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Suspect in Springfield drug raid thrown out of court twice

Published: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 11:23 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 11:28 AM

Suspect in drug raid

A Springfield man faces multiple felony charges after deputies alleged they found more than 20 grams of drugs and $4,000 at his home during a raid Monday.

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Michael A. Hill, 32, has been charged with five counts each of drug possession and distribution of drugs and a single count of parole violation, according to court records.

Hill appeared in the Clark County Municipal Court on Tuesday morning but was removed from court by Judge Eugene Nevius because he was talking at the beginning of daily arraignments. He was later brought back in but was again removed for throwing the podium to the ground. Hill never entered a plea and his bond was set at $100,000.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant about 9 a.m. Monday at Hill’s home at 290 Johnson Ave. in Springfield.

Before the search, Hill was on parole and supposed to meet his parole officer at 9 a.m. The man told his parole officer he overslept and was headed to the office with a woman. Before he left the home, detectives allegedly saw Hill place a bag inside a vehicle before leaving in a different car, the report says.

Once they arrived at the parole office, Hill and the woman were taken into custody. Detectives then began the search and removed two other people from the home.

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A K-9 unit was called to the scene to sniff near the car and allegedly alerted officers to the possible presence of narcotics, the report says. Officers alleged they found a grocery bag containing a glass jar with marijuana, plastic baggies containing three grams each of a tan powder substance and three grams of a white rock-like substance, as well as pill bottles containing Endocet, Norco and Buprenorphine, the report says.

The car also allegedly contained three digital scales, a clear glass dish and numerous rubber gloves, the report says.

Inside the home, detectives allegedly found a baggie containing a white powder substance in the kitchen. In a cardboard box above the washer and dryer, detectives alleged they found a baggie with 10 grams of a white rock-like substance, a baggie with five grams of a white powder substance and $4,027 in cash, according to the report.

“In the currency, there were numerous one dollar bills and five dollar bills, which is indicative of drug trafficking,” the report says.

The woman who was detained reportedly told police she was unaware of any drug trafficking and said she’s not at home for long periods of time due to her work schedule. She also was unaware of the large amount of cash and told officers she doesn’t ask Hill “about his business,” the report says.

Hill was placed in the Clark County Jail.

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Huber Heights man found dead in Springfield park: What we know now

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 11:59 AM

Springfield police block the entrance to Virgil Mabra Park while police investigate a body found in the woods. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF
Springfield police block the entrance to Virgil Mabra Park while police investigate a body found in the woods. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF

Springfield police are continuing their investigation after a body was found at a Springfield park Tuesday morning.

Huber Heights police are also continuing an investigation into an incident hours before at the man’s home in that city.

Cedric Holt Jr. was found dead at Virgil Mabra Park in Springfield.

He is the father of one of two teenage boys who were tied up in a home invasion in Huber Heights on Tuesday morning. Other than the relationship between Holt and one of the boys, there’s no connection between the home invasion and Holt’s death, said Sgt. Charles Taylor of the of the Huber Heights Police Department. 

“We’re still ... just over 24 hours involved in this. So we’re still looking into everything,” he said. All stones will be looked under. And we’re going to continue to canvas the neighborhood, ask questions to anybody and anyone that’s willing to talk.”

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Both police departments are releasing limited information. Springfield police plan on hold a press conference today at 2 p.m.

Here is what we know now:

Initial phone call

Springfield police were called to the 1400 block of Oakleaf Avenue on Tuesday morning, according to a Springfield police report.

There they met a man mowing the park’s grass who said he found a body, the report says.

“The victim was found face up with his head to the north and feet to the south,” the police report says. A park employee who called 9-1-1 said the body was in a car.

Springfield Fire Division personnel told police the man, later identified as Cedric Holt Jr., was dead.

Suspicious death

The death is considered suspicious, the Clark County Coroner’s Office said. The cause and manner of death were not yet determined.

A Springfield police report describes the death as unspecified.

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No arrests

A news release from the city of Springfield on Tuesday evening says no arrests have been made in the incident, and anyone with information is asked to call 937-324-7685.

Taylor said Wednesday that detectives are still working the case.

“As far as our home invasion we are still looking into everything,” he said.

Anyone with information about the home break-in can call the Huber Heights Police Division at 937-233-1565.

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Preble County man sentenced for possessing 4,700 images of child pornography

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 10:58 AM


            Matthew R. Perry
Matthew R. Perry

A 22-year-old Eaton man was sentenced Tuesday to nine years in federal prison for possessing child pornography.

Matthew R. Perry will serve his sentence consecutively with an upcoming sentence in a state case in Preble County, according to news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio.

Perry was sentenced by Judge Walter Rice in Dayton’s U.S. District Court.

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Federal Bureau of Investigation agents found that Perry shared about 4,700 files from a folder that included, “Toddlers, babies, little girl” in the name according to court documents.

In August 2016, agents conducted an undercover operation on a peer-to-peer program to identify people sharing child pornography. When FBI agents tried to locate Perry at an Eaton residence they learned he had been arrested on a local charge of attempted rape of a 14-year-old.

Agents executed a search warrant on Perry’s phone, which was held at the Preble County Jail, and it contained thousands of child pornography images, including of minors under 12 and “hardcore” images.

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Perry pleaded guilty in July in the federal case to one count of possession of child pornography. He also pleaded guilty to attempted rape of a minor in Preble County and is awaiting sentencing on that charge.

“The visual depictions that Perry possessed were created for a criminal market that is engaged in the business of brutally victimizing children, and Perry actively and willingly participated in that market,” a prosecutor’s sentencing memorandum said.

Perry’s federal public defender wrote in a sentencing memo that Perry “is a young man who was sexually tortured during his infancy” who was beaten by two stepfathers and “hit almost every day.”

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Officer accused of violence against child was on performance improvement plan

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 10:32 AM


            Martin D. Stringfellow
Martin D. Stringfellow

The Clay Twp. police officer accused of domestic violence against an elementary school child was put on a performance improvement plan by his employer earlier this year.

Martin D. Stringfellow, 47, had performed below standards in multiple categories and had once been described as not having the respect of junior officers, according to personnel records obtained by this news organization.

Stringfellow signed an Employee Performance Improvement Plan (EPIP) on March 6, 2018 that was initiated due to “unsatisfactory performance.”

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The document noted that Stringfellow had been verbally counseled on June 21, July 26 and Aug. 22 in 2017 for “sub-standard performance for traffic contacts, house checks and business checks” and that his performance was still sub-standard in the first two months of 2018.

Stringfellow was arrested May 15 by Brookville police and jailed on a count of domestic violence for allegedly causing severe bruising on the face of an elementary school student with an open-handed slap, according to court records.

Stringfellow was alleged to have hit the child May 8 at a home in Brookville, according to court documents filed in the western division of Montgomery County Municipal Court.

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A Brookville officer was later dispatched to an elementary school to assist Children Services with a case of possible child abuse and to speak to the school’s principal, according to records.

A school counselor told police that the child at first denied how the injury occurred but later said the striking happened after the child got out of bed during the night to get a stuffed animal out of the closet, according to a complaint and affidavit.

Stringfellow admitted to spanking the child but said the slap to the face was unintentional, according to court records.

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Stringfellow has pleaded not guilty. His defense attorney has filed a motion to continue a scheduled June 4 hearing.

The firm representing Stringfellow has not returned messages seeking comment.

Stringfellow also had numerous commendations in his personnel files.

Those included his efforts in locating two suspects who had committed crimes in Huber Heights in February 2014, executing a search warrant with professionalism in 2011, assistance to an out-of-state officer in 2005 and quick investigation of a business breaking and entering in 2003, among others.

Stringfellow had completed an online “domestic violence refresher course” on April 13, 2017, according to his personnel records.

Clay Twp. police Chief John Van Gundy said Stringfellow is on administrative leave, but he wouldn’t comment on the officer’s performance.

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The EPIP followed a string of mixed work evaluations in the past few years of Stringfellow’s nearly 20-year career with the department.

His 2017 evaluation noted that Stringfellow is a “seasoned officer with vast knowledge, but at times doesn’t apply it,” that he has repetitive mistakes in daily paperwork and that, in evaluating subordinates, he does “poor evaluation with minimal documentation.”

Earlier evaluations noted his lack of attention in paperwork, giving the minimum effort and having disorganized records and evidence.

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Stringfellow signed a “last chance agreement” in 2013 in which he was supposed to improve in multiple areas.

Other performance evaluations were generally positive, but one in 2007 said Stringfellow “does not have respect of junior officers” and that he was issued an EPIP in 2006.

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Police: Man exposed himself at West Chester Kroger

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 12:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 9:51 AM

A man was arrested after he allegedly exposed himself in the Kroger parking lot at 8238 Princeton Glendale Road in West Chester Twp.
STAFF FILE PHOTO
A man was arrested after he allegedly exposed himself in the Kroger parking lot at 8238 Princeton Glendale Road in West Chester Twp.(STAFF FILE PHOTO)

A 22-year-old Hamilton man was arrested after he allegedly exposed himself in a West Chester Twp. Kroger parking lot last week.

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Dylan McCoy, 22, of Hamilton, was arrested at around 8 a.m. May 16 after West Chester police were called to the Kroger, 8238 Princeton Glendale Road.

McCoy was allegedly still in his car, exposed, when police arrived, according to township spokeswoman Barb Wilson. 

McCoy is scheduled to be arraigned May 29 on a second-degree misdemeanor public indecency charge, according to court records.

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