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3 women charged with falsification

Three women were arrested Monday on suspicion of providing false information to Clark County deputies during an investigation.

Jessica L. Hibbert, Ashley N. Springer and Kelsie J. Hatfield are accused of lying about the name of the male driver of a vehicle who fled on foot from deputies when they attempted to stop it in the area of Main Street and Burnett Road.

The vehicle was involved in a stop earlier this month where the driver also fled on foot, and Hibbert then also gave a false name, according to the report.

Springer also denied picking up the fleeing suspect in her own vehicle, but later admitted to it.

All three eventually admitted the male suspect was not who they originally identified.

Hibbert, 21, of 2407 Woodside Ave., was charged with two counts each of falsification, obstructing official business, obstructing justice and failing to aid a law enforcement officer, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Springer, 22, of 1469 Ellsworth Ave., was charged with one count each of falsification, obstructing justice, obstructing official business and failure to aid a law enforcement officer.

Hatfield, 18, of 1704 Prospect Ave., was charged with two counts of obstructing official business and one count each of falsification and failure to aid a law enforcement officer.

Warrants for the driver were requested for two counts of failure to comply, eight counts of driving under suspension, two counts of having no operator’s license, failure to signal, improper turn and no seatbelt. STAFF REPORT

Man charged in theft case

Sean R. Vaughn, 29, of 908 Selma Road, was charged Tuesday with felony receiving stolen property in connection a theft of several chainsaws, tree climbing belts and other power equipment from his former employer.

Springfield officers were dispatched about 3:45 a.m. to the 1500 block of Kenwood Avenue on the report of a man loading the items, valued at an unlisted amount, into a minivan. Officers spoke with the owner of the items who told them Vaughn was suspected.

Vaughn was located at his home, and the items were located inside the van he’s suspected of driving.

He was ordered into court. STAFF REPORT

Officials: Dump truck fire arson

A dump truck fire Tuesday in the 900 block of Oak Street was likely deliberately set, according to a Springfield police report. The fire started about 2:20 a.m. STAFF REPORT

Woman jailed on domestic charge

Paula J. Hilling, 42, of 517 Neosha Ave., Springfield Twp., was placed in Clark County Jail Monday on a felony domestic violence charge.

According to a Clark County sheriff’s report, Hilling smashed the finger of a 67-year-old woman she knows in a door, causing injury between 7:30 and about 8:15 a.m. Monday at her home.

Hilling was located walking on Highview Avenue and taken into custody. The victim was transported to Springfield Regional Medical Center for treatment. STAFF REPORT


• A television, valued at nearly $1,800, was reported stolen between 4 p.m. Sunday and about 10 p.m. Monday during a home burglary in the 700 block of Grant Street, Springfield.

• An opiode dependency treatment prescription, valued at $720, was reported stolen between 1 and 4 a.m. Monday during a home burglary in the 300 block of West Grand Avenue, Springfield.

• A television, valued at $600, was reported stolen between 2 and 10:30 p.m. Monday during a home burglary in the 200 block of Crossgate Court, Springfield.

• A central air conditioning unit, valued at $1,000, was reported stolen between Aug. 17 and Sunday from a rental residence in the 1600 block of Edwards Drive, Springfield.

• Cash in the amount of $2,600 was reported stolen from a home in the 4100 block of Joy Drive, Mad River Twp. STAFF REPORTS

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