CHILLICOTHE- A Lancaster man was indicted by a Ross County Grand Jury on Friday after being arrested in connection to a breaking and entering incident in February.
Stephen B. Chaffin, 35, of 151 East Hubert Ave, Lancaster, was indicted on one count each of breaking and entering and one possession of criminal tools, each a fifth-degree felony.
Charges stem from an incident that occurred on Feb. 16, when deputies from the Ross County Sheriff’s Office responded to a breaking and entering on the 1000 block of Piney Creek Road.
The victim told deputies that he had gone to the rear of his residence on the 1000 block of Piney Creek Road and noticed the back door was kicked in.
He yelled for whoever was in the residence to leave and saw two males run out the door and into the woods. The victim gave deputies descriptions of the two involved.
Detectives then allegedly found the defendant who matched the description, hiding, and took him into custody. An abandoned vehicle near the suspect’s residence contained credit cards and several tools used for possible criminal activity, according to Jenna Hornyak, an investigator for the Ross County Prosecutor’s Office.
On July 10, a Ross County Grand Jury also indicted Mathew C. Nunley in a case with matching details and date.
The Grand Jury was presented with 34 cases Friday, all of which were returned as true bills. The following cases were also open, including one misdemeanor:
- Jamie L. Osborne, 31, of 1116 Massieville Road, was indicted on a charge of trespass in a habitation where a person is present, a fourth-degree felony. Charges stem from an incident that occurred on Feb. 11, when deputies responded to the 600 block of Toad Hollow Road on a report of an overdose. Deputies took the subject who had overdosed out of the house by a squad. In the meantime, the homeowner informed the deputy that Osborne was not supposed to be in the house. Deputies returned to the house and arrested Osborne on trespassing charges.
- Robert W. Faber, 35, of 55 Salt Creek Road, Piketon, and Brittany D. Lusk, 27, of the same address, were both indicted on a charge of counterfeiting, a fourth-degree felony. On Feb 1, Chillicothe Police were dispatched to the Salvation Army in reference to possible fake money being passed. Officers spoke with the cashier, who reported that Lusk came into the store and tried to buy merchandise with a fake $20 bill. The cashier reported that Lusk then exited with Faber. The defendants returned shortly thereafter. Police contacted Lusk and Faber as well, who was found to be in possession of two more counterfeit $20 bills which were the same as Lusk’s counterfeit bill, according to Todd Bost, an investigator for the Ross County Prosecutor’s Office.
- James C. Zamora Jr, 32, of 58 Leggett Ave, was indicted on a charge of receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony. On June 14, deputies met with the victim, who told them that his 2002 black Lincoln was stolen from a garage on Trego Creek Road. On June 21, police officers observed a black Lincoln, conducted a random LEADS check on the vehicle as the vehicle pulled into Sack N’ Save. Officers allegedly observed the defendant exit the vehicle and enter the store. The LEADS check came back ID’ing the vehicle as the vehicle stolen from the victim. The officers proceeded to contact the defendant, who had no documentation to prove ownership of the vehicle such as a transfer of title, according to Hornyak.
- Jessie J. Chamberlin, 28, of 33 E. Walnut Street, Frankfort, was indicted on a charge of breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, and criminal mischief, a third-degree misdemeanor. On March 21, deputies were dispatched to the Hokolesqua Apartments in Frankfort and spoke with the victim, who stated that the defendant came to the complex and told her that he was sick. The victim stated the defendant got angry, threw a brick through the window of her truck and then proceeded to kick in the door to the office at the complex, and took video drives from the premises. He was later arrested, said Hornyak.
- David A. Butcher, 34, of 109 Poes Run Road, Londonderry, was indicted on a charge of receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony. On April 18, deputies spoke with the victim, who told deputies that his truck and attached ATV on a trailer were stolen. Someone had called and told the victim they saw the truck on US 35 just east of bridge street driving, the victim said. Deputies later found a vehicle matching the stolen trailer, with Butcher’s name on it. Butcher allegedly stated to deputies that he did get into the truck and drive it around, eventually detaching the truck from the trailer.
- Austin W. Mick, 30, of 1008 Main Street, Richmond Dale, was indicted on a charge of domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor. On June 27, deputies were dispatched to the 1000 block of Main Street in Richmond Dale, in reference to a dispute. Deputies spoke with the victim, who stated that Mick, who was her ex-boyfriend, allegedly threw her down on the ground, put his knee on her chest, and took her phone away from her. He then left the scene, according to the victim. He was later arrested, and denied the entire altercation happened, according to Hornyak. Mick has no priors, making the case a misdemeanor.
- David Stemen, 34, of 575 Belleview Avenue, was indicted on a charge of domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony. On June 18, officers spoke to the victim in reference to her boyfriend assaulting her. The victim stated that the pair have a 10 month-old child together. The victim stated that Stemen grabbed her and began choking her and punching her in the face, at which point the victim lost consciousness, according to the prosecutor’s office. The victim stated the assault took place after she tried to leave. The victim went to the hospital to be checked. The defendant has a prior 2016 conviction for domestic violence out of Fairfield County Municipal Court, making the charge a felony.
- Justin L. Allen, 34, of 3697 Lick Run Road, and Brandon K. Ackley, 36, of 10393 Ohio 772, were both indicted on one count of breaking and entering. Ackley was also charged with one count of aggravated possession of drugs. On April 5, ODNR officers did a routine drive of Great Seal Park and noticed the maintenance shop window was broken. The officer checked the building and heard someone inside. When they opened the door to the shop, another door in the building slammed shut. The officer ordered the subject out. The subject, who was identified as Justin Allen, advised the officer that Ackley was in the woods. Both were detained and Mirandized. Ackley admitted to breaking into the shop on April 3, according to the prosecutor’s office. When detained, Ackley was found to allegedly have .79 grams of methamphetamine on his person.
- Christopher A. Varney, 24, of 4396 Black Run Road, was indicted on a charge of burglary, a third-degree felony. On Jan. 25, Deputies met with the victim on Black Run Road, who stated that when he came home that afternoon, he noticed a van in his driveway. He allegedly observed the defendant run from inside his house carrying a striped bag. The victim went inside his house and noticed he was missing tools, electronics, and some clothes, the victim told deputies, according to the prosecutor’s office.
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