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.

Huber Heights city manager seeking talks in spat over T-Mobile tower

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 11:13 PM
Updated: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 11:15 PM

Plan for T-Mobile tower on church land vexes Huber Heights neighbors

UPDATE @ 11:05 p.m. (Aug. 22): Huber Heights City Manager Rob Schommer said he wants to set up talks between the two sides at odds about the plan for the placement of a T-Mobile cell phone tower.

Schommer, at a city council work session tonight, said Pastor Chuck Zimmerman was told he could build the tower wherever he wants on the church property because it’s all zoned the same.

That assessment runs counter to what Zimmerman told News Center 7’s Caroline Reinwald tonight, that the city wouldn’t let him pick another location for the tower.

Leslie Liebig has said the tower as planned infringes on her family’s property and will create a hazardous situation.

The city manager said he wants to get the sides together to try and work things out.

UPDATE @ 8:05 p.m. (Aug. 22)

Pastor Chuck Zimmerman, Huber Heights Baptist Temple, said the tower will help the neighbors and will bring the community better reception. 

Tuesday, he told News Center 7's Caroline Reinwald he had wanted to move the cell phone tower elsewhere on the church's property, but "the city wouldn't let us." 

Zimmerman also noted that he has never seen the Liebigs on the part of their property near where the tower would be erected. 

Leslie Liebig has said her family will lose the use of a section of their property if the tower is built.

Zimmerman said the decision is out of his hands.


A group of Huber Heights residents are fighting a church’s plan to lease land for a cellphone tower.

The city’s planning commission rejected the proposal for the 179-foot tower in back of the Huber Heights Baptist Temple, 7730 Taylorsville Road, in July 2016. However, T-Mobile has since filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Dayton.

“We don’t feel that it’s right that another property owner can infringe upon our property, especially in such a hazardous way,” said Leslie Liebig.

RELATED: T-Mobile sues Huber Heights over cell tower denial

If the cellphone tower is built, Carl and Leslie Liebig said the fall zone covers 40 percent of their land, which means they would not be able to build anything in that section.

“We want our children to be able to go run around out there and have fun, and not have to worry about things falling off the tower or the tower falling onto our land,” Carl Liebig said.

The Liebigs and other neighbors also said they fear property values and aesthetics will suffer.

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T-Mobile, the nation’s third-largest wireless carrier, plans to have the tower built by Eco-Site. They said denial by the city’s planning commission, without providing reasons as required by law, prohibits the carrier from providing service nearby.

“Specifically, the existing service gap includes large residential areas, commercial areas, churches, a fire station, and more than a mile of Interstate 70,” T-Mobile’s lawyers stated in the lawsuit.

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Pastor Chuck Zimmerman of Huber Heights Baptist Temple did not comment and referred calls to T-Mobile, which did not respond. Huber Heights officials also did not comment, citing pending litigation.

The Liebigs said they asked the church to move the tower by 150 feet so the fall zone wouldn’t take up so much of their property, but they said their request was declined. Now they hope the church’s congregation, which authorized the cellphone tower deal, will have a change of heart.

Editor’s note: A prior version of this story gave the incorrect date the Huber Heights planning commission voted on the tower. The vote was in July 2016.

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Police: Suspect sought in hit-and-run and shooting of 2 in Springfield

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 5:38 PM
Updated: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 11:03 PM

Pedestrian strike, multiple shot in Springfield

UPDATE @ 10:50 p.m.: Police are continuing their efforts to piece together what led to one male being run over Tuesday afternoon on West Grand Avenue and the shooting of two males who showed up at Springfield Regional Medical Center, which was locked down for a time. 

The lock down was necessitated by the fact that the two male shooting victims had been brought to the hospital by private conveyance. 

MORE LOCAL NEWS: 3 sought in fight that causes victim life-threatening injuries

Springfield police now say their investigation reveals that the victim who was run over and dragged was not shot. He likely suffered head trauma and remains in an area hospital, police said. 

Police dispatched on a shots fired call found that victim in a yard. 

The two gunshot victims had been taken from the area before police and a medic unit arrived, police said.

Police did find shell casings and the windows shot out of a parked vehicle on West Grand Avenue. The medical conditions of the three males have not been made known. 

If you have information about the hit-and-run or the shooting, you are asked to call the police division's non-emergency line, 937-324-7680.

UPDATE @ 5:45 p.m.: 

We're now learning that at least two people -- and a possibly a third -- have been shot in an apparent hit-and-run in the 300 block of West Grand Avenue in Springfield. 

Police tell us they were dispatched on a shots fired call and found a male who had been run over by a vehicle and possibly shot as well. 

He was taken by ground ambulance to a medical helicopter, then ferried to a hospital. 

Police said Springfield Regional Medical Center contacted them to report that two gunshot victims showed up at the hospital, presumably taken there by private conveyance. 

Police are looking for the vehicle used in the incident and the shooter or shooters.


Police and a medic unit have been dispatched on a report of a pedestrian strike in the 300 block of West Grand Avenue in Springfield. 

The incident, which is said to involve a shooting as well, was reported about 5:15 p.m. 

One person has been taken to a hospital by a ground medic unit. The condition of that person is not known. 

We're hearing police have used crime scene tape to block traffic at West Grand and South Lowry avenues. 

We have a crew en route. We will update this report as information becomes available. 

Stay with whio.com for breaking news.

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3 sought in street fight that left a man suffering life-threatening injuries

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 10:42 PM

Police are looking for three males who are accused of beating a fourth man who now is in a hospital suffering from life-threatening injuries.

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Dayton police were dispatched to the intersection of North Main Street and Siebenthaler Avenue just before 5:30 p.m. on a report of a fight that was occurring in the street.

According to a Montgomery County Regional Dispatch sergeant, the three males left the scene in a black Dodge Magnum. 

Homicide detectives were called out tonight to continue the investigation because of the seriousness of the victim’s injuries.

We will update this developing report as information becomes available.

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Firefighter injured at scene of large barn fire in Preble County

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 6:34 PM
Updated: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 9:27 PM

UPDATE @ 9:26 p.m.

A New Paris firefighter is recovering after falling from a ladder and twisting his leg in a rung while battling a barn fire in Preble County Tuesday afternoon.

Over ten fire departments spent five hours battling the fire first reported around 3:40 p.m. in the 700 block of Lewisburg Western Road, according to West Manchester Fire Chief Dale Baker. 

Baker said the fire began when heat from a light bulb ignited a pile of hay in the recently remodeled barn. 

Homeowners noticed the fire immediately and attempted to douse the flames with a garden house before fire crews arrived. 

Shortly after noticing the fire, the homeowners moved many cows out of the barn and into a pasture, according to Baker. 

Baker said the barn wasn't a total loss, but could not provide an estimate of the damages. 

"We had a lot of crews on scene and needed a lot water to put this one out," Baker said, adding, "Make sure hay and other flammables are away from light fixtures."


One person is at the hospital following a large barn fire in Preble County Tuesday evening, according to Preble County dispatchers. 

Multiple fire units from Preble, Darke and Montgomery counties are currently at the scene of the fire reported around 3:40 p.m. in the 700 block of Lewisburg Western Road. 

Dispatchers said the victim taken to the hospital may have suffered heat-related injuries. It is unknown if any animals were in the barn when the fire was reported. 

Our newsroom is working to learn more from Preble County fire officials who remain on the scene.

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