Pitcher Released From Jail Following Brawl

Published: Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 9:41 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2008 @ 11:35 AM

A 21-year-old pitcher for the Peoria Chiefs was released from jail on bond Saturday.

Julio Castillo was charged with felonious assault and officials said suspensions are coming against other players and managers involved in a brawl between the Dayton Dragons and the Peoria Chiefs Thursday night.

Castillo, from the Dominican Republic, also had to surrender his passport so he cannot leave the country.

The pitcher for the Peoria Chiefs is accused of throwing a ball that hit a fan sitting in the stands. The fan, a 44-year-old Middletown man was treated and released from Miami Valley Hospital.

Thursday night's game at Fifth Third field came to a halt after words were exchanged and punches were thrown between the two teams.

A batter for the Chiefs was hit by a Dragons pitcher in the top of the first inning, but that half of the inning ended uneventfully.

However, things heated up in the bottom of the first. "The very first pitch was a wild pitch that went right over the catcher's head and to the backstop," said Kettering resident Judy Robinson, "he was just trying to throw the fastest thing he could."

Castillo hit at least two Dragons batters in that first inning and hit infielder Zach Cozart in the head. Cozart laid motionless on the field for several moments before being removed for medical treatment. Eventually, a runner for the Dragons tried to break up a double play by sliding hard into second base. The Chiefs apparently took exception to that and players and managers began arguing back and forth.

Dragons' manager Donnie Scott eventually left the third base coaching box to talk with the umpires. The Chiefs' interim manager, and former major-league player Carmelo Martinez, came out too and both managers began yelling at each other and the umpires.

Players from both teams began running onto the field and then Martinez shoved Scott.

Players from both teams headed for each other. Witnesses said that's when Castillo fired a fastball in the direction of the Dragons dugout. A Dragons player jumped on his back and the brawl was on.

The fight was very different from most baseball brawls, which often are made up of pushing and shoving. Players from both teams exchanged heavy punches in a melee that lasted for five minutes or more.

Dragons fan Greg Kooyman said, "It was the biggest brawl I've ever seen." Another fan, Mark Ricketts said, "There was a lot of good punches, baseballs were thrown, I didn't see a bat get thrown but someone said a bat got thrown."

As the fight ended, fans and team officials realized that the ball that Castillo threw at the Dragons dugout actually hit a fan sitting in the second row. That fan was placed on a stretcher and taken to the hospital for medical care. The fan's condition has not been released.

It took officials about an hour to restore order and decide on punishment. The umpires initially ejected both managers and 15 players in all. But officials from both teams consulted with the President of the Midwest League, of which both teams are members.

The ejections were placed in suspension and all players were allowed to continue until the conclusion of the game, eventually won by the Dragons 6-5.

Neither the Chiefs or the Dragons wanted to complete the game by using at least two pitchers in outfield positions, which both teams would have been forced to do. It's expected those ejections will be reinstated on Friday as the Midwest League hands out punishment.

Fans said the brawl was an ugly scene all the way around and it could have escalated even more.

Billy Snyder a fan apparently threw something towards the field that hit the pitcher, Castillo. Snyder said it was "A big soda and it hit him on the head, he grabbed a bat and was ready to jump over the wall into the stands but the coaches grabbed him."

Dayton Police were called to the ballpark and eventually arrested Castillo and booked him into the Montgomery County Jail for felonious assault.

It appears that Thursday night's wild fight may have been the result of bad blood brewing between the two teams for a couple days. During Wednesday night's game there were allegedly a trio of Chiefs hitters hit by Dragons pitchers.

The Dragons and the Chief ended a three-game series Friday night with no additional problems. The Dragons won 3-2.


Husted bucks GOP, is against voter photo ID push

Published: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM
Updated: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The official who oversees Ohio's elections says he doesn't agree with a measure proposed by some fellow Republicans to require voters to show photo IDs at the polls.   

Secretary of State John Husted tells The Columbus Dispatch on Thursday that he would not change current policy that allows voters to prove their identities with photo IDs or other documents, such as utility bills or paychecks.   

A bill approved by the Ohio House would require voters to show the photo ID before casting an in-person ballot. It is now being reviewed by the Senate.   

Husted instead proposes changes for voters casting early ballots or provisional ballots. He says those voters should be required to give their full Social Security numbers instead of the currently required last four digits.

Election Board Moves Carefully On Husted Investigation

Published: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 @ 5:35 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 @ 5:35 AM

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Montgomery County Board of Elections attorney will review voting residency laws before the board decides if it will move forward on an investigation of Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted, R-Kettering.

The four-person board has asked for the legal review after member Dennis Lieberman, a Democrat, said an Oct. 18 Dayton Daily News article raised questions about Husted's residency and voter registration.

"I think we have an obligation to look into it," Lieberman said.

Republican board members Jim Nathanson and Greg Gantt, county party chairman and chairman of the board, both referred to an investigation of Husted as a "witch hunt." Nathanson said he does not think it "serves anyone" to look into Husted's residency this close to the election.

Husted, elected to the House in 2000, said, "if they haven't filed a complaint (then) they must not think there is a problem."

He is running for a Senate seat from the 6th District against Centerville School Board member John Doll, a Democrat.

The deadline to remove names from the ballot has passed, but the board can review the validity of Husted's voter registration.

A legislator must be a legal resident of his district and can be forced to forfeit the seat if he is not.

Ohio law on residency for voting purposes says a person's residence is the "place where the family of a married person resides."

Husted has been dogged by questions about his residency for several years because he stays with his wife and children in Upper Arlington and is rarely seen at his home in Kettering, 148 Sherbrooke Drive.

He is registered to vote in Montgomery County. His wife, Tina, is registered in Upper Arlington. Jon Husted voted absentee every time he cast a ballot since 2005 and voted in person every time prior to that, according to Montgomery County board of elections records.

Since their marriage in 2005, the Husteds have simultaneously owned or co-owned properties that they've called "principal residences" and received 2.5 percent property tax reductions allowed for owner-occupied homes. The law states that a couple can take the tax break on only one house. Neither Husted applied for an exception.

On Friday, Franklin County Auditor Joe Testa said Tina Husted should repay a tax break the Husteds claimed on the Columbus condominium she and Jon co-owned as a "principal residence" at the same time she got a $207.46 tax break on a different home she owned.

Husted said he and his wife have now repaid $27.22 to the auditor, who told him there are no other problems. Testa could not be reached for comment. Husted said Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith informed him "everything is fine" in this county.

However, Keith said he's only verified that the tax break was properly taken on the Kettering home since 1995 and that Husted is registered to vote there. He said it is up to Testa to review that information for possible conflicts with Tina's tax breaks. Keith said he will continue his inquiry.

As of last week, the couple was renting a home at 2672 Coventry Road in Upper Arlington. Husted would not directly say if they moved over the weekend to a house Tina owns at 2305 Haverford Road, Upper Arlington.

"We are no longer renting the Coventry and the only Columbus residence or Columbus property that we own, that my wife owns, is the property on Haverford," Husted said.

(Article courtesy of www.daytondailynews.com)

Husted Residency Still Questioned, To Appear Before Board

Published: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 7:27 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 7:27 AM

DAYTON, Ohio -- Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted, R-Kettering, must appear on Jan. 7 before the Montgomery County Board of Elections, which is investigating whether he lives in his district at the Kettering address where he is registered to vote, the board decided on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

A letter will be sent to Husted outlining what documents the board is requesting he provide to prove his residency, said Steve Harsman, board director. Requests for an investigation came from a Kettering Republican and a liberal nonprofit group after an Oct. 18 Dayton Daily News story raised new questions about Husted's residency.

Husted, who could not be reached for comment, says his home is at 148 Sherbrooke Ave. in Kettering. However, he said he sometimes stays with his wife, Tina, in an Upper Arlington house she owns because the demands of his job as House Speaker frequently keep him in Columbus. Jon and Tina have one son and Jon has a son from his first marriage.

Husted took an apartment in Columbus shortly after becoming 37th District representative in 2001 and bought a Columbus condominium in 2003. He became speaker and married Tina in 2005. They co-owned a Columbus condominium they sold in 2007. Husted's wife is registered to vote at the Upper Arlington home.

Husted rarely had official business scheduled on his calendar after mid-August, when the House was not in session this year, according to a daily calendar provided by his office. It also shows few trips to his district. A travel expense report Husted signed for a 2005 trip to a conference in Las Vegas listed his home address as 911 Manor Lane, Columbus, which was the first condo he owned. A 2005 traffic citation handled in Upper Arlington Mayor's court also lists that as his home address.

In January Husted will take office as a sixth district senator. Ohio law requires that legislators live in their district.

In October the Daily News reported that Jon and Tina Husted had simultaneously claimed homes in Upper Arlington and Kettering as "principal" residences and taken property tax breaks for owner-occupied homes on them. They also claimed the condo they co-owned as a principal residence, while claiming the same tax break on homes in Kettering and Upper Arlington.

Tina was ordered by Franklin County Auditor Joe Testa to repay the tax break for the condominium. Testa said he considers the matter closed. Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith said he believes Husted qualifies for the tax break in Kettering, and he said state payroll records list it as Husted's home.

"If the board of elections determines that his voter registration is invalid at that address then I will have to take another look," Keith said.

(Article courtesy of www.daytondailynews.com)

Snake in bathroom saves woman from bedroom attacker

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 7:06 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 7:06 PM

Snake Saves Woman From Sexual Assault

A Florida woman is crediting a snake in her home with saving her from a sexual assault last week.

Police said the Lee County woman called deputies when she found the reptile in her bathroom, minutes before a man broke into her house, grabbed her and demanded sex, according to media reports

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Malcolm Porter, 28, allegedly sneaked up on the victim, choked her, then demanded she get condoms from another room. Once free, the woman fled from her home where deputies, who responded to the snake call, were waiting outside. 

Porter was arrested and is jailed without bond on charges of battery by strangulation.

The victim told police she knew the man and that he “may have been high" on drugs, local media reported. 

One of the victim's neighbors called the snake encounter "a blessing in disguise."

"The snake played a role in saving her," the neighbor said.