45 people indicted in Butler and Warren counties

Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 6:30 AM

5 things to know about grand juries

Grand juries, which meet in secret, review criminal charges brought by police and prosecutors and investigate possible criminal behavior. The proceedings are usually one-sided, because the accused is not present and witnesses are not cross-examined.

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A grand jury may issue an indictment if it finds probable cause that a crime was committed and the accused person is responsible. An indictment is an accusation that must then be proven in court. The grand jury may also elect to issue no indictment.

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BUTLER COUNTY 

Indictments returned during a recent session of the Butler County grand jury:

Thelma Judith Williams, 2310 S. Verity Parkway, Middletown; certified back to the lower court on one count of making false alarms.

Jason Clifford Sneed, 1350 Vanderveer Ave., Hamilton; indicted on three counts of aggravated possession of drugs, and one count each of aggravated trafficking in drugs, and having weapons while under disability.

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Joshua D. Webb, 12 Muriel Court, Fairfield; indicted on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ian Chalk Langdon, 372 Cambridge Drive, Hamilton; indicted on two counts of failure to stop after an accident, and one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, and driving under suspension.

Kyle Randall, 3703 Oxford Reily Road, Oxford; indicted on two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, and one count of tampering with evidence.

Henry Thompson, 11 Hurm St., Apt. 4, Hamilton; indicted on one count each of trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine, having weapons while under disability, and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Leonard Clay Brewington, 1240 Ross Ave., Hamilton; indicted on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, and failure to appear.

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Jacob C. Pickering, 1027 Oxford State Road, Middletown; certified back to the lower court on one count of contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a child.

Kevin L. Sullivan, 2101 Howard Ave., Middletown; indicted on one count of cruelty to companion animal.

Robert S. Conley, 1809 Pater Ave., Hamilton; indicted on one count each of burglary and burglary (direct).

Taronte Maurell Jones, 1117 E. 19th Ave., Columbus; indicted on one count each of carrying concealed weapons, having weapons while under disability, and having weapons while under disability (direct).

Bijan Michelangelo Jabbari, 15 Beth Lane, Apt. 2, Hamilton; indicted on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, and possession of drugs.

Adam Thomas Clair, 303 Curtis Drive, Hamilton; certified back to the lower court on one count each of possession of drugs, and possessing drug abuse instruments.

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Brittany D. Seago, 25 Hurm St., Apt. 3, Hamilton; indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs.

Jarren Howard, 80 Westwood Drive, Apt. 3D, Fairfield; indicted on one count each of felonious assault, domestic violence, and discharge of a firearms on or near prohibited premises (direct).

Thomas E. Smith Jr., 1254 Parkamo Ave., Hamilton; indicted on five counts of aggravated possession of drugs, and one count each of tampering with evidence, aggravated trafficking in drugs, and possession of drugs.

Joseph Ryan Tatman III, 535 5th St., Hamilton; indicted on one count of robbery.

D’Andre L. Denmark, 947 Grand Ave., Apt. 5, Cincinnati; indicted on one count each of possession of cocaine, aggravated possession of drugs, resisting arrest, and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Timothy Tyler Bevis, 6826 Paducah Ave., Hamilton; indicted on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, and possession of cocaine.

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Joshua D. Webb, address unknown; certified back to the lower court on one count of illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Keegan Lavell Payne, 2214 Yankee Road, Middletown; indicted on two counts of aggravated robbery (direct), and one count each of murder, aggravated robbery, and improperly furnishing firearms to a minor (direct).

Al Ivey III, 3127 Wilbraham Road, Middletown; indicted on one count each of theft, attempted theft, and passing bad checks.

Malaysia Shamia Brown, 10126 Daycrest Drive, Apt. D; certified back to the lower court on one count of assault.

Glenda Ray Stacey, 122 Buckeye St., (upstairs), Hamilton; indicted on two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, and one count each of having weapons while under disability, aggravated trafficking in drugs, and possession of drugs (direct).

Teresa L. Wright, 7196 Morning Sun Road, Oxford; indicted on one count each of possession of cocaine, possessing drug abuse instruments (direct), endangering children (direct), and resisting arrest (direct).

Skylar E. Parsley, 27110 State Hwy. 244, Rushville, In.; indicted on one count of felonious assault.

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Anne Marie Smith, 2203 Fulton Ave., Cincinnati; indicted on one count each of attempted grand theft, and forgery (direct).

Kevin Robert Woods, address unknown; certified back to the lower court on one count each of resisting arrest, possessing drug abuse instruments, and disorderly conduct.

Randy Burgos-Vasquez, 714 Trenton Road, Trenton; certified back to the lower court on one count of tinted windows.

Christina Nicole Jackson, 993 Timberman Ave., Hamilton; indicted on two counts of illegal use of supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits or WIC program benefits (direct), and one count of theft by deception (direct).

Kyle Lee Sparkman, 206 Ringling St., Hamilton; indicted on one count of possession of heroin (direct).

Timothy Lee Henry, 3213 Roesch Blvd., Apt. B, Fairfield; indicted on one count each of operating a vehicle under the influence (direct), operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (direct), and driving under suspension (direct).

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WARREN COUNTY

The Warren County grand jury returned these indictments during a recent session:

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Constance Ranea Hodge, 4474 Darley Court, Hillard; indicted on one count each of illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility, possession of criminal tools, and possession of drugs.

Lamont A. Hickson, Lebanon Correctional Institution; indicted on one count of illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility.

Alexandra Marie Balzano, 4289 S. Observatory Road, West Chester; Indicted on one count each of trafficking in drugs, and possession of drugs.

John Tyler Nelson, 6929 St. Rt. 350, Oregonia; indicted on seven counts of aggravated possession of drugs, and one count of possession of heroin.

Elizabeth D. Wynn, 1011 S. River St., Franklin; indicted on two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, and one count of possession of heroin.

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Eugenia Gayle Starr, Warren County Jail; indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs.

Amber Josephine George, Warren County Jail; indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs.

Lauren E. Schlotterbeck, Warren County Jail; indicted on one count each of illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility, aggravated possession of drugs, and possession of drugs.

Robert Jason McCollum, Warren County Jail; indicted on one count of possession of cocaine.

John Richard Ferrell, 601 Fern Court, Cincinnati; indicted on one count each of trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of criminal tools, and operation while under the influence of alcohol or drug of abuse.

Brian Keith Houz, 1700 Miami St., Kings Mill; indicted on one count each of possession of heroin, aggravated possession of drugs, possession of drug abuse instruments, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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KK Devin Harris, 8786 Dayton Oxford Road, Apt. D, Franklin; indicted on one count each of felonious assault, and endangering children.

Nicholas T. Gundel, 6800 Milton Carlisle Road, Springfield; indicted on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, and possession of drug abuse instruments.

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Mutual aid called to Darke County house fire; firefighter injured 

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:47 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 5:11 AM

Multiple firefighters from around Drake County battle a fire.

UPDATE @5:07 a.m.

A firefighter that was reported to be down at the scene of a house fire in Darke County was checked on scene by a medic and is expected to be alright, fire officials said.

The firefighter is back in service at the scene of the fire in the 1400 block of Preble County Butler Township Road.

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Mutual aid has been requested from several surrounding jurisdictions. Water had to be trucked in to the scene.

FIRST REPORT

A firefighter has reportedly been injured in a fire in Darke County.

The fire was reported shortly before 3 a.m. in the 1400 block of Preble County Butler Township Road. Around 3 a.m., crews reported there was an explosion and a firefighter was down, according to initial reports.

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The fire reportedly started in an attached garage before spreading to the home.

We have a crew headed to the scene. This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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Flooding threat continues this week; warm up on the way

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 4:24 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 4:59 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about how the rain will impact you this week.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Rounds of rain this week
  • Very mild temperatures
  • Minor flooding a continued threat

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DETAILED FORECAST

Today: Scattered showers will continue to move in through the early morning, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. A rumble of thunder can’t be ruled out. It will be a very mild day with temperatures climbing into the low to mid-60s. Widespread rain will push north during the afternoon. There’s a chance for a downpour or two late in the day.

Tuesday: Rain should stay to the northwest. It will be a warm morning around 60. Temperatures through the afternoon will soar into the low to mid 70s. There will be sunshine and scattered clouds. Some dry time is expected during the afternoon. Scattered showers will move back in at night.

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Wednesday: Scattered showers are expected with the chance for a thunderstorm or two for the morning and afternoon. A cold front will push through during the day. Highs will be in the low 60s early and fall through the day. Watch for ponding on the roads and gusty winds.

Thursday: It will be a little cooler with highs in the mid 40s. Some dry time is expected during the day. Clouds will be broken with the chance for a few showers south.

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Friday: More widespread rain will push into the Miami Valley through the day. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

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Several sinkholes open in Florida neighborhood, threaten homes

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 6:08 AM

Several sinkholes opened in a Florida neighborhood. (Photo: WFTV.com)
Several sinkholes opened in a Florida neighborhood. (Photo: WFTV.com)

Several sinkholes opened in The Villages Thursday, threatening several homes, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said. 

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Four homes have been evacuated. Officials said the largest of the three holes is 35 feet deep and 18 feet wide. 

One of the sinkholes that opened up is outside Frank Newman’s home.

He said he heard strange sounds and wasn’t sure what was going on.

“At about 12:30 I was watching the Olympics when I heard something that I thought was thunder,” Newman said.

Hours later, he found out what was actually going on.

“My front door bell rings about 3:10. It was a policeman saying, ‘You got to get out of your house,’” Newman said.

Marion County Emergency Management was also at the scene and said that utilities to the four closest homes have been disconnected as a precaution.

The sinkholes go beneath two of the homes.

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Cracks formed outside Newman’s neighbor’s home and a hole opened up near her front door.

“In her house, she is seeing cracks inside the house on the floor and stuff,” Newman said. “She can’t get her car out of the garage because the garage door won’t open.”

Signs have been placed outside some of the homes warning the houses have been condemned.

Golf course officials are draining a lake to help the situation. Utilities officials said that if a water main break occurs, they will be able to handle it, but 20 homes could potentially lose water service if that happens.

Residents were allowed to briefly return to their homes to pick up some belongings.

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Fatal shooting investigation underway in Sprigfield

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 6:05 AM

UPDATE @6:25 a.m.

Springfield police are investigating a fatal shooting on South Yellow Springs Street.

The coroner is on scene.

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Police have a crime scene taped off on South Yellow Springs Street in Springfield.

The scene is reportedly between Mulberry and Jefferson streets. Authorities declined to comment on the nature of the investigation.

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This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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