Several changes made to sheriff’s command staff

Published: Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 2:06 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 2:06 PM

The new year has brought several changes to the command staff of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, including a new chief deputy.

Rob Streck, formerly a captain, was elevated to chief deputy on Jan. 1. The prior chief deputy, Scott Landis, will be the major in charge of the county jail.

Sheriff Phil Plummer said that he still had complete confidence in Landis, who is “still on the leadership team.” The change was part of an overall effort to move people around so that new ideas emerge and the office continues “building a well-rounded command staff,” he said.

Other changes effective Tuesday include:

— Maj. Daryl Wilson, who has been in charge of the jail, will take over operations.

— Maj. Dave Hale, who had been over operations, will take over personnel.

— Capt. Jeremy Roy, who had been in the jail, will run the office’s Harrison Twp. substation.

— Capt. Jeff Papanek, who had been in Harrison Twp., will run the Washington Twp. substation.

In addition, there were two promotions, as both Matt Haines and Tom Flanders were promoted from the rank of sergeant to captain. Flanders will be in the jail and Haines will run the Regional Dispatch Center.

Two of the position changes were due the retirements of captains Dee Osterfeld and Glen McIntosh, Plummer said.

Streck, who had been running the dispatch center, is a “good technical guy,” which will be important as the office develops new ways to use technology to fight crime, Plummer said.

Wilson had been over the jail for a long time and Plummer wanted him in operations. But because of the the unique challenges of the jail, Plummer wanted an experienced hand in charge there so he selected Landis, he said.

“I have confidence he can run the jail,” Plummer said. “The jail is tough.”

Fairborn coach under investigation calls process ‘appalling’

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 11:59 AM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 4:13 PM

A Fairborn church pastor and school basketball coach publicly expressed frustration Monday that a Children Services investigation into him is still ongoing after more than six weeks.

Aaron Chivington serves as lead pastor of Fairborn United Methodist Church, and is a part-time middle school basketball coach with Fairborn City Schools. On Facebook Monday, he claimed that he had been falsely accused, saying the Children Services process was “appalling.”

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Chivington said publicly when the investigation began that Children Services removed seven foster children from the home he still shares with his wife and their biological children. Last week, in a Facebook live Q&A, he discussed his anger over that move and the fact that the children have not been returned. He remains active in his church role.

Greene County Children Services officials did not return calls in early January when Chivington was placed on leave, and their offices were closed Monday.

Fairborn City Schools Superintendent Mark North said Friday that Chivington will remain on administrative leave until the investigation is completed.

“We have not received an update or a final report on the investigation from Children Services,” North said Friday.

North said the investigation was sparked by complaints from a parent, and the school district investigated in late December. North said based on the schools’ own probe, and initial word from Children Services, they allowed Chivington to keep coaching through the Jan. 4 game.

But North said Children Services then sent a second communication notifying the school district that they would investigate the complaint. At that point on Jan. 5, Chivington was placed on leave by the schools.

Former Bengal arrested for assault, public indecency

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 4:15 PM

Former Bengal arrested for assault, public indecency

A former University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Bengals player is in the Butler County jail facing several charges for an incident Sunday.

Jerome Kyle “J.K.” Schaffer, 26, was taken into about 10:15 a.m. at a church in Chapel Road in Morgan Twp., according to the sheriff’s office. He is charged with assault, breaking and entering and public indecency, according to jail records.

Deputies were called out to the 3400 block of Chapel after Schaffer allegedly assaulted a man then fled, according to the sheriff’ office. They then got a call from a church where Schaffer was allegedly trying to break into a car and was taking his clothes off.

Schaffer was arrested without incident, but when he was taken to the jail, “he uncooperative and in a very agitated state and appeared to be under the influence of some type of drug,” said Chief Deputy Anthony Dwyer.

On Monday, Schaffer remained housed in the jail. His case will be heard in Butler County Area I Court in Oxford, but a court date has not yet been set.

Schaffer played football for La Salle High School and UC. He signed on as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012, but was released from the practice squad; he was picked up by the Bengals and signed to the practice squad that November. He was added to the roster in Sept. 2013, then waived in Aug. 2014, according to WCPO, our media partners.

Deputy accused in domestic violence case now on unpaid leave

Published: Friday, February 17, 2017 @ 12:46 PM
Updated: Friday, February 17, 2017 @ 9:42 PM

UPDATE @ 5:25 p.m. (Feb. 17): Sheriff's Deputy Douglas Gearhart is now on unpaid administrative leave, according to a letter from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office personnel director. 

Gearhart, in the letter dated Feb. 16, is required to surrender his weapon, ID credentials, badge, keys and entry card. He also is prohibited from accessing the sheriff's office computer systems and programs. 

As of Friday afternoon, he was still in custody in the Warren County Jail. NEW: As of 8:03 p.m., Gearhart was no longer listed as a jail inmate, indicating he has posted bond and has been released.

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A Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputy accused of assaulting his wife and stepdaughter earlier this week in Franklin Twp. was expected to be free on bond Friday.

Deputy Douglas C. Gearhart, 43, was allegedly intoxicated Tuesday evening when he fought with his step-daughters and wife, who lost three teeth during the incident.

Gearhart was arrested by Warren County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with two counts of domestic violence.

A charge of felonious assault was added later. He also is expected to face a drunk driving charge.

Judge Rupert Ruppert set bond at $35,000 cash or surety and Gearhart was expected to be released this afternoon.

He was being held in the Warren County Jail without bond, pending today’s hearing in Franklin Municipal Court.

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During the hearing, Ruppert also ordered Gearhart not to erase home surveillance video.

If released, Gearhart is expected to live with his parents. He is barred from contact with the alleged victims and be on a GPS monitor.

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Lawyer Ed Perry sought a low bond, noting Gearhart’s ties with the area.

Born and raised in West Carrollton, Gearhart first worked as a police officer in Middletown from 1996 to 2001, when he joined the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, according to Perry.

A police incident report said surveillance footage from inside Gearhart’s Franklin Twp. home showed him grabbing his wife, dragging her by the hair through the kitchen and slamming her head onto the edge of the kitchen island.

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The report also said 911 calls from Gearhart’s residence indicated that Gearhart returned home intoxicated and “was hitting everyone in the house.”

“Our step-dad is beating our mom right now,” one 911 caller told a dispatcher at about 6:40 p.m. “Oh my gosh, I knew this was going to happen.”

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for next Friday in the Franklin court, although Gearhart could be indicted before that in Warren County Common Pleas Court in Lebanon.

California officer killed by gang member while responding to traffic accident, police say

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 3:44 PM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 3:44 PM


            California officer killed by gang member while responding to traffic accident, police say

Two police officers who responded to a report of a traffic accident in California on Monday morning were shot, one fatally, and a known gang member was injured, according to authorities.

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The gang member, who was not identified, was injured after he shot a semi-automatic gun at Whittier police officers and they returned fire, The Los Angeles Times reported.

The shooting was reported around 8 a.m. after authorities were called to a three-car collision, the Whittier Daily News reported. The shooting happened near the intersection of Mar Vista Street and Colima Road, deputies said.

Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. John Corina told reporters that the gunman was driving a stolen vehicle when he collided with two other vehicles on Colima Road. Authorities said the man opened fire on officers as they were approaching the scene of the crash.

The officers returned fire and struck the man at least once, deputies said.

Emergency officials took the injured police officers and the injured gunman to a pair of hospitals for treatment, where one of the officers died, the Daily News reported. Police did not immediately identify the slain officer or any of the other people involved in the incident.

"It's extremely tragic," Corina told The Associated Press. "You just never know when officers respond to a call what they are going to run into."

Both the gunman and the wounded officer were in stable condition Monday afternoon, the Times reported. The other people involved in the accident that sparked police response were not injured, according to the AP.

About 130 sworn officers make up the force of the Whittier Police Department, according to the Times. The department is tasked with policing Whittier and Santa Fe Springs in southeastern Los Angeles County.