Piqua man competent to stand trial

Hennon sane at time of allegedly assaulting newborn

By Melanie Yingst - Miami Valley Today



MIAMI COUNTY — The Piqua man accused of assaulting his 2-week-old baby was found competent to stand trial in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Monday.

Brent W. Hennon II, 19, appeared for the motion to determine competency with public defense attorney John Fulker. The court reviewed Hennon’s competency evaluations and found Hennon is not mentally ill nor was he suffering from mental illness at the time of the offense. The report stated Hennon is not insane and he knew the wrongfulness of the actions he allegedly committed.

Judge Jeannine Pratt set a final pre-trial conference for June 17 and a three-day trial date to begin on July 9.

Hennon was indicted by a grand jury for second-degree felonious assault and felony child endangering after being accused of assaulting his son to the point of the child needing medical care on Nov. 22. He was arraigned on the charge on Jan. 7, in Miami County Common Pleas Court. Hennon’s bond was set as a $500,000 cash-only bond. Hennon remains incarcerated at the Miami County Jail.

Hennon was originally charged in connection with an incident in which Piqua Fire Department medics were called to a residence on the 200 block of Fourth Street at approximately 3:30 p.m. Nov. 22, on the report of an infant possibly not breathing. Paramedics were able to revive the baby, and police were contacted due to the nature of the incident.

According to previous reports from the Piqua Police Department, the infant sustained numerous injuries, some of which were life-threatening. The infant was hospitalized after the incident.

In other news:

West Chester defense attorney and former radio personality Lisa Wells, 40, appeared in Miami County Common Pleas Court for a show cause hearing on Monday.

Wells allegedly didn’t comply with probation orders to file a report from the Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program, which was part of her probation conditions and in-lieu-of conviction guidelines.

Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeannine Pratt granted the 700 AM-WLW radio personality treatment in lieu of conviction in April 2017 for a two-year period.

Judge Pratt told Wells that information regarding her condition of in-lieu of conviction had been relayed to her multiple times. Wells claimed she only received a notice about the show cause hearing and no further communication from Miami County Probation. Pratt granted Wells a continuance to obtain legal counsel. Prior to the hearing, Wells’ former attorney Bryan Penick requested to withdraw as counsel due to a civil suit case pending, which Wells is opposing counsel in the case. Pratt granted Penick’s request.

Pratt also asked Wells why she was more than 45 minutes late to her hearing. Wells said she had timing issues with her calendar and phone. Wells is to appear in court on June 21 for another show cause hearing.

Wells entered a plea of guilty to four counts of fifth-degree felony aggravated drug possession and OVI in April 2017.

In November 2016, Wells was re-indicted by a grand jury on the charges stemming from a traffic stop in January 2016, by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper conducted a traffic stop on Wells on Jan. 25, 2016, on Interstate 75 near Piqua for expired registration. According to court records, the trooper also noted that Wells was weaving in her lane and even crossing the lines on each side of her lane. The trooper reportedly saw pills in plain view before searching the vehicle. The trooper seized oxycodone, alprazolam (also known as Xanax), amphetamine and dextroamphetamine.

Wells is an attorney and former radio personality from West Chester, and was a frequent call-in guest on the Bill Cunningham Show on 700 AM-WLW.

Hennon sane at time of allegedly assaulting newborn

By Melanie Yingst

Miami Valley Today