Residents who live near Middletown bar take safety precautions

Published: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 2:05 PM
Updated: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 4:09 PM

They say drugs, prostitution common outside bar

Residents who live near a Middletown bar said they want the establishment closed permanently because of safety concerns that lower property values.

They may soon get their wish.

Middletown police and the State Investigative Unit conducted an investigation last week at Bar Boca, Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw told the Journal-News. He said the agencies found six liquor violations, including drug use that led to one arrest, at the downtown bar located at 124 Charles St.

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The bar owners, who live in Hamilton, were also cited for unsanitary conditions, he said.

Police have received complaints about the bar from residents and midnight patrol officers, the chief said.

“We’re working on getting it shut down,” Muterspaw said. “We don’t want it open. The community doesn’t want it open. It’s not fair to the residents who live there. It’s a bad place in that neighborhood. I know that sounds harsh, but I’m tired of being nice to people who don’t care about the city.”

After further investigation this week, Muterspaw said he anticipates additional violations with other agencies.

The owners of Bar Boca could not be reached for comment.

If Bar Boca is closed, it would be the second time a bar in that location was shut down by the city. Miller’s Lounge closed in 2014 after repeated nuisance violations, police said.

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The Ohio Liquor Control Commission upheld a decision by the Division of Liquor Control Commission that rejected the liquor renewal application from Miller’s Lounge.

About 65 residents and business owners in the area have signed a petition asking the city to close Bar Boca. The petition was started by Ronnie Perkins.

Perkins, who lives on Charles Street, said he wants Bar Boca closed permanently. He has installed surveillance cameras that point toward the bar, he said.

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After Bar Boca opened last fall, there was a shooting outside the bar 10 days later, Perkins said.

He said Bar Boca patrons gather outside the bar, attract prostitutes and commit violent crimes.

One female neighbor, who wanted to remain anonymous because she fears for her safety, said after the shooting at the bar, she asked Perkins to install 2-by-4 wooden braces on her front and back doors.

Before she mows the back yard, she racks up used needles and discharged empty liquor bottles that she believes are tossed there by bar patrons, she said.

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“It’s just horrible over there,” said the woman who used to sit on her porch every night until Bar Boca opened.

Another woman who lives near the bar called it “a war zone” because of the violence and illegal activity.

“I’m petrified,” said the woman, who also asked to remain anonymous because she fears for her safety.

Eclipse causes strange shadows during totality

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 5:18 PM
Updated: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 5:12 PM

Total Solar Eclipse 2017

While people were gazing upward to witness Monday’s spectacular solar eclipse, shadows on the ground were just as fascinating. Some of them even looked like crescents.

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According to World Book, in the minute or two before and after the sun is totally blocked, people may notice thin stripes of dark and light shadows moving rapidly, as if in waves.

They are called shadow bands or snake bands. Scientists are unsure what causes it, but it is the same phenomenon that causes stars to twinkle, World Book reported.

Woman charged with groping University of Texas police officer said he was 'hot,' report says

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 6:04 AM

Bonnie Fay Terraciano, 43, is charged with grabbing a University of Texas police officer by his genitals.
University of Texas police/American-Statesman Staff
Bonnie Fay Terraciano, 43, is charged with grabbing a University of Texas police officer by his genitals.(University of Texas police/American-Statesman Staff)

A woman who was arrested Friday on outstanding warrants picked up another charge for allegedly grabbing the genitals of a University of Texas police officer and calling him "hot."

According to the affidavit, Bonnie Fay Terraciano, 43, was loitering outside a CVS drug store at 2200 Guadalupe St. in Austin, Texas, when the officer approached her at about 11 p.m. and asked about an open can of beer sitting next to her.

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When a background search revealed Terraciano had outstanding warrants for public intoxication and interfering with a roadway, she was arrested and placed in the back seat of the officer’s vehicle, an arrest report says. But the woman reportedly fell over and landed on the ground. As the officer assisted her back into the vehicle, the affidavit says Terraciano grabbed him and twisted.

The officer, Alan Martin, reported that it hurt.

On the ride to jail, Terraciano allegedly told the officer, “Why are you good looking but so mean? You’re hot, man, that’s why I grabbed you!” She added that she figured Martin would enjoy it.

Terraciano, who is homeless, was charged with assault on a public servant, a third-degree felony. She was booked on $15,000 bond.

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Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 5:42 AM

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Viewers of KOKI-TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma, witnessed an engagement live on air during coverage of the total solar eclipse on Monday. 

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Man who shot Ohio judge is father of HS football player convicted in rape

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 1:46 AM
Updated: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 1:46 AM

Northern Ohio judge shot

The gunman killed after shooting and injuring a Jefferson County, Ohio judge was the father of former Steubenville High School football player Ma’Lik Richardson.

RELATED: Steubenville High School football players convicted of rape

  • The shooter was identified as Nathaniel Richmond, the father of Ma’Lik Richmond, according to Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin.
  • Ma’Lik Richardson was convicted of raping a 16-year-old unconscious girl in 2012.
  • The high school rape case gained international attention when the players involved posted an image on Instagram of the unconscious girl being dragged.

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The victim

Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese underwent surgery at a Pittsburgh-area hospital, and is expected to survive. 

Bruzzese was transported by a medical helicopter to a hospital for treatment. A city official said Bruzzese was talking after the shooting and is believed to be in stable condition. 

RELATED: Judge shot, wounded outside Ohio courthouse

RELATED: Fellow judge says shooting of Ohio judge was no accident

The Ohio Bureau of Investigation will investigate the Jefferson County Courthouse shooting at the that resulted in a judge injured and a suspect killed, according to a statement issued by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. 

The attack

Steubenville City Manager James Mavromatis told CNN affiliate WTOV-TV the deceased suspect ambushed Judge Joseph J Bruzzese Jr. outside the courthouse, when Bruzzese and a probation officer returned fire. 

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“We’re starting to put this whole picture together, but basically what you have is the judge is going to work, these subjects were waiting for them. He comes up, shoots at the judge. The judge returns fire,” Mavromatis said. “We also have a probation officer that was behind the judge. He returns fire as he is shot at. The subject is deceased that he shot at.” 

“This probation officer has done his job. He reacted to the threat, trying to save the judge and any other bystander that may have been in the area.”

Commissioners told the station the courthouse is shut down for the day and employees will not be permitted inside. 

Officials have declined to identify the suspects, but Mavromatis said both suspects have served prison time. 

Jefferson County Juvenile and Probate Judge Joseph Corabi told the Associated Press the shooting must have been intended because people know where the judges park. 

The AP reports Corabi and other judges park in reserved spots next to the courthouse and walk a few feet to a side entrance in what’s known as “Courthouse Alley.”

We’ll continue to update this story as we learn more. 

The suspect’s son — Ma’Lik Richmond

Ma’Lik Richmond served around 10 months in a juvenile prison after he and another high school football player were convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl at a party. 

Hanlin told the AP authorities were not aware of a connection between the rape case and the shooting. 

RELATED: Player jailed for rape will sit out a year at Youngstown State

Ma’Like Richmond made headlines earlier this month after he attempted to walk-on to the Youngstown State University football team. 

Following community outcry and a petition, the school announced Ma’Lik would sit out a year before attempting to play football for the school.