WATCH: Cruiser video of pursuit in child abduction

Updated: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 @ 10:00 AM
Published: Friday, March 11, 2016 @ 6:05 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

            WATCH: Cruiser video of pursuit in child abduction
Police have released cruiser camera video of a speedy pursuit along several Dayton streets March 1 involving two suspects in the theft of an SUV with six children.

Police have released cruiser camera video of a speedy pursuit along several Dayton streets March 1 involving two suspects in the theft of an SUV with six children inside.

Here are some key details:

  • The children were left in the SUV at the AM/PM market
  • The vehicle was left running, with keys in ignition
  • The children were found safe - in the van - minutes later
  • They range in age from 18 months to 10 years old
  • Police: The adult who left the kids is likely to be charged


UPDATE @ 6 p.m. (March 11): Dayton police today released cruiser camera footage of the March 1 pursuit that led to the capture of two persons of interest in a child abduction case.

UPDATE @12:11 p.m. (March 2):

A 911 caller told dispatchers someone took a woman’s car with six children inside from the area near the AM/PM Market on Salem Avenue.

“Someone just took off in this lady’s car and her kids were in the car,” the caller said, as the victim relayed information to her.

The caller said the victim was in tears as she tried to explain to her what happened.

Daquaan Norman, 24, and Shelesa Long, 25, were arrested following a pursuit that ended on North Gettysburg that is believed to possibly be connected to the abduction case on Salem Avenue, according to officials

Police said Norman and Long were going to be questioned about the abduction incident, but have not confirmed if Norman and Long are indeed the suspects in that case.

Norman and Long were both booked on receiving stolen property charges. Norman also could face a charge of failure to comply.

UPDATE @ 11:22 p.m. (March 1): The case of the stolen SUV with six children inside is being investigated as a grand theft auto-abduction, Dayton police Lt. Mark Ponichtera said.

About 20 minutes after the SUV and children were found, Dayton officers on patrol in the area of North Gettysburg Avenue, near West Hillcrest Avenue, saw a vehicle that matched the description of one connected to the theft of the SUV.

That vehicle, a Chevy Impala, turned out to be stolen out of Montgomery County, the lieutenant said.

Police engaged in three separate pursuits of that car, deploying spiked sticks on two occasions, before stopping the car on North Gettysburg and Grafix Boulevard. All four tires were deflated.

The pursuit lasted an estimated 18 to 20 minutes, reaching speeds of 75 to 80 mph. No one was injured.

The male and female arrested will be questioned as persons of interest in the SUV theft/abduction. At the minimum, the driver will be charged with receiving stolen property and failure to comply with the order and signal of a police officer.

“We are still not certain these two individuals are involved in that crime,” Ponichtera said of the SUV theft/abduction, but police have a lot of information that leads them to consider the male and female persons of interest in the original incident.

The SUV theft/abduction “is a shining example not to leave your car running, with the keys in it, not to leave the kids in the car unattended, and that’s what in fact did happen,” the lieutenant said.

The adult who left the children in the SUV more than likely will be charged with child endangerment, he said.

The children range in age from 18 months to 10 years old.

UPDATE @ 10:45 p.m.: A pursuit stemming from the incident involving the stolen SUV with six children inside has ended with the arrest of two suspects in the area of North Gettysburg Avenue and Grafix Boulevard.

The arrests occurred about 10:30 p.m. after a speedy pursuit involving several Dayton police cruisers that lasted roughly 10 minutes.

A male and female have been taken into custody from a Chevy Impala. Its front tires have been flattened by spiked sticks police used during the pursuit.


Six children left inside an SUV stolen from the AM/PM market, in the 2300 block of Salem Avenue, have been found with the vehicle, Dayton police Lt. Mark Ponichtera said.

Police found the SUV — the children are not believed to have been harmed — parked behind an apartment complex on Fairview Avenue sometime between 9:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., Ponichtera said.

He said the thief left the vehicle and police are looking for him.

Police had been searching an area of West Fairview Avenue and Catalpa Drive for the SUV, described as green. Before they found it, they were working off information that the SUV was last seen headed south on Salem.

We will update this developing report as we get information.

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Fairfield moves toward firing teacher accused of sex with student

Updated: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 @ 12:54 PM
By: Michael D. Clark - Staff Writer

The Fairfield City Schools governing board has taken the first steps toward firing a high school teacher accused of having sexual activity with a student.

The Fairfield Board of Education voted 4-0, with board member Michael Berding absent, to “proceed to consider the termination of the teaching contract of Tyler M. Conrad.”

Conrad, who is a Fairfield High School teacher, faces criminal charges for alleged sexual activity with a female student between August and October.

He appeared in Butler County Common Pleas Court last week after being indicted by a grand jury on two counts of sexual battery, a third-degree felony; sexual imposition, a third-degree misdemeanor; and contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a minor, a first-degree misdemeanor.

In a school board resolution, members last week also stated Conrad should be “suspended without pay or other fringe benefits during the pendency of termination proceedings.”

Fairfield Schools Superintendent Billy Smith issued a statement that read: “The district believes that Mr. Conrad’s conduct constitutes ground for termination. He is being suspended without pay and benefits during the pendency of termination proceedings. We have no additional comment at this time.”

Conrad, 26, of Victor Court in Hamilton, turned himself in to deputies in Butler County Common Pleas Court minutes before his arraignment in Judge Keith Spaeth’s courtroom.

The investigation began when Fairfield police were contacted by Butler County Children Services about possible illegal activity between a Fairfield High School teacher and student. Police opened an investigation, advised school administrators of the allegations.

The alleged activity happened between Conrad and a 16-year-old female student between Aug. 16 and Oct. 9, according to the indictment.

A pretrial hearing has been set for Dec.14. Davidson declined comment after his arraignment.

Mom tries to smuggle pot via her bra to son in Lebanon prison

Updated: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 @ 12:17 PM
By: Lauren Pack - Staff Writer

            Mom tries to smuggle pot via her bra to son in Lebanon prison
The Lebanon Correctional Institution. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

A Dayton mother is facing felony charges for allegedly trying to smuggle marijuana to her son via undergarments into Lebanon Correctional Institution.

Maria Kenney, 53, of Smith Street, was indicted Monday by a Warren County grand jury for illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility and possession of criminal tools.

Donald Kenney, 21, who is serving a five-year sentence for burglary and discharging a firearm at a school, was also indicted on the same illegal conveyance charge, which is a third-degree felony.

Maria Kenney is accused for placing the marijuana in a balloon then putting it in her bra and trying to get it into prison to pass off to Donald on Oct. 28, according to Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell.

“Typically they go into the break room where there are vending machines and pretend they are sharing food and pass it,” Fornshell said, adding that peanut M&Ms are a popular choice to mask such an activity.

The amount of marijuana found on Kenney would not have raised to a felony level, but because it was being brought into a prison, the charge is higher, Fornshell said.

Investigators were able to determine Donald Kenney played a role in planning the crime, so he too is facing the same charge, the prosecutor said.

According to court records, a warrant has been issued for Maria Kenney, but she is not yet in custody in the Warren County Jail.

$10K worth of pain killers stolen from CVS in Beavercreek

Updated: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 @ 12:15 PM

UPDATE @ 12:08 p.m. (Nov. 6):

Police said the suspects that robbed the CVS of more than $10,000 worth of pain pills fled in a green vehicle from the store, while also losing the majority of the stolen drugs in the parking lot.

Surveillance video shows the two men jump the counter at the CVS and force the employee to open a drug safe containing the pain pills.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact Beavercreek police.


Officers are investigating after two men are accused of stealing more than $10,000 worth of pain killers from the CVS on North Fairfield Road, according to police.

Police said the men stole Oxycodone and other pain killers from the business, 1331 North Fairfield Road.

Officers responded to the CVS around 10:41 p.m. last night on a reported robbery at the business.

We are working to learn additional information on this case.

Middletown cat ‘sanctuary’ was under investigation for 4 months

Updated: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 @ 11:28 AM
By: Lauren Pack - Staff Writer

            Middletown cat ‘sanctuary’ was under investigation for 4 months
Heart’s Rescue Sanctuary owner Lesli Martin has been charged with misdemeanor cruelty to companion animals after deputies removed 28 cats from the facility last week. Martin is scheduled to be in Middletown court Dec. 15. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

The owner of a cat rescue operation in Middletown received “several warnings” during a four-month investigation before being cited last week, according to documents obtained by this news outlet.

Lesli Martin, 51, the owner of Heart’s Rescue Sanctuary on Breiel Boulevard, is facing a misdemeanor charge for the alleged condition of animals in her care.

The action was taken “after several warnings were given to the owner,” according to the sheriff’s office and the Butler County Dog Warden’s office.

Investigation of Heart’s Rescue Sanctuary fist began in early August, according to a search warrant obtained by this news outlet.

On Aug. 3, the dog warden’s office began an investigation after receiving a complaint alleging about 40 t0 50 sick and injured cats were inside the facility on Breiel Boulevard, according to the search warrant.

“Many of the animals were in awful conditions,” Deputy Jamie Hearlihy said in the affidavit for the search warrant. “Open mouth breathing, barely moving, some were leaking stool and had discharge around the nose and eyes.”

The owner was issued a warning and told that all the animals needed to go to the veterinarian. The dog warden and deputies said they would follow up the next week.

Deputies returned to the sanctuary on Aug. 17 with Middletown zoning and the department of health. According to court records, the cats had been taken to a veterinarian but were “still not doing better.”

In addition, more cats were sick, according to the deputies. At that time, Martin was again told to get the cats veterinarian care.

Dog wardens and deputies checked on the cats Aug. 28, Sept. 12, Sept. 19 and Sept. 26. According to deputies, “every time we returned the cats seemed to be getting more sick and injured.”

On Sept. 29, a second warning was issued to Martin for the condition of the cats and the inside of the shelter, according to court documents.

When deputies tried to follow up on Nov. 21, Martin said she was on vacation.

On Nov. 29, deputies returned and talked with the person responsible while Martin was gone. According to court documents, they could tell 15 cats were sick just by looking at them and at least 10 others needed veterinarian care.

Officials then filed for a search warrant to take the sick animals.

When the sheriff’s office served the search warrant Wednesday at the storefront in Middletown Shopping Center, they found 49 felines.

According to records obtained by this news outlet, 28 cats were seized from the shelter. The others remain at the location under the care of different people. Five of the cats that were removed had to be euthanized, according to the sheriff’s office.

Martin declined comment at the advise from her attorney, but in social media posts has said the charge of misdemeanor cruelty to companion animals is not true.

She is scheduled to appear in Middletown Municipal Court on Dec. 15.

“We gave Ms. Martin ample time to comply with current laws involving these animals, and she just didn’t come through,” said Deputy Dog Warden Kurt Merbs. “We try to help rescue businesses any way we can, including meeting with the owners, visiting the businesses, and providing information on where and how to seek help with keeping healthy animals in a safe environment.”

“Most of the cats have infections and diseases, and not all of them are treatable,” he said.

The cats taken from Heart’s Rescue Sanctuary are currently in treatment at Animal Friends Humane Society.

“They are all very unhealthy,” said Meg Stephenson, executive director of the humane society located in Hamilton.

Cats successfully treated will eventually be available for adoption, she said.

Anyone interested in adoption can go to the humane society website and fill out a pre-adoption form.