Hamilton Man Charged For Beating His Dog

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Feb 132018
 

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February 13th, 2018

 

Hamilton Man Charged For Beating His Dog

 

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office Dog Wardens investigated a report of serious animal abuse caught on video surveillance. Kristopher Johnson, a 21 year old male from the City of Hamilton, was observed beating the animal with a thick leash rope. The episode was recorded by an anonymous citizen and given to the authorities.

The pit bull named Zeus was immediately removed from the home by the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Dog Wardens. Mr. Johnson was issued a citation for Animal Cruelty, a Misdemeanor offense. He is scheduled to appear at the Hamilton Municipal Court on Thursday February 15th at 8:00am. “It’s a shame a crime like this doesn’t fit the felony statute.  People like this deserve far worse punishments for their abusive actions.  It takes a real weak person to abuse a defenseless animal and it disgusts anyone who is a normal human being,” said Sheriff Jones.

 

 

Juvenile Charged with Murder, Aggravated Robbery, and Tampering with Evidence

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Jan 312018
 

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January 31st, 2018

For Immediate Release… January 31st, 2018

Juvenile Charged with Murder, Aggravated Robbery, and Tampering with Evidence

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that on 01/30/18 at approximately 1828 hours, the Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received a 911 call requesting assistance for someone that had been shot. Ross Township police and EMS were dispatched to 978 Hine Road, Ross Township, where they found Austin Hensley, 18 year old male, deceased from a gunshot wound.

Ross Township Police requested assistance from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, which responded to the scene. Investigators interviewed Zachary Welsh, 17 year old male, who admitted to shooting Austin Hensley during a robbery attempt.  Zachary Welsh was charged with Murder (F1), Aggravated Robbery (F1), and Tampering with Evidence (F3) and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.

During this investigation, Josh Taylor, 17 year old male, has also been charged with Theft of a Firearm (F3).

“It is always tragic when life is lost, especially when everyone involved is so young” said Sheriff Jones. This is an ongoing investigation and Sheriff Jones encourages anyone with information pertaining to the death of Austin Hensley to call the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at (513) 785-1251.

Representatives from the Sheriff’s Office will be available for comment after 1100 hours at the Sheriff’s Office.

Two Subjects With Fatal Gun Shot Wounds Found In Garage

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Jan 292018
 

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January 29th, 2018

For Immediate Release… January 29th, 2018

Two Subjects With Fatal Gun Shot Wounds Found In Garage

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that around 9:30 PM last night, deputies, Butler County Sheriff’s Office detectives and Hanover Township emergency crews responded to 3152 Morman Road, Hanover Township for a report of a subject who had been shot. Upon arrival, two subjects were found inside the garage of the home, both with gunshot wounds. William Sandlin, 61 year old male was pronounced dead at the scene. Michelle Sandlin, 45 year old female was flown to University of Cincinnati Hospital where she died a short time later.

The preliminary investigation appears that the incident is a murder / suicide. The deceased couple was married. The investigation is on-going.

Agents Seize Methamphetamine

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May 252016
 

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May 25, 2016

Agents Seize $30,000 Worth Of Methamphetamine

Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that yesterday afternoon, BURN (Butler County Undercover Regional Narcotics) Taskforce along with the Fairfield Township Police Department, concluded a month long investigation that culminated in two arrests and the seizure of almost a pound of Crystal Methamphetamine.

Andrew Beach, 32 year old male, and Heather Evans, 29 year old female, were taken into custody during a traffic stop at the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and High Street in the City of Hamilton. Both traveled to Butler County from the Dayton area for the purpose of selling a large amount of Crystal Methamphetamine. The pair was also found to be in possession of approximately $7,000 U.S. currency.  “This is not a drug that we’ve seen produced here in the U.S. This is higher grade of methamphetamine that normally comes from Mexico. If you’ve seen the “Breaking Bad” series, this stuff is close to that”, said Lieutenant Todd Langmeyer. “The street value of what we confiscated is approximately $30,000.”

Heather Evans was charged with Trafficking in Drugs and Possession of Drugs. Andrew Beach was charged with Trafficking in Drugs and Possession of Drugs. All charges are 1st degree felonies. Mr. Beach also had an outstanding warrant for theft.

“This poison will continue to come to the U.S. until our borders are closed. Every time my guys take one of these people off the street, it saves lives and puts a damper on drug operations. They do a fantastic job of it. I will continue this fight for as long as I have to,” said Sheriff Jones.

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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.

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.