Price of heroin has gone up?

Published: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 @ 5:38 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 @ 5:38 PM

MORAINE – A subject who said he needed money to buy heroin was caught trying to steal nine DVDs worth $224.64 from a big box store by unwrapping them in a bathroom and flushing the plastic wrap down the toilet.

He made his way to the bathroom by first concealing the DVDs behind a couple of pillows he had in his cart, then stuffing the DVDs down his pants.

He left the pillows in the clothing department.

Apprehended, the subject was found to already have been trespassed from all the company’s stores, and also had upon his person a debit card belonging to someone else.

He said it belonged to his mother’s boyfriend. Contacted, the boyfriend said he didn’t know the subject had it, but wasn’t concerned. It was a lot of activity for one pair of pants in one day.

Scientist discovers snakes that engage in 'coordinated hunting'

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 12:06 PM

The latest scientific discovery sounds like something out of a horror movie.

A scientist at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville has discovered a species of snakes that hunts in packs.

Vladimir Dinets found that the Cuban boa engages in "coordinated hunting," CNN reported. Dinets made the discovery while studying the snakes and how they hunt fruit bats in Cuba.

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Dinets said the snakes form a fence by hanging from the roofs of caves before dawn and after sunset, maximizing their ability to capture bats as they exit and enter the caves.

In the study, Coordinated Hunting by Cuban Boas, published in February in Animal Behavior and Cognition, Dinets notes that this is the "first scientifically documented case of coordinated hunting by snakes."

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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.

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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.

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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.

Kirkersville Murders: 4 probation officers suspended for killer’s early release

Published: Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 8:36 PM

UPDATE @ 6:10 p.m. (May 26)

Four probation officers have been suspended for their roles in the early release of the man who killed his ex-girlfriend, her co-worker and the Kirkersville police chief last month.

Thomas Hartless, 43, was released April 12 by the Licking County Probation Department. Following a Licking County Municipal Court investigation four officers were suspended for failure to complete various tasks, this news organization’s media partner 10TV.com (WBNS) in Columbus reported.

EARLIER REPORT (May 18)

The man responsible for the shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend, her co-worker and the Kirkersville police chief at a nursing home should not have been released early from jail.

The Licking County Probation Department director in Newark released a report today regarding its handling of Thomas Hartless’ case, our news partner 10TV.com (WBNS) in Columbus reported.

Licking County Municipal Court released Hartless, 43, on April 12 after he served 20 days of a 90-day sentence. He pleaded guilty March 23 to misdemeanor domestic violence charges involving three attacks on Medrano — in December, January and March, 10TV.com and the Newark Advocate reported. That decision was made in error, and bypassed established protocol.

"It has been uncommon for our court over the past seven years for early releases to be done on those offenders who have had violent backgrounds," Kevin Saad, director of the Licking County Court Municipal Probation Department wrote. 

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The investigative report highlights multiple issues with the handling of the Hartless case, which ultimately led to the May 12 shooting deaths of Medrano, a nurse, nurse's aide Cindy Krantzand Police Chief Eric DiSario at the Pine Kirk Care Center in Kirkersville. Hartless then turned the gun on himself.

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Saad also noted that the additional domestic violence charges in January and March were violations of his pretrial probation supervision for the December 2016 offence, but that no actions were taken, the Advocate reported. A probation officer added a condition that Hartless not possess weapons, but no one visited his home to make sure he didn't have them, according to the newspaper. 

10tv.com reported that among 13 issues of concern outlined by Saad were: 

  • The recommendation to release Hartless was reviewed by the senior probation officer but he wasn't supposed to approve it 
  • The weight of an early release fell only on the recommendation of the interviewing probation officer 
  • The intensive support probation officer failed to take into account Hartless' record of violence 

The probation department is working to make changes to prevent further violence after a domestic violence offender is released from custody, 10tv.com and the Advocate reported. Those changes include:

  • A lethality risk assessment on a victims if the offender is eligible for early release
  • No contact orders to no violent contact orders in every domestic violence case 
  • Order domestic violence offenders to complete a domestic violence treatment program and be ordered to not possess weapons
  • Home checks within seven days of release to search for weapons
  • Mandatory GPS monitoring for offenders in appropriate circumstances
  • Continued training for probation officers on risk assessments
  • Mandatory home visits have a violence complaint has been levied against an offender on supervision.

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Making a Difference: Bulldog Bags help hungry children in West Milton

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 7:16 PM

One woman is fighting against hunger one bag at a time.

Becky Garrett, a substitute teacher at Milton-Union schools, began giving out what she calls "Bulldog Bags" after noticing too many kids in the area going hungry. The bags are filled with lunch, a dessert and a drink. 

"I'm a sub here at Milton and I just know a lot of families struggling," Garrett said. 

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In the Milton-Union school district, the number of children on free or reduced lunch is approaching 50 percent, Garrett told News Center 7's James Brown. 

She convinced friends, businesses and even strangers to donate money so that she could buy food. 

"There is something we can do," Garrett said. "We can provide bags of food for kids who need it." 

And those children who need it are glad to see young adults showing their care. 

"It's going to elementary students, most of them not getting enough food on the weekend. It's going home with them," said Sydney Dohrman, a student at Milton-Union High School. 

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Nearly $6,000 was needed this school year to help combat a fraction of the large hunger problem here. In addition to free labor from everyone, including Nation Honor Society students like Dohrman. 

"I'm blessed in everything given, and blessed to have opportunity to give and share," Dohrman said. 

Every Friday the bags go out the door, and every Friday, Garrett hopes the number grows. 

"We started with 30 kids in October, now end of May helping 86 kids," Garrett said. "For next year we would like to help 220 kids." 

Garrett said this has to be done because this community and its kids' futures depend on it.

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