PIQUA — A woman was picked up on a warrant for allegedly making a false report against a Miami County Sheriff’s Deputy during the Fourth of July in 2015.
According to Miami County Sheriff’s Office reports, Alisha N. Nichols, 27, who has addresses listed in both Piqua and Troy, accused a deputy of striking Amanda J. Auxier, 26, of Piqua, in the leg while the deputy was operating a cruiser at that time.
Nichols was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail on Wednesday on one count of first-degree misdemeanor making a false allegation of a peace officer. According to Miami County Sheriff’s Office reports, Nichols and Auxier were involved in a traffic stop in which the driver did not a have a license that occurred at the intersection of Maple Street and Washington Avenue during Piqua’s Fourth of July fireworks show in 2015.
Auxier was reportedly getting items out of the trunk when she and Nichols claimed that a deputy, while maneuvering a cruiser out of the way, struck Auxier in the left leg and briefly pinned it between the two bumpers. Auxier and Nichols stated this caused Auxier to receive a bruise and scrape on her left leg, for which she reportedly sought treatment at Upper Valley Medical Center.
Video surveillance footage in the cruiser reportedly did not support their claims. According to reports, the footage showed Auxier “standing and shifting her weight from leg to leg without indicated injury.” No tears in Auxier’s clothing or dust transfer was witnessed. Auxier also did not appear to have a limp. There were also approximately 23 minutes between that traffic incident and the squad call when Auxier reported her injury.
Miami County Sheriff’s deputies investigating this incident reportedly concluded that Auxier, Nichols, and a third person — Jack L. Heveran, 26, of Piqua — falsified a citizen complaint against the deputy “because they were angry over missing the Piqua fireworks show.”
Auxier was also charged with first-degree misdemeanor making a false allegation of a peace officer in connection with this incident. Auxier was found guilty in February and sentenced to two year of probation, suspended jail time, and a $50 fine.
Heveran was also charged and found guilty of a reduced charge, fourth-degree misdemeanor disorderly conduct, in April. He was given suspended jail time and a $50 fine.
Nichols is currently being held in the Miami County Jail on $1,000 bond.
In other news:
An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper conducted a traffic stop on Paris A. Foster, of Dayton, on Tuesday at noon at mile marker 85 on I-75 for reportedly following too closely. During the stop, the trooper detected an odor of marijuana. The trooper conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle and reportedly found 3-4 grams of marijuana along with a .40 caliber Glock 22 with a loaded 15-round magazine next to it in the vehicle, according to court records.
Foster was charged with fourth-degree felony carrying a concealed weapon and minor misdemeanor possession of marijuana in connection with this incident.
Foster was arraigned Wednesday morning. His bond was set at $2,500, and he posted surety bond that same day.
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