60-year-old man gets 4 years for sex offenses with boy in Warren County

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 5:43 PM

Man gets 4 1/2 Years on sex charges involving 13 year old boy

A Butler County man was sentenced on Thursday to 4 ½ years in prison for unlawful sexual conduct with a boy less than a quarter his age and illegal use of the boy “in nudity oriented material” in Warren County.

John Hopkins, 61, of West Chester Twp., was also classified a Tier II sex offender, required to register twice a year for the next 25 years.

Judge Robert Peeler sentenced Hopkins after rejecting his lawyer’s motion to set aside a plea bargain and set the case for trial in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

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The judge said such crimes against children were often found to be key triggers leading to drug addiction or mental health problems.

“These are the kinds of acts that can scar a child for life,” Peeler said.

Lawyer Jeffrey Meadows motioned for a trial after the victim’s mother called for a maximum sentence, and submitted a bill for more than $1,000 for counseling fees, and a prosecutor, queried by the judge for a sentencing recommendation, called for 5 years in prison or “even more.”

Hopkins has been in jail since his arrest in March in the Lebanon Junior High School parking lot, where he was to meet the boy whom he came to know through an App called Grindr, where men seeking men contact each other.

Instead, he was arrested by a Lebanon detective who began communicating with Hopkins. The arrest happened after Hopkins and the boy had sex multiple times after Hopkins picked him up at his home, according to statements during the hearing.

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Meadows urged Peeler to put Hopkins on probation, pointing out he had no record of sex offenses and a criminal record limited to three drunk-driving convictions. He also said the offense was less serious since the boy was willingly communicating with men seeking men and had been turned down twice by Hopkins after he realized the boy’s true age.

The boy’s mother urged Peeler to imprison Hopkins for as long as possible, discounted claims this was Hopkins’ first time engaging with sex with under-age boys.

“You were just caught this time,” said the mother who is not identified to protect the identity of the victim.

Assistant County Prosecutor Chris Delnicki charged Hopkins had preyed on the boy and called for at least 5 years of prison time.

Hopkins apologized and expressed hope the boy and his family would forgive him “as I have also asked my savior and lord, Jesus Christ.”

Group rallies for man shot by Moraine police, says lawsuit coming

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 6:55 PM

Group rallies for man shot by Moraine police, says lawsuit coming

A Dayton-born reverend told a group of more than three dozen protesters that Jamarco McShann’s Oct. 20 death at the hands of the Moraine police department should signal a turning point in the demand for justice for black men shot by law enforcement.

“I for one am tired of watching folks sit on the sideline. It’s time to get off the bench and get in this game. We have to fight for change,” said Rev. Jerome McCorry, the president and CEO of the National Congress on Faith & Social Justice. “The death of Marco should not be in vain. Marco’s name should long be remembered as the rallying cry that finally made people stop sitting in their living room, looking at the news and saying I need to do something.”

People gathered Saturday afternoon outside the Moraine police department on Dryden Avenue as organizers urged them to fight for change, register to vote and return again for community meetings and more rallies. McCorry also said a federal civil wrongful death lawsuit against Moraine’s police department will be filed in the coming weeks.

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McShann, 23, died after two Moraine police officers fired at him after police said the Dayton man pointed a loaded semi-automatic pistol at them and failed to heed their warnings.

Moraine police Chief Craig Richardson has said officers John Howard and Jerry Knight were investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle at an apartment complex at 3750 Pinnacle Road when the encounter occurred. Howard and Knight were placed on paid administrative leave.

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The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has assumed control of the case at the request of the Moraine Police Division. Richardson said an internal investigation

McShann’s mother, Sabrina Jordan, said her son was “over-killed” by Moraine police, who are not equipped with body cameras and whose police cruisers do not have the devices either, according to Moraine city law director Buzz Portune.

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“There’s going to be a lot of stuff coming up. This is just the beginning. I’m not letting this go,” Jordan said. “I’ve lost three sons. One to street violence, another one to the prison system and now, Jamarco, to the police. I’m tired. I’m done. I’m fighting.”

Minister Raleigh Thornton Jr. said: “We need some people that’s ready to hit the ground right here in Dayton, Ohio, Moraine, Kettering, Beavercreek. We all need to be on the same page of saying, ‘No murder will go unpunished. No life — white, black, Chinese — is worth being killed if you have not done anything wrong.”

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McCorry said private investigators also are studying evidence and talking to witnesses to the shooting.

“We’re here to fight for justice for that young man because we feel his life was unjustly taken,” McCorry said. “We’re looking to have some officers charged, indicted, convicted for the murder of our people, and that includes Jamarco McShann.”

‘Out of control’ Florida woman threw electric toothbrush at deputy

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 4:04 PM

Indian River County Sheriff's Office
Santiago(Indian River County Sheriff's Office)

A woman was arrested after spitting and throwing an electric toothbrush at a deputy in Vero Beach, according to the sheriff’s office. 

Indian River County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Oct. 14 when a man reported that his 19-year-old daughter, Angelie Santiago, was acting “out of control” and would not leave, TC Palm reports. 

The man told deputies on the porch of his home that Santiago doesn’t live with him, but stayed there overnight and kept yelling at him.

Santiago then walked through the front door and spit in her father’s face, according to the arrest report. As deputies tried to arrest her she also spit in a deputy’s face and threw an electric toothbrush at him, striking his back, according to TC Palm. 

Santiago faces charges of battery domestic violence, battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest. She was released from the county jail on a $5,500 bond, according to jail records. 

Dayton fatal shooting victim ID’d; mother-in-law calls 911, says daughter has gun

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 1:31 AM
Updated: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 1:00 PM

Our crew at the scene reports crime scene tape around 10 to 15 police cruisers can be seen in the 2400 block of Edison Street.

UPDATE @ 11 p.m.

In a frantic 15-minute 911 call, a woman who identifies herself as the shooting victim’s mother-in-law, told a dispatcher that her daughter fired the gun.

The man who died in the early Saturday morning shooting was identified as 35-year-old Chaunsay T. Tinsley Jr. of Dayton by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

A preliminary cause of death was not ready. However, Dayton police Lt. Steven Bauer earlier said Tinsley suffered several gunshot wounds.

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Police and medics were dispatched around 1 a.m. to the 2400 block of Edison Street. The 911 caller said Tinsley arrived at her daughter’s house intoxicated and attacked her daughter during a heated argument. She pleaded to the dispatcher to hurry or “you’re going to get someone killed.”

>> Police: Man shot in back on Edison Street

The argument moved inside, and it was there four shots rang out, which could be heard on the 911 audio.

Officers said they took a suspect from the scene, but that person’s identity has not been released, nor whether the suspect faces charges.

UPDATE @ 1 p.m.

The victim in a fatal shooting early Saturday has been identified as 35-year-old Chaunsay Tinsley Jr. of Dayton by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

A preliminary cause of death was not able to be released. However, Dayton police Lt. Steven Bauer earlier said Tinsley suffered several gunshot wounds.

UPDATE @ 7:18 a.m.

The victim in Saturday morning's shooting on Edison Street has died, according to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office. 

A coroner's investigator told our newsroom the victim's identity will be released later today. 

>> Police: Man shot in back on Edison Street

Crews were called to the 2400 block of Edison Street on a report of a person shot. Police told our crew they believe the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute. 

Dayton police said they have a suspect in custody as they continue their investigation.

UPDATE @ 3:31 a.m.

A man is in critical condition following a shooting in Dayton Saturday morning, correcting earlier reports from dispatchers. 

Dayton Lt. Steven Bauer told our crew police arrived on scene to find a male victim with several gunshot wounds. 

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Police said the unidentified victim suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Miami Valley Hospital. 

Little is known about the motive behind the shooting or the suspect currently in custody. 

Our crew reports crime scene tape has come down as police leave the scene.

UPDATE @ 2:13 a.m.

At least one person is dead following a shooting on Edison Street in Dayton Saturday morning, according to regional dispatchers.

Our crew at the scene reports crime scene tape around 10 to 15 police cruisers can be seen in the 2400 block of Edison Street.

Dispatchers said only one person was reported injured after the shooting call came in just after 1 a.m.

One person is crying in the back of a police cruiser as police continue to establish a crime scene, according to our crew.

We will continue to update this developing story as new details emerge.


At least one person has been injured in a reported shooting in Dayton Saturday morning, according to dispatchers. 

Police and medics were dispatched to the 2400 block of Edison Street around 1:10 a.m. on a report of a person shot. 

Initial reports indicate there may be as many as two victims at the scene. 

It is unknown how many people were shot, according to dispatchers, but police logs indicate a person at the scene suffered a chest injury.

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Can you ID Clark’s Pharmacy robbers in Brookville?

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 8:48 PM

Brookville Police Department
(Brookville Police Department)

Two men robbed Clark’s Pharmacy Saturday afternoon of cash and prescription pills.

The armed robbery was reported around 12:40 p.m. at the drugstore, 430 Arlington Road, in Brookville.

Both suspects are described as men in their 20s. One was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, sweatpants and a ball cap. The other was wearing a gray/black hoodie with dark jeans, a ball cap and bright blue Nike’s/Jays, according to the Brookville police department.

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One of the two suspects showed a handgun during the robbery. They got away with an undetermined amount of money and prescription medication. Both left Clark’s Pharmacy toward north Arlington Road. They are believed to be driving a silver 2010 Nissan Maxima with an Indiana license plate, police said.

Anyone with information is urged to call Brookville police at 937-833-4357 or 937-833-2001.