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

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


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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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Resident escapes Liberty Twp. house fire caused by lightning strike

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 12:34 PM


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A resident escaped from a Liberty Twp. house Friday after it was struck by lightning as storms pounded the the area, according to to the Liberty Twp. Fire Department.

The two-story house was hit about 3:20 p.m., which ignited an attic fire at the residence in the 5400 block of Walkers Court, said Battalion Chief Chad Canupp.

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“The occupant was alerted to the fire by smoke detectors,” Canupp said.

The fire was contained to the attic area, but the family has been displaced during the cleanup, he said.

A strong band of storms moved through the area from Central Kentucky to Montgomery County on Friday afternoon and evening, causing high winds, lightening and hail in some areas.

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POLICE: 1 brother in custody, 1 found dead after 2-day search in Indiana

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 2:55 PM
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 11:36 AM

Multiple Agencies searching for fugitives wanted for child molestation in Indiana

UPDATE @ 11:36 a.m.:

One brother was taken into custody and the other was found dead from an apparent suicide after a two day search in Richmond, Indiana Saturday, according to a press release from the Richmond Police Department.

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Charles Estep, 27, was taken into custody by the Richmond Police Department SWAT team around 7:45 a.m. 

Alan Estep, 27, was found dead at the scene of an apparent suicide, according to the release.

Charles and Alan were both wanted for parole violation as well as child molesting, the release stated.

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One of the men were seen in the area of Meijer, located at 2507 Chester Boulevard around 6:20 a.m. He was seen fleeing into a wooded area nearby.

Officers from multiple agencies set up a perimeter in the area and were able to locate Charles behind Meijer. He was transported to Wayne County Jail on his warrants. 

Alan was found dead at the scene south of where Charles was apprehended in the wooded area around 8:30 a.m.

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This case began out of Hamilton County, Indiana, according to the release.

Multiple agencies assisted with the search including, Richmond Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Marshall’s Service, Indiana State Police, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana University Police Department, Indiana DNR, Centerville Police Department, and the Wayne County Emergency Operations Center. 

Major Jon Bales of the Richmond Police Department credited cooperation and communication between agencies as a key competent to the success of this case.

UPDATE @ 10:07 a.m.:

Police out of Richmond, Indiana have confirmed the search for two fugitives wanted on child molestation charges has ended. 

Update July 21 @ 7:52 a.m.: 

Local, state, and federal officers are actively searching for two fugitives who fled police apprehension Friday afternoon in Richmond, Wayne County Regional Dispatch confirmed.

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Brothers Charles and Alan Estep, both wanted on child molestation charges, fled into a reservoir and then into a heavily wooded area at 1750 Sylvan Nook Drive, Richmond police said in a statement posted on their Facebook page.

The Estep brothers are both 27-years-old, Caucasian and 5 feet 9 inches tall. Charles weighs 150 lbs. with blonde hair and green eyes. Alan weighs 160 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes.

SWAT teams, water crafts and drones piloted by the Richmond Fire Department have been used in the search. 

The fugitives are considered armed and dangerous. Police are urging anyone with information to call 911 immediately.

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Richmond Police and federal agents are searching for two possibly armed men who eluded them after a chase Friday afternoon on the north side of the Middlefork Reservoir area in Richmond, Indiana. 

The Wayne County 9-1-1 Center sent out two tweets alerting residents in the area to the manhunt. Reports are the two men are wanted on child molestation charges.

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A man living in the area who contacted our newsroom said he and other residents were told by Richmond Police to stay indoors. The man added police suggested contacting them for an escort if you needed to go outside to get in to your vehicle.

The man told our newsroom a boat and a drone appeared to being used in the search. 

According to emergency dispatch the suspect eluded police during a foot chase and is now at large. Indiana University East issued an alert Friday stating their campus was on lockdown. The campus was later closed for the day as the manhunt continued.

We are working to learn more.  

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Incident report not logged for reported Dayton shooting near Brown St.

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 3:30 AM
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 5:15 AM

UPDATE @ 5:15 a.m.:

Montgomery County Regional Dispatch confirmed officers did not log any reports after being called to the scene of a reported shooting in Dayton.

The incident was initially reported at approximately 2:59 a.m. Saturday near the 110 block of Brown Street. Scanner reports indicated a medic was requested for a shooting victim at the location.

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The county dispatch confirmed officers were called to that location and were then moved to the 320 block of E. 5th St., but did not confirm whether or not a victim was found.

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Police crews and a medic are en route to a reported shooting in the 110 block of Brown Street in Dayton, Montgomery County Regional Dispatch confirmed.

The shooting was reported at approximately 2:59 a.m. Saturday.

Scanner reports indicated there has been at least one victim, injuries unknown.

We are on our way to the scene and will update this story as more details become available. 

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com.

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Impact of 3-vehicle crash pushes car, SUV into McDonald’s lot in Springfield

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 10:19 PM
Updated: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 11:00 PM

3-vehicle crash sent cars flying into Springfield McDonald's parking lot

UPDATE @ 11 p.m.

Alcohol may have been a factor in a three-vehicle crash Friday night that sent four people to area hospitals.

The impact of the crash around 9:10 p.m. in the 2300 block of East Main Street forced a red car and silver SUV off the roadway and into a McDonald’s parking lot.

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According to witnesses, the driver of the red car pulled out of KFC and in front of a white pickup truck, which then struck it. The car then hit the SUV.

The driver of a red car was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in serious condition. Two passengers in the red car and the pickup driver were taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center. Their injuries were not life-threatening.

A woman and her children inside the SUV were not hurt, she said.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Springfield Police Division.

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Multiple injuries were reported tonight in a three-vehicle crash on East Main Street.

The crash was reported around 9:10 p.m. in the 2300 block of East Main Street in front of McDonald’s and KFC.

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Main Street is down to one lane going eastbound, with the westbound lanes blocked.

There were crash victims taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center, but their names and the severity of injuries was not immediately available.

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