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Springfield Twp. firefighter indicted on sexual abuse charges

Published: Wednesday, May 03, 2017 @ 7:45 AM

He is facing rape, gross sexual imposition and other charges.

A former Springfield Twp. firefighter instructor accused of sexually abusing multiple teen boys over several years has been indicted.

Jonathan Scott Monroe of Springfield has been indicted on charges of rape, gross sexual imposition, three counts of sexual battery, three counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and compelling prostitution.

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He showed up to the Springfield Police Division in April and allegedly confessed to assaulting multiple teenage boys he met through the cadet program at the fire department, according to court records.

The charges involve four victims — who now are 15 years to 17 years old — under whom he had authority as their training instructor.

Monroe resigned from his position at the fire department by sending an email to the fire chief on April 6, Springfield Twp. Trustee Tim Foley said.

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A Clark County Grand Jury also returned the following indictments:

Marshall A. Hall, 34, 2740 Conastoga St.: Two counts of domestic violence.

Cody Johnathan Hatfield, 24, at large: Robbery.

Daniel Lee Crim, 29, at large: Receiving stolen property.

Virginia May Hennis, 31, 1726 Tarimore Drive: Endangering children.

Antone Maurice Youngblood III, 22, 913 Drexel: Two counts of aggravated robbery.

Calvin V. Mitchell, 46, 415 E. Liberty St.: Failure to comply with order or signal of police officer.

Robert Jeffrey Hartman, 52, 825 E. High St.: Robbery.

Joe Kelly Frederick Gohl, 21, 1730 Rutland Avenue: Discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises, improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle.

Dennis Baisden Jr., 66, 2034 N. Hadley Road: Two counts of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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Springboro teacher’s criminal case headed back to trial

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 2:45 PM

Springboro teacher’s criminal case headed back to trial

A judge today denied a Springboro teacher facing criminal charges in a drug case also involving her son treatment in lieu of conviction during a hearing in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

Amy Panzeca, 48, of Springboro, is facing charges of permitting drug abuse, contributing to the unruliness of a minor and endangering children in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

Judge Donald Oda II denied the motion for lack of evidence that Panzeca’s alleged drinking problem contributed to her permitting drug abuse in her home.

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The case stems from traffic stops last year by Springboro police and a raid last May by the Warren County Drug Task Force of the Panzeca home in the Settlers Walk community in Springboro.

Springboro teacher Amy Panzeca after her motion for treatment in lieu of convicion was denied by Judge Donald Oda II. LAWRENCE BUDD/STAFF(Staff Writer)

In December, her son, now 16, was sentenced to 30 more days in the local detention center as part of his sentence in Warren County Juvenile Court after pleading no contest to charges of trafficking in drugs and possession of controlled substances.

He got credit for 15 days already spent in detention, but was ordered to complete an in-patient treatment program.

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Panzeca is accused of converting her son’s money, including a birthday gift, to Bitcoin, which he used to buy LSD, some of which he sold to about 20 Springboro students.

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In December, Oda found an oral motion by Panzeca’s lawyer “to be well-taken, in part” and ordered the long-time teacher be examined.

Her lawyer, Andrea Ostrowski, filed a motion that said: “Drug or alcohol usage by the defendant was a factor leading to the instant offense.”

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Offenders granted treatment in lieu of conviction must abstain from drugs and alcohol for 12 months, take part in treatment programs and submit to random testing in order to complete the diversion program. It also can include community service and financial restitution.

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If offenders complete the program, the court dismisses the original charges and can potentially seal the records related to the case.

Since August, Panzeca has been free on her own recognizance, pending trial. She had been pressing for the identity of confidential informants in the case and suppression of statements made to police.

Oda delayed all other proceedings in the case, pending outcome of todays’s hearing. A suppression hearing is to be scheduled next in the case.

Trial date scheduled for alleged Trotwood shooter

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 3:03 PM

The defendant who allegedly shot at police officers in Trotwood had his trial scheduled for March 5.

The trial for alleged Trotwood “active shooter” Willam D. Gibson has been tentatively scheduled for March 5.

Gibson, 42, faces 10 counts of felonious assault on peace officers and 11 other counts for allegedly firing at police after calling 911 on Oct. 13, 2017 to say his wife accidentally shot herself.

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Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Dennis Adkins scheduled the trial date during his Wednesday docket. Attorneys indicated the date could be continued due to plea negotiations.

Adkins ruled during a Jan. 11 hearing that unrecorded statements Gibson allegedly made in the back of a cruiser would be allowed at trial.

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Gibson was transported to Montgomery County Jail after a standoff with police after his 911 call in which he said his wife accidentally shot herself in the leg. Gibson had not been given Miranda warnings when he was placed in a Trotwood cruiser.

That’s when Gibson allegedly said, “‘I probably shouldn’t have shot my wife, should I?” according to Trotwood police officer Bethany Morrissette, who testified during the Jan. 11 suppression hearing.

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“After that, I said, ‘No, you probably shouldn’t have,’ ” Morrissette added. “And I believe I said, ‘You probably shouldn’t have shot at us, either.’ “

Morrissette told assistant Montgomery County prosecutor Meagan Woodall that there is no recording of Gibson’s or her comments after the incident that drew several law enforcement agencies and multiple SWAT teams to Wolf Creek Pike for 2½ hours.

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On cross examination, Morrissette told public defender Michael Pentecost that Gibson also said: “I just want to go see a judge tomorrow and plead guilty. I don’t want to spend any time in Montgomery County (Jail), I hate Montgomery County. I know I’m going to prison for a long time.”

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‘Bad timing. Real bad.’: Men seen illegally entering building with K-9 training happening nearby

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 3:51 PM

Middletown Police canine Chase jumps hurdles for a demonstration during Middletown’s National Night Out event Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 at Berachah Church in Middletown. Dozens of booths were set up from area agencies, Gold Star Chili was giving out cheese coneys and Kona Ice had free shaved ice for attendees. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Middletown Police canine Chase jumps hurdles for a demonstration during Middletown’s National Night Out event Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 at Berachah Church in Middletown. Dozens of booths were set up from area agencies, Gold Star Chili was giving out cheese coneys and Kona Ice had free shaved ice for attendees. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

When the Middletown police chief and two new City Council were having lunch Wednesday on the fourth floor of the City Building, they noticed through a window that it appeared two subjects were climbing a fire escape and entering a window on the upper floors of the former Manchester Inn.

So Chief Rodney Muterspaw, who was meeting with council members Joe Mulligan and Ami Vitori, called police dispatch to report the suspicious activity at the hotel that closed seven years ago.

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As the two suspects were illegally trying to enter the Manchester Inn, the police department’s K-9 team was training along with eight agencies of the Southwest Regional K-9 Training Team at the city’s K-9 training center near the Middletown Regional Airport.

“Bad timing,” Muterspaw said with a laugh. “Real bad.”

Middletown’s K-9 officers Bear, Chase and Koda, along with dogs from the other police agencies, entered the building, said Officer Ryan Morgan, Chase’s handler. Morgan said there were 11 dogs stationed in and around the Manchester Inn.

“Dogs were barking everywhere,” Morgan said.

While Morgan and Chase were on the second floor, Chase, a 4-year-old German shepherd, indicted he smelled human scent, Morgan said. When they found the subjects hiding in a hotel room, Chase “showed force” and the subjects quickly surrendered, Morgan said.

Morgan said there is “no better training than real life scenarios.”

Nicholas Tsakeris, 18, and a juvenile were charged with criminal trespass, police said.

This story will be updated.

Judge seals records in Miami County woman’s shooting death

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 1:12 PM

Randy Freels is being held in the Miami County Jail, accused of murdering his wife, Samantha Freels.
Contributing Writer
Randy Freels is being held in the Miami County Jail, accused of murdering his wife, Samantha Freels.(Contributing Writer)

TROY - Search warrants, affidavits and related information in the investigation into the death Friday of Samantha Freels, 52, of Union Twp., Miami County, have been sealed by court order.

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The warrants and related information used to justify the search of vehicles and the residence of Samantha Freels and her husband, Randy Freels, 57, were filed today in the Miami County Municipal Court. The documents include an inventory of what was seized by investigators.

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Detective Todd Cooper's request for the sealing from public view of the information was approved by the court. 

Randy Freels was charged with murder in the death. His bail was set Tuesday at $1.5 million by Judge Gary Nasal.