Paid suspension for local teacher accused in fatal hit-and-run crash

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 5:41 PM
Updated: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 6:52 AM

Kristine Baggs was arraigned in Clark County Common Pleas Court.

UPDATE @ 1:00p.m. (Nov. 22):

Kristine Baggs, a Kenton Ridge High School science teacher, has been put on paid administrative suspension according to Northeastern School District officials Wednesday after making her first court appearance.

Baggs is facing charges related to a deadly hit and run pedestrian accident that killed Lawrence Mason, 45, of Medway, in September 2016.

The Ohio Attorney General prosecutor on the case against Baggs spoke about the charges filed against the educator in court Wednesday. 

Paid suspension for local teacher accused in fatal hit-and-run crash

“These are very serious charges,” prosecutor Leigh Bayer said. 

She asked the court to handle Kristine Baggs’ case like the court has handled similar cases in Clark County. 

"There was a victim who died as a result of being hit by a car driven by Ms. Baggs," Bayer said in court. "And the car was hidden from view several days afterward." 

She also asked that Baggs not be allowed in any establishment that serves alcohol as a condition of her bond. 

Baggs doesn’t admit to the allegations, her defense attorney Richard Mayhall said in court. He asked the court to release her on her own recognizance bond. 

“She has been employed as a teacher in Clark County for the last 15 years,” Mayhall said. “She’s married, she has two children, she has no prior record. Since this incident occurred nearly 15 months ago, she has had no other allegations.” 

A magistrate set Baggs’ bond at $100,000. 

UPDATE @ 12:00 p.m. (Nov. 22):

Kristine Baggs, a Kenton Ridge High School science teacher, has been put on paid administrative suspension according to Northeastern School District officials Wednesday.

Baggs made her first court appearance Wednesday morning on charges related to a deadly hit and run pedestrian accident that killed Lawrence Mason, 45, of Medway, in September 2016.

UPDATE @ 10:57 a.m. (Nov. 22):

Kristine M. Baggs appeared in court Wednesday morning for her arraignment.

Baggs pleaded not guilty and bond was set at $100,000.

UPDATE @ 6:53 a.m. (Nov. 21)

Our newsroom is working to gather more information on the arrest of Kristine M. Baggs, 40, of Springfield. She was booked into Clark County Jail Monday afternoon around 5 p.m. 

Kristine Baggs (Contributed Photo)

She is listed as a teacher in family and consumer science at Kenton Ridge High School. She made $52,788 in 2016, according to the Dayton Daily News and Springfield News-Sun Payroll Project.

EARLIER REPORT (Nov. 20)

A Northeastern School District teacher has been indicted in a deadly hit and run pedestrian accident that killed a man standing on North Tecumseh Road in Bethel Twp. last year.

Kristine Baggs is charged with failure to stop after an accident, tampering with evidence and two counts of vehicular manslaughter, according to the Clark County Common Pleas Court website. 

Lawrence J. Mason, 45, of Medway was struck and killed by a silver 2015 Dodge Durango in September 2016, according to an Ohio State Highway Patrol crash report. The vehicle and driver left the scene, according to investigators.

The vehicle was later traced to the Baggs family, and Mason’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Baggs was arrested Monday afternoon, more than a year after the deadly accident.

"I'm hoping the family may have some justice for their loved one with Ms. Baggs going to jail for this indictment and charges," said Lt. Brian Aller, commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Springfield post. 

Kristine Baggs is a teacher in the Northeastern School District, Superintendent John Kronour said. 

Kronour said he couldn't comment until he knows more about the situation. 

She hasn't been suspended or put on leave at this time. 

"Not yet, but I anticipate that might be forthcoming," Kronour said.

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Trotwood police investigate fatal shooting at Pinewood Gardens apartments

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:17 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:40 AM

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Residents reported hearing eight to 10 gunshots in a deadly shooting Wednesday night at the Pinewood Gardens apartments.

Shortly after midnight, an investigator with the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office was on the way to the complex on Pinewood Circle off West Main Street between End and High streets.

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Medics and police were called sometime after 11 p.m. after there were reports of eight to 10 shots fired, according to the Miami County Regional Dispatch Center.

Residents reported hearing gunshots and then seeing ambulances, fire trucks and police cruisers at the rear of the parking lot.

In a 911 call to dispatchers, one resident reported that the multitude of shots actually forced them to get down on the floor inside of the apartment.  

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It was not immediately clear how many people were shot or injured by the gunfire, nor whether police have any suspects.

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Meth poisoning sickens 10 more Darke County Jail staff; shuts down jail

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 10:43 PM



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The Darke County Jail is shut down after 10 more officers were sent to the hospital Wednesday after a Tuesday meth spill got into air-handling system.

The white powder spilled at the jail around 1 p.m. while Stephen Garner was being booked, according to a release from the Darke County Sheriff’s Office. The powder was identified Wednesday as methamphetamine by the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab.

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Four officers and Garner had to be taken to WayneHealthcare, where they were treated and released. Garner was placed into the Ohio Adult Parole Authority’s custody, deputies said.

The jail resumed normal operations Tuesday and was believed to have been decontaminated.

However, in the morning hours Wednesday, In the morning hours, air-handling units were turned back on in the affected area.

“After several hours of routine operation, deputies and corrections officers began to feel ill and experienced abnormal vital signs,” the release stated.

Five corrections officers were taken to WayneHealthcare, and later as crews worked to identify and contain the situation, five more officers began to show signs of contamination and were taken to the hospital.

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“It is believed that the methamphetamine was drawn into a ventilation air handler at the time of the spill,” according to the release. “When the air handler was turned back on it distributed enough methamphetamine throughout the prisoner booking and intake area of the jail to result in toxic exposure to jail staff.”

The Darke County Jail structure operations on multiple separate air-handling units, and other areas of the jail, including inmate wards, 911 dispatch and the road patrol areas were not affected.

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However, 28 inmates were taken to Miami County and Mercer County jails and the jail operation will remain shut down until a private environmental contractor can clean and decontaminate the affected area, according to the sheriff’s office.

All sheriff's office numbers, and the 911 communications center, remain in service and will be answered as usual.

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Ex-Tipp City mayor charged with drug possession after reporting accidentally shooting himself

Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 4:59 PM

Marijuana found in former Tipp City mayor's vehicle after he shoots self in leg

Police are investigating the April 10 injury of a former city mayor April 10 who said a gun he was carrying went off when he hit a bump in the road while driving his van.

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Patrick A. Hale, 57, was treated at Grandview Hospital after the incident around 1:50 p.m.

Tipp City police said they found Hale with his van along County Road 25A and Commerce Park Drive after a man called 911 to report he had just shot himself but could not say where he was located. The 911 Communication Center mapping told police and medics the general area of the call.

The first officer to arrive said he saw a man, later identified as Hale, leaning in the doorway of the van talking to another man. A second man was on the other side of the vehicle and told police a weapon was inside. The two men were passersby, police said.

The officer said he saw a lot of blood and had Hale lie down on the ground, where he located a wound in his upper leg and worked to control bleeding. After emergency treatment from paramedics, he was taken to the hospital.

Police said they found more $3,350 cash in a pocket, a 9 mm round unfired on the floorboard and suspected marijuana in the console.

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Detective Sgt. Chris Graham said in his report that Hale told him at the hospital that he had a Glock in a holster when he “hit a bump in the road and the gun spontaneously went off.” Hale said he was alone at the time.

Graham wrote Hale also said he had just cashed a check and admitted to having marijuana and paraphernalia. The police report stated a search warrant was used to check the van Thursday. They reported finding what was believed to be marijuana, a “grinder” and a spent round in the driver’s seat. “No other contraband or items of evidentiary value were found,” the report said.

Two citations were issued to Hale for minor misdemeanor drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hale’s court appearance was listed on the citations as April 17. A court clerk said he did not appear Tuesday, so he is expected to receive a notice from the court for an appearance May 1.

Hale served on the Tipp City council for 12 years and served as mayor before leaving council at the end of 2017.

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Suspect in fatal Fairborn hotel shooting charged in same-day Dayton robbery

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 6:31 PM

Gunfire took the life of a 29-year-old clerk, guests found him behind counter.

The man accused of fatally shooting a Fairborn hotel clerk is now charged in an armed robbery that happened earlier that day.

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Michael McLendon, 24, was indicted for complicity to commit aggravated robbery for a crime that happened March 7 at the Ohio Loan Company, 3028 Salem Ave. in Dayton, according to a spokesman from the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office. The charge carries a three-year firearm specification.

Michael McLendon

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McLendon, who is being held on $1M bond in the Greene County Jail, is scheduled to be arraigned May 1 in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

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McLendon already was charged with the March 7 fatal shooting of 29-year-old Andrew Day, of Fairborn, who was shot and killed while working at the Hampton Inn, 2550 Paramount Place in Fairborn.

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