Resources Sent to Pike County

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Apr 252016
 

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April 25, 2016

Resources Sent to Pike County

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that his office is sending a group of deputies and the Mobile Incident Command Post to Pike County.

Four deputies will leave Butler County later this evening and work the overnight hours in Pike County to assist the Pike County Sheriff’s Office with scene security. The Mobile Incident Command Post has left Butler County and will arrive late this afternoon. The Sheriff stated “he is willing to help out in any way possible during this tragedy.”

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Local Man Charged For Attempting To “Buy” A Child For Sex

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Apr 222016
 

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April 22, 2016

Local Man Charged For Attempting To “Buy” A Child For Sex

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security received information that Craig Maher, 39 year old male, made arrangements to purchase a child for sex.  The investigation started when he told a friend that he wanted to drug a female child between the ages of 4 and 14 and have sex with her.  He also told the friend he wanted pictures of the act for his personal pleasure.

A search warrant was executed at Maher’s residence in Fairfield Township.  Investigators seized a variety of evidence related to the case.

Sergeant Jason Owens stated that Mr. Maher was willing to pay specific prices for different sexual acts.  “He was willing to pay, to rape a little girl and now he can pay the price of going to jail for his intentions.  His ultimate goal was to adopt a child so he could have sex with her whenever he wanted.  This investigation does not stop here, and we have a lot of work to do.”

More charges against Mr. Maher are possible.  “The Butler County Sheriff’s Office is going to work closely with Homeland Security to work toward this guy receiving the maximum sentence possible.  People like Mr. Maher disgust me, and they do not belong in society.  My Detectives and Homeland Security worked quickly to take him off the street, and now he is behind bars where he belongs,” said Sheriff Jones.

Craig Maher is charged with attempting to purchase a child for sex which is a federal offense.  If convicted, the minimum sentence for this charge is 30 years.

Son Charged with ‘Drugging’ Elderly Mother and Aid Worker

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Apr 072016
 

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April 7, 2016

Son charged with “drugging” elderly mother and aid worker

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that his office was contacted this morning by Adult Protective Services in reference to a home healthcare worker that had become violently ill after eating a brownie at an elderly woman’s home.

A woman that works for Interim Healthcare was assigned to care for 79 year old Nancy Kemper. While at Mrs. Kemper’s Fairfield home on Wednesday April 6th the home healthcare worker ate a brownie that was offered to her by Mrs. Kemper. Mrs. Kemper stated that her son Kurtis Lee Kemper had made them. The home healthcare worker became violently ill yesterday and went to a local emergency room. While at the emergency room the home healthcare worker was told she had ingested marijuana.

When questioned today, Kurtis Lee Kemper 45, admitted that he in fact made the marijuana laced brownies and served them to his mother without her knowledge that they contained an illegal substance. Kurtis Lee Kemper was charged with two counts of corrupting another with Drugs, Felony 4 and booked into the Butler County Jail.

Sheriff Jones said, “This is a low as it gets, that a son would jeopardize the health and welfare of his own mother and the home healthcare professional that is simply there to do her job, is just pathetic.”

Stolen Miami University Property Recovered

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Apr 012016
 

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April 1, 2016

Miami University Property Recovered, 2 Charged

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that yesterday afternoon, BCSO detectives and BURN (Butler County Undercover Narcotics) task force agents executed a search warrant that resulted in the recovery of a stolen pickup truck and two leaf blowers that are the property of Miami University in Oxford. They also recovered a stolen motor bike that belongs to a separate victim.

The search warrant was executed at 4025 Darrtown Road in Milford Township.  During the execution of the search warrant, deputies discovered the remnants of a methamphetamine lab.

David M. Hoelle, 43 year old male from Darrtown Ohio, admitted to the meth lab and possession of the stolen items.  Mr. Hoelle was charged with Manufacturing Illegal Drugs, Assembly of Chemicals, and Receiving Stolen Property, all felony charges.  Christopher Lake, 45 year old male from Darrtown Ohio, was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, a felony of the 5th degree. Additional charges may be presented to the Grand Jury.

“My guys received investigative information about the stolen property and acted swiftly to recover it. The discovery of the meth lab, in this case, is just an added bonus for the good guys,” Sheriff Jones said. “I’m proud of these deputies and how fast they acted getting this property back and the drugs off the streets.”

The property will be returned to Miami University and the victim as soon as possible.

Scammers Pose as Sheriff Deputies

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Mar 302016
 

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March 30, 2016

Scammers Posing As Sheriff Deputies

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that scammers are calling people by phone posing as Sheriff Deputies.  They are calling victims and giving names and badge numbers and advising the victims that they missed a court appearance.  The scammers are then advising the victims to respond to a Kroger and place the money on a “Re Charge” Card. The victim is then asked to read off the serial number to the card via phone.  The victim is then instructed to respond to the Sheriff’s Office to turn the card in to authorities.

Scamming is nothing new, and there is always someone trying to prey on people through fear of consequence unless the victim complies.  “We never ask people for money to get out of trouble and we certainly never ask information by phone.  No one should ever provide information by phone unless they are absolutely certain who they are talking to on the other end of the line.  These criminals will say anything to scare people into doing what they want,” said Todd Langmeyer, Lieutenant of Investigations.

The Sheriff is encouraging everyone to pay attention to these types of calls and not do what the criminals are asking.  “This is a crime that will continue as long as one person becomes a victim to their demands. These criminals have a very well thought-out plan, and they are obviously not afraid to pretend like law enforcement. We have had people pose as relatives, police, friends, etc.; to try to get someone to wire money or use pre-paid cards.  Most of the time, the scammers are in another state or country,” said the Sheriff.

The Sheriff is encouraging the public to not give information or send money when contacted to do so by phone.  There is no need to report the crime to dispatch unless you have suffered a loss.  The Sheriff’s Office is conducting an active investigation on the situation at this time.

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BURN Arrests 3 for Heroin Trafficking

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Mar 222016
 

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March 22, 2016

3 Arrested For Possessing And Trafficking Heroin

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that a several week investigation ended last night when Butler County Undercover Regional Narcotics Taskforce (BURN) agents arrested three suspects for possessing and trafficking heroin.

BURN agents, along with the Butler County Sheriff’s patrol deputies, conducted a traffic stop on Dixie Highway in the City of Fairfield and took Harold Chapman, a 58 year old male, Sean Gray, a 44 year old male, and Derrick Johnson, a 53 year old male, into custody.

“They have been on our radar for a while and yesterday, the BURN Taskforce recovered 2 ounces of heroin and $5000 cash from them,” Sheriff Jones said. “You can die from using heroin one time, so I feel like we possibly saved a few lives last night.  BURN did a great job getting these drugs off the street and putting these guys in jail where they need to be.”

All charges are felonies of the 1st degree.  All three men are from the Cincinnati area.More charges are possible at Grand Jury.

“Call in your tips and turn in your competition, we are happy to assist getting dealers and drugs off our streets,” said Sheriff Jones.

Text to 9-1-1 in Butler County, Ohio

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Mar 182016
 

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March 18, 2016

Sheriff Introduces a Powerful Tool in Emergency Situations

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones announces the capability of Text to 9-1-1 service for Butler County.  Text to 9-1-1 provides an alternate method for the citizens of Butler County to reach vital emergency services. Wireless subscribers on major wireless carriers have the ability to text a message to 9-1-1 from most areas of Butler County.  Texts will be retrieved by dispatchers at the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center who will notify the appropriate law enforcement, fire, or emergency medical service agency to respond.

Text to 9-1-1 provides a method for notifying emergency services when circumstances make voice to voice contact difficult such as when a caller is hard of hearing or in a situation where they fear for their safety.  “This will be a great way to make contact with someone in a domestic situation or in situations where a victim is in fear of someone hearing their voice,” said the Sheriff “Call 9-1-1 in an emergency when you can,” Sheriff Jones said. “Text 9-1-1 when you can’t.”

text-to-911In addition to receiving texts to 9-1-1, Dispatchers are able to send text messages in response to ‘abandoned wireless 9-1-1 calls’ – a situation where the wireless caller hangs up before reaching 9-1-1.  Using the phone number provided by the 9-1-1 system, the dispatcher sends a message to the caller to determine if they have an emergency.

Wireless carriers can deliver the caller’s location when they text 9-1-1 in some situations, however, it is absolutely imperative that callers provide their location to the dispatcher when texting.  Currently the BCSO Communications Center is unable to receive pictures or video via 9-1-1 text message.

Sheriff Jones is providing the Text to 9-1-1 service so the citizens of Butler County will have even better access to public safety resources during an emergency.

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Liberty Township Man Charged with Child Pornography

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Mar 172016
 

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March 17, 2016

Liberty Township Man Charged with Child Pornography

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that his Criminal Investigations Division received information from I.C.A.C. (Internet Crimes Against Children) Taskforce that someone had downloaded, uploaded, and viewed child pornography in the Butler County area.  Further investigation led the detectives to an address on Cody Brook Drive in Liberty Township.  The resident, Phillip Holmes, a 50 year old male, told detectives that he did have a computer and that he posted videos and did actively search for child pornography on the Internet.

Mr. Holmes is from England and is here in the United States legally; however, if he is convicted of this crime, he could be deported. “This was not a lengthy investigation, it actually happened fairly quickly.  There are investigative tools that are used to alert authorities when people try to view, download, or upload child pornography, and that is what happened in this case,” said Detective Joe Nerlinger.  “Mr. Holmes told us we would find some disturbing material, and he was right.”

The investigation will continue and more charges are possible.  “It never ceases to amaze me the kind of disturbing behavior people will engage or attempt to engage themselves in.  We were made aware of this situation, acted fast, and now he’s in my jail where he needs to be.  I will assist with every aspect of the prosecution and even the deportation if need be” said Sheriff Jones.

There is no evidence that Mr. Holmes produced any videos or images. He was charged with 2 counts of Pandering Sexually Oriented Matter, a 2nd degree felony, and placed in the Butler County Jail.

Madison School Shooting Update #2

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Mar 042016
 

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3 More Students Charged Involving Schools In Butler County

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that 3 students at 2 different Butler County schools were charged for bad decisions.

Both schools have a School Resource Officer assigned there, as do many other schools in Butler County. One student from Edgewood City Schools allegedly made statements that he was ready for another school shooting and was going to bring a gun to school. A second Edgewood City School student allegedly made threats over social media and is charged through the City of Trenton Police Department. A Madison Local School student brought knives disguised as credit cards in to the school.

All the incidents were reported quickly. The School Resource Officers at both schools acted right away as did the City of Trenton Police and all were charged. Both Edgewood students, one, a 12 year-old male, the other, a 14 year-old male, were charged with making terroristic threats. The Madison student, a 15 year-old male, was charged with illegal conveyance of a weapon in a school safety zone. All the charges are felonies.

The Sheriff has been very vocal about the importance of having officers in the schools as well as armed staff. “I want to commend those who came forward and told someone. It was a brave, important thing to do. These incidents were handled quickly. It is troubling that all these kids are so young. This has to start in the home. We are taking all threats extremely serious, we don’t have a choice,” said Sheriff Jones.

All students were placed in the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center.

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Madison School Shooting Update

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Mar 042016
 

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March 4, 2016

Two More Charged In Connection With Madison School Shooting

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that there were 2 more juveniles charged today in connection with the shooting at the Madison High School on February 29th.

“These boys had knowledge that the suspect, James Austin Hancock, had the gun at school, and they did not tell anyone. I have to stress, it is imperative that if there is rumor or first-hand knowledge about any type of weapon or weapons that someone has or is intending to bring to school, it has to be reported to someone. Schools are supposed to be safe for kids and anyone working there. Parents should not be afraid to send their kids to school. I strongly urge parents to sit and talk to their kids about how important this is,” said the Sheriff.

Hancock showed the gun to both boys early in the school day. Both boys, age 14, have been charged with failure to report a crime, a misdemeanor of the 4th degree. The names are not being disclosed at this time. They were both issued a summons to appear in Butler County Juvenile Court.

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