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Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 1:15 PM
The trial for a former Stivers High School teacher accused of pandering obscenity of a minor is scheduled for Aug. 6.
John S. Findley, 34, had his trial date and a final pretrial hearing of July 25 scheduled Wednesday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.
Findley, who taught drama at Stivers, was indicted on seven counts of pandering obscenity of a minor.
Defense attorney Kevin Lennen recently questioned the search warrant and search of Findley’s iPad during a suppression hearing. Judge Barbara Gorman denied Lennen’s motion.
The former Dayton Public Schools teacher was put on paid leave during the 2016-2017 school year.
Findley, of Dayton, was listed on Dayton Public Schools’ website as a teacher of drama and English at Stivers School for the Arts before charges were formalized.
Dayton Public Schools has said the district “is fully cooperating with all law enforcement” in the case.
One of the four pandering obscenity counts says that Findley did “direct or produce an obscene performance that has a minor as its participants.” The indictment also accuses Findley of promoting the material for sale or dissemination on Aug. 8 or Aug. 9 of 2016.
The three counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor include language saying Findley “created, directed or produced” the performance.
Six of the charges are second-degree felonies, according to the indictment, while one is a fourth-degree felony.
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.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 11:59 AM
SPRINGFIELD — Update@2:23 p.m.:
During a press conference Wednesday afternoon to discuss Holt’s killing, Springfield Police Chief Lee Graf officially ruled Holt’s death a homicide.
Graf also reached out to the public for help in the investigation. Holt was last seen alive about 11 p.m. Monday, so anyone who may have seen him after that time or came in contact with him should contact Springfield police investigators with any information they have, Graf said.
Graf also said investigators still have not made a direct connection with Holt’s killing and the home invasion in Huber Heights where two boys, including one of Holt’s sons, was tied up. Until such connection is made, the cases will investigated separately, he said.
There are no suspects or persons of interests in either case, officials in Springfield and Huber Heights said.
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.”
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.
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.
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.