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Chief: Movie inspires 12-year-old Logan County girl to bring suspected fentanyl to school 

Published: Thursday, February 01, 2018 @ 10:48 PM
Updated: Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 3:00 PM

12-year-old brings fentanyl to school, inspired by 21 Jump Street

UPDATE @ 3 p.m. (Feb. 2)

A 12-year-old girl who brought suspected fentanyl to Indian Lake Middle School told police she got the idea from a movie. 

The girl is in the Logan County Juvenile Detention Center in Bellefontaine pending the filing of formal felony possession of fentanyl. She is being held on suspicion of inducing panic and disorderly conduct, Washington Twp. Police Chief Rick Core said. 

Approximately one gram of suspected fentanyl was seized Feb. 1, 2018, from Indian Lake Middle School in Logan County. A 12-year-old girl is accused of bringing the drug to school.(JOHN BEDELL / STAFF)

Police seized a gram of the drug, which Core said has a street value of about $500, from the school at 8920 County Road 91 near Lewistown. The samples have since been sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Invesigation, he said. 

"We're following up on leads yet today to try to find the source of where the drugs originated from," Core said. 

The girl told police she got the idea to bring the drug to school after seeing a similar scenario in the movie "21 Jump Street" about a drug ring inside a high school, but it's still under investigation what she planned to do with the drugs at school. 

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"I think the interventin took place before she was able to fulfill whatever her goal was," he said. 

The chief praised how the school handled the situation. 

"They absolutely did everything textbook: They didn't disturb the suspected drugs, they made contact with our office immediately. We had officers on scene very quickly." 

Police K-9s did a sweep of the building but no other drugs were found.


A female 12-year-old Indian Lake Middle School student remains in detention pending the filing of a drug charge involving suspected fentanyl, after staff found a suspicious baggie at the school Thursday afternoon, according to a posting to the school district's web page.

Washington Twp. police were called to the campus, 8920 County Road 91, in Lewistown in Logan County, and an initial testing of the substance revealed the substance in the baggie was "likely to be fentanyl."

The contents are being sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, in London, for further testing, Police Officer Foster Michael Thompson said Thursday night.

Law enforcement followed Thursday's incident with a full search of the middle school facility, using drug-detecting canines. 

Thompson said police do not anticipate sending the special dogs to campus Friday because police believe the incident was an isolated case.

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The girl has been booked into the Logan County Juvenile Detention Center on a charge of delinquency by reason of inducing panic, Officer Thompson said. Police likely will present their evidence to the prosecutor's office on the charge of delinquency by reason of drug possession.

It's probable the girl will be court Friday for an initial hearing, the officer said.

According to the school district's online statement, a full investigation is continuing.

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Springfield man holds alleged thief at gunpoint until police arrive

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 7:30 AM

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A Springfield man held another man accused of breaking into multiple vehicles at gunpoint as he waited for police arrive, according to a police report.

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John B. Morgan, 26, of Springfield, pleaded not guilty to drug possession charges in Clark County Municipal Court on Sunday. Bond was set at $5,000.

Springfield police officers were sent to the 100 block of Roseland Drive at about 6 a.m. Saturday morning about a car theft, the report said. Upon their arrival, a witness was standing in the street with Morgan at gunpoint, it said.

The witness told police he checked his car after his alarm went off and he later allegedly saw Morgan walking down the street with a flashlight, shining it into other vehicles. Morgan then allegedly got into a car that belonged to another neighbor, it said. The witness then approached Morgan with his gun and told him to get on the ground until officers arrived.

Morgan allegedly took gift cards from McDonald’s and Wendy’s, the report said.

Police also allegedly found several prescription drugs in Morgan’s cinch bag, including fentanyl patches, Clonazepan, Alprazom and Flexeril, the report said.


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Springfield man allegedly breaks into home to steal television

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 8:16 AM

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A Springfield man is facing aggravated burglary charges after he allegedly attempted to break into a home to steal a television, according to a police report.

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Michael Franklin, 22, of 308 W. Liberty Ave., pleaded not guilty in Clark County Municipal Court on Sunday morning. Bond was set at $20,000.

On Oct. 15, police were sent to a home in the 100 block of Euclid Avenue to investigate a burglary. A witness told police he was asleep on the couch when he heard a loud noise. He allegedly saw Franklin attempt to take a television, but Franklin ran away when he realize the witness was awake, the report said. A shoving match led to the witness being pushed to the ground and Franklin ran into an alley behind the home. The man told police he knows Franklin because he mowed grass for a woman he knows, it said.

Police recovered fingerprints from a piece of plexiglass that had allegedly been pushed in to allow entry into the home, the report said. The prints were later confirmed by the Bureau of Criminal Investigations to belong to Franklin and a warrant was issued for his arrest, it said.

Franklin was taken into custody by Springfield Police at about 9:40 p.m. Saturday.


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Man accused of sex assault at Clark County Humane Society sentenced

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 10:08 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 11:23 AM

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A man accused of sexual misconduct with an underage girl at the Humane Society Serving Clark County was sentenced to four years in prison.

Demetrice Green, 36, was sentenced by Clark County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard O’Neill on Feb. 12. Green entered an Alford plea to a charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. An Alford plea means he didn’t admit to the crime but accepts its punishment.

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Green will have to register as a tier two sex offender once he is released from prison, according to the judgment entry filed in the case.

Green was originally charged with three counts of rape, four counts of unlawful sexual conduct and one count of gross sexual imposition. The plea document says that the prosecutor’s office dismissed the remaining counts because Green pleaded.

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A Clark County Sheriff’s Office affidavit says Green, an employee at the animal shelter, and the victim carried on the relationship for about three years.

“A forensic interview of the victim was conducted at our Child Advocacy Center,” Detective Debra Strileckyj wrote. “Juvenile victim disclosed numerous sex acts had occurred with … Green at a location in Clark County where the defendant was an employee.”

The affidavit says the encounters happened between January 2013 and the summer of 2016.

Green entered his plea to the court on Oct. 4, according to court records.

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O’Neill took many factors into consideration when deciding the sentence, including oral statements, the seriousness and recidivism factors, he wrote in a judgment entry of conviction.

“The court is guided by the overriding purposes of felony sentencing, including protection of the public from future crime by the offender and punishment of the offender,” O’Neill says in the entry.

A prison sentence is justice, O’Neill said.

“The court further finds that a combination of community control sanctions would demean the seriousness of the defendant’s conduct and its impact on the victim,” the entry says.


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6-year-old boy, 3 family members shot outside Texas steakhouse

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 11:06 AM

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Police are investigating after a 6-year-old boy and three of his family members were shot Sunday evening in the parking lot of a Texas Roadhouse steakhouse in San Antonio.

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Police Chief William McManus said Sunday that the shooting, which happened as people were waiting outside the restaurant to eat, left the 6-year-old with a gunshot wound to his leg. Police said two of the boy’s three injured family members, all adults in their 20s, were hospitalized Sunday in critical but stable condition.

The shooting happened around 8:40 p.m. outside the Texas Roadhouse steakhouse on Cinema Ridge, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

“We do not believe that this shooting is random,” McManus said. “There were a number of people that were standing (outside the restaurant). All the people that were hit were from the same family.”

The gunman, who has not been identified, fired about 10 shots at the family within 15 feet of the front of Texas Roadhouse, the Express-News reported. He was masked at the time of the shooting, according to the newspaper.

Police continue to investigate the attack.

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