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Published: Sunday, September 24, 2017 @ 6:10 AM
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — In Bloomington, Illinois, authorities say a 33-year-old man hid his family’s cellphones, killed his two children and intentionally set his house on fire before hanging himself, WMAQ reports.
On Wednesday, police identified the man as Eric Ringenberg. Officials identified the two boys only by their initials, 2-year-old CR and infant brother RR.
The Pantagraph reported that the 32-year-old mother, Pamela Ringenberg, was hospitalized for smoke inhalation after Tuesday morning’s fire. According to autopsies, the children were strangled to death.
The home was equipped with surveillance cameras, which police say show Eric Ringenberg putting the cellphones in a kitchen cabinet, then intentionally starting a fire in the basement after the children were killed.
The father then hanged himself. Cameras also reveal that Pamela Ringenberg awoke to the sound of the smoke alarm and searched for her family and cellphone.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:13 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 2:31 PM
— UPDATE @ 2:30 p.m.:
Madeline Marx, the former Kettering Fairmont substitute teacher who pleaded guilty to sex charges involving students, was sentenced to five years of community control sanctions for each of two convictions of sexual battery, but will avoid prison.
Marx was also labeled as a Tier III sex offender, requiring her to register her address every 90 days for the rest of her life.
Marx was ordered to undergo sexual offender counseling, and is not to have contact with any of the victims.
Marx is also not to enter into any Kettering City Schools facilities.
“I cannot express how sorry I am,” Marx said, tearfully apologizing to the victims and their families. “I just can’t express the remorse that I have.”
Marx, through tears, apologizes to the victims and their families, expresses sorrow for what she’s done, says she’s thankful for letters of support and says she’s “so sorry” for all she did. pic.twitter.com/2isOmdyN0A— Mike Campbell (@MCampbellWHIO) April 19, 2018
Judge says he’s read the arguments from both sides about their desire for Marx’s sentence, says he received 38 letters of support for her. Judge says he reviewed 1 letter from the state of Ohio.(appparently written by a victim’s mother). pic.twitter.com/IqXt0Nf6wn— Mike Campbell (@MCampbellWHIO) April 19, 2018
Judge calls Madeline Marx and her lawyer forward in preparation of sentencing.— Mike Campbell (@MCampbellWHIO) April 19, 2018
Judge says one parent of victim asked for prison time for Marx, that another set of parents of a second victim thought community control(probation) would be proper. pic.twitter.com/ZiI5WrUIoj
Kettering Fairmont substitute teacher Madeline J. Marx is scheduled to be sentenced today on sexual battery charges in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.
Marx, 24, pleaded and was found guilty of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with two students and was arrested last November. She is to appear today in front of Judge Steven Dankof.
A 17-year-old student told police he was given oral sex by a teacher July 19 in the parking lot of Big Lots on Wilmington Pike, according to the complaint, affidavit and statement of facts filed in court.
A 16-year-old boy told police he had intercourse with a substitute teacher Sept. 21 in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Smithville Road, according to court documents.
Marx was removed from Fairmont’s building Nov. 8 by police. Marx admitted to having sexual relationships with multiple students, according to court documents.
An affidavit said Marx also confessed to sending several nude pictures via Snapchat and Instagram.
A prosecutor’s office press release indicated Marx also substitute taught in Oakwood. School officials in Oakwood sent parents a letter saying that they did not know of any victims in their school district.
State records indicated Marx has a four-year teaching license as a K-12 education intervention specialist.
Marx graduated in 2012 from Chaminade Julienne High School in Dayton and graduated from the University of Dayton in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in education, according to CJ and UD officials.
According to her UD transcript included in her personnel file, Marx withdrew from a fall 2013 class on sexual ethics.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 3:52 PM
— A 7-year-old Urbana student came to school high on cocaine on Monday, police said.
The child is a student at North Elementary, one of the district’s kindergarten and first-grade schools, and was acting very unusual in the late morning, according to police and school officials.
“The student was drowsy, groggy and they thought there might be a blood sugar question,” Urbana Superintendent Charles Thiel said.
Thiel said the student’s classroom was quarantined and administrators called 9-1-1.
The student was taken to Urbana Mercy Health Hospital, where it was determined the substance in the student’s system was cocaine.
The child received treatment and was later released, but it’s not known whether the student has returned to school after the incident.
“It’s a terrible situation for one of our youngest students to have to be in an environment in which the ingestion of an illegal substance occurs,” Thiel said.
The mother of the child appeared to be under the influence of multiple drugs, including cocaine and fentanyl, when she showed up at the hospital, according to police.
Police say it’s likely the student inhaled the drug prior to the start of the school day while staying at a Springfield home.
The mother is currently being held at Tri-County Jail and is facing multiple felony drug abuse charges, police said.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:17 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 5:00 PM
— UPDATE @ 1:15 p.m. (April 19):
Two people were fatally shot late Wednesday night at the Pinewood Gardens apartments, police confirmed Thursday.
Police and medics were called around 11 p.m. to the complex after the Trotwood Police Department received several 911 calls reporting numerous gunshots.
Both victims were found shot multiple times inside a blue car in the complex parking lot, according to investigators.
The victim found in the front passenger seat, identified by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office as Elmer Rucker, 23, of Dayton, was transported to Miami Valley Hospital but did not survive his injuries, police said.
The driver, identified by the coroner’s office as Antonio F. Collins, 25, of Dayton, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to investigators.
Trotwood police said it is unknown why the two victims, who live in Dayton, were at the Pinewood Gardens apartment complex.
Police said their investigation is continuing and that no further information was to be released at this time.
FIRST REPORT (April 18):
Residents reported hearing eight to 10 gunshots in a deadly shooting Wednesday night at the Pinewood Gardens apartments.
Shortly after midnight, an investigator with the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office was on the way to the complex on Pinewood Circle off West Main Street between End and High streets.
Medics and police were called sometime after 11 p.m. after there were reports of eight to 10 shots fired, according to the Miami County Regional Dispatch Center.
Residents reported hearing gunshots and then seeing ambulances, fire trucks and police cruisers at the rear of the parking lot.
In a 911 call to dispatchers, one resident reported that the multitude of shots actually forced them to get down on the floor inside of the apartment.
It was not immediately clear how many people were shot or injured by the gunfire, nor whether police have any suspects.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 7:09 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 5:54 PM
A Kettering teen accused of murdering a Fairmont High School student in 2016 was not in court this afternoon as his trial date was confirmed.
Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Dennis Langer said Kylen Gregory’s trial in the fatal shooting of Ronnie Bowers two years ago this coming Labor Day weekend will go forward May 7.
Defense attorney Jon Paul Rion said after the two-minute court session that the hearing “wasn’t an essential proceeding,” so his client’s presence wasn’t necessary.
Langer recently ruled much of the evidence collected as a result of search warrants after the shooting of Bowers Sept. 4, 2016, will be allowed. He ruled a warrant for telephone records of two of Gregory’s relatives “failed to provide probable cause” for that evidence to be used in the case.
Gregory, 18, was 16 years old when the shooting occurred on Willowdale Avenue, and he is being tried as an adult on two counts of murder and related charges. He remains in juvenile detention, Rion said.
Authorities and witnesses have said Gregory fatally shot the 16-year-old Bowers while the victim attempted to drive away from a confrontation.
Bowers died two days later - just after hours after Gregory and two other teens were initially charged in juvenile court – in what was ruled Kettering’s first gun-related homicide since 2007.
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