Springboro man charged in Glen hoax
- Published: August 15, 2013
The Greene County Prosecutor’s office charged Cody Buffenbarger, 22, with falsification, a 1st degree misdemeanor on Wednesday, Aug. 14, in Greene County Municipal Court. Buffenbarger was charged following the late June incident when he reported to police that a man with a gun was acting suspiciously near the EcoCamp cabins in the Glen, setting off a several-hour search of the Glen and inciting panic in the village. At the time, Buffenbarger was an Ecocamp counselor.
Buffenbarger made up the story because “he wanted attention, for whatever reason,” Greene County Prosecutor Suzanne Schmidt said on Wednesday.
While the charge could have been a felony, the prosecutor opted for a lesser option because Buffenbarger has been remorseful, according to Schmidt, and because he made restitution upfront of the costs related to the search, which involved several police departments along with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Greene County Sheriff Department. The cost incurred for the search was $2,975.88, Schmidt said.
Buffenbarger will be arraigned Aug. 23 at 8 a.m.. The charge carries a potential penalty of six months in the Greene County Jail or $1,000, but the prosecutor’s office has recommended a suspended sentence with community service, according to Schmidt.
See a more detailed article in the Aug. 22 issue of the Yellow Springs News.