Greenville Police Beat – Student may be expelled for defacing bathroom wall


On Sept. 7 a School Resource Officer at Greenville K-8 building learned that on Sept. 6 at approximately 2:01 p.m., a 14-year-old male student entered the 8th grade boys restroom and wrote on the bathroom wall. The officer observed the student enter the bathroom on surveillance video. Phrases on the wall included “welcome back to the hell hole,” “signed (another student’s name)” and “bloody murder bomb school December 19 7:05 AM.” The school principal recognized the phrases as written by the 14-year-old suspect, who had received school discipline for similar phrases written on walls during the last school year. The principal spoke with the student, who admitted he wrote the phrases, defacing school property. He told the principal he didn’t know why he wrote the phrases and did not have a plan to harm anyone or the school building. The student was suspended from school for 10 days, with grounds to expel. He was issued a citation for criminal mischief and released to his father.


On Aug. 7 an officer was dispatched to the 400 block of East Fifth Street in reference to a dispute. The officer spoke with the victim who said Adam Payne, was hanging out at the residence and the two of them got into an argument over some bills not being paid. The victim said Payne “freaked out.” According to the report, the suspect was abusing and shoving the victim and then threw the victim to the ground. Payne was located on Martin Street. Officers spoke with him and he admitted he got into a physical altercation but he did not want to write a statement and he would not be specific on what he did or did not do. Payne was issued a citation for assault and trespassed from the East Fifth Street residence. Then, on Aug. 12, officers again were called on the report of an assault at the same residence on East Fifth Street. A witness who also lives at the residence, said she was outside the residence and could hear Payne and the victim yelling. The witness also told police she went inside the residence and saw Payne taking the victim’s phone. When the witness attempted to grab the phone from Payne, he slapped her across the face. Officers went inside the residence and saw Payne standing next to the victim. They also saw two kitchen steak knives near where he was standing. Payne appeared noticeably intoxicated. The victim also appeared noticeably intoxicated. According to the report, the victim reported being assaulted by Payne, who wielded a knife. The victim had a torn shirt, several scratch marks and a bloody lip. Officers detained Payne and conducted a search, finding two glass pipes when they patted him down. Payne said the pipes were not his. Payne was arrested for assault and transported to the Darke County Jail, where he was incarcerated with a $1,525 bond. The pipes were taken as property but they did not have an odor of marijuana and did not test positive for marijuana. Payne was issued a citation for assault.


On Sept. 8 an officer witnessed a vehicle being operated on East Main Street traveling 47 mph in a 35 mph zone. The operator also failed to use a turn signal when changing lanes near Imo Boulevard. The officer attempted to make a traffic stop at East Main Street and Ohio Street, but the operator of the vehicle did not stop. The officer activated his siren and the operator applied the brakes but continued into the 1300 block of East Main Street. The vehicle finally stopped in the back of a driveway on East Main. The officer approached the vehicle and identified the operator as the registered owner, Nicholas Petty. Petty was asked why he didn’t stop when the officer turned the overhead lights on and Petty said he didn’t see them. Petty also said he was coming from a bar and may have been speeding just trying to get home. Petty said he had between 5 and 6 beers at the bar. The officer could smell the odor of alcohol on Petty’s breath. He also had bloodshot eyes and was slurring his speech. The officer asked Petty to exit the vehicle to perform field sobriety tests. After poor attempts to follow the officer’s orders during the tests, the officer placed Petty under arrest. While he was being searched, the officer located a glass smoking pipe. Petty admitted the pipe was used for marijuana. He was placed in the back seat of the police cruiser and told the officer he knew he wouldn’t be able to perform the tests the officer asked him to complete. Petty was transported to the Greenville Police department where he refused to take additional testing. He was placed under an administrative driver’s license suspension. Petty has two prior convictions for operating under the influence from 2004 and 2012. He was cited and released to his mother. The confiscated paraphernalia was placed into property.

Unruly Juvenile

On Sept. 6 an officer responded to the report of a runaway juvenile. The officer spoke with the mother of the juvenile, who said she had not seen her 16-year-old son since the day before, on Sept. 5. She said the son left without permission. The mother gave the name of one of her son’s friends and suggested the officer check that residence. The mother also told the officer the school had contacted her to report her son had not shown up for school. The officer checked a couple of different addresses, but did not locate the juvenile. Just after 6 p.m., the mother contacted the police department to tell them her son had returned home. Officers went back to the residence and issued the juvenile a misdemeanor citation for being unruly. Records show the child also ran away from home on Aug. 20, and a report was taken. On Sept. 7 officers were responded to a report of unruly juveniles at the Coffee Pot on South Broadway Street. Officers located three boys matching the description given by dispatch in the parking lot behind the Coffee Pot. The juveniles were ages 11, 15 and 16. Officers determined the 11-year-old was not involved in the reported incident and sent him home. One of the officers spoke with the victim and a witness inside the Coffee Pot. Through an investigation, it was found the other two boys were talking inappropriately about body parts and being loud in the Coffee Pot. When asked to leave by an employee/victim, they became belligerent and started to use foul language. The employee and another witness said they observed and heard one of the boys call the victim an inappropriate name and once he was outside, he punched the window with his fist. Both boys were brought to the Greenville Police Department and one of their grandmothers was called. The other boy’s mother was called. Her son was released, however the other boy was cited for disorderly conduct. Neither were on probation at the time of the incident.

Wanted Person

On Sept. 9 an officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Cypress Street on a 911 hang-up call. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with Israel M. Lopez, who advised he was calling a number that had “911” in it and it was an accident. The officer asked dispatch check Lopez for warrants and was advised he had an arrest warrant from Darke County for domestic violence with a bond of $2,525. The warrant was confirmed and Lopez was taken into custody and transported to the county jail, where he was released without incident to corrections officers.

On Aug. 12 an officer was called to the 300 block of Surrey Lane in reference to an assault. While enroute the officer was advised suspect Dakota Long was running through the yard of Surrey Lane Apartments. Police had prior knowledge that Long had two active warrants. Officers began searching the area of both Oxford Heights and Surrey Lane Apartments and saw Long running through a parking lot at the Russ Road Marathon station. Long stopped and began walking back toward the apartments, then saw the officers and began running again northbound across Russ Road. The officer was able to catch up to Long in the Sears parking lot. Long admitted to knowing he had an active warrant. He was arrested and transported to the Darke County Jail, where he was incarcerated. The warrants were for a probation violation, original charge domestic violence with no bond. The second warrant was for failure to appear for criminal damaging, with a $775 bond. Long was also charged with obstructing official business.

On Sept. 12 an officer was contacted by Tom Fourman with the Darke County Adult Probation advising an arrest warrant had been issued for Jeff Royster. While on patrol in the area of East Main and Ohio streets, the officer observed Royster walking westbound. He made contact with Royster and advised him there was a warrant issued for his arrest. During a search of his person, the officer located a metal vial of pills that Royster said was his prescription. Also located was a vial of white powder in Royster’s pocket. Royster said the powder was crushed up pills. Officers transported Royster to the county jail. The pills and powder were taken to the police department. Police will determine if Royster does have a prescription for the medication. The powder was sent to the BCI&I crime lab for analysis.

On Sept. 12 two officers were called to the 400 block of Washington Avenue to look for defendant Jeffrey McDowell, who had an active bench warrant from the Greenville PD for failing to appear for arraignment on the original charge of a trash accumulation violation. McDowell also had a felony warrant from the Darke County Sheriff’s Department for aggravated possession of methamphetamine. McDowell was located in his driveway. When he saw the officers he proceeded to walk inside his residence. The officers followed him inside, where he was detained. McDowell said he had a green bag in his left back pocket, which may contain some drugs or paraphernalia. McDowell said he was unsure what was inside the bag because he just picked it up out of his yard and he believes it belonged to another male resident who was living at that address. Officers opened the bag and found a glass pipe, but no drugs. McDowell said the pipe was used for smoking meth but it did not belong to him. McDowell’s warrants were confirmed and he was placed under arrest and transported to the county jail where he was incarcerated with no bond. He was issued a citation for drug paraphernalia. The pipe was taken to the police department, where it field-tested positive for methamphetamine. The pipe was placed into the property room at the Greenville PD.


The Greenville Police Beat is prepared from public records available at the Greenville Police Department. Every effort is made to balance the public’s right to know with the rights of the individuals involved. Readers are encouraged to contact Greenville Police if they have information or concerns regarding these or any other incidents they see. The Early Bird notes all suspects are innocent until proven guilty and welcomes comments and concerns regarding this community service.

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