DeWine on Pike Co. shootings: Someone involved ‘knew the territory’

Published: Thursday, August 04, 2016 @ 3:23 PM
Updated: Monday, August 08, 2016 @ 1:47 PM

WHIO’s John Bedell recently touched base with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine regarding the investigation into the unsolved April 22 fatal shootings of eight Rhoden family members in Pike County.

UPDATE @ 12:52 p.m. Aug. 8

 

WHIO’s John Bedell recently touched base with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine regarding the investigation into the unsolved April 22 fatal shootings of eight Rhoden family members in Pike County.

 

DeWine said the murders were “well planned” and executed by more than one person. He said at least one person involved was familiar with the properties where the bodies were found. While investigators have made progress, DeWine said the outcome is still nowhere in sight.

 

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“I’ll tell you we know a lot more today that when we first started,” DeWine said. “We’re still not to the point where we can say, ‘we’re gonna go arrest someone.’ We’re just not to that point yet.”

 

DeWine has kept a tight lid on releasing details of what investigators are learning. Autopsy reports have been withheld from the public.

 

“The reason for that is there’s certain facts that only — at this point — only the murderer knows,” he said. “We don’t want to broadcast those facts. Because once you do, it becomes much more difficult to judge the credibility of something someone comes in and tells you.”

 

DeWine reiterated statements he made at the outset, that “this could be a long investigation.”

 

“It really is like putting together a big, say thousand-piece jigsaw puzzle,” he said. “We’re putting in pieces. A piece here, a piece here, a piece here. At some point it becomes clear. You start seeing a picture and at some point, you figure it out.”

 

Thank God they didn’t take the babies

 

In response to a question on whether the shooters knew the victims, DeWine said certainly those responsible “knew the territory.”

 

“Someone was involved who knew that area, and probably knew those homes and at least some of the people who were victimized. But beyond that I really can’t say.”

 

DeWine responded to questions about the marijuana that was found growing on two properties where bodies were found.

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“Clearly, this was a serious commercial operation,” said DeWine, who would not confirm whether there are any connections to international drug cartels.

 

“I don’t want to be in a position where we confirm or deny any kind of theory. I don’t think that would be fair as far as our investigation is concerned and our ability to find out who did this,” he said.

 

EARLIER

 

The three surviving children of the victims of the Pike Co. shooting massacre in April that left 8 members of the Rhoden family dead, are in danger according to Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader.

 

According to a report from the Columbus Dispatch, Reader testified at a court hearing and said that the Rhoden family, specifically the three children in the homes where the murders occurred, remain in danger.

 

He also confirmed his investigators are looking for multiple killers, according to the report.

 

No arrests have been made yet for the killings.

 

Reader’s testimony came in a hearing to keep proceedings about the surving Rhoden children closed to the public and the media.

 

Reader told Pike County Juvenile Judge Robert Rosenberger: “I believe if the information about the minor children is released, it would put the minor children or their caregivers in grave danger.”

 

The judge is considering access to hearings for 9-month-old Ruger Rhoden and 3-month-old Kylie Rhoden, both of whom are in foster care.

 

Judge resigns after sending woman to jail over perjury, traffic ticket

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 9:08 AM

Decatur Municipal Court Judge Lindsay Jones poses in this undated photo. (WSBTV)
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Decatur Municipal Court Judge Lindsay Jones poses in this undated photo. (WSBTV)(WSBTV)

A Decatur municipal court judge has resigned after jailing a woman for perjury, saying she’d lied about a traffic ticket.

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Judge Lindsay Jones offered his resignation to Decatur Chief Municipal Judge Rhathelia Stroud on Wednesday, Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Jones had earlier told The AJC he was not stepping down.

The controversy began when Shari Hurston Tatum appeared in court Nov. 8 for a traffic ticket. She waived her right to an attorney and jury trial, but demanded a bench hearing, Jones said.

When Tatum reappeared in court Wednesday for that hearing, Jones played video of the traffic incident and decided Tatum was guilty of blocking the intersection and further that Tatum was guilty of perjury. He sentenced her to two days in jail.

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“Tatum’s perjury was characterized as misbehavior before the court, and treated as a contempt of court process, for which she was sentenced to two days in jail,” Jones said.

Tatum said she was embarrassed and ended up spending her 20th wedding anniversary in jail.

After The AJC on Thursday published an article about the incident, Jones sent a letter refuting the idea that he had resigned. 

“I have not offered my resignation to Ms. Merris or the City Commission, nor have I spoken with Ms. Merris or the Commissioners as of this date relating to my judgeship,” Jones wrote on Thursday.

But Decatur officials say Jones had resigned verbally in conversation the day before with Stroud.

“After listening to his report and sharing my concerns and subsequent expectations for what had gone forth in the Court earlier, Judge Jones tendered his verbal resignation to me last night,” Stroud said in an email to Merriss.

Stroud further said she accepted the resignation immediately on behalf of the city.

Jones said on Sunday he meant only to maintain that he would not change his order in Tatum’s case and that he intended to seek further clarification from Stroud.

“I had no intent to offer the resignation of my position to Judge Stroud, I was merely expressing my intent do so in the future if the political pressures being exerting upon me to change my order were to persist,” Jones wrote.

Based on his resignation, Jones is no longer a member of the City of Decatur Municipal Court, Merriss said.

Police arrest, release 2 in slaying of Dayton man found shot in his home

Published: Friday, December 08, 2017 @ 1:31 PM
Updated: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 6:48 PM

Police arrest, release 2 in slaying of Dayton man found shot in his home

UPDATE @ 6:30 p.m. (Dec. 11): Police now say two young men arrested in the investigation of a homicide on Grafton Avenue have been released pending further investigation. 

They were booked into the Montgomery County Jail on Friday on suspicion of murder. They were released Sunday, according to Dayton police homicide investigators. 

Neither man has been formally charged, according to the county prosecutor's office, in the death of Sayed Villanueva, 42, who was found dead Friday afternoon on the second floor of the house in the 1100 block of Grafton.

According to the autopsy report, Villanueva had been shot in the neck.

Sayed Villanueva (Courtesy/Family)

Monday, his fiance said she is confident the person or persons responsible will be caught and that justice will be served. 

"I don't know whether or not it will be served today but it will definitely be served," Tawana Callaway said. "It will come, you will get your time, trust and believe that, you will get your time because he did not deserve this," she said.

Multiple people were detained and questioned after Villanueva was found by family members shortly before 1 p.m.

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Woman who posed as boy to date Springboro girl in 2010 wanted again

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 4:49 PM


            Patricia Dye in 2012 posed as teenage boy to have sex with a girl in Warren County, prosecutors said. Dye was released from prison in 2010 and moved to Middletown, but then went west without registering her address. Butler County Sheriff’s deputies retrieved her after the federal authorities located her in Orick, California. She is wanted again for failing to report a change of address. FILE
Patricia Dye in 2012 posed as teenage boy to have sex with a girl in Warren County, prosecutors said. Dye was released from prison in 2010 and moved to Middletown, but then went west without registering her address. Butler County Sheriff’s deputies retrieved her after the federal authorities located her in Orick, California. She is wanted again for failing to report a change of address. FILE

Area authorities are looking for Patricia J. Dye again.

Dye, 38, is accused of failing since June 21 to record a change of address as required because she is a registered sex offender.

Dye was wanted by Butler County in 2012 until sheriff’s deputies brought her back from Orick, California.

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Dye went there when she was released from the Warren County Jail in 2010 after serving six months for contributing to the delinquency of a child, sexual imposition and attempted sexual imposition.

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She was arrested after posing as teenage boy named Matt Abrams to build a sexual relationship with a Springboro girl, investigators said. After her release she moved to Middletown, but then moved west without registering her address.

She was “at large” on Monday, according to Warren County authorities, charged with failing to provide notice of a change of address, a fourth-degree felony.

N.C. priest in ‘road rage’ gun incident files to change not-guilty plea

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 5:22 PM

Adams
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The Episcopal priest charged with waving a gun at another motorist July 5 in a road-rage incident in the Treasure Coast plans to change his not-guilty plea, according to court documents.

William Rian Adams, 35, of Fletcher, N.C., was charged with pointing a semi-automatic Glock 22 — a 15-round, .40-caliber pistol — from his red 2014 Corvette at Sharon Hughes, 54, and her son Christopher, 24, near Palm City in northern Martin County.

In about three hours of dashboard camera video, Adams adamantly denied waving a firearm. He insisted the gun, which he owned legally, and for which he had a concealed-weapon permit, never came out from under his seat.

Watch FHP dashboard-camera video of the incident

The change of plea motion was filed Friday by Adams’ lawyer, Brian H. Mallonee of Fort Pierce. He could change it to guilty, guilty of a lesser offense, or no contest. A hearing was set for Friday morning.

Mallonee, who in the past has professed Adams’ innocence, wasn’t available Monday, his office said. The Hugheses also could not be reached. The State Attorney’s Office for Martin County did not immediately return a call.

Adams still is listed in letterhead as rector at Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher, N.C., south of Asheville.

Rian “is on leave for a few weeks allowing him to focus on his family,” the church’s July 15 newsletter said. “We ask that you refrain from gossip or judgment and to hold him and his family in prayer.”

A call to the church and an email to the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina weren’t immediately returned. The diocese did issued a statement from its bishop just after the incident, saying in part that Adams and his family are receiving “pastoral care.”