Priest found guilty of sex charges

Published: Friday, September 20, 2013 @ 5:25 PM
Updated: Friday, September 20, 2013 @ 5:25 PM

A Catholic priest accused of molesting a 10-year-old boy 22 years ago was found guilty of sex charges in federal court Friday.

Rev. Robert Poandl, of Fairfield-based Glenmary Home Missioners, was found guilty of one count of transporting a minor in interstate commerce with the intent of engaging him in sex, a charge that carries a possible sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

No bond was set on Poandl. He was ordered to have no contact with minors and will be fitted with a global tracking device.

Poandl, 72, took the boy to Spencer, W.Va., on Aug. 3, 1991, and raped him while visiting a church there, prosecutors said. Poandl’s attorney, Stephen Wenke, told jurors the allegations were false and denied the boy was even on the trip.

The accuser, who’s now in his 30s, waited until 2009 before telling law enforcement officials in West Virginia that he’d been abused. Poandl was indicted there on charges accusing him of sexually abusing the boy, but a judge dismissed those charges in 2010.

Assistant U.S. attorney Tim Oakley told jurors that the priest told the boy’s parents he needed someone to ride with him to keep him awake and navigate and then raped the boy after they arrived at the West Virginia church. But Wenke said the accuser’s story changed through the years and was full of inconsistencies.

The latest charge was filed last year in Cincinnati. The trial began Monday after U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett had earlier rejected a defense motion to dismiss the case over a statute of limitations. The judge ruled the prosecution clearly alleged an offense involving sexual abuse of a child, and federal law permits prosecution of child sexual abuse at any time during the life of the accuser.

The Glenmary religious order is a society of priests and brothers who dedicate themselves to establishing a Catholic presence in rural areas and small towns.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Plenty of sunshine as warming trend continues into weekend 

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 3:33 AM

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  • Cool morning, but quiet
  • Lots of sunshine this week
  • Temperatures climb into the weekend

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TODAY: Dry stretch continues today. It’s not as cool this morning, with most spots in the 40s. Sunshine through the afternoon and gradually getting warmer with highs around 70 today.

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FRIDAY: A great end to the work week with highs in the low 70s. Sunny skies and highs are about 10 degrees warmer than normal. We’ll see the evening fall through in the 60s for football games.

SATURDAY: Nice and quiet to start the weekend. A little breezy, but sunny and warm. Highs in the mid 70s.

SUNDAY: Clouds increase quickly. Breezy and mild in the mid 70s with a slight chance for a shower or two overnight. 

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MONDAY: Sun and clouds. Highs in the upper 60s. A few showers possible during the day. Gusty winds at times, while turning cooler into the night. 

2 women accused of trying to rob bank while dressed as nuns

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 3:32 AM

‘Nuns’ Attempt To Rob Bank

The FBI has apprehended two women suspected of trying to rob a bank in Pennsylvania while dressed as nuns, The Associated Press is reporting.

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Melisa Aquino Arias, 23, of the Dominican Republic, and Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez, 19, of New Haven, Connecticut, were actually charged with robbing two banks in New Jersey while wearing head scarves, but law enforcement officials say the two women are also suspected in the attempted robbery of the Citizens Bank in Tannersville, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 28.

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The Tannersville heist — which reportedly was carried out by two young women wearing black nun’s habits and veils — ended in failure when the perpetrators fled the scene without any money after an alarm was triggered. The FBI had posted surveillance photos from the heist on Twitter.

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Pedraza-Rodriguez and Aquino Arias appeared before a judge in Newark, New Jersey, on Monday after being charged with robbing banks in Garfield and Teaneck, New Jersey.

Robberies carried out by criminals dressed as nuns are something of a pop culture trope. The 2012 crime drama “The Town” featured robbers disguised as nuns, and the 1990 crime comedy film “Nuns on the Run” depicted two male crooks on the run while wearing habits.

Car gets stuck, catches fire after rear-ending semi on I-70 

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 1:59 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 2:35 AM

Staff Photo/Joey Bryant
Staff Photo/Joey Bryant

Two people were injured when a car that rear-ended a semi on I-70 got stuck and caught fire early Thursday morning.

Around 1:45 a.m., a car rear-ended the semi in the middle lane of westbound Interstate 70 near mile marker 42, trooper said. The car became stuck, and the semi dragged the car for a couple hundred feet.

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The semi driver was able to pull off to the right shoulder, at which point the car caught fire.

The driver and passenger of the car were able to escape before the car became fully engulfed. They were taken to Soin Medical Center with minor injuries, trooper said.

The car driver will be cited with failure to maintain distance. It’s unknown if the driver was impaired, troopers said.

The driver of the semi was not injured. Contents from the semi were being loaded onto another semi.

The right lane was closed while troopers investigated the crash.

REPORT: Standoff in New Lebanon, Montgomery County now over

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 12:25 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 2:57 AM

UPDATE @ 3 a.m: The standoff that occurred in New Lebanon late Wednesday night is now over.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: OSP pursuit ends in Dayton with arrest

The incident included law enforcement officers and a SWAT team on scene at a house on North Church Street for a man who was holed up in the house.

We’re working to learn the details of the ordeal and will update this story with more. 


We're hearing there is a standoff occurring in New Lebanon at a house on North Church Street. 

A caller tells us law enforcement officers from New Lebanon, Perry Twp., Jackson Twp. and now a SWAT team are on scene for a man who is holed up in a house. 

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: OSP pursuit ends in Dayton with arrest

The caller tells us that law enforcement officers, with rifles drawn, converged on the house just before midnight. 

A dispatcher confirms that there is a police investigation occurring on North Church Street. 

We will update this developing report as information becomes available. 

Stay with for breaking news. 

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