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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.

Middletown boy, 9, in juvenile detention after bringing gun to school

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 3:11 PM
Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 3:18 PM


            A third-grader at Rosa Parks Elementary came to school Monday with a loaded 9 millimeter gun and four extra bullets in his pocket, according to Middletown police. STAFF FILE PHOTO
A third-grader at Rosa Parks Elementary came to school Monday with a loaded 9 millimeter gun and four extra bullets in his pocket, according to Middletown police. STAFF FILE PHOTO

A 9-year-old Middletown boy who told police he what going to show a loaded gun he brought to school to a boy who had beat him up will remain in juvenile detention until next week.

The third-grader at Rosa Parks Elementary came to school Monday with a loaded 9 millimeter gun and four extra bullets in his pocket, according to Middletown police.

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At about 10:40 a.m. a teacher noticed a bulge in the boy’s pocket while he was in a classroom full of children. As the teacher reached for the boy, he raised a pair of scissors as if to strike her, police said.

“When the teacher saw the bulge she recognized there was something there inappropriate so she reached for it and when she did, he raised up some scissors as if he was going to assault her with the scissors,” said Middletown police Lt. Scott Reeve.

The scissors were described as safety scissors with rounded points by police.

“Now his story is that he was trying to distract her, saying the scissors is what he had in his pocket,” Reeve said. “That he was not going to stab her.”

The teacher was able to control the boy until a school resource officer arrived. The boy was charged with three felonies, felonious assault, conveying a weapon into a school safety zone and carrying a concealed weapon.

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There were no students injured in the incident, according to Middletown Schools Spokeswoman Elizabeth Beadle.

“The teacher confiscated the gun, gave it to the (school security officer) and the incident was reported to police,” she said.

Despite his young age, the boy was taken to the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center, where a magistrate ruled he will remain until a hearing on Oct. 27.

“Usually with a child this age the first thought is to get him help, but he was out of control enough we just thought that was the best environment for him,” Reeve said.

The boy told police he did not intend to use the weapon, just show it to a boy who had assaulted him.

“He’s claiming he was just going to show it to a kid who beat him up at a football game a few weeks before, but he had not reported to anyone that that had happened,” Reeve said.

Mom’s boyfriend charged after student brings gun to Middletown school

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 3:17 PM
Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 3:27 PM


            Jerron Dean failed to properly secure a gun, giving the 9-year-old son of his girlfriend access to it, according to Middletown police. The third-grader took the loaded gun to Rosa Parks Elementary on Monday, police said.
Jerron Dean failed to properly secure a gun, giving the 9-year-old son of his girlfriend access to it, according to Middletown police. The third-grader took the loaded gun to Rosa Parks Elementary on Monday, police said.

The boyfriend of a Middletown third-grader’s mother has been charged after the boy, 9, brought a loaded gun to school Monday, police said.

The third-grader at Rosa Parks Elementary came to school Monday with a loaded 9 millimeter gun and four extra bullets in his pocket, according to Middletown police.

MORE: Middletown boy, 9, in juvenile detention after bringing gun to school

Jerron Dean, 29, has been charged with endangering children, a misdemeanor.

Dean failed to properly secure the gun, giving the boy access to it, according to Middletown police Lt. Scott Reeve.

Dean is scheduled to be in Middletown Municipal Court next week for a pre-trial hearing.

2017-18 winter weather outlook shows big temp swings

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 2:02 PM

The Storm Center 7 team has a detailed look at what the 2017-18 winter will be like.

Winter is fast approaching and our Storm Center 7 team has a first look at what it could mean for the Miami Valley.

Global weather patterns are hinting La Nina may develop before winter begins. This would be the biggest driver on how the next few months will pan out.

There's about a 55 to 65 percent chance La Nina will form, according to NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. If it does, the Miami Valley would experience a more active winter compared to years past.

Fall colors nearing peak across Miami Valley

That doesn't necessarily mean a snowy winter, but more opportunities to bring rain, snow, sleet or freezing rain to the region. 

Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell and his team also agree that although there could be big swings from warm to cold, the overall winter will finish near normal for temperatures. 

2017-18 Winter Weather Outlook. Weather graphic by Storm Center 7

The winter may finish with big storms. Again, not necessarily snow, but very impactful. 

For a complete look at what the Miami Valley can expect this upcoming winter, pick up a copy of the Dayton Daily News Tuesday, Oct. 31 where Elwell will provide a deeper analysis of what will drive the winter and how to prepare.

Surveillance video shows crash on Gettysburg Avenue in Dayton

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 11:11 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 11:24 PM

SURVEILLANCE: Germantown, Gettysburg crash

UPDATE @ 2:45 p.m. (Oct. 19):

Surveillance video from the BP at the corner of Germantown Street and South Gettysburg Avenue showed the crash involving four vehicles, where three people were injured.

SURVEILLANCE: BP on Germantown, Gettysburg

INITIAL REPORT: 

Three people were injured in a four-vehicle crash Wednesday night where shots were fired.

Police said shots were fired apparently no one was hit on Germantown Street at South Gettysburg Avenue.

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There was debris all over Germantown Street from the four vehicles involved in the crash. 

The injuries are believed to be non-life threatening, fire officials said.

Shots were reportedly fired prior to the crash. 

We will update this report as we get information. 

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