area police briefs

Police K-9 catches alleged criminal in creek after officer injured

Chase, a Middletown canine officer, certainly earned his name after his partner was injured.

Middletown police officer Ryan Morgan and his canine captured Matthew Kincaid in a Madison Twp. creek Sunday morning after a pursuit that began in Middletown following a traffic stop, according to a Middletown police report.

After Kincaid was stopped at Central Avenue and Main Street at 3:03 a.m., he closed his car door and appeared he was going to flee, police said. Morgan grabbed the door handle, but the car sped away. A pursuit followed on Ohio 122 toward Madison Twp., police said, and at times Kincaid was speeding and driving “erratically,” crossing the double yellow line.

Kincaid then turned northbound on Hursh Road, exited the vehicle and fled on foot, according to police. That’s when Morgan released his canine partner.

Morgan said he tackled Kincaid in the creek, but he continued to resist, “throwing his elbows” and “striking” the officer in the torso, according to the report. Chase then engaged Kincaid, biting him in his left hip. Morgan said he was unable to get Kincaid into handcuffs because his thumb was dislocated. Chase held onto Kincaid until more Middletown police officers arrived.

Kincaid, 39, of Middletown was searched and officers found a small baggie of methamphetamine and marijuana, according to the report.

He was transported by the Madison Twp. EMS squad to Atrium Medical Center for the dog bite, and Morgan was treated at Kettering Medical Center Middletown for his hand injury.

Kincaid was charged with eluding police officers, assault on a police officer, driving under suspension, resisting arrest, drug abuse/methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kincaid will have his preliminary hearing Monday in Middletown Municipal Court, according to court records. — RICK MCCRABB

Competency hearing set for boy, 10, charged after allegedly chasing sister with knife

A competency hearing was ordered for a 10-year-old charged with domestic violence after he allegedly chased his sister with a knife.

The boy appeared in Butler County Juvenile Court last week and Magistrate Patricia Wilkerson ordered the hearing and released him from the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center. He was ordered not to have any contact with the alleged victim, who is 12, unless there was adult supervision, according to court records. He also was ordered not to have any weapons.

His next hearing is Jan. 16, according to court documents.

On Nov. 21, Middletown police were called to a home on Sharon Court. A woman there told police while she was at work, her 10-year-old son grabbed several kitchen knives and chased his sister around the house. He was upset because his sister took the TV remote control, according to a police report. — RICK MCCRABB

Police investigating if cashier conspired in counterfeit money exchange

Middletown police are investigating if a fast-food cashier knowingly gave change for two counterfeit $100 bills, according to a report.

Police were called last week to Lee’s Famous Recipe, 604 S. Breiel Blvd., after a manager found two $100 counterfeit bills in the register.

The manager reviewed surveillance footage and noticed the cashier using her cell phone to text someone several times and then counting the $20 bills in the register, according to a police report.

A customer in the drive-through ordered a sandwich and a drink and his bill was $4.72. He handed the cashier two $100 bills that were folded in half. The employee didn’t test the $100 bills to see if they were counterfeit as is company policy, according to police.

She placed the bills in the register, then gave the man $195.28 in change. When the transaction was complete, the two shook hands, according to the report.

Police were given the counterfeit bills and the video footage

No charges have been filed and the investigation is continuing, police said. — RICK MCCRABB

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