Miami County court briefs

Piqua bank robber to serve six years in prison

PIQUA — On June 11, Miami County Common Pleas Judge Christopher Gee sentenced Ryan Keller to serve six years per count in prison on count one of aggravated robbery and count two of breaking and entering. The sentences will run concurrently. Keller pleaded guilty to the charges on June 2. Keller, 33, of Piqua, robbed a Piqua Chase Bank on March 18. He brandished a gun and demanded money when he entered the Chase Bank branch on 401 Spring St., Piqua, shortly before noon on March 18. He also admitted to breaking into Ary’s Auto Sales in Piqua and stole an undetermined amount of cash on March 16.

Counterclaim filed in civil case regarding carbon monoxide poisoning last winter

TROY — On June 1, the owners of the South Elm Street home filed a counterclaim against the family members who lost three children and had another child injured in a carbon monoxide poisoning incident last winter. In the counterclaim filed by Joseph and Kathy Caldwell, they are “denying any and all liability for the alleged damages and/or injuries, in any, sustained by the minors, Dionna J. Alexander-Bishop, Dejah Alexander-Bishop, Jakia S. Jones, and Jahari Ward, these defendants assert that their acts or omissions, in any, were passive, secondary and remote to the active and primary negligence of the Plaintiffs, Leon Bishop Jr. and Jean Bishop.” The defense also states the injuries and/or damages, if any, were the direct result of Leon and Jean Bishop’s negligence and “failing to exercise ordinary care for the four minor individuals.” Caldwells also requested a jury trial. The Caldwells’ counsel is listed as Ray Freudger and David Oberly of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman and Goggin of Cincinnati.

In April, a Miami County grand jury declined to issue an indictment pertaining to allegations regarding the deaths of three children who died of carbon monoxide poisoning in Troy on Feb. 27 and March 1.

The civil suit filed by the Bishops seeks in excess of $125,000 in damages.

The civil suit states the heater, manufactured in 1949, allegedly caused the deaths of the three children. The suit also claimed the Caldwells never serviced the heater during the term of the lease with Leon Bishop Jr., who rented the home since 2013.

Sisters Dionanna Alexander-Bishop, 14, and Dejah Alexander-Bishop, 13, were pronounced dead at Upper Valley Medical Center on Feb. 27, and cousin Jakai Jones, 13, passed away at Dayton Children’s Medical Center. The Miami County Coroner ruled their deaths to be from carbon monoxide inhalation.

The grandmother, Jean Bishop, and the uncle, Leon Bishop Jr., were co-administrators of the estates of the three girls.

Deaton to serve 11 months for felony forgery and theft

TROY — Nicholas Deaton, 24, of Troy, was sentenced to 11 months in prison for fifth-degree felony forgery and fifth-degree felony theft. Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeannine Pratt considered Deaton’s pattern of substance abuse and prior felony record before sentencing. The offense also occurred while Deaton was placed on community control. Deaton also was indicted on two counts of felony trafficking of heroin in Darke County. Deaton received 11 days jail credit, plus court costs and three years of post-release control.

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