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2 jailed in Clark County accused of stealing cars, property, assaulting deputy

Published: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 9:32 PM

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Two Springfield men are in jail on felony charges accusing them of stealing vehicles and receiving stolen property in an investigation that included the ramming of a sheriff's cruiser.

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Jeffrey Palmer, 33, is charged with one count of receiving stolen property. 

Robert Coder, 27, described by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office as Palmer's accomplice, is in custody on a raft of charges: 

  • Receiving stolen property 
  • Felonious assault on a police officer 
  • Assault on a police officer 
  • Failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer 
  • Vandalism 

According to the Clark County Sheriff's Office, Palmer was arrested about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at a McDonald's on East Main Street in Springfield after a sheriff’s deputy's automated license plate reader alerted him to a possible stolen vehicle that had passed him. 

Robert Coder (Courtesy/Clark County Sheriff’s Office)

In the vehicle was evidence connecting Palmer to the stolen car and other thefts. That evidence led deputies and detectives to the Townhouse Motor Lodge, also on East Main Street, where a second stolen vehicle was recovered. 

Palmer consented to a search of his motel room and investigators found even more evidence of criminal activity, as well as information about a third stolen vehicle in the area of Wittenberg University. 

The information from the motel led investigators to the Ronez Apartments in northeast Springfield, where they found a fourth stolen vehicle. 

While conducting surveillance on the fourth vehicle, investigators watched as two men later identified as Coder and Kurt Miracle got in it and drove off. When police tried to stop the car, Coder rammed a Clark County sheriff's cruiser in trying to elude capture. 

The deputy was not injured, sheriff's Lt. Kristopher Shultz said Tuesday night. 

Jeffrey Palmer (Courtesy/Clark County Sheriff's Office)

Authorities, during the arrests, learned Miracle was wanted in Madison County. He was not involved in the investigation of Palmer and Coder, Lt. Shultz said, noting that Miracle "was in the wrong place at the right time" and surrendered to Madison County authorities directly. 

Palmer and Coder were taken to the Clark County Jail. Their initial appearances in court could come Wednesday morning. 

The sheriff's investigation is continuing to determine the identities of the victims so their property can be returned to them. 

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Trial begins for school bus stop sex assault suspect

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:58 PM

RANDY STANAFORD
RANDY STANAFORD

A Dayton man accused of kidnapping a girl at knife-point and sexually assaulting her while she was waiting for the school bus was in court this afternoon for the start of his trial.

Randy Stanaford, 39, is charged with rape of a child less than 13 years old and kidnapping.

Stanaford, a registered sex-offender, was accused of kidnapping the 11-year-old girl while she was waiting for the school bus near the intersection of Edgar and Heaton avenues in Dayton last September, according to prosecutors.
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"This defendant, a homeless registered sex offender, kidnapped and raped an 11 year old girl, who was a complete stranger,” said Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr.

The 39-year-old was convicted in Butler County in 2008 for attempted kidnapping and public indecency and was released from prison in August 2015.

A jury was selected for Stanaford’s trial Monday morning and opening statements began shortly after 3 p.m.

If convicted as charged, Stanaford would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

Commissioners set to name acting Montgomery County court clerk

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:16 PM

Montgomery County Commissioners are expected to appoint Connie Villelli acting Montgomery County Clerk of Courts. Villelli said she is not seeking the job permanently. The county’s Democratic central committee has a month to name a replacement. SUBMITTED
Montgomery County Commissioners are expected to appoint Connie Villelli acting Montgomery County Clerk of Courts. Villelli said she is not seeking the job permanently. The county’s Democratic central committee has a month to name a replacement. SUBMITTED

Montgomery County Commissioners are expected to appoint Connie Villelli acting Montgomery County Clerk of Courts when they meet Tuesday to accept the resignation of Greg Brush, an elected Democrat. Villelli is currently director of compliance and special projects in the clerk’s office.

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As acting clerk, Villelli will serve for up to 30 days until the vacancy is filled by the Montgomery County Democratic Party’s central committee.

Villelli, 62, of Englewood said her time as clerk will be solely transitional.

“It’s temporary just to hold down the fort,” Villelli said. “I have no interest in pursuing an elected position, so I’m not in the mix. I think that’s why Greg (Brush) recommended me to the county commissioners.”

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Brush is retiring to take a new job which he won’t reveal until he starts it on Nov. 1, he said earlier this month. He was re-elected in 2016 to a term that runs through 2020.

Montgomery County Democratic Party Chairman Mark Owens said people have time to reach out to the party and express interest in the permanent clerk’s position before the central committee convenes in mid-November to select a replacement. An election would be held in November 2018 to fill the final two years of Brush’s term.

The clerk oversees a budget of about $7 million and a staff of 92 employees. The office is responsible for receiving, docketing, indexing, certifying and preserving court pleadings, orders and other legal documents, including auto titles.

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Villelli, who also served as the Clerk of Courts chief deputy, has been with the office for 12 years. Prior to that she managed Montgomery County Common Pleas Court processes for 25 years.

Brush’s annual salary was $111,000. Villelli was paid $77,418 in 2016, according to county records.

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The courts and public will see little change in the operation of the office during the time Villelli is acting clerk, she said.

“We have an extremely talented management team that’s very good at handling the day-to-day operations,” she said. “We don’t think there will be issues we have to address. We have to have someone who can legally sign auto titles and legally sign authenticated judgments, so that will be my signature during this interim period.”

Election 2017: Technology, test scores, focus of Trotwood School board candidates

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 1:21 PM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 1:21 PM

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Staff Writer
Trotwood Schools(Staff Writer)

Three Trotw00d-Madison School Board members are running in the November election along with two others to fill three seats on the board.

Incumbents Denise Moore, Myra Bozeman and Deborah Daniel are running again. Other candidates include Toni Perry Gillispie and Norman Scearce.

We asked all five candidates what their priorities would be if elected. Here’s a look at some of their responses:

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Q: What are the 3 biggest challenges facing the school district? How would you deal with them?

Myra K. Bozeman: 1. Figuring out the actual problems in the district: Our district has room for improvement. Examining the data and developing a plan to take the district in the right direction can be difficult based on the number of problems that could potentially hinder student learning.

2. Low standardized test scores: Students are meeting their growth goals but are not meeting the required achievement levels.

3. Poverty: Trotwood has a large percentage of students who live in poverty. Poverty is linked to reduced academic achievement. Trotwood needs to continue to examine their data to determine where the underlying problems are hiding. We can aid our students in being successful and reach both growth and achievement levels on the standardized tests, by increasing intervention strategies for the 4-12 grades. The district has provided an increased number of interventions for the Early Learning Center through the 3rd grade. Based on these changes, the district has seen considerable progress.

Myra Bozeman, candidate Trotwood School Board 2017(Staff Writer)

Deborah L. Daniel: Two main issues facing the T-M City School district are academic performance and student mobility. Both issues are interlinked, as the fluidity of families in and out of the district impacts the overall learning environment in our classrooms. Research indicates that stable and consistent school settings support higher achievement levels. When families move often, especially during the school year, it disrupts the learning progression of students with access to and mastery of the Ohio Learning Standards.

Toni Perry Gillispie: The three biggest challenges facing the school district are technology, transportation and teachers. These three issues are not just a problem for Trotwood, but all school districts.

First, technology must be in the classroom with trained teachers on the best technology for the classroom of today. We need to seek out the best practices for technology use and training (for parents as well).

Toni Perry Gillispie, candidate Trotwood School Board 2017(Staff Writer)

Second, the issue of finding great drivers who deliver our students to and from the district must be addressed. The pipeline for driver recruitment, training and retention can only be helped by partnerships and the establishment of programs throughout the community. Finally, our teachers are the face of the district. They are the ones who are social workers, trainers and sometimes the parent and role model for students. We have to build a better relationship with the teachers the board and the city.

Teacher retention must be analyzed and addressed. We need and want the best to be in this role in Trotwood. We need to strengthen our relationship with Teach for America, University of Dayton Urban Teachers Institute and other colleges/universities who produce the teachers.. Overall, my leadership and experience will enhance what is already happening and what I can help bring to the district in the future.

Denise Moore, candidate Trotwood School Board 2017(Staff Writer)

Denise Moore: Testing remains another huge challenge that school districts face. We now find our teachers teaching to the ever changing tests that are handed down by the state. This has created many issues with student deficiencies in core content areas. Our students now have less time for learning new subject matter given the enormous amount of time spent on testing and test prep.

Additionally, with the focus on reading and math scores, our students lose history, world languages, exploratory classes, the arts, and other programs. Parent engagement is critical to the overall success of children. When parents, families, are involved with schools, all children benefit. A lack of parent engagement helps foster failing schools. Consequently, leading to the question of who is at fault (teachers or parents).

Research regarding the effects of family involvement on educational outcomes has shown that parent involvement makes a difference in children’s academic achievement. School funding means less funding means smaller staffs, fewer resources and a lower number of services for students.

Norman Scearce, candidate Trotwood School Board 2017(Staff Writer)

Norman Scearce: The district only offers part time preschool. I would address this proposing the board make the necessary sacrifices to offer all day preschool. Kindergarten age restrictions. I would address this by proposing the district current policy be amended to allow for children who’s birthday falls within 60 days of a schools start date be allowed early enrollment with needing the The gifted evaluation.

Q: What makes you qualified to be on the school board and gives you an advantage over other candidates?

Myra K. Bozeman: I was appointed to the Trotwood Madison School Board in August 2017. Out of six applicants, five people were interviewed and I was chosen unanimously. Since I am currently on the school board, I have an advantage over the other two candidates who are not incumbents.

Currently, I am fully engaged on the policy and finance committees and I am slated to complete several training sessions that will aid me in doing the best job for the district. I am a T-M graduate and have been a professor at Sinclair College for the past 20+ years.

I have an understanding of curriculum and educational policy. My parents are still residents of Trotwood. My oldest son is a graduate of Trotwood and is currently a senior at the University of Cincinnati. My youngest son attends Trotwood-Madison middle school. I am married and have been a homeowner in Trotwood for the past 24 years. Not only do I have the experience and educational backing to do the job, I am fully vested in the Trotwood community.

Deborah Daniel, candidate Trotwood School Board 2017(Staff Writer)

Deborah L. Daniel: I have been living in the Trotwood community over 50 years now. I am the current vice president of Trotwood-Madison School Board. I graduated from T-M along with my brothers and my two sons. My sons have both graduated from college and are current teachers.

As a current TMBOE member, my role of influence for our students is to advocate for the appropriate standards and academic testing. This includes advocating for the overall mental, academic, social, emotional, and physical developmental needs of our students. My job of being an active TMBOE member is very important to me and something I want to continue.

Toni Perry Gillispie: I am qualified to be on the board of education because: 1. I have experience as a listener and a thinker. My previous roles as community volunteer on boards and actual work experience in a public school system has given me the ability to make sound decisions that will benefit the families (students).

2. I have previously worked on the policy and financial committees of a public school system. This knowledge will help me as I learn and progress with the Trotwood district. The board establishes policy and this is one of my strengths.

3. I am a stakeholder in Trotwood. I own a home in Trotwood and want the district (students) to advance and be an asset to the city. 4. I am trained in community economic development. I have worked with the community and for the community for 20 years.

Denise Moore: What makes me qualified to be on the board and give me the advantage over other candidates is that I am able to work with my peers to establish a clear vision and goals for our district. I am also very vocal regarding the protections and provisions of our children.

I am a strong leader and believe in accountability for the board, superintendent, administrators, teachers, and staff. My experience as an incumbent, community advocate, marketing executive and previous business owner, has afforded me the skill sets and opportunity to be able to measure and assess data, communicate information clearly, understand budgets, assess external opportunities for our district, design/create solution based initiatives, and advocate at the local, state and national level for public education for the success of our students.

Norman Scearce: I am currently engaged in the life of the schools in a way the current board members are not. I represent the vast majority of young parents with children in the district.

Shooting victim shows up at Dayton hospital

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 11:39 AM

Shooting victim shows up at Dayton hospital

A shooting victim has reportedly been brought in to Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton this morning.

Officers responded to the hospital on a report of a male being brought to the hospital by a private vehicle around 11:30 a.m.

Initial reports indicated a car with two men, one of whom was shot arrived at the hospital.

We’re working to learn more.