Deceased wife’s sister calls Middletown man a ‘monster’ as he is sentenced for her murder

Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 12:53 PM

Bobby Jo Nitz sentenced for murder of wife Crista Nitz

A Middletown man was sent to prison Tuesday for the shooting death of his wife in April.

Bobby Jo Nitz, 45, pleaded guilty in January in Butler County Common Pleas Court to murder, avoiding a trial. In exchange for the plea, a felonious assault charge was merged and a three year gun specification was dropped.

Nitz killed his wife Crista Nitz in the bathroom of their Short Avenue residence. She was shot in the head. Crista Nitz was discovered by her 11-year-old daughter.

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Butler County Common Pleas Judge Charles Pater gave Nitz a mandatory sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years.

Pater noted before handing down the sentence that he had no discretion by law in choice of sentence.

Nitz had nothing to say before sentencing and looked straight ahead as his dead wife’s sister, Faith Wells, tearfully told the judge the impact his actions had on the family, including Crista’s two young children.

“The monster he took a vow to protect her from was in fact himself,” Wells said. “If he couldn’t have her no one would. How can you take a mother in front of her 11-year-old baby girl? The innocence of a beautiful girl is gone forever.”

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Wells called her young niece a hero, noting after Nitz shot Crista he threw the phone on the roof and fled, leaving the girl to figure out how to get her mother help.

“That little girl is very brave,” Wells said.

Wells said Nitz is a monster who hunted her sister like a caged animal in the their home’s bathroom.

“Crista was a person with a lot of character and intelligence … She was trying to love the monster out of him,” Wells said.

After the sentencing, Wells spoke again for the large number of Crista’s family in attendance.

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“We are satisfied with the life sentence and we will be back ... to make sure he doesn’t get parole,” she said.

After the shooting, Nitz left on his motorcycle and rode toward Meigs County, about three hours from Middletown. He was arrested on April 30.

Also as a result of the plea, Nitz will not face any possible charges in Meigs County.

While Nitz was on the run after the shooting, one of his friends told Middletown police he received a text that read: “I just killed my wife talk to you later.” The friend thought the text was a joke, then he received the next text, “I kill her sorry,” according to the search warrant.

Nitz killed his wife of seven months after he found “phone numbers” on her cell phone, according to search warrants obtained by this news outlet. Middletown police later located the cell phone on the roof of the home, where Nitz told police he threw it during the argument.

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Dayton police investigate shooting after victim shows up at hospital

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 11:07 PM

A gunshot victim arrived tonight at Good Samaritan Hospital, which notified police.

The shooting reportedly happened in the 700 block of Ferguson Avenue in Dayton, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

Dayton police were dispatched to the hospital around 9:45 p.m.

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The victim’s name, age and condition was not available tonight.

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Warren County resident loses $2,000 in fake arrest scam: Sheriff’s office issues warning

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 5:31 PM

Nick Graham / Staff
Nick Graham / Staff

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is warning people of a phone scam that cost one area resident about $2,000.

Sgt. Roy McGill said since Feb. 15, several residents who live inside and outside Warren County have received phone calls from someone identifying himself as a “Sgt. Corey Adams” of the sheriff’s office and telling them he has a warrant for their arrest.

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The fake deputy then tells the resident to purchase pre-paid debit cards from local retailers and subsequently requests the debit card numbers for payment, over the phone, to keep from being arrested on the warrant. McGill said at least one victim provided payment information and was scammed out of approximately $2,000.

McGill said the Warren County Sheriff’s Office wants citizens to be aware that they do not request payment for warrants over the phone. If anyone receives this type of call, they should hang up and contact their local police agency.

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1 dead in double stabbing at Massachusetts library

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 3:46 PM

Jeffrey Yao, 24, is accused of stabbing two people at a library in Massachusetts.
Winchester Police Department
Jeffrey Yao, 24, is accused of stabbing two people at a library in Massachusetts.(Winchester Police Department)

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.

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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.

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Florida man accused of burglary, sexual battery on sleeping woman, police say

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 2:44 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 2:33 PM

Lamarsh Shelly
Palm Beach County Jail
Lamarsh Shelly(Palm Beach County Jail)

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.

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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.

Officers arrested Shelly on charges of sexual battery and burglary. He remains at the Palm Beach County jail on no bond, according to jail records.

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