Patrol: Marijuana in driver’s system in crash that killed Greenon boys

Published: Monday, December 04, 2017 @ 9:44 AM
Updated: Monday, December 04, 2017 @ 3:40 PM

Patrol: Marijuana in driver’s system in crash that killed Greenon boys

A Greenon High School graduate had marijuana in his system when his vehicle crashed in August, killing two Clark County students on a rural Greene County road, according to investigators.

Trey Blevins, 18, has been indicted on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, second-degree felonies; two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, third-degree felonies; and operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs, a misdemeanor.

The crash happened t on a clear Sunday afternoon in August.

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Authorities said Blevins lost control of the 2005 Toyota Corolla and crashed into a tree on the side of Wilkerson Road.

The two rear seat passengers, 17-year-old David Waag and 15-year-old Connor Williams, died as a result of their injuries. Blevins and the front seat passenger, 17-year-old Zacharia Knauer, were treated for their injuries at Soin Medical Center.

Waag was a senior and played soccer at Greenon High School. Williams was a sophomore at Global Impact STEM Academy and played football for Greenon.

Blevins had more than three times the state’s legal limit for cannibinoids, the active components of marijuana, in his blood system, according to Lt. Matt Schmenk, commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Xenia Post.

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The state’s legal limit for marijuana in the blood is set at 5 nanograms per milliliter. Blood test results indicate that Blevins had 17.8 nanograms per milliliter of cannibinoids in his blood system at the time of the crash, Schmenk said.

If the results are from a urine test, the state’s legal limit is set at 15 nanograms per milliliter, according to the patrol.

Schmenk said he was not personally at the scene and cannot affirm if there were signs of intoxication on the driver, but the investigating officer, Trooper Brandon Williams, will testify as to whether there were signs of the driver being intoxicated at the scene.

“The officer who spoke with him, they have to see those physical signs of impairment,” he said. “There are different levels of impairment and there are different tolerance levels. (Blevins) deserves to have a fair case and the officer will testify as to what he saw.”

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Blevins was arrested over the weekend at his home by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into the Greene County Jail and subsequently posted 10 percent of the $50,000 bond set by Judge Stephen Wolaver of the Greene County Common Pleas Court.

Blevins’ attorney, Jon Paul Rion, said his office is just starting their investigation to determine if anyone in the vehicle was “actually under the influence of anything.”

“The mere presence of marijuana in the system is not relevant in and of itself as to whether or not the car was operated properly,” said Rion, noting that marijuana can remain in a person’s body for 30 days.

Hostage report leads to Fairfield Twp. SWAT call

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 6:05 PM
Updated: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 9:15 PM



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SWAT officers busted into a house Sunday night amid concerns a hostage could be inside.

The breach around 7:15 p.m., which involved a type of concussion grenade, ended the hourslong law enforcement activity in the 1800 block of Pater Avenue with no one found inside the home.

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Fairfield Twp. police were called around 2 p.m. to a report of a “domestic incident.” Officers were not able get a response from anyone inside, Fairfield Twp. police Capt. Doug Lanier said.

Originally, there were two people in the house but they apparently fled before officers arrived.

“The information we received was that there was a possible hostage inside the residence being held against their will,” Butler County Sheriff’s Maj. Mike Craft said.

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Officers used a bullhorn multiple times to order a suspect out with hands up at the house north of the intersection of Pater and Imlay avenues.

A crowd of people who live in the area gathered to watch. One woman said the family involved in the standoff has only lived in the house for a couple months. 

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A SWAT standoff is underway tonight in Fairfield Twp.

The special weapons and tactics team was called at 4 p.m. to the 1800 block of Pater Avenue for a “domestic” incident, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

There is no information about what led to the incident. However, dispatch said it is not connected to a shooting on Saturday afternoon in the Walmart parking lot, 3201 Princeton Road, in Fairfield Twp.

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In that case, a 17-year-old boy was shot in the leg during what police said was an attempted drug transaction that involved another male between the ages of 16 and 19. The suspect remains at large.

Dogs found in perfect condition in home where 13 siblings held captive

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 1:52 AM

13 Siblings Held Captive In California "House of Horrors"

A pair of well-kept dogs were taken from the Perris, California, house where 13 children were found shackled and severely malnourished last week.

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David Turpin, 57, and Louise Turpin, 49, are facing a minimum of 94 years for charges including child neglect and torture after police said their children, ranging from ages 2 to 29, were discovered in their home severely malnourished.

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In a statement on Wednesday, city spokesman Joe Vargo said authorities recovered two Maltese terrier dogs in far better condition than the Turpins’ children. The 1-year-old female puppies were reportedly healthy and were taught skills, People reported.

“The animals, one white and one black, appear healthy and friendly and are leash-trained, according to Christina Avila, a senior animal control officer,” a press release from the city of Perris said.

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The dogs — one was named Fluffy — were featured in photos from the city appearing well-groomed and in sweaters. An adoption raffle for the pups is being held through Jan. 26 to find them new homes.

Investigators said the children were only allowed showers a few times per year and were fed only once per day. In a press conference with reporters Thursday, District Attorney Mike Hestrin alleged that the last time any of the children had seen a doctor was four years ago and they had never been to a dentist. Police said the parents allegedly kept themselves well-fed and regularly ate pies in front of their children to taunt them, ABC News reported.

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The 17-year-old who reportedly escaped the home through a bedroom window to alert authorities was initially believed to be just 10 years old due to the severity of her malnourishment, while the oldest victim, a 29-year-old woman, weighed only 82 pounds when the children were found. According to Hestrin, the children “lack a basic knowledge of life,” although they were allegedly homeschooled, KTLA reported.

According to the Daily Mail, the parents face a combined total of 75 charges, and each was being held on $12 million bond.

Parents accused of holding their 13 children captive appear in court

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 7:48 AM

13 Siblings Held Captive In California "House of Horrors"

David and Louise Turpin are facing a string of charges, including torture, after police say the couple kept their 13 children locked away in subhuman conditions in their Perris, California, home. On Thursday, the Turpins made their first court appearance.

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David Turpin appeared in chains, wearing a lavender shirt and black jacket while his wife sat nearby, also in chains and a black jacket. The Turpins entered not guilty pleas to all of the charges, some of which date back to 2010. The district attorney says the couple is facing 94 years to life in prison if convicted on all counts.

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During the arraignment, the Turpins were quiet and spoke only to say they acknowledged their right to a speedy preliminary hearing, CBS reports. They will appear in court again on Feb. 23, and their bail was set at $13 million.

District Attorney Mike Hestrin said in a press conference, “As a prosecutor, there are cases that stick with you, that will haunt you. Sometimes, in this business, we’re faced with looking at human depravity, and that’s what we’re looking at here.”

Authorities said the parents were able to keep their children hidden away by listing their home as a private school. Some of the kids, who ranged in ages from 2 to 29, reportedly didn’t know what a police officer was.

The children were only allowed to eat once a day and shower twice a year, authorities said. However, the parents reportedly did allow them to keep journals, and authorities said the kids filled hundreds of notebooks. Those have not been released and are still being reviewed by law enforcement.

The children are currently being cared for in the hospital, authorities said. The Riverside University Health System has set up a fund for the children that will go to their long-term needs, according to a press release. The hospital said the children have already seen a tremendous outpouring of support.

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Brian Rokos of the Press-Enterprise was present at the hearing and reported that David Turpin is being represented by a public defender, while Louise Turpin has outside counsel. During Thursday’s arraignment, the public defender requested that media be banned from the trial, but the judge shot that down. Rokos said reporters from around the world were in the courtroom. The Turpins' lawyers have not announced whether they will try to have the case moved out of Riverside County.

Arizona mother who gave toddler fatal meth dose receives 20-year prison sentence

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 2:44 PM

Mother Gave Toddler Fatal Meth Dose, Receives 20-Year Prison Sentence

An Arizona woman who gave her toddler a fatal dose of methamphetamine in 2016 was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison.

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Natalie Russell, 30, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder and child abuse, azcentral.com reported. Russell claimed she gave her 22-month-old daughter meth to counteract the effects of methadone. The child had accidentally ingested methadone that was left in an open container, Russell allegedly told police. Officials said Russell failed to get her daughter medical assistance.

Several friends and family members attended Russell's sentencing at the Maricopa County Superior Court, azcenteral.com reported. Russell's supporters said they forgave her for her actions. Russell maintains that she never meant to harm her daughter, and her actions were driven by her drug addiction.

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