroin trafficking plus illegal sexual contact with patrons.

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Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Barbara Gorman — filling in for Judge Erik Blaine who decided the sentence — told Childers:

“Good luck, ma’am. You’re getting quite an opportunity from Judge Blaine here,” Gorman said. “Don’t mess it up.”

Gorman also ordered Childers to undergo intensive probation supervision, that she must attend and complete women’s therapeutic court, that she complete 40 hours of community service, obtain her GED, submit to a curfew, not work in any gentlemen’s club or as an exotic dancer, follow an employment program and not be where illegal drugs, stolen property or firearms are present.

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Gorman told Childers she must pay court and supervision costs, have no contact with her co-defendants, must abstain from alcohol and illegal drugs and to complete the MonDay program for drug treatment.

“The only reason I had these charges to begin with I was on drugs,” Childers said, saying she’s been locked up and off drugs for months, “and I am getting the treatment that I need.”

Childers had violated her intervention in lieu of conviction (ILC) in a 2016 possession of cocaine case and already had been ordered to MonDay for that.

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Gorman said Childers was on a “no-breaks status” and that any violation could lead to sanctions up to seven years in prison.

In a sentencing memorandum, Montgomery County prosecutors asked Blaine to impose a prison sentence, saying Childers “engaged in multiple sales of heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil to undercover agents from the Ohio Investigative Unit.”

The memo said during one arranged drug transaction, Childers had an infant child in the car with her. Wrote prosecutor Kelley Madzey, “Indeed, it appears her drug problem is the sale of drugs, rather than the use of them.”

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The prosecutor’s office also filed a civil case to shut the club down for a year and won.

Three other Harem defendants were scheduled to appear:

Aaron Crenshaw had a hearing continued until Jan. 9 and a jury trial scheduled for Feb. 12. His attorney said he may waive the jury and have a bench trial.

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Melvin Bibbs, who was declared not eligible for ILC, had a hearing continued for a week so his attorney could consider motions.

Samantha Clay’s case was continued for one week.

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