Woman indicted on felony animal cruelty charges after allegedly abandoning dogs in the cold

Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 12:30 PM

The Dog Warden has been responding to calls about animals out in the cold weather.

A St. Clair Twp. woman is facing three felony and four misdemeanor charges after allegedly neglecting dogs in the cold January weather.

Melissa Damico, 46, was indicted today by a Butler County grand jury on fifth-degree felony charges of cruelty to companion animals and first-degree misdemeanor counts of the same charge.

Damico was arrested Jan. 7 after a welfare check was conducted at 3700 Morganthaler Road in St. Clair Twp. by county humane officers, who found three dogs deceased due to neglect and cold weather, while four other dogs were found alive but severely malnourished.

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Bulter County Dog Warden Supervisor Kurt Merbs said Damico had moved to a new home, abandoning the seven dogs. There was no food, water, or appropriate shelter from the weather.

The surviving dogs, Chihuahua mixed breeds, were taken to the Animal Friends Humane Society to recover, according to Merbs.

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Damico was taken to the Butler County Jail. She is free on bond.

The case has been assigned to Butler County Common Pleas Judge Noah Powers, but an arraignment date on the indictment has not yet been set.

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Two Mason boys sentenced, Springboro boy freed in school-threat cases

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 6:44 PM


            Two 13-year-old Mason boys on Wednesday were placed on probation and ordered to write an apologies for making threats against their school in separate incidents in April. In a third hearing Wednesday in Warren County Juvenile Court, Judge Joe Kirby released to his father a Clearcreek Twp. boy student charged with threatening to shoot up his school on May 15 with Nerf guns. STAFF/LAWRENCE BUDD
Two 13-year-old Mason boys on Wednesday were placed on probation and ordered to write an apologies for making threats against their school in separate incidents in April. In a third hearing Wednesday in Warren County Juvenile Court, Judge Joe Kirby released to his father a Clearcreek Twp. boy student charged with threatening to shoot up his school on May 15 with Nerf guns. STAFF/LAWRENCE BUDD

Two 13-year-old Mason boys on Wednesday were placed on probation and ordered to write an apologies for making threats against their school in separate incidents in April.

In a third hearing Wednesday in Warren County Juvenile Court, Judge Joe Kirby released to a Clearcreek Twp. boy to his father. The student was charged with threatening to shoot up his school on May 15 with Nerf guns.

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Over the past three months, Kirby has presided over 15 or more school threat cases.

On Wednesday, the Mason boys appeared in separate hearings where they admitted to charges before being sentenced.

One boy was accused of “circulating a warning of an impending crime, namely someone wanting to shoot students at the Mason Middle School, knowing the warning to be false” on April 8, according to charging documents.

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The threat, posted on the district’s Schoology page, contained “a great deal of vulgarity” indicated the boy was “impersonating a classmate, and that there was no credible threat to school or student safety,” according to a message from the district.

The other boy admitted “murmuring” a threat to shoot his teacher after being reprimanded for listening to videos with headphones during class on April 12.

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Both passed polygraphs, admitted to inducing panic and received suspended detention sentences.

Kirby was harder on the boy who used his friend’s computer identity to make the threat. The friend’s parents said he had been shaken by the experience.

“Unbelievable,” Kirby said. “It sounds to me like you’re a jerk.”

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In the other case, lawyer Ed Perry said violent video games arm the children with words like Glock, the kind of gun his client said he would use on his teacher, although he admitted during the hearing he didn’t know much about that type of gun.

“I don’t think the children appreciate what they are talking about,” Perry said.

Kirby released the Springboro student accused in a May 15 incident. Kirby barred the boy from access to weapons or the internet or school, which ends on Thursday, except for a hearing on whether he should be expelled. He is to return to court on June 20.

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

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

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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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