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Greene County courts clerk retiring after 21 years

Published: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 2:34 PM


            Greene County Clerk of Courts Terri A. Mazur, pictured here during a jury trial in February 2010, has announced she is retiring at the end of the year. STAFF PHOTO
Greene County Clerk of Courts Terri A. Mazur, pictured here during a jury trial in February 2010, has announced she is retiring at the end of the year. STAFF PHOTO

During her career directing the clerk of courts office in Greene County, Terri Mazur said she managed the implementation of technologies that led in part to reduced staff, cost savings and better access to public court records.

Mazur, who won six elections during her 21 years in office, has announced she is retiring at the end of the year.

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The 63-year-old said among other perks, she’s looking forward to being known by her married name as the wife of Judge Thomas Rose of the U.S. Federal Court Southern District of Ohio in Dayton. She said she continued to use her maiden name because it was more familiar to the voters.

Mazur said she originally planned to announce her retirement in late 2015 but decided to run for re-election the following year in light of four people in her office with retirement plans.

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“For the good of the office, I had worked too hard to have a great, efficient operation. I wasn’t willing to let that go down the tubes,” Mazur said.

Technology has played a major role in everyone’s lives the last two decades, and the county clerk’s office is no different.

When she was first elected to office in 1996, there were 25 full-time employees in the clerk of courts office. There are now 15, resulting in annual savings by Mazur’s estimates of about $500,000. Two branch offices, one in Fairborn and one in Beavercreek, were closed last year.

Mazur said the reductions were possible in part by working closely with the bureau of motor vehicles and upgrading the Automated Title Processing System, which has streamlined processing titles and enabled car dealers to e-file their title applications.

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The Greene County Clerk of Courts office processes about 50,000 titles a year.

Mazur said she is proud to have spearheaded the Inmate Collection Program, a process of collecting unpaid court costs and fines from convicted felons, a program now used statewide.

Mazur said the program was an indirect result of the 1993 Lucasville prison riot, after which prisoners, including four Greene County defendants, filed suit against the state and won a settlement. Mazur said she worked with then-Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery to track unpaid fees and garnish inmates’ accounts, if they owed the state money.

“As a brand new clerk, I asked, ‘why not do this as matter of procedure?,” she said. “Upon further investigation, anyone who is sent to prison, they receive a monthly stipend … We started setting up these garnishments, and many counties are now using the process and it’s become quite successful.”

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Close friend and colleague Judge Stephen Wolaver of Greene County Common Pleas Court said Mazur was a “strong advocate for the courts” who stayed informed about best practices and was always “very helpful in coming up with ideas.”

“She’s been very active in staying ahead of the game,” Wolaver said. “She’s been an incredibly positive force for our court here … when she takes a position that she thinks is right, she goes for it. You don’t always win battles, but you can hold your head high when you think you’re doing what’s best for your constituents.”

County commissioners and the Republican Party will need to appoint a temporary replacement to serve out the remainder of Mazur’s term. The interim clerk of courts will then be eligible to run for election next year.

Police: 13 siblings held captive in California residence

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:16 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:26 PM

13 Siblings Held Captive In California "House of Horrors"

Update 1:20 p.m. Jan. 16: Officials said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon that the 13 siblings taken from a California home after they were held captive by their parents for an undisclosed period of time are recovering.

The siblings, who range in age from 2 to 29, were in stable condition Tuesday.

“They’re very friendly, they’re very cooperative and I believe that they’re hopeful that life will get better for them after this event,” said Mark Uffer, CEO of the Corona Regional Medical Center.

Riverside County Sheriff's Department Capt. Greg Fellows said Louise Anna Turpin, the mother of the children, was “perplexed” when police arrived at the family’s home Sunday. Authorities said they had received no prior calls to the house and said there were no early indications that either Linda Anna Turpin or her husband, 57-year-old David Allen Turpin, had any history of mental illness.

Original report: A California couple was arrested Sunday after 13 siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were allegedly held captive in a home, with several children “shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings,” the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said Monday.

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In a news release, the Sheriff’s Department said David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested and charged with torture and child endangerment. Bail was set at $9 million apiece, according to the news release.

Early Sunday, a 17-year-old called 911 and said she had escaped from her residence in Perris, according to the Sheriff’s Department. The teenager claimed that her 12 brothers and sisters were “being held captive” in the residence by her parents. 

When deputies met with the teen, she “appeared to be only 10 years old and slightly emaciated.” Deputies went to the residence and said they were “shocked” to find the teen’s 12 siblings, seven of whom were adults ranging in age from 18 to 29. All of them appeared to be “malnourished and very dirty,” according to the release.

The parents were subsequently arrested, deputies said.

The six children, including the teen who escaped, were taken to a hospital in Moreno Valley for treatment, deputies said. The adults were being treated at a hospital in Corona.

David Turpin’s parents, James and Betty Turpin of West Virginia, told ABC News they were surprised and shocked at the allegations, KABC reported.

According to the California Department of Education website, David Turpin is listed as principal of the Sandcastle Day School, which was operated out of his home. The address listed for the school is the same residence where the 13 victims were discovered, CNN reported.

The school opened March 21, 2011, according to the website, and was categorized as a private school for students in grades one through 12.

Neighbors of parents accused of holding 13 kids captive describe family as odd, reclusive

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:12 AM

13 Siblings Held Captive In California "House of Horrors"

Neighbors described the reportedly nightmarish situation at the Turpin home, where parents David and Louise allegedly kept their 13 children shackled to their beds and malnourished, as seeming like a “cult.”

Former neighbors said the children were made to march around for hours in the middle of the night, they told the New York Post.

A man named Mike, who did not want to give his full name and was a neighbor of the Turpins when they lived in Murrieta, California, told the Post, “I thought they were like a cult. They would march back and forth on the second story at night. The light would be on the whole time, and they would be marching the kids back and forth.”

>> Police: 13 siblings held captive in California residence

Mike said he would arrive home late from his job at a hospital and see the children marching through the upstairs rooms of the Turpin home between midnight and 3 a.m.

David and Louis Turpin were arrested Sunday in their Perris, California, home after one of their daughters called police for help, saying she had managed to escape the house with a cellphone. When police arrived, they reportedly found the siblings, ages 2 to 29, living in squalor and looking very thin, with several of the kids shackled to furniture.

Mike said his wife, Myrna, called the family “clones,” saying the Turpins all spoke “robotically, in a monotone and at the same” time during the few occasions on which Myrna interacted with them at a local grocer.

However, Mike told the Post that he and Myrna never called the police because they didn’t see anything that suggested they needed to. They just thought the parents were a bit odd.

Mike, as well former neighbors from when the Turpins owned a farm in Rio Vista, Texas — which the family left due to foreclosure — remarked on the amount of trash that the family accumulated.

“I ended up calling the police because of the trash and everything that was left there,” said former Texas neighbor Randy McClain. “There was a brand new pickup truck covered in [trash] — a whole truck bed full and overflowing to the ground with trash: diapers, Spam cans, potted meat cans, just overflowing.”

The Daily Mail got access to the Turpin’s Perris backyard and found a Disney-themed fountain situated in a messy yard in which “piles of metal pipes could be seen strewn around, along with a rusty set of metal garden furniture and some diaper boxes.”

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Through the screen door, the Daily Mail spied piles of clutter, including what appear to be stacked books, within the house.

Neighbor Leticia Gomez, 45, who lives directly behind the Turpin home, told the Daily Mail that she wasn’t aware there were any kids in the house. She described the Turpins’ garden as unkempt and “scruffy.”

Another neighbor, Andria Valdez, said she did know there were children living in the home and that she had seen them before. She joked that the Turpins reminded her of the vampire family in the “Twilight” books and movies, because they were “really, really pale” and “only came out at night.”

Another meteor? Reports come in of bright flash across Ohio, Ind. night sky

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 1:21 AM

WHIO Weather Camera Network caught a possible meteor Wednesday night in Miamisburg.

Another meteor may have lit up the sky late Wednesday night.

Several reports have come into our newsroom of a bright flash that shot across the sky just before midnight. People from Englewood, Marysville and Randolph County, Ind. have said they saw the bright flash, with some saying it was bright blue or blue/green.

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The American Meteor Society received several reports of a meteor in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Kentucky.

A meteor was spotted in Ohio, Michigan and Canada late Tuesday. 

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Pursuit through Piqua, Troy ends in crash, 2 arrests

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 5:06 AM

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A pursuit that started in Piqua late Wednesday night reached speeds of over 100 mph, according to police.

The pursuit started just after 11 p.m. after an officer attempted a traffic stop on a suspected OVI driver, police said. 

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The suspect vehicle fled from police, reaching speeds of just over 100 mph. The vehicle hit stop sticks and crashed in Troy  at 11:24 p.m., 17 minutes after the pursuit started.

The driver, identified as Mark Lee Yount, 33, of Dayton, was arrested for OVI, tampering with evidence, trafficking in drugs, fleeing and eluding, and possession of a firearm under disability.

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The passenger, identified as Austin Lee Stahl, 21, of Piqua, is facing charges of tampering with evidence and fleeing and eluding.

Mark Yount

Austin Lee Stahl
No one was injured.