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What is a school resource officer? Police are present in local schools

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 3:21 PM

            Students change classes in the junior high section of Monroe Junior/Senior High School Tuesday, Oct. 17 in Monroe. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF FILE
Students change classes in the junior high section of Monroe Junior/Senior High School Tuesday, Oct. 17 in Monroe. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF FILE

School resource officers are receiving new attention in the aftermath of the mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school last week.

Officials announced Thursday that school resource officer Deputy Scott Peterson never went inside to engage the gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while the shooting was underway. Peterson has resigned.

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President Trump questioned the inaction of an armed officer who failed to stop the gunman who carried out last week’s Florida massacre. Departing the White House, Trump told reporters that “when it came time to get in there and do something,” Peterson “didn’t have the courage or something happened.”

School resource officers have a variety of functions, according to the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police.

“School resource officers … will arrest violators, confront suspicious behaviors, recognize danger and respond according to our training will keep schools safer,” the union said in a statement. “In addition to improving security, SROs build relationships between students and law enforcement, provide a positive role model and serve as guest instructors in classrooms on issues such as drug addiction.”

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In the Dayton area, SROs are a fixture of many schools.

A 2015 Dayton Daily News survey of 22 local school districts found that most large districts have local police regularly serving as SROs in their buildings. Several other districts without SROs cite an open-door policy with their police departments.

Dayton-area schools take a variety of approaches, largely depending on the size of the district. The 10 largest districts in the area all have school resource officer or security officer programs, according to the 2015 survey of district officials.

On Thursday, Fairborn High School’s SRO played a central part in assisting with a lockdown caused by social media chatter at the middle school, according to police documents.

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The Associated Press contributed reporting.

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Harrison Twp. man accused of seriously injuring newborn son

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 5:01 PM

Hopeton M. Taylor

A 22-year-old Harrison Twp. man is accused of seriously injuring his newborn son earlier this month.

Hopeton M. Taylor was indicted today for felonious assault and two counts of endangering children, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

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Taylor’s 8-week-old son was brought to Dayton Children’s Hospital June 6, when he was unresponsive and suffering from multiple skull fractures and other serious injuries.

Prosecutors said Taylor was home alone with the newborn when he was injured; when the baby’s mother returned home, she found him unresponsive and took him to the hospital.

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Taylor has been in the Montgomery County Jail since his June 8 arrest. He is being held on a $250,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

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Investigators raid Moraine property, take 1 into custody

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 6:55 PM

Deputies are moving years of waste

UPDATE @ 8:15 p.m.:

A 23-year-old man was arrested this afternoon during a raid at a home in the 6700 block of Germantown Pike. 

Logan R. Lucas, 23, was arrested at 2 p.m. and booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of drug possession, online jail records show. 


Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies removed items from the home and deep in the woods behind the property, but so far have not said what led to the investigation.


A large number of law enforcement officers have been at a Germantown Pike property all day.


Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies, SWAT and RANGE task force members have been at the home in the 6700 block of Germantown Pike and deep into the woods.

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One man was spotted handcuffed in back of a cruiser.

Deputies brought a semi and dumpster back into the woods, and neighbors say they want to know what they’re looking for.

“My stepdad actually asked what was going on and they said that they found a bunch of stuff, and that was it,” neighbor Marissa Jacobs said.

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“They found stuff back there. They’ve carried out huge tubs, looked like it was really heavy. Big boxes of things. They carried out stuff in cloths, white cloths.”

Neighbors said the RANGE task force was ready to break down the home’s front door when one of them offered a key. They said they watched deputies carry out several guns, and then the task force did break a door to get into the garage.

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Crews also removed two dogs along with their food and water bowls from the home, Jacobs said.

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Police: Texas deputy repeatedly sexually assaulted 4-year-old, threatened mother with deportation

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 3:14 PM

Texas Deputy Accused of Sexually Assaulting 4-Year-Old, Threatens Mother with Deportation if she Speaks Out

A Bexar County Sheriff's Department deputy was arrested on a felony charge of super aggravated sexual assault Sunday after a 4-year-old girl’s mother was blackmailed to stay silent about the abuse, according to police. The victim’s mother is an undocumented immigrant and was threatened with deportation if she spoke out.

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KENS reported that department officials arrested detention Deputy Jose Nunez, 47, after the victim told her mother about the abuse Saturday night in San Antonio, Texas.

Sheriff Javier Salazar said at a news conference Sunday that the mother went to a local fire station and Nunez was arrested. 

"The details of the case are quite frankly heartbreaking, disturbing, disgusting and infuriating all at the same time," Salazar said, adding that Nunez had physical contact with the victim and there was "at least some indication of minor injury."

"We have reason to believe that this goes back at least several months, possibly a couple of  several years," Salazar said.

Nunez, a 10-year veteran of the department, is on administrative leave pending an investigation.

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Springfield police seek public’s help in deadly shooting outside Wagon Wheel bar

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 4:05 AM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 3:33 PM

Fatal shooting at the Wagon Wheel in Springfield

UPDATE @ 3:35 p.m. (June 18): Police are asking the public for help to track down a suspect or suspects in Sunday’s deadly shooting outside the Wagon Wheel.

Police so far have confirmed that someone pulled out a gun during an altercation outside the business, 1005 S. Burnett Road, that left one person dead and two people wounded. Police were dispatched sometime after 2 a.m. on a report of shots fired.

Jahream Daemond Beard, 35, of Springfield, died at the scene. Police said they arrived to find a woman, identified as a registered nurse, administering CPR. 

A witness told police she saw a vehicle speed out of the parking lot and head south on South Burnett Road.

One of the other victims, identified as Demetrius Clay, 29, also of Springfield, told police he was shot in one of his legs as he ran to his car when he heard multiple gunshots from the parking lot.

He was able to get into the car of a friend, who took Clay to Springfield Regional Medical Center, police said. 

Clay told police he did not see who was shooting or where the shots came from.

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The third victim, identified as Deric Hunt, 20, also of Springfield, told police he was leaving the bar when he saw a large group of females arguing and getting physical with each other.

Hunt said he then heard multiple gunshots, grabbed his mother and sister, and they all ran to a vehicle. He said one of the slugs hit him in his leg as he was running. His mother drove them to the hospital.

Hunt also told police he did not see who was shooting or where the shots came from.

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A Springfield police officer tries to console an emotional female outside of Wagon Wheel bar after fatal shooting.(MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF)

Clay and Hunt’s injuries were non-life threatening, police said.

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Police division homicide investigators said they are aware there were several individuals at the business during the shooting. Those witnesses, along with anyone who may have information about the shooting, are asked to contact police at 937-324-7685. 

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