All 3 juvenile escapees are in custody

Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 11:31 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 07, 2012 @ 5:58 PM


            
            Logan County

All three juveniles accused of assaulting a corrections officer before their escape from the Logan County Juvenile Detention Center were in custody less than 24 hours later and two Bellefontaine women accused of helping the boys were arrested as well.

Danny Ellis Jr. and Devante Smith, both 15, were captured Wednesday in Cincinnati in a 2000 Oldsmobile Alero that police said was stolen from the Indian Lake area as part of the escape.

Caleb Jacobs, 17, was arrested Wednesday by a Columbus SWAT team, the Logan County Sheriff's Office said.

Ellis, Smith and Jacobs are accused of assaulting Corrections Officer Deputy Tim Klingelhofer in an elevator at the facility in Bellefontaine on Tuesday night. The assault continued on the second floor and the guard was able to call the only other guard on duty, Cpl. Shelly Wisner, for help, according to the sheriff’s office.

Wisner called 9-1-1. When she arrived on scene, she was shoved and her keys were taken from her, according to the sheriff’s office. The juveniles ran down a fire escape to the first floor and pulled the fire alarm, which unlocked all the doors, said Lt. Greg Fitzpatrick, facility administrator.

Klingelhofer was treated and released from Mary Rutan Hospital, according to police. He’s recovering at home having suffered cuts and contusions, and it’s not known when he will return to duty, Fitzpatrick said Wednesday evening. Wisner was not injured.

Deputies said it was luck that the fire alarm unlocked the doors, and they don't believe there was a well-orchestrated plan of escape. The entire incident lasted only minutes and some of it was recorded on surveillance video, which showed the three boys punching and shoving Klingelhofer to the floor.

“I think the voracity of the attack was somewhat surprising,” said Sheriff Andy Smith, who described the attack as the most brutal on a guard. “I think it was three kids that took advantage of the circumstances with a little plotting and a little luck.”

The boys face charges of felonious assault, assault, escape and aggravated rioting. They will be returned to the Logan County Juvenile Detention Center. Ellis and Smith were in the facility for probation violation. Jacobs was there on a warrant for burglary out of Polk County, Fla., according to the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff's office had asked other agencies to be on the lookout for the Oldsmobile as well as a blue Ford Taurus. Officials had said the car's owner, a woman, wasn’t accused of wrongdoing, but investigators wanted to interview her to see if she had any knowledge of the escape. 

The two women taken into custody Wednesday are being accused of helping the boys in their escape, according to the sheriff’s office.

Stephanie R. Johnson, 30, was arrested at her residence and charged with felony obstruction of justice.

Sheriff’s officials said the other woman, 24-year-old Catherine G. Sine, is the girlfriend of Jacobs. She was charged with felony complicity to escape, accused of driving him to Columbus. Sine was arrested at the sheriff’s office.

A SWAT team was dispatched to an address there on the city’s south side, and a resident took them to a home where Jacobs was staying. It was not clear Wednesday night whether the residents in the home where Jacobs was captured would be charged criminally.

According to the sheriff's office, the detention facility licensed by the Ohio Department of Youth Services can accommodate up to 36 juveniles. There were 10 juveniles in the facility Tuesday night.

Sheriff Smith said there are only two guards to watch over up to 12 detainees, which he said meets requirements. As at all county facilities, guards are trained to combat attacks but are unarmed, he said.

“Precautionary measures” will be taken to make sure the boys don’t escape again, said Smith, who noted that Tuesday’s escape was the first at the detention center.

News Center 7 Reporter Jessica Heffner contributed to this report.

Husted bucks GOP, is against voter photo ID push

Published: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM
Updated: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The official who oversees Ohio's elections says he doesn't agree with a measure proposed by some fellow Republicans to require voters to show photo IDs at the polls.   

Secretary of State John Husted tells The Columbus Dispatch on Thursday that he would not change current policy that allows voters to prove their identities with photo IDs or other documents, such as utility bills or paychecks.   

A bill approved by the Ohio House would require voters to show the photo ID before casting an in-person ballot. It is now being reviewed by the Senate.   

Husted instead proposes changes for voters casting early ballots or provisional ballots. He says those voters should be required to give their full Social Security numbers instead of the currently required last four digits.

New restaurants, retail shops coming to Oxford

Published: Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 2:25 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 29, 2016 @ 4:37 PM

New restaurants and retail shops are coming to a development on the former Walmart site in Oxford.

Bishop Square — a 50,000-square-foot mixed use development at 419 Locust Street that currently includes 272 units of student housing — is adding Marco’s Pizza, Tim Hortons, a Sprint retail store and a bank.

“The final stage is important because we’ll be building the outlots that sit along Locust, which will serve as the front door to the whole project,” said Josh Rothstein, of Blue Ash-based OnSite Retail Group, which is handling marketing and leasing for the project. “The retailers and restaurants are excited to open their locations here because being across from Kroger, TJ Maxx and Dollar Tree provides tremendous exposure, great visibility and easy access to the shoppers already passing through this part of town.

“It’s also easily in walking distance to not only the concentration of Miami’s campus, but also the off-campus housing population,” Rothstein said.

Two other storefronts on the site are being are in the process of being leased, he said.

Existing Bishop Square tenants include Oxford Lane Library, Mercy Health - Orthopaedics and Sports Rehabilitation, Great Clips and Cloud 9 Vapor Lounge. A second-floor above some of those tenants includes office space.

Alan Kyger, Oxford’s economic development director, said the community is excited to see the Bishop Square project moving into its final phases.

“In 2005, when Walmart moved away from this site, the abandoned building that was left behind was a large eyesore for the Tollgate Business District, as well as for the whole community,” Kyger said. “Developer Robert Fiorita is to be commended in providing such a good-looking redevelopment project.

“The addition of these merchants will provide the citizens of Oxford additional shopping options. I expect each of these new businesses to be very successful in this new development.”

Marco’s Pizza has 700 stores in 35 states, doubling in size over the last five years and on track to 1,000 stores by the end of 2017, according to the company. Area locations include Middletown, Monroe, Hamilton and Liberty Twp. in Butler County.

Tim Hortons has more than 4,400 locations in the United States, Canada and the Middle East. Area locations include Monroe, Springboro and Maineville in Warren County.

Four local teens qualify for Olympic trials

Published: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 @ 3:12 AM
Updated: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 @ 3:12 AM

InfoSource--Dayton Daily News

Patrick Mulcare (Springboro) and Cliff Goertemiller (Oakwood) set Ohio records and joined Dayton Raiders teammates Brett Mackenzie (Tipp City) and Colin Kanzari (Beavercreek) in qualifying for next year’s U.S. Olympic Trials during last week’s Junior National Championships at Stanford University.

Mulcare and Goertemiller both set their records in the 15-16 boys division. Mulcare was timed in 4 minutes, 26.30 seconds for the 400 intermediate medley. He placed eighth.  Goertemiller was timed in 15:44.69 to reset the state mark in the 1,500 free. He placed sixth.

Their efforts count as state records because they are registered as Ohio swimmers.

Also qualifying for the Trials at Omaha, Neb., were Mackenzie (4:30.24 in the 400 IM, 19th) and Kanzari (2:20.68 in the 200 breaststroke, 16th).

Other Raiders to participate in the National Championships were Jack Pohlmann (Beavercreek), Josh Quallen (Wilmington), Brock Turner (Oakwood), Alex Osterhage (Centerville) and Henrick Pohlmann (Beavercreek).

Crash victim lived to fly, friend says

Published: Saturday, June 09, 2012 @ 8:16 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 09, 2012 @ 8:16 AM

A 73-year-old Bellbook man killed in a plane crash Saturday morning was an experienced pilot who had built four planes like the “experimental aircraft” he flew that day, according to his wife.

Roger Flower died in the 8 a.m. crash, said Sgt. Anthony Pearcy of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

“Some witnesses in the area did see the plane flying and the witnesses believe they did see something fall off the plane,” he said.

Flying out of the Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport in Greene County, the plane flown by Flower crashed about 100 yards from a house at 1856 Ohio 380. Debris from the crash spread about 300 feet and the plane had extensive damage.

Flower was a naval aviator for 31 years who still loved to fly in his retirement, said Jan Flower, his wife of 50 years.

“It was his life, ” she said. “He was flying a plane that he had built and flew out of Greene County Airport and was there every day and loved it.”

After retiring from the Navy, he became a certified aviation engineer and began building his own aircraft, his wife said.

“He knew what he was doing about building it and just loved it and wasn’t ready to give up airplanes, so he built them,” she said.

Both natives of Ohio, Roger and Jan Flower have four sons and moved to Bellbrook eight years ago, when they were done traveling with the Navy.

She described her husband as “a leader, totally confident. (He) could tackle anything, could build or fix anything, loved his children and his grandchildren, (and) loved serving in his church.”

The OHSP is investigating the crash with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

The plane was a fixed wing, single engine, experimental/homemade aircraft, according to the patrol.

“According to the family members, it’s been flown before,” said Pearcy.

There was no flight plan filed for the plane and the destination of the flight was unknown, Pearcy said.

“As unfortunate as this incident is, it is fortunate that no other people were involved,” Pearcy said.