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.

Man terrorizes neighbors, feeds Shih Tzu to pit bulls, police say

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 9:37 AM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 9:37 AM

            Man terrorizes neighbors, feeds Shih Tzu to pit bulls, police say

A New Mexico man is accused of terrorizing his neighbors earlier this month in a crime spree that included feeding a woman’s small dog to another neighbor’s pit bulls.

Marvin Clyde Riley, 30, of Albuquerque, is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, two counts of aggravated burglary and extreme cruelty to animals, according to Bernalillo County Jail records.

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The Albuquerque Journal reported that sheriff’s deputies were called Feb. 7 to Riley’s neighborhood, where a neighbor told them that Riley had broken into his home and hit him in the head with a blunt object. KRQE in Albuquerque, which spoke to residents who witnessed the alleged crimes, reported that the man was beaten in the face with a pair of pliers.

Riley is accused of leaving the man’s house and walking across the street, where another neighbor’s Shih Tzu, named Charlie Brown, was playing in her yard. He broke into the yard and grabbed the dog, according to police.

He then tossed the dog over a fence and into a third neighbor’s yard, where that homeowner’s pit bulls attacked and killed the smaller animal, KRQE reported.

The owners of the pit bulls tried to pull them off of the Shih Tzu, but it was too late. Charlie Brown’s owner, Bernadette Salazar, told the news station that the incident was over by the time she arrived at her neighbor’s home.

“My dog was laying right there in the plastic bag already,” Salazar said.

Investigators told KRQE that Riley laughed about feeding the dog to the pit bulls, telling deputies that “it’s just something he does.”

The allegations appalled people on social media. 

What is wrong with people!? This is absolutely horrific!!!!!

Posted by Heather Scarbrough on Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Riley is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond, jail records show. 


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NEW DETAILS: Deputy violated protection order against ex-wife

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 9:48 AM

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputy on unpaid leave after allegedly assaulting his wife and step-daughter was once placed on paid leave for violating a protection order against one of his ex-wives.

Douglas C. Gearhart is facing a second-degree felony charge and two misdemeanor domestic violence charges for a Feb. 14 incident in which his wife lost three teeth during an altercation in their Franklin Twp. home. Gearhart is scheduled for a preliminary Feb. 24 in Franklin Municipal Court.

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In 2005, Gearhart was ordered to take a pyschological fitness test, according to his personnel records. He was suspended for more than a week.

“Several months ago, your supervisor recommended you refrain from making contact with your ex-wife,” said a letter from then-personnel director John M. Brands. “However, you did not comply with this recommendation.”

The letter said Gearhart violated a protection order by the Franklin County Domestic Relations Court.

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A police incident report said surveillance footage from inside Gearhart’s home showed him grabbing his wife, dragging her by the hair through the kitchen and slamming her head onto the edge of the kitchen island.

He also allegedly struck at least one of his step-daughters. After he was stopped by a Warrren County Sheriff’s Office deputy, Gearhart disparaged that office, saying all deputies did there was “drive around in a (expletive) cornfield.”

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Gearhart once applied to work for the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, indicated he was accepted but wrote “stopped after interview” in the box marked reason for objection, according to personnel records obtained by Ohio open records law show.

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Warren County Sheriff’s deputies and his wife’s daughters said Gearhart was intoxicated when he and his wife returned home from gambling and drinking at Miami Valley Gaming before the incident.

In his 2001 application, the 1992 Dixie High School graduate and Army veteran wrote that he would have a social drink with his wife or friends: “I probably have less than 7-10 drinks per year.”

Gearhart’s job performance reviews at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office were mostly positive and his enthusiasm was mentioned, but he was written up for some attendance issues.

Gearhart was commended in 2012 and 2013 for assisting in pat-downs at the jail and for professionalism and poise dealing with “a mentally ill inmate who was less than cooperative, naked and covered in his own body waste.”

In 2004, 2005 and 2009, Gearhart was written up for being late for work and/or using sick time four times in conjunction with days off four times. He also was issued a Letter of Reprimand for a pursuit in 2002 that did not fit the criteria for pursuits according to the office’s standards.

Florida man says starving dog didn't eat due to separation anxiety

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 9:43 AM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 9:43 AM

            Florida man says starving dog didn't eat due to separation anxiety

A man is facing animal cruelty charges after a starving dog was found in September in his home in suburban West Palm Beach, Florida, according to an arrest report made public last week.

The discovery was made by Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies who went to the home on the 1100 block of Handy Oak Circle on Sept. 25 to investigate a baby who had died there.

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Christopher Adam Perez, 28, was arrested Wednesday and released from the Palm Beach County Jail on Thursday after posting a $3,000 bond. Jail records indicate that Perez now lives in an unincorporated pocket of Palm Beach Gardens.

Animal control officials discovered a starving Boxer named Athena housed in a crate filled with feces and urine, the report said.

The dog's ribs and hip bones were visible and she scored a 4.5 on a conditioning test on a scale where 1 is ideal and 5 is emaciated, the report said.

Athena's white paws and chest were discolored yellow, apparently after being soaked in urine.

"The most basic of care was not received by this dog," wrote Dr. Kristen Coates, a staff veterinarian for Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control.

Perez told officers that the dog suffered from separation anxiety and would not eat when he left for work, the report said.

After Perez turned over custody of the dog to Animal Care and Control, it ate "voraciously" and gained 15 pounds in just over two weeks.

A records check showed that someone complained May 8 that Perez and his wife were keeping the dog inside a small crate all day and that the animal smelled of feces and urine.

The condition of the dog came to light after PBSO began investigating the death of Perez's 9-month-old on Sept. 25. The boy was found "unresponsive after sleeping with the parents," according to the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Man seen in photos ‘main suspect’ in Indiana girls’ deaths

Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 @ 2:48 PM

UPDATE @ 7:30 p.m. (Feb. 19)

A man photographed walking along the Delphi Historic Trails on Feb. 13, the same day two girls were killed, is now considered “the main suspect” in their deaths, Indiana State Police said today.

The unidentified man previously had been considered a person authorities wanted to speak to in their investigation of the homicides of 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams. 

“He’s not just someone we want to talk to; we consider him a suspect in these murders,” Sgt. Tony Slocum said Sunday. “We’re officially calling him a suspect versus a subject we’re looking to speak to. He’s going to be our main suspect at this time,” he said. 

The man in the photo released by investigators was seen on Delphi Historic Trails around the same time the teens were dropped off by a relative, CBS affiliate WTTV reported.

UPDATE @ 3:10 p.m. ( Feb 15)

Indiana officials confirmed that the two bodies found in Carrol County on Tuesday were in fact the two missing teens. 

Officials said the bodies were taken to Terre Haute where a coroner conducted the autopsies that confirmed their identities.


Two bodies were located while authorities were searching for two missing Carroll County, Ind. teens, who were first reported missing Monday afternoon.

According to CBS 4 in Indianapolis, the bodies were found in Deer Creek in Delphi, a city located northwest of Indianapolis.

Officials have not yet released information on the identifications of the bodies, but officials did say foul play is suspected.

Authorities haven’t officially called off the search for the two missing girls, Liberty German and Abigail Williams, CBS 4 reported.

The two teens were supposed to be picked up by family members at a predetermined time and place, but when family arrived the girls were not there Monday, according to CBS 4.

Police said the teens were last seen around 1 p.m. near an abandoned railroad bridge just east of Delphi.