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Tipp City man found guilty in home invasion

Published: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 8:58 AM

            Shay Woodley, one of two men accused of breaking into a Tipp City residence and assaulting and restraining a resident with duct tape before stealing guns and a vehicle, pleaded no contest Monday. CONTRIBUTED
Shay Woodley, one of two men accused of breaking into a Tipp City residence and assaulting and restraining a resident with duct tape before stealing guns and a vehicle, pleaded no contest Monday. CONTRIBUTED

TROY - One of two men accused of breaking into a Tipp City residence and assaulting and restraining a resident with duct tape before stealing guns and a vehicle pleaded no contest Monday to 11 felony charges in a Miami County court.

Shay Wooley, 49, of Tipp City, was arrested along with Carl E. Davis, 55, also of Tipp City, in the Nov. 26 home invasion. They were later indicted on one count of kidnapping, one count of grand theft of a motor vehicle, six counts of grand theft of a firearm, one count of aggravated burglary with a gun specification, one count of aggravated robbery and one count of felonious assault.

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Wooley on Monday was found guilty after pleading no contest as charged. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered and sentencing scheduled for March 26.

A change of plea hearing for Davis is scheduled for later this week, according to court schedules.

Tipp City police reports said the home’s occupant reported he was alone when two men entered the residence. He said he was hit in the head before being restrained by the men using duct tape on his arms and legs. Police arrived around 6 p.m. to find the man free but tape hanging from his wrist.

He said intruders stole guns from a gun safe and left with one of his vehicles.

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The vehicle was located that evening by Dayton police on Main Street with three people inside. They were brought back to Tipp City for questioning before Davis and Wooley were charged and jailed.

The resident was taken to Grandview hospital for a medical check.

Police later charged Kimberly Fannin, 34, of Dayton, with complicity to kidnapping, complicity to aggravated burglary, complicity to aggravated robbery and two charges of complicity to theft. She is accused of knowing about the robbery plans. The charges against Fannin are pending in Common Pleas Court.

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Father intentionally killed 5-year-old son, police say

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:54 AM

A father is in custody after police say he intentionally killed his 5-year-old son at a DeKalb County, Georgia, home Wednesday night.

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It was not immediately clear what led to the homicide or how the boy was killed.

According to police, the child lived at a home on Rocky Pine Drive in Lithonia with his grandmother. His parents drove from California for an unannounced visit Wednesday, authorities said.

The boy’s mother and grandmother left the home, returned and “learned that the child had been murdered,” police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell told WSBTV.

Three other children were inside the home at the time of the killing, but were not injured, the news station reported. 

Police have not released the names of the father and child.

"Right now, the father is in custody,” Campbell said. “He is a 25-year-old male.” 

Authorities continued to investigate the incident Thursday.

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Troy man who posed as Clark County firefighter sentenced to prison

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 8:26 AM

            Jeremy Aldrich was sentenced Feb. 21, 2018, for forgery after investigators said he posed as a firefighter. CONTRIBUTED.
Jeremy Aldrich was sentenced Feb. 21, 2018, for forgery after investigators said he posed as a firefighter. CONTRIBUTED.

TROY — A Troy man who police said posed as a firefighter using forged documents was sentenced Wednesday to eight months in prison on two felony forgery charges in Miami County Common Pleas Court.

Jeremy Aldrich, 25, pleaded guilty to the charges in January.

Aldrich could be released early from prison if he stays out of trouble and provides a plan to address mental health issues, Judge Jeannine Pratt said.

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A Troy police officer reported he started checking into Aldrich when he saw a Ford Crown Victoria with red and white flashing lights on the roof while the officer was investigating a wreck on West Main Street near Interstate 75 in November. After more checks, the officer reported he was told by a police captain that firefighters had reported seeing the car show up at ambulance calls in town and that the driver claimed to be with the Springfield Twp. Fire Department in Clark County.

Additional checks found that the driver had said he worked for another department when police had contact with him during an incident at his place of employment earlier in 2017. Police said they were unable to verify any employment by Aldrich by a fire department or any required certifications.

Aldrich was arrested later in November. Police said they found a firefighter turnout coat, scanner, medical shears, handcuff case, vehicle lock out kit and a BB gun a among other items in his car. They said Aldrich admitted to forging the signature of a Clark County fire official to obtain the special license plates. The second forgery charge involved a fake ID. A charge of tampering with records was dismissed as part of a plea deal.

Public defender Joe Fulker told Pratt that Aldrich made a “very bad decision” when forging the documents to pose as a firefighter.

Aldrich said he now realizes “what I did was wrong and selfish.” He said he hid his activity from family and friends. “I realize I don’t need a title to keep me happy,” he said.

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Pratt read Aldrich’s criminal record that included juvenile adjudications for domestic violence, theft, identify fraud and adult convictions for inducing panic - a bomb threat in Clark County - and making a false alarm.

“You have a course of conduct that is very concerning. The community around you could be at risk as well as the people around you,” Pratt said, telling Aldrich his mental health issues had to be addressed.

In a letter to the court in late November, Aldrich wrote he knew what he did was wrong. “I did it not to hurt people, but to help them. I would often stop on the highway to help someone who was broken down and I said I was on the department, show my ‘badge’ and ID so they knew was was there to help, which usually put them at ease,” he said.

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Springfield man accused of abduction, stomping on woman’s head

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 8:12 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 8:45 PM

            Jonathan J. Rockey
Jonathan J. Rockey

A Springfield man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly abducted a woman he knows and stomped on her head in Pike Twp. last week.

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Jonathan J. Rockey, 36, of Springfield, pleaded not guilty to one count each of domestic violence, abduction, disrupting public services, assault, menacing and unauthorized use of a vehicle in Clark County Municipal Court on Tuesday morning. Bond was set at $23,500.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the intersection of Studebaker Road and Ayers Pike for an active domestic violence dispute on Feb. 17. The victim and another man who stopped to help told deputies the suspect just drove off in a minivan towards Miami County, according to a police report.

A witness told deputies he was driving on Ayers Pike when he heard a woman calling for help. As he pulled up to the van, he allegedly saw Rockey stomping on a woman’s head. The witness told Rockey he had an active concealed carry permit, the report said. Rockey allegedly threatened the witness, he said.

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The victim told deputies she had just arrived home in New Carlisle when Rockey asked her to go on a car ride, the report said. Rockey allegedly had alcohol on his breath and threw the victim’s phone into the back of the car so she wouldn’t be able to reach it. Rockey drove to some woods the victim wasn’t familiar with and allegedly refused to take her home, the report said.

Rockey accused the woman of cheating on him and allegedly told her if she didn’t tell the truth she wouldn’t make it out of the woods alive, the report said. The victim began yelling for help and Rockey allegedly pulled her out of the vehicle and began stomping on her head and stomach until the witness arrived to help. The victim told deputies multiple times she believed he was going to kill her, it said.

Rockey was taken into custody by deputies on Monday evening in New Carlisle, according to jail records.


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Woman ‘just out of rehab’ had open 12-pack, child in car, deputies say

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 4:44 PM

A woman was arrested in unincorporated Wellington, Fla., for DUI and child neglect. Stephanie Roque, 30, allegedly had an open 12-pack of beer in her car. Police said the 12-back was sitting beneath a child's feet in the backseat.

A woman was arrested on Thursday in an unincorporated area of Wellington, Fla., after deputies said she drove intoxicated with a child in the back seat, who was sitting above an open case of beer.

A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy pulled over Miami resident Stephanie Roque, 30, on Forest Hill Boulevard and Lyons Road abour 11 a.m. after she made a complete stop in her SUV in the center of a lane. The deputy said that Roque’s drivers license was suspended, and noticed she had a “strong smell of alcohol,” the arrest report states.

Roque told the deputy that she “just got out of rehab today for a drinking problem,” according to the report. The deputy found a child in the backseat of the car with an open 12-pack of beer sitting underneath the child’s feet. Only nine of the 12 beers were in the case, the report states.

The deputy had Roque perform roadside sobriety tests, and then arrested her on charges of DUI and child neglect. Roque was booked into the Palm Beach County jail and released on Thursday after posting a $4,000 bond, according to jail records.

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