Springboro teacher in drug case seeks treatment in lieu of conviction

Published: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 6:29 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 12:11 PM


            Amy Panzeca
Amy Panzeca

A Springboro teacher facing criminal charges in a drug case also involving her son is being considered for treatment in lieu of conviction.

Amy Panzeca, 48, of Springboro, is facing charges of permitting drug abuse, contributing to the unruliness of a minor and endangering children in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

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Earlier this month, her son, now 16, was sentenced to 30 more days in the local detention center as part of his sentence in Warren County Juvenile Court after pleading no contest to charges of trafficking in drugs and possession of controlled substances.

Judge Joe Kirby gave the boy credit for 15 days already spent in detention, but Kirby ordered him to complete an in-patient treatment program that often takes 4 1/2 to 6 months to complete, court officials said.

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He and his mother, a long-time teacher in the Springboro school district, were permitted to attend a relative’s funeral. She was also allowed to attend a holiday gathering with children in attendance, despite court orders limiting her access to children, including her son.

The case stems from traffic stops by Springboro police and a raid on May 19 by the Warren County Drug Task Force of the Panzeca home in the Settlers Walk community in Springboro earlier this year.

Panzeca is accused of converting her son’s money, including a birthday gift, to Bitcoin, which he used to buy LSD, some of which he sold to about 20 Springboro students.

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Last week, Judge Donald Oda II found an oral motion by Panzeca’s lawyer “to be well-taken, in part” and ordered the long-time teacher be examined at the Warren County Jail.

On Tuesday, her lawyer, Andrea Ostrowski, filed a motion that said: “Drug or alcohol usage by the defendant was a factor leading to the instant offense.”

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According to the Ohio State Bar Association, “Intervention in Lieu of Conviction (IILC) was created by the Ohio legislature to give certain offenders an opportunity to receive court-supervised treatment instead of a conviction and sentence when they have been charged with specified lower-level offenses.”

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Offenders must abstain from drugs and alcohol for 12 months, take part in treatment programs and submit to random testing in order to complete the diversion program. It also can include community service and financial restitution.

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If offenders complete the program, the court dismisses the original charges and can potentially seal the records related to the case.

Since August, Panzeca has been free on her own recognizance, pending trial. She had been pressing for the identity of confidential informants in the case and suppression of statements made to police.

Oda delayed all other proceedings in the case, pending outcome of a hearing set for 1 p.m. on Jan. 17 on the motion for treatment in lieu of conviction.

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Troy man pleads not guilty to assaulting two corrections officers

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 6:05 PM

Marion Cotterman
Miami County Jail
Marion Cotterman(Miami County Jail)

TROY - A Troy man pleaded not guilty Tuesday, April 24, to two felony counts of assault of a corrections officer.

Marion Cotterman, 45, is accused of causing or attempting to cause physical harm to two officers in the Miami County Jail in Troy on March 14. 

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The pleas were heard by Common Pleas Judge Jeannine Pratt, who set bail at $5,000 cash or surety.

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Dayton teen sentenced to prison for 2017 killing

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 4:26 PM

A Dayton teen convicted early this month for murdering a 23-year-old man in September was sentenced to 18 years in prison Tuesday, according to a press release from the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s office.

Keith P. Reid was 17 years old when a surveillance video captured him fatally shooting Davion G. McGhee of Huber Heights on Summit Square Drive on Sept. 30, the release said. Reid, who has since turned 18, was tried as an adult because of the severity of the charges against him.

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On April 6 he was found guilty of attempted murder, involuntary manslaughter, tampering with evidence and carrying concealed weapons. 

Once he’s released from prison, Reid will be placed on post-release control for five additional years. 

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Father punches woman trying to kidnap his son, police say

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 5:14 PM

Authorities in Shelby County, Tennessee, arrested Gina Ricard, 53, on one count of attempted aggravated kidnapping on Monday, April 23, 2018.
Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Authorities in Shelby County, Tennessee, arrested Gina Ricard, 53, on one count of attempted aggravated kidnapping on Monday, April 23, 2018.(Shelby County Sheriff's Office)

Police in Tennessee say a father's quick actions stopped his 5-year-old son from being kidnapped Monday.

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A man called authorities Monday to report that a woman had grabbed his son and tried to run away from him.

The father punched the woman and got his child back, according to police.

Authorities identified the attempted kidnapper as Gina A. Ricard, 53. Officials said after the incident, she went to a nearby fire station and told them that she tried to stop a kidnapping.

According an arrest affidavit, Ricard was incoherent and said that she “believes God told her (to) help.”

She was arrested and charged with attempted aggravated kidnapping.

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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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