MIT student from Centerville describes lock-down

Published: Friday, April 19, 2013 @ 11:04 AM
Updated: Friday, April 19, 2013 @ 11:04 AM

Catherine Garrison, a 2012 Centerville High School graduate now attending MIT in Cambridge, described being under a city-wide lock-down Friday during the police pursuit of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Garrison of Washington Twp. said she and her fellow students had been under lock-down since the shooting Thursday night that claimed the life of an MIT police officer.

“It is pretty somber right now,” Garrison said. “Everybody is really affected by the death of the police officer. It is a real tragedy,” she said.

Man admits guilt in murder of Middletown resident

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 3:38 PM

            Man admits guilt in murder of Middletown resident

One of three men charged with being part of a gang and participating in a crime spree that resulted in two Middletown homicides has pleaded guilty.

Derrick Brown, 22, of 815 Crawford St., was indicted for attempted burglary, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, and aggravated murder for the death of Joseph Romano at his Lafayette Avenue home in November. He was also charged with participating in a criminal gang.

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At his arraignment last week in Butler County Common Pleas Court, he told Judge Greg Stephens he wanted to plead guilty.

Despite warnings from his attorney, Brown said, “your honor, I would rather just plead guilty.”

The judge said he would not accept the guilty plea until Brown had consulted with his attorney.

Today, Brown got his wish.

He answered “yes, Sir,” many times when the judge asked him if he understood his rights and what he was pleading to.

Brown’s attorney, Melynda Cook, said she had attempted to get Brown to consider a plea deal, but he refused.

Brown faces up to life in prison for the murder of Romano, with an additional 35 years behind bars for the other charges.

Sentencing was set for April 10.

Huber Heights home linked to prosecutor’s office theft in office

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 3:38 PM

            Huber Heights home linked to prosecutor’s office theft in office

The company used by a former Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office employee as part of a scheme to steal nearly $90,000 from the county currently owns property in Huber Heights, public records show.

David Bruns’ theft from the county was discovered when questions arose about an allocation to Skyfall Properties in a foreclosure matter, court records say. After lying about his involvement, Bruns admitted he controlled Skyfall, according to a memo filed by prosecutors.

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Bruns worked in the county’s delinquent tax assessment unit until he was fired in August 2016. His wife — county Prosecutor Mat Heck’s second cousin — works for the county as head of the juvenile prosecution division.

State records show Skyfall Properties was incorporated in April 2015 by attorney Michael Miller of the Dayton firm Miller, Walker and Brush.

Montgomery County Auditor’s Office records show that in June 2015 Skyfall purchased a 1,080-square-foot home in Huber Heights at 5232 Fishburg Rd. The company’s listed mailing address in property records is Miller’s law firm.

County recorder’s records show the home was sold at sheriff’s sale to Skyfall for $12,000.

Prosecutors have recommended Bruns avoid prison if he pays back the stolen money. Bruns has repaid nearly $41,000 of the $89,976.46 that is the agreed-upon total the attorneys said was stolen between Dec. 19, 2011, and Aug. 16, 2016.

The Huber Heights home is appraised for tax purposes at $57,630.

Contacted for comment, Miller said he was contacted by Bruns to incorporate the business with the state but that he had no involvement in running Skyfall and no knowledge of its activities. If mail came for Skyfall, he would give it to Bruns as he did for all clients he had such an arrangement with.

“He came to me and asked that I form an LLC,” Miller said. “Skyfall Properties is a limited liability company formed and registered under the Secretary of State in Ohio. That is the extent of all I know.”


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State: More than 100 non-citizens have voted in Ohio

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 9:52 AM

            State: More than 100 non-citizens have voted in Ohio

A total of 821 non-citizens have registered to vote in Ohio over the past five years — 126 of whom actually cast ballots — Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced today.

Husted’s office has since 2013 reviewed election data to identify non-citizens on voter rolls. The 385 non-citizen voters found this year are added to 145 in 2015 and 291 in 2013.

This year’s analysis found non-citizens registered to vote in Montgomery, Clark, Miami, Darke, Shelby and Auglaize counties. Of those, two in Montgomery County voted, and one each in Auglaize, Darke Shelby counties.

“In light of the national discussion about illegal voting it is important to inform our discussions with facts. The fact is voter fraud happens, it is rare and when it happens, we hold people accountable,” Husted said in a statement.

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Husted’s office says he was able to find the non-citizen voters using Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle data. Husted has argued for more access to federal data.

“There are likely additional non-citizens in the (statewide registered voter database) given the lack of access to more real-time data maintained by the federal government,” today’s release says.

The 82 non-citizens found this year to have cast ballots will be referred to law enforcement for investigation and possible prosecution, Husted’s office said.

Those who are registered but have not voted will receive letters informing them non-citizens cannot vote and asking them to cancel their registration. If they remain on the rolls after receiving two letters, they will be referred to law enforcement.

None of the cases where a non-citizen is shown to have cast a ballot occurred in jurisdictions where an election was decided by one vote or tied, Husted’s office says.

What are the military’s different threat levels?

Published: Friday, May 08, 2015 @ 1:21 PM
Updated: Friday, May 08, 2015 @ 1:21 PM

The United States has four threat levels above “normal” for military installations. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and other bases around the country went from Threatcon Alpha, the lowest level, to Bravo, the next highest level. Here’s an explanation of each level:

THREATCON ALPHA: (Threat level low) This condition applies when there is a general threat of possible terrorist activity against personnel and facilities, the nature and extent of which are unpredictable, and circumstances do not justify full implementation of THREATCON BRAVO measures. However, it may be necessary to implement certain measures from higher THREATCONS resulting from intelligence received or as a deterrent. The measures in this THREATCON must be capable of being maintained indefinitely.

THREATCON BRAVO: (Threat level medium) This condition applies when an increased and more predictable threat of terrorist activity exists. The measures in this THREATCON must be capable of being maintained for weeks without causing undue hardship, affecting operational capability, and aggravating relations with local authorities.

THREATCON CHARLIE: (Threat level high) This condition applies when an incident occurs or intelligence is received indicating some form of terrorist action against personnel and facilities is imminent. Implementation of measures in this THREATCON for more than a short period probably will create hardship and affect the peacetime activities of the unit and its personnel.

THREATCON DELTA: (Threat level critical) This condition applies in the immediate area where a terrorist attack has occurred or when intelligence has been received that terrorist action against a specific location or person is likely. Normally, this THREATCON is declared as a localized condition. See also antiterrorism.