FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:Chief Deputy Chris Stratton Monday, May 8, 2017
May 7th – 13th is National Correctional Officer Week. On behalf of the Office of Clermont County, Ohio, Sheriff, I thank each and every one of you for your excellent service on behalf of the people of this county
You are “special” men and women with extra ordinary interpersonal skills: patience, understanding, dedication to duty, and strength of character. You do more than “guard” offenders. You treat, counsel, train, teach, and rebuild lives. You give hope.
On the job challenges are presented to you every day, you meet such with the quiet dignity you possess.
Again, I commend your service to this Office. May you stay safe, have great success and be blessed to know that your work is appreciated and respected by our entire community.
Robert S. Leahy
Sheriff, Clermont County, Ohio
Joseph A. Palmer
Notice is hereby given that the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office has various items of personal property that were found, abandoned, stolen, or seized pursuant to a search warrant or other lawful means and are now subject to disposal in accordance with ORC 2981.11(C)
Further inquiries regarding specific items (identified by ET#) are to be directed to the Evidence Office at 513-732-7502 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:0O PM no later than May 12, 2017 in order to claim or establish ownership rights of any item listed.
Items not claimed during this period will be subsequently disposed of per appropriate court order. The Office of the Clermont County Sheriff is located at 4470 State Route 222, Batavia, Ohio 45103
On 5-2-17 at 4:00pm, Darnay Foley turned himself in at the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office. Foley was taken into custody without incident and was transported to the Clermont County Jail. Foley will appear in the Clermont County Municipal Court for his arraignment at 10:00am on Wednesday 05/03/17.
Darnay Foley age 19
The Clermont County Sheriff’s has identified 3 suspects responsible for the Burglary offense committed on 05/01/2017 at 2:14 pm on Park Meadow Dr., Batavia Township. Darnay Foley, age 19, Zachary Bell, age 18 and a 15 year old male juvenile have been charged with Burglary. Bell is in custody at the Clermont County Jail and will appear in Clermont County Municipal Court for his arraignment at 10:00am on Tuesday 05/02/2017. The juvenile is in custody at the Clermont County Juvenile Detention Center.
Darnay Foley remains at large and has a last known address of Kilgore St. in the Village of Batavia ( no photo available of Foley). Anyone with information related to Foley’s whereabouts is encouraged contact the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office at 513-732-7510.
This investigation is ongoing and will be presented to the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office for review and presentation to the Clermont County Grand Jury.
Zachary Bell age 18
For Immediate Release Contact Chief Stratton
May 1, 2017 (513) 732-7648
On Monday 05/01/17 at 2:14 pm the Clermont County Communications Center received a 911 call in reference to a male subject walking on Doe Run Court, Batavia Twp. Clermont County with a hand gun. The caller stated that the male subject discharged the handgun twice, as he walked out of her sight. Sheriff’s Patrol units responded and discovered that the male with the handgun was a homeowner, who resides in the 200 block of Park Meadow Dr., in the same subdivision as Doe Run Court. The homeowner advised Sheriff’s Deputies that he confronted three masked subjects, who were attempting to break into his neighbor’s residence, at which time, one of the masked subjects brandished a firearm and fired at him. The homeowner, reportedly returned fire with his handgun, and the three masked subjects fled the area on foot. There have been no injuries reported at this time.
A Sheriff’s K-9 unit was called to the scene and ran a track in an attempt to locate the three masked subjects. The K-9 track was called off due to witnesses reporting that the subjects arrived in an unknown make/model white vehicle, and the K-9 track failing to leave the immediate area. Sheriff’s Office Investigative Unit and Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene reference processing.
This investigation is ongoing at this time and additional details will be provided as they become available. Names and addresses of reporting parties will not be released at this time due to victim safety and ongoing investigative considerations.
Clermont County Sheriff Robert S. Leahy reports a Miami Township woman has been indicted by the Clermont County Grand Jury for 3 counts related to her involvement in the trafficking of crystal methamphetamine.
Diane Unser, age 47 has been indicted on 1 count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a second degree felony, 1 count of aggravated possession of drugs, a second degree felony and 1 count of tampering with evidence, a third degree felony.
On February 22, 2017, The Clermont County Narcotics Task Force launched an investigation following a fatal overdose, occurring at Ms. Unser’s residence in the 5700 block of Hilltop Way Miami Township. During the investigation, agents learned of Ms. Unser’s intention to travel to Dayton, Ohio to purchase crystal methamphetamine.
On March 10, 2017, Ms. Unser was stopped by a Clermont County deputy as she returned from Dayton. Agents suspected Unser of concealing methamphetamine in her body cavity. A subsequent search warrant resulted in the recovery of 26.5 grams of crystal methamphetamine from Unser, which she intended for distribution. Additionally, $838.00 in US currency was recovered from Unser’s vehicle. The Clermont County Narcotics Unit was assisted during this investigation by the Loveland Police Department and the Miami Township Police Department.
Estimated street value of the crystal methamphetamine seized: $2,650.00
Unser is currently being held in the Clermont County Jail on a $75,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear for an arraignment in Clermont County Court at 10:00 AM on 3/22/17. This investigation into the trafficking of methamphetamine is ongoing.
Diane Unser age 47
On Thursday 3/9/17, three residents of a local hotel were indicted by the Clermont County Grand Jury on 38 counts related to their involvement in drug trafficking.
Michelle Allen, age 45, has been indicted on 2 counts of trafficking in heroin, one second degree felony and one fifth degree felony; 5 counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, 1 third degree felony and 4 fifth degree felonies, 2 count of aggravated possession of drugs, felonies of the third degree.
Dominique Simpson, age 24, has been indicted on 2 counts of possession of heroin a fifth degree felony, 2 counts of possession of cocaine, 1 felony of the third degree and 1 felony of the fifth degree, 2 counts of aggravated possession of drugs, both felonies of the fifth degree.
Paris Johnson, age 26, has been indicted on 5counts of possession of heroin a felony of the fifth degree, 3 counts of aggravated possession of drugs, all felonies of the fifth degree, and 1count of possession of cocaine a felony of the third degree.
On February 28, 2017, the Clermont County Narcotics Task Force, which is comprised of Sheriff’s Deputies, Union Twp. Miami Twp. and Pierce Twp police departments, finalized a month long investigation which identified Allen, Simpson and Johnson as traffickers in narcotics. The group trafficked the narcotics from their room in the Days Inn Hotel located in the 4000 block of Mt. Carmel Tabasco Rd. in Union Township. Narcotics agents executed a search warrant on the room the group occupied at the Days Inn Hotel, at which time agents seized 22 grams of heroin, 12 grams of crack cocaine, a small amount of marijuana and a 9mm handgun.
Estimated street value of heroin seized: $2,600.00, the estimated value of crack cocaine was $900.00.
Allen and Johnson are currently being held in the Clermont County Jail, and will appear in Clermont County Common Pleas Court on 3-10-17 at 8:30am for their arraignments.
Dominique Simpson remains at large. Anyone with information as to his location is encouraged to contact the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office at 513-732-7510.
Michelle Allen 45
Paris Johnson 26
Paul Miller, age 45, has been indicted on 1 count of Trafficking in Marijuana, a second degree felony; 1 count of Possession of Marijuana, a second degree felony, 1 count of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, a first degree felony, and 3 counts of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, all felonies of the fourth degree.
On December 8th, 2016, the Clermont County Narcotics Task Force finalized a three month long investigation which identified Miller as a major supplier of marijuana to Clermont County as well as numerous states throughout the country. Narcotics agents executed search warrants at Miller’s residence in Pierce Twp., as well as two storage facilities in Union Twp. Agents seized 60 pounds of marijuana which Miller intended for distribution. Additionally, agents seized $56,961.00 in US currency.
Estimated street value of marijuana seized: $240,000.00
Miller appeared for arraignment at 8:30am on 2/10/17 in a Clermont County Common Pleas Court, where his bond was set at $200,000.00. Miller is currently being held in the Clermont County Jail, and will return to court on 2/13/17 at 8:30am for a bond review. This investigation is ongoing with additional arrests of co-conspirators anticipated. Sheriff Leahy commented “I am extremely proud of the exceptional networking our Narcotics Task Force displayed during this investigation which involved communities and jurisdictions on the west coast.”
On Wednesday 2/8/17 at 2:50 a.m. the Clermont County Communication Center received a 911 call in reference to an Aggravated Robbery that occurred at the UDF store, 2200 Winemiller Ln., Batavia Twp. Clermont County. Sheriff’s Patrol units responded and discovered that a male subject entered the store wearing gym shorts, a tan jacket and a black baseball cap and ordered cigarettes. The store clerk produced the items that the male ordered and advised him of the purchase price, $8.97. The male answered the store clerk by stating that he had a loaded gun and the items were free. The male turned and left the store with the items. The male subject entered a vehicle that was parked in front of the store and left the lot. The clerk was able to obtain a description of the vehicle which included the license plate. There was no firearm displayed during the incident. The clerks was not injured and there were no customers inside of the store at the time of the robbery.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and Road Patrol Units began searching for the registered owner of the vehicle, which lead them to a residence located in the 3800 block of Fulton Grove in Pierce Twp. It was discovered that Fire Department personnel from Union Twp. were called to this residence for a structure fire, shortly before the robbery occurred. The registered owner of the vehicle was not present at the residence.
At 3:22 a.m., the Brown County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence on Upper Cumberland Rd., which runs off of Old SR 32 in Brown County for a vehicle in a ditch. Deputies from Brown County made contact with the vehicle which matched the description of the vehicle used in the robbery. The male driver was identified as David J. Sons M/W/32, who resides at the address on Fulton Grove where the structure fire occurred. Sons matched the physical description, provided by the clerk on the scene of the robbery and Brown County deputies recovered a handgun on Sons person. Sons was transported to the Mercy Hospital Clermont due to statements he made to Brown County deputies about harming himself. Detectives from the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office responded to Mercy Hospital and interviewed Sons who confessed to the robbery and purposefully setting fire to his residence in Pierce Twp. Sons was arrested and charged with one count of Aggravated Robbery, a felony of the first degree.
David Sons is being held in the Clermont County Jail without bond. Sons will appear in Clermont County Municipal Court on Thursday 2/9/17 at 10 a.m. for his bond hearings. Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office are working with the Pierce Twp. Police Department and will be presenting this case along with additional charges to the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office for presentation to the Grand Jury.
David J. Sons M/W/32