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Published: Thursday, April 28, 2016 @ 5:50 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 28, 2016 @ 5:50 PM
MARIETTA, Ohio — A former deputy is going to prison for life in an Ohio cold case homicide believed to be one of the oldest of such cases involving the slaying of a law enforcement officer ever to be successfully prosecuted, the state attorney general’s office said.
Mitchell Ruble, 65, convicted by a jury in March of aggravated murder in the 1981 killing of Washington County sheriff’s Lt. Ray “Joe” Clark, was sentenced Thursday morning.
In addition to the life sentence, Judge Randall Burnworth also sentenced Ruble to a concurrent 11 months on a charge of unlawful possession of a dangerous ordinance. Ruble pleaded guilty to the weapons charge today.
The charge was part of a separate case relating to Ruble’s illegal possession of a modified AR-15 fully automatic rifle. Investigators found the weapon when they served a search warrant in the murder investigation.
“Many people, including the defendant himself, likely thought that this case would never be solved, but today, there is justice,” Attorney General Mike DeWine said in a prepared statement.
“Cold cases can be very difficult to solve, but as this case shows, it’s not impossible when you have law enforcement and prosecutors who refuse to give up and are committed to finding the truth.”
Clark was shot to death at his Marietta home on Feb. 7, 1981. Investigators determined that Ruble waited outside Clark’s home and fired a shotgun through the kitchen window.
Ruble had worked as a Washington County sheriff’s deputy until December 1979, when Clark terminated his employment because of the use of excessive force while on duty.
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 3:46 PM
WINCHESTER, Mass. — A 22-year-old woman is dead after a double stabbing Saturday at a public library in Massachusetts.
Winchester police tell Boston 25 News they were called to the Winchester Public Library just after 10:30 a.m.
When police arrived, they found a female and an elderly man both suffering from stab wounds, Boston25News reported.
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan says the 22-year-old female was in the library sitting at a table when the suspect, 24-year-old Jeffrey Yao, approached her from behind and stabbed her with a 10-inch hunting knife.
She suffered multiple stab wounds to the head and upper torso and was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Several people in the library ran to help the woman, including a 77-year-old man who also sustained stab wounds, Boston25News reported. He was taken to the hospital.
Yao was arrested in connection with the stabbing. He is being held without bail and is facing murder and assault with intent to murder with a dangerous weapon charges.
Officials did not say if the stabbing was random or if Yao knew the victim. They are still investigating the stabbing - including the motive.
The victim has not been identified.
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 2:44 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 2:33 PM
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Police arrested a Florida man Monday after he allegedly broke into a sleeping woman’s home and committed sexual battery.
Officers responded to an apartment in an undisclosed West Palm Beach neighborhood about 5 a.m. Feb. 19 when a woman called and said she woke up to a man kneeling at the foot of her bed and touching her genital area, according to the arrest report.
She told officers that she asked the man — who was later identified as 27-year-old Lamarsh Shelly — what he was doing in her house, and he said “your door was open,” the police report states.
According to the arrest report, Shelly then asked her if she wanted to have sex and asked her for a cigarette. She gave him a cigarette, and she demanded he leave the apartment. She told officers that she knew him from the neighborhood, and he went by the nickname “Honeycomb.”
The woman said Shelly was wearing a black shirt with tan pants, the Palm Beach Post reported. Officers then spoke to another witness who said that she saw Shelly outside of the apartment walking north while smoking a cigarette.
Officers located Shelly at 8th Street and Herietta Avenue, where he told officers, “I don’t burglarize and I don’t want sex,” the report states.
Shelly later admitted to officers that he walked into the apartment, opened the front door and saw the victim sleeping in her bed, the Palm Beach Post reported. He said that he made noises to wake her up to tell her that her front door was open, but did not mention touching her.
Police said children were sleeping in the apartment when the incident occurred.
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 1:08 PM
EL PASO, Texas — A Texas teenage mother was arrested Friday, accused of killing her newborn child earlier this month, police said.
Erica Gomez, 17, is accused of stabbing her newborn child, wrapping the infant girl in a bathrobe and hiding the body in a storage shed at a home in the El Paso area, police said. The infant's body was found Feb. 9 by authorities, the El Paso Times reported.
The infant had a stab wound and cuts to the neck and body, according to a news release from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 1:05 PM
A 32-year-old Dayton man was shot at multiple times after pulling into his driveway following a game of dice, according to a police report.
A possible suspect in the shooting had a run-in with the victim during a dice game a few months earlier, the report indicates.
On Friday night, police responded to a call of shots fired outside a home on the 2800 block of Argella Avenue in southeast Dayton.
Police said they found five bullet holes in the trunk of the car, and bullets struck the back windshield and rear tire.
Bullets exited the front windshield of the 2007 Cadillac DTS and hit the center of the steering wheel. The driver told police he had been shot at before and ducked down in the passenger seat when he heard gunfire.
“Had (the man) not ducked into the passenger’s seat, he would have been struck by a minimum of one bullet,” the police report states.
The man said he did not see the suspect or suspects, but they evidently fled in a purple vehicle.
The victim told police he had just come from a game of dice about a block away.
The victim’s relative told police she believed the shooter may be a former classmate who the victim encountered during a dice game a few months earlier, according to the statements they made to police.
The victim said he had won about $660 when the man snatched the money from his hands. The victim’s brother took it back without further incident.