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Published: Friday, July 07, 2017 @ 3:40 PM
UPDATE @ 3:20 p.m.
A part-time Phillipsburg police officer remains an inmate in the Montgomery County Jail as the prosecutor’s office investigates allegations of rape.
Justin Sanderson, 33, is being held on suspicion of rape but he has not been formally charged, according to jail records.
Sanderson was arrested Thursday night by Vandalia police. He’s accused of raping two women at the Knights Inn late last month, according to the police report.
Sanderson could be released from jail after 48 hours if he has not been formally charged.
UPDATE @ 4:23 p.m.
Montgomery County prosecutors released Justin Sanderson from jail pending further investigation. Prosecutors say the case is still active and remains under investigation, but Sanderson is not facing criminal charges at this time.
A part-time Phillipsburg police officer is in the Montgomery County jail after being arrested Thursday night by Vandalia police for allegedly raping two women at a Vandalia Knights Inn hotel last month.
Justin Sanderson, 32, was booked in to jail Thursday night on a rape charge, according to jail records.
Montgomery County prosecutors are reviewing the case Friday afternoon for formal charges.
The alleged incident occurred on June 28, according to Lt. Kurt Althouse of Vandalia police.
The two women reported the incident to Vandalia police on July 3, according to Lt. Althouse and a police report.
According to the police report, the two women went to the Knights Inn on Poe Ave. in Vandalia June 28 to meet with an adult male with whom they'd agreed to have sex.
The report states Sanderson, in uniform, went into the room using a key card and forced himself upon the women.
According to the police report, the women believed Sanderson was wearing an Ohio State University police uniform, but Lt. Althouse said Sanderson has no connection to OSU police.
Lt. Althouse said his detectives were already looking at Sanderson as a possible suspect when onThursday night, a Vandalia officer on patrol, happened to come upon a Phillipsburg police cruiser in the parking lot of the Knights Inn.
Lt. Althouse said his officer approached Sanderson and made the arrest.
Lt. Althouse said traditionally officers from other jurisdictions entering other jurisdictions for an investigation would notify the jurisdiction of their investigation.
We've tried to contact Phillisburg's police chief for comment, but have been unable to reach him.
Stay tuned to this breaking story for further developments.
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:20 AM
ATLANTA — Residents at Aspire Lenox Park Apartments in Atlanta are wondering what it will take to stop the recent spike in car break-ins at their complex.
“It’s not like they’re breaking into unlocked cars. They’re all locked cars, and it’s just -- there’s no rhyme or reason,” resident Bailey Beckham said.
Atlanta police told WSB 28 cars were targeted, mostly in the parking deck.
“I hadn’t heard that number. I know there were eight the other weekend, but 28 is a lot,” resident Alex King said.
"It's kind of scary because we don’t know why or what's going on or how we're going to stop it. It’s just nerve-racking,” Beckham said.
The break-ins have been especially frustrating for victims like Ryan Colley, who had nothing visible in his car and nothing taken.
“It’s devastating and it hurts because we had to pay out of pocket. Our deductible, of course, and the insurance is $500, and anything below that you have to pay out of pocket,” Colley said.
Residents said they received emails about increased patrols and security, but there are mixed opinions on the results so far.
“They say they’re going to hire some security. I haven’t seen anything yet,” Colley said.
“I guess that's helpful, but I just don’t know how we’re going to stop it if we don't know how many people or where or when,” Beckham said.
“Maybe setting up cameras in the area, so if they don’t catch the people and this continues to happen, at least they have cameras and can find them a little easier,” King said.
Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 10:45 PM
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — A Georgia woman left her Rottweiler in her car for five hours while she was in court at the Gwinnett County Jail, causing the dog’s death, sheriff officials said.
Connie Wright Gomez, 46, has been charged with aggravated animal cruelty.
Gomez went to the jail as a “court visitor” around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, leaving her dog, Rambo, in her car, she told deputies. She left the windows open about an inch.
Around 6:30 p.m., deputies heard Gomez mention she had left her dog in the car. One of the deputies went with Gomez to the car to check on the dog because the weather had been warm all day, with a high temperature of 82 degrees. When they arrived at the car, Rambo was dead.
When temperatures outside range from 80 degrees to 100 degrees, the temperature inside a car parked in direct sunlight can quickly climb to between 130 to 172 degrees, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Gomez was arrested and booked into jail. She is being held on a $16,700 bond.
Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway expressed dismay at the case.
Conway started the Operation Second Chance “jail dogs” program, which matches jail inmates with adoptable dogs and cats. The inmates train and socialize the animals.
“I hope this poor dog’s horrific death reminds pet owners to make responsible choices for their pets,” Conway said.
Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 2:52 PM
KETTERING — A man who was suspected of breaking into a Kettering home early Thursday morning and eating the victims’ ice cream was later arrested after causing a school lockdown, according to police.
Around 1 a.m. Thursday, Kettering police responded to a home in the first block of Abbott Drive after the occupants found a man inside their home, according to a police incident report.
“(The occupants) woke up to find (the) suspect in their residence eating ice cream, going through their personal items, and fled the scene, leaving his clothing behind,” the report said.
The man was able to flee on foot, taking a victim’s wallet, but left behind his shoes, jeans, and hat, police said.
Around 9 a.m., administrators at Greenmont Elementary School in Kettering initiated a lockdown after receiving a report of a suspicious person on school property, a Kettering police spokesman said.
“Officers responded and after a search of the area, located the subject near Smithville and Watervliet (roads),” the spokesman said.
The man, later identified as Jonathan Jacob Hazelbaker, 23, was arrested for an outstanding warrant for his arrest and booked into the Kettering City Jail.
The school returned to normal activities after Hazelbaker was taken into custody, police said.
Hazelbaker, who hasn’t been charged in connection to the break-in, was later booked into the Greene County Jail, where he’s being held on $20,000 bond, online records show.
Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:02 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:02 PM
BUTLER COUNTY — Butler County sheriff’s deputies spent Thursday verifying the addresses of registered sex offenders in the county.
Beginning at 9 a.m., 15 teams of deputies began the annual verification operation of nearly 500 registered sex offenders.
Periodic spot checks of offenders are conducted throughout the year, but mass verification is conducted annually.
“This operation is vital to keep the people in this community safe by keeping track of where these sex offenders are. If they are not following the orders of the court, they go to jail. It’s that simple,” said Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.