Englewood man indicted on rape, other charges

Published: Friday, September 21, 2012 @ 5:21 PM
Updated: Friday, September 21, 2012 @ 5:21 PM

A Montgomery county grand jury has indicted a 32-year-old Englewood man on multiple felony charges including rape and kidnapping.

Jason E. Johnston Sr. was formally charged Friday on six counts of kidnapping, two counts of aggravated menacing and single counts of felonious assault, sexual battery, rape and gross sexual imposition. The aggravated menacing counts are misdemeanors. The rest are felonies and carry three-year firearm specifications.

Trotwood police were called to a home on Sept. 12 where Johnston was allegedly threatening the children’s mother at gunpoint after assaulting the children at his home in Englewood and taking them to their mother’s residence.

Officers were able to get the man to put the weapon down and took him into custody.

“This defendant sexually molested a child, terrorized four victims and threatened a woman at gunpoint,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said. “His actions are disturbing.”

Johnston has been employed since April 16 as a nurse supervisor at Montgomery County’s Stillwater Center, a home for children and adults who have the most severe and profound mental retardation. According to the prosecutor’s office, the charges are not related to Johnston’s job.

Johnston has not reported to work since Sept. 12 and has not followed proper call-in procedures, said Cathy Petersen, the county’s communications director. At this time, Montgomery County is following the Board of County Commissioners policy to address his failure to report to work.

Johnston is in the county jail on a $2 million bond. He is to be arraigned Sept. 25.

Fiona the hippo turns 3 months old

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 1:08 PM

In this April 12 photo provided by the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Fiona a prematurely born hippopotamus, swims in her quarantine enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens in Cincinnati. (Courtesy Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens via AP)

Fiona — the world’s favorite prematurely born hippopotamus — turned three months old today.

The early days of cuddling the tiny, fragile hippo are long gone, Jenna Wingate, the Cincinnati Zoo’s Africa Keeper, told our media partner WCPO.

Here are three updates about Fiona that Wingate shared with WCPO:

1. The ‘dung shower’: Apparently, male hippopotamuses mark territory by slinging feces around with their tails in what Wingate called a “dung shower.”

Fiona has taken an interest in the action exhibited by her father, Henry, whom zookeepers have introduced her to, along with mom Bibi.

“Fiona is now getting access to that, and she shows quite an interest in it for whatever reason,” Wingate said.

MORE: Premature hippo a happy hit for zoo after gorilla death

2. One sassy toddler: Fiona eats about two liters of formula five times a day. Zookeepers introduced grain to her diet this weekend and started training her to associate feeding time with a clicker that they can use when she’s 600 pounds and too dangerous to approach.

“She’s very sassy. She’s very feisty. If she doesn’t want to do something, you’re not going to make her,” Wingate said. “We kind of act like she’s a toddler, and if she doesn’t want to come, we’re like, ‘Bye, Fiona!’ We’ll pretend we’re walking away and she’ll be like, ‘Wait, I want to be with you guys!’ and then she’ll come with us. She has her very big, very own personality already.”

3. Too big to snuggle: “There’s a big difference just in her energy and she’s much stronger and healthier now, so there was a lot of worry and she would kind of lie there and wouldn’t do a whole lot,” Wingate said. “She’s too big and a little bit dangerous to actually cuddle and snuggle, but she does like to lie on our feet or use our leg as a pillow now.”

2 face off in Troy council fight

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 2:00 AM

The Republican primary race May 2 for Troy City Council’s 5th Ward features incumbent Bill Twiss and challenger William Rozell.

No other candidate has filed for the seat, though an independent could still seek the position.

Twiss, 41, is a Troy native in his second term on council. He said his goal is to keep the city a great place to live work and play.

“Having four young children, I feel it is my duty as a councilman to preserve the quality of life for both my family and other Trojans,” Twiss said.


Rozell, 57, is making his first bid for elected public office.

“It may sound corny, but Troy truly is a great place to have been raised, to live, and I want to be part of ensuring that continues,” Rozell said.

Being retired from the state auditor’s office, he has time to do the council job, he said.

The top issues facing the city include continued economic growth, Twiss said.

“I want to maintain a strong, working relationship with current businesses in Troy,” he said. He said he’s seen industries expand immensely such as Clopay, ConAgra, ARC Abrasives and F&P America.

“In addition to this growth, I want to continue to support small local businesses that make Troy unique,” Twiss said.

Other issues include safety and crime prevention, he said. “I have worked diligently to support the outstanding police and fire departments that we are blessed to have here in Troy. While they continue to receive high accreditations, I want to make sure the departments are fully supported and have the resources needed to be prepared to deal with the changing safety and crime issues Troy is now facing,” Twiss said.


Rozell said the top issues facing the city include medical marijuana.

“While this has been decided at the present, I believe it will continue to be an issue that will be brought back to council in the future,” he said, adding he’d be willing to revisit the issue once the state has rules and guidelines established and enacted. The council recently voted to ban medical marijuana cultivating, processing and dispensing within the city limits.

Other issues Rozell identified include the city budget. “I believe it is each council member’s responsibility to prudently review proposed expenditures to ensure that the city maintains its solid financial footing.”

Another issue is safety, Rozell said, noting that while day-to-day safety is the administration’s responsibility, the council needs to ensure necessary personnel, equipment and technology are provided to maintain safety of employees and the citizens.


»5 vying for 3 at-large council seats in GOP primary

5 vying for 3 at-large council seats in GOP primary in Troy

Published: Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

            Troy City Hall. FILE

Five Republicans are seeking three at-large seats on the Troy City Council in the May 2 primary election.

Two of the candidates, Robin Oda and Lynne Snee, are incumbents. Todd Severt previously served on council, William Lutz previously ran for a council ward seat and Thomas Andrew Brinkman is making a first bid for elected office in Troy.

The third current at large council member, John Terwilliger, is running for council’s 2nd Ward seat now held by fellow Republican Doug Tremblay, who is not seeking re-election. Terwilliger will face a Democratic opponent in the fall.

There is no Democratic opposition for the at large race.

Independent candidates have until May 1 to file to run.


Robin Oda

Oda, 56, is in her third, two-year term. “This office is one of public service and I have enjoyed the process,” she said.

Oda said she first ran for council to add a perspective not represented – as a wife and mom who had managed three children, a household and a budget. “I expected accountability of my kids when they were growing up, and I expect accountability of myself and others who work for the city of Troy,” she said.

Oda said the heroin epidemic is the top issue. “We need to be emphasizing the reality of choices and the consequences … Devastated people, devastated families, devastated friends, devastated communities… the ripple effects go way beyond what they will ever know,” she said. “That said, if a person wants help, the help is there for them, and we have to be ready to do that.”

»RELATED: 10 heroin overdoses in 24 hours in Miami County

Oda said she’d also like to see the city and other government entities take advantage of the Ohio Checkbook program to provide more financial transparency and for the city be more aggressive in upgrading roads and infrastructure.

Lynne Snee

Snee, 50, also is in her third term. “I think that I have gained a lot of experience during my time on city council,” she said.

Snee is a teacher in the Troy schools, holds a master’s in public administration and has experience working in government of a mid-size city. “I am knowledgeable about local government services and current issues. My career as a teacher … gives me a unique perspective on the important cooperation needed between the city and the schools,” she said.

Snee said the city’s top issue continues to be economic development and providing amenities to residents. “I believe that providing these amenities, such as recreational opportunities for all age groups, programming funds for events and upgrades to our park system is a vital part of working with our businesses to attract a strong workforce to Troy,” she said.

»RELATED: Troy income tax on May ballot

Other issues, Snee said, include continuing to provide a high level of protective service to citizens and continuing to work locally and with the state to maintain a well-planned street repair and paving program.

Todd Severt

Severt, 52, who served on council 1995-1999, is a lawyer in Troy. “I feel I can give back to my community through effective representation of the wishes of the citizens of Troy,” he said. He said he chose not to run again in the late 1990s following the birth of his daughter. “I feel I was an effective councilmember last time and hope the citizens give me a chance to return to a job I loved,” Severt said.

He said the top issue facing the city is the influx and increase of drugs. “When the bathroom at Walgreens requires a lock and key to prohibit overdoses from occurring within, we have a serious problem,” he said.

»RELATED: Forum looked at heroin impact

A second issue is jobs with a need for the city to actively seek new employers for the community through enterprise zone agreements or other investment programs, Severt said. He also said the city needs to work to improve viability of the Sherwood Shopping Center through a public-private partnership.

William Lutz

Lutz, 39, served on the city board of education in 2012 and 2013. He is director of New Path not for profiit organization and previously worked as the first Bethel Township administrator and for the city of Piqua.

“It has been more than luck that has allowed our community to become as successful as it is,” Lutz said. “My greatest desire in seeking this office is to continue that tradition of looking toward the future.”

Among top issues facing the city are the changing face of economic development, heroin and the civic capacity of the community, Lutz said.

“The strategy is beginning to change. Instead of attracting and retaining the employer, we are looking at attracting and retaining the employee,” he said. With heroin, Lutz said he would work to secure resources to help those battling addictions daily. He’d also work to improve civic engagement by introducing innovative programs to engage residents such as a government academy.

»RELATED: Miami County Heroin Coalition launched to help fight addiction

Thomas Andrew Brinkman

Brinkman declined to answer questions submitted to all candidates, saying he was not actively campaigning.


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Residents want action after double-fatal crash in Miamisburg

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 3:36 PM

People living in the Miamisburg neighborhood where two women were killed in a crash over the weekend are calling for action after they said people are constantly speeding.

“People abuse this street terribly, they’re supposed to do 25 miles an hour and they do between 30, 35 and 40 miles an hour,” said Mike Sopronyi, who lives in the neighborhood, where two women were killed in a crash on King Richard Parkway Saturday morning.

RELATED: 2 women killed in Miamisburg crash

According to a police report, Carol Pressel, 27, of West Carrolton was driving her vehicle at unsafe speeds without a seatbelt on when she crashed into a tree on the corner of King Richard Parkway and Merry John Drive around 2:15 a.m.

Pressel’s passenger, Courtney Cole, 23, of West Carrollton also was killed in the crash.

Residents in the neighborhood said they have reached out to the city before about the speeding issue, but said their complaints still haven’t been addressed.

“They need to have radar set up here constantly.  I spoke to the mayor, the mayor says he’s going to take care of this problem and the problem still hasn’t been taken care of,” Sopronyi said.


Helen Mullins, of Miamisburg, said she won’t even let her grandson play in the front yard, because of the speeders.

“It’s scary,” Mullins said.

News Center 7’s Caroline Reinwald reached out to the city to ask if they do indeed see problems with speeding in the neighborhood, however we haven’t heard back yet.