FROM YOUR PROSECUTOR
As we wrap up October (Domestic Violence Awareness Month) I'd like to take a moment to thank all who organized and took part in this year's Dash at Dusk, an annual 5K to raise awareness on the issue.
More than 100 runners and walkers took part, along with many more coming out to cheer them on. Thank you for making the time to support this very important cause.
Unfortunately, each year more than 3 million children see domestic violence in their homes. Statistics also tell us that domestic violence victims wait until they've been hit an average of 35 times before filing a police report.
We are working hard to hold abusers accountable. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). With advancements in law enforcement training and evidence-based prosecution, the State is able to pursue a domestic violence case without the cooperation of the victim. This is especially important in domestic violence cases because victims can get caught up in a cycle of abuse and retract their statements.
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, there is help. People do care. Turning Point is a local organization that has been serving domestic violence victims for 30 years. They can be reached 24 hours a day at: 1-800-232-6505 or (740) 382-8988.
Galena Couple Sentenced
Jessica Smith, 27, was sentenced to 17 months in prison for attempted child endangering - a fourth-degree felony.
Her husband, 35-year-old Michael Smith II was sentenced to 9 years in prison for child endangering - a second-degree felony and child endangering - a third-degree felony.
The couple was indicted in May after Mrs. Smith's son (Mr. Smith's stepson) was transported to the hospital for emergency surgery due to life threatening injuries.
Larry Fox Sentenced On
Larry Fox, 45 of Lewis Center, was sentenced to 38 years in prison.
Larry Fox and his uncle, Harry Fox were indicted in October 2012 for the kidnapping and rape of another man. Harry Fox is currently serving 13 years in prison for his role in the crime.
The incident took place at the Worthington Arms Mobile Home Park after the 18-year-old victim failed to provide marijuana and was unable to return the $200 given to him for the purchase. In order to repay the debt, the victim was handcuffed and a knife was held against his throat as he was forced to perform a sex act on Larry Fox.
Delaware Merchant Indicted
On Drug Charges
A Delaware County Grand Jury returned a three-count indictment against 48-year-old Issa Alahmad of Delaware.
The indictment comes after an investigation by the Delaware County L.E.A.P Drug Task Force led to Alahmad’s arrest on October 22.
“Mr. Alahmad is alleged to have prepared drugs for distribution through his business in Delaware, the Full Up station on South Sandusky Street,” said Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien. “Because the amount of drugs seized was more than 50 grams, the indictment includes a specification classifying Mr. Alahmad as a major drug offender.”
Alahmad is charged with trafficking in drugs – a first-degree felony, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity – a first-degree felony, and possession of drugs – a first-degree felony.
The drugs in question are controlled substance analogs, meaning the composition is chemically similar to, and has a similar effect on the body as a controlled substance. The investigation and lab analysis on the drugs is ongoing.
Bond is set at $200,000.
Saying "NO" To Drugs
Thanks to Drug-Free Delaware for organizing this year's Red Ribbon Rally to teach children to say "no" to drugs.
Held at Dempsey Middle School, it was a neat event aimed at promoting a safe and drug-free environment. We had a lot of children stop by to take our drug-free pledge and sign a leaf for the "leaf drugs alone" tree.
Genoa, Liberty, and Orange Townships have been recognized for a job well done by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.
The townships were recognized at the MORPC 2014 Summit on Sustainability. They were presented the Green Collaborative Achievement Award for coordinating a multi-jurisdictional recycling/waste hauler contract that would “greatly increase outside recycling and waste pickup, along with saving residents millions of dollars.”