5 things to know about arrest of 'affluenza' teen Ethan Couch

Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 12:28 PM
Published: Wednesday, December 30, 2016 @ 11:13 AM
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            5 things to know about arrest of 'affluenza' teen Ethan Couch
Ethan Couch and his mother Tonya Couch were detained in the resort town of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, by Mexican authorities on Dec. 28, 2015. (Twitter / @mashable)

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Ethan Couch and his mother, Tonya Couch, were detained by authorities Monday night.

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A manhunt ensued for the "affluenza" teen when he went missing in early December after violating his 10-year probation for killing four people in a drunken driving incident in Texas in 2013. Authorities were alerted when the 18-year-old failed to report to his probation officer Dec. 10. Shortly before failing to report to the probation officer, a video surfaced that allegedly showed Couch at a party with alcohol, possibly playing beer pong, a violation of the terms of his probation. 

 Here's what you should know about the arrest: 

1. The two were found in Mexico.

The Couches were detained by authorities in the resort town of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the Tarrant County Texas District Attorney's Office confirmed Monday around 6 p.m. According to a police report, the mother and son were located after using a personal cellphone to order pizza in Mexico.

2. Mexican authorities have them in custody.

The mother and son were detained at an immigration office in Guadalajara with plans to be turned over to American authorities. The Couches were expected to fly commercially to Houston, Texas on Wednesday, but they filed a legal writ to allow them to stay in Mexico.

“They’re trying to fight being brought back somehow,” Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said. “It’s just a continuing string of what we’ve seen all along. We're patient people. We’ll be waiting.”

If and when they return to the U.S., Ethan Couch will appear in front of a juvenile judge and Tanya Couch could be charged with hindering an apprehension and aiding and abetting. If found guilty, Tanya Couch, 48, will serve time in an American jail. 

3. Multiple units aided in the search for Ethan Couch.

Initially, local authorities launched a search for Couch when a warrant was issued for his arrest after he disappeared. Shortly thereafter, the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service joined in the search.

On Dec.17, Anderson said this: "You can run, but you're always going to be looking over your shoulder. We're not going to give up. We're going to come after you. We're going to find you, wherever you are."

4. The teen was said to have had a going-away party before fleeing.

 At a press conference Tuesday morning, Anderson said the mother and son may have celebrated in some way "akin to a going-away party" before heading to Mexico.

5. Ethan Couch may be tried as an adult.

According to Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson, officials will aim to have Ethan Couch's juvenile sentence revoked and to try him as an adult. If his juvenile sentence is upheld, he will serve four months in confinement and will be released on his 19th birthday in April. 

Dayton standoff suspect rings in 2016 behind bars

Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 11:27 PM
Published: Friday, January 01, 2016 @ 6:26 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @ 6:25 p.m. Jan. 1: A 28-year-old transient man who was arrested New Year’s Eve following a nearly three-hour standoff at a Quitman Street duplex — where he’d been staying with a relative — faces numerous felony and misdemeanor charges.

Justin D. Brown will be arraigned Monday afternoon. He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of inducing panic and heaving weapons under disability, both felony charges; and misdemeanor charges of assault and two counts of aggravated menacing, online jail records show.

EARLIER REPORT: A 28-year-old man will ring in 2016 behind bars after he was arrested following a nearly three-hour standoff New Year’s Eve at a relative’s house that locked down a Dayton neighborhood.

Justin D. Brown came out of the duplex in the 400 block of Quitman Street on his own sometime before 10 p.m. He is facing charges of aggravated menacing, weapons under disability and assault, Dayton police Sgt. Eric Sheldon said.

Police responded to a “suspicious circumstance” when a caller around 7 p.m. reported seeing a man drag a woman into a duplex at knifepoint. When police arrived, the woman already got away with the knife, but her boyfriend barricaded himself inside, Sheldon said.

“He threatened officers, threatened to kill them if they came inside,” the sergeant said.

The girlfriend told police that Brown was high on methamphetamine, and that he had choked her and was inside with a shotgun and other knives, according to Sheldon. A police special weapons and tactics team and police negotiators were called to the scene.

Neighbors said the standoff tonight was alarming while it was underway.

“We’re really concerned right now because we were told that there’s a gun in the house and we’re really familiar with him and his family — they live right next door to us,” said Danny McLeod. “Sometimes living around here you never know what can happen. We just hope everything turns out to be OK and everybody comes out all right and nobody gets hurt.”

McLeod and Shawn Abbey said they saw police communicating with Brown through a window using a cellphone and earlier with a bullhorn.

SWAT officers and negotiators were finally able to convince Brown to come out.

“Once he was outside he was still belligerent but we took him into custody without incident,” Sheldon said.

SWAT officers went inside the residence to make sure there were no other suspects or victims. Brown had been staying at the home for some time with a relative, the sergeant said.

Troopers release preliminary New Year’s OVI data

Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 11:26 PM
Published: Saturday, January 02, 2016 @ 12:17 AM
By: Breaking News Staff

Ohio Highway Patrol troopers at local posts issued just about 20 OVI citations New Year’s Eve into the new year.

NewsCenter 7’s John Bedell is checking in with local Ohio State Highway Patrol posts today to see how many OVI arrests they made over night Dec. 31 into Jan. 1.

Preliminary numbers from a 12-county area, including Montgomery and Miami counties, shows 19 OVI offenses. Those numbers include:

  • 7 from the Dayton post that covers Montgomery and Preble counties;
  • 2 from the Springfield post for Clark and Champaign counties;
  • 3 from the Xenia post in Greene County;
  • 6 from the Piqua post that covers Miami, Darke, Shelby, Mercer and Auglaize counties;
  • 1 from the Lebanon post that covers Warren County; and
  • 3 from the Hamilton post that covers Butler County

Across Ohio, there were three fatal crashes compared to 10 during the same period last year, troopers said.

In 2015, 1,057 people died on the roads — 50 more killed than in 2014. Troopers want 2016 to be less deadly.

“People have to pay attention. And know your car is a weapon. You’re driving a 2,000-, 3,000-pound weapon,” said Sgt. Paul Lezotte of the patrol’s Xenia Post, who said there were eight deadly crashes in Greene County in 2015 — double the number of fatalies in 2014. OVI arrests also were up 1o percent last year in Greene County.

“People are still, unfortunately, making the wrong choices. And choosing to drink and get behind the wheel to try to drive home,” the sergeant said.

Suspect indicted in New Year’s Day stabbing

Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 11:25 PM
Published: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 @ 6:13 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @ 6:15 p.m. (Feb. 10): A Dayton man accused of stabbing a good Samaritan with a screwdriver on New Year’s Day was indicted this week.

Shawn G. Chism, 44, is scheduled to appear in court Thursday following his indictment for three counts of felonious assault, all with repeat violent offender specifications, according to a Montgomery County grand jury report released Monday. He is held on $75,000 bond in the Montgomery County Jail.

Chism used a screwdriver in an attack of a 56-year-old man who was trying to help two men near the intersection of Wyoming and Fillmore streets, according to the county Prosecutor’s Office.

A second man, Mark D. Spears, 53, pleaded guilty Feb. 3 in the case. When he is sentenced Feb. 17 he faces up to eight years in prison plus a fine up to $15,000, online court records show.

UPDATE @ 11:15 p.m. (Jan. 2): A 56-year-old stabbing victim was listed in fair condition tonight at Miami Valley Hospital.

The man was attacked Friday afternoon at the intersection of Fillmore and Wyoming streets in Dayton. No information was available today on the man’s assailant.

UPDATE @ 2:24 p.m. (Jan. 1): A 56-year-old man was reportedly stabbed multiple times at the intersection of Fillmore and Wyoming streets this afternoon, according to family members of the victim.

According to witnesses, the stabbing victim may have been trying to help two men who appeared homeless at the time of the incident, however police have not confirmed that report.

Initial emergency dispatch traffic indicated police may have taken a possible suspect into custody in the area.

There is no word on how serious injuries are in the case.


Police and medics are on the scene of an incident in the area of Fillmore and Wyoming streets that was originally reported to emergency dispatchers as a stabbing, according to reports.

The incident was reported around 1:50 p.m.

We are working to learn more about this incident and will update this story as details become available.

Driver, 51, shoots, kills self in I-75 traffic stop

Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 11:24 PM
Published: Monday, January 04, 2016 @ 11:12 AM
By: Breaking News Staff - Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @ 11 a.m. (Jan. 4)

A 51-year-old Morrow man has been identified as the fatality in an Interstate 75 shooting.

The man was traveling about 90 mph on I-75 north near mile marker 26 in Liberty Twp. when troopers with the Ohio Highway Patrol initiated a traffic stop, said Lt. Clint Arnold.

Coroner’s officials in Warren and Montgomery counties have released the man’s name but it is not our policy to report the identities of suicide victims.

A female passenger traveling with the man was an acquaintance, Arnold said.

The man did not have any outstanding warrants.

A Warren County coroner’s investigator said the man died from a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A rifle and handgun were found inside the vehicle.

The troopers as well as a passerby tried to save the man’s life, Arnold said.

“Our troopers showed great constraint and professionalism and tried to save his life,” Arnold said.

The coroner’s office said it will be six to eight weeks to return the toxicology report.


A driver fatally shot himself this afternoon during a traffic stop on northbound Interstate 75.

Troopers with the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Hamilton Post stopped a black car with two occupants just after 12:30 p.m. that was speeding on I-75 north near mile marker 26 in Liberty Twp.

“While speaking to the occupants, the passenger informed the trooper that there was a gun in the vehicle,” stated Sgt. Jeffrey E. Staples in a release.

As backup arrived on scene, the passenger was ordered out of the car. During that time, the driver did not obey orders and removed his hands from the steering wheel, retrieved a handgun and shot himself in the chest, Staples said.

Troopers got the driver out of the car and provided medical attention until EMS arrived. The driver was taken to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown, where he was pronounced dead, the release stated.

The names of the driver and passenger were not released.

No troopers returned fire, and no troopers were placed on administrative leave following the incident, which remains under investigation.