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2014 ANNUAL REPORT
Overview
In 2013 the Clark County Prosecutor's office indicted, and prosecuted, 893 felony cases in Common Pleas Court.  As part of these prosecutions, our office forfeited in excess of $198,00 from criminals. In addition, our Diversion Program accepted 50 felony cases, of which 19 cases were completed by the end of the year.  The Diversion Program successfully recovered $22,560.90 in restitution for victims of crime.  In Juvenile Court, we prosecuted 1,096 new delinquency cases, as well as 161 adult contributing to the delinquency of a minor cases, 438 unruly cases, and 512 traffic cases.  In addition, we prosecuted 158 dependency temporary custody cases, and 28 permanent custody cases.  The Clark County Prosecutor's office also assisted in the collection of approximately $4,500,000 in delinquent real estate taxes, as well as continued to represent 31 County agencies, 10 Townships, and the County schools.

Community Awards/Involvement
Danielle award
Danielle Smoot, center, receives the Distinguished Civilian
Leadership Award from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, right.
Danielle Smoot's mission in life changed in February 2011.  That's when her 16-year-old son Cole died of a methadone overdose-the result of taking one prescription pill, one time.  Noticing symptoms of drug ingestion, his parents took him to the emergency room, where he was evaluated and released.  A few hours later, they found him dead in his bedroom.
    Setting aside plans for a nursing career, Mrs. Smoot founded Cole's Warriors.  Its impact on Clark County has been huge.  Billboards, presentations, teacher training, drug dogs, and voluntary drug testing in schools are just a few of its initiatives.  The organization placed four prescription drug disposal containers in the county, a project Prosecutor D. Andrew Wilson credits with saving lives.  The group also purchased an incinerator to allow for safe destruction of the drugs.
    "Over the past two and a half years, Cole's Warriors has become the premier drug prevention program in our jurisdiction," said Prosecutor Wilson, who supported Mrs. Smoot's nomination for the Civilian Leadership Award.  "Danielle Smoot is a true leader in the fight against prescription drug abuse.  Her innovative thinking, initiative, and selfless service have greatly contributed to our ability to address this epidemic here in Clark County."
    To learn more about Cole's Warriors, go to the Cole's Warriors link on our web site.

Amy award
Amy Smith, right, receiving her award from Project Woman.




Also in 2013, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Amy Smith was awarded the first annual Chrysalis Award from Project Woman.  In 2013 Amy was the prosecutor responsible for prosecuting violent offenses against women in Clark County.  The award is presented to a person who shows diligence in the fight to end domestic violence, and is an indication of the efforts put forth by Amy, and the prosecutor's office to put an end to domestic violence.

debi's mentoring award
Debi Segrest-Adams, left, with Kendolyn Anthony, the student
that nominated her for the mentoring award.
We are also proud to announce that Debi Segrest-Adams was awarded a mentoring award from Wright State University this year.  She was nominated by an intern in the Victim Witness Division, and we believe that this shows the hands on opportunities given to all of our interns at the Prosecutor's office.  We make every effort to provide our interns with real world experience, while showing them every aspect of the work that is done in our office.  Congratulations to Debi for an outstanding job of providing guidance to the students that provide such outstanding service to our office.

drug take back box
The drug take-back box located at the Springfield Police Department.
We are very happy to announce that in 2013, the Cole's Warriors program now has 4 drug take-back boxes set up in Clark County.  The purpose of these boxes is to allow citizens to safely dispose of any drugs in their home that they no longer need, or that have expired.  These boxes not only keep unwanted drugs off of the streets, and out of the hands of children, but they also keep the drugs out of our water supply and landfills.  Cole's Warriors is also happy to announce that we now have a presence in every high school in Clark County, where we will continue to spread awareness of prescription drug abuse.

Andy training
D. Andrew Wilson speaking to the Springfield Police Department
In 2013, Clark County Prosecutor D. Andrew Wilson conducted training for all Springfield police officers, and all Clark County deputies.  Mr. Wilson also conducted a course at the National Conference on Child Abuse in Dallas, Texas.  At this training, he spoke to 139 officers and social workers from all over the United States.  In addition to work related training courses, Mr. Wilson, and several Assistant Prosecutors also spoke at several local schools and events to provide an overview of what the office does, or to speak to certain issues of interest to the classes, or groups.    

Graffiti Eradication
The Graffiti Eradication team in action.



We were also happy to announce the introduction of the Graffiti Eradication Program, as a part of the Clark County Prosecutor's office's Diversion Program.  This program has been effective in erasing graffiti all over Clark County, and is an important part of our efforts to keep Clark County a wonderful place to live.

victim rights fair
From left to right, Sandee Selner, Amanda Deady, Danielle Smoot,
Debi Segrest-Adams, Prosecutor D. Andrew Wilson, and Robyn Smith.
The Clark County Prosecutor's office, along with their Victim Witness Division, and several other Clark County agencies attended the local celebration of the National Crime Victims' Rights Week.  This year's theme was "New Challenges, New Solutions", and the event helped to promote victims' rights, and honor crime victims and those that advocate on their behalf.   

Andy pointing in neighborhood
D. Andrew Wilson walking through a part Springfield
during the community service project.
The Prosecutor's office also conducted a community service project in cooperation with First Christian Church. As a part of the project, approximately 80 people walked for 10 hours in the highest crime precinct of the Coty of Springfield.  This 33 block area had 3,500 calls for police service in 2012, and had the highest number of assaults, burglaries, and weapons calls in the city.  The group identified 70 abandoned houses for the city, and handed out approximately 450 "hot spot" crime reporting cards to the residents of the neighborhood.  The group also handed out information on the Cole's Warrior's drug prevention program, and handed out information of Good Samaritan Outreach Center occupied houses in the area.  Finally, the group identified 16 areas of graffiti for the city to remove, and took 66 prayer requests from the residents of the neighborhood.

prosecutor at the fair
Brian Driscoll working the booth at the Clark County Fair.
The Prosecutor's office also had a booth set up at the Clark County fair in 2013.  The booth was run in conjunction with Cole's Warriors, and the theme of this year's booth was drug awareness.  Fairgoers had the opportunity to spin a wheel, and learn about the drug that the pointer landed on, with the chance to win a small prize if they could answer a question about the drug.

Criminal Division
In 2013, the Clark County Prosecutor's office indicted 893 new felony cases.  In addition, the Prosecutor's office handled 42 appeals arising out of felony convictions.  Some of the criminal cases prosecuted in 2013 are listed below.

arriaga-reyes
Pedro Arriaga-Reyes, 41, pled guilty to conspiracy to traffic in cocaine.  On December 17, 2013 he was sentenced to 13 years in prison.  During the investigation, over 1,200 grams of cocaine were seized, along with $50,000 in cash, and multiple vehicles and firearms.

Deron Castle
Deron Castle, 30, pled guilty to trafficking in marijuana, and money laundering on October 18, 2013, and was later sentenced to 11 years in prison.  the defendant was arrested with over 1,500 pounds of marijuana.  In addition, over $250,000 in cash was seized along with several firearms.    

nesser
Robert L. Nesser, 41, was found guilty on January 11, 2013, on 18 counts, including 4 counts of rape, 6 counts of felonious assault, 4 counts of kidnapping, 3 counts of domestic violence, and 1 count of robbery.  He was sentenced on February 12, 2013 to 72 years in prison, and classified as a Tier II sex offender.   These charges stemmed from an incident in which Mr. Nesser took his victim, whom he had a relationship with, to several different locations over a day long period.  The victim was beaten with a belt, hit over the head with a beer bottle, dragged down a flight of stairs, and choked until she lost consciousness.  She was also raped multiple times in an abandoned house, and at a local hotel during the incident. 

Brian Aaron Lee Hill
Brian Aaron Lee Hill, 27, was found guilty on December 16, 2013, of involuntary manslaughter, and improper furnishing of a firearm to a minor.  He was sentenced to 8 years in prison.  Mr. Hill sold a firearm to a 17 year old minor.  Shortly thereafter, the minor accidentally discharged the firearm, causing a fatal injury to himself.     

Larry Kennrdy II
Larry Kennedy, II, 35, pled guilty to one count of rape on November 14, 2013.  He was sentenced to 10 years to life in prison, and classified as a Tier III sex offender.  The victim in the case was a child under the age of 13, who was abused while staying with the defendant.

Jeremy Dover
Jeremy Dover, 29, was found guilty of Aggravated Robbery, with a firearm specification, on July 10, 2013, and sentenced to 14 years in prison.  the defendant, along with co-defendants Richard Becraft, and Laune Dozier, Jr. robbed the victim at gunpoint, in broad daylight, in the parking lot of Kroger on North Bechtle Avenue.  The Codefendants each pled guilty, with Laune Dozier, Jr. receiving 10 years in prison, and Richard Becraft receiving 9 years.

William Newman
William Newman, 53, pled guilty to operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, with a specification of 7 prior convictions within 20 years of this offense.  In fact, this was the defendants 14th conviction for driving under the influence, and he was sentenced to 6 years in prison, with a 25 year driver's license suspension.  The defendant had struck multiple cars on Ridgewood Road while driving under the influence, and had a 2.0 blood alcohol level.