Teen to be tried as an adult in fatal shooting of Ross High School student

Published: Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 3:52 PM

Zachary Welsh's case sent to grand jury

The case of a 17-year-old Ross High School student charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a fellow student has been sent to adult court.

Zachary Welsh, who is charged with aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence in addition to murder for allegedly fatally shooting Austin Hensley on the evening of Jan. 30 at a residence on Hine Road, will now have his case considered by a Butler County grand jury.

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Welsh was in county juvenile court Monday afternoon for a probable cause hearing. Because of his age and the seriousness of the crime, the case was a mandatory relinquishment to adult court.

Juvenile Judge Kathleen Romans listened to three law enforcement witnesses before making the ruling.

Butler County Sheriff’s Detective Joe Nerlinger said Welsh originally told him he shot Hensley in self-defense.

Hensley was found in a house with a shotgun against his temple. He died of one shot to the head, and police later learned the shotgun was not loaded.

During questioning, Welsh later said he intended to rob Hensley of the shotgun, said when he went to “pistol whip” the teen, the gun went off, Nerlinger said during the hearing. Welsh said he then wiped down the gun, washed his hands and stashed the .38 caliber in a hole in a closet of another room.

“Eventually he came clean, said it was his intention to rob Hensley,” Nerlinger said.

But defense attorney Richard Hyde said that his client had originally told all the officers that he acted in self-defense after Hensley pointed the gun at him.

“This is clearly a case of self-defense,” Hyde said.

Romans ordered Welsh to be transferred from the juvenile detention center to the Butler County Jail to await the outcome of his case.

The judge set Welsh’s bond at $750,000 after hearing tearful comments from Hensley’s sister and mother.

“I don’t feel he (Welsh) is safe to be out on bond, given his history,” the victim’s mother told the judge.

Another teen Ross student, who faces a felony charge of grand theft of a firearm in connection with the fatal shooting, is scheduled to appear in court later this month. According to court documents, the teen removed his father’s .38-caliber handgun from his father’s bedroom and passed it to Welsh, who is not named in the documents.

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3-year-old girl allegedly assaulted by her babysitter has died

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 12:28 PM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 3:41 PM

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A 3-year-old girl died Sunday, just a few days after her babysitter was indicted on charges of felonious assault and felony child endangering.

Hannah Wesche was essentially “brain dead” at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, her father, Jason Wesche, previously said. She was pronounced dead at 12:15 a.m., he said via a post made late Sunday morning on GoFundMe page #Hannahstrong#JusticeforHannah at www.gofundme.com/59at5mo.

As of 3:40 p.m. Sunday, the page had raised $8,332 of its $15,000 goal.

Lindsay Partin, who is accused of assaulting the 3-year-old child while in her care March 8, was free on bond Thursday after being arraigned on a felony indictment Thursday afternoon.

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Partin, 35, of the 4000 block of Shank Road in Hanover Twp., was indicted by a Butler County grand jury on charges of felonious assault and felony child endangering. Butler County Common Pleas Judge Greg Stephens set bond at $75,000 at her arraignment.

Partin was free on bond at 7:15 p.m. Thursday. She is scheduled to be back in court for a pre-trial hearing on April 9.

At about 7 a.m. March 8, Hanover Twp. emergency crews and Butler County detectives responded to Partin’s residence for an unconscious child. They found Hannah unresponsive with labored breathing, according to the sheriff’s office. There were obvious bruises about her head and face.

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The girl was taken by medical helicopter to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. After further investigation, detectives and hospital personnel noted additional bruising on the child’s body.

Partin admitted to striking the child and stated she had fallen and struck her head on the concrete garage floor the previous day.

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Multiple shots fired at MJs Fish and Chips in Dayton

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 12:08 AM

The owner of MJ’s Fish and Chips arrived Saturday to find that someone fired multiple shots into the building.

Surveillance footage from the restaurant at 1600 W. Riverview Ave. showed that just after 1 a.m. a maroon small sport-utility vehicle, possibly a Kia Sportage, slowly drove south in the wrong direction of Paul Laurence Dunbar Avenue. The SUV briefly paused in front of the store before leaving the area.

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At 1:45 a.m., Dayton police officers are seen checking the area after someone reported hearing several shots fired.

Police discovered 11 bullet holes: six in the window to the west of the doorway; three in the sign above the door; and two in the door.

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Customer threatens Dayton clerk with gun after racial slur

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 10:04 PM

A Dayton man is jailed on gun-related charges this weekend after police say he threatened a clerk who used a racial slur against him.

Police were called around 9 p.m. Friday to Marathon gas station, 1845 N. Main St., on a report of a man with a gun. 

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The suspect had already gone, but an officer spotted a man who matched his description walking up North Main Street. 

The officer, with backup, apprehended the suspect — identified as 46-year-old Nigel Harrison — at gunpoint, and found a loaded weapon in his waistband, according to a Dayton police report. 

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The clerk admitted to police he used the N-word against Harrison during an argument after he accused Harrison of shortchanging him. 

According to the police report, Harrison left the store, but came back inside and was yelling, making shooting gestures with his hand. At one point he pulled a gun out of his waistband and held it next to his leg, the report stated. 

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Harrison was booked on suspicion of felonious assault and carrying concealed weapon. He is set to be arraigned Monday in Dayton Municipal Court.

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Baby revived with Narcan: Parents have history of drug incidents, records show

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 3:51 PM

Baby revived with Narcan

Parents of a 10-month-old girl revived with Narcan had several other run-ins with police in previous months involving drugs.

Medics and police responded July 15, 2017, to a report of an unresponsive 10-month-old in the 200 block of Billwood Road in Dayton. They had to administer Narcan, an overdose reversal drug, to revive her.

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Police charged her parents with felony child endangering, after police say 27-year-old Carmen Lovely and 30-year-old Andrew Reboulet tested positive for fentanyl, a drug also found in the baby's system. It’s not clear how the baby came in contact with the deadly drug, but experts say even a tiny bit of powder on her skin could have been enough to put her in shock.

Dayton police records from 2017 alone show a history of drug-related incidents involving the girl’s parents.

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In January 2017, police used Narcan to revive Reboulet. The next month, they revived Lovely. After they found her battered and partially clothed, officers wrote: “It appeared as she had been thrown from a vehicle after overdosing.”

In mid-May both parents were with their children at an elementary school. Police arrested Reboulet after they say he drove under the influence with his kids in the car. Officers wrote that Reboulet “almost fell with the baby in his hands. Baby with possible injuries from being dropped on head. (Parents) are screaming at the little boy, like it was his fault that the baby is injured.”

Police took Reboulet to jail, and medics took the infant to the hospital. Less than two months later, medics had to revive the infant.

Carmen Lovely and Andrew Reboulet(MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL)

When asked why the couple still had custody of the baby at the time she was exposed to fentanyl, a Montgomery County Children Services spokesperson could only say: “We do have a current open case in this matter.” Case workers were not able to say when the case was opened nor where the children are now.

Both parents pleaded guilty to child endangerment. Reboulet did not get time in prison but was sent to the alternative MonDay Program.

Lovely will be sentenced April 9.

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