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Fourth person found guilty in fatal home invasion

Published: Monday, October 07, 2013 @ 4:41 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 08, 2013 @ 11:05 AM

A Butler County jury has found the fourth of five people accused in the botched armed robbery that turned fatal guilty of murder in the 2012 shooting death of Julian Slaven.

Nearly a year after Slaven’s death, Jerry Eacholes, 26, of Middletown, stood trial last week in Butler County Common Court on the charges of murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary. The jury deliberated briefly Friday afternoon and then continued Monday morning, deliberating a total of about nine hours before reaching a verdict.

Eacholes’ sentencing in set for Oct. 21. He faces up to 37 years to life in prison. The jury did not find Eacholes guilty of using a gun during the commissions of the three felony crimes, which would have added a possible nine years to his sentence.

On Tuesday, the trial of Christia Frymire, 20, of Fairfield, is scheduled to begin in the same courtroom.

Eacholes shook his head when the verdict was read at about 3:50 p.m. Slaven’s mother, Tamera, gave a quiet sigh.

“Justice was served,” Tamera Slaven said. “And I want to say to Christia, it is not too late to do the right thing and plead and end this.”

Eacholes and Frymire were scheduled to be tried together in July, but Oney severed the cases when attorneys for the defendants argued they should receive separate trials because some evidence, including a cellphone image of a man holding a gun, and statements presented at trial might be prejudicial toward one of the accused.

Joseph Goodin, 26, of Middletown, who fired the shot that killed 19-year-old Slaven on Nov. 24, pleaded guilty in April and was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison. His attorney said the fatal shot was fired by accident.

In June, Misty Williams, 19, of Hamilton also received an 18 years to life sentence after admitting guilt to the same charges.

Williams, a former Fairfield High School cheerleader, was addicted to heroin at the time of the incident, according to her family, who spoke on her behalf during sentencing.

Slaven and Williams were childhood friends and she was the person who placed the call setting up the robbery and shooting, according to prosecutors.

Anthony Givens, 21, of Hamilton, pleaded guilty in April and was sentenced to 18 years to life for his part in the incident.

According to court documents, prosecutors say Goodin, Eacholes, Givens, Williams and Frymire “acting with the kind of culpability required for the commission of each charged offense were supporting, encouraging, conspiring with and cooperating with, advising, inciting and aiding or abetting each other in committing the murder of Julian Slaven.”

The five defendants, “planned and arranged a purchase of marijuana from Slaven, with Williams and Frymire acting as purchasers. Upon the two gaining entrance to the home by such deception, they planned that Goodin, Givens and Eacholes would enter the residence, Goodin and Givens with firearms,” according to court documents.

In the process of carrying out the plan, Slaven was shot, prosecutors say.

Driver who crashed into New Orleans parade crowd identified

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 8:43 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 8:15 PM

            Driver who crashed into New Orleans parade crowd identified

Police identified the driver who crashed through a parade crowd in New Orleans. 

Neilson Rizzuto, 25, was arrested and charged with first degree negligent vehicular injuring, hit-and-run driving causing serious injury and reckless operation of a vehicle, New Orleans Police said in a statement Sunday.

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Rizzuto careened through a crowd during a parade Saturday on one of the busiest nights of the Mardi Gras season, injuring at least 28 people, police say. There were no fatalities.

A breath alcohol test determined that Rizzuto's alcohol level was three times the legal limit.

Rizzuto drove a gray truck through the Krewe of Endymion parade around 6:45 p.m., according to The Advocate.

"Initial reports show so far about a dozen people are in critical condition," police spokeswoman Ambria Washington told The Times-Picayune. "That number could increase as the investigation is ongoing."

Twenty-one people were hospitalized, five in critical condition. Seven other people declined treatment.

The crash comes during the final weekend of Carnival at one of the city's largest parades.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

U.S. overdose deaths doubled from 1999; Ohio in Top 5

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 11:06 AM

            U.S. overdose deaths doubled from 1999; Ohio in Top 5

The rate of fatal overdose deaths in the United States has more than doubled since 1999, rising from 6.1 deaths per 100,000 people to 16.3 deaths per 100,000 in 2015, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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That was faster than the rate of suicides and car accidents in 2015, underscoring the tragic consequences of a growing nationwide heroin epidemic, which accounted for 25 percent of the overdose deaths in 2015 — triple the share from 1999, according to the report.

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Ohio — with a overdose death rate of 29.9 per 100,000 — was among the five states with the highest rates of death due to drug overdoses in 2015, according to the CDC, including: West Virginia (41.5 per 100,000), New Hampshire (34.3 per 100,000), Kentucky (29.9 per 100,000), and Rhode Island (28.2 per 100,000).

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Locally, Montgomery County health officials say overdose deaths are now the No. 1 public health threat, burdening rehab and addiction services.

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“This epidemic has taken us all by storm, all across this country,” said Helen Jones-Kelley, executive director of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board of Montgomery County. “We have never seen an addiction crisis like this, at least not in my career.”

Springboro school bomb threat case dismissed

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 11:01 AM

            Springboro school bomb threat case dismissed

A judge dismissed a juvenile court case this morning against a 12-year-old special education student at Springboro Junior High School charged with making a false bomb threat at the school in January.

This stems from a Jan. 13 incident reported on for the first time today.

A 12-year-old charged in a Feb. 2 incident at the junior high, however, remains on house arrest.

These two cases and incidents sparking evacuation of South Lebanon Elementary School on consecutive days this year follow a series last year at schools in Springboro, Lebanon and Waynesville.

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Judge J0e Kirby dismissed the January case this morning after prosecutors and defense agreed to accept the finding of a competency report completed on Feb. 21.

“Neither party submits additional evidence,” Kirby said in a ruling today. “The child is presently incapable of understanding the nature and objective of proceedings.”


Kirby also ended GPS monitoring under which the boy had been allowed to be released from detention on house arrest since Jan. 17, four days after he was ordered to be held in the detention center.

The boy was held in detention on a making false alarms charge filed after he told his special education teacher he “had a bomb in his bag and threw the bag on the floor. This was overheard by another student and circulated to other teachers,” according to court records.

Oscars 2017: What does the blue ribbon seen at the Oscars stand for?

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 8:15 AM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 8:23 AM

            Oscars 2017: What does the blue ribbon seen at the Oscars stand for?

Several stars were sporting blue ribbons at Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony in support of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Karlie Kloss and Ruth Negga were among the stars who wore the ribbons that had “ACLU” printed on them.

“I’m wearing an ACLU ribbon because they’re fighting incredible fights right now for American ideals,” Lin-Manuel Miranda said.

The ACLU offers attorney services for those fighting civil liberty issues in court, and has a stated mission "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States."  

In January, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against President Trump’s administration on behalf of two men detained and threatened with deportation at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport following the implementation of the Trump administration's travel ban. The organization received more than $24 million after the ban went into place.