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42 people indicted in Butler and Warren counties

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 5:30 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:

Carmen L. Maidon, 1119 S. 11th St., Hamilton; indicted on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs and possessing drug abuse instruments.

Heather Renee Kakaris, 623 Cleveland St., Middletown; certified back to the lower court on one count each of unauthorized use of a vehicle, failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, and driving under suspension.

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Lawrence D. Asher, 2052 Millville Shandon Road, Hamilton; indicted on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, and failure to appear.

Marcel Mayes, 847 Ludlow St., Hamilton; indicted on one count of failure to appear.

James B. Grove, 480 Schultz Drive, Hamilton; indicted on one count each of forgery and petty theft.

Melissa A. Damico, 3700 Morganthaler Road, Hamilton; indicted on seven counts of cruelty to companion animal.

Jordan D. Rich, 510 S. 9th St., Miamisburg; indicted on two counts of grand theft, and one count of burglary.

Joshua R. Smith, 5945 Todhunter Road, Middletown; indicted on two counts each of violating a protection order and violating a protection order (direct), and one count each of trespass in a habitation and trespass in a habitation (direct).

Donald T. Gazaway, 1673 Cedar Ave., Apt. 402, Cincinnati; indicted on two counts of having weapons while under disability (direct), and one count each of felonious assault, aggravated burglary (direct), kidnapping, aggravated robbery (direct), and inducing panic.

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David Zeke Emmanuel Combs, 1723 Kahn Ave., Hamilton; indicted on one count of escape.

Jani Michelle Roberts, 4030 Rose Marie Road, Franklin; indicted on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, possession of heroin, and possessing drug abuse instruments.

Gregory Eastham, 1226 Campbell Ave., Hamilton; indicted on one count each of possession of heroin, possessing drug abuse instruments, and driving under suspension.

David E. Howard, 3014 Ottawa St., Middletown; indicted on one count each of carrying concealed weapons, and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.

Edward A. Wimmer, 8001 Hamilton Ave., Apt. 113, Cincinnati; indicted on one count of violating a protection order.

Jennifer Snader, 1939 New London Road, Hamilton; indicted on one count each of passing bad checks, and theft by deception (direct).

Gregory W. Robinson, 322 Lockwood Ave., Hamilton; indicted on one count of robbery.

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Brenden S. Parker, 338 N. Charity St., Bethel; indicted on one count each of robbery and resisting arrest.

Michael Wayne Hoskins Jr., 4772 Stable Court, Liberty Twp.; indicted on one count each of aggravated vehicular assault (direct), vehicular assault (direct), failure to stop after an accident (direct), operating a vehicle under the influence of amphetamine (direct), and operating a vehicle under the influence (direct).

Zachery Michael Charles Eberhart, 2809 Goldman Ave., Middletown; indicted on two counts of grand theft, and one count of burglary.

Taylor Renee Morris, 2406 Evergreen St., Middletown; indicted on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs (direct), and possessing drug abuse instruments (direct).

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Michael R. Chrisman, 6795 Yoakum Court, Hamilton; indicted on one count of endangering children (direct).

Christina Louise Chrisman, 6795 Yoakum Court, Hamilton; indicted on one count of endangering children (direct).

Leonard G. Harrison, 1464 Kahn Ave., Hamilton; indicted on one count each of rape (direct), sexual battery (direct), and gross sexual imposition (direct).

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WARREN COUNTY

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

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Richard Ernest Barnes Jr., 9271 Plainview Ave., Detroit, Mi.; indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs.

Chilvonne Kemp-Barnes, 9271 Plainview Ave., Detroit, Mi.; indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs.

Kevin Patrick Florence, 4092 S. Dixie Highway, Franklin; indicted on one count each of aggravated burglary and domestic violence.

Raphael Eli Israel Freeman, Warren County Jail; indicted on one count of notice of change of address.

Thomas Dewayne League Sr., 5232 St. Rt. 63, Lebanon; indicted on one count of notice of change of address.

Alan Brewster, 147 E. 5th St., Franklin; indicted on one count each of breaking and entering, and theft.

Michael Hursong II, Warren County Jail; indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs.

Brittany Suzanne Noble, Warren County Jail; indicted on one count each of illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility, tampering with evidence, aggravated possession of drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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James R. Journell, 1797 Grand Cypress Blvd., Waynesville; indicted on one count of domestic violence.

Gregory Eugene Maxwell, Warren County Jail; indicted on one count each of theft and failure to comply with order or signal of police officer.

Maressa L. Adams, 1144 Charleston Blvd., Dayton; indicted on one count of theft.

Michael Thomas Doyle, 1829 Lamberton St., Middletown; indicted on one count each of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, carrying concealed weapons, and operation while under the influence of alcohol or drug of abuse.

Antonio Leondra Williams, 2897 Four Towers Drive, Apt. 7, Cincinnati; indicted on one count of forgery.

Larry Daniel Carter, 227 Maxwell St., Franklin; indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs.

Christina M. Moses, 742 Tibbals St., Franklin; indicted on nine counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

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Abdifahi Hassan Abdirizak, 2830 Pinellas Court, Apt. A, Columbus; indicted on three counts of deception to obtain a dangerous drug, and one count each of illegal processing of drug documents and falsification.

Alla-Magan Mohamud Gani, 2596 Woodsedge Road, Columbus; indicted on one count each of deception to obtain a dangerous drugs, and illegal processing of drug documents.

Jessie J. Jewell, Warren Correctional Institution; indicted on one count each of possession of a deadly weapon, and felonious assault.

Lorenzo Lopez, Toledo Correctional Institution; indicted on two counts of felonious assault.

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ODH issues statewide community outbreak of hepatitis A

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 5:34 PM

Thirty one cases have been reported in Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Health declared a statewide community outbreak of hepatitis A Friday evening, with 79 hepatitis A cases associated with the outbreak so far this year.

As of June 1, there were 11 cases of hepatitis A in Montgomery County. In 2017 there was one case, and none were reported in 2016, Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County reported.

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Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable liver disease that usually spreads when a person ingests fecal matter — even in microscopic amounts — from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by the stool of an infected person. Hepatitis A also can spread from close personal contact with an infected person, such as through sex, according to the ODH.

Symptoms of hepatitis A include fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, clay-colored stools and jaundice. People with hepatitis A can experience mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months.

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“Good hand-washing and vaccination are the best ways to prevent hepatitis A in at-risk individuals,” said Sietske de Fijter, state epidemiologist and chief of the ODH Bureau of Infectious Diseases. “If you or someone you know has one or more risk factors for hepatitis A, call your local health department to see about getting vaccinated.”

ODH has provided more than 5,000 doses of hepatitis A vaccine to local health departments.

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Declaring a hepatitis A outbreak ensures ODH access to additional hepatitis A vaccine through the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the ODH said.

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Retired Troy firefighter, and now a co-defendant, accused in rape case

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7:08 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:50 AM

Retired Troy firefighter arrested for rape, son arrested hours later

UPDATE @ 10:20 a.m. (June 22): A retired Troy firefighter and a co-defendant remain in jail on a rape charge, while the former firefighter's son also remains in jail on a weapons charge. 

Jeffrey Paul Covault, 48, had his bond set at $200,000 cash on a single count of rape. His plea of not guilty was taken this morning. 

Thomas Perkins Jr., 54, identified as a co-defendant in the rape case, had his bond set at $200,000 as well. According to authorities, Perkins worked for Jeffrey Paul Covault's lawn care business. 

Aaron Jacob Covault, 24, had his bond set at $22,000 cash during his court appearance via video in Miami County Municipal Court. 

He is detained in the Miami County Jail on charges of weapon possession as a felon (a felony) and weapons possession while intoxicated (a misdemeanor).

Aaron Jacob Covault, left, and Jeffrey Paul Covault

The elder Covault and Perkins are accused of engaging in sexual conduct with an intoxicated 21-year-old woman on March 2, in the parking lot of The Vault, on North County Road 25A, county Prosecutor Tony Kendell said. According to the indictment, the victim was impaired because of a mental or physical condition and the alleged perpetrators had cause of know of that impairment.

Common Pleas Judge Christopher Gee issued a “no contact order” for the elder Covault and Perkins, meaning they are to have no contact with the alleged victim or with each other.

The elder Covault worked as a Troy firefighter/paramedic from May 1996 until he retired April 1, according to city personnel records.

A criminal records check shows he has been convicted for operating a vehicle under the influence in 2011 and for disorderly conduct in 2012.

The father and son were arrested hours apart Thursday from the same home, a residence in the 700 block of County Road 25A, north of Troy.

Aaron Jacob Covault, was arrested at the same address hours after his father was taken into custody. Police said the younger Covault was upset over the arrest of his father and discharged a gun.

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There were no report of injuries.

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Woman accused of leaving 8-week-old puppy in hot car in Springfield

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 1:21 PM

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A Fairborn woman is charged in Clark County with leaving an 8-week-old puppy in a hot car for about an hour.

April Booth, 41, was charged Thursday with cruelty to companion animal in Clark County Municipal Court. The case was continued until next month, according to court records.

Clark County Dog Warden investigator Beth Hollingsworth began her investigation on June 8 when she was called to Sally’s Beauty Supply on North Bechtle Avenue in Springfield. There, she spoke with witnesses who said a puppy was left in a hot car.

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“(A witness) stated that she and some co-workers were informed of a dog in a hot car,” the affidavit says.

The employees were able to get the dog out of the car using a cracked window, but Hollingsworth said she took the temperature reading and the car was 132 degrees in the backseat.

“(The witness) stated that they had removed the dog from the back seat of the car after noticing the dog for over 20 minutes in the vehicle,” an affidavit says. “She stated that the puppy was panting heavily and after taking her out of the car and bringing her into the store she had been given a bowl of water which she drank the entire bowl.”

The puppy, a gray pit mix named Skye, was taken to the Clark County Dog Shelter, the affidavit said. Booth contacted the shelter to get her dog back and told authorities she was only gone for about 20 minutes, the affidavit says.

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However, law enforcement was able to collect surveillance video of the parking lot that showed she had left the parking space at around 2:50 p.m. and did not return to the car until about 4:12 p.m., the affidavit says.

Hollingsworth said Skye didn’t appear to suffer long-term effects from the incident.

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Jimmy Carter: What to know about the former president and humanitarian

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 4:52 PM

What You Need to Know about Jimmy Carter

President Jimmy Carter served as the 39th president of the United States, from 1977 to 1981, but before that, he was the 76th governor of Georgia and a member of the Georgia State Senate. 

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Although he’s had a lengthy career in politics, Carter has  worked as a diplomat and humanitarian. He’s also authored dozens of books.

Here are some things to know about President Carter.

Naval Academy graduate

Carter graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, at the top of his class in 1946. He started a Navy career soon after, spending five years on submarine duty.

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Father of four

Carter married Rosalynn Smith, who became Rosalynn Carter, in 1946, soon after graduating from high school. They had four children: Jack Carter, born in 1947; James Carter, born in 1950; Donnel Carter, born in 1952; and Amy Carter, born in 1967.

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Rebuilt family’s peanut warehouse

In his hometown of Plains, Georgia, Carter’s parents, Earl and Lillian Carter, owned a peanut farm, warehouse and store. When Earl Carter died of cancer in 1953, Carter resigned from the Navy, came back home and worked to rebuild the business. Despite a drought in 1954 and a boycott against integration, Carter made the business profitable by 1959.

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Devoted to humanitarianism

The Carter Center opened in 1986, and its mission, in partnership with Emory University in Atlanta, is to resolve conflicts and improve human health through a commitment to human rights. Part of that work led Carter to be honored with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

Cancer survivor

Carter was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma in August 2015. While teaching Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, he said he had surgery on a mass on his liver and had radiation treatment on four melanoma spots in his brain.

Despite the diagnosis, Carter remained active in his humanitarian work, helping build a Habitat for Humanity house in Memphis, Tennessee. 

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By December 2015, Carter said, “My most recent MRI brain scan did not reveal any signs of the original cancer spots nor any new ones.”

In May 2016, Carter Center director of communications Deanna Congileo confirmed that Carter did not need any more treatments but would “continue scans and resume treatment if necessary.” 

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