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Warren County woman convicted of porch thefts

Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 5:42 PM


            The sentencing of Melissa A. Bergman, 30, of Mason, is scheduled for June 26 in Mason Municipal Court.
The sentencing of Melissa A. Bergman, 30, of Mason, is scheduled for June 26 in Mason Municipal Court.

A Mason woman was found guilty of 12 counts of misdemeanor theft in a case built from surveillance video of her removing packages from porches of homes in neighborhoods along Butler-Warren Road, according to a release issued today.

The sentencing of Melissa A. Bergman, 30, of Mason, is scheduled for June 26 in Mason Municipal Court.

Bergman was found guilty of the thefts, all allegedly committed on July 27, 2017, in a written decision issued last month by Mason Municipal Court Judge D. Andrew Batsche.

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According to a release issued by Mason Municipal Prosecutor Bethany Bennett, Bergman was caught on video surveillance taking a package off a porch in Roberts Park posted by the victim on Facebook and used by others who reported seeing her driving around the area.

Warren County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mann located and stopped Bergman’s vehicle and found multiple packages taken from subdivisions along Butler-Warren Road in Warren and Butler counties.

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Bergman pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

According to the release, two psychologists testified during a two-day bench trial.

Batsche ruled, “the Defendant’s mental diseases did not prevent her from knowing the wrongfulness of her actions. She felt remorse and guilt after she stole some items and readily expressed this after she was caught.”

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Bergman, who is free while wearing an electronic monitor, has a prior theft conviction and is in a felony diversion program in Warren County Common Pleas Court, according to the release.

Her lawyer, Nicholas Graman, declined to comment, pending sentencing.

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Destruction at Miami fraternity house caught on camera

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

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Police were called June 14 on a report of a burglary at the Kappa Alpha Order house, in the 300 block of East Church Street. 

The report was made by a person in charge of the house during the summer school break, who had been notified by the property management firm that oversees the house.

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Police were shown video of someone entering the house using the proper combination at 2:30 a.m. on June 2. 

Inside surveillance video showed a man walking around and attempting to turn on the television, according to a police report. When it did not come on, he is seen in the video stabbing the TV with the remote control, causing damage to it, according to the report.

Then, at 2:20 a.m. on June 3, another video shows two men enter the house using the front door combination code and then stuffing the kitchen sink drains with paper towels and turning on the water causing water damage to the floor and some to the downstairs area, according to the report.

One of the two is believed to be the same person from the TV incident the previous night, police said.

Police were told a still shot of the man from the first night was sent to Kappa Alpha members and several replied they believe it to be a person expected to return for his senior year this fall, according to the report.

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Kettering officer-involved shooting: Man shot by officer, weapon recovered

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:00 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 4:31 AM

Shooting

One man was shot and injured in an officer-involved shooting in Dayton Thursday night.

  • Shooting happened at Smithville Rd. and Ewalt Ave. in Dayton
  • Shooting happened after Kettering officer initiated traffic stop
  • Passenger shot, driver in custody

A Kettering police officer tried to pull over a vehicle at Smithville Road and Ewalt Avenue Thursday night. Within one minute, at 8:45 p.m., the officer reported shots fired and an officer needs assistance call was issued to surrounding agencies, according to a release issued late Thursday by the Kettering Police Department.

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“We can confirm a Kettering officer was involved in an officer-involved shooting as a result of this traffic stop. No further details are being released at this time,” Kettering police Lt. Michael Gabrielson stated in the release.

The traffic stop was initiated in Kettering, but the shooting happened in the city of Dayton.

“A passenger fled. There was an altercation about a block down the street and a Kettering officer fired at the suspect, wounding him,” Dayton Assistant Police Chief and Deputy Director Mark Ecton said.

The driver is in custody, he said.

It’s not clear how many shots were fired, nor whether the suspect fired at the officer but a weapon was recovered, Ecton said.

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The Dayton Police Department is investigating the shooting because it happened in the city, and the Kettering Police Department also is conducting its own investigation.

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The man was transported to a local hospital. We’re working to learn more on his condition. The officer was not injured.

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It’s not confirmed whether the incident was connected to a hit-and-run crash nearby.

Nick Kauffman of Kettering said he was on his way to a motorcycle ride when his path was blocked by all the police activity.

“It’s pretty wild. You don’t expect to see this stuff outside your back door,” he said.

There were officers from at least three police forces.

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Retired Troy firefighter arrested for rape, son arrested hours later

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7:08 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 4:09 AM



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UPDATE @4 a.m. (June 22):

A father and son were arrested hours apart from the same home in Miami County Thursday.

The father, retired Troy firefighter Jeffrey Paul Covault, 48, was arrested around 1:30 p.m. and booked into the jail at 2 p.m. on suspicion of rape, online jail records show.

His son, 24-year-old Aaron Jacob Covault, was arrested around 6:40 p.m., also in the 700 block of County Road 25A north of Troy.

Aaron Covault was upset over the arrest of his father and fired a gun, officials said.

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UPDATE @ 12:40 a.m. (June 22):

A 24-year-old man is facing weapons charges after he is accused of firing a gun Thursday evening in the 700 block of County Road 25A north of Troy.

Aaron Jacob Covault was arrested around 6:40 p.m. and booked just before 10 p.m. in the the Miami County Jail on suspicion of having weapons while under disability for a previous conviction and for having weapons while intoxicated, online jail records show.

Aaron Jacob Covault, left, and Jeffrey Paul Covault

Hours earlier, another man with the same last name was arrested from the same home.

Jeffrey Paul Covault, 48, was arrested around 1:30 p.m. and booked into the jail at 2 p.m. on suspicion of rape, online jail records show.

The relationship between the men is not clear. Both men are awaiting arraignment.

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A man accused of firing his gun Thursday evening was taken to the Miami County Jail.

Deputies were dispatched around 6:30 p.m. to a report of a shot fired in the 700 block of County Road 25A north of Troy, according to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

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There were no report of injuries, but County Road 25A was briefly blocked at Lytle Road.

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Baby abandoned in car as man flees from traffic stop

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

A 7-month-old child was found in the backseat of a vehicle after a man fled from a traffic stop, according to police
A 7-month-old child was found in the backseat of a vehicle after a man fled from a traffic stop, according to police

Police are continuing to investigate an incident of a baby abandoned in a vehicle after a traffic stop.

Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop June 13 on Heaton Street when the male driver pulled into a private lot and then jumped out of the vehicle and ran, according to a police report.

A 7-month-old child was found in the backseat of the vehicle, police said.

The driver was identified by police, and charges are in the process of being signed, according to Hamilton Police Sgt. Brian Robinson.

Butler County Children Services took charge of the baby, according to the report.

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