Ohio man accused of violating new state bestiality law

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 6:57 PM
Updated: Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 3:23 PM

Scott Turner has a lengthy criminal record.

An Ohio man is accused of violating Ohio’s new law banning sex with animals, according to Cleveland Municipal Court records.

Scott Turner, 47, of Cleveland, was charged by a Cleveland Animal Protective League officer with engaging in sexual conduct with an animal, court records show. He has been ordered to appear in court Oct. 5 for a hearing on the second-degree misdemeanor charge.

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Cleveland.com reports that Turner may be the first person charged under the Ohio law, which took effect in March.

Turner is now accused of having oral sex with a dog he was caring for in May, according to a Cleveland.com report.

The law was approved in December, after efforts in 2011 and 2015 failed to garner enough support in the Ohio Legislature. At the time, Ohio was one of the few states that did not ban bestiality.

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Turner served 11 years in prison on multiple convictions, including rape and kidnapping, involving sex crimes against children. He went to prison in 2004 and was released under supervision in 2015, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections Web site.

Turner is now accused of having oral sex with a dog he was caring for in May, according to a Cleveland.com report.

Murder trial starts in death of Lebanon man shot in Dayton

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 10:58 AM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 6:18 PM


            Quentin Brown, 17, of Dayton sits in a Montgomery County Common Pleas courtroom Monday as opening statements are delivered in his murder trial. He is accused in the death of Benjamin Werner of Lebanon.
Quentin Brown, 17, of Dayton sits in a Montgomery County Common Pleas courtroom Monday as opening statements are delivered in his murder trial. He is accused in the death of Benjamin Werner of Lebanon.

(UPDATE 6 p.m., Oct. 23)

Benjamin Werner was a son, a brother, a father and a friend, but he also unfortunately was addicted to drugs, a Montgomery County assistant prosecutor told jurors Monday during opening statements of the Quentin Brown murder trial.

And Werner’s addiction led him to come into contact with Brown, who was 17 when he allegedly killed Werner on Nov. 26, 2016 in an alley behind 155 W. Norman Ave. in Dayton.

Brown, now 18, is on trial in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Gregory Singer’s courtroom for murder and other counts for the death of Werner, 32.

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Assistant prosecutor Julie Bruns told jurors that Werner stole a gun and an iPad from a pickup at Miami Valley Gaming in Lebanon and later met with Brown outside a Dayton grocery store.

Brown and Werner had a conversation near the store before Brown and another man drove in one car and Werner followed in another, Bruns said.

Twenty minutes later, a 911 call from a neighbor on West Norman said gunshots had been fired.

Bruns said the other man in the car with Brown told police during a second interview that he was selling marijuana and that Brown agreed to buy the gun Werner had for $150.

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Bruns told jurors that when Brown was arrested the next day, the gun Werner took from a pickup at Miami Valley Gaming was in the vehicle: “Evidence will show that the defendant Quentin Brown is the killer of Benjamin Werner.”

Defense attorney Marshall Lachman told jurors that the story of the other man in the car with Brown changed six or seven times.

“You’re not going to hear any evidence of fingerprints that tie Quentin to the murder,” Lachman said. “You’re not going to have any DNA evidence that ties Quentin to the murder, or any other physical evidence that ties Quentin to this murder.”

Lachman said there were no witnesses and questioned why Brown is the one on trial for murder. Lachman also said the gun stolen from Miami Valley Gaming is not the one used to shoot Werner seven times, asking jurors, “Is there any evidence to firmly convince you that Quentin Brown shot Benjamin Werner?”

Werner’s father, Michael, told this news organization that he wants justice.

“He was a great young man,” Michael Werner said. “He’s got a wife. He’s got a little baby that was 4 months old when he got shot.”

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Michael Werner said he raised his son, gave him his first bath in a turkey roaster and brought him to work in the tree service business as a boy before his son joined the company.

“We argued who was the best. That was our relationship because we worked together,” Werner said. “I’m here to be his voice. He hasn’t got a voice, but his dad does. And his dad’s got a heart and I’m here to show that love.”

The trial is scheduled to resume Tuesday afternoon

(ORIGINAL STORY)

Four months after a possession of cocaine conviction in juvenile court, then 17-year-old Quentin L. Brown allegedly shot and killed Benjamin Werner, according to Montgomery County prosecutors.

Brown, 18, is on trial starting today in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court for murder and other counts related to the death of Werner, 32, of Lebanon.

Werner’s body was found outside a car on West Norman Avenue in Dayton on Nov. 26, 2016.

“This juvenile fatally shot a man during a robbery attempt,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said in a press release after Brown was indicted. “Clearly he did not benefit from being allowed to participate in the Juvenile Court’s Drug Court instead of being sentenced,” Heck continued in the release.

Jury selection in Judge Gregory Singer’s courtroom is expected to last all morning. A jury view of several sites near where Werner was located is expected before opening statements later today.

Boyfriend convicted of murder in 2016 slaying of girlfriend in Moraine

Published: Thursday, June 09, 2016 @ 11:11 AM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 5:04 PM

Held in custody of Montgomery County Jail with booking number 1720202 on 10/23/2017 at 11:10 AM. Unclassified Felony - Murder (Pending); Second Degree Felony - Abuse Of A Corpse (Released By Prosecutor); Third Degree Felony - Tampering With Evide (Released By Prosecutor); Second Degree Felony - Felonious Assault (Released By Prosecutor); Fifth Degree Felony - Must Ret To Summit (Pending);
Held in custody of Montgomery County Jail with booking number 1720202 on 10/23/2017 at 11:10 AM. Unclassified Felony - Murder (Pending); Second Degree Felony - Abuse Of A Corpse (Released By Prosecutor); Third Degree Felony - Tampering With Evide (Released By Prosecutor); Second Degree Felony - Felonious Assault (Released By Prosecutor); Fifth Degree Felony - Must Ret To Summit (Pending);

UPDATE @ 4:58 p.m. (Oct. 23, 2017):  A man accused of murder in the June 2016 death of his girlfriend has been convicted and will be sentenced in November. 

Reginald Lee Varner, 48, was found guilty Monday on counts related to Katherine Glass, Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr.'s office said in a prepared statement. 

Varner is guilty of three counts of murder, which includes a three-year mandatory firearm specification. 

According to the prosecutor’s office, Varner shot Glass the night of June 7, 2016, as they sat in a vehicle in the parking lot of Arby’s in Moraine. He then moved the woman’s body from the driver's seat to the passenger side of the vehicle and drove away. 

Varner moved the body a second time, to the back of a van located at a home in Jefferson Twp., after the homeowner, a friend of the defendant, called police to report the shooting. 

A search of the vehicle uncovered Glass's body.

Sentencing is set for Nov. 8.

UPDATE @ 2:47 p.m. (June 17, 2016)

Reginald Varner was indicted in Montgomery County on three counts of murder with firearms specification; gross abuse of a corpse; tampering with evidence; and two counts felonious assault with firearm specification, in connection to the death of Katherine D. Glass earlier this month.

He will be arraigned in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court June 21. He remains in Montgomery County Jail.

UPDATE @ 4:33 p.m. (June 10)

Official charges have been filed in Kettering Municipal Court in connection with a homicide Moraine police are investigating.

Reginald Lee Varner is charged with murder, abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and felony assault.

UPDATE @ 12:11 p.m. (June 9)

Varner is being held in Montgomery County Jail on a preliminary murder charge, according to Sgt. Jon Spencer with the Moraine Police Department.

Spencer told News Center 7’s John Bedell that it is believed Varner shot Glass, his live-in girlfriend, multiple times Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot of Arby’s, 5770 Springboro Pike. Spencer said it is believed Glass was shot in the stomach.

“It’s a mystery how nobody reported seeing anything,” Spencer said. “It is believed Mr. Varner traveled with the victim for quite some time in the vehicle that they were in with her deceased.”

The vehicle, which was owned by Glass, was located at a friend’s house in Jefferson Twp. and towed back to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office to be processed. A search warrant was executed by Moraine police at that point for the car and their South Union Road residence, Spencer said.

“Mr. Varner had confided in a couple people about what happened, and they contacted the sheriff’s office at that point,” Spencer said.

Since the alleged crime happened in Moraine, the Moraine police are leading the investigation, Spencer said. But the sheriff’s office has been “very instrumental in helping us and they got a lot of evidence prior to contacting us,” he said.

INITIAL REPORT

Moraine police are investigating the death of a woman killed at 5070 Springboro Pike as a homicide, officials confirmed Thursday morning.

It’s not clear when Katherine D. Glass, 56, of South Union Road, was killed. However, police have arrested suspect Reginald Lee Varner, 47, who was being held in the Montgomery County Jail. He has not been charged.

No other information was immediately available. We have a reporter working on the story, and we’ll bring you more information as soon as it’s available.

Man ends up behind bars after slapping Florida police horse

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 5:27 PM

Casey Martin Waldner. Image from the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
Orange County Sheriff's Office
Casey Martin Waldner. Image from the Orange County Sheriff's Office.(Orange County Sheriff's Office)

A man found himself behind bars Sunday after he slapped a police horse. 

An officer was patrolling downtown Orlando on his horse, Izzy, when Casey Martin Waldner, 29, of California, came up behind them. Waldner allegedly slapped Izzy’s rear and startled her, WKMG reported. 

Waldner took off on foot, but police was asked to keep a look out for the man. Officer Rine, who saw the incident, spotted Waldner and arrested him, according to WKMG. 

Waldner was charged with injuring a police horse, resisting officer without violence and possession of cocaine.

Read more at WKMG

Men accused of pouring insecticide in Walmart toy department

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 4:03 PM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 5:13 PM

Two men are seen in surveillance footage at a Walmart in Millington, Tennessee, after police say they intentionally poured insecticide in the children's toy department of a Walmart on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017.
Millington Police Department
Two men are seen in surveillance footage at a Walmart in Millington, Tennessee, after police say they intentionally poured insecticide in the children's toy department of a Walmart on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017.(Millington Police Department)

Two men are accused of pouring insecticide in the children's toy department of a Tennessee Walmart over the weekend, according to authorities.

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Millington police said the incident happened Sunday. 

The men were seen on video "vandalizing property and intentionally spilling insecticide chemicals in the children's toy department," according to a news release.

Officers said the men left the scene in a white pick-up truck that had two stripes down the center.

Both men were identified Monday afternoon, police said.

UPDATE: Both suspects have been identified in the Wal-Mart vandalism case (1710000198MI). Thank you to everyone who...

Posted by Millington Tennessee Police Department on Monday, October 23, 2017
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