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Springboro boy to enter plea in drug case involving teacher mother

Published: Monday, December 04, 2017 @ 4:57 PM


            The 16-year-old son of Springboro teacher Amy Panzeca is shown during an earlier juvenile court hearing in the case stemming from a drug raid at their home in May. On Monday, his lawyer met privately with the judge and a plea hearing was scheduled. STAFF
The 16-year-old son of Springboro teacher Amy Panzeca is shown during an earlier juvenile court hearing in the case stemming from a drug raid at their home in May. On Monday, his lawyer met privately with the judge and a plea hearing was scheduled. STAFF

The 16-year-old son of a long-time Springboro school teacher accused of drug-related charges at their home is to enter a plea and be sentenced in Warren County Juvenile Court on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

The case stems from a raid on their home in May by the Warren County Drug Task Force.

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The boy, 16, is accused of trafficking in LSD to 25 to 30 Springboro High School students, as well as possession of the hallucinogenic and marijuana.

Teacher Amy Panzeca allegedly helped her son obtain the online currency Bitcoin used to purchase LSD, and she is charged with child endangering and contributing to the unruliness of a minor.

She is on leave from her job.

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The next hearing in her case is scheduled for Dec. 21 in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

Andrea Ostrowski, the lawyer representing the teacher, has filed a motion to have the boy’s statements to the agent suppressed in her case and to reveal the identity of a confidential informant who assisted in the case.

They were charged after a May 19 raid of their home in Springboro.

On Monday in Warren County Juvenile Court, her son’s lawyer, Kevin Hughes, met privately with Judge Joe Kirby, who overuled the motion to suppress use of the boy’s statements to police in prosecution of his case.

Over objections from prosecutors, the judge has permitted mother and son to be alone together for three hours one day a week while his grandmother is visiting a relative in hospice.

Mother and son are both free while awaiting trial.

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A year later, no charges in dog mauling death; family disappointed

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 1:20 PM


            The backyard of a home at 345 Middle St. where a dog that was chained up broke free of its restraint and attacked and killed 60-year-old Maurice Brown.
            CORNELIUS FROLIK / Staff
The backyard of a home at 345 Middle St. where a dog that was chained up broke free of its restraint and attacked and killed 60-year-old Maurice Brown.(CORNELIUS FROLIK / Staff)

The family of Maurice Brown is disappointed no charges have been filed in the year since he was mauled to death by a pit bull in Dayton’s Jane Reece neighborhood.

“It’s tragic and we’re disappointed, for lack of a stronger word,” said David Brown, the victim’s brother. “But we lean on our faith.”

Dayton Prosecutor Stephanie Cook said the suspected dog owner is being investigated for misdemeanor violations. More serious charges are not possible under the state’s current dog laws, Dayton police Sgt. Michael Godsey has said.

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In the early morning of April 25, 2017, a pit bull chained up in the yard of a home at 345 Middle St. broke free of its restraint and attacked Maurice Brown, 60, as he walked down an alley that runs behind the property.

Neighbors heard Brown’s screams and called 911.

A Dayton police internal affairs probe has not been completed, according to city officials, who denied a request by this news organization for the report on that investigation. The city has not said why the actions of the officers who responded to the scene are being reviewed.

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Juror dismissed in Hamilton death penalty trial

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 1:09 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 1:12 PM

Judge Greg Stephens explains replacement

The sixth day of the Michael Grevious II death penalty trial in Hamilton began with the replacement of a juror.

Grevious, 25, of Hamilton, is facing the death penalty if found guilty of aggravated murder for allegedly ordering a retaliation shooting at Central Avenue and Knightsbridge on Aug. 3, 2016 that killed two people. He is also charged with having weapons under disability and felonious assault for gun violence that killed his relative during the early morning hours of July 24, 2016 at a Hamilton bar.

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The trial began April 16 in Butler County Common Pleas Judge Greg Stephens’ courtroom with jury selection lasting two days.

Court was delayed Tuesday morning, and when the jury filed in, one female juror was missing. That juror was replaced with one of four alternates who has been seated in the courtroom since the trial began.

Michael Grevious II is facing the death penalty if found guilty of aggravated murder for allegedly ordering a retaliation shooting at Central Avenue and Knightsbridge on Aug. 3, 2016 that killed two people. (NICK GRAHAM/STAFF)

Outside the presence of the jury, Stephens said the juror excused had a conflict “that ultimately would have prevented her from following the law as it relates to the consideration of the death penalty.”

The prosecution is continuing to present its case against Grevious.

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Case of father, daughter who allegedly stole tools sent to grand jury

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 11:37 AM

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A father and his daughter caught allegedly stealing tools from a van that was parked at Lowe’s on Towne Boulevard had their cases bound over to a Warren County Grand Jury.

Paul Fugate, 46, of Middletown, was charged with theft and his daughter, Brandi Fugate, 30, of Middletown, was charged with complicity to theft, according to a police report. They allegedly tried to steal about $2,000 worth of tools around 11 a.m. April 10, police said.

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Last week, Middletown Municipal Court Judge James Sherron bound the cases to a grand jury in Warren County since that’s where the alleged theft occurred.

The owner of the work van told police that after leaving Lowe’s, he walked toward his vehicle and saw Paul Fugate inside. Fugate’s daughter was standing between two vehicles and as the van owner and his friend approached, Brandi Fugate said: “We need to leave,” according to the report.

The van’s owner pulled Paul Fugate out of the vehicle and held him down on the ground until Middletown police officers arrived.
Paul Fugate
Brandi Fugate

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Teen accused of murdering mother with help of two friends

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 9:57 AM

Teen Allegedly Stabbed His Mother To Death With Help Of Friends

A 15-year-old and his friend drugged, strangled and stabbed his mother to death at a home in Maine, according to court documents.

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Kimberly Mironovas, 47, was found stabbed and strangled to death at her home in Litchfield, Maine, early on Sunday morning. 

Police say the woman, originally from Ashland, Massachusetts, was killed by her son and his 15-year-old friend. 

A third teenager, a 13-year-old friend, allegedly helped plan the murder.

According to prosecutors, the 13-year-old came up with a plan to kill Mironovas by crushing prescription pills and mixing them into a glass of wine, but court documents show the boys' attempt to secretly mix in the pills failed.

Mironovas’ son and his friend entered her bedroom wearing gloves and armed with a knife early Sunday morning, according to prosecutors.

Mironovas was found shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, and police say she had been strangled and stabbed in the neck.

All three boys were arraigned at a juvenile court in Maine on Monday.

The 15-year-old suspects were charged with one count each of murder, and all three were charged with criminal conspiracy to commit murder.

Mironovas and her son had moved to Maine from their home in Ashland, Massachusetts, where former neighbors told Boston 25 News they hope her son gets help. 

"She was a quiet person," said Jim, a former neighbor. "I think her son was troubled a little bit, she had him in a special school."

Mironovas moved from Ashland to Maine about a year ago to attend cosmetology school.

Authorities continue to investigate the case.

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