Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Ricky L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Cecil N Graham Sawyers charged in sex for heroin plot Group demands changes at ELSD Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann Kids enjoy a ‘Touch-a-Truck’ event in Mt. Orab New police chief takes over in Fayetteville BC Chamber moving forward on 2017 SummerFest Two killed in wrong way crash in Mt. Orab Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Women return to county jail as funds start to run low Georgetown Council takes action on vacant structures Veterans honored in Mt. Orab John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Huseman signs with UC Clermont Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff Robert P Lesko Armstrong sentenced to twenty years on child porn possession charges Russellville hires new Village Clerk Russellville Council approves purchase of two ambulances

Grand Jury indicts 21

The Brown County Grand Jury met recently and handed down indictments to 21 individuals, including Shannin Donaldson and Amanda Stevens.

According to their bill of indictments, the two were involved in allegedly defrauding multiple senior citizens in excess of more than $10,000 in money, property, and jewelry. As a result, the pair were each charged with one count of theft of a protected class, a second-degree felony, two counts of theft of a protected class, a third-degree felony, and grand theft, a fourth-degree felony.

Both Donaldson and Stevens are at-large, as of press time.

The bill of indictment states that the pair allegedly stole from John Fuss, Thelma Pope, John Alan Isaacs, and Janette Crum. According to Brown County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Chris Van Harlingen, Pope and Fuss were boyfriend and girlfriend and lived together, Isaacs is Fuss’ son, and Crum is Fuss’ sister. Pope recently passed away.

A probable cause affidavit filed in the Brown County Municipal Court states that Donaldson, 46, of Georgetown, is the mother of Stevens, 27, of Georgetown. The affidavit discloses the scheme Donaldson and Stevens hatched up to allegedly rob their victims.

The affidavit alleges that Donaldson and Stevens gained the trust of Fuss over many months while serving as caregivers and home keepers. According to court documents, Fuss is 81-years old.

It’s alleged that Donaldson and Stevens convinced Fuss that they needed regular payments from him to help pay court costs to settle a probate estate, which they said included a large inheritance for the pair. In reality, the probate estate didn’t exist, a detective from the Brown County Sheriff’s Office reported. The affidavit alleges that Donaldson promised to pay back the money she was taking with funds from the forged inheritance.

“(Donaldson and Stevens) claimed housekeeping services just for Fuss and Pope. They used fraudulent means in reference to a made-up estate to also steal money from Ms. Crum and Mr. Isaacs,” Van Harlingen said.

While the grand jury found that Donaldson and Stevens each stole no more than 37,500 from Fuss, the affidavit alleges that the pair stole around $400,000 “in the form of cash, coins, credit card use, guns, and other personal property.” The affidavit alleges the requests for money began in smaller amounts, worth $30 or $40, before rising over time. Van Harlingen said they were able to track bank withdrawals, jewelry and coins that were pawned off, and credit cards that were misused.

The affidavit alleges that these thefts occurred between November 1, 2014, and February 6, 2015.

“There’s a difference between what was missing and what we are able to prove,” Van Harlingen said in reference to the money discrepancy. She said a forensic investigator with the Bureau of Criminal Investigations found around $100,000 in total that could be traced.

In a separate, unrelated case, alleged burglar Jeffrey Carlier is likely to spend Christmas with the cranks; in jail.

Carlier was indicted on 26 felony counts, including two counts of engaging in a corrupt pattern of activity, both first-degree felonies, and 11 counts of second-degree felony burglary. Carlier is facing a maximum of 134 years in prison if convicted on all of his counts. He’s currently being held on $500,000 bond, according to documents filed in the court of common pleas.

According to Brown County First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Zac Corbin, Carlier is linked with Brian Crank on multiple crimes. Crank has been charged with 15 felonies, including five counts of second-degree burglary and one count of first-degree engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Although she isn’t linked with Carlier, Crank’s sister Jessica was involved in some of Brian Crank’s thefts and burglaries, and was charged with three felonies.

Finally, in another separate, unrelated case, another methamphetamine ring in Mt. Orab has been busted as Ryan Paul Campbell, Samuel Tice, and Rebecca Tice were all charged with illegal manufacture of drugs, a first-degree felony, and illegal assembly or possession of drugs, a second-degree felony. According to Corbin and documents filed in the municipal court, the trio operated their meth lab out of a home near the Western Brown School District campus, and they were present when Mt. Orab Police Department officers executed a search warrant on October 18 and found materials used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Also indicted were:

Joe Blank, 51, of Hamersville, on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

Terry Fontaine, 58, of Ripley, on one count of domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony.

Travis Mark Johnson, 28, of Aberdeen, on one count of possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of possessing drug abuse instruments, a second degree misdemeanor.

Steven Jordan, 41, of Mt. Orab, on two counts of domestic violence, both third-degree felonies.

Christopher Kirby Jr., 35, of Williamsburg, on one count of domestic violence, a third-degree felony.

Sebastian Connor Mains, 25, of Aberdeen, on; two counts of kidnapping, both first-degree felonies, one count of rape, a first-degree felony, two counts of abduction, both third-degree felonies, one count of having weapons under disability, a third-degree felony, and one count of domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Randolph Lynn Parlier, 54, of Dayton, Ohio, on; one count of having weapons under disability, a third-degree felony, two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, both fifth-degree felonies, and one count of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. All counts come with specification for a firearm in a drug case.

Sara Jean Pirtle, 36, of Aberdeen, on two counts of possession of heroin, both fifth-degree felonies, and one count of possessing drug abuse instruments, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Shawn Smith, 37, of Georgetown, on one count of possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony, one count of possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of possessing drug abuse instruments.

Kristy R. Stone, 29, of Mt. Orab, on one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a third-degree felony, with specification of a prior felony OVI charge.

David Strange, 28, of Manchester, on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Hunter John Tidball, 20, of Cincinnati, on one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony, one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of illegal possession of drug paraphernalia.

Robert Wilson, 31, of Loveland, on; three counts of burglary, all second-degree felonies, one count of grand theft, a third-degree felony, two counts of safecracking, both fourth-degree felonies, one count of theft of a protected class, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of petty theft, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Rebecca Tice
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_RebeccaTice.jpgRebecca Tice

Jeffrey Carlier
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_JeffreyCarlier.jpgJeffrey Carlier

Ryan Paul Campbell
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_RyanCampbell.jpgRyan Paul Campbell

Samuel Tice
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_SamuelTice.jpgSamuel Tice

Jessica Crank
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_MUGSHOTS_34117584.jpgJessica Crank

Brian Crank
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_MUGSHOTS_34118038.jpgBrian Crank
Includes burglars, meth ring, and pair who defrauded senior citizens

By Daniel Karell

dkarell@civitasmedia.com

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