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45 people indicted in Butler and Warren counties

Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 6:30 AM

5 things to know about grand juries

Grand juries, which meet in secret, review criminal charges brought by police and prosecutors and investigate possible criminal behavior. The proceedings are usually one-sided, because the accused is not present and witnesses are not cross-examined.

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A grand jury may issue an indictment if it finds probable cause that a crime was committed and the accused person is responsible. An indictment is an accusation that must then be proven in court. The grand jury may also elect to issue no indictment.

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BUTLER COUNTY 

Indictments returned during a recent session of the Butler County grand jury:

Thelma Judith Williams, 2310 S. Verity Parkway, Middletown; certified back to the lower court on one count of making false alarms.

Jason Clifford Sneed, 1350 Vanderveer Ave., Hamilton; indicted on three counts of aggravated possession of drugs, and one count each of aggravated trafficking in drugs, and having weapons while under disability.

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Joshua D. Webb, 12 Muriel Court, Fairfield; indicted on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ian Chalk Langdon, 372 Cambridge Drive, Hamilton; indicted on two counts of failure to stop after an accident, and one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, and driving under suspension.

Kyle Randall, 3703 Oxford Reily Road, Oxford; indicted on two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, and one count of tampering with evidence.

Henry Thompson, 11 Hurm St., Apt. 4, Hamilton; indicted on one count each of trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine, having weapons while under disability, and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Leonard Clay Brewington, 1240 Ross Ave., Hamilton; indicted on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, and failure to appear.

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Jacob C. Pickering, 1027 Oxford State Road, Middletown; certified back to the lower court on one count of contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a child.

Kevin L. Sullivan, 2101 Howard Ave., Middletown; indicted on one count of cruelty to companion animal.

Robert S. Conley, 1809 Pater Ave., Hamilton; indicted on one count each of burglary and burglary (direct).

Taronte Maurell Jones, 1117 E. 19th Ave., Columbus; indicted on one count each of carrying concealed weapons, having weapons while under disability, and having weapons while under disability (direct).

Bijan Michelangelo Jabbari, 15 Beth Lane, Apt. 2, Hamilton; indicted on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, and possession of drugs.

Adam Thomas Clair, 303 Curtis Drive, Hamilton; certified back to the lower court on one count each of possession of drugs, and possessing drug abuse instruments.

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Brittany D. Seago, 25 Hurm St., Apt. 3, Hamilton; indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs.

Jarren Howard, 80 Westwood Drive, Apt. 3D, Fairfield; indicted on one count each of felonious assault, domestic violence, and discharge of a firearms on or near prohibited premises (direct).

Thomas E. Smith Jr., 1254 Parkamo Ave., Hamilton; indicted on five counts of aggravated possession of drugs, and one count each of tampering with evidence, aggravated trafficking in drugs, and possession of drugs.

Joseph Ryan Tatman III, 535 5th St., Hamilton; indicted on one count of robbery.

D’Andre L. Denmark, 947 Grand Ave., Apt. 5, Cincinnati; indicted on one count each of possession of cocaine, aggravated possession of drugs, resisting arrest, and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Timothy Tyler Bevis, 6826 Paducah Ave., Hamilton; indicted on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, and possession of cocaine.

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Joshua D. Webb, address unknown; certified back to the lower court on one count of illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Keegan Lavell Payne, 2214 Yankee Road, Middletown; indicted on two counts of aggravated robbery (direct), and one count each of murder, aggravated robbery, and improperly furnishing firearms to a minor (direct).

Al Ivey III, 3127 Wilbraham Road, Middletown; indicted on one count each of theft, attempted theft, and passing bad checks.

Malaysia Shamia Brown, 10126 Daycrest Drive, Apt. D; certified back to the lower court on one count of assault.

Glenda Ray Stacey, 122 Buckeye St., (upstairs), Hamilton; indicted on two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, and one count each of having weapons while under disability, aggravated trafficking in drugs, and possession of drugs (direct).

Teresa L. Wright, 7196 Morning Sun Road, Oxford; indicted on one count each of possession of cocaine, possessing drug abuse instruments (direct), endangering children (direct), and resisting arrest (direct).

Skylar E. Parsley, 27110 State Hwy. 244, Rushville, In.; indicted on one count of felonious assault.

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Anne Marie Smith, 2203 Fulton Ave., Cincinnati; indicted on one count each of attempted grand theft, and forgery (direct).

Kevin Robert Woods, address unknown; certified back to the lower court on one count each of resisting arrest, possessing drug abuse instruments, and disorderly conduct.

Randy Burgos-Vasquez, 714 Trenton Road, Trenton; certified back to the lower court on one count of tinted windows.

Christina Nicole Jackson, 993 Timberman Ave., Hamilton; indicted on two counts of illegal use of supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits or WIC program benefits (direct), and one count of theft by deception (direct).

Kyle Lee Sparkman, 206 Ringling St., Hamilton; indicted on one count of possession of heroin (direct).

Timothy Lee Henry, 3213 Roesch Blvd., Apt. B, Fairfield; indicted on one count each of operating a vehicle under the influence (direct), operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (direct), and driving under suspension (direct).

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WARREN COUNTY

The Warren County grand jury returned these indictments during a recent session:

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Constance Ranea Hodge, 4474 Darley Court, Hillard; indicted on one count each of illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility, possession of criminal tools, and possession of drugs.

Lamont A. Hickson, Lebanon Correctional Institution; indicted on one count of illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility.

Alexandra Marie Balzano, 4289 S. Observatory Road, West Chester; Indicted on one count each of trafficking in drugs, and possession of drugs.

John Tyler Nelson, 6929 St. Rt. 350, Oregonia; indicted on seven counts of aggravated possession of drugs, and one count of possession of heroin.

Elizabeth D. Wynn, 1011 S. River St., Franklin; indicted on two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, and one count of possession of heroin.

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Eugenia Gayle Starr, Warren County Jail; indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs.

Amber Josephine George, Warren County Jail; indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs.

Lauren E. Schlotterbeck, Warren County Jail; indicted on one count each of illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility, aggravated possession of drugs, and possession of drugs.

Robert Jason McCollum, Warren County Jail; indicted on one count of possession of cocaine.

John Richard Ferrell, 601 Fern Court, Cincinnati; indicted on one count each of trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of criminal tools, and operation while under the influence of alcohol or drug of abuse.

Brian Keith Houz, 1700 Miami St., Kings Mill; indicted on one count each of possession of heroin, aggravated possession of drugs, possession of drug abuse instruments, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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KK Devin Harris, 8786 Dayton Oxford Road, Apt. D, Franklin; indicted on one count each of felonious assault, and endangering children.

Nicholas T. Gundel, 6800 Milton Carlisle Road, Springfield; indicted on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, and possession of drug abuse instruments.

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Maryland rain-soaked, flash floods wash out Ellicott City

Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 6:55 PM

Flash flooding covers Rogers Avenue and Main Streets in Ellicott City, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. (Kenneth K. Lam/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
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Flash flooding covers Rogers Avenue and Main Streets in Ellicott City, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. (Kenneth K. Lam/The Baltimore Sun via AP)(Kenneth K. Lam/AP)

Heavy rains soaking much of Maryland have led to flash flooding in parts of the state.

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Main Street in Ellicott City, which is just outside of Baltimore, was filled with rushing brown floodwater Sunday afternoon. 

A flash flood emergency was issued for Howard County at 4:40 p.m.

The city was still recovering from a devastating 2016 flood that left two people dead. 

Gov. Larry Hogan has issued a state of emergency and urged residents in flash flood warning areas to seek higher ground.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘No place for our kids to go’: Proposed Dayton group home denied

Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 5:58 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 5:58 PM

Griffin Academy LLC wants to turn this former nursing home on Blackwood Avenue in East Dayton into a group home for teens in foster care. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
Griffin Academy LLC wants to turn this former nursing home on Blackwood Avenue in East Dayton into a group home for teens in foster care. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

A company says that Dayton is giving some teens in foster care no place to go after a zoning board denied its request to help establish a new “group home.”

Griffin Academy LLC says that the city’s zoning code does not explicitly define the type of group home for male teens it wants to open at 437 Black Ave. in east Dayton.

The facility would house up to 16 teens in foster care, providing housing, supervision, social services and educational services. 

City of Dayton staff and its zoning administrator say the proposed group home most closely fits the definition of a transitional housing facility, which is not permitted in that neighborhood.

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Griffin Academy’s appealed the zoning administrator’s determination that the proposed operation would be transitional housing.

Griffin Academy claims the group home is most like a residential facility, which is permitted in the district. The proposed site of the group home on Blackwood Avenue is a former nursing home that has been vacant for years.

But the Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously voted to uphold the zoning administrator’s refusal.

Griffin Academy did not provide clear and convincing evidence that the zoning administrator’s determination was incorrect and his interpretation seems reasonable, board members said.

City of Dayton staff said the scope of services, length of stay and foster youth clientele for the proposed facility most closely fits the definition of transitional housing.

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But Griffin Academy said transitional housing facilities, by the city’s own definition, are run by public or nonprofit agencies, and Griffin Academy is not that — it’s a private company.

Residential facilities, by the city’s definition, are for room and board and other services for developmentally disabled people in a family setting.

The Griffin Academy owners say they are considering taking legal action to try to move forward with opening the group home.

“You are zoning us out,” said Theresa Darr, the company’s owner. “Where are our children supposed to go if we can’t find a place for this in the code?”

“This is just devastating,” she said.

Greg Gantt, an attorney representing Griffin Academy, said other Ohio communities have faced litigation for fair housing law violations after attempting to zone group homes out of existence.

“I believe we fit residential, clearly and convincingly,” Gantt said.

Under the city’s zoning code, uses that are not specifically listed are prohibited, and only if the zoning administrator determines that a proposed use is substantially similar to a permitted use will it be allowed, said John Musto, city of Dayton senior attorney.

In March, some residents who live near the proposed site said a facility for at-risk teens would be a bad fit for the Wright-View neighborhood, which already struggles with crime, drugs and registered sex offenders.

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Customers forced to pay for cheese sue McDonald’s for $5 million, according to lawsuit

Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 6:12 PM

File photo.  (Photo Illustration by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Two McDonald’s customers with a beef about cheese filed a federal lawsuit alleging the restaurant giant is engaged in deceptive and misleading business practices in its sale of the Quarter Pounder with cheese. 

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McDonald’s used to sell four items in the Quarter Pounder category, with or without cheese, with prices ranging from 30 to 90 cents more for cheese than without, then at some point it ended this practice in-store, according to the lawsuit.

"These products cannot be purchased either separately or as part of a value meal, without the customer being overcharged and being compelled to pay for unwanted and undelivered cheese," the lawsuit states, according to The Miami Herald. "McDonald's is being unjustly enriched by these practices, because it receives payment for cheese it does not deliver to its customers."

Cynthia Kissner of Broward County and Leonard Werner of Miami-Dade County filed the class-action lawsuit May 8 asking for $5 million, according to the Herald

The Quarter Pounder was trademarked in 1975 with the following ingredients; a frozen beef patty, sesame seed bun, tablespoon of diced fresh onion, mustard, ketchup and two Heinz pickle slices, according to USA Today.

McDonald’s currently lists the ingredients as; a quarter-pound beef patty, sesame seed bun, pasteurized process American cheese, ketchup, pickle slices and onion. 

The current menu only lists the Quarter Pounder with cheese, however customers have more sandwich options through the restaurant’s app, Andrew Lavin, the attorney who filed the suit, told the Herald

“So McDonald's is offering two specific products: one is a Quarter Pounder and one is a Quarter Pounder with Cheese,” Lavin said. But if you go into the restaurant that option is not available to you."

McDonald’s has 21 days to respond to the lawsuit. 

“We do not believe the claims in this lawsuit have legal merit,” the restaurant told USA Today. "The advertised Quarter Pounder burger comes with cheese. We try to accommodate our customers’ requests by allowing them to customize their orders, such as a Quarter Pounder with no cheese.”

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Arrest made at scene where multiple vehicles were hit by rocks on WB U.S. 35 in Dayton

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 10:44 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 9:49 AM

Multiple vehicles hit by rocks on WB U.S. 35 in Dayton

Nearly 20 motorists pulled over Saturday night in Dayton after their vehicles were struck by rocks while they were traveling west on U.S. 35.

Dayton police arrested one male juvenile at the scene, who admitted throwing rocks according to a Dayton police report. The boy was taken to the Juvenile Justice Center, where he was booked on several counts of vandalism. He said he had an accomplice, another male juvenile, but it was not clear whether that youth was arrested as well.

Thomas Acco of Jefferson Twp. and his girlfriend had just dropped off their children and were headed home when a rock came through the front of the windshield.

“I was in shock that someone would play with someone’s life like this,” he said.

“Glass just flew everywhere. We had a little swerve contest with the car in front of us — their windshield got hit also. We just pulled to the side and it was like 15, 20 cars lined up to the side all with damage.”

Motorists line up along westbound U.S. 35 May 26, 2018, just before the South Smithville Road exit after their vehicles were struck by rocks.(JAMES BUECHELE / STAFF)

Dayton police Lt. Chris Malson said there are no suspects, but plenty of victims.

“We got a report of multiple cars, approximately 18 of them, that were hit with rocks as they were driving westbound on U.S. 35 near Woodman (Drive),” he said. “All the calls came within about five minutes of each other.

The Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center said they received starting at 10 p.m. The last one received was at 10:29 p.m.

One of the victims was Susan Myers of Lima who was headed back home with her husband, riding in the front passenger seat.

“We heard a loud bang and looked up and saw the damage on the windshield,” she said. “We immediately pulled over and noticed that there were several cars ahead of us also pulled over with their hazard lights on.”

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There are no reports of injuries, but Myers said they were shaken and now have to deal with broken glass inside the car and their insurance company.

Tony Gerardi of Xenia said he was driving home from visiting friends in Dayton when his car was struck.

“I hope police get them. I’m safe, thank God,” said Gerardi, “I don’t know why someone would do something like that.”

Earlier Saturday, around 4:45 p.m., another two motorists, one from Illinois and one from Dayton, reported their windshields were struck by rocks. At least one of the windshields shattered just when they went under a bridge. They told police the rocks appeared to come from the north side of the highway but were not able to see the culprits. Police officers found a pile of rocks laying on the side of the highway before the South Smithville Road exit, according to a Dayton police report.

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