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VIDEO: Springfield street fight caught on tape; victim speaks out

Published: Saturday, April 15, 2017 @ 8:42 PM

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UPDATE @ 11:45 p.m. (April 16)

Six juveniles who were involved in a street fight on Friday afternoon in Springfield were arrested and charged with assault and robbery, police said.

Police say the youths attacked two young adult men around 1:10 p.m. on Morgan Street.

One victim spoke out Sunday evening, and said he believes the act was planned. It all started when Kyle Jacks was trying to leave in his car with a friend when he noticed a bike in the middle of the road.

“I was going to pick up the bike, get it out of the road. I was on my may somewhere, needed to get the bike out of the way,” he said. “Guys came off the porch and decided to surround me and my friend.”

The incident was caught on security camera from a home nearby.

“There was spitting going on, all kinds of punching and kicking,” said Jacks, who described injuries to his knees, head and hands.

He said his friend also had injuries to his head and legs, and a broken nose that requires surgery.

The teens, between 13 and 17, were taken to the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center on Friday.

Jacks’ mother, who declined to give her name, returned home to find her son with the police. She said what happened shocked her.

"They took their wallet, their cellphones, it's just terrible," she said. 

Jacks said he's glad it was not worse but said something needs to be done. 

"We have too much violence here in Springfield and that's something that needs to be cleaned up from up top from the police department, from the city, from community service ... everything that needs to go down to help this city be what it used to be," he said.

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Six juveniles who were involved in a street fight on Friday afternoon in Springfield were arrested and charged with assault and robbery, police said.

Home security camera recorded the incident that happened around 1:10 p.m. on Morgan Street, which was shared by a resident on Facebook.

Springfield police said six boys arrested were each charged with robbery and assault for taking the wallet and cellphone of one of the two adult men they attacked. The youths were taken to the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center, but it’s not clear whether they are still at the facility.

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6-year-old boy, 3 family members shot outside Texas steakhouse

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 11:06 AM

A Young Boy And Family Members Shot Outside Texas Steakhouse

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.

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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.

Police continue to investigate the attack.

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Police: Middletown man died after being punched and falling off stage at bar

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 2:29 PM

John Fugate was a popular musician in Middletown

The Middletown music community is mourning the loss of one of its members.

John Fugate, 46, a musician who booked bands at the Old Crow Bar on Jackson Lane, died Saturday morning after an incident in the bar, according to Middletown police and friends.

Fugate allegedly was punched while he was standing on stage around 1 a.m. Saturday, said Maj. Scott Reeve from the Middletown Division of Police. Fugate fell backward off the stage and hit his head on the concrete floor, Reeve said. He was transported to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where he died, police said.

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Reeve said police know who allegedly punched Fugate, but no charges have been filed. After the investigation is complete, the facts will be presented to the Butler County Grand Jury for consideration, Reeve said.

The bar posted on its Facebook page Saturday that the death of Fugate is a “devastating loss.”

Fugate had worked as a route driver for 13 years at Bonbright Distributors, said Bill Manley, vice president of operations. He said Fugate was a reliable employee. His delivery route included Hamilton and Middletown, Manley said.

He called Fugate’s death “unbelievable” and “tragic.”.

“I can’t get over it,” said Manley, his voice cracking.

Fugate had volunteered at the Old Crow since its former stage manager, John Howard, died from lung cancer last year, friends said.

Another friend, Chris Lester, owner of Lester’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Shop on Central Avenue, said he had known Fugate for about 30 years. Fugate was a frequent customer, Lester said.

Fugate’s death was “a tragic loss,” said Lester, who called Fugate a great father. “I’m heart-broken for them all.”

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Springboro teacher’s son appeals conviction in drug case

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 11:34 AM


            Warren County Juvenile Court Judge Joe Kirby’s conviction of a Springboro boy in a drug case involving his mother, a teacher in Springboro, has been appealed to the Ohio Twelfth District Court of Appeals. STAFF/LAWRENCE BUDD
Warren County Juvenile Court Judge Joe Kirby’s conviction of a Springboro boy in a drug case involving his mother, a teacher in Springboro, has been appealed to the Ohio Twelfth District Court of Appeals. STAFF/LAWRENCE BUDD

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

No dates have been set yet in her son’s appeal in the state appeals court in Middletown.

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Sheriff: I’ll offer conceal-and-carry class to local teachers

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 3:39 PM

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones talks about school safety and threats to schools and what they are doing to address the problem.

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.


Posted by Butler County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, February 18, 2018

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.

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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.


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.

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