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Trial set for alleged racing postal worker who got $94K in disability

Published: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 @ 12:51 PM


A new trial date has been scheduled for the postal worker accused of racing motorcycles while receiving $94,000 in disability.

Jerry French, 40, is scheduled to go to trial Aug. 27 in Dayton’s U.S. District Court on one count of false statements or fraud to obtain federal employees compensation.

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French was hired in 2004 as a letter carrier at the Dayton View Post Office, according to spokeswoman with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. No other information about French’s employment is available.

French’s attorney filed a motion to continue the May 29 trial date and it was granted by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rose.

French’s attorney, Charles Wagner, did not immediately return a message seeking comment. French has been free on his own recognizance.

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A court document alleged French participated in 35 motorcycle races during an 18-month period in which he was disabled or on light duty.

French was indicted March 15 of making false, fictitious and fraudulent statements to medical personnel and the postal service which led to Office of Workers’ Compensation Benefits of $93,971.42.

French is at least the eighth area postal worker to be alleged of federal crimes in the past few years.

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The indictment detailed how French allegedly injured his knee while falling on ice when he was delivering mail on Feb. 2, 2011.

French filled out a claim for disability pay and was off from work for a year until returning to one hour of limited duty per day, the indictment said.

The indictment said that in September 2013, a Department of Labor form French submitted limited him to zero hours for lifting weight, walking, climbing, kneeling, bending, stooping and operating machinery.

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In October 2013, French told special agents from the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General that he was physically unable to work, go up and down stairs, kneel, ride or race his motorcycles, pass a National Hot Rod Association physical, fill his nitrous oxide tank, drive a manual car or put pressure on his left leg, according to court documents.

The indictment said that from May 13, 2011, to Oct. 23, 2013, agents of the Inspector General observed French “participating in approximately thirty-five motorcycle races and one car race at various racetracks in Ohio and Indiana.”

The indictment didn’t explain why it was filed several years after the events and federal prosecutors didn’t respond to messages seeking comment.

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Nearly $4K of meth seized in Miami County traffic stop

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 3:41 PM


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.

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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.

If convicted, troopers said Roose could face up to 31 years in prison and a $42,500 fine.

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Shots fired investigation blocks North Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp.

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 11:12 AM

Police are investigating the scene on North Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp. following a report of shots fired.

A shots fired investigation has deputies blocking both directions of North Dixie Drive south of Needmore Road in Harrison Twp. Wednesday morning. 

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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.

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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. 

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Man wanted for Indiana rape, strangulation arrested in Hamilton

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 5:19 PM

            Shawn D. Jones, a former Butler County resident, was arrested last weekend in Hamilton on sexual assault charges from Wayne County, Ind.
Shawn D. Jones, a former Butler County resident, was arrested last weekend in Hamilton on sexual assault charges from Wayne County, Ind.

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

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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.

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He waived an extradition hearing this week in Butler County Common Pleas Court and is awaiting transport back to Indiana.

Jones was convicted in Butler County in November of misdemeanor assault and trafficking in cocaine, according to Butler County court records. He was sentenced to 180 days in the county jail and six months in prison, but had already served those days waiting disposition of his case, according to records.

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Death of Huber Heights man found in Springfield park ruled a homicide

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

A Huber Heights man's body was found in a Springfield park Tuesday morning. His death has been ruled a homicide.

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.

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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.

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First report:

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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