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OVI suspect blames girlfriend’s bad directions

Published: Friday, March 29, 2013 @ 6:14 PM
Updated: Friday, March 29, 2013 @ 6:14 PM

At least the 30-year-old driver had a valid excuse for driving so fast, weaving in and out of lanes and running a red light. It was not that his breath test would later register a .240 (legal limit .08). His 20-year old female companion had him “so lost” he was getting a little frustrated, he told police.

Neither had identification but gave up information that led to it. He said, “yes sir, I stopped drinkin’, I don’t know how long ago,” when asked how much he had to drink. Asked again, he rephrased his answer to six beers.

The girl seemed a little tipsy, too, but registered only a .108 on her BAC, just over the limit. It was enough to issue a summons for underage consumption. She was taken back to her hotel.

He was taken to the police department for another test, which came back at .228. He was issued a packet of citations, most involving OVI. He was released to a sober adult and awaiting a court date.

Warrant alleges mother put 2 toddlers in oven, turned it on

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 6:52 PM

Lamora Williams, 24, is charged with two counts of murder and is accused of placing two of her children into an oven and turning it on, according to an arrest warrant.
Fulton County Sheriff’s Office
Lamora Williams, 24, is charged with two counts of murder and is accused of placing two of her children into an oven and turning it on, according to an arrest warrant.(Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)

A 24-year-old mother of four is accused of killing her two youngest sons “by placing them in an oven and turning it on,” according to an arrest warrant obtained Monday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

An official autopsy is pending.

Fulton County jail officials said Lamora Williams waived her first appearance in court Monday on felony murder charges.

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The arrest warrant alleges Williams put her sons in the oven sometime between midnight Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday.

Williams called her sons’ father, Jameel Penn, on Friday night and showed him by video chat that something was wrong in her Atlanta apartment home.

Penn said he immediately called the police.

2 Children Found Dead in Apartment; Mother Charged

When officials arrived at the Oakland City West End Apartment complex, the boys, 2-year-old Ke’Younte Penn and 1-year-old Ja’Karter Williams, were dead.

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Friends and family members of Williams told the AJC she suffered from undiagnosed mental health problems that were exacerbated by her father’s death when she was 19 and by having four children younger than 7. They said she was also a single mother who had some help from Penn, but not enough considering her mental health.

Williams’ longtime friend Neesa Smith said Williams quit a job about a month ago because she couldn’t find a babysitter for the kids. 

“Nobody could tell what she was going through,” Smith said.

Williams’ sister, Tabitha Hollingsworth, said Williams is at risk and should be put on suicide watch in the Fulton County Jail, where she remains without bond.

Two Darke Co. men wake up to arrests on felony charges

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 6:40 PM

(Jacob Evans, 23)(Randolph County Jail)
(Jacob Evans, 23)(Randolph County Jail)
(Dustin Sonner, 26) (Randolph County Jail)

Union City Police responded to the 500 block of S. Stateline Road Friday morning on call of a suspicious vehicle with two passed out subjects. 

According to police reports, three officers responded to the scene and found the two subjects, shouting several times in an attempt to wake them up. Officers finally made contact with the man in the driver’s seat, identified as Jacob Evans, 23, of Arcanum. The passenger was later identified as Dustin Sonner, 26, of Greenville. 

While speaking, the officers noticed a syringe lying in plain view inside the vehicle. A search revealed the vehicle contained 7 grams of crystal meth valued at about $700, and a small amount of heroin, as well as drug paraphernalia and scales. 

Both subjects were taken to Randolph County jail on charges of: dealing in methamphetamine, a level 3 felony, possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 felony, possession of heroin, a level 6 felony, and possession of a syringe, a level 6 felony. 

Want to avoid getting hacked while driving? Check this out

Published: Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 8:00 AM
Updated: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 5:56 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 go to 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).”

Second trial to begin Monday for man accused of murdering father

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 2:30 PM

Freddie Green faces up to 15 years to life in prison if convicted of murdering his father.

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

Today Warren County prosecutors dropped two of four charges pending against Freddie Green, 42, of Lebanon in the case stemming from the shooting death of Sidney Green, 64, on Dec. 2.

RELATED: Accused murder to remain in jail after split jury in first trial

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

But Green 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.

Freddie Green talks to lawyer Jeff Richards during his first trial on charges he murdered his father in December in Lebanon.(Staff Writer)

The son still faces counts 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.

Judge Timothy Tepe said he would begin picking the jury Monday, Oct. 23 in the trial, scheduled for four days.

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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.

His father was the fifth victim of deadly domestic violence during the last half of 2016 in Warren County.