ATTORNEY: pastor, wife’s foster son’s death an accident

Published: Monday, April 17, 2017 @ 7:02 AM
Updated: Monday, April 17, 2017 @ 5:04 PM

Pastor's foster son had 20 head injuries: autopsy

DAYTON — A Montgomery County deputy coroner was the first state’s witness on Monday in the criminal trial for a Dayton minister and his wife accused in the death of their 2-year-old foster son.  

  • Emergency crews were sent to King of Glory Church in Dayton on a report of a toddler not breathing on November 18, 2015.
  • Stanley Karl Thomas III, age 2, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
  • Foster parents Torace Weaver, 38, and his wife Shureka are now on trial stemming from the child’s death. 

During opening statements, an assistant prosecutor told jurors foster parents Torace and Shureka Weaver should be convicted of the charges filed against them because of the evidence, which indicates Thomas suffered a fractured skull, scars and a large burn.

Weaver “failed to protect a toddler,” the assistant prosecutor, Kelly Madzey, told the Common Pleas jury.

Defense attorney Anthony Van Noy, in his opening statement, called the tragedy an accident.

Van Noy admitted to the jury that Weaver’s story to investigators — that the child fell off a table — was false.

Van Noy told the jury the evidence will show that the child died after he slipped from his foster father’s grasp as the two were playing “Superman.” Weaver lost his balance and the child smashed his head against a wall at the church, the attorney said.

The Weavers are being tried together. Testimony is to resume Tuesday.

EARLIER REPORT

Opening arguments are expected this afternoon in the trial of Torace and Shureka Weaver, who have been charged after the Nov. 18, 2015 death of Stanley Karl Thomas III, who died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Torace Weaver, 38, was indicted on counts of murder, reckless homicide, involuntary manslaughter, felonious assault, endangering children and obstructing official business. 

Shureka Weaver, 40, was indicted on one count of endangering children, a third-degree felony.  

Shureka Weaver’s count relates to evidence of first- and second-degree burns on Thomas’ body that should have resulted in medical attention but did not, according to court documents.  

The couple was licensed to be foster parents in August 2015. The boy’s death was ruled a homicide in March 2016.  

On Nov. 18, 2015, emergency first responders were called to King of Glory Church, 5001 Genesee Ave., in Dayton, where Weaver was pastor, on a report of a toddler not breathing. The child was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

EARLIER REPORT 

A trial for a former Dayton pastor and his wife who are accused in the murder of their 2-year-old foster son is scheduled to start today in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, according to court documents. 

Weaver was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals in August. His wife was indicted in November on charges related to Thomas’ death. 

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Thomas died on November 18, 2015 of blunt force trauma to the head, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. His death was ruled a homicide in March 2016.

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Eight days before Stanley’s death, Weaver called Dayton police to report his biological son had run away again. A police report said, “Weaver could not provide an answer as to why he waited until (Nov. 10)” to report the boy missing.

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Gunman demands drugs from Rite Aid in Harrison Twp.

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 7:17 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 11:40 PM

Robbery

An armed suspect demanded drugs and threatened employees Friday night during a robbery at a Rite Aid pharmacy.

The robbery was reported around 7 p.m. at the business, 4328 N. Main St. in Harrison Twp.

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“Somebody walked in with a note and asked for prescription drugs and said that he was going to kills us in that note if we didn’t give him what we have,” according to a 911 caller who identified himself as a pharmacy manager.

The suspect was described as a young man who stands 5 feet 7 or five feet 8 inches who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies, including a K-9, responded to a robbery June 22, 2018, at the Rite Aid pharmacy at 4328 N. Main St. in Harrison Twp.(JIM NOELKER / STAFF)

Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies, including a K-9 unit, were dispatched to the robbery. However, deputies on scene did not comment on the investigation.

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Retired Troy firefighter accused of rape posts $200K bond, is released from jail

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7:08 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:45 PM

Retired Troy firefighter arrested for rape, son arrested hours later

UPDATE @ 10:45 p.m. (June 22): A retired Troy firefighter accused of rape posted bond and was released from the Miami County Jail.

Jeffrey Paul Covault’s bond was $200,000 cash for the single rape count, which was set during his arraignment this morning.

Covault’s co-defendant Thomas Perkins Jr., 54 — also charged with rape — and his son, 24-year-old Aaron Jacob Covault, charged on an unrelated weapons violation, remain in jail.

UPDATE @ 10:20 a.m. (June 22): A retired Troy firefighter and a co-defendant remain in jail on a rape charge, while the son of the former firefighter also remains in jail on a weapons charge. 

Jeffrey Paul Covault, 48, had his bond set at $200,000 cash on a single count of rape. His plea of not guilty was taken this morning. 

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Thomas Perkins Jr., 54, identified as a co-defendant in the rape case, had his bond set at $200,000 as well. According to authorities, Perkins worked for Covault’s lawn care business. 

Aaron Jacob Covault, 24, had his bond set at $22,000 cash during his court appearance via video in Miami County Municipal Court. 

He is detained in the Miami County Jail on charges of weapon possession as a felon (a felony) and weapons possession while intoxicated (a misdemeanor).

Aaron Jacob Covault, left, and Jeffrey Paul Covault

The elder Covault and Perkins are accused of engaging in sexual conduct with an intoxicated 21-year-old woman on March 2, in the parking lot of The Vault, on North County Road 25A, county Prosecutor Tony Kendell said. According to the indictment, the victim was impaired because of a mental or physical condition and the alleged perpetrators had cause of know of that impairment.

Thomas Perkins Jr.(MIAMI COUNTY JAIL)

Common Pleas Judge Christopher Gee issued a “no contact order” for the elder Covault and Perkins, meaning they are to have no contact with the alleged victim or with each other.

The elder Covault worked as a Troy firefighter/paramedic from May 1996 until he retired April 1, according to city personnel records.

A criminal records check shows he has been convicted for operating a vehicle under the influence in 2011 and for disorderly conduct in 2012.

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The father and son were arrested hours apart Thursday from the same home, a residence in the 700 block of County Road 25A, north of Troy.

Aaron Jacob Covault, was arrested at the same address hours after his father was taken into custody. Police said the younger Covault was upset over the arrest of his father and discharged a gun.

There were no reports of injuries.

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East Dayton, Oregon District OVI checkpoint results released

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:13 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:16 AM

OVI checkpoint on Keowee Street

UPDATE June 23 @ 3:16 a.m.:

Dayton police made four arrests during an OVI checkpoint and a saturation patrol Friday night.

In a release, police said 167 vehicles passed through the checkpoint from E. Third St. and Terry St., and N. Keowee and E. Fifth St. between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. One OVI arrest was made. 

Dayton police also conducted a saturation patrol in the area making one OVI arrest, one drug arrest and one felony arrest. 

According to the release, 284 vehicles passed through the checkpoint at S. Keowee St. and E. Fifth St. At this location, police made no arrests during the OVI or saturation patrol.

FIRST REPORT June 22 @ 10:21 a.m.:

A sobriety checkpoint will be set up tonight between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. at two locations in Dayton.

The first will be around East Third and Terry streets, near Taqueria Mixteca restaurant. After that, the checkpoint will move to South Keowee Street near East Fifth Street in the Oregon District.

The checkpoint will be operated by the Dayton Police Department, along with members of the Combined Agency OVI Task Force of Montgomery County.

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Ohio law requires police agencies to publicly announce the times and locations of checkpoints ahead of time.

The OVI Task Force seeks to reduce the number of crashes involving drunken and intoxicated drivers.

“Driving while impaired is illegal and endangers the lives of everyone on the roadway,” police said.

In 2017, there were 594 crashes involving alcohol in Montgomery County.

Twelve people died in those crashes and 234 were injured. In 348 crashes, property was damaged crashes.

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Statewide alert issued for missing endangered Cincinnati man canceled

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 8:21 PM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 2:14 AM

Cecil Harry
Cecil Harry

UPDATE June 23 @ 2:14 a.m.:

The Cincinnati Police Department has canceled the endangered missing adult alert for 67-year-old Cecil Harry.

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FIRST REPORT June 22 @ 8:21 p.m.:

A 67-year-old Cincinnati man is the subject of an endangered missing adult alert.

Cecil Harry left his residence around 7:30 a.m. and failed to return. He is in need of medication and law enforcement is concerned for his safety, according to the alert.

Harry stands 6 feet, weighs 210 pounds and has gray hair and blue eyes. 

He drives a red 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser with Ohio plates EF74BA.

Anyone who knows Harry’s whereabouts or who spots him is urged to call 911 or 1-866-693-9171.

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