Man sentenced to prison for fatally shooting friend

Published: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 11:47 AM

Joshua Verdell
Joshua Verdell

A Dayton man convicted of murdering another man on Paul Laurence Dunbar Street in December 2016 was sentence to prison Wednesday. 

Joshua Verdell will spent 18 years to life in prison for murdering Stephan Shyne, 27. The case was scheduled for trial. But Verdell, 28, pleaded no contested to murder and other charges in September and was found guilty. 

His attorney, Jay Carter, said at the time that Verdell wanted to challenge on appeal evidence gathered by police that Judge Barbara Gorman allowed.

Verdell was charged with three counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault and one count of tampering with evidence in connection to the death of Shyne.

 Carter said the two friends got into an argument before shots were fired. Police said a car crashed after someone inside was fatally shot as the car was driving on Paul Laurence Dunbar Street early the morning of Dec. 20, 2016.

County blames health care provider for jail inmate’s injuries

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 5:37 PM


            Joseph Guglielmo as he was transported out of Montgomery County Jail
Joseph Guglielmo as he was transported out of Montgomery County Jail

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has filed a complaint against the company it uses for health care at the jail, alleging it didn’t provide proper medical care to a homeless veteran who received injuries at the jail that left him wheelchair-bound.

The complaint was filed as part of former inmate Joseph Guglielmo’s federal lawsuit against Sheriff Phil Plummer and the county. In the lawsuit, Guglielmo alleges he was brutally beaten by guards in January 2015 while other officers blocked the view of video cameras.

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But in its legal complaint, the sheriff’s office says NaphCare, which provides medical services at the jail, should be held responsible for any damages Guglielmo suffered.

The complaint alleges Guglielmo entered the jail with head injuries from fighting with Dayton police when he was arrested at a homeless shelter. He suffered additional damage by banging his head against the wall and in a scuffle with corrections officers, who used “reasonable” force, according to the sheriff’s office.

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After the altercation, Guglielmo was seen by a NaphCare nurse who gave him an ice pack and had him moved to another cell for closer observation, the sheriff’s complaint says. Guglielmo was later found unresponsive in his cell and taken to the hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery and spent two months in a coma.

“(NaphCare employees) were deliberately indifferent to and/or acted with callous/reckless disregard for those serious medical and mental health needs in failing and/or refusing to provide the necessary medical care, assessment, evaluation, intervention, referral and treatment,” the sheriff’s office complaint says.

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In a response filed with the court, NaphCare’s attorneys wrote that the company provided proper medical care for Guglielmo, and noted that he alleges in his lawsuit that a corrections officer beat him and threw him against a concrete wall to “teach (him) a lesson.”

The company is arguing the complaint should be dismissed because, among other things, Guglielmo didn’t name NaphCare in his lawsuit.

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“(The county’s) allegations that NaphCare defendants exhibited deliberate indifference and reckless disregard to Mr. Guglielmo’s medical needs are baseless,” the company’s response says.

Montgomery County last year entered into a contract to pay NaphCare up to $3.55 million a year through 2019 for inmate medical services.

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Champaign County deputies find 29 pounds of marijuana after shooting

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 3:57 PM


            Drugs found by Champaign County deputies Tuesday are shown. Contributed photo
Drugs found by Champaign County deputies Tuesday are shown. Contributed photo

Gunfire triggered a series of events Tuesday that led Champaign County deputies to 29 pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and two handguns, according to the sheriff’s office.

Donald Murnahan, 26, and Angela Easterday, 34, were arrested and face numerous drug-related charges, including trafficking. They were booked into Tri-County Jail on Tuesday.

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Champaign County deputies responded to a motel in the 2500 block of U.S. 68 south of Urbana for a report that a woman was shooting at a car. When they got there, they allegedly found Murnahan driving a car on West Hickory Grove Road.

“The investigation revealed Murnahan had removed drugs and money from a room he and Easterday had been staying at within the lodge complex,” a news release says. “As Murnahan was attempting to leave the lodge, Easterday reportedly fired a round from a .380 pistol, striking a tire on the vehicle Murnahan was operating.”

When they investigated, they allegedly found the drugs and guns in the car, as well as scales and grinders.

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Easterday is charged with trafficking drugs in the vicinity of juveniles, possession of weapons while under disability, possession of marijuana and possession of criminal tools.

Murnahan is charged with trafficking drugs in the vicinity of juveniles, possession of marijuana, tampering with evidence and possession of criminal tools.

More charges may be presented to a grand jury soon, the news release says.

Second trial begins Monday for Lebanon man accused of father’s murder

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 2:03 PM


            Freddie Green, 42, of Lebanon remains in the Warren County Jail, while awaiting a second trial on charges accusing him of murdering his father, Sidney Green, 64, on Dec. 2.
Freddie Green, 42, of Lebanon remains in the Warren County Jail, while awaiting a second trial on charges accusing him of murdering his father, Sidney Green, 64, on Dec. 2.

A Lebanon man charged with murdering his father in December is to stand trial for the second time next week.

On Monday, Warren County prosecutors dropped two of four charges pending against Freddie Green, 43, of Lebanon in the case stemming from the shooting death of Sidney Green, 64, on Dec. 2.

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Taking the stand on July 25, Green admitted he drove to Dayton for heroin during four hours he waited before calling 911.

But Green, who turned 43 on Oct. 2, maintained that he acted in self defense after taking away his father’s 9mm handgun in a bedroom of a rented duplex they shared in Lebanon.

The son still faces one count each of murder and felonious assault in a case that ended in a mistrial on July 27 in Warren County Common Pleas Court, when the jury was unable to reach a verdict after 15 hours of deliberation. Green was initially face two counts of murder and two counts of felonious.

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Green’s lawyer, Jeff Richards, called for another bond reduction, but Green remained in the Warren County Jail on $100,000 bond.

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Green testified he meant to shoot his father in the shoulder.

There were no other witnesses.

Sidney Green died from a single gunshot wound in the back of the head, fired from two to three feet away, according to evidence presented during the first trial.

He was one of six victims of deadly domestic violence in the last half of 2016 in Warren County. Two cases ended as homicide-suicides involving both spouses.

The other survivor, Mercedes Robb, 35, of Turtlecreek Twp. is serving 25 years to life in prison for murdering her ex-husband in November 2016 as their children slept.

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Judge Timothy Tepe said he would begin picking the jury on Monday, Oct. 23, in Green’s retrial, again scheduled for four days in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

Want to avoid getting hacked while driving? Check this out

Published: Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 8:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 1:24 PM

David Barzilai, Karamba Security, co-founder & executive chairman
David Barzilai, Karamba Security, co-founder & executive chairman

Computers control an increasing number of vehicle functions now, and will do so even more in the future when autonomous — or self-driving — cars and trucks become more common. Given that technology in the vehicles we drive is ever increasing, how safe are we from cyber intruders? 

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David Barzilai, Chairman and co-founder of Karamba Security

“We’ve enabled hackers to gain access to the car by a small set of controllers. Once one of them is compromised then hackers can gain control of that controller and then manipulate the other controllers (and) start sending commands to the car. In essence we as drivers are now losing control. Because (hackers can cause the) car to stop on the highway, airbags may disengage, the steering wheel could start to go one direction or another without us having any control of it.”

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Vance Saunders, director of the cybersecurity program at Wright State University

“The world has changed. Everything is so interconnected and with that comes the potential for bad things to happen. So therefore there is a responsibility for all auto manufacturers – it doesn’t mean just cars – people who make anything. It’s going to get connected to the internet and they have responsibility to address security because the environment that their products were being used in has changed.”

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Carla Bailo, assistant vice president for mobility research and business development at Ohio State University

“(Safeguards are needed) to protect the data. To ensure that these products are not hacked. That the bad guys won’t try do something either to the vehicle or infrastructure. Because either way it can create dire consequences.”

Carla Bailo Assistant Vice President Mobility Research and Business Development at Ohio State University(HANDOUT/Handout)

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Seth Hamman, assistant professor of computer science Cedarville University

“It will be a long time before they exhaust all of their attack vectors….There’s no shortage of different avenues to try.”

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C. Emre Koksal, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Ohio State University

“One way to cause chaos is to go out there and inject fake messages (into vehicle computers).”