Students allegedly catch teacher abusing puppy

Published: Thursday, October 03, 2013 @ 9:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 03, 2013 @ 9:01 AM

Students at a Florida high school say they caught their teacher in an act of animal cruelty.

According to Lee County Domestic Animal Services, Mathew Emans was spotted putting a puppy in his car's trunk while he taught classes.

Investigators say two students at Gateway Charter High School happened to see Emans take the puppy out of the car and then put the Staffordshire Terrier into the trunk and walk away.

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A school resource officer tracked Emans down and ordered him to open the trunk, where the five-month-old puppy was found alive. It was panting heavily and in need of water.

According to the News-Press, investigators determined the temperature in the trunk was about 97 degrees, the temperature inside the car was found to be over 150 degrees.

Emans has given up ownership of the puppy and it was put up for adoption by animal services.

The 28-year-old teacher is facing animal cruelty charges, which is punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.

He reportedly told investigators he planned on having the puppy in the trunk for just a few hours while he was at work.

Woman charged for paying minor up to $300 for sex encounters, police say

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 4:11 PM

Suspect Rebecca McGraw, 38, was arrested and charged with offenses related to alleged sexual encounters with a minor, accusing of paying a child younger than 15 for  sex.
St. Lucie County Sheriffs Office

A Florida woman is facing charges, accused of paying a child under the age of 15 up to $300 for sexual encounters.

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Suspect Rebecca McGraw, 38, was arrested on Thursday and is facing five counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor under the age of 15, Port St. Lucie police said. 

Investigators said McGraw admitted to at least five sexual acts with the victim.

She remained in the St. Lucie County Jail on Saturday on a $125,000 bail.

The age of sexual consent in Florida is 18. No one under the age of 16 can give consent under any circumstances, according to Florida statutes.

Authorities arrested McGraw after detectives followed up on prior allegations of child abuse and sexual molestation of a child by an adult.

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McGraw was an assistant manager at an apartment complex in Port St. Lucie when the sexual offenses allegedly occurred with a child living at the complex, police said. She would allowed the child to use her debit and credit cards, and to drive her vehicle unaccompanied, investigators said.


Half-hour long pursuit down Ohio 235 ends with pickup in ditch

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 12:28 AM

Multiple state troopers have ended a nearly half-hour long pursuit on Ohio 235 in Clark County, according to dispatchers. 

Dispatchers said troopers were pursuing a pickup truck out of Greene County in the chase that ended just before midnight.

Little is known about what began the pursuit on Ohio 4 around 11:26 p.m., or the man troopers were chasing. 

Dispatchers said the pursuit ended when the man crashed into a ditch on Ohio 235 just inside Clark County.

We are working to learn more in this developing story.

Park Layne Car Wash sign found miles away after tornado

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 3:59 PM

Yet another business sign caught up in Wednesday night’s tornado that hit Park Layne was found miles away.

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The sign for Park Layne Car Wash, 548 McAdams Drive, was found in tact approximately 6 and a half miles away on Ohio 202 near Ohio 571.

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On Thursday, Troy resident Jeff Welbaum found in his backyard a jagged piece of a Sunoco sign that blew off from the Park Layne gas station at 2131 S Dayton-Lakeview Road.

Paying respects on eve of Memorial Day: ‘These people gave a lot’

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 3:22 PM

            Many people around the region paid their respects to family members who has died and served in the military. Pictured are military graves at Woodside Cemetery in Middeltown. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF

Many people in the area on Sunday, the eve of Memorial Day, took the time to pay their respects to family members who served in the military who are no longer with us.

Officially, Memorial Day is designated to remember America’s war dead, but it’s evolved over time to remember every veteran who has died, regardless if they died during their time in uniform or as a civilian.

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Clint Wallace, a Marine Corps veteran from Middletown, spent time at Woodside Cemetery on Sunday to show his respect to those who “didn’t make it” home fighting in war.

“It’s the respect of these guys that died so young,” he said.

It’s difficult for Wallace to imagine the ages of many of those who died in combat, and said one can “get very sentimental” to see many of them were 18, 19 or 20 years old when they “paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

Beth Bishop, an Army and Air Force veteran in Middletown, spent the day with Wallace, visiting her uncle, Eddie Gehm (Army Air Corps) and grandfather Edmund Gehm, Sr. (World War II veteran) at Woodside Cemetery, and her mother, Emily Gehm (Korea War veteran), at the Butler County Memorial Park in Wayne Twp.

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“These people gave a lot,” said Bishop, who held back tears looking at graves of military men and women. “That’s what Memorial Day is about. These people. It’s very important to acknowledge that. It’s very important, even though it’s hard. It’s hard to go but it’s a necessity.”

Bishop would encourage anyone to sign up and serve the country to honor those who served and died for the country because, “Freedom isn’t free. It’s far from free.”

Gail Napier came from Centerville on Sunday to visit her brother, Billy J. Mize (Marine Corps) and father William Jasper Mize (World War II veteran).

Napier, formerly of Middletown, called the time “sad.” Her brother and dad didn’t die while serving, but she recalls how “honored” her brother was when he was able to join the Marine Corps in the 1980s, as well as how her father liked to tell military stories.

“That was all my dad ever talked about was being in the war,” she said.

Napier said her father visited Woodside frequently before he died in 2002 because he was “honored just to be a part of the service.”