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Prosecutors: Local Airman who sold night vision goggles on eBay should get prison

Published: Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 9:54 AM


            A Wright-Patterson Air Force Base employee is scheduled to be sentenced in January 2018 for stealing and selling night vision goggles on eBay. STAFF/FILE
A Wright-Patterson Air Force Base employee is scheduled to be sentenced in January 2018 for stealing and selling night vision goggles on eBay. STAFF/FILE

The man who stole night vision goggles and other equipment and sold them on eBay for $154,000 while an active-duty member at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will get prison time if a judge follows the recommendation of federal prosecutors.

A sentencing memorandum filed last month in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York said that Zachary Sizemore “should be sentenced to (12 to 18 months) of imprisonment for his theft and sale of sensitive United States military technology,” adding that Sizemore “betrayed his fellow service members.”

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Sizemore’s sentencing has been pushed back multiple times and is now scheduled for Jan. 10 in front of U.S. District Court Judge Sterling Johnson Jr.

The sentencing memo written by assistant U.S. attorney Nomi Berenson said a person who purchased a night vision goggle (NVG) and a mini-thermal monocular (MTM) is a foreign national and that “had law enforcement authorities not intercepted the packages, they would have been exported from the United States.”

The memo also states the technology is on the International Traffic in Arms “Munitions List” and requires a license to be exported to a foreign country.

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“Punishment and deterrence is even more important,” Berenson wrote, “because, by knowingly stealing and selling military technology to anonymous purchasers on the internet, the defendant allowed anyone access to technology that the military intends to keep away from unfriendly foreign actors.”

A supplement to the memo by prosecutors was filed under seal. A message seeking comment from Sizemore’s attorney was not immediately returned.

There is not yet a sentencing memo filed by Sizemore’s attorney, according to the case docket.

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Between July 2013 and November 2016 in New York and elsewhere, Sizemore sold at least 38 pieces of military equipment on eBay for more than $50,000, court documents said.

The government has moved for a forfeiture money judgment of $96,451.60 in addition to $9,342.86 which was seized from Sizemore’s bank account.

Sizemore was arrested in 2016 at his home in Huber Heights.

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Police: Driver apprehended after pursuit ‘didn’t want to deal’ with speeding violation and drove off

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 12:31 PM


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A Butler County man pulled over by police for a speeding violation this morning in Preble County’s village of Gratis allegedly couldn’t be bothered with staying still to receive a ticket.

“He pulled over briefly and told the officer that he didn’t want to deal with it and drove off,” Gratis Police Chief Jeff King told this news organization.

King said the driver led police from three departments — Gratis Police Department, Preble County Sheriff’s Office and Butler County Sheriff’s Office — on a slow-speed pursuit that never exceeded 35 mph.

The nearly 13-mile pursuit ended in Madison Twp. when the driver reached his residence on Corlee Lane, King said.

Robert L. Petitjean II, 49, was charged with failure to comply with order or signal of a police officer, according to Gratis Police Department.

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A chase that started in Preble County this morning continued into Butler County before the driver was apprehended.

The pursuit started at 10:03 a.m. at East South and East Franklin streets in the village of Gratis and continued down Browns Runs Road, with Gratis Police Department, Preble County Sheriff’s Office and Butler County Sheriff’s Office tracking the vehicle. It lasted until the suspect was arrested near Corlee Lane, just west of Ohio 4.

There’s no word yet on the driver’s name and age or why he sought to elude police.

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Oxford police troll kids busted for handing cops fake IDs

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 1:41 PM

Miami University. FILE
Miami University. FILE

Police near Miami University seized at least 16 reportedly fake IDs Friday night.

The Oxford Police Department posted an image on Twitter of the allegedly fraudulent IDs.

“We didn’t get invited to any parties so we went Uptown last night,” the department posted on Twitter. “Thanks to all those that tried to pass Fake IDs to officers last night.”

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The tweet had been shared 65 times and liked more than 500 times, as of this story’s publication.

The IDs appear to be from all over the nation, including Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan, Illinois, Vermont, Maryland, and Maine. At least one appears to be from Ohio.

Pictures and other details, like addresses and ID numbers, are visible in the photo, prompting some users on Twitter to call out the department.

“Nothing like promoting identity theft…” said one user.

“Wow, how crappy of you to take something that is probably embarrassing and make a joke out of it,” said another. “Funny how you don’t do that for all of your arrests. What makes you so mean today?”

It’s not clear how the department ensured there were no legitimate identity theft victims included in the array of photographs. Oxford police did not immediately respond to emailed questions from this news organization seeking that information.

Also unclear is whether any of the individuals were charged.

Police departments across the country have used Twitter and other social media as a humorous outreach tool to build relationships with the community. This news organization’s partners at WCPO-TV Cincinnati reported last month that Oxford Police have “noticed less hesitance from civilians” since the social media outreach began.

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Pike County murders: 3 big questions, 2 years later

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 10:30 AM

Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden and Hannah Gilley were killed and two childrens’ lives spared in their mobile home on Union Hill Rd. in 2016. Two years after the murder of eight Rhoden family members in rural Pike County, the crime remains unsolved. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden and Hannah Gilley were killed and two childrens’ lives spared in their mobile home on Union Hill Rd. in 2016. Two years after the murder of eight Rhoden family members in rural Pike County, the crime remains unsolved. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Two years after eight people were murdered in their homes in Pike County, Ohio, the shooting deaths remain unsolved.

Hannah Rhoden, 19, Christopher Rhoden Sr., 40; his ex-wife, Dana Rhoden, 37; their sons, Christopher Rhoden Jr., 16, and Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 20; Frankie’s fiancee, Hannah Gilley, 20; and relatives Kenneth Rhoden, 44, and Gary Rhoden, 38 died in the shootings.

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1. What happened to the family in Alaska?

Last June, DeWine announced he was “laser focused” on members of the Wagner family, a family in Kenai, Alaska who formerly lived near the Rhodens in Ohio. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation and other agencies executed search warrants at their former residence.

The Wagners appeared to still be in Alaska as of December, when, according to Alaska court records, Edward Jacob “Jake” Wagner, 25, pleaded no contest to a speeding ticket issued in Soldotna, about a three hour drive south of Anchorage.

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Wagner fathered a daughter with Hannah Rhoden, one of the victims, but DeWine has not named him or three other family members — George “Billy” Wagner, his wife, Angela, and their other son, George — as suspects.

The Wagners “continue to be saddened by the loss of the Rhodens,” John Kearson Clark Jr., the family’s attorney, told this newspaper this month. “Especially with each passing year, and yet the case is not resolved.”

“Despite what has been said and alleged, the Wagners were on friendly terms with the Rhodens,” Clark said by email. “Therefore, the Wagners had no reason to wish them harm.”

2. What happened to James Manley, the brother arrested for alleged tampering?

In May, authorities arrested James Manley, the brother of victim Dana Manley Rhoden, on charges of evidence tampering and vandalism after allegedly destroying a GPS tracker placed on his car during the investigation.

A Pike County judge dismissed the charges against Manley so that evidence could be presented to a grand jury. There have been no announcements since of any grand jury action.

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Manley’s attorney, James Boulger, and Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk did not respond to requests for comment.

“I have nothing I can say about that,” DeWine said when asked about Manley’s case.

3. Will the next attorney general keep the investigation as a top priority? 

Because officials have characterized the case as the largest criminal inquiry in Ohio history, the two candidates to become Ohio’s next attorney general - DeWine leaves office in January - face the decision of whether they would continue to consider solving the Pike County murders as the office’s number one priority.

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“Anyone who would predict this nine months before taking office, without seeing the evidence and understanding the posture of the investigation at that time, is a fool, or a poltroon, or both — and not fit for the office of attorney general,” said Dave Yost, the Ohio auditor and Republican candidate for attorney general, in an email.

Yost’s Democratic opponent, Steve Dettelbach, held his cards even closer.

“I’ve spent two decades as a prosecutor,” Dettelbach, the former U.S. attorney for the northern district of Ohio, said by text message. “I don’t and won’t politicize an important murder investigation.”

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Pike County shooting victims: A closer look at the 8 who died

Published: Friday, April 29, 2016 @ 1:03 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 14, 2016 @ 5:07 PM

A memorial that reads
A memorial that reads "Justice for the Rhodens" sits along Union Hill Rd.as the investigation in the execution-style killing of eight people in Pike County continues.. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

The eight victims slain in “execution style” murders at four locations in Pike County on April 22, 2016, were all members of the extended Rhoden family. 

The family raised fighting roosters, bred dogs and salvaged cars for sale. They also participated in local community pastimes like the demolition derby and four-wheeling. 

Here’s a closer look at the eight victims:

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Hannah Hazel Gilley, 20

Date of birth: Feb. 28, 1996

Marital status: Engaged to Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden

Parents: Raymond Gilley and Andrea Shoemaker Carver, neither of whom were involved in the shootings

Children: One six-month-old male, Ruger Lee Rhoden, who survived the shootings

Occupation: Self-employed

Education: Attended Northwest High School in McDermott, Ohio

About Hannah: Hannah Hazel Gilley was the mother of the six-month-old boy who survived the Pike County shootings. In high school she participated in 4-H and was on the homecoming court. During an interview for the homecoming court, she said her favorite hobbies were riding four-wheelers, going “mudding,” and hanging out with friends. At that time, Gilley said she planned to go to college, obtain a business degree and open a daycare. Her burial place is Hackworth Hill Cemetery in Otway, Ohio.

Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 20

Date of birth: August 10, 1995

Marital status: Engaged to Hannah Gilley

Parents: Dana and Christopher Rhoden Sr., both of whom died in the shootings

Siblings: Christopher Rhoden Jr., and Hanna Rhoden, both of whom died in the shootings

Children: A son, Brentley Rhoden, age 3, mothered by Chelsea Robinson, who was not involved in the shooting, and another son, age six-months old, mothered by Hannah Gilley, who died in the shooting. The children survived.

Occupation: Maintenance at Big Bear Lake Family Resort and McCoy Lumber

Criminal history: One assault charge from July 2015 was dismissed, according to Pike County court records

Education: Studied welding at Pike County Career Tech Center; Attended Piketon High School, class of 2012

About Frankie: Frankie Rhoden was engaged to Hannah Gilley, and the two were the parents of a six-month-old boy. He also fathered a three-year-old boy, who survived. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed demolition derby and his prized 1990s model Ford Crown Victoria, according to his social media accounts.

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Hanna May Rhoden, 19

Date of birth: April 7, 1997

Marital status: In a relationship with Cory Holdren since October 2015, according to social media

Parents: Dana and Christopher Rhoden Sr., both of whom died in the shootings

Siblings: Christopher Rhoden Jr. and Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, both of whom died in the shootings

Children: Two children. Sophia Wagner, who was not present during the shootings and was fathered by Jake Wagner, and one four-day-old daughter, Kylie Rhoden, who survived the shootings

Occupation: Certified Nursing Assistant

Education: Unknown

About Hanna: Hanna May Rhoden was the mother of two children, including a four-day-old girl who was found in bed unharmed next to her deceased mother. 

Rhoden said about herself on Facebook, “I had a pretty rough start but have came out on the better side. I’m beyond happy of where I am today.” Her favorite quote, according to Facebook, was “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.”

Dana Lynn Manley Rhoden, 37

Date of birth: August 29, 1978

Marital status: Divorced from Christopher Rhoden Sr.

Parents: Leonard Manley and Judy Reno, both of whom survive and were not involved with the shootings

Siblings: Two sisters, Bobby Manley, who placed the initial 911 call to police, and Kathy Clay

Children: Hanna Rhoden, Christopher Rhoden Jr., and Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, all of whom died in the shootings

Occupation: Nurse

Education: Unknown

About Dana: Dana Lynn Manley Rhoden was the type of woman who would “give you the shirt off her back,” according to her father, Leonard Manley, who spoke with NewsCenter 7’s John Bedell.

At age 16, Manley married 19-year-old Christopher Rhoden Sr., on Oct. 18, 1994. She was a student at the time. Her first child, Frankie, was born in August 1995, while daughter Hanna was born in April 1997. She had another child, Christopher Jr., in November 1999.

Five months after giving birth to Hanna, Rhoden earned her nurse aide license. She worked at Hillside Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation for about six months, according to Jennie Elliot, director of nursing.

“She had a heart of gold and was extremely giving and excellent at what she did,” Elliot said. “It was nothing for her to bring in food for all the staff that was working, or bring in gifts.” Elliot said her staff wanted to give condolences to her family, including her three grandchildren whose parents were also killed.

Dana and Christopher Sr. divorced in 2007 but they remained close. On Facebook, she listed her relationship status as “It’s complicated” since April 1, 2015. 

Clockwise, from top left, Clarence "Frankie" Rhoden (Facebook); Hannah Gilley (Facebook); Kenneth Rhoden (WCPO); Gary Rhoden (WCPO)

Christopher Don Rhoden Jr., 16

Date of birth: Nov. 4, 1999

Parents: Dana and Christopher Rhoden Sr., both of whom died in the shootings

Siblings: Hanna Rhoden and Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, both of whom died in the shootings

Occupation: Summer laborer at Big Bear Lake Family Resort

Education: Freshman at Piketon High School

About Christopher: Christopher Don Rhoden Jr. was the only minor killed in the Pike County shootings. Like his brother, Frankie, Christopher worked at Big Bear Lake Family Resort.

The 16-year-old was a freshman at Piketon High School. “He was the first one that if he thought that someone wasn’t being treated fairly or felt like someone wasn’t being treated appropriately, he would speak up about it,” Scioto Valley Local School District Superintendent Todd Burkitt told the Associated Press.

Rhoden was also close “like brothers” with his older cousin, Gary Rhoden, and the pair died together in the home. “My nephew was laying one way and Gary was laying over his legs, shot three times in the head, Gary was. The rest of them, I don’t know,” said Gary’s father, Kenneth Rhoden.

Christopher Don Rhoden Sr., 40

Date of birth: Sept. 17, 1975

Marital status: Divorced from Dana Lynn Rhoden

Parents: Clarence Rhoden, who proceeded Rhoden in death, and Geneva Stone

Siblings: Survived by Brady and Tony Rhoden. Preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Steven Rhoden, who was not involved in the shootings, and another brother, Kenneth Rhoden, who died in the shootings

Children: Hanna Rhoden, Christopher Rhoden Jr., and Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, all of whom died in the shootings

Occupation: Laborer

Education: Unknown

About Christopher: Christopher Don Rhoden Sr. was married 16-year-old Dana Lynn Manley when he was 19. While the couple would later divorce in 2007, they apparently remained close. The two had three children, Hanna Rhoden, Christopher Rhoden Jr., and Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, all of whom died in the shootings.

Rhoden’s 1994 marriage certificate lists his occupation as a laborer. At one time Rhoden and brother Kenneth Rhoden worked at Crownover Lumber, but a manager there recently said the pair hadn’t worked there since 2007. He also held seasonal jobs at Great Bear Lake Family Resort, where other members of the Rhoden family worked, too.

Rhoden’s best friend, according to his obituary, was his cousin and fellow homicide victim Gary Rhoden.

Much of the property where the killings occurred were owned by Rhoden.


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Gary Dwayne Rhoden, 38

Date of birth: Dec. 19, 1977

Marital status: Unknown

Parents: Kenneth Rhoden (current wife, Ruth) and mother, Mae Diane Stewart Leadingham (current husband, James), none of whom were involved in the shootings

Siblings: James Rhoden and Kenny Rhoden, both of Kentucky and neither of whom were involved in the shootings

Children: None known

Occupation: Self-employed

Education: Unknown

About Gary: Gary Dwayne Rhoden was born in Ashland, Ky., and was a resident of Greenup, Ky., at the time of his death in Piketon, Ohio. According to Rhoden’s father, Kenneth Rhoden, he was a hard worker who used to help out on the tobacco farm in Kentucky, where the family had its roots.

“He was just a hard worker,” Kenneth Rhoden said. “He’d give you the shirt off his back. … He liked to fish, hunt, stuff like that.”

Clockwise, from top left, Dana Rhoden (Facebook); Chris Rhoden (WCPO); Hanna Rhoden (Facebook); Chris Rhoden Jr. (Facebook)

Kenneth Wayne Rhoden, 44

Date of birth: March 30, 1972

Marital status: Married in 1991

Parents: Clarence Rhoden, who proceeded Rhoden in death, and Geneva Stone

Siblings: Survived by Brady and Tony Rhoden. Preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Steven Rhoden, who was not involved in the shootings, and Christopher Rhoden Sr., and ex-sister-in-law Dana Rhoden, both of whom died in the shootings

Children: Three children; a son, Luke Rhoden, and two daughters, Tajianna Mead and Kendra Rhoden, none of whom were involved in the shootings

Occupation: Worked at US Utilities

About Kenneth: Kenneth Wayne Rhoden was the older brother of Christopher Rhoden Sr., and is one of several members of the extended Rhoden family with the same first name. Kenneth, the eighth victim found, was discovered by a cousin at his house on Left Fork Road. At one time, Rhoden and his brother Christopher Sr. worked at Crownover Lumber, but a manager there said the pair hadn’t worked there since 2007.

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