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Published: Monday, December 04, 2017 @ 9:44 AM
Updated: Monday, December 04, 2017 @ 3:40 PM
— A Greenon High School graduate had marijuana in his system when his vehicle crashed in August, killing two Clark County students on a rural Greene County road, according to investigators.
Trey Blevins, 18, has been indicted on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, second-degree felonies; two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, third-degree felonies; and operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs, a misdemeanor.
The crash happened t on a clear Sunday afternoon in August.
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Authorities said Blevins lost control of the 2005 Toyota Corolla and crashed into a tree on the side of Wilkerson Road.
The two rear seat passengers, 17-year-old David Waag and 15-year-old Connor Williams, died as a result of their injuries. Blevins and the front seat passenger, 17-year-old Zacharia Knauer, were treated for their injuries at Soin Medical Center.
Waag was a senior and played soccer at Greenon High School. Williams was a sophomore at Global Impact STEM Academy and played football for Greenon.
Blevins had more than three times the state’s legal limit for cannibinoids, the active components of marijuana, in his blood system, according to Lt. Matt Schmenk, commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Xenia Post.
The state’s legal limit for marijuana in the blood is set at 5 nanograms per milliliter. Blood test results indicate that Blevins had 17.8 nanograms per milliliter of cannibinoids in his blood system at the time of the crash, Schmenk said.
If the results are from a urine test, the state’s legal limit is set at 15 nanograms per milliliter, according to the patrol.
Schmenk said he was not personally at the scene and cannot affirm if there were signs of intoxication on the driver, but the investigating officer, Trooper Brandon Williams, will testify as to whether there were signs of the driver being intoxicated at the scene.
“The officer who spoke with him, they have to see those physical signs of impairment,” he said. “There are different levels of impairment and there are different tolerance levels. (Blevins) deserves to have a fair case and the officer will testify as to what he saw.”
Blevins was arrested over the weekend at his home by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into the Greene County Jail and subsequently posted 10 percent of the $50,000 bond set by Judge Stephen Wolaver of the Greene County Common Pleas Court.
Blevins’ attorney, Jon Paul Rion, said his office is just starting their investigation to determine if anyone in the vehicle was “actually under the influence of anything.”
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
MAINEVILLE, Warren County — A Missing Adult Alert has been issued for an 83-year-old Warren County man who suffers from dementia.
Homer Howard left his Maineville residence at 10:15 a.m. today and has not returned.
He stands 5 feet 11 inches, weights 190 pounds, and has gray hair and blue eyes.
He is believed to be driving a gray 2012 Ford Fusion with Ohio plates CA35QV.
Anyone who sees Howard or the vehicle is urged to call 911. You can also call 1-866-693-9171 to be transferred to the investigating law enforcement agency or to hear the alert information.
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 @ 4:01 PM
NEW YORK — A Manhattan nanny accused of stabbing to death the two young children in her care more than five years ago has been convicted of murder after jurors rejected her claim that she was too mentally ill to know what she was doing.
Yoselyn Ortega, 55, will be sentenced May 14 for first-degree murder and second-degree murder in the deaths of Leo Krim, 2, and his sister, Lucia “Lulu” Krim, 6, according to The New York Times. The guilty verdict was announced Wednesday after two days of jury deliberation.
Ortega, who was silent as the verdict was read, faces life in prison.
The children’s father, Kevin Krim, sat in the front row for the verdict, holding hands with two alternate jurors who were released from duty before deliberation began, the Times reported. He wept and rocked back and forth when the verdict was read.
One of the jurors took his glasses off, wiping away his own tears.
In a Facebook post following the verdict, Krim thanked the judge and jurors, as well as prosecutors and police investigators, for their dedication to seeing justice done.
“This process has been very challenging for us, but it has also reaffirmed our love of New York: a city that Lulu and Leo loved dearly,” Krim wrote. “We got through this trial because of our family, our friends, our fellow New Yorkers and the loving memory of Lulu and Leo’s lives.”
Krim also said that he and his wife, Marina Krim, are supporting state legislation that would make it a crime to falsify the job application and references of someone working in child care. He accused Ortega’s family of deceiving them about her qualifications, saying they “remain wholly unaccountable for their role in the murders of (the Krim) children.”
Ortega’s six-week murder trial was fraught with emotion from the very first witness. Marina Krim took the stand first, testifying about finding her children’s bloody, lifeless bodies in a bathtub Oct. 25, 2012, at the family’s Upper West Side apartment.
She had taken the couple’s younger daughter, 3-year-old Nessie, to a swimming lesson and the pair then went to Lulu’s dance studio to pick the little girl up. When the frantic mother realized Lulu never showed up, she rushed home.
She searched room to room, finding no sign of her children until she reached a bathroom.
“I go down, I walk down the hall and I see the light on under the back of the door, and I’m like, ‘Oh God, it’s so quiet in here, oh God. Why is it so … quiet?’ And I open the door … and I open the door, oh God,” Marina Krim said, weeping, The Associated Press reported at the start of the trial.
Inside the bathroom, she found Lulu and Leo in the bathtub, both covered with blood. Krim testified that she knew immediately that Lulu was dead because her eyes were open and fixed.
Ortega stabbed herself in the neck as Marina Krim walked into the room.
Lulu suffered at least 30 stab wounds and her brother, who could not defend himself, suffered five, prosecutors said. Both children’s throats were slashed so deeply that first responders initially thought they had been decapitated.
Kevin Krim testified about coming home from a business trip and seeing his children’s bodies at a hospital, CBS News reported.
“They still had this perfect skin and these long eyelashes,” Kevin Krim said. “They had, like, sandy brown hair. You could see they tried really hard to wash all the blood out, but there was still kind of an auburn tint to it that I remember to this day.”
Weeping could be heard throughout the courtroom, including from the jury box, CBS News said.
“It’s worse than you’d imagine,” Krim testified. “It’s worse.”
At a news conference following the verdict, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. praised the jurors for their “diligence throughout this incredibly difficult and heartbreaking trial,” the Times reported.
Vance said that the Krims lived every parent’s worst nightmare. Jurors seemed to agree.
“As a father of two children myself, I can’t imagine. No parent should have to experience the loss of a child,” a teary-eyed juror, David Curtis, said. “This was a very difficult decision for us. There were some raised voices and a lot of tears.”
The Times reported that Ortega’s defense painted a portrait of a mentally ill woman who had been suffering from delusions and hallucinations since her teen years in the Dominican Republic. Her lawyers argued that she heard voices, including that of Satan, telling her to kill the children.
Two defense psychiatrists testified that Ortega was having a severe psychotic break when she stabbed Lulu and Leo and could not remember killing them.
A prosecution expert testified, however, that Ortega suffered from anxiety and depression, but was not paranoid or delusional when she committed the crime, the Times said. The forensic psychologist played for jurors a 2016 interview he had with Ortega in which she denied hearing voices.
It was not until months later that she claimed the devil made her kill the children, the newspaper reported.
Prosecutors argued that Ortega, who was jealous of Marina Krim’s life and wealth, planned the murders. They pointed to the fact that she left a purse holding valuables, ID cards and keepsakes for her own teenage son with her sister.
She had also recently pleaded with her sister to take care of her son and “raise him well,” the state argued.
Ortega’s son had arrived in the U.S. to finish high school in the months before the murders, putting added financial pressure on his mother, who enrolled him in a private school.
Despite witness testimony from Ortega’s family and friends about a series of mental breakdowns over the years, the only written documentation of mental issues came from a therapist Ortega visited three days before the murders, the Times reported. The therapist testified that he saw no signs of delusional thinking and that Ortega said nothing about hearing voices.
Instead, she talked about stress and feelings of failure in her relationship with her son, who she left with family in the Dominican Republic when he was 4 years old.
Marina Krim testified that, in the past, she and her husband had bought Ortega plane tickets to visit her family back home and even made the trip themselves to meet her loved ones.
Ortega also told police investigators immediately after the killings that she hurt the children because she had money problems and was angry at the Krims, the AP reported. She complained about a shifting schedule and having to work as a cleaning woman when she did not want to.
ABC News reported that some of those extra cleaning jobs were efforts by Krim to help Ortega make more money to better support her son.
CBS News reported that, although Ortega showed little to no emotion throughout the trial, she forcefully shook her head and mouthed the word “no” during some testimony -- when it was said that her employers treated her well.
The Krims, who started the Lulu & Leo Fund following their children’s slayings, have since had two more sons, Felix in 2013 and Linus in 2016.
The Lulu & Leo Fund provides funds for Choose Creativity, which the fund’s Facebook page describes as a curriculum-based initiative that centers on 10 principles of creativity. Working with schools and community organizations, the program brings the initiative to children and families in underserved communities.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 3:54 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A father remained hospitalized Thursday, days after he and his young son were run over by a teenager in the parking lot of a popular south Charlotte shopping center.
According to a police report, the teen stole a 24-pack of Bud Light from the Harris Teeter supermarket in the Blakeney Village shopping center on Rea Road Tuesday evening and ran out of the store.
The thief jumped into a waiting car, which sped away and collided with 41-year-old Nathan Green and his 4-year-old son, knocking them both to the ground.
Green suffered multiple skull fractures, and the boy had a deep gash on his head. Both were hospitalized at Carolinas Medical Center, where Green continued to recover Thursday.
Green and his wife own Southern Olive in Fort Mill, South Carolina, WSOCTV reported.
Witnesses said there were several people in the getaway car, but police have not released any descriptions.