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Social media frenzy finds stolen 4-week-old puppy

Published: Saturday, November 04, 2017 @ 10:21 PM
Updated: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 7:15 PM

Abducted New Carlisle puppy returned

UPDATE @ 7:15 p.m. (Nov. 7)

The director of an animal rescue said social media is the reason a stolen 4-week-old puppy was found.

“If there could be an Amber Alert for puppies, this was it,” Molly Murray, founder of Pawsitive Warriors Pet Rescue of New Carlisle.

A woman showed up Nov. 2 to volunteer at the shelter, founder Molly Murray said.

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“She showed up at about noon that day and that particular day I didn’t have any volunteers here. I was here by myself taking care of dogs. So when she walked in, I was so excited to have help I didn't even think to have her fill out the paperwork,” Murray said.

The volunteer stayed for 10 hours. She washed and cleaned cages, until Murray ran to help a man who fell in the parking lot, “which gave her a few minutes alone so she took one of the cages she was cleaning out for me and a puppy, stashed it and out she went.”

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Lendy is the puppy she took, but no one realized he was gone until the next day, when the puppy count went from six to five.

“I put the (social media) post out there and the community, there were all over it and it was just amazing the information people were able to obtain and send to me,” Murray said.

Lendy was found two hours away in Circleville. He was returned Sunday.

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Murray was worried sick because he is still nursing and too young to be separated from his mother. He is doing fine now, she said.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating, but no charges have been filed.

UPDATE @ 10 a.m: (Nov. 5)

The 4-week-old puppy that was taken from it’s New Carlisle shelter has been found safe.

Shelter director, Molly Murray, said the pup was found in a box in front of a Circleville GameStop store. A worker who saw the media coverage was able to care for the dog until Murray was contacted. 

FIRST REPORT

Time is running out for a nursing puppy stolen earlier this week from the Pawsitive Warriors Rescue of New Carlisle.

Shelter director Molly Murray has made desperate pleas for help and for a so-called volunteer to return the 4-week-old pup too young to not have its mother for nourishment and warmth.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office tonight confirmed a report was made regarding the missing puppy.

There have been hundreds of comments and shares on social media, and several tips came in to our newsroom about the puppy's dire situation.

"Time is ticking for our precious baby boy. The longer time goes, the less likely he is to make it," Murray posted on the rescue's Facebook page.

On the Pawsitive Warriors Rescue of New Carlisle Facebook page, Murray also posted screenshots of text conversations with a woman she said had volunteered at the shelter and two men she said also were involved. The exchanges appear to indicate the puppy was stolen to pay back a debt, and not to be kept as a pet.
(PAWSITIVE WARRIORS RESCUE OF NEW CARLISLE)

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Alert canceled: Missing endangered Clark County man found by OSP in West Jefferson

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 7:27 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 9:25 PM

UPDATE @ 9:25 p.m.:

An alert for a missing endangered Clark County man has been canceled.

Clark Pizner was found by the Ohio State Highway Patrol in West Jefferson, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

FIRST REPORT

A missing endangered alert has been issued for a 66-year-old Moorefield Twp. man.

Clark Pizner was last seen around 4 p.m. driving from his residence in a yellow 2002 Jeep Wrangler with a black hard top and brass duck head on the hood with Ohio plate FGG9716, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

He stands 6 feet tall and weighs 220 pounds with blue eyes and brown/gray hair. He was last seen wearing a tan polo shirt, black jersey sweatpants and gray tennis shoes. He wears glasses and has a gray mustache.

He is possibly in need of medical attention, according to the sheriff’s office.

Anyone with information on Pizner’s whereabouts or who spots him is urged to call 911 or the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, 937-328-2560.

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Downtown Springfield pizzeria closing

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 5:47 PM

Bada Bing Pizzeria owner Jason Hague serves the staff of The Salvation Army a Red Kettle pizza.  The Red Kettle pizza is a special pizza that will be available during National Salvation Army week.  JEFF GUERINI/STAFF
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Bada Bing Pizzeria owner Jason Hague serves the staff of The Salvation Army a Red Kettle pizza. The Red Kettle pizza is a special pizza that will be available during National Salvation Army week. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF(Jeff Guerini)

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Bada Bing Pizzeria in Springfield will close on Sunday, according to a post on the business’ Facebook page. 

The post reads in part, “Thank you all for your support over the last few years. We have been blessed beyond measure. What’s next? Stay tuned.”

The restaurant is located at 40 N. Fountain Ave.

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Tipster leads California authorities to felon’s stash of 553 guns, police say

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 1:31 PM

Police – Stash of 553 Guns Found Thanks to Tipster

A tip called in to Los Angeles County authorities led investigators to seize a total of 553 guns from a convicted felon last week, officials said.

Manuel Fernandez, 60, of Agua Dulce, was arrested Thursday on charges of being a felon in possession of firearms, possession of an assault rifle, being a felon in possession of ammunition and possession of large-capacity magazines, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials. He was released on bond the following day.

Sheriff’s Department officials said in a news release Monday that deputies at the department’s Palmdale station received a tip about a felon in possession of a “large arsenal of firearms.” Detectives, along with agents from the California Department of Justice, obtained a search warrant for Fernandez’s home in Agua Dulce. 

Agua Dulce is located about 20 miles northeast of Santa Clarita, near Angeles National Forest. 

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Investigators found a total of 432 guns during the execution of the first search warrant at Fernandez’s home, the news release said. That search led them to a second home in Agua Dulce connected to Fernandez.

A total of 30 guns were found at that home, which belongs to a woman described by authorities as a female associate of Fernandez’s. The woman, who was not home Monday and has not returned since the search, is expected to face charges.

A second warrant served at Fernandez’s home led investigators to find another 91 weapons hidden in the house, the news release said. 

“Detectives also seized computers, cellphones and hard drives from the residence believed to be involved in the illicit purchase of firearms by the suspect,” the news release said

A photo released by the Sheriff’s Department shows rifles and other weapons piled into the bed of a Ford F-150 pickup truck. Other pictures show the massive cache of weapons laid out on a patio at the station.  

Pictured are some of the weapons seized after Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials received a tip about a convicted felon in possession of a large arsenal of weapons. Manuel Fernandez, 60, of Agua Dulce, was arrested on multiple weapons charges Thursday, June 14, 2018.(Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department)

The number of weapons seized was so large that investigators brought in agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to assist in tracing the purchase history of the guns, authorities said. 

“This case is a testament to the community’s involvement in reducing crime and taking guns out of the hands of criminals,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said in a statement.

McDonnell said the response by his personnel, as well as state and federal officials, shows the positive result of the Sheriff’s Department’s “See Something, Say Something” campaign.

“We are proud of the relationship we have built in the Antelope Valley area as we continue to build trust with the communities we serve,” the sheriff said

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UPDATE: Brock Turner headed back to court next month

Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 7:12 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 2:30 PM

Brock Turner returned to Ohio and lives in Greene County, where he is a Level III sex offender. GREENE COUNTY SHERIFF / CONTRIBUTED
Brock Turner returned to Ohio and lives in Greene County, where he is a Level III sex offender. GREENE COUNTY SHERIFF / CONTRIBUTED

UPDATE @ 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 19

Oral arguments in Brock Turner’s appeal of his sexual assault conviction will be held next month, according to court documents.  

The Oakwood High School graduate and registered sexual offender’s appeal will be heard July 24 in San Jose, California.

UPDATE @ 10 a.m., Monday, May 21

Brock Turner’s attorney has asked the court to reschedule oral arguments in his appeal case, according to a court docket. A new date has not yet been scheduled.

ORIGINAL STORY

Oral arguments in Brock Turner’s appeal of his sexual assault conviction are scheduled for next month, according to a California appellate court spokesman.

The Oakwood High School graduate and registered sexual offender’s appeal will be heard by a panel of three justices from California’s Sixth District Court of Appeal. Turner’s counsel and the state’s attorney will present arguments and answer questions during the June 28 hearing in San Jose, California.

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The justices will then deliberate and later issue an opinion, said Cathal Conneely, the court’s spokesman.

The scheduling comes as Turner’s legal team drops several claims that would have allowed a re-trial or a re-sentencing on one or more counts, according to a court document filed by Turner’s attorney, Eric Multhaup.

The decision to withdraw a handful of the claims, Multhaup wrote, “was reached in large part out of consideration for appellant’s (Turner’s) family and out of consideration for Jane Doe and her family.”

Doe is the unidentified victim in the 2015 sexual assault at Stanford University. The 2016 case — and Turner’s sentence — sparked a nationwide controversy and wide-ranging discussions about sexual assaults on college campuses.

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A jury found Turner guilty on three felony counts: assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated or unconscious person, penetration of an intoxicated person, and penetration of an unconscious person. Turner was sentenced by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky to six months in jail, but served three months of the sentence.

Turner returned to Ohio and lives in Greene County, where he is a Level III sex offender — Ohio’s most-strict classification.

In a court filing earlier this year, the state’s attorney argued there was “substantial evidence from which a rational jury could find appellant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of all three charges.”

Turner’s attorney declined comment. Doe’s family friend, Stanford law professor Michele Dauber, also declined comment.

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