Sheriff requests information on illegal immigrants

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Aug 252015
 

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August 25, 2015

Sheriff Jones Urging Information On Illegal Immigrants

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones has never been accused of being shy about his opinions, especially when it comes to his stance on illegal aliens.  He tweeted today that he is encouraging people to report employers who hire illegals.  He is assigning a detective from the Sheriff’s Office to take and follow-up on information pertaining to businesses that are engaged in hiring these people.

Sheriff Jones fully agrees with the stance Presidential candidate Donald Trump has taken on immigration as well and is grateful that someone finally has the courage to stand up for the American people.  “I am just tired frankly, this is not rocket science. It’s simple, and it is about protecting the people of this great country.  Close the borders, arrest and deport those who are here illegally.  Arrest business owners who are allowing illegal aliens to take jobs from the American people.  We have a homeless epidemic in this country that we should be working to fix, and instead we are letting people take jobs from them with open arms.  I am going to continue to take a strong stance on this issue, someone eventually has to listen,” said the Sheriff.

The Sheriff encourages tips and phone calls to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office to report any illegal activity and any information about illegal immigrants.

Prepared by: Sgt. Melissa Gerhardt

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Sheriff Sends Letter to Kasich

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Aug 052015
 

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August 5, 2015

Sheriff Asks The Governor For Plan Of Action On Illegals

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones sent a letter to Governor Kasich today asking him to support the ability of local law enforcement to make arrests for illegal immigration status.  Sheriff Jones has sent letters to Governor Kasich on immigration issues in the past and has not received a response.  “This issue is not something our leaders can continue to just avoid.  Governor Kasich has put his name in the hat to run for President of the United States but as the current Governor I want to know he at least agrees that we should be able to do our jobs,” said the Sheriff.

The Sheriff has stressed that every day, thousands of illegal immigrants come in to this country.  They commit crimes and bring drugs in this country and we are allowing it to happen.  “We have a homeless epidemic in this country, we have a high crime rate in this country, and we have a drug problem in this country that we haven’t fixed.  Allowing illegal aliens in our country makes all of that even worse when we cannot do anything about it,” said Sheriff Jones.

The Sheriff has encouraged a response from Kasich before the debate in Cleveland tomorrow.

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Search Warrant Results in Two Arrests

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Jul 312015
 

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July 31, 2015

Search Warrant Results In Two Arrests

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that, early this morning, the BURN (Butler Undercover Regional Narcotics) task force along with the Butler County Regional SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team executed a search warrant at 147 Washington Street in the City of Hamilton.

Seized items

Seized items

Calvin J. Simmons Sr., age 55, was arrested for Trafficking in Drugs a felony of the 3rd degree, Possession of Drugs, a felony of the 4th degree and Possession of Drugs, a felony of the 5th degree.  Erin Beckman, a 40 year old female from Mason, Ohio was arrested on an outstanding warrant for contempt of court through Hamilton Municipal Court.

BURN agents seized over a quarter ounce of crack cocaine, a large amount of schedule II pills, $1,200 cash, drug paraphernalia and a handgun.

“Mr. Simmons is no stranger to our system,” Sheriff Jones said. “He has a lengthy arrest record and continues to be part of the vermin in this county.  My guys continue to do a great job at getting these people off the street and I am proud of the work they do.”

The Sheriff encourages everyone to continue to report drug-related activity to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

 

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Sheriff Steps Up Patrol at Military Facilities

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Jul 202015
 

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July 20, 2015

Sheriff Steps Up Patrol At Military Facilities

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones is ordering extra patrol for nearly a dozen military facilities in Butler County.  A gunman opened fire at a military recruiting office in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Thursday July 16th.  Petty Officer Second Class Randall Smith, a 26-year-old logistics specialist from Ohio who had only recently re-enlisted in the Navy, died just after 2 a.m. Saturday from his wounds.  This makes him the fifth service member killed in the shootings at a military reserve center and a nearby recruiting center.

Reserve CenterFour Marines died in the slaughter on Thursday. Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, a naturalized American citizen born in Kuwait, was fatally shot in a stand-off with the police.

“It is an absolute shame that it takes a tragedy like this for our leaders to realize that our military men and women should have the ability to protect themselves,” Sheriff Jones said. “People join the military because they have a desire to protect others.  If we aren’t going to do the common sense thing and supply our military with the means to protect themselves, then the least I can do is send my people their way to deter those from contemplating harm to our military personnel.”

Sheriff Jones says he will continue patrols for as long as necessary.

Prepared by:
Sgt. Melissa Gerhardt

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Sheriff Supports Donald Trump on Immigration Stance

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Jul 092015
 

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July 8, 2015

Sheriff Jones Supports Donald Trump on Immigration Stance

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones states that he absolutely agrees with and supports Donald Trump on his immigration stance.  Mr. Trump has been in the lime light for years for being an outspoken wealthy businessman, television personality and most recently his interest in being President of the United States.

Two days ago, Donald Trump released a statement that he feels that Mexico is the largest suppliers of heroin, cocaine and other drugs to the United States.  He made it clear that he is not targeting Mexico or the people from Mexico who are here legally; it is those who are here illegally, period.

“I have said this same thing since I was elected Sheriff of this county – close the borders,” Sheriff Jones said. “We have a tough time trying to take care of the citizens of the United States that need some sort of assistance.  Why do we continue to allow anyone, who may have any number of criminal intentions, come into our country illegally?  It’s as ridiculous as sending our nation’s homeless and hungry to the borders to hand out government subsidized food and benefits to those coming here illegally. Let’s start with taking care of our citizens first.”

The Sheriff commended Mr. Trump for not doing or saying just what’s politically correct.  While the Sheriff does not agree with all of Mr. Trump’s positions he does say that “It takes guts to say what needs to be said, not just what people want to hear. In this instance I think Mr. Trump has hit the nail on the head; and his comments, while controversial, are at least drawing attention to a much needed discussion for our nation”.

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Increased Weather Siren Testing to Begin

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Jul 072015
 

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July 7, 2015

Increased Weather Siren Testing to Begin
Tests Occurring on Wednesdays at Noon

HAMILTON, OH – Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that, beginning this month, there will be increased testing of weather warning systems in some parts of Butler County.

Dispatch Supervisor Miranda Sheppard initiating a weather siren test in the BCSO Regional Dispatch Center

Dispatch Supervisor Miranda Sheppard initiating a weather siren test in the BCSO Regional Dispatch Center

Presently, sirens are tested using the standard three-minute cycle on the first Wednesday of each month at noon, as long as weather conditions are clear. If a problem is found with a weather siren and a maintenance crew attempts to resolve it, a whole month may pass before the next test can verify the siren is functioning normally again. For this reason, Sheriff Jones has directed his staff to conduct additional tests each Wednesday at noon when the weather is clear.

On these additional Wednesdays at noon, the Sheriff’s staff may conduct short “growl” tests or rotational tests for sirens in particular areas. During a growl test, a siren makes sound for less than 30 seconds. During a rotation-only test, the siren rotates without making any sound.

“The important thing for the public to understand is that if a weather warning siren makes sound on any Wednesday at noon and the weather is clear, there is no cause for alarm,” Sheriff Jones said. “With increased testing, we’ll have a more reliable system and a safer Butler County.”


What you need to know:

  • All sirens go through a full test on the first Wednesday at noon.
  • Some or all sirens may have a short test on other Wednesdays at noon.
  • If the weather is clear on a Wednesday at noon, don’t be alarmed.

Here is a video of a short “growl test”:

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Busy Holiday Week for BURN Task Force

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Jul 072015
 

For Immediate Release
July 7, 2015

Busy Holiday Week for BURN Task Force

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones announces that agents from the Butler Undercover Regional Narcotics (BURN) task force, with the assistance of the Butler County Regional SWAT Team, executed three search warrants throughout the last week. These search warrants were part of two different investigations into the selling of heroin.

Search warrants were served at 2514 Grand Avenue and 795 Alpine Court on June 30th. On July 3rd, a search warrant was served at 246 North 8th Street. The search warrants netted over 3 ounces of Heroin, $11,000 in cash, three handguns (including one that was reported stolen), three vehicles and three arrests. “These are still active investigations, with more arrests pending,” Captain Lance Bunnell said.

Those arrested are:

  • Deshawn Long- (Parole Violation)
  • Rebecca Santel- (Trafficking in Drugs F-5, Possession of Drugs F-5)
  • Ronald Swayne- (Trafficking in Drugs F-3, Possession of Drugs F-4, Weapons under Disability F-3)

“All of these search warrants were part of trying to make July 4th a little safer, by getting this poison and the people who sell it off the streets,” said Sheriff Jones.

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Grow Operation Located During Child Removal

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Jun 252015
 

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June 25, 2015news-release

 

Grow Operation Located During Child Removal

Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that Butler County Children Services was in the process of doing a child removal. During the investigation, they observed what was believed to be a marijuana grow operation. The Butler County Sheriff’s Office B.U.R.N. (Butler County Undercover Regional Narcotics) Unit responded. They discovered it was a butane hash oil operation being processed for distribution. Butane hash oil is used for manufacturing illegal drugs such as marijuana and can be fatal to humans. “This is the stuff that can easily blow up and have fatal results, the main ingredient is butane,” said Detective Andrews.

Melanie Couch 28 year old female and Tyler Couch, 27 year old male were charged with cultivation of marijuana, a felony of the 5th degree, illegal manufacturing of drugs, a felony of the 1st degree, and endangering children, a felony of the 3rd degree.

The B.U.R.N. Unit will continue the investigation. “I will continue to arrest and charge those who not only manufacture illegal drugs but especially those thugs that put children in harm’s way. I am glad that this was stopped before something very bad happened,” said Sheriff Jones.

For photos of the arrestees, contact the Butler County Jail at 513-785-1101.

Prepared by: Sgt. Melissa Gerhardt

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Child Tested Positive For Meth, Mother Indicted

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Jun 122015
 

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Child Tested Positive For Meth, Mother Indicted

You may recall, Sheriff Richard K. Jones reported on March 18th that the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies, Butler County Probation and B.U.R.N. (Butler County Undercover Regional Narcotics Taskforce) conducted a search at 2840 Scott Road in Milford Township in which they discovered chemicals used to manufacture meth inside the residence. The agents located a lot of extremely dangerous chemicals; so dangerous, that Milford Township emergency crews were utilized for safety in case of an explosion. There were two children and another adult in the residence at the time of the search.

Initially, Michael Murray was criminally charged for his role in the meth lab. B.U.R.N. agents along with the help of Children’s Services presented to a Butler County Grand Jury an additional case against Caroline Lissal who was also at the residence during the search. On June 10th, Ms. Lissal was indicted on endangering children, a felony of the 3rd degree, and permitting drug abuse, felony of the 5th degree, as a result of her 2 year old son having tested positive for methamphetamine.

“I hope everyone hears this loud and clear,” said the Sheriff. “Those of you committing these criminal acts need to think about the dangers you are surrounding your children with. The B.U.R.N. taskforce worked diligently on this case and this kind of stuff bothers everyone. I genuinely hope this child will be ok and lead a better life than the way it has started for him.”

The Sheriff encourages everyone to continue to report drug-related activity to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Prepared by: Sgt. Melissa Gerhardt

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Caroline Lissal

Caroline Lissal

 

 

 

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Reily Twp Man Arrested for Animal Cruelty

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Jun 032015
 

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June 3, 2015

Reily Township Arrested for Beating His Dog

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that on June 1st, at approximately 1:00 PM, his Deputy Dog Wardens responded to 6029 Stillwell Road in Reily Township to investigate animal cruelty.

Robert Lewis

Robert Lewis

Robert Lewis, a 23 year old male, was reportedly seen punching and kicking a dog in his yard. Mr. Lewis fled the residence when deputies arrived.  Yesterday at approximately 2:20 AM, he was arrested and charged with obstructing official business, resisting arrest, and four counts of cruelty to animals. He also had several outstanding warrants from the City of Hamilton.

Lewis had five dogs, and all were removed by BCSO Deputy Dog Wardens.  They are now being cared for and housed at the Animal Friends Humane Society on Princeton Road in the City of Hamilton.  “These animals were severely abused. They were extremely submissive and obviously scared.  We will keep them at the shelter for medical treatment and observation,” Dog Warden Supervisor Kurt Merbs said.

“It is truly repulsive that a human being can beat a defenseless animal,” Sheriff Jones said. “Mr. Lewis told our deputies that he was ‘disciplining’ his dogs.  I think anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that torturing and beating animals is not a form of discipline.  Unfortunately, animal cruelty is a misdemeanor, but we will work closely with the prosecutor to see that he is punished to the fullest extent of the law.”

Three of the dogs were puppies and were voluntarily signed over, by Lewis, to the Animal Friends Humane Society. The case is still under investigation and placement of the other two dogs will be determined at a later time. Anyone interested in adopting these or other animals should visit or contact the Animal Friends Humane Society.