Northwestern student’s gun was loaded when recovered, police say

Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 8:27 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 12:45 PM

Northwestern student’s gun was loaded when recovered, police say

UPDATE @ 2:32 p.m. (Jan. 25):

German Twp. Police said the handgun recovered off-campus was loaded and had been inside the school prior to being located.

“The student did bring the gun onto the bus when he was picked up in the morning and did take the gun to school and at one point did have a gun in his classroom,” said Lt. Russell Garman with the German Twp. Police Dept.

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A student at the school made the assistant principal aware of that a student had come into the office area to report another student may have a gun, Garman said.

“With that information the school staff had went into the classroom, removed the student without incident, brought him to the office area and an officer met with the student. Later on the an investigation was conducted throughout the day and the weapon was located and recovered,” Garman added.

The student was identified as being 15-years-old, Garman said.

The weapon was found inside the 15-year-old’s grandmother’s vehicle, police said.

UPDATE @ 12:45 p.m. (Jan. 25): The gun that prompted a one-call to Northwestern parents Wednesday night was found off campus, the district’s school board president said.

Andy Gundolf, the Northwestern school board president, said school officials and German Twp. police were investigating whether a student brought a gun to the high school throughout Wednesday after a student alerted staff of the possibility. The district waited until about 9 p.m. to make the one-call after evidence was found that confirmed the gun might have made its way onto the school’s premises, Gundfold said.

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“The communication delay is a parallel of the time of the investigation,” Gundolf said. “The investigation was ongoing throughout the day and the student was removed from our property and no firearm was found. As the investigation unfolded the firearm was recovered off of school property.”

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Parents have contacted this newsroom asking why the school did not put out a one-call sooner. Gundolf said he has heard the same complaint but assures the community the school worked fast to make sure every kid was safe.

“We were able to communicate the facts,” Gundolf said. “It was evolving throughout the day.”

Northwestern is having school as usual today, Gundolf said, with the only difference being he met with staff to assure them the school is safe.

“I am a parent in the same building and classes and the safety is the utmost importance,” he said. “We are happy we had students that came forward.”

Gundolf declined to give the name of the student.

UPDATE @ 9:05 p.m. (Jan. 24): The Northwestern Board of Education has issued the following statement regarding a student accused of bringing a gun to Northwestern High School, from Andy Gundolf, school board president: 

"District administrators were alerted today at approximately 8:30 a.m. that a student may be in possession of a small handgun. The student was immediately removed from class and brought to a safe area while law enforcement was alerted. 

“The student was removed from school premises at approximately 9:30 a.m. As law enforcement continued their investigation throughout the day and the handgun was recovered. Law enforcement has determined that the handgun may have been on school premises. 

“We want to thank our Northwestern students and staff for taking swift action to ensure the safety or our district. We also appreciate the swift and thorough efforts of our local law enforcement during this unfortunate situation. Every student should feel safe at school and we are committed to ensuring the safety of all at Northwestern Local Schools.”

The mother of a student at the high school said her household received a one-call at 9 p.m. about the gun incident.

“It’s concerning to me that we didn’t hear about it earlier,” she said, asking not to be identified by name. “This is the first I knew about it.”

The phone message from Northwestern High School Principal Lori Swafford informed parents of the incident and assured them the school was safe:

“This morning a student reported to a staff member that another student may have been in possession of a small handgun. The school, in cooperation with the German Twp. Police Department, began an immediate investigation. As the investigation evolved, the police have determined the gun may have been in the student's possession at school. School safety at Northwestern is of paramount importance. We have worked hard to develop a culture that places safety at the forefront. From our secure facilities, to our trained staff, and to our students who are told to say something when they see something, we are commited to a safe and healthy educational environment. We want to thank our students and staff for taking swift action to ensure the safety of our district. Every student should feel safe at school.”

Northwestern students accused of bringing gun to school

INITIAL REPORT (Jan. 24):

A Northwestern High School student is locked up tonight who is accused of bringing a gun to school.

German Twp. Police Chief Mike Stitzel confirmed tonight that district officials called police this morning to the school, 5780 Troy Road, on a report of an incident involving a gun.

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“There is a juvenile that has been arrested and booked into juvenile detention,” Stitzel said. “We did retrieve a firearm but we’re not at liberty to reveal any further information.”

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Stitzel said the school is safe, and that more information about the case would be available Thursday. The student’s gender, age and reason for bringing the weapon to school was not available.

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19-year-old, who ‘didn’t appear she had planned on being in public,’ arrested for felony drug possession

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

A 19-year-old woman is facing a felony charge after police said she was found in possession of 93 sedative pills.
A 19-year-old woman is facing a felony charge after police said she was found in possession of 93 sedative pills.

A 19-year-old woman is facing a felony charge after police said she was found in possession of 93 sedative pills.

A Fairfield police officer pulled a vehicle over on Pleasant Avenue near Hunter Road on May 23 for having no license plate lights. While approaching the vehicle, the officer said he saw the driver “stuffing a bag between her legs inside her pants.”

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The driver, Trinity Gilbert, of Hamilton, was ordered to remove the bag and place it on the seat.

The resealable bag contained 93 alprazolam pills, which often goes by the brand name of Xanax.

Gilbert said the pills belonged to a friend — a person she would not name — that left them in the vehicle, according to a police report.

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“At the time of the stop she was wearing pajama pants and a knit shirt,” according to the officer’s report. “Based on her clothing, it didn’t appear she had planned on being in public.”

Gilbert was charged with possession of drugs, a fourth-degree felony, and issued a summons to appear in Fairfield Municipal Court. She was arraigned in court on Thursday morning and is set to have a preliminary hearing May 31.

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Man upset over 97-cent coffee throws it at McDonald’s manager, police say

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 4:18 AM

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Police in Lacey, Washington, are asking the public to help identify a man who they say threw hot coffee at a McDonald’s manager Friday morning. 

Investigators with the Lacey Police Department said a man walked into the restaurant and ordered a cup of coffee, but was upset over the 97-cent price.

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After he received his coffee, the man poured it into his to-go mug and then demanded a refill from the manager. 

Investigators said the manager asked the man to leave after he got verbally abusive about the price of the coffee.

The man then got upset and threw the cup of hot coffee into the manager’s face and fled. 

Police said the manager had burns on her neck. KIRO reported that the manager was being treated for third-degree burns.

The man is being sought for simple assault, according to Lacey Police.

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Endangered Missing Adult Alert for Columbus man, 79, is canceled

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:53 PM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 11:51 PM

Stanley Lapczynski
Stanley Lapczynski

UPDATE @ 11:50 p.m.: The alert for the 79-year-old Columbus man has been canceled.

INITIAL REPORT

An Endangered Missing Adult Alert has been issued for a Columbus man. 

Stanley Lapcynski, 79, suffers from dementia and was last seen around noon Friday when he left his residence but did not return.

He stands 5 feet 6 inches and weighs 190 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a Home Depot shirt and blue jeans.

He is believed to be driving a dark green 2001 Chevrolet Aveo with Ohio plate FFW4599.

Anyone with information is urged to call police or the Ohio Attorney General Missing Persons Unit at 866-693-9171.

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Judge changes his mind: Woman who started fire in jail cell will stay locked up

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 4:27 PM


            Georgia Osborne, 35, of Middletown, pleaded no contest to first-degree misdemeanor arson Friday afternoon in Middletown Municipal Court. She was originally charged with arson, a fourth-degree felony, after she started a fire in her jail cell around 7 a.m. May 17.
Georgia Osborne, 35, of Middletown, pleaded no contest to first-degree misdemeanor arson Friday afternoon in Middletown Municipal Court. She was originally charged with arson, a fourth-degree felony, after she started a fire in her jail cell around 7 a.m. May 17.

A Middletown woman pleaded no contest to a lesser degree arson charge Friday afternoon in Middletown Municipal Court.

Last week, Georgia Osborne, 35, was charged with arson, a fourth-degree felony, after she started a fire in her jail cell around 7 a.m. May 17. She used a lighter to catch a blanket on fire while she sat on the concrete floor, according to the police report. She sneaked the lighter into the jail, the report said.

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Osborne, represented by attorney James Calhoun, pleaded no contest to arson and criminal trespass and was sentenced to 180 days in jail with credit for eight days served.

Middletown Municipal Court Judge James Sherron initially said he would release Osborne on probation if she met with representatives from Access Counseling, provide a negative drug screen when she returns to court in two weeks, and not be charged with additional crimes.

But after meeting with Calhoun, the city prosecutor and a representative from Access Counseling, Sherron changed his mind. The judge revoked Osborne’s probation and sent her back to jail.

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After reviewing Osborne’s criminal history on his computer, Sherron noted that in 17 years, she had 53 cases in Middletown court.

“Is that something to be proud of?” Sherron asked her.

“It’s embarrassing,” Osborne said, burying her face in her right hand.

Osborne said she has a 4-month-old son and she had hoped to live with her mother, who was at the court hearing.

Outside the courtroom, Osborne’s mother said she was “pleased” Sherron decided to keep her daughter in jail.

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