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Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 6:26 PM
BUTLER COUNTY — The last of three defendants in a securities fraud case was sentenced this week.
Butler County Court of Common Pleas Judge Charles Pater on Tuesday sentenced Catherine M. Schaper, 55, of Austin, Texas-based North Shore Energy, LLC, to six years in prison and ordered her to pay restitution to the victims and court costs.
The sentencing followed a criminal referral by the Ohio Division of Securities after the sale of promissory notes issued by North Shore Energy, LLC, to at least 18 investors residing in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky in 2010 and 2011 for the purpose of investing in oil and gas drilling operations in Texas.
Schaper pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud and one count of the sale of unregistered securities, both felonies of the second degree. She was the last of the three defendants to be sentenced in this case.
Company principle Troy West was sentenced last June to six years in prison, ordered to pay restitution to investors and ordered to pay the costs of prosecution.
Company solicitor Robert “Bob” McManus, of Dimmick Road in West Chester Twp., was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay restitution to investors.
North Shore Energy, LLC, was ordered to pay additional fines of $30,000. All of the defendants are jointly and severally liable to pay the full restitution amount to the investors in the amount of $1,942,239.79.
West and North Shore Energy pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud and one count of the sale of unregistered securities, both felonies of the second degree.
McManus pleaded guilty to one count of the sale of securities without a license and one count of the sale of unregistered securities, both felonies of the second degree.
West, who appealed his conviction and sentence last July, remains in custody while his appellate case is pending.
The cases were prosecuted by Assistant Butler County Prosecutor Dan Ferguson.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 6:44 PM
lebanon — Two 13-year-old Mason boys on Wednesday were placed on probation and ordered to write an apologies for making threats against their school in separate incidents in April.
In a third hearing Wednesday in Warren County Juvenile Court, Judge Joe Kirby released to a Clearcreek Twp. boy to his father. The student was charged with threatening to shoot up his school on May 15 with Nerf guns.
Over the past three months, Kirby has presided over 15 or more school threat cases.
On Wednesday, the Mason boys appeared in separate hearings where they admitted to charges before being sentenced.
One boy was accused of “circulating a warning of an impending crime, namely someone wanting to shoot students at the Mason Middle School, knowing the warning to be false” on April 8, according to charging documents.
The threat, posted on the district’s Schoology page, contained “a great deal of vulgarity” indicated the boy was “impersonating a classmate, and that there was no credible threat to school or student safety,” according to a message from the district.
The other boy admitted “murmuring” a threat to shoot his teacher after being reprimanded for listening to videos with headphones during class on April 12.
Both passed polygraphs, admitted to inducing panic and received suspended detention sentences.
Kirby was harder on the boy who used his friend’s computer identity to make the threat. The friend’s parents said he had been shaken by the experience.
“Unbelievable,” Kirby said. “It sounds to me like you’re a jerk.”
In the other case, lawyer Ed Perry said violent video games arm the children with words like Glock, the kind of gun his client said he would use on his teacher, although he admitted during the hearing he didn’t know much about that type of gun.
“I don’t think the children appreciate what they are talking about,” Perry said.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 3:41 PM
MIAMI COUNTY — Nearly $4,000 worth of methamphetamine was seized Saturday in Troy during a traffic stop on Interstate 75 and a man is now facing felony charges.
Brian Roose, 36, of Edgerton, was arrested near the Ohio 55 exit on I-75.
Roose allegedly had 74 grams of meth, a scale, packaging materials and other pieces of paraphernalia in his possession when troopers pulled him over around 11:25 a.m., troopers said.
Troopers said Roose also had a loaded rifle and a handgun in the vehicle.
Roose was booked into jail on suspicion of multiple drug and weapons charges, however was not listed as an inmate Wednesday.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 11:12 AM
HARRISON TWP. — A shots fired investigation has deputies blocking both directions of North Dixie Drive south of Needmore Road in Harrison Twp. Wednesday morning.
A man told our crew on the scene he was shot at, but was not injured. Dispatchers said this incident might have started nearby on Foxton Court.
No shooting victims have been found, however, scanner traffic indicates a medic unit was requested to the scene for someone suffering breathing problems around 10:30 a.m.
Additional details were not available, we’ll update this page as we learn more.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 5:19 PM
HAMILTON — A former Butler County resident was arrested last weekend in Hamilton on sexual assault charges from Wayne County, Ind.
Shawn D. Jones, 41, was booked into the Butler County Jail at 1:23 a.m. Sunday after he was located in the 600 block of East Avenue.
Jones was taken into custody after police learned he may be in the city. He was spotted on the porch of a house and arrested, according to Hamilton Sgt. Brian Robinson
On May 17, an arrest warrant was issued by Indiana law enforcement for Jones’ arrest for rape, aggravated battery, criminal confinement and strangulation, all felonies, according to an article in the Palladium-Item newspaper.
Jones, formerly of St. Clair Avenue in Hamilton, allegedly punched a woman in the face and beat her with a belt May 5 in her Richmond, Ind., home, according to court records. He also allegedly tried to hit the woman with an electric heater, but she blocked the blow with her arm, which resulted in a broken bone, according to court records.
Jones is also accused of sexually assaulting the woman multiple times and of choking her to the point she could not breathe.
He waived an extradition hearing this week in Butler County Common Pleas Court and is awaiting transport back to Indiana.