Incident at West Clermont Middle School

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Thursday March 17, 2022                                                                                                                                                          (513) 732-7648

 

 

On March 17, 2022 at approximately 10:00am administrators from the West Clermont Middle School, located at 1341 Clough Pike, Batavia Ohio 45103, were advised that a seventh grade student made a threat to bring a gun and shoot up the school.  School administrators contacted the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer (SRO) who is assigned to the West Clermont Middle School. Within minutes, the School Resource Officer, along with school administrators, removed the student from class.  The student’s property and locker were searched and no firearms were located. The student’s parents were notified by school administrators of what their child had communicated.

The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer conducted a complete investigation, which included an interview with the seventh grade student.  During the interview, the student admitted to the staff and the SRO, that she did in fact make the threat.

 

The female student, age 12, was removed from the school and released to her parents. The School Resource Officer and West Clermont Staff confirmed the student did not have access to means to access any firearms.

This investigation was reviewed with the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office and it was determined that one count of Inducing Panic (M-1) would be filed through Juvenile Court.

Kentucky man arrested for shooting and killing roommate during an altercation in Wayne Township, Clermont County Ohio

 

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Thursday, March 3, 2022                                                                                                  (513) 732-7648

 

Kentucky man arrested for shooting and killing roommate during an altercation in Wayne Township, Clermont County Ohio

On 3/03/2022 at 2:11 pm, the Clermont County Communication Center received a 911 call reporting a male at 6181 Marathon Edenton Rd.  Wayne Township, had been shot. Road Patrol Deputies from the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene at 2:23 pm and located the victim, later identified as Dustin Carson, age 46, from Kentucky, lying unresponsive in the driveway of the residence.  Wayne Township Fire/EMS responded to the scene, however the victim had succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Detectives and the Crime Scene Unit from the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene for further investigation. The roommate of the deceased,  Daniel Underwood, was located at the scene and was identified as the person who called 911. Underwood was cooperative with detectives and forthcoming with details about the altercation which occurred at the property.

Underwood was transported to the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Unit where he was interviewed by a detective.  Underwood explained that he was involved in a verbal dispute with the Carson, and confessed to shooting Carson during the dispute.

The Clermont County Coroner’s Office responded and transported the body of Dustin Carson to the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.

Daniel Underwood, age 50,  has been arrested and charged with one count of Aggravated Murder, a felony of the first degree. He is currently being held in the Clermont County Jail without bond.

Underwood is scheduled to appear at Clermont County Municipal Court on Friday March 4, 2022 at 10:00 am for his arraignment.

This investigation remains ongoing and will be reviewed in its entirety with the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office for presentation to the Grand Jury for consideration of additional charges.

 

 

Any additional inquiries in reference to this investigation should be directed to the Clermont County Prosecutors Office at 732-7313.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Underwood, age 50

 

Incident at New Richmond High School

 

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Tuesday, February 9, 2022                                                                                                                                                                                                  (513)732-7648

 

On February 8th, 2022, at approximately 1200pm, administrators from New Richmond High School, located at 1131 Bethel New Richmond Rd. New Richmond Ohio, were advised by an anonymous tip that a 15 year old male, a 9th grade student, stated he was going to cause harm to another student with a lighter.  Within minutes, the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer (SRO), along with school administrators, removed the student from class.  The student’s locker was searched and two lighters were located.

The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office SRO conducted a complete investigation, which included an interview with the 9th grade student who made the verbal threats.  During the interview, the student admitted to the staff and the SRO, that he did  in fact threaten to harm another student.

The student in question was removed from the school property, released to his parents and has been placed on suspension pending further disciplinary processes.

On February 9, 2022, this investigation was reviewed in its entirety with the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office and the male student has been charged with one count of Aggravated Menacing, a Misdemeanor of the first degree, and one count of Inducing Panic, a Felony second degree.

No students were injured during this incident.

 

 

 

 

 

Level 1 Snow Emergency

February 4, 2022                Immediate Release

 

Based on improving road conditions across the entire county and after consultation with my command staff, County Engineer, and other public safety entities, Clermont County is now at a Level 1 Snow Emergency.

 

LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.

 

Sheriff Robert S. Leahy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Level 2 Snow Emergency

February 4, 2022                                                                          Immediate Release

 

Based on poor road conditions across the entire county and after consultation with my command staff, County Engineer, and other public safety entities it is determined that driving would create risks and difficulties particularly for road clearing operations, Clermont County is now at a Level 2 Snow Emergency.

LEVEL 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution.

 

Sheriff Robert S. Leahy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incident at New Richmond High School

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Tuesday September 29, 2021                                                                                                         (513)732-7648

 

 On September 29th, 2021, at approximately 12:50pm, administrators from New Richmond High School, located at 1131 Bethel New Richmond Rd.,  New Richmond Ohio, were advised by several students that a 9th grade student claimed that he had a gun in his back pack.

 

Within 3 minutes of the initial report, The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer (SRO), along with school administrators, identified and removed the student from class.  The student’s personal property and locker were searched and no weapon was located. The Sheriff’s SRO spoke with the student in question who admitted that he had told classmates that he had a weapon. The student added “it was a joke” and that he did not have access to any weapons.

 

The male student, age 14, has been charged with one count of Disorderly Conduct, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.  The student was removed from the school and released to his parents, who confirmed that their son did not have access to any firearms.

 

“I will continue to encourage students and parents to report any issue that jeopardizes the safety of students on Campus. School safety is and will remain a priority of the Sheriff’s Office” Sheriff Leahy

 

Man shot during altercation in Jackson Township, Clermont County

 

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Friday, September 3, 2021                                                                                                                                                                   (513)732-7648

 

Man shot during altercation in Jackson Township, Clermont County

On September 2, 2021 at 7:40pm, The Clermont County Communications Center received a 911 call from a resident in the 5600 block of Bucktown Rd., Jackson Township, reporting a shooting incident at his residence. Caller reported that he had been shot during a verbal dispute with a known subject. Deputies from the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene and discovered a male with a single gunshot to his right hand and were told that the suspect had fled the scene in a vehicle.

Stonelick Township EMS respond to the scene and transported the shooting victim, identified as Christopher Freeman, age 33,to Bethesda North Hospital at 8:07pm. Freeman’s injury were non-life threatening and he has been released from the hospital.

Sheriff’s Office Detectives and Crime Scene Unit responded to process the scene. A Detective responded and interviewed Freeman at Bethesda North Hospital. Freeman explained that he was involved in a heated verbal dispute with the suspect identified as Russell Bonham, age 46,  that turned physical.  Freeman alleges that Bonham brandished a firearm during the altercation and fired several shots at him, striking him once in the right hand.

Bonham fled the scene in a silver Saturn and has not been located. Bonham is wanted for questioning in this investigation.

Bonham currently has a Warrant on Indictment outstanding for his arrest out of Clermont County Common Pleas Court for Aggravated Possession of Drugs and Trafficking in Drugs, no bond.

Anyone with information on Bonham’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office at 513-732-7510. Bonham should be considered to be armed and dangerous.

The investigation into this shooting remains ongoing. No charges have been filed related to this investigation.

 

Russell Bonham age 46    Photo taken 11/20/1018

Clermont County Grand Jury indicts Monroe Township man for the Felonious Assault of a 2 year old child

 

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021                                                                                                         (513)732-7648

 

 

 

Clermont County Grand Jury indicts Monroe Township man for the Felonious Assault of a 2 year old child

 

On August 17, 2021 the Clermont County Grand Jury returned an indictment on James Tackett Jr. of Monroe Township for one count of Felonious Assault, a felony of the second degree and one count of Endangering Children, a felony of the third degree. This investigation stemmed from a 911 call on June 19, 2021 for a 2 year old child not breathing at a residence located in the2100 block of SR 125, in Monroe Township. Tackett initially reported to responding deputies that he was caring for his girlfriend’s 2 year old daughter while she was at work and the child slipped and fell while running across the kitchen floor after getting out of the bathtub. Tackett stated that the child was unresponsive when he found her. Tackett called the mother and requested that she return home from work due to the child’s condition.  When the child’s mother arrived home, she called 911 and requested EMS.

 

Detectives from the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene to process and interview person(s) involved in the incident. Tackett denied causing injury to the child when questioned. This resulted in a two month long investigation concluding with physicians at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital determining that the child’s injuries were consistent with “Serious inflicted trauma not consistent with a household injury.” 

 

Tackett was taken into custody without incident today by Sheriff’s deputies.

 

Tackett is currently being held in the Clermont County Jail without bond. He will appear before Judge Haddad for his arraignment at 10:00 am on Wednesday August 18, 2021 in Clermont County Common Pleas Court.

 

Any additional inquires about this investigation should be directed to the Clermont County Prosecutors Office at (513) 732-7313.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Tackett Jr. age: 22

 

Deputy Involved Shooting

Incident at West Clermont Middle School