In Case You Missed It: 3 crime stories from this week


Need to get back in the loop? Here are three crime stories this week from the Springfield News-Sun.

Teens charged for ‘Pretty Little Liars’ styled threats against Piqua HS

Two teenage girls, ages 14 and 15, have been arrested in relation to a pair of threats against Piqua High School in the style of “Pretty Little Liars,” a TV drama series which airs on Freeform.

According to reports, a 15-year-old student allegedly made a Snapchat account under the username “A” — a character from the show — and allegedly threatened to expose students’ secrets. The 14-year-old allegedly wrote “I’m going to shoot the school. - A” on a bathroom wall.

The incidents led to the school being dismissed early on Thursday and being closed on Friday.

» READ MORE: 2 teen girls charged for Piqua HS threats in style of ‘Pretty Little Liars’

Green Twp. man accused of assaulting woman, firing shots in garage

Jonathan W. Baughman, 34, of Green Twp. is facing multiple charges after he allegedly assaulted a woman he knows and fired a gun in a garage.

Baughman has been charged with assault, domestic violence and discharging a firearm into a habitation after allegedly being involved in an altercation at a Garlough Rd. home on Nov. 28.

He was allegedly found intoxicated on the floor at the home. After being discovered, he stole the phone of the victim and allegedly struck her repeatedly when she attempted to retrieve it, according to a police report. He then allegedly went to the garage of the home to take the victim’s car, but when the victim took the keys from him, he allegedly fired shots at the vehicle, breaking out the back window and damaging a tire.

» READ MORE: Green Twp. man accused of hitting woman, firing shots at car in garage

Springfield man gets six-month sentence in child sex assault case

Kenneth Sammons, 25, of Springfield, has been sentenced to six months in jail, five years probation and has been ordered to complete a sex offender treatment program after being convicted of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old.

According to reports, Sammons, the child victim and the victim’s mother were all sharing a bed at the Drake Motel in October 2016 when the mother discovered Sammons was naked under the covers and allegedly knowingly assaulted the child. She confronted Sammons, who forced her to drive him to a friend’s home and allegedly punched her while she and the child were still in the vehicle.

When his sentence is combined with the mandated treatment program, Sammons will spend a total of one year behind bars. He will also have to register as a tier-two sex offender for the next 25 years.

» READ MORE: Springfield man gets six months for sexually assaulting 3-year-old

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