Springboro police chief assisting after Las Vegas shooting

Published: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 4:08 PM


            Springboro Police Chief Jeff Kruithoff was in Las Vegas on Wednesday, assisting as a chaplain following the mass shooting there.
Springboro Police Chief Jeff Kruithoff was in Las Vegas on Wednesday, assisting as a chaplain following the mass shooting there.

Springboro Police Chief Jeff Kruithoff was on the Las Vegas strip Wednesday, talking with police officers and others in the aftermath of the mass shooting.

“Right now I’m standing at one of the memorial sites, talking and praying with them,” Kruithoff said on Wednesday.

Kruithoff was there with Rapid Response Chaplains sent to there by Billy Graham Ministries.

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“People are very open,” Kruithoff said, adding he had spoke with people with lost friends or among those killed or injured in the shooting.

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At the scene in Las Vegas, police have established a perimeter comprising five blocks, resulting in creation of three or four roadside memorials along Las Vegas Boulevard, Kruithoff said.

“They are spontaneous. They build on themselves,” he said, standing in front of Luxor Resort & Casino, 3900 Las Vegas Blvd.

Kruithoff, who specializes in making contact with first responders, said he was part of a contingent of chaplains that arrived after midnight.

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“We have not been able to get any inroads into any of the first responder community,” he said, although another chaplain was trying to make contact at a local fire station.

Kruithoff said he was chatting with police working the perimeter and parked in squad cars parked every 100 yards along Las Vegas Boulevard.

“Some of them will take a prayer,” he said.

County blames health care provider for jail inmate’s injuries

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 5:37 PM


            Joseph Guglielmo as he was transported out of Montgomery County Jail
Joseph Guglielmo as he was transported out of Montgomery County Jail

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has filed a complaint against the company it uses for health care at the jail, alleging it didn’t provide proper medical care to a homeless veteran who received injuries at the jail that left him wheelchair-bound.

The complaint was filed as part of former inmate Joseph Guglielmo’s federal lawsuit against Sheriff Phil Plummer and the county. In the lawsuit, Guglielmo alleges he was brutally beaten by guards in January 2015 while other officers blocked the view of video cameras.

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But in its legal complaint, the sheriff’s office says NaphCare, which provides medical services at the jail, should be held responsible for any damages Guglielmo suffered.

The complaint alleges Guglielmo entered the jail with head injuries from fighting with Dayton police when he was arrested at a homeless shelter. He suffered additional damage by banging his head against the wall and in a scuffle with corrections officers, who used “reasonable” force, according to the sheriff’s office.

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After the altercation, Guglielmo was seen by a NaphCare nurse who gave him an ice pack and had him moved to another cell for closer observation, the sheriff’s complaint says. Guglielmo was later found unresponsive in his cell and taken to the hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery and spent two months in a coma.

“(NaphCare employees) were deliberately indifferent to and/or acted with callous/reckless disregard for those serious medical and mental health needs in failing and/or refusing to provide the necessary medical care, assessment, evaluation, intervention, referral and treatment,” the sheriff’s office complaint says.

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In a response filed with the court, NaphCare’s attorneys wrote that the company provided proper medical care for Guglielmo, and noted that he alleges in his lawsuit that a corrections officer beat him and threw him against a concrete wall to “teach (him) a lesson.”

The company is arguing the complaint should be dismissed because, among other things, Guglielmo didn’t name NaphCare in his lawsuit.

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“(The county’s) allegations that NaphCare defendants exhibited deliberate indifference and reckless disregard to Mr. Guglielmo’s medical needs are baseless,” the company’s response says.

Montgomery County last year entered into a contract to pay NaphCare up to $3.55 million a year through 2019 for inmate medical services.

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Drunken Florida woman calls field sobriety exercises ‘fun’ 

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 4:53 PM

A Florida woman apparently thought her field sobriety exercises were “fun” after she was stopped for suspected drunk driving. 

Brandie Lee Walker, 33, of Gainesville, turned the wrong way into traffic Saturday night before an officer pulled her over, The Independent Florida Alligator reported. 

Walker was asked for her registration and reportedly struggled to find it, even though it was sitting on her front passenger seat, the Alligator reported.

Police said that Walker leaned on the patrol car for support and said she had two beers before leaving her house an hour earlier, according to the Alligator.

Walker allegedly smiled, giggled and called the field sobriety exercises “fun.” An officer measured her blood-alcohol content as .260 and .267, which is more than three times the legal limit, the Alligator reported.

Walker was charged with driving under the influence. She was released 

Champaign County deputies find 29 pounds of marijuana after shooting

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 3:57 PM


            Drugs found by Champaign County deputies Tuesday are shown. Contributed photo
Drugs found by Champaign County deputies Tuesday are shown. Contributed photo

Gunfire triggered a series of events Tuesday that led Champaign County deputies to 29 pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and two handguns, according to the sheriff’s office.

Donald Murnahan, 26, and Angela Easterday, 34, were arrested and face numerous drug-related charges, including trafficking. They were booked into Tri-County Jail on Tuesday.

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Champaign County deputies responded to a motel in the 2500 block of U.S. 68 south of Urbana for a report that a woman was shooting at a car. When they got there, they allegedly found Murnahan driving a car on West Hickory Grove Road.

“The investigation revealed Murnahan had removed drugs and money from a room he and Easterday had been staying at within the lodge complex,” a news release says. “As Murnahan was attempting to leave the lodge, Easterday reportedly fired a round from a .380 pistol, striking a tire on the vehicle Murnahan was operating.”

When they investigated, they allegedly found the drugs and guns in the car, as well as scales and grinders.

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Easterday is charged with trafficking drugs in the vicinity of juveniles, possession of weapons while under disability, possession of marijuana and possession of criminal tools.

Murnahan is charged with trafficking drugs in the vicinity of juveniles, possession of marijuana, tampering with evidence and possession of criminal tools.

More charges may be presented to a grand jury soon, the news release says.

Second trial begins Monday for Lebanon man accused of father’s murder

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 2:03 PM


            Freddie Green, 42, of Lebanon remains in the Warren County Jail, while awaiting a second trial on charges accusing him of murdering his father, Sidney Green, 64, on Dec. 2.
Freddie Green, 42, of Lebanon remains in the Warren County Jail, while awaiting a second trial on charges accusing him of murdering his father, Sidney Green, 64, on Dec. 2.

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

On Monday, Warren County prosecutors dropped two of four charges pending against Freddie Green, 43, of Lebanon in the case stemming from the shooting death of Sidney Green, 64, on Dec. 2.

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

But Green, who turned 43 on Oct. 2, 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.

The son still faces one count each 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. Green was initially face two counts of murder and two counts of felonious.

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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.

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Green testified he meant to shoot his father in the shoulder.

There were no other witnesses.

Sidney Green died from a single gunshot wound in the back of the head, fired from two to three feet away, according to evidence presented during the first trial.

He was one of six victims of deadly domestic violence in the last half of 2016 in Warren County. Two cases ended as homicide-suicides involving both spouses.

The other survivor, Mercedes Robb, 35, of Turtlecreek Twp. is serving 25 years to life in prison for murdering her ex-husband in November 2016 as their children slept.

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Judge Timothy Tepe said he would begin picking the jury on Monday, Oct. 23, in Green’s retrial, again scheduled for four days in Warren County Common Pleas Court.