Warren County man accused of fondling 4 boys makes bail

Published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 3:57 PM

            COLE PHILLIPS

The 19-year-old Wayne Twp. man accused of fondling four Waynesville-area boys has been released after a $25,000 bond was posted in his case.

Cole A. Phillips was indicted on seven counts of gross sexual imposition, according to a list issued Monday by Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell’s office.

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Between March 2016 and December 2016, Phillips is accused of fondling four sleeping male students from Waynesville school district students after giving them alcohol at his home, according to Fornshell.

He was booked into Warren County Jail on Monday.

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At Phillips’ arraignment, bond was set at $25,000. It was later posted, enabling his release.

Phillips, who attended local schools with the alleged victims, is required to have no contact with them, while awaiting trial.

Springfield man accused of picking up child from school drunk

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 9:20 AM

            Christopher C. Hill
Christopher C. Hill

A Springfield man faces child endangering charges after he allegedly attempted to pick up a child from school while drunk.

Christopher C. Hill, 28, of 1727 Highland Ave., pleaded not guilty in the Clark County Municipal Court on Monday. Bond was set at $1,000. He also faces one charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

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A Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputy was sent to the South Vienna Elementary School about 1:40 p.m. Friday on a report of a possible overdose in a vehicle in the school’s parking lot.

The deputy alleged he found two people sitting in a vehicle with their eyes closed and a small child in the backseat. The passenger reportedly told the deputy he was “enjoying his weekend,” according to a police report. The man denied taking any drugs but said he had been drinking.

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Hill, who was driving the car, had glassy and extremely bloodshot eyes, the report said. He told police he was there to pick up his daughter from school. He also allegedly told police he had two beers at 9 a.m. but hadn’t drank since, the report says. Hill was arrested after officers completed field sobriety tests.

The children were placed with their mother, the report says.


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One person transported to hospital after stabbing in Trotwood

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 12:30 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 12:40 AM

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At least one person was taken to Miami Valley Hospital early Wednesday following the report of a stabbing at the Wingate at Belle Meadows Apartments in Trotwood.

Police and medics were called late Tuesday night to a report of a woman stabbed.

Crews were dispatched around 11:50 p.m. to an apartment in the 300 block of Outer Belle Drive.

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According to initial reports, a caller heard glass breaking and a woman screaming.

Additional details were not available on scene. We will continue to follow this story.

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Middletown police: Beware tree-trimming scam

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 1:03 AM

Middletown police are warning residents of “unscrupulous tree trimmers” who have been taking advantage of elderly people.

The police department posted its warning Tuesday on its Facebook page.

One incident was thwarted, but the culprits were paid in another incident.

Police remind residents that door-to-door solicitors need a permit in the city. Call police if tree trimmers knock on your door uninvited.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine offers tips to avoid tree-trimming scams. Beware of a tree trimmer who:

  • Comes to your door unexpectedly
  • Says your trees are diseased
  • Requires a large down payment
  • Accepts only cash or check
  • Says nothing about your right to cancel
  • Starts work immediately

Sidney businessman accused of not paying people in Piqua

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 11:32 PM

Duaine E. Liette

A 57-year-old Sidney businessman is facing numerous felony theft charges after multiple people claimed he hired them to do work but didn’t pay them.

Duaine E. Liette has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Miami County Municipal Court. He was arraigned Friday on four felony theft charges and three misdemeanor theft counts and was released from custody on his own recognizance.

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The cases were related to complaints from June 2015, June 2017 and July 2017, in which people stated they were hired to complete work for Liette but never received payment, according to Piqua police and court records.

Piqua police arrested Liette on Thursday at 1037 Broadway St., in Piqua. The house is owned by Sidney-based real estate company American Land Investments, of which Liette is listed as its principal; the business also has the same address as Liette’s residence, records show.

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Piqua police are urging anyone else who believe they may be victims to call 937-440-9111.