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Parents guilty of starving teen daughter

Updated: Friday, May 10, 2013 @ 12:06 AM
Published: Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 3:23 PM
By: Mark Gokavi - Staff Writer

A Harrison Twp. mother was sentenced to probation and the father pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of endangering children after their 13-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy was found to weigh 57 pounds.

Susanne Casavant, 48, was sentenced to community control sanctions for five years, court costs, a fine and treatment after pleading guilty to two counts of child endangering. The girl’s father, William Nath, 38, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court to the same counts. Nath will be sentenced May 23. Officials said the girl is in the care of Children Services and is reportedly doing well.

The case evokes comparison to that of Makayla Norman,who had celebral palsy and died weighing just 28 pounds on March 1, 2011. Five people, including Norman’s mother and nurse, were convicted of crimes related to Norman’s death.

Judge Steven Dankof told Casavant that she was not to have any contact with her daughter. Dankof also said that if she violated the terms of her probation, she could face up to 11 years in prison.

A Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office report from Aug. 15, 2012 shows that a deputy made contact with a Dayton Children’s Hospital social worker, who said a 13-year-old girl who had cerebral palsy and had difficulty speaking was brought in with suspicious bruising and malnutrition.

A Children Services case worker reported that a Meadowdale High School employee said that when the girl got to school “she was very hungry and asked for another breakfast after eating her first serving then another after that.” The report said school officials were concerned since the girl had lost “several pounds” since the year before.

The deputy’s report said the girl was weak, skinny, had no muscle tone and had bruises on the top portion of both hands and a recently healed cut above her right eyebrow.

Nath told authorities he adopted the girl five years before and that he monitored her eating “because she eats too much too fast and he was concerned with her choking.”

Nath also was reported as saying he didn’t know how she got the bruises and said that she falls down a lot. Nath said the girl got the cut above her eye when she fell down the steps of the basement. Nath said he used a butterfly bandage to close the wound instead of getting stitches.

Police looking for ‘clumsy bandit’ who stole from Hamilton gun shop

Updated: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 @ 12:42 PM
By: Staff

            Police looking for ‘clumsy bandit’ who stole from Hamilton gun shop
Someone who broke into the Lake Bailee gun range on Jackson Road just north of Hamilton fell as he broke into the business and stole $3,800. Police say they have identified this so-called “clumsy bandit.” CONTRIBUTED

Butler County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man who tripped as he broke into the Lake Bailee gun range on Thanksgiving Day.

The man, who investigators believe they have identified, stole $3,800 on his way out of the building, according to our news partner WCPO. Because of his awkward entrance into Jesse VonStein’s business, he’s earned the nickname of the “clumsy bandit.”

Security cameras inside the building on Jackson Road just north of Hamilton captured the suspect tumbling through a window before heading right where VonStein kept the money.

Cameras were installed in the business after someone stole several guns from VonStein’s range in September, according to WPCO. VonStein plans to install more cameras after this latest break-in.

“I’ve got cameras all over this place,” VonStein said told WCPO. “Anybody that comes in, they are going to get caught.”

Detective Aaron Sorrell of the Butler County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that police had identified a suspect in the case but had not made an arrest.

2 in custody, 3rd sought after shots fired in Jamestown

Updated: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 @ 12:35 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

            2 in custody, 3rd sought after shots fired in Jamestown
Christopher George is a wanted by Jamestown police for a shooting that occurred on East Xenia Street. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

UPDATE @ 12:29 p.m. (Dec. 7, 2016):

Jamestown police have identified the third shooting suspect wanted in the East Xenia Street shooting that left one person injured Wednesday morning.

Christopher George, 27, is the man wanted by Jamestown police. He’s described as 5’8” tall, 180 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. If you have information about George’s location, contact Jamestown police or your local police department.


Police in Jamestown have arrested two people and are looking for a third after a shooting occurred on East Xenia Street.

One person suffered what are believed to be minor injuries in the incident, which happened around 1 a.m., according to Jamestown Police Chief Rodger Tyree.

The injuries may be from shrapnel after a round struck the front door of the home, Tyree said.

Witnesses told officers a vehicle pulled up to the house and one male got out and fired three rounds at the home, then jumped in the vehicle and sped away, Tyree said.

Two people are in custody — A juvenile and an adult — and police continue to look for a third “person of interest,” Tyree said.

We’re working to gather more details on this investigation.

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Victim’s family sues for accused shooter’s medical records

Updated: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 @ 12:29 PM
By: Mark Gokavi - Staff Writer

            Victim’s family sues for accused shooter’s medical records
Muhammad Shabazz Ali

The administrator of one of three people allegedly killed by Muhammad Shabazz Ali is suing to get access to medical records to find out why Ali was released from Grandview Medical Center the day police said he killed Jasper Taylor and two others.

Police say Ali, 61, who served 20 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter when he was known as Robert Ford Jr., shot to death Taylor, 74, Tammy Cox, 53, and Michael Cox, 25, on Aug. 10 at 35 Oxford Ave. in Dayton.

Ali went to Day-Mont Behavioral Health Care earlier that day and was throwing chairs and repeatedly yelling, “I want my medication!” according to 911 calls from the facility. Police took Ali to Grandview, where he was later released.

The complaint in action for discovery filed in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court alleges that defendants “negligently released Muhammad Shabazz Ali from custody prematurely when he was highly agitated and requesting medication.”

The civil complaint names Ali, Grandview and Day-Mont as defendants.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Ali, who is charged with 28 counts including 10 murder charges.

Police reports indicate which Brookville officer fired fatal shot

Updated: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 @ 11:06 AM
By: Mark Gokavi - Staff Writer

            Police reports indicate which Brookville officer fired fatal shot
Officer Frank Graci

Brookville police use of force reports obtained by this news organization appear to indicate that officer Frank Graci shot and killed a Tennessee woman who had crashed her car and ran toward Speedway on Oct. 31.

Graci filled out a “Response to Resistance Report” signed and dated Dec. 5, 2016, in which he wrote Ashley Sides’ name as the subject and “subject was dead at scene” on a form showing he used deadly force.

Sides, 31, of Cookeville, Tenn., died of multiple gunshot wounds and the manner was listed as homicide by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Brookville police Chief Doug Jerome said his officers acted properly given the circumstances of what’s been called a shootout at 799 Arlington Road after Sides crashed her car after a brief pursuit by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Dispatchers received 911 calls that a white SUV crashed into a tree-line near the Wendy’s at the corner at Upper Lewisburg Salem Road and Arlington Road. A woman was reported to dispatchers as running from the scene, and possibly trying to flag down other vehicles. As police were looking for the female, shots rang out at the Speedway.

Under subject actions, Graci put X’s in boxes next to “not responding to commands, verbal/physical danger cues, pulling away from officer, life threatening assault,” and “weapons used against officer.”

Officer Henry Edds, who was shot in the arm by arrested suspect Conrad Davis, fired his service weapon. Edds wrote on a form signed and dated Dec. 5, 2016, “Duty weapon used and force intended to stop the threat of the suspect, but the suspect was not struck.”

Davis, 27, also of Cookeville, Tenn., was listed as the subject on Edds’ report in which Edds checked boxes next to, “life threatening assault,” and “weapons used against officer.”

Under special circumstances that influenced the use of force response, Edds checked, “closeness of weapon, injury, or exhaustion, being on the ground,” and “distance from subject.” No special circumstances were checked on Graci’s form.

Davis, 27, also from Cookeville, remains in Montgomery County Jail on a $1 million bond and charged with felonious assault on a police officer and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle. The former Marine fired a .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun at Brookville police, according to court records.

In a box asking if an officer received any injury, Edds wrote, “Gunshot wound in the upper left arm, causing serious injury and significant blood loss.”

Jerome has said Edds is recovering at home and that both officers remain on paid administrative leave.

Brookville’s law director said the statements or narratives that go with the use of force reports are not in possession of Brookville but that the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has that information.

Brookville police Major Tom Simon signed both use of force forms and dated them Dec. 5, 2016, even though the incident took place Oct. 31.

A Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman said the Brookville police-involved shooting has not been scheduled to go to a grand jury.