‘No visible signs of trauma’ to baby who died after being pulled from filthy home

Published: Sunday, August 06, 2017 @ 6:21 PM
Updated: Wednesday, August 09, 2017 @ 12:29 PM

Deceased toddler, pulled from home with 16 dead animals, ID’d

DAYTON — Police confirm a 1-year-old girl pulled from a South Torrence Street home where 16 dead animals were found inside has died.

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  • Montgomery County Coroner’s Office identified child as 21-month-old Arez Marie Isabella Schrodi of Dayton. 
  • After autopsy, cause of death is still pending.
  • Mark Kumpf, the Animal Resource Center executive director, said 16 dead animals  were removed from home; three animals alive inside house.

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UPDATE @ 1:17 p.m. (Aug. 9):

A source tells this news agency, “there are no signs of trauma to the baby’s body,” referring to 21-month-old Arez Marie Isabella Schrodi.  Schrodi died after being pulled from a filthy home on Torrence Street in Dayton.

The source said, “toxicology and test results should help answer the questions as to what happened.”

UPDATE @ 12:29 p.m. (Aug. 9):

City of Dayton housing inspectors have placed a notice on this Torrence Street home that “presence on these premises is prohibited.”

UPDATE @ 2:21 p.m. (Aug. 8):

The 15 dead snakes inside this home had been contained in a type of tower of plastic trays, according to investigators with ARC and the Humane Society. Several factors could have led to the death of the animals, including lack of food or medical care. 

About 12 of the dead snakes were pythons, and the others were a type of corn snake.

The lone surviving snake was placed in foster care after being cleared by a veterinarian.

An autopsy on the child has been completed, but the cause and manner of death remains pending.

This snake was removed from Dayton home where 15 other snakes were found dead and a 1-year-old girl later died. CONTRIBUTED, Humane Society of Greater Dayton

UPDATE 10:40 a.m. (Aug. 8):

An autopsy is ongoing this morning for 21-month-old girl who died after being pulled from a home in Dayton, where 16 dead animals were found inside, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Officials said it’s possible results from the autopsy could be available this afternoon.

INITIAL REPORT:

The dead animals included 15 snakes and one cat. 

The surviving animals include a four-foot boa constrictor-type snake and a rabbit that are now at the humane society.

The Animal Resource Center took in a shar-pei mix dog. 

Kumpf said the house was not fit for animal or human habitation.

Dayton police said There were “cleanliness issues” with a South Torrence Street house where a 1-year-old girl was removed by medics early Saturday and taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital after her grandmother found her not breathing and unresponsive.

A Montgomery County Department of Job & Family Services official confirmed, on Sunday, the agency is opening an investigation involving a woman who lives in the same Dayton house where the 1-year-old girl was found.

The agency did not have an existing open case involving the family.

A couple who identified themselves as the baby’s grandparents called 911 just before 1 a.m. to say the child was not breathing and they were performing CPR.

Police say the incident is considered “suspicious.”

The South Torrence Street house

A rusty chain link fence encloses the front yard of the family’s white two-story house in the 100 block of South Torrence Street. A lot of garbage and miscellaneous debris covers the area surrounding the front porch, which is partially covered with a makeshift roof.

“It’s kind of shocking,” neighbor Craig Jackson said tonight about the situation early this morning.

After police and medics arrived to the home, Dayton police detectives were summoned to investigate.

“It gets your attention ... because I’ve got kids, too,” neighbor Gene Smith said.

He was out walking his dog as police investigated, and Smith said he spoke with Dayton police officers. “They said there’s a bunch of dead animals, took the kids to Children Services.”

The child’s condition was not available.

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Ex-political candidate indicted over actions during Springboro police stop

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 12:33 PM

A police report released today shows the incident resulting in the arrest of Samuel Ronan, 28, of Springboro began after a patrolman observed as a ??€œroad rage incident between two vehicles.??€ It also indicates dispatch advised the patrolman that Ronan had a ??€œconcealed weapon license??€ and ...

A Warren County grand jury has indicted Samuel Ronan, the former political candidate arrested on June 9 after a struggle with Springboro police that he streamed for Facebook Live.

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Ronan, 28, of Springboro, is charged with obstructing official business, a fifth-degree felony; and failure to comply with an officer, and resisting arrest, first-degree misdemeanors.

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Ronan remains free, pending his arraignment in the common pleas court on Aug. 3.

Locally, Ronan ran against Congressman Steve Chabot in the May Republican primary in the 1st District which includes Warren and Hamilton counties, and two years ago as a Democrat, he contested the election of state Rep. Scott Lipps.

Ronan also ran for Democratic National Committee chairman in 2017 and gained attention in appearances on CNN.

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2 suspects in beating, stabbing of Applebee’s waitress arrested, granted bond

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 12:53 PM

Police: Waitress Stabbed After Brushing Up Against Diner’s Leg

A judge has granted bond to two women charged in connection with the recent beating and stabbing of an Applebee’s waitress at a McDonough, Georgia, restaurant.

Lasondra Boyd, 38, and Keterah Boyd, 30, were arrested Friday in Wilkinson County near Macon, Georgia, after McDonough police identified the women after posting a lookout alert, McDonough police Maj. Kyle Helgerson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Monday.

“Deputies received a tip of their whereabouts, and they were apprehended at a party down there,” Helgerson said.

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The women were booked into the Henry County Jail Friday night and granted $35,000 bond Monday morning, officials said.

Two of their relatives, Lakisha and Demetrius Boyd, are still at large. All four women -- three sisters and a cousin -- face charges of aggravated assault and robbery in the July 10 attack on an Applebee’s waitress.

According to police, the waitress was beaten and stabbed with a steak knife after she accidentally brushed against one woman’s leg. 

The woman was sitting with her leg out in the aisle, Helgerson said. The server, who is in her 20s, apologized after the first accidental contact and left to get the table’s food and drinks when the women reportedly complained about slow service.

The second time she brushed against the woman while serving the food, it “infuriated the suspect,” Helgerson said.

“All four of them got out of the table and began to assault the waitress,” he said, adding that one of them grabbed a steak knife.

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Fellow diners stepped in to stop the attack. Police said they were seen leaving the restaurant parking lot in a white Infiniti SUV.

The waitress required 15 stitches after she was stabbed in her forearm. She was treated at Piedmont Henry Hospital and returned to work the next day, according to a statement from an Applebee’s spokesperson.

The women allegedly took the waitress’s tip money before they skipped out on a $62.57 bill, police said. 

The Boyds were identified after McDonough police posted surveillance images from the restaurant’s parking lot to Facebook. The initial post was shared 3,500 times. 

A preliminary hearing for Lasondra and Keterah Boyd has been scheduled for Aug. 20. They also face misdemeanor charges of battery, criminal damage to property and theft of service.

Police are still asking for the public’s help to locate Lakisha and Demetrius Boyd. Anyone with information should call 911 or the McDonough Police Department 770-957-1218.

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Man tapes meth to genitalia to smuggle into Middletown jail

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 4:00 AM

Christopher Miller is charged with possession of meth and conveyance of drugs into a detention facility.

Police said a man attempted to smuggle methamphetamine into the Middletown City Jail by taping it to his genitalia.

Police were summoned to the Middletown Municipal Court on July 11 after officials became aware that Christopher Miller, 42, of Middletown, was there and had active arrest warrants against him. 

After the arrest warrants were confirmed, Miller was taken downstairs to the jail, according to a police report.

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Before Miller entered the jail, he was asked if he had anything illegal on his person, to which he said, “no,” according to the report.

However, as he was being booked and changing into a jail uniform, a corrections officer found a baggie containing what was believed to be meth taped around Miller’s genitalia. 

The substance weighed about 1.5 grams and tested positive for meth, according to police.

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Miller was charged with possession of meth and conveyance of drugs into a detention facility. This was in addition to charges of drug abuse/fentanyl and drug abuse/heroin that were already pending.

During an arraignment July 13, Miller’s bond was set at $20,000 and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. July 20.

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Meth conspiracy indictments began with 2017 local traffic stop

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 1:43 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 1:43 PM


            Dennis Olinger
Dennis Olinger

The first indictment in what federal prosecutors called a southwest Ohio-based, Mexican cartel-linked methamphetamine trafficking ring stemmed from a June 2017 traffic stop on Interstate 70 in Preble County.

Dennis Olinger and Hayley Bigelow’s stories didn’t match when an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper stopped the blue Volkswagen Passat for speeding, according to court documents. The car contained 26 pounds of crystal meth with a street value of about $400,000.

Olinger, who didn’t produce a driver’s license, said Bigelow was his girlfriend. Bigelow couldn’t tell the trooper Olinger’s name. Both appeared “overly nervous,” according to a criminal complaint.

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Federal, state and local officials last Tuesday announced a Drug Enforcement Agency investigation that uncovered 140 pounds of meth — $2.2 million if similar to the traffic stop — and said it led to to seven indictments to go with at least seven previous prosecutions.

This news outlet obtained the list of previous defendants from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Olinger and Bigelow had the oldest case and were linked to another defendant, Waiman Yu.

Olinger, 40, of Dayton, was sentenced in January to 10 years for possessing with intent to distribute more than 500 grams or more of meth. Bigelow, 21, of Springfield, also was sentenced in January. She received four years in prison for interstate travel to promote an unlawful activity.

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Yu, 39 of Trotwood, was sentenced in February to five years in prison for possessing with intent to distribute in excess of 100 grams of heroin.

Yu had been driving the Passat before Olinger and Bigelow were caught, according to court documents. A complaint said the DEA used a GPS tracking device on his Hyundai Elantra and found drugs in that car during a traffic stop.

Yu — who was once sentenced to six years for conspiracy to commit murder in Greene County — was suspected of being part of a large drug trafficking organization for nearly 20 years, according to a DEA agent.

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The other older convictions/pleas:

• Richard H. Smith, 32 of Youngstown, was sentenced in April to 9.5 years for conspiring to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of meth. While in state prison, Smith directed Chasity Gillenwater to pick up drugs supplied by Olinger and deliver them to David Crabtree in Pike County to be sold, according to a sentencing memorandum.

• Crabtree, 26 of Piketon, was sentenced in April to 6 2/3 years for the same charge as Smith.

• Gillenwater, 26 of Beaver, was sentenced in April to four years for the same charge as Smith.

• Joshua Kirtley, 34 of Middletown, pleaded guilty June 1 to the same charge as Smith, a much lower charge that he originally faced. Court documents alleged Kirtley was selling meth from his Pearl Street address.

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A complaint said Kirtley admitted to buying $100,000 worth of meth in California that was mailed back to Ohio and moving 40 pounds of meth and $1 million in six months. Kirtley is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 24.

The recently unsealed indictment into the alleged meth ring included the seizure of the 140 pounds of meth, nearly 15.5 pounds of fentanyl, nearly 4.5 pounds of heroin, more than $130,000 in cash and a Bersa 9mm pistol, according to court documents.

Seven defendants were indicted and were led by Salvador “Listo” Ramirez. A DEA agent said last week that the Ramirez group is linked to a “Mexican transnational criminal organization” and is associated with a high-ranking member of a “violent, international gang.”

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