What is a school resource officer? Police are present in local schools

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 3:21 PM

            Students change classes in the junior high section of Monroe Junior/Senior High School Tuesday, Oct. 17 in Monroe. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF FILE
Students change classes in the junior high section of Monroe Junior/Senior High School Tuesday, Oct. 17 in Monroe. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF FILE

School resource officers are receiving new attention in the aftermath of the mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school last week.

Officials announced Thursday that school resource officer Deputy Scott Peterson never went inside to engage the gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while the shooting was underway. Peterson has resigned.

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President Trump questioned the inaction of an armed officer who failed to stop the gunman who carried out last week’s Florida massacre. Departing the White House, Trump told reporters that “when it came time to get in there and do something,” Peterson “didn’t have the courage or something happened.”

School resource officers have a variety of functions, according to the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police.

“School resource officers … will arrest violators, confront suspicious behaviors, recognize danger and respond according to our training will keep schools safer,” the union said in a statement. “In addition to improving security, SROs build relationships between students and law enforcement, provide a positive role model and serve as guest instructors in classrooms on issues such as drug addiction.”

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In the Dayton area, SROs are a fixture of many schools.

A 2015 Dayton Daily News survey of 22 local school districts found that most large districts have local police regularly serving as SROs in their buildings. Several other districts without SROs cite an open-door policy with their police departments.

Dayton-area schools take a variety of approaches, largely depending on the size of the district. The 10 largest districts in the area all have school resource officer or security officer programs, according to the 2015 survey of district officials.

On Thursday, Fairborn High School’s SRO played a central part in assisting with a lockdown caused by social media chatter at the middle school, according to police documents.

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The Associated Press contributed reporting.

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3-year-old girl allegedly assaulted by her babysitter has died

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 12:28 PM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 3:41 PM

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A 3-year-old girl died Sunday, just a few days after her babysitter was indicted on charges of felonious assault and felony child endangering.

Hannah Wesche was essentially “brain dead” at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, her father, Jason Wesche, previously said. She was pronounced dead at 12:15 a.m., he said via a post made late Sunday morning on GoFundMe page #Hannahstrong#JusticeforHannah at www.gofundme.com/59at5mo.

As of 3:40 p.m. Sunday, the page had raised $8,332 of its $15,000 goal.

Lindsay Partin, who is accused of assaulting the 3-year-old child while in her care March 8, was free on bond Thursday after being arraigned on a felony indictment Thursday afternoon.

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Partin, 35, of the 4000 block of Shank Road in Hanover Twp., was indicted by a Butler County grand jury on charges of felonious assault and felony child endangering. Butler County Common Pleas Judge Greg Stephens set bond at $75,000 at her arraignment.

Partin was free on bond at 7:15 p.m. Thursday. She is scheduled to be back in court for a pre-trial hearing on April 9.

At about 7 a.m. March 8, Hanover Twp. emergency crews and Butler County detectives responded to Partin’s residence for an unconscious child. They found Hannah unresponsive with labored breathing, according to the sheriff’s office. There were obvious bruises about her head and face.

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The girl was taken by medical helicopter to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. After further investigation, detectives and hospital personnel noted additional bruising on the child’s body.

Partin admitted to striking the child and stated she had fallen and struck her head on the concrete garage floor the previous day.

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Multiple shots fired at MJs Fish and Chips in Dayton

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 12:08 AM

The owner of MJ’s Fish and Chips arrived Saturday to find that someone fired multiple shots into the building.

Surveillance footage from the restaurant at 1600 W. Riverview Ave. showed that just after 1 a.m. a maroon small sport-utility vehicle, possibly a Kia Sportage, slowly drove south in the wrong direction of Paul Laurence Dunbar Avenue. The SUV briefly paused in front of the store before leaving the area.

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At 1:45 a.m., Dayton police officers are seen checking the area after someone reported hearing several shots fired.

Police discovered 11 bullet holes: six in the window to the west of the doorway; three in the sign above the door; and two in the door.

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Customer threatens Dayton clerk with gun after racial slur

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 10:04 PM

A Dayton man is jailed on gun-related charges this weekend after police say he threatened a clerk who used a racial slur against him.

Police were called around 9 p.m. Friday to Marathon gas station, 1845 N. Main St., on a report of a man with a gun. 

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The suspect had already gone, but an officer spotted a man who matched his description walking up North Main Street. 

The officer, with backup, apprehended the suspect — identified as 46-year-old Nigel Harrison — at gunpoint, and found a loaded weapon in his waistband, according to a Dayton police report. 

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The clerk admitted to police he used the N-word against Harrison during an argument after he accused Harrison of shortchanging him. 

According to the police report, Harrison left the store, but came back inside and was yelling, making shooting gestures with his hand. At one point he pulled a gun out of his waistband and held it next to his leg, the report stated. 

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Harrison was booked on suspicion of felonious assault and carrying concealed weapon. He is set to be arraigned Monday in Dayton Municipal Court.

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Baby revived with Narcan: Parents have history of drug incidents, records show

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 3:51 PM

Baby revived with Narcan

Parents of a 10-month-old girl revived with Narcan had several other run-ins with police in previous months involving drugs.

Medics and police responded July 15, 2017, to a report of an unresponsive 10-month-old in the 200 block of Billwood Road in Dayton. They had to administer Narcan, an overdose reversal drug, to revive her.

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Police charged her parents with felony child endangering, after police say 27-year-old Carmen Lovely and 30-year-old Andrew Reboulet tested positive for fentanyl, a drug also found in the baby's system. It’s not clear how the baby came in contact with the deadly drug, but experts say even a tiny bit of powder on her skin could have been enough to put her in shock.

Dayton police records from 2017 alone show a history of drug-related incidents involving the girl’s parents.

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In January 2017, police used Narcan to revive Reboulet. The next month, they revived Lovely. After they found her battered and partially clothed, officers wrote: “It appeared as she had been thrown from a vehicle after overdosing.”

In mid-May both parents were with their children at an elementary school. Police arrested Reboulet after they say he drove under the influence with his kids in the car. Officers wrote that Reboulet “almost fell with the baby in his hands. Baby with possible injuries from being dropped on head. (Parents) are screaming at the little boy, like it was his fault that the baby is injured.”

Police took Reboulet to jail, and medics took the infant to the hospital. Less than two months later, medics had to revive the infant.

Carmen Lovely and Andrew Reboulet(MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL)

When asked why the couple still had custody of the baby at the time she was exposed to fentanyl, a Montgomery County Children Services spokesperson could only say: “We do have a current open case in this matter.” Case workers were not able to say when the case was opened nor where the children are now.

Both parents pleaded guilty to child endangerment. Reboulet did not get time in prison but was sent to the alternative MonDay Program.

Lovely will be sentenced April 9.

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