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B4 | JOURNAL-NEWS | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 COMPLETE. IN-DEPTH. DEPENDABLE. LOCAL& STATE COURTS& CRIME CRYPTOQUOT­E Former Children’s Services director faces felony charges Henry County Prosecutor Gwen Howe- Gebers was assigned to try the case because of potential conflicts of interest within the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office. According to the indictment against Scanland returned by the grand jurors, the state alleges that on three separate occasions the formerdire­ctor did ”with the purpose to defraud or knowing she was facilitati­ng a fraud on Allen County Job & Family Services, falsify, destroy, remove, conceal, alter, deface or mutilate any writing, computer software, data or record, to wit: Records kept concerning the training hours of foster parents Jeremy Kindle and/or Scott Steffes and thewriting, data, computer software or recordwas kept by or belonged to a local, state or federal government­al entity.” Those acts are alleged to have taken place between Jan. 1, 2017, and Nov. 30, combined 127 felony charges against thetwomen— including counts of rape, sexual contact with a minor and sexual battery. Steffes, 38, and Kindle, 35, were charged with 62and65 felony counts, respective­ly. The charges were based on a series of alleged incidents that led the three Children’s Service employees to be placed on administra­tive leave. The external investigat­ion “foundreaso­n to believe that agency staff failed to follow establishe­d protocol by not reporting allegation­s made about Kindle and Steffes on two occasions prior to their arrests inMay. The investigat­ion found no evidence that any employee thought that sexual abusewas occurring and covered it up. Rather, it appears that close relations between the foster parents andtheagen­cycloudedt­hese employees’ perception­s,” according to a statement released Aug.21 by the Children’s Services board. ByJSwygart Cynthia Scanland has been indicted on four felony counts. LimaNews Cynthia Scanland, fired last month by the Allen County Children’s Services board, has been indicted by a grand jury on four felony counts and one misdemeano­r charge related to her employment as the county agency’s executive director. Scanland, 53, ofArlingto­n, was indicted by the grand jury on three counts of tampering with records, all felonies of the third degree; a fifth-degree felony charge of obstructin­g official business and a misdemeano­r count of derelictio­n of duty. She is scheduled to make her initial court appearance at 2 p.m. on Sept. 29, before AllenCount­yCommonPle­as Court Judge Jeffrey Reed. The Allen County Children’s Services board of directors on Aug. 21 voted toterminat­etheemploy­ment of Scanland, effective immediatel­y. Scanland signed an LIMA — agreement that provides her with 3 ½ months of severance pay. The board also accepted the resignatio­ns of Program Administra­tors Brent Bunke and Staci Nichols at the same time. The employees reportedly were the targets of an investigat­ion in the case of Jeremy Kindle and Scott Steffes. In July 2018, Kindle and Steffes, his partner, were foster parents and adopted three boys, ages 3 through 8, through Children Services. Kindle and Steffes already had legal custody of three boys between the age of 14 and 17 at the time. An Allen County grand jury in July handed down a WONDERWORD Bandanas bar business is so slow, we needed something to keep us creative.” Nenni said 10 jobs were created at the restaurant, and the staff will include several of the employees from West CentralWin­e, located about one mile away. Bandanas, 2200 Central Ave., will have a soft opening for invited guests Saturday, then open to the public Oct. 2. The restaurant will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and dinner from4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Stefano’s opened in 1989 and underwent renovation­s in1993,2001and201­0. Those renovation­s increased seating capacity, including outdoor dining, and added a full-service bar and an old world brick oven fromItaly. continued fromB1 Kutzera and Nenni understand the risks involved in opening a restaurant. Around 60 percent ofnew restaurant­s fail within the first year and nearly 80 percent shutter before their fifth anniversar­y, according to the restaurant associatio­n. And they’re opening during the coronaviru­s pandemic, a time when other restaurant­s are closing. “Crazy timesmake people do crazy things,” Nenni said when asked about opening this year. When asked why they decided to expand their brand, Kutzera said: “It was the right fit for the right time.” Bandanaswi­ll offer some of the same Italian dishes thatmade Stefano’s so popular, Bandanas Italian Eatery will have 10employee­s, including some fromWest CentralWin­e. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF Schiavone’s, Capozzi’s and Stefano’s. Nenni said there i s “immense pressure” opening a restaurant in the same building that housed Stefano’s since 1989. Customers will have high expectatio­ns, she said. “We’re up to the challenge,” she said. “Since the Kutzera said. Themenu will also include steaks, family favorites, desserts, a full bar and the “second best” wine list in the city, Kutzera said with a laugh. It also will offer Schiavone’s spaghetti sauce that’s sold in stores. At one time in Middletown­therewere three family-owned Italian restaurant­s, PUBLICSAFE­TY Contact this reporterat Rick.McCrabb@coxinc.com. Woman removed from game for not wearingmas­k Board of you over the past three years,” wrote O’Neal in her resignatio­n letter sent to fellow board members. Her stint on the board including the district’s opening of three new schools — Central Elementary, Compass Elementary and Fairfield Freshman schools. “Duringmy tenure on the board I have been blessed to to live within district boundaries. Shehadbeen active inpast school tax levy campaigns and is the former president of the Parents and Teachers for Children organizati­ons at West Elementary School and Fairfield Intermedia­te School. “It has been a complete honor to serve with each have bothmy children educated inthis amazing district, witness the opening of … beautiful new schools, and help lead through a time of global crisis. You each have left an indelible mark onmy heart and soul,” she said. Smith, wearing a face covering, struggles with her for several minutes before using what appears to be a Taser to subdue her. She then is taken by force out of the Logan High School stadium. Logan police maintain that Kitts, who told Smith that she has asthma, was not arrested for not wearing a mask, but for refusing orders from police. “It is important to note, the femalewas not arrested for failing to wear a mask, she was asked to leave the premises for continuall­y violating school policy. Once she refused to leave the premises, she was advised she was under arrest for criminal trespassin­g, she resisted the arrest, which led to the use of force.” continued fromB1 FromWireRe­ports to the board in November 2021, which will grant a fouryear term. O’Neal is themothero­f two Fairfield graduates and has lived in the district for more than two decades. Ohio law requires school boardmembe­rs A Washington County woman was fo rc i b ly removed from a Hocking County middle school football game and criminally charged Wednesday after she refused to put on a face covering. In a video posted on Facebook and other social media, the woman, Alecia D. Kitts, appears to argue with school resource officer, Chris Smith, on the opponents’ side of the stands at a game between Logan Middle School andMariett­a Middle School. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday people shouldn’t rush to judgment as he called the incident “very unfortunat­e, very unpleasant.” Contact this reporterat 513-820-2179 or email Michael.Clark@coxinc.com. Hubbard “Obviously he has certain medical conditions and the prison has certain medical facilities andwe are involved in the investigat­ion and the shooting so generallyw­e try to get him housed someplace else. So itwas the easiest thing to allowthis to run its course and return him to prison where he had time on the shelf,” Dwyer said. Hubbard was wanted on the parole violationw­henthe incident happened. He was also a person of interest in a Hamilton unsolved homicide, according toHamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit. results of the Aug. 31 incident investigat­ion in prison rather than at a local jail. “We told them itwould be preferable for them to just violate him and send him back to prison for nowuntil we are done with what we are doing, that way I don’t have to house him. We can let Warren County and the prosecutor over there and BCI do their investigat­ion and then we will deal with that when they are done,” Dwyer said. He said Hubbard’s medical issues and the sheriff’s office’s involvemen­t in the investigat­ion made it a good move. continued fromB1 for contempt of court and obstructin­gofficial business. On Sept. 14, Hubbardwas video arraigned inHamilton Municipal Court on a new charge of failure to comply with an order or signal of police, which stemmed from an incident in Hamilton on Aug. 26. The next day that charge was withdrawn by the prosecutio­n, according to court records. Hubbard was released from Butler County Jail on Sept. 18 and is at the Correction­al Receptions Center, were he is being held on an alleged violation of post release control, according to JoEllen Smith, spokeswoma­n for the Ohio Department of Rehabilita­tion and Correction. He was earlier released fromprison April 19 on post release control after serving 18 months for havingweap­ons under disability and a drug charge. A hearing will be scheduled on the post Middletown­Officer Dennis Jordanwas shot after pursuing a suspectAug. 31 in Turtlecree­k Township. RIVERFRONT MOTEL CONTRIBUTE­D 4312 Tytus Ave • Middletown “BestValue In Middletown” CableTV w/HBO • Kitchenett­es Daily Rate................$41.00+tax Weekly Rate...........$173.50+tax release control violation, Smith said. The chase and shooting incident is under investigat­ion by the Ohio Bureau of Investigat­ion because there are multiple jurisdicti­ons involved. The investigat­ion will be turned over to the Warren Prosecutor’s Office for presentati­on to a grand jury. Butler County Chief DeputyAnth­onyDwyersa­idHubbardv­iolatedhis post release control and will await the (513) 424-8200 INSTALLS ON NEW & EXISTING GUTTERS Walk-In Tubs WALK-IN BATHTUB SALE! SAVE $1,500 EXPERIENCE YOU CAN TRUST! 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