Weapons, drugs, phones: Contraband flows into jails despite technology

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 7:00 AM

the recently added body scanner at the Butler County Jail has potential to increase security for inmates and corrections officers.

Keeping drugs and other contraband out of local jails is a struggle despite having the latest technology, according to officials who run the two Butler County facilities.

Butler County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Anthony Dwyer wasn’t shocked to learn of an inmate at the Middletown City Jail who suffered an apparent overdose after heroin was found stashed in his buttocks.

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“It is constant battle,” said Dwyer. “Running a jail is difficult.”

In March, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office installed a body scanner at the jail to help detect any type of contraband smuggled in via body cavities.

A sample body scan provided by Nuctech. BUTLER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE(Submitted)

The scanners are most helpful as a deterrent, he said.

“People know we have it,” Dwyer said. “The inmates know they are going to go through it when they get in here and, unfortunately, 80 percent of people coming through that door have been here before and they know.”

That means more people are “dumping stuff,” Dwyer said, both in cruisers and outside the facility, before stepping into the booking area of the Hanover Street jail.

Drugs and other contraband, including cell phones, cigarettes and even homemade weapons are discovered regularly, Dwyer said.

Drug addiction is driving more attempts to smuggle in items, he said.

“Addiction makes people desperate. You know what people will do to get it (when they aren’t in jail). Can you imagine what they will do to keep it when they come to jail? We’ve seen it all,” Dwyer said.

Recently, a female inmate smuggled into the facility, through her private parts, a “kit” that included a syringe and drugs, he said.

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Butler County Sheriff’s Office corrections officer James Turco is one of the jail staff trained to operate the Nuctech body scanning system that is in use at the jail. The Butler County Sheriff’s Office has been using the full body scanner to check inmates for contraband and to increase safety in the jail. The scanner is used in addition to traditional searches. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Staff Writer)

“We do a whole lot of talking here, telling people it is in their best interest to keep them safe to tell us what they have,” Dwyer said.

Searches of cells are conducted regularly and recently every cell in the facility was “tossed” in one night, he said.

Middletown Police Lt. Leanne Hood said the department is always looking for new ways to keep inmates safe and to stop contraband from coming into the city jail.

The city’s police department is currently looking for grants to purchase a body scanner similar to the one used at the county jail, she said.

Both Hood and Dwyer pointed out cavity searches are rare in the jails, because the require a search warrant to conduct.

“Why don’t we just give everybody a body cavity search when they come in? Because it is illegal,” Dwyer said.

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The Butler County Sheriff's Office has been using a full body scanner for inmates to check for contraband and increase safety in the jail. The scanner is used in addition to traditional searches. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Nick Graham)

According to Ohio law, “unless there is a legitimate medical reason or medical emergency justifying a warrant-less search, a body cavity search shall be conducted only after a search warrant is issued that authorizes the search. In any case, a body cavity search shall be conducted under sanitary conditions and only by a physician, or registered nurse or licensed practical nurse who is registered or licensed to practice in the state.”

Hood said officers must have probable cause for a warrant to do a body cavity search. Officers, she said, cannot conduct such a search just because someone is arrested on a drug charge.

“It is not something we do often,” she said.

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Feedwire Road crash victim ‘brought people together’

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 4:51 PM

Evan Henry-Singleton and his dog, Ralph
Evan Henry-Singleton and his dog, Ralph(Contributed)

The 22-year-old victim of a Feedwire Road fatal accident was “a real good kid” who “everybody loved” according to the mother of a close friend.

Tracey Hogan, mother of Josh Hogan, recalled Evan Henry-Singleton’s positive nature and constant smile.

The Centerville man’s life was cut short early Monday morning after he drove into a tree and ended up in a culvert.

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“It’s hitting hard,” said Hogan. “It’s hitting all the kids hard.”

Hogan’s son knew Henry-Singleton from high school, and she described him as “a very loyal friend.”

“He never met a stranger ... He was good to everyone and he introduced a lot of people,” she said. “He brought people together.”

Evan Henry-Singleton at his Centerville High School graduation.

Hogan called Henry-Singleton’s death a “tragedy.”

“They’re just 22. Their life is just beginning and it’s so full of promise,” she explained. “To have it cut short like that, it’s a tragedy. You don’t know what to say. It’s hard.”

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Hogan said she talked to her son about mourning and how to cope with the loss of a friend.

“He’s gotten together with friends,” she added. “I know that a lot of them are trying to get together and maybe put together a memorial. Something where they can come together, honor [Henry-Singleton] and grieve together.”

Evan Henry-Singleton with a group of friends. Submitted photo

Sugarcreek Twp. police are reportedly exploring all factors that might have played a role in the crash, but haven’t released any information yet.

“The kids seem to think he had a problem with his brakes; the brakes locked up,” said Hogan. “It was a tragic accident.”

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Hogan said her heart goes out to Henry-Singleton’s entire family.

“When something like this happens, it just brings it home,” she said.

“Just cherish your children, every moment you have with them, because you don’ t know. We’re not promised tomorrow. We all think we have a long life, but you never know.”

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Family of boy who drowned in Dayton pool hires civil rights attorney Ben Crump

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 11:03 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 6:06 PM

The family of a 6-year-old boy who died after drowning in a Dayton city-owned swimming pool wants answers about how long the boy was under water and why lifeguards were allegedly not watching the boy more closely.

UPDATE @ 5:53 p.m. (July 17): Niguel Hamilton’s family has retained the services of civil right attorney Ben Crump.

Crump, who has represented the family of Trayvon Martin and taken on other high profile cases, was retained by the Hamilton family to “pursue justice,” according to a statement issued Tuesday. 

“They don't understand how you have three certified swimming instructors and only four children in the pool, and yet you lose one of them,” Crump said of the family. “They're heartbroken, and they just are searching for answers.”

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The Hamilton family was paying for swimming lessons a Lohrey Recreation Center to prevent exactly this kind of tragedy, Crump said. 

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The attorney was in town Tuesday and he said he’s helping the Hamilton family plan Niguel’s home-going celebrations this weekend. He said he also plans to push the city for an explanation of how the boy could have died. 

“The family has gotten no answers at this point,” Crump said. 

Niguel’s parents released a statement for the first time Tuesday: “No parent should ever have to endure such a preventable loss, and we want to make sure no other parents suffer a loss like this."

Crump added: "He had his whole life ahead of him. He never ever, ever, ever should have been taken this soon."

Services for Niguel are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Timothy Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton.

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The 6-year-old pulled from a Dayton pool last week has died, according to the coroner’s office.

Niguel Hamilton died at the hospital Sunday night, officials said.

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Hamilton was pulled from the indoor pool at Lohrey Recreation Center in Dayton on July 12.

The city released a statement Friday afternoon: “A thorough investigation is underway. Out of respect for the family involved, we will not be making additional comments at this time.”

A Dayton Police Department detective also has been assigned to the case.

Niguel Hamilton was one of about four children in the indoor pool for swim lessons at the center, the boy’s grandfather, Willie Hamilton said. 

“He’s happy, full of life, loving, smart,” his grandfather said Friday. “Niguel is a good kid. He is a loving kid. Everybody who meets Niguel loves him.”

The last thing Hamilton remembers of Niguel’s swim lesson is that he saw him with his class in the deep end, and that Niguel, who is 6 but small for his age, had just gone off the diving board with his instructor’s assistance.

Shortly after that, a lifeguard said they didn’t see Niguel in the water and asked if he had seen him, whether he had gone to the restroom.

“I got up, went to the bathroom and looked around and couldn’t find him,” Hamilton said.

The lifeguards then got everyone out of the pool and searched again, in vain.

Hamilton said he went outside to check for him, but when he returned he learned they found him at the bottom of the pool.

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Crews rescue 2, dogs, 2 cats and 5 kittens from Moraine house fire

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 4:21 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 6:35 PM

Firefighters managed to save several kittens from a house fire in Moraine on Tuesday afternoon.

UPDATE @ 6 p.m.

A neighbor spotted a fire coming from a garage and alerted a man and his grandson to get out of the house.

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The occupants had to rush out and leave their pets behind, but Moraine firefighters were able to rescue two dogs, two cats and five kittens.

Damages were extensive to the home and garage.

UPDATE @ 4:50 p.m.

Moraine fire crews rescued kittens from a house fire and reunited them with a little girl.


Fire and heavy smoke are reportedly coming through the roof this afternoon of an attached garage.

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Crews were called around 4:15 p.m. to a single-story home the 5000 block of Lauderdale Drive in Moraine.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.

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‘Deadliest Catch’ co-star pleads guilty to sexually assaulting teen

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 5:25 PM

Edgar Hansen (L) and Matt Bradley of
Edgar Hansen (L) and Matt Bradley of "Dealiest Catch" participate in the 2nd Annual Boot Ride And Rally to benefit U.S. Soldiers on August 26, 2012 in Hollywood. This week, Hansen pleaded guilty to fourth-degree sexual assault of a teenage girl at a home near Seattle.(Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

“Deadliest Catch” reality TV fisherman Edgar Hansen pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a teenage girl at a home near Seattle, but isn’t expected to serve any jail time.

Hansen, 47, received a 364-day suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to  fourth degree sexual assault with sexual motivation, the Associated Press reported. He was also ordered to undergo a sexual deviancy evaluation and give a DNA sample to authorities. 

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According to court documents obtained by KIRO 7, a 16-year-old girl told her therapist that Hansen sexually assaulted her at a Montlake Terrace home in September.

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A detective contacted Hansen’s wife, who confronted her husband about the allegations, court documents show. She told police that he denied the accusations at first, but eventually admitted to touching the girl inappropriately.

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Hansen is deck boss and crew member of the Seattle-based crabbing boat featured on the Discovery Channel show “Deadliest Catch.”

The boat’s captain, Sig Hansen, is Edgar Hansen’s brother.

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