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Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 3:39 PM
BUTLER COUNTY — Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones today said he will take steps to bolster local school safety by training those who work there.
Jones posted to social media that his office will offer free conceal-and-carry class to a limited number of teachers in Butler County. He also said training regarding on how to react during school shootings would be provided.
He said the details would be coming soon online and suggested that people could visit the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page for more information for CCW for teachers.
Jones on Saturday said he has “been saying this for years” as he tweeted a Fox News story that Polk County, Fla. Sheriff Grady Judd said it would be a “game changer” to allow some hand-picked teachers to carry firearms in the classroom.
Been saying this for years https://t.co/1oVN2AbEfd— Richard K. Jones (@butlersheriff) February 17, 2018
Jones, in a video posted Thursday, urged local schools to act now to improve school security in the wake of the mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla. high school on Wednesday.
He said local schools should stop doing fire drills and allow armed former police and military veterans into buildings to help protect students.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 7:31 PM
DAYTON — A man who was shot in the arm tonight ran inside his mother’s house.
Police and medics were called around 6:35 p.m. to the 3100 block of East Third Street after a woman said her son was shot and was bleeding profusely.
He was taken by medics to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.
The man told police he shot himself in the 2800 block of East Third Street, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center. The area outside a home near the corner of East Third and Jersey streets was surrounded in yellow police tape.
The man’s name and age were not available.
A woman inside a residence where the shooting happened had a broken nose, and police said it’s under investigation whether the man shot himself.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 9:50 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 7:45 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 7:45 p.m.
A reward is offered for anyone who saw or knows anything about a dog found burned to death.
The Humane Society of Greater Dayton’s partner, Lexus of Dayton, is offering $1,500 to anyone with information that leads to catching those responsible, the agency announced tonight.
The incident was reported around 9:30 p.m. Monday in the 1000 block of Kammer Avenue. Dayton police stated the dog appeared to have been hogtied and burned.
Contact the humane society at 937-262-8091.
A dog was found to be set on fire, causing the animal’s death, and the Humane Society of Greater Dayton is hoping someone has information on how the incident happened.
“Due to the time and location of this incident, authorities are confident there are witnesses to this crime and/or those who possess knowledge about it,” the Humane Society of Greater Dayton said in a prepared statement.
A humane agent responded to the 1000 block of Kammer Avenue around 9:30 p.m. Monday after police and fire officials responded to a fire call.
“Upon arriving at the scene, the police and fire departments discovered a dog that had been bound and set on fire,” the humane society said. “The dog was pronounced deceased at the scene. An arson investigator responded to conduct a preliminary fire investigation.”
According to a Dayton police report, the dog appeared to have been hogtied and burned.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 2:37 PM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 7:08 PM
— The Clark County chief deputy resigned Friday amid an internal investigation, according to the sheriff.
Travis Russell no longer works for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Deb Burchett said.
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She declined to comment why Russell resigned but said the office is investigating. She also said other deputies are being investigated as part of an internal investigation.
A message left with Russell by the Springfield News-Sun hasn’t been returned.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 1:22 PM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 7:23 PM
KETTERING — Lindsay Sherman was repeatedly raped by a stranger nearly nine years ago after being abducted off a Kettering street. She testified that she was held against her will in a pickup truck when she had just left her apartment in search of ice cream bars.
On Friday, she saw her assailant — Ted A. Mullins — sentenced to 11 years in prison after being convicted of one count of kidnapping and three counts of rape for a June 2009 attack.
This news organization normally does not run the name or show the likeness of victims of sex crimes, but Sherman, 33, said she wanted her story known.
“My name is Lindsay Sherman and Ted Mullins raped me,” she said during her victim impact statement. “I have lived the last nine years of my life haunted. Every man I passed on the street, I wondered. Was that the man who raped me?”
Sherman shared that despite what happened to her, she put herself through school and plans to become a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner.
“I believe that my experience as a victim can be used to make this experience less horrible for others,” Sherman said, later adding, “I find myself constantly trying to mimic the person that I was before he raped me, but I can’t. He has murdered that person, and I will never be that person again.”
Sherman described the process of being dumped out of the pickup and then being necessarily examined.
“It made me feel like my body didn’t belong to me anymore,” she said. “It was evidence. I was evidence, and I felt that way and was treated as such. I felt like a piece of garbage that had been used and cast aside that was being scavenged for clues.”
Montgomery County prosecutors advocated for a maximum of 44 years. Judge Dennis Langer did sentence Mullins, 47, to 11 years on each count, but ran the counts concurrently, not consecutively.
Mullins earned 240 days of jail-time credit after being arrested in July 2017 when a test of a DNA kit connected him to the crimes.
“I think that’s what hurts,” assistant prosecutor Kelly Madzey said. “She sat for almost nine years not knowing who this person was or where he was, and he’ll serve — with his jail-time credit — just a little over that same amount of time.”
Even so, Madzey said Langer’s statement to Mullins — the judge called Mullins’ testimony ridiculous and absurd — helped.
“(Langer) called this defendant out for who he was and what he did,” Madzey said. “He heard Lindsay, he heard her testimony … and he acknowledged what had happened to her and that she had lived with this for all these years not knowing who this person was until this DNA hit.”
Asked if he wanted to make a statement to the court, Mullins declined.
Defense attorney Carl Goraleski said they would appeal the conviction. Goraleski argued that all counts should merge — in that case Mullins’ exposure would have been 3 to 11 years.
Langer agreed with prosecutors on that point and told Mullins, “You did commit these brutal crimes.”
But Langer’s harsh words for the defendant didn’t result in anything near the maximum possible sentence.
“We were hoping for more years, but (Sherman) is relieved,” Madzey said. “She is happy to know that it’s more than what she had not knowing who this person was or where he was. I think there’s a lot of relief and a lot of closure that comes in just knowing that.”