Saturday, August 14, 2004

Public safety briefs



Man found guilty in corpse-abuse case

HAMILTON - A Butler County jury deliberated just over three hours Friday before convicting a Hamilton man of tampering with evidence in a dismemberment case.

Gary Benson, 50, was also convicted of gross abuse of a corpse. He faces up to six years in prison at sentencing, set for Oct. 18.

Benson and two other men, who have not yet gone to trial, were indicted in March on charges in the death and mutilation of Jeffrey Glenn Watson, 41, of Hamilton. Watson's charred torso was found New Year's Eve along a rural road near the Preble County line.

Authorities charged that Benson and Anthony C. Ruffin, 44, of East Price Hill, helped Cardale A. Goens, 37, of Hamilton, dismembered Watson. Authorities allege Goens shot Watson to death in Watson's South 11th Street home.

Goens faces the death penalty in an aggravated murder trial set for Jan. 25. No trial date has been set for Ruffin.

Pair steals man's prescription drugs

MIAMI TOWNSHIP - Two men, one armed, stole prescription pain medicine from a Miami Township man after the man answered a knock on his door early Friday, officials said.

No one was hurt.

The 49-year-old man answered his door in the 4900 block of East Miami River Road about 12:45 a.m. and found two masked men, one pointing a handgun at him, said Hamilton County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Barnett. The suspects took the medicine and left on foot.

The suspects were described as white men in their mid-20s, about 6 feet tall and wearing baggy blue jeans, black shirts and ski masks. One was carrying a revolver.

No one has been arrested.

1 dead, 1 hospitalized in head-on collision

GREEN TOWNSHIP - A Green Township woman was killed Thursday after the car she was driving was hit head-on by another car.

Cheri Mueller, 38, was driving south on Ebenezer Road at Louese Lane just after 11 p.m. when a car driven north on Ebenezer by Charles Glacking III, 24, of Green Township crossed the center line and collided with Mueller's car head-on, Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies said.

Mueller was dead at the scene. Glacking was taken by helicopter to University Hospital and is in fair condition.

Neither alcohol nor drugs were factors, Hamilton County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Barnettsaid.

Mueller was wearing a seat belt, but Glacking was not, deputies said.

Teen gets maximum in brother's death

HAMILTON - In Butler County's first case of its kind under a new law, a teen convicted of killing his 13-month-old brother was sentenced to remain in state custody until he turns 21.

Juvenile Court Judge Ron Craft Friday gave the 14-year-old boy the maximum sentence, said Assistant Prosecutor Greg Stephens.The teen could face a potential adult prison term of 15 years to life if he commits a new offense.

In June, a jury convicted the teen of child endangering and murder in the death of his brother in 2003.

The case was the county's first decided by a jury under Ohio's Serious Youthful Offender law, which took effect two years ago in an attempt to hold violent juvenile offenders accountable for a longer period of time.

Oakley burn victim, 87, dies

Hobert Worley, 87, who was critically burned by a fire in his home in Oakley early Thursday morning, has died.

Shirley Baker, Worley's 60-year-old daughter, also lived in the house and was killed in the fire.

Authorities said Thursday the fire caused $40,000 worth of damage .

Nearly a dozen years ago, Worley's wife, Violet, also died in a fire.

Girl, 2, dies after being found in home pond

A 2-year old girl from Madison Township died Friday evening after the infant's father found her face-down in a back-yard pond, authorities said.

Butler County police said Abigayle Steinmetz's father came home from work around 4 p.m. and searched the house for Abigayle. He found her face down in a pond about 100 yards away.

Authorities said her mother, who was home, called 911.

She died shortly after 5 p.m. at Middletown Regional Hospital.




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