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Published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 11:07 AM
A Wright-Patterson Air Force Base aeronautical engineer who falsely filled out a national security questionnaire regarding romantic liaisons with a foreign national was sentenced Wednesday in federal court.
Michael Volf Ol, who told U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rose that he was “remorseful,” received probation and was ordered not to violate any laws or have any weapons.
Rose said Ol’s false statements were “a serious offense” but that since Ol had no criminal history, “either you just went to the dark side or it’s a blip on the radar.”
Ol’s attorneys and prosecutors agreed to a plea in which one of two counts was dismissed.
The document said Ol has been employed as a civilian servant/aeronautical engineer since 1993, lied on a Dec. 22, 2014 Questionnaire for National Security Positions.
A question on the 127-page questionnaire asked if Ol had any close or continuing contact with a foreign national within the previous seven years with whom either he, his spouse or cohabitant were bound by affection, influence, common interests and/or obligations. He denied any such connection, the indictment showed.
The indictment said that statement was false because Ol “knew he had a romantic liaison with a foreign national” known to the grand jury as “E.K.” on various dates between Oct. 14-21 near the resort town of Biarritz, France, and from Dec. 17-26 in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Virginia.
The indictment said Ol denied that he had any relationship with a foreign national, which the indictment said was false since he “engaged in a romantic liaison” known as “K.S.” near Tallinn, Estonia, from April 23-May 2, 2016.
The statement of facts indicated both trips were for Air Force sponsored business.
Wright-Patterson officials have declined to provide information regarding Ol, who is identified in a July 2004 edition of Signal magazine as an aerospace engineer working on unmanned aerial vehicles.
Ol said Wednesday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court that he was “hopeful to serve” the United States in some capacity.
In sentencing Ol to probation, Rose said, “I’m going to assume that you have learned a lesson here.”
Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 12:33 PM
LEBANON — 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.
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.
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.
Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 12:53 PM
MCDONOUGH, Ga. — 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.
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.
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.
Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 4:00 AM
MIDDLETOWN — 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.
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.
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.
Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 1:43 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 1:43 PM
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”