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Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 2:02 PM
BUTLER COUNTY — A Trenton man has been indicted for December robberies in two Butler County cities.
Dustin F. Pedersen, 36, was indicted today on two counts of robbery, a second-degree felony. He is accused of robbing the Fifth Third Bank in Trenton on Dec. 16. According to Trenton police, he presented his girlfriend with an engagement ring the next day. Police believe that could be a motive for the robbery.
Pedersen was also indicted on the same charge for allegedly robbing the US Bank on Tylers Place Boulevard in West Chester Twp. on Dec. 22.
During a court hearing last month in Middletown Municipal Court, Trenton Detective Sean Gill said records from Zales jewelry store indicate that Pedersen purchased a ring worth just under $4,500 less than an hour after the Dec. 16 robbery.
The robber walked into the bank and began pacing, according to witnesses Gill talked with. He was wearing glasses, a jacket, white gloves and an orange Titleist hat.
“He passed a note asking for $20,000 with no dye packs,” Gill said. He also indicated he had a bomb strapped to himself.
As the teller counted out the money, the robber grabbed the first stack and ran, Gill said. He got $8,800.
Pedersen was not developed as a suspect until the Dec. 22 bank robbery of US Bank on Tylers Place Boulevard, Gill said. He received a call from a woman who said Pedersen was on Facebook wearing hats that the robber in both heists had on.
A neighbor’s outdoor security cameras caught Pedersen leaving the residence on the morning of Dec. 16 wearing the same clothing as the robber.
Found in a car driven by Pedersen were the sunglasses, gloves and hats police believe he wore in the robberies, Gill said.
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.