Teen to be tried as an adult in fatal shooting of Ross High School student

Published: Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 3:52 PM

Zachary Welsh's case sent to grand jury

The case of a 17-year-old Ross High School student charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a fellow student has been sent to adult court.

Zachary Welsh, who is charged with aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence in addition to murder for allegedly fatally shooting Austin Hensley on the evening of Jan. 30 at a residence on Hine Road, will now have his case considered by a Butler County grand jury.

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Welsh was in county juvenile court Monday afternoon for a probable cause hearing. Because of his age and the seriousness of the crime, the case was a mandatory relinquishment to adult court.

Juvenile Judge Kathleen Romans listened to three law enforcement witnesses before making the ruling.

Butler County Sheriff’s Detective Joe Nerlinger said Welsh originally told him he shot Hensley in self-defense.

Hensley was found in a house with a shotgun against his temple. He died of one shot to the head, and police later learned the shotgun was not loaded.

During questioning, Welsh later said he intended to rob Hensley of the shotgun, said when he went to “pistol whip” the teen, the gun went off, Nerlinger said during the hearing. Welsh said he then wiped down the gun, washed his hands and stashed the .38 caliber in a hole in a closet of another room.

“Eventually he came clean, said it was his intention to rob Hensley,” Nerlinger said.

But defense attorney Richard Hyde said that his client had originally told all the officers that he acted in self-defense after Hensley pointed the gun at him.

“This is clearly a case of self-defense,” Hyde said.

Romans ordered Welsh to be transferred from the juvenile detention center to the Butler County Jail to await the outcome of his case.

The judge set Welsh’s bond at $750,000 after hearing tearful comments from Hensley’s sister and mother.

“I don’t feel he (Welsh) is safe to be out on bond, given his history,” the victim’s mother told the judge.

Another teen Ross student, who faces a felony charge of grand theft of a firearm in connection with the fatal shooting, is scheduled to appear in court later this month. According to court documents, the teen removed his father’s .38-caliber handgun from his father’s bedroom and passed it to Welsh, who is not named in the documents.

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Kettering officer-involved shooting: Man shot by officer, weapon recovered

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:00 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 4:31 AM

Shooting

One man was shot and injured in an officer-involved shooting in Dayton Thursday night.

  • Shooting happened at Smithville Rd. and Ewalt Ave. in Dayton
  • Shooting happened after Kettering officer initiated traffic stop
  • Passenger shot, driver in custody

A Kettering police officer tried to pull over a vehicle at Smithville Road and Ewalt Avenue Thursday night. Within one minute, at 8:45 p.m., the officer reported shots fired and an officer needs assistance call was issued to surrounding agencies, according to a release issued late Thursday by the Kettering Police Department.

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“We can confirm a Kettering officer was involved in an officer-involved shooting as a result of this traffic stop. No further details are being released at this time,” Kettering police Lt. Michael Gabrielson stated in the release.

The traffic stop was initiated in Kettering, but the shooting happened in the city of Dayton.

“A passenger fled. There was an altercation about a block down the street and a Kettering officer fired at the suspect, wounding him,” Dayton Assistant Police Chief and Deputy Director Mark Ecton said.

The driver is in custody, he said.

It’s not clear how many shots were fired, nor whether the suspect fired at the officer but a weapon was recovered, Ecton said.

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The Dayton Police Department is investigating the shooting because it happened in the city, and the Kettering Police Department also is conducting its own investigation.

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The man was transported to a local hospital. We’re working to learn more on his condition. The officer was not injured.

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It’s not confirmed whether the incident was connected to a hit-and-run crash nearby.

Nick Kauffman of Kettering said he was on his way to a motorcycle ride when his path was blocked by all the police activity.

“It’s pretty wild. You don’t expect to see this stuff outside your back door,” he said.

There were officers from at least three police forces.

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Retired Troy firefighter arrested for rape, son arrested hours later

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7:08 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 4:09 AM



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UPDATE @4 a.m. (June 22):

A father and son were arrested hours apart from the same home in Miami County Thursday.

The father, retired Troy firefighter Jeffrey Paul Covault, 48, was arrested around 1:30 p.m. and booked into the jail at 2 p.m. on suspicion of rape, online jail records show.

His son, 24-year-old Aaron Jacob Covault, was arrested around 6:40 p.m., also in the 700 block of County Road 25A north of Troy.

Aaron Covault was upset over the arrest of his father and fired a gun, officials said.

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UPDATE @ 12:40 a.m. (June 22):

A 24-year-old man is facing weapons charges after he is accused of firing a gun Thursday evening in the 700 block of County Road 25A north of Troy.

Aaron Jacob Covault was arrested around 6:40 p.m. and booked just before 10 p.m. in the the Miami County Jail on suspicion of having weapons while under disability for a previous conviction and for having weapons while intoxicated, online jail records show.

Aaron Jacob Covault, left, and Jeffrey Paul Covault

Hours earlier, another man with the same last name was arrested from the same home.

Jeffrey Paul Covault, 48, was arrested around 1:30 p.m. and booked into the jail at 2 p.m. on suspicion of rape, online jail records show.

The relationship between the men is not clear. Both men are awaiting arraignment.

FIRST REPORT

A man accused of firing his gun Thursday evening was taken to the Miami County Jail.

Deputies were dispatched around 6:30 p.m. to a report of a shot fired in the 700 block of County Road 25A north of Troy, according to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

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There were no report of injuries, but County Road 25A was briefly blocked at Lytle Road.

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Baby abandoned in car as man flees from traffic stop

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

A 7-month-old child was found in the backseat of a vehicle after a man fled from a traffic stop, according to police
A 7-month-old child was found in the backseat of a vehicle after a man fled from a traffic stop, according to police

Police are continuing to investigate an incident of a baby abandoned in a vehicle after a traffic stop.

Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop June 13 on Heaton Street when the male driver pulled into a private lot and then jumped out of the vehicle and ran, according to a police report.

A 7-month-old child was found in the backseat of the vehicle, police said.

The driver was identified by police, and charges are in the process of being signed, according to Hamilton Police Sgt. Brian Robinson.

Butler County Children Services took charge of the baby, according to the report.

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Alert canceled: Missing endangered Butler County man found safe

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 11:08 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 12:05 AM

UPDATE @ 12:05 a.m. (June 21):

A missing endangered alert has been canceled after a 78-year-old Fairfield man was found safe, according to a release from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

FIRST REPORT

A Missing Endangered Adult Alert has been issued for a 78-year-old Butler County man.

John Scott was last seen driving from his Fairfield residence around 3:30 p.m. in his 1995 green Chevrolet S10, Ohio plate number AG28BG.

Scott stands 5 feet 3 inches, weighs 110 pounds and has gray hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a large beige brim hat.

Police say he suffers from diabetes and may be in need of medical attention. 

Anyone with information on Scott’s whereabouts is urged to call 911 or the Ohio Attorney General Missing Persons Unit at 1-866-693-9171. 

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