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Weapons, drugs, phones: Contraband flows into jails despite technology

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 7:00 AM

the recently added body scanner at the Butler County Jail has potential to increase security for inmates and corrections officers.

Keeping drugs and other contraband out of local jails is a struggle despite having the latest technology, according to officials who run the two Butler County facilities.

Butler County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Anthony Dwyer wasn’t shocked to learn of an inmate at the Middletown City Jail who suffered an apparent overdose after heroin was found stashed in his buttocks.

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“It is constant battle,” said Dwyer. “Running a jail is difficult.”

In March, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office installed a body scanner at the jail to help detect any type of contraband smuggled in via body cavities.

A sample body scan provided by Nuctech. BUTLER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE(Submitted)

The scanners are most helpful as a deterrent, he said.

“People know we have it,” Dwyer said. “The inmates know they are going to go through it when they get in here and, unfortunately, 80 percent of people coming through that door have been here before and they know.”

That means more people are “dumping stuff,” Dwyer said, both in cruisers and outside the facility, before stepping into the booking area of the Hanover Street jail.

Drugs and other contraband, including cell phones, cigarettes and even homemade weapons are discovered regularly, Dwyer said.

Drug addiction is driving more attempts to smuggle in items, he said.

“Addiction makes people desperate. You know what people will do to get it (when they aren’t in jail). Can you imagine what they will do to keep it when they come to jail? We’ve seen it all,” Dwyer said.

Recently, a female inmate smuggled into the facility, through her private parts, a “kit” that included a syringe and drugs, he said.

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Butler County Sheriff’s Office corrections officer James Turco is one of the jail staff trained to operate the Nuctech body scanning system that is in use at the jail. The Butler County Sheriff’s Office has been using the full body scanner to check inmates for contraband and to increase safety in the jail. The scanner is used in addition to traditional searches. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Staff Writer)

“We do a whole lot of talking here, telling people it is in their best interest to keep them safe to tell us what they have,” Dwyer said.

Searches of cells are conducted regularly and recently every cell in the facility was “tossed” in one night, he said.

Middletown Police Lt. Leanne Hood said the department is always looking for new ways to keep inmates safe and to stop contraband from coming into the city jail.

The city’s police department is currently looking for grants to purchase a body scanner similar to the one used at the county jail, she said.

Both Hood and Dwyer pointed out cavity searches are rare in the jails, because the require a search warrant to conduct.

“Why don’t we just give everybody a body cavity search when they come in? Because it is illegal,” Dwyer said.

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The Butler County Sheriff's Office has been using a full body scanner for inmates to check for contraband and increase safety in the jail. The scanner is used in addition to traditional searches. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Nick Graham)

According to Ohio law, “unless there is a legitimate medical reason or medical emergency justifying a warrant-less search, a body cavity search shall be conducted only after a search warrant is issued that authorizes the search. In any case, a body cavity search shall be conducted under sanitary conditions and only by a physician, or registered nurse or licensed practical nurse who is registered or licensed to practice in the state.”

Hood said officers must have probable cause for a warrant to do a body cavity search. Officers, she said, cannot conduct such a search just because someone is arrested on a drug charge.

“It is not something we do often,” she said.

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NEW DETAILS: Police report Fuyao worker killed after cutting strap holding glass

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 8:47 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 12:20 PM

911 call: Fuyao death

UPDATE, 12:19 p.m.: The Fuyao Glass America Inc. employee killed Tuesday in a workplace accident at the Moraine plant was crushed by a ton of glass after he cut a strap, freeing the product to fall on him, police records show.

Forklift operator Ricky Patterson of Dayton died within minutes shortly after 5 a.m. after he was trapped between his machine and a pallet holding more than 2,000 pounds of glass, according to Moraine Police Division records.

EARLIER: Fuyao plant workers consider union

Police records indicate the moments leading to death of Patterson, 57, were captured on company video at the Chinese automobile glass manufacturing plant, Moraine’s largest employer with about 2,000 jobs.

“The video shows the pallet of glass shifted forward,” according to Moraine police records. “Patterson then walks in between the forklift and the glass, grabs a strip cutter, and cuts the west side strap, causing the glass to crush him in the forklift.”

The police report said the footage seen on the video, with time codes, is as follows:

“-5:10,16: Patterson cuts straps on glass, causing it to crush him.

-5:14.57: Lawson sees Patterson wedged between forklift and glass;

-5:15.10: A second forklift and safety officer arrive;

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-5:16.10: Multiple employees check on Patterson;

-5:22.10: Second forklift is tied to glass;

-5:23.54: Second forklift attempts to pull glass from Patterson.”

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EARLIERREPORT: A 911 caller from Fuyao Glass America Inc. told dispatchers early in the conversation Tuesday morning that he thought a forklift operator had died.

The 10-minute call at 5:13 a.m. from the Chinese automobile glass manufacturing plant on Stroop Road in Moraine indicates that when Ricky Patterson of Dayton was discovered, it was too late to save him, records show.

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“I think this guy might be dead,” the caller told a dispatcher.

The caller later added to others in the vicinity “I think the guy’s dead….I think the glass fell on him.”

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The 57-year-old Patterson died after being crushed between a forklift and more than a ton of glass, Moraine police records show.

The accident that killed Patterson was captured on video by the company that supplies about 2,000 jobs in the city, the Moraine Police Division incident report states.

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Patterson was found “wedged in between” the industrial machine and a pallet of glass, which had a tag indicating it weighed 2,097 pounds, the report states.

Patterson died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck in what was ruled an accident, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the issue.

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Who is Mark Anthony Conditt, the suspected Austin bomber?

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 9:57 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 12:07 PM

Austin Package Explosions: Suspect Dead

The suspected Austin serial bomber who apparently killed himself early Wednesday as authorities closed in on him was Pflugerville resident Mark A. Conditt, local and federal law enforcement sources told the American-Statesman and KVUE.


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TIMELAPSE: Snowy morning commute; how much snow did you get?

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:49 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 9:32 AM

Hyper-lapse: Morning drive from Miami to Montgomery county

The morning commute was snow filled across the region.There were dozens of slide offs but no life threatening injury accidents.

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Check out the timelapse of our Breaking News Team Storm Tracker vehicle’s trek to work this morning from Englewood to Dayton.

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Overall snow totals are expected to be between 3 and 5 inches, with some areas seeing closer to 6 inches. Butler and Warren counties are under a Winter Storm Warning, while the rest of the area is under a Winter Weather Advisory.

>> Winter Weather Advisory in effect; 3-5 inches of snow expected as gusts cause blowing, drifting

Here are current snow totals received by this news organization from NWS trained spotters:


Oxford:  4 inches

Fairfield: 1.9 inches


St. Paris: 5 inches


Springfield: 1.2 inches


Arcanum: 3.5 inches

Greenville: 5 inches

Bradford: 3.4 inches


Bellbrook: 2.5 inches

Fairborn: 2.5 inches


Bellefontaine: 3.3 inches


Celina: 3 inches


Troy: 5.5 inches

Piqua: 1.5 inches


Dayton Airport: 1.7 inches

Centerville: 2.5 inches

Kettering: 2.2 inches

Miamisburg: 2.5 inches


West Alexandria: 4.5 inches


Sidney: 7 inches

Botkins: 3.3 inches


Lebanon: 2 inches

Maineville: 2.9 inches


Richmond: 2 inches


>> How the winter storm will continue to impact travel plans

>> Crashes reported as snow, wind cause slick roads, poor visibility 

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Lawsuit alleges Moraine police conspired in Dayton man’s deadly shooting

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 9:44 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 11:58 AM

Moraine police shooting: 1 man fatally shot

UPDATE @ 12:02 p.m. 

Family of Jamarco McShann holding a press conference about his death.

Rev. Jerome McCorry, of the National Congress on Faith & Social Justice, said: "We will fight for justice until justice is done.”

According to McCorry, other mothers of Ohio men shot and killed by police are at the press conference.

“These mothers are the leaders,” he said. 

The family’s attorney called it “unacceptable” that the Moraine officers are back on the job.


A wrongful death civil lawsuit has been filed in the October Moraine police officer-involved fatal shooting of a Dayton man.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court by the estate of Jamarco McShann alleges a conspiracy and misconduct involving several Moraine police officers.

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“Defendant Officers John Howard, Jerry Knight, Michael Cornely, Justin Eller, Brian O’Neal, and unnamed officers willfully and maliciously shot Jamarco Dewayne McShann to death, and/or failed to intervene to prevent the use of deadly force against him despite the duty and the opportunity to do so,” the lawsuit states.

Morraine Shooting Presser RECAP OF EVENTS

Attorneys for the McShann family said they have scheduled a news conference for 11:30 a.m. today.

We are seeking response from the city and will update the story.

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“The defendant officers otherwise acted both willfully, wantonly, recklessly, negligently, intentionally, and with malice and willful indifference in committing the acts alleged in this complaint, which resulted in the wrongful death of Jamarco McShann,” according to the suit.

The 23-year-old McShann, died from “multiple shotgun and gunshot wounds” after a confrontation with Moraine officers John Howard and Jerry Knight in the early-morning hours of Oct. 20, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation oversaw a probe into the matter at the request of the Moraine Police Division. That has been forwarded to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

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The defendants “together with their unnamed co-conspirators, reached an understanding, engaged and continue to engage in a course of conduct, and otherwise jointly acted and/or conspired among and between themselves to unreasonably stop, seize, shoot, and kill Jamarco McShann in violation of his constitutional rights, complete false, inaccurate, and misleading reports, and to make false statements to superior officers in order to conceal their wrongdoing,” according to the suit.

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