Judge: Middletown boy too young to understand gun charges against him

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 12:12 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 1:53 PM

Butler County Juvenile Court Judge Kathleen Romans ruled the boy incompetent to stand trial do to his age

The case against a 9-year-old Middletown boy who allegedly brought a loaded gun to school has been dismissed.

A Butler County juvenile judge ruled Thursday that the third-grader was too young to understand the charges against him.

“He appears to be a bright young man, but he is just too young to understand,” Butler County Juvenile Court Judge Kathleen Romans said, adding that she only knew of two times charges have been filed against a 9-year-old child.

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The Rosa Parks Elementary student was charged with illegal conveyance of a deadly weapon in a school safety zone and felonious assault in October after a teacher found a gun and extra bullets in his pocket, according to police.

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The boy spent 10 days in the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center before being released to a family member in late October.

Romans asked the boy a battery of questions, including what a lawyer does, and what a trial is. She also quizzed him on whether he knew the meaning of felonious assault.

“No,” the boy said and shook his head.

But he did tell the judge he knew why he was in her courtroom.

“Because I brought a gun to school,” he said, adding that he found the gun in a drawer while “snooping.”

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The judge asked the boy if he was willing to go to counseling, and he answered, “yes.”

“Son, you can never be around guns. Do you know what can happen?” Romans asked the boy.

In a small but clear voice, the boy said, “someone could get killed.”

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Middletown police warn of impersonators pulling people over

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 11:03 PM



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Middletown police are warning residents about a group of teens pulling people over impersonating police officers.

Police made the public warning on its Facebook page on Sunday evening.

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Police said four white teens are driving around Middletown in a blue or gray convertible that has a light on the dashboard as well as a loud speaker and air horn.

Anyone with any information about these people or who may have seen this vehicle are asked to call police dispatch at 513-425-7700, option 0.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches at Cape Canaveral 

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 5:30 PM

SpaceX preps for overnight launch of “state-of-the-art” communication satellite at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. (Photo: SpaceX)
SpaceX preps for overnight launch of “state-of-the-art” communication satellite at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. (Photo: SpaceX)


SpaceX lit up the night sky over the Space Coast this weekend with the launch of the Telstar 19 Vantage satellite around 1:50 a.m. Sunday.

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The space launch company said Saturday that its Falcon 9 rocket was vertical on the launch pad at Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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Telstar 19 Vantage is described as a “state-of-the-art, high throughput satellite optimized to serve growing markets in the Americas,” said Dan Goldberg, Telesat's president and CEO.

Telstar 19 Vantage will help improve mobile communication signals from Latin America to Northern Canada.

Following the launch, SpaceX will also attempt to land Falcon 9’s first stage on its droneship, “Of Course I Still Love You,” in the Atlantic Ocean.

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1 dead, 1 injured in Nevada church shooting, officials say

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 8:03 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 9:35 PM

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A man fatally shot one person and injured another at a Nevada church during service Sunday afternoon, officials said. 

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One person is dead. The other victim was taken to a hospital with a leg injury, Fallon Mayor Ken Tedford told KOLO. The identities have not been released. 

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The suspected gunman, John Kelley O’Connor, 48, walked into Fallon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around 1 p.m., started firing, then left and walked home. He is in custody, Tedford told KOLO

“Our hearts go out to the family members of those who have lost someone and those who were in the church today where the tragedy occurred,” Tedford told KOLO.

The shooting happened in front of about 50 other parishioners, KOLO reported.

“It’s really too early to understand the motive,” Fallon Police Chief Kevin Gehman told KOLO. 

Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) shared his condolences on Twitter

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Man drowns trying to save 3 boys from rip current

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 9:20 PM

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A man jumped into the Outer Banks in an attempt to save three boys caught in a rip current and was himself pulled out to sea on Thursday. 

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Kenny Ray Gooch, 32, of Powells Point, tried to save his girlfriend’s 12-year-old son,  who was swimming near the Kitty Hawk pier with two teens, when they were pulled 75 yards out by a rip current, WTKR reported.

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Gooch rushed in to help but was pulled out to sea and disappeared. 

Bystanders rescued the 12-year-old. The 19- and 14-year-old made it back to shore on their own, according to WTKR

Gooch was later found by water rescuers who brought him to shore but were unable to revive him, according to WTKR. 

Gooch is the eighth victim of the Outer Banks surf this year. Two years ago nine people died. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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