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Can you ID Bellbrook car break-in suspects?

Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 10:17 AM

Residents reporting break-ins in Bellbrook, Centerville, and Sugarcreek.

The Bellbrook Police Department is looking for two suspects responsible for a string of thefts involving unlocked cars on Tuesday.

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Police released pictures showing the possible suspects and asking for any tips involving the crimes. If you have any information regarding these thefts you are asked to call (937) 848-8484.  

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Standoff suspect served 4 years for firing gun into a crowd of 30

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 11:07 AM


            Donald Gazaway BUTLER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Donald Gazaway BUTLER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

A 31-year-old Cincinnati man facing multiple felony charges from a 30-hour standoff at a Liberty Twp. apartment complex last weekend has been involved with the court system before.

Donald T. Gazaway, 31, of the 1600 block of Cedar Avenue, was let into a residence in 700 block of East Hamilton Place late Friday night, according to detectives. He then demanded thousands in cash, pulled a gun and took a 10 year-boy hostage.

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During the standoff that ended peacefully Sunday morning, deputies say Gazaway shot at them in excess of 20 times and used the boy clad in Snoopy pajamas as a human shield.

Gazaway was released from prison in July after serving four years for felonious assault in Hamilton County. He shot a gun into a crowd of 30 people at a party, according to court documents.

Twice Gazaway filed motions in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court asking for early release with letters from his fiance and a Cincinnati pastor in support.

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In a letter to Judge Dennis Helmick in August 2014, Gazaway wrote, “throughout being incarcerated, I have put (forth) a great amount of effort to make accomplishments to better myself to society. The progress that I have made has changed me drastically and has made me very family-oriented.”

Gazaway said in the letter he wanted to remain a law-abiding citizen for the sake of his fiancee and his daughter.

He had much the same to say in a letter to Judge Leslie Ghiz, dated April 24, 2015.

“(My) plan when I enter into society is to continue what I have started here in bettering myself and continuing to reiterate the positive attributes of living a structured life. I have a family, a home, and a great network of support when I enter back into society,” Gazaway wrote. He also pointed out training and courses he completed in prison.

Both judges denied early judicial release. Gazaway has a history of arrests dating back to 2004, according to court records.

‘Why are you doing this to me?’: How this weekend’s 30-hour hostage standoff unfolded in Liberty Twp.

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 3:32 PM

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Multiple police agencies with hours of training came to the aid of a 10-year-old boy held hostage in his Liberty Twp. home.

The 30-hour standoff began late Friday night. Donald Tobias Gazaway is accused of pulling a gun at a residence in the 700 block of East Hamilton Place, demanding thousands of dollars from the female resident and then using the boy as a human shield before surrendering Sunday morning.

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Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said that halfway through the standoff it became apparent the department was not equipped for such a lengthy incident. With SWAT officers tired from standing in frigid conditions, the reinforcements came in the form of Hamilton and West Chester Police.

“We knew we needed help. We asked for relief and, actually, they were calling us,” Jones said. He added that officers from those departments took the place of deputies so they could get some sleep and return Sunday morning.

Several trained deputies and police officers negotiated with Gazaway for hours through a speaker on a cell phone tossed to him, a bullhorn and Gazaway yelling to authorities.

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“We did not at times think we were going to get a good result …. we thought he wanted us to shoot him,” Jones said.

While the sheriff will not say if that was actually a plan, he did say, “He never gave us a chance. We could not move in, we could not do anything without jeopardizing the child.”

Negotiators did provide food and water to Gazaway and the boy, who were in a vehicle in the garage most of the time.

At times, they could hear the boy cry and saying, “Why are you doing this to me?”

Chief Deputy Anthony Dwyer said the negotiation process was not good, due to the location and Gazaway’s refusal to actually use the cell phone officials provided.

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“At times, he said he was going to give up, then didn’t,” Dwyer said. “That happened several times. Then he would turn the radio on and sit there.”

Waiting out was what worked in the end, officials said.

New trial denied for ex-Fairfield teacher convicted of sex crime

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 6:30 AM

Tyler Conrad requests new trial

A new trial has been denied for a former Fairfield High School teacher found guilty of a sex crime involving a student.

Tyler Conrad, 27, was convicted in May of sexual imposition, a third-degree misdemeanor, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a first-degree misdemeanor, during a bench trial in Butler County Common Pleas Court. Conrad was found not guilty of a felony charge of sexual battery.

He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and has served his time. But his attorney Christopher Pagan filed a motion for a new trial arguing Conrad was prejudiced by lack of pretrial disclosure by the prosecution concerning the time of the alleged offenses.

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In a ruling filed Friday, Butler County Common Pleas Judge Keith Spaeth denied the new trial motion noting, “the court rejects the implication that the prosecuting attorney engaged in misconduct. The defendant was permitted to assert his alibi defense and was given ample opportunity to present evidence thereof.”

Following a bench trial, Spaeth sentenced Conrad to 180 days in the Butler County Jail. He was also declared a Tier I Sexual Offender, requiring him to register his residence for 15 years.

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Spaeth found sufficient evidence to convict Conrad of sex crimes with a 15-year-old female student. Specifically, evidence concerning an incident that occurred between May 26 and May 29, 2016, when the teen said Conrad made arrangements to pick her up then drive her to a residence in Ross Twp., where he kissed her and touched her private area on the outside of her clothes.

Conrad has been terminated by the school board.

Springfield man accused of whipping pregnant woman with belt

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:40 AM

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A Springfield man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly whipped a pregnant woman with a belt.

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Ethan S. Gavin, 20, is facing one count each of domestic violence, resisting arrest and obstructing official business. He’s expected to appear in court at 10:30 a.m. today.

The Springfield Police Division was called to the 2600 block of Lagonda Avenue at about 10 a.m. Monday morning about an argument between a man and a woman, according to a police report.

A police officer took the victim to a back bedroom to get more information about the situation, the report said. Gavin then went outside, but later back inside and attempted to enter the bedroom. A police officer had to stop him with his hand, but he refused to leave the room.

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Gavin was then placed under arrest, but refused to cooperate. He then began wrestling with officers and was eventually tased by officers.

Gavin allegedly choked the victim with both hands, punched her in the head and whipped her with a belt on the arms, legs and stomach, the report said. The victim also told police she is eight weeks pregnant.

Gavin was placed in the Clark County Jail.

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