Officials taking second look at fatal Fairfield fire

Published: Friday, June 28, 2013 @ 5:15 PM
Updated: Friday, June 28, 2013 @ 5:15 PM

The investigation results are not yet complete, but Fairfield investigators know the fire that killed Joshua Hoskins at a Brittany Lane apartment April 29 is suspicious.

In fact, a sign placed on the burned out building about two weeks ago by state fire officials says arson.

Four months before, the 37-year-old father of three had narrowly escaped a fire at his home on Morningside Drive that was set by his wife, Randi.

Just a few weeks after setting the fire, Randi Hoskins admitted to setting the blaze by lighting clothing and pizza boxes on fire. She was convicted of aggravated arson and sentenced to jail.

Fairfield Police Chief Mike Dickey told the JournalNews Joshua Hoskins’ death is the same as all others investigated by his department.

“We investigate any death until we are satisfied as to how it occurred,” Dickey said. That includes a second look at the Morningside Drive fire.

“We reopened it because he died in a fire four months after almost dying in a fire,” Dickey said. He declined any further comment.

Randi Hoskins’ attorney, Mark Krumbein, was vocal about any connection his client could have to the Brittany Lane fire.

“She was in jail at that time,” Krumbein said, noting it’s a “pretty good” alibi. “When Sheriff Jones has you, you’re not going anywhere.”

Randi Hoskins was booked into the Butler County Jail on Dec. 12 and she was released on June 9, according to jail records.

Krumbein said Randi Hoskins is devastated by the lost of her husband. She is currently on supervised community control through the county’s SAMI court (Substance Abuse and Mental Illness court).

On the night she set the Morningside Drive house on fire, “she was angry with her husband because he would not pick up pizza boxes, dirty clothes and beer bottles,” Krumbein said.

“She just took a match and lit the things she couldn’t stand anymore,” the attorney said. “She hadn’t thought out anything.”

The family escaped safely, but Joshua Hoskins went back into the smoke and flames to get the cat.

“Randi physically pulled him out of the building,” Krumbein said. “She saved his life. She created the danger, but she also saved her husband.”

Fairfield Fire Chief Don Bennett said he expects the investigation to be complete in the next two weeks.

Flood advisory in effect for Mercer, Auglaize counties

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 6:11 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 7:05 PM

Flood Advisory for Auglaize and Mercer counties

UPDATE @ 7:05 p.m.

A flood advisory is in effect until 10 p.m., issued by the National Weather Service.

FIRST REPORT

A flood advisory is in effect until 9 p.m., issued by the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

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Radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rainfall. Minor flooding of low-lying and poorly drained streets, highways and underpasses will occur. In addition, farmland near creeks, streams and drainage ditches will experience minor flooding, the NWS reported.

OVI checkpoint planned for Friday in Butler County

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 12:41 AM

Monroe police officer Doug Leist gives a field sobriety test to a man stopped during an OVI checkpoint Early Saturday morning, June 11, 2011 along OH-4 in Monroe, Ohio.  Monroe police, along with Middletown police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, participated in the checkpoint.  Staff photo by Nick Graham
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The Butler County OVI Task Force will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Fairfield Friday night. 

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The OVI checkpoint will be conducted on northbound Ohio 4 near Symmes Road from 11 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday. 

Officers, deputies, and state troopers will also conduct saturation patrols in the area. 

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Troopers: Fenwick HS student, 17, dies in crash with 15-year-old driver

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 8:40 PM
Updated: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 7:45 PM

A Bishop Fenwick High School student died after he was ejected in a crash Thursday night just southeast of Springboro, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.  

Noah J. Theiss, 17, of Franklin Twp., was a passenger in his parents’ car driven by Hosney Mousa, 15, of Washington Twp. in Montgomery County. The car crashed about 8:10 p.m., on Springboro Road near Red Lion-Five Points Road, in Clearcreek Twp., Warren County, according to troopers. 

“He was so young. I don’t think he should have died this way,”Gabe Hoel, a friend of the victim, said Friday. 

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Investigation determined Mousa was driving the 2013 Honda Accord east on Springboro Road when he lost control. The car traveled off the right side of the roadway, striking a utility pole and rolling over several times.  

The crash occurred on a winding section of the road, near the Sycamore Preserve Park southeast of Springboro, according to authorities.  

Theiss, the right front passenger, was partially ejected through a sun roof and pronounced dead at the scene, according reports. 

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A rear passenger, Faith N. Armbuser, 16, of Springboro, was treated and released from Atrium Medical Center in Middletown. 

“He’s 17. He flew through the roof,” according to a call, apparently from Armbruser, to 911.  

Mousa was treated and released from Dayton Children’s Hospital South Campus in Springboro.  

“I don’t know the address. We’re in the middle of nowhere,” the caller told a 911 operator. “Please help me, he’s dead.”  

“Please help me, I’m so scared,” the 911 call continued.  

A woman who saw the crash while visiting a nearby creek at the Sycamore Reserve Park with her husband and two children took over the call and reported the other boy at the scene, apparently Mousa, was walking around “kind of out of it.”  

On Friday, Lt. Chuck O’Bryon of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said there was no indication that alcohol or drug use were involved, but investigators were awaiting toxicology tests.  

O’Bryon said it appeared the crash was the result of a combination of driver inexperience, high speed and failure to wear a seat belt.  

It was unclear why Mousa was driving.  

According to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles’ website, a driver can be issued a temporary instruction permit identification card starting at 15 years and six months. The temporary permit must be held for at least six months, among other requirements that must be completed, before a drivers’ license can be issued.  

Hoel said he was under the impression that Mousa had a temporary permit.  

Mousa was unlicensed, but even with a temporary permit, Mousa was not supposed to have driven as he is alleged to have Thursday night at the time of the crash, O’Bryon said.  

“He has to be with a parent or guardian,” he said.  

Mousa was identified as the driver after conflicting reports at the scene, O’Bryon said. 

“It’s a tragedy,” O’Bryon said.  

O’Bryon said it could be several weeks or longer before the case is presented to Warren County prosecutors.  

Andrew Barczak, principal at Bishop Fenwick High School in Middletown, confirmed Theiss attended the school, in a voice mail left as he headed to graduation.  

Hoel said he thought of Theiss as a brother.  

“I was really good friends with Noah. He was like a bigger brother to me,” said Hoel, recalling he met Theiss through his brothers, Dylan and Tristan Theiss.  

“He would always make everything fun. He was just a positive person,” Hoel said.  

Hoel said he and the Theiss brothers would often drive around together. He recalled Theiss taking him to Kings Island Amusement Park.  

“He just had an outgoing spirit. He was fun to be around,” Hoel added.  

Hoel said he was less familiar with Mousa. He said Mousa and Theiss became friends after Theiss moved to the area from Gratis, a village in Preble County.

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UPDATE @ 11:10 a.m.

A 17-year-old Springboro boy who died in a crash Thursday night was identified as Noah J. Theiss. He was a passenger in a Honda Accord driven by Hosney Mousa, 15, of Centerville, that crashed about 8:10 p.m., on Springboro Road near Red Lion-Five Points Road, in Clearcreek Twp. A rear passenger was identified as Faith N. Armbuser, 16, of Springboro, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

UPDATE @ 2:25 a.m. (May 26) 

A 15-year-old was driving a car that crashed in Clearcreek Twp. and resulted in the death of a 17-year-old boy from Springboro Thursday night. 

Around 8:10 p.m. Thursday, state troopers and medics were dispatched to a single-vehicle, rollover crash on Springboro Road near Red Lion-Five Points Road. 

A 2013 Honda sedan, driven by a 15-year-old male from Centerville, was traveling east on Springboro Road when the driver lost control, struck a utility pole and overturned several times, state troopers said. 

The crash ejected the front-seat passenger who was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers identified the victim as 17-year-old Noah Theiss of Springboro. 

The driver was treated and released from to Dayton Children’s Hospital South Campus in Springboro. A back-seat passenger, a 16-year-old Springboro girl, was treated and released from Atrium Medical Center in Middletown.

UPDATE @ 10 p.m. (May 25)

One juvenile was killed and two others injured tonight in a rollover crash on Springboro Road in Clearcreek Twp.

“Upon arrival there was one fatality,” Sgt. Bryan Cook of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Lebanon Post said.

There were three youths in the car. The other two were taken to local hospitals with injuries described as not life-threatening, Cook said.

>>VIDEO: Trooper gives update on crash

UPDATE @ 9:25 p.m.

A crash with ejection tonight on Springboro Road turned deadly.

The Warren County Coroner’s Office is on scene.

There was at least one other injury reported in the crash.

FIRST REPORT

Crews were called to a serious injury crash tonight in Clearcreek Twp. in Warren County.

The crash was reported around 8:15 p.m. on Springboro Road near Red Lion 5 Points Road. The road is closed in the area of the crash.

One person was reported ejected, and there was at least one other injury, with CareFlight initially placed on standby.

We have crews on the way and will update this report.

Juvenile in custody after Franklin Twp. shooting

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 5:08 PM

Warren County Sheriff’s deputies at the scene of a shooting in the 3700 block of Wilson Farms Boulevard in Franklin Twp. One person was taken to Atrium Medical Center with injuries that are not life-threatening. A juvenile was taken into custody and charged with attempted murder and domestic violence. ED RICHTER/STAFF

A juvenile has been charged with attempted murder and domestic violence in connection to a shooting this morning in Franklin Twp.

Warren County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 3700 block of Wilson Farms Boulevard for a report of a shooting.

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Deputies found the shooting victim who was transported to Atrium Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening.

A juvenile at the residence was taken into custody and subsequently taken to the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center.

Detectives are continuing their investigation. Anyone with any information about this case is urged to contact Lt. John Faine at 513-695-1522.