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School bus drivers punished after ‘kissing, fondling’ in front of kids

Published: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ 5:53 PM

Kettering bus drivers disciplined for 'kissing, fondling' in front of kids

Two Kettering City Schools bus drivers were disciplined for repeatedly “kissing and fondling” each other on one driver’s bus while students were boarding the bus and sitting nearby, according to documents in their personnel files.

Janine Susan Wilson and Steven M. Rector were both on paid administrative leave from Nov. 1-24, and have now been placed on unpaid suspension this week (Nov. 27 to Dec. 1) “as a result of a disciplinary hearing,”according to the school district.

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“These are both long-term employees who have been good employees,” Kettering City Schools business manager Ken Lackey said. “They made a mistake and we’re dealing with the mistake. They’ll continue to be our employees and we’ll move on from here.”

The pre-disciplinary hearing notice says the district received a complaint from a student on Oct. 30 that the bus drivers had been engaging in inappropriate conduct on Wilson’s bus for about two weeks.

The notice says Kettering school officials reviewed bus videos from three different afternoons, which revealed evidence of the drivers “engaged in physical touching, hugging, kissing and fondling activities on (Wilson’s) bus with students boarding and sitting in close proximity to you.”

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“One student even told you that he did not approve of your behavior,” the notice to Wilson reads. “This activity occurred at a time when you were responsible for supervising the students who were boarding your bus.”

Rector’s notice also says he should have been supervising students who were boarding his bus at Kettering Middle School at the time.

Rector has been a bus driver for Kettering schools since 1998. His last evaluation, in 2009, rated him satisfactory and called him “a solid, reliable employee and a pleasure to work with.” His personal file shows only one other reprimand for failing to show up without notice on one day in 2012.

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Wilson was last evaluated in 2013, according to her personnel file. That evaluation rated her as a “very good” driver, the second-highest level on the five-step scale. It said she had outstanding attendance and a good attitude toward her job.

Lackey said the school district would like to do evaluations on drivers every other year, but don’t always accomplish that.

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Brown: Trump bruising behavior will change when GOP goes public

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 11:52 AM

(Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)
(Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

By Jack Torry

Washington Bureau

Sen. Sherrod Brown predicted today that President Donald Trump will alter his bruising behavior only after Republicans on Capitol Hill criticize him publicly as they have done privately.

In an interview on “NBC’s Meet the Press,” Brown, D-Ohio said he has heard “so many Republican “senators grumble about his ethics, about his name calling.”

“I think at some point Republican enablers in the House and Senate are going to say publicly what they’ve been saying privately,” Brown said. “And that’s when things change. We’ll see a president back off this kind of name calling, not telling the truth, sending out these tweets.”

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Brown said he spoke with a chief executive officer of a company “the other day who said he has never seen a business leader or political leader who calls his employees or her employees names.”

Brown is seeking re-election this November to a third term as a senator.

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Former Middletown athlete accused of leading local drug trafficking organization

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Donte Holdbrook
Donte Holdbrook

Several years ago, Donte Holdbrook was a member of a Middletown High School football team who caught touchdown passes and a guard on the basketball team.

Today, Holdbrook, 24, is in federal custody as the accused ringleader of a drug trafficking organization that supplied dealers with fentanyl and heroin in Middletown and throughout southern Ohio. The organization, officials say, had ties to the notorious Sinaloa Drug Cartel in Mexico that was led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who is also in federal custody in New York awaiting trial on multiple charges.

Federal indictments were unsealed and announced last week against Holdbrook and 11 others alleging possession of drugs, interstate travel (to) facilitate unlawful activities and money laundering conspiracy. U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman of the Southern District of Ohio said the investigation disrupted and dismantled the local drug trafficking operation.

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The multi-state investigation extended from Middletown to the West Coast into Mexico and caused the seizure of large quantities of cash, drugs and firearms. The investigation by local, county, state and federal agents took more than a year and also includes the indictments of more than 40 people in California and other areas as part of the alleged money laundering operation.

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Undercover FBI agents and task force officers posed as managers and employees of a world-wide criminal organization engaged in money laundering and drug trafficking for months to get evidence that led to the mass indictment of those they say dealt millions of dollars worth of heroin and fentanyl.

According to the federal criminal affidavit and complaint filed Dec. 4, 2017 in the U.S. District Court in Cincinnati, the FBI alleged Holdbrook knowingly and intentionally possessed with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing fentanyl.

The complaint also said during a Dec. 2, 2017 traffic stop in Middletown, Holdbrook abruptly parked the vehicle, got out and walked into an adjacent alley in an attempt to distance himself from the Dodge Ram pickup truck registered in his mother’s name. Middletown police approached Holdbrook, whose driver’s license was suspended, and he attempted to run away from police. Holdbrook was arrested for obstruction of official business and driving under suspension. The key to the vehicle was found on Holdbrook.

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After a Middletown police canine sweep of the vehicle that detected narcotics, the vehicle was searched, and 369 grams of a heroin/fentanyl mix was found. So were two cell phones, various documents including a multi-entry Mexican visa bearing Holdbrook’s name, a Mexican government identification of another person and a receipt from a Phoenix, Ariz. hotel, according to the complaint.

The complaint noted the person whose ID was found in Holdbrook’s truck was involved in a separate traffic interdiction on April 18, 2017 west of Cincinnati, where authorities seized about $182,000 in a bulk cash transfer that was believed to include proceeds from illegal narcotics trafficking. The agents investigating that seizure said that person had communicated with Holdbrook’s telephone number.

While Holdbrook was in the Middletown police interview room, he tried to break his cell phone that he concealed in what investigators believe was “an attempt to destroy evidence related to illicit narcotics trafficking,” according to the complaint.

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In the complaint, it was noted that U.S. Homeland Security records revealed that Holdbrook had made multiple recent trips to Mexico and that his criminal history included felony convictions of drug possession and tampering.

Last week’s indictment alleges that “fentanyl, heroin and other narcotic substances were processed, cut, packaged and stored prior to distribution to members of the conspiracy and/or customers, in safe locations, known as stash houses, located in and around the city of Middletown, Ohio, and elsewhere in the Southern District of Ohio. The defendants and others used stash houses to manufacture, prepare, process and store fentanyl, heroin, fentanyl mixtures, heroin mixtures, narcotics-processing and packaging materials, and monies obtained through the illegal sale of controlled substances, in order to avoid their detection.”

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The indictment further alleged that Holdbrook coordinated the transfer of fentanyl and heroin from the Sinaloa Drug Cartel to Middletown and funneled or smuggled large amounts of bulk cash back to Mexico. Investigators witnessed at least seven bulk cash pick-ups within the Southern District of Ohio, six in Cincinnati and one at a Comfort Inn and Suites in West Chester. Transactions ranged from $25,000 to more than $180,000. Glassman said between $1 million and $10 million in cash was laundered through the operation.

Among the various charges in the indictment, the defendants are accused of distributing more than 400 grams of fentanyl and one gram of a mixed substance containing fentanyl.

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An apartment on Aaron Drive where Frank Frazier, Jr., 24, lived was a key location in the alleged drug ring, according to indictments. Frazier is also in federal custody, as are most of those who were listed in the indictment last week.

Middletown police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said the apartments were used because that’s where the suspects felt safe, and they knew people there.

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Muterspaw said he was not worried about another drug trafficking organization picking up where the Holdbrook organization left off.

“I am not concerned because we have showed these drug gangs what will happen to them if they set up here,” Muterspaw said. “Every major drug ring that has come here has ended up in prison through state or federal sentencing.”

He said there are three active drug task forces working in Middletown, and police are adding additional police canines and drug interdiction officers in 2018 to make it even harder for them.

“You come in here selling, and you will be on our target list,” Muterspaw said.

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3-year-old girl allegedly assaulted by her babysitter has died

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 12:28 PM

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A 3-year-old girl died today, just a few days after her babysitter was indicted on charges of felonious assault and felony child endangering.

Hannah Wesche was essentially “brain dead” at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, her father, Jason Wesche, previously told Journal-News. She was pronounced dead at 12:15 a.m., he said via a post made late this morning on GoFundMe page #Hannahstrong#JusticeforHannah.

As of 12:40 p.m. today, the page had raised $7,922 of its $15,000 goal.

Lindsay Partin, who is accused of assaulting the 3-year-old child while in her care March 8, was free on bond Thursday after being arraigned on a felony indictment Thursday afternoon.

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Partin, 35, of the 4000 block of Shank Road in Hanover Twp., was indicted by a Butler County grand jury on charges of felonious assault and felony child endangering. Butler County Common Pleas Judge Greg Stephens set bond at $75,000 at her arraignment.

Partin was free on bond at 7:15 p.m. Thursday. She is scheduled to be back in court for a pre-trial hearing on April 9.

At about 7 a.m. March 8, Hanover Twp. emergency crews and Butler County detectives responded to Partin’s residence for an unconscious child. They found Hannah unresponsive with labored breathing, according to the sheriff’s office. There were obvious bruises about her head and face.

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The girl was taken by medical helicopter to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. After further investigation, detectives and hospital personnel noted additional bruising on the child’s body.

Partin admitted to striking the child and stated she had fallen and struck her head on the concrete garage floor the previous day.

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Police make arrests, reports from St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 12:43 PM

Police issued a Public Safety order for people to disperse from the neighborhood on St. Patrick's Day.

This year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration landed on a Saturday, but for many the revelry, and police incident reports, started on Friday.

The most significant incident reported from Saturday started around 4 p.m. on Lowes Street.

Police responded to the report of a large crowd that had gathered in the street in the University of Dayton student neighborhood. Bottles, rocks and firecrackers were reportedly thrown at officers, which forced them to retreat.
Additional officers from UD and Dayton police departments were called. By 6:30 p.m., police dressed in riot gear cleared the streets and ordered students to go inside their homes.

St. Patrick's Day on Dayton 2018(Steve Maguire)

The university reported that no one was arrested during the police action.

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The party started, and for some, ended early Saturday morning.

--- At 2:37 a.m., Dayton officers responded to a home on Illinois Avenue because of a stabbing complaint, according to the police incident report. A person had been stabbed with a knife and an investigation by officers determined the stabbing occurred about 30 minutes earlier at Carmichael’s Pub, 3011 Wayne Ave., according to the report. No further details were immediately available, including the severity of the injuries and whether any suspects have been identified or arrested.

--- A woman, Alecia Swain, 38, was arrested for allegedly causing a disturbance at 3:30 a.m. at a home in the 300 block of Kenilworth Avenue, according to a Dayton police report.

Alecia Swain

--- Police said a man called 9-1-1 to report his neighbor, identified as the suspect, was intoxicated and causing a disturbance at his home. The caller told the dispatcher he was going to shoot the woman if police didn’t get there soon. Police responded and arrested Swain on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct, according to the report.

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A domestic violence incident was reported at 1 a.m. at The Fieldhouse, 1126 Brown St.

A 33-year-old male from Dayton was listed as the complainant. No arrest was reported and no further information was released.

--- Jamaad Gardner, 28, was arrested around 11:35 p.m. Friday near Newcom’s Tavern, 418 E. Fifth St., according to a Dayton police report.

Police said Gardner was kicked out of the bar for causing a disturbance and once outside, he allegedly struck one of the bar’s security guards in the face, breaking his ear piece.

Gardner allegedly resisted officers during his arrest, according to the report. He remained an inmate at the Montgomery County Jail Sunday.

Jamaad Gardner

--- At 8:30 p.m. Friday, an assault was reported at Blind Bob’s Café, 430 E. Fifth St., according to the police report.

Workers there told officers the victim, a 40-year-old man, was standing outside when he was “sucker punched” by another male who then ran away, according to the police report. Police said the victim was lying on the ground and bleeding when officers arrived. The victim was highly intoxicated and apparently did not realize he’d been struck, according to the report.

--- A 29-year-old man from Illinois reported that someone stole his Samsung 8 Plus from his back pocket while he was inside Ned Peppers, 419 E. Fifth St., according to a Dayton police report.

The incident happened around 1:13 a.m. Friday, but the victim didn’t realize he was missing his phone until he called police at 8:22 a.m., according to the report.

The victim told police he was able to track his phone from the bar on East Fifth to the Dayton Towers apartments, according to the report.

Police said no search was conducted because there are multiple apartment units, according to the report.

--- At 6:04 a.m. Friday, police responded to a rollover crash at Home Avenue and College Street.

A black 2018 Cadillac XTS had struck a black 2011 Ford Fusion that was parked, according to the Dayton police report.

The driver of the Cadillac, identified as 38-year-old Devon Lamar Hayes, had apparently crawled out of the broken passenger’s side window and was lying on the ground next to the overturned vehicle, according to the report.

Police said the driver smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot, glassy eyes; and officers found a three-quarter-full bottle of Courvoisier was found inside the vehicle.

Hayes was arrested and taken to the hospital to be checked out for injuries, according to the report.

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