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Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 12:14 PM
BUTLER COUNTY — A 16-year-old high school junior will remain in the juvenile detention center awaiting a court hearing next month for allegedly shooting another teen in a robbery attempt in a Fairfield Twp. Walmart parking lot.
The boy was arrested on Jan. 23 at Colerain High School by Fairfield Twp. police three days after the incident at Walmart on Princeton Road. The teen is charged with aggravated robbery and felonious assault.
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Last week, reporter Lauren Pack told you about how three recent shooting incidents are reportedly connected: Teens, guns and social media-set deals gone wrong. This is one of those cases. Read more in our complete report: “Here’s what connects three recent shootings involving teens in Butler County”
The teen is accused of robbing a 17-year-old and shooting him in the middle of a drug deal, according to police.
Because of the teen’s age and the level of charges, the case is a mandatory bind over to adult court if probable cause is found, Butler County Juvenile Court Judge Ronald Craft said Friday during a brief hearing.
Craft set the probable cause hearing for March 9 and ordered the teen remain in the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center.
On Jan. 20, the 17-year-old victim was shot while in the driver’s side of a car in the parking lot. The shot teen accelerated his vehicle and struck other vehicles and a shopping cart corral, according to police. The 17-year-old was treated and released from West Chester Hospital.
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: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 11:53 AM
BUTLER COUNTY — Since January, 12 law enforcement officer across the county have been shot and killed, including two veteran officers killed in Westerville on Saturday while they responded to an apparent domestic situation.
The events brought back chilling memories for officers in Butler County, where two shootings have occurred in recent history.
Both law enforcement officers who were shot survived.
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Thursday marked the fourth anniversary of the shooting of Hamilton Police Officer Chad Stafford on a freezing Saturday morning.
Stafford responded just after 7 a.m. on Feb. 15, 2014, to a report of an armed man firing shots into the air in a quiet neighborhood. Stafford spotted the suspect, identified as Brandon Keeler, walking along the 1100 block of Sipple Avenue.
When Stafford got out of his car, Keeler shot at him. Stafford ducked behind a car, but the bullet grazed his head. Wounded, the firearms instructor and 16-year veteran of the Hamilton Police Department returned fire, striking Keeler dead with multiple gunshots.
Keeler, who left notes indicating he wanted to die at the hands of police, was shooting a civilian version of an AK-47 rifle and had plenty of ammunition.
Stafford fully recovered and returned to work on March 20, 2014. He is still patrolling the streets of the city.
In May 2014, Stafford was presented with a Medal of Valor, a supreme degree of recognition for selfless bravery during extreme conditions.
After that presentation, Stafford told this news outlet that it was wonderful to be back to work.
On that morning, Stafford said he was not alarmed by a shots fired call and really not too alarmed when he got out of his vehicle to face the armed man.
“It was another Saturday morning. I thought, I am going to tell him to put down the gun and he is going to, but he didn’t,” Stafford said.
He said he remembers returning fire and “I watched him lay down in the snow. I continued to cover him until the other officers arrived.”
Hamilton Public Safety Director Scott Scrimizzi, who was police chief in February 2014, said officer shootings do bring back that horrible call he received on Feb. 15, 2014.
“I was convinced that Chad was killed,” Scrimizzi said. He was driving his daughter to swim practice that day when he got a call from dispatch that Stafford had been shot in the head. “I will never forget 7:04, that is when my phone went off.”
“I pulled up convinced that he was dead,” Scrimizzi said. “They had the tape up … I see that we have a crime scene set up and there is a body there and I am convinced it is Chad.”
A supervisor, who didn’t recognize the chief at first, soon told him Stafford was a alive and being treated.
“That is when we transition to immediately, we have got to get to his family,” Scrimizzi said. He wanted to make sure Stafford’s wife and two children did not find out about his shooting from the media or social media.
Scrimizzi added Stafford “clearly had an angel sitting on his shoulder that day.”
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On March 20, 2005, Butler County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Roberts was shot just outside the Village of Seven Mile while trying to apprehend to suspects on a crime spree.
Two Hamilton men, Mark Kendrick Jr., and Robert Morris, first attempted to rob a bank in College Corner, Ind., with sawed-off shotguns — they found the bank doors closed — before driving to Camden and robbing a BP station.
Camden Police Chief Mike Croucher began following the two men in his private vehicle. A short time after Croucher began his chase, the two suspects pulled into the Lazy Dog drive-through on Ohio 127 in Milford Township and attempted to disfigure their license plate.
Roberts then approached the suspect vehicle and stuck his weapon inside the front window. One of the men rose up from the car’s back seat and shot Roberts. The bullet went just under his vest and into his stomach.
The two men then stole the police cruiser and the officer’s gun and traveled south on Eaton Road. Later, with deputies in pursuit, they crashed the cruiser into a culvert about four miles from the Lazy Dog.
Kendrick and Morris fled into a creek area, where one suspect was found, hurt, a short time later. He was transported to an area hospital and the second suspect taken into custody by deputies.
“Just talking about it sends chills down my spine,” said Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.
He said he was in his office in Hamilton and responded with lights and sirens.
“Seems like it took forever to get there,” Jones said. “They were loading him on CareFlight when I got there. We really didn’t know if he would live.”
Roberts said he thought he was dying, Jones said.
“They left him for dead in the dirt, took his gun and told him they would shoot him if he moved,” the sheriff said.
Roberts did recover and returned to the department. he later retired.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 11:34 AM
SPRINGBORO — The teen son of Springboro teacher Amy Panzeca has appealed his juvenile court conviction in their drug case to the Twelfth District Court.
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. He had pleaded no contest to charges of trafficking in drugs and possession of controlled substances.
He was also ordered to complete an in-patient treatment program, placed on probation, possibly until he turns 21, and fined $250.
He was accused of selling drugs to students at Springboro High School, including LSD allegedly purchased with Bitcoin, an on-line currency that his mother purchased for him with a credit or debit card.
Before the no-contest plea, his lawyer Kevin Hughes urged Judge Joe Kirby to suppress statements made to police and agents of the Warren County Drug Task Force and a search warrant supporting a raid of the Panzeca home in Settler’s Walk planned community.
Copies of both motions are included with the appeal filed with the court.
The charge came after a raid last May of the Panzeca home in the Settler’s Walk planned community in Springboro, culminating an investigation in which kids were questioned after being stopped by police after leaving the home.
Amy Panzeca, 48, is pressing for the identity of confidential informants in her case and suppression of statements to police. A suppression hearing is scheduled for Feb. 28 in court in Lebanon.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 11:06 AM
SAN ANTONIO — Police are investigating after a 6-year-old boy and three of his family members were shot Sunday evening in the parking lot of a Texas Roadhouse steakhouse in San Antonio.
Police Chief William McManus said Sunday that the shooting, which happened as people were waiting outside the restaurant to eat, left the 6-year-old with a gunshot wound to his leg. Police said two of the boy’s three injured family members, all adults in their 20s, were hospitalized Sunday in critical but stable condition.
The shooting happened around 8:40 p.m. outside the Texas Roadhouse steakhouse on Cinema Ridge, the San Antonio Express-News reported.
“We do not believe that this shooting is random,” McManus said. “There were a number of people that were standing (outside the restaurant). All the people that were hit were from the same family.”
The gunman, who has not been identified, fired about 10 shots at the family within 15 feet of the front of Texas Roadhouse, the Express-News reported. He was masked at the time of the shooting, according to the newspaper.