In case you missed it: 4 crime stories from this week


Here are four crimes stories reported in the Springfield News-Sun during the week of Nov. 19-25.

Man threatens woman with butter knife, then overdoses

Derrick S. Long, 29, of Springfield is facing multiple charges, including domestic violence and criminal trespassing, in Clark County Municipal Court after allegedly threatening to slit the throat of a woman he knows before overdosing on her floor.

Police were called to a home in the 300 block of South Burnett Road at about 1 a.m. on Oct. 16 on a report of a man threatening a woman with a knife. Long and the woman got into an argument because Long was not allowed on the property. During the argument, he allegedly grabbed a butter knife and threatened to slit the woman’s throat, after which the alleged victim locked herself in a bedroom. When police arrived, they found Long on the floor unconscious. The woman said he had taken four white pills after arriving at her home.

Man accused of stabbing another man in the chest

Janner Chavez Perez, 27, of Springfield, was charged with felonious assault after allegedly stabbing a man in the chest while at his ex-girlfriend’s house in May, according to court documents. He plead not guilty and his bond was set at $25,000.

Chavez Perez allegedly showed up and started to yell at the victim and a witness while they were sitting on the porch of the home in the 300 block of Schafer St. where the alleged assault occurred. The witness said the victim went inside to use the restroom. The witness later heard yelling and went inside to find the victim on the floor with a stab wound to the chest and the defendant allegedly fled on foot, according to an affidavit from police.

» READ MORE: Springfield man accused of stabbing man in chest

Champaign County teen to be tried as an adult

Donovan Nicholas, a 15-year-old Champaign County teen who has been diagnosed as having multiple personalities by a psychologist, will be tried as an adult when he faces an aggravated murder charge in court connected to him allegedly killing his father’s girlfriend in April 2016.

Nicholas, who was 14 at the time of the crime, was heard on a 9-1-1 call saying it was not him who killed 40-year-old Heidi Fay Taylor, but someone else inside of him named “Jeff.” Champaign County Juvenile Judge Lori Reisinger held a hearing late last month to determine whether Nicholas could be rehabilitated and treated in the juvenile system or if he should be moved to adult court. The judge ruled Tuesday the state cannot provide 24-hour care for Nicholas, defense attorney Darrell Heckman said. He was ordered to be held without bond because he poses a risk to society without proper counseling, according to Reisinger’s ruling.

» READ MORE: Champaign County teen with multiple personalities to be tried as an adult

Northeastern SD teacher indicted in deadly hit and run crash

Kristine M. Baggs, 40, of Springfield, was arrested and indicted in connection to a hit and run crash that killed a Medway man last year. Baggs is a teacher at Kenton Ridge High School who reportedly made over $50,000 last year.

The arrest comes in the wake of the crash where Lawrence J. Mason, 45 , of Medway, was struck as she was standing on the shoulder of North Tecumseh Road in Bethel Twp. in September 2016. According to a report from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, an SUV that was registered to Baggs’ husband, Eliot J. Baggs, was allegedly identified as the vehicle in question which allegedly hit Mason and then fled the scene after corroborating evidence was allegedly found.

Baggs has not been suspended from the Northeastern School District, but her status is pending review from the superintendent.

» READ MORE: Northeastern teacher indicted in deadly crash: What we know now



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