Launch of Professional Compliance Program

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Aug 202013

BCSO StarThe Butler County Sheriff’s Office has developed a Professional Compliance Program set to launch in August 2013.

This Professional Compliance Program is separate from our Quality Assurance Program, which is aimed at determining whether an employee understands and is able to complete tasks associated with their job. The Professional Compliance Program was developed to promote courteous and professional conduct by Sheriff’s Office employees.

The program administrator will contact the citizen, from randomly selected calls, and ask the citizen a series of questions. The citizen will be asked to score the Sheriff’s Office employees that they had contact with. These questions will cover employees in the 9-1-1 dispatch center as well as any responding deputies. The questions will be aimed at merely determining the professionalism and courteousness of the Butler County Sheriff’s employees. Once the Professional Compliance program is completed for the month, all employees who had a call selected will be notified how they were scored.  Any employee receiving a perfect score, from the citizen, will receive a letter of appreciation.

“This is an opportunity for the citizens we serve to have a voice in the manner in which we serve them,” Sheriff Jones said. “The Butler County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to serving the citizens of Butler County and its visitors in a professional and courteous manner. I believe this program will assist in assuring that goal is met.”

Citizens who wish to compliment a Sheriff’s Office employee, or who have something they feel we could do better, are always welcome to contact us through our website, social media or by telephone.


Kilo of Crystal Meth Seized

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Jul 242013

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July 24, 2013

Search Warrant Nets $58,000 cash, a kilo of “ICE”, and Two Arrests

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that undercover agents from the Sheriff’s Regional Narcotics Unit (BURN), with the help of Deputies and the Butler County Regional SWAT Team, executed a search warrant early this morning at 2391 Millville-Oxford Road. A several-month-long investigation into illegal drug activity at that residence developed enough information to obtain that search warrant.

Once inside, agents and deputies confiscated more than $58,000 cash and a kilo of Crystal Meth (a.k.a. “ICE”), with a street value of approximately $30,000. Billy Joe Ray, age 44, of the Millville-Oxford address, has been charged with Trafficking in Drugs and Possession of Drugs, both 1st degree felonies. Also arrested and taken into custody there was Eric Gonzalez-Rivas, age 32, a Mexican-born individual currently residing on Princeton Hollow, West Chester, OH. He has been charged with felony-1 Trafficking in Drugs. Both individuals are currently in the Butler County Jail.

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Coaching Director Charged with Voyeurism

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Jul 232013

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July 23rd, 2013

Fairfield Soccer Coaching Director Charged with Voyeurism

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that Sheriff’s Investigators have charged a local Coaching Director with voyeurism after investigating a complaint received from a 17-yer-old female victim. She reported being at the Liberty Township residence of Craig Rhodis, age 42, for a “training session,” and believed she was video recorded while changing clothes in a bathroom at his house. The investigation confirmed her complaint, and further revealed and identified a second female victim, age 21, who was also video-recorded while changing clothes at that residence. The second female also stated she had gone to his residence for a training session.

Mr. Rhodis was arrested at the Sheriff’s Office July 22, 2013, charged with two counts of Voyeurism, which are first-degree misdemeanors. He was booked into the Butler County Jail, and then released last night after posting a $2,000 bond. Mr. Rhodis is the Director of Coaching/Training for the Fairfield Optimist Soccer Club.

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Sgt. Monte Mayer
Public Information Officer

Marijuana, Money and Vehicle Seizure

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Jul 232013

Information from a July 22nd News Conference:

Work by agents from the Butler Undercover Regional Narcotics (BURN) task force resulted in the seizure of a vehicle, money and drugs in Butler County.

On Sunday morning, July 21st, BCSO deputies and BURN task force agents made a “controlled” traffic stop along US Route 27 in Ross Township. As a result, 155 pounds of marijuana, believed to have come from Mexico, were seized along with cash and a Chevy Tahoe. This brings the total marijuana seizures by Butler County BURN and BCSO deputies in 2012 and 2013 to more than a ton – 2,107 pounds. Most, if not all, of the marijuana was believed to be “imported” for Mexico.

Vidal Galle (a.k.a. Vidal Garcia-Gallegos), age 37, from Indianapolis and Mario Luis Vasquez-Ruiz, age 35, also from Indianapolis, were arrested and both charged with felony Trafficking in Drugs and Possession of Drugs. Garcia-Gallegos was also charged with a felony Possession of Drugs for having a small quantity of cocaine. Both subjects are housed at the Butler County jail. ICE (Immigration and Custom Enforcement) agents are also investigating the legal status of these individuals.

Sheriffs Support HR2278

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Jul 192013

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July 19, 2013

Local Sheriffs Support of “The Safe Act” HR2278

Sheriff Jones attended the National Sheriff’s Association Annual Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina last month. Sheriff Jones is a member of the NSA’s Immigration and Border Security Committee. At that committee meeting in Charlotte, the members were presented with the National Sheriff’s Association Position Paper on Comprehensive Immigration Reform which was approved by the NSA Board of Directors on June 25, 2013.

The Immigration and Border Security Committee stands in opposition to the Gang of Eight’s Senate Bill 744. That bill did pass the Senate and has been sent to the House of Representatives. The US House of Representatives have drafted a bill – HR2278 – which has been dubbed “the SAFE Act” which shows tremendous promise in the realm of public safety compared to SB 744.

Sheriff Jones has contacted the Sheriffs whose counties fall within Representative Boehner’s District 8, as well as Montgomery County, which a portion of was formerly within his district; to garner their support of HR 2278 and the National Sheriff’s Association Position Paper. Six of the seven, to include Sheriff Jones, or 85% are in support of HR2278 and the NSA Position paper.

It is Sheriff Jones’ hope that the unified front by Sheriff’s within Representative Boehner’s district and surrounding area will send a message to Boehner drawing his attention to the desires of his constituents back home, in Ohio.

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Public Information Officer

Sheriff Inspects Staff at BCSO

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Jun 272013

Last week, Sheriff Richard K. Jones inspected over a hundred members of his staff at the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. Every month, uniformed staff are inspected by their supervisors, but the Sheriff likes to personally conduct an agency-wide inspection at least once per year. Deputies, Corrections Officers, and other staff have their uniforms and vehicles thoroughly examined to make sure they are consistent with standards and policy.


Drowning Victim Recovered

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Jun 192013

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June 19, 2013

Drowning Victim Recovered

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that around 8 pm last evening, the Sheriff’s Office Regional Water Rescue Unit was called to assist on a report of a possible drowning in the Great Miami River Canal behind the 800 block of Joe Nuxhall (aka Ford) Boulevard near the border of the City of Hamilton and St. Clair Township. Three juveniles (2 male and 1 female) had been fishing at the canal and had decided to swim across the water. One male made it to the other side. The second male began struggling about half-way across, and the female, also began struggling and started to be carried downstream. The female was able to grab a tree limb, and clung to it until she was able to be rescued by a Hamilton Fire Department rescue team. The first male swam back to assist his friend, but was unable to save him before he disappeared into the water. All water rescue teams were joined by the Sheriff’s Office helicopter in attempts to find and rescue that male.

As the night progressed, efforts changed from rescue to recovery mode. Task Force One (the rescue/recovery dive team) was dispatched to assist. Prior to the arrival of the divers, the Regional Water Rescue Unit’s advanced sonar equipment was able to locate the victim. Approximately 11:45 pm, Sheriff’s Units were able to recover the body of 15-year-old William Allen, from Hamilton. Sheriff Jones was saddened by the outcome of this event. “This is tragic,” said the Sheriff. “I know that canal well, having grown up in Hamilton’s North End. As a kid, I swam and canoed right there where this happened. I guess I was lucky that something like this didn’t happen back then. This is a very sad reminder that rivers and waterways really are not meant to be play areas.”

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Fatal Crash in Liberty Township

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Jun 132013

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June 13, 2013

Fatal Crash in Liberty Township

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that Deputies and rescue personnel from Liberty Township were dispatched to the area of State Route 747 just north of Willow Ridge Drive shortly after 6 am this morning on the report of a three-vehicle crash. Preliminary investigation indicates that Michael McAninch, age 41, of Mason, OH, was driving a 2004 Ford F-150 pickup northbound on S.R. 747. His vehicle traveled left of center causing a head-on crash with a southbound 1997 Dodge caravan, driven by Mary Schaeffer, age 56, of Middletown, OH.

Schaeffer’s vehicle then collided with a southbound 2012 Hyundai, driven by Denise Wuebben, age 59, of Hamilton, OH. Schaeffer was pronounced dead at the scene by the Butler County Coroner’s Office. Both McAninch and Wuebben were transported by Liberty Squad to the Atrium Hospital in Middletown. State Route 747 was closed for several hours for investigative and clean-up purposes, but has since re-opened. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Butler County Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team (S.T.A.R.T.) and the Coroner’s Office.

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2012 Annual Report

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Jun 112013

2012-annual-reportThe 2012 Butler County Sheriff’s Office Annual Report is available for download.

The report is available in Portable Document Format (PDF). You may need to download a free program to view these types of files, such as the Adobe Reader.

New Twitter and Facebook Pages

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Jun 062013

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June 6, 2013

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones announces Twitter and Facebook Pages

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones announces two new ways to receive information from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. To keep the public informed, Sheriff Richard K. Jones has established a new departmental Twitter account and a new Facebook account.

The Twitter account (@BCSOalerts) is new and distinct from the Twitter account for Sheriff Richard K. Jones (@butlersheriff).

The Facebook page will provide a conduit through which content, which the Sheriff’s Office is already generating, (tweets from the Sheriff, tweets from the agency, job announcements, press releases, Nixle alerts, etc.) are automatically published onto the Facebook page.

Both new social media accounts will be automatically updated when the Sheriff’s Office website is updated with new press releases or Nixle alerts. Nixle alerts are sent out when there is an emergency situation such as a snow emergency or a chemical spill.

Yesterday, there was no way for a citizen to know the Sheriff’s Office had issued a press release, alert, or added other new content without going to the Sheriff’s Office website and/or refreshing their browser.

Today, with the automatic updates via Twitter and Facebook, citizens can receive updates of press releases and other announcements on the Sheriff’s Office website. By simply following the Butler County Sheriff’s Office’s new social media accounts, citizens can receive updates through their mobile devices as well. These updates will post a title and link to the new updates on the Sheriff’s Office website.


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