There's No Place Like Home
FROM YOUR PROSECUTOR
As Dorothy said in the Wizard of Oz, “There’s no place like home,” and when vacation is over, we all want to return home to find things safe and sound.
A safety checklist is a great way to make sure you've done all you can to ward off thieves and protect personal property.
First and foremost on the list: Do NOT announce vacation plans via social media – even if you think only your family and friends will see the posts. Do NOT post pictures during vacation. Social media serves as an announcement to the world (and unfortunately, criminals) that your home is unattended. If you would like to share vacation photos, do so after you return home.
Locking all doors and windows is a must – even if the windows are on the second story. Garages, gates, and sheds should be locked. Outside items like grills, bikes, and lawnmowers should be kept out of sight. Outside lights with motion detectors and inside lights on timers are both easy ways to make it appear as though someone is home.
Even your lawn tells a story… tall grass with papers strewn in the drive is a sure sign no one is home. It's a good idea to mow the lawn and trim shrubs before a trip. If you're going to be gone for an extended time, arrange to have the lawn mowed and flowers watered etc.
Ask a neighbor to pick up the mail and/or newspaper, or place a hold on all deliveries.
Taking inventory is a good idea whether you're leaving for vacation or not. Take pictures of every room and valuables. That way if your home is broken in to and property is taken, you will have a tangible record of your possessions for law enforcement and your insurance company.
Don't forget the pets on your safety list! If you have pets in the home, make sure they have ample food and water. You can also get a sticker for your door or window that lets firemen know how many pets are in the home in case of fire.
All these little things really do add up. Follow your safety list and enjoy your vacation knowing you've done all you can to secure your home.
Gary Klusty Found Guilty Of Rape,
Sentenced To Life In Prison
Gary Klusty, 48, was sentenced to life in prison plus ten years. In addition, he will be labeled a tier III sex offender for life.
On June 5, 2014 a jury found Mr. Klusty guilty of 2 counts of rape – first-degree felonies and 5 counts of gross sexual imposition – third-degree felonies.
“The victim in this case was 11 years old at the time the offenses occurred in 1998/99,” said Prosecutor Carol O’Brien. “Mr. Klusty was a family friend who took advantage of her age, vulnerability and trust in adults.”
Delaware Man Indicted For
Attempted Murder At OWU Fraternity
Charges stem from a 9-1-1 call made in the early morning hours of May 3, 2014.
“Delaware Police responded to a caller saying someone had been stabbed at the OWU Chi Phi Fraternity on North Franklin Street,” said Prosecutor, Carol O’Brien. “On scene authorities found 21-year-old Anthony Peddle bleeding profusely. Mr. Peddle was taken to the hospital and has been released”
Nicholas Eber, 23, is charged with attempted murder – a first-degree felony, felonious assault – a second-degree felony, aggravated burglary – a first-degree felony, and tampering with evidence – a third-degree felony.
Trial is set for August 12.
Blacklick Man Sentenced To 14 Years
A jury found Brian Johnson, 36, guilty of rape, attempted rape, sexual battery and attempted sexual battery.
He was sentenced to 14 years in prison and will be labeled a tier III sex offender for life.
Lewis Center Man Sentenced On
Child Pornography Charges
George D. Metzger, 63, is headed to prison for 4 years. Following his prison term, he is also sentenced to 5 years of post release control.
In May, Metzger pleaded guilty to 4 counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor – all second-degree felonies. The plea came after a search of his home revealed numerous videos and images of child pornography.
Delaware Man To Be Labeled
Arson Offender For Life
Blake New, 19, was sentenced to 2 years in prison and 5 years community control for stealing and burning vehicles.
New was indicted on 13 counts in January. After initially entering a ‘not guilty’ plea, New changed his plea to ‘guilty’ on 5 counts, including 2 counts of arson – fourth-degree felonies, 2 counts of theft – fourth-degree felonies, and tampering with evidence – a third-degree felony.
“Mr. New stole vehicles from multiple victims and set them on fire,” said Prosecutor Carol O’Brien. “In addition to prison time, Mr. New is required to register as an arson offender for life.”
Former Treasurer Of Big Walnut Soccer Association Indicted For Theft
“Patricia DeVore served as treasurer of the Big Walnut Soccer Association for approximately 10 years,” said Prosecutor Carol O’Brien. “During her tenure, she is alleged to have used her position to gain association funds for personal use.”
DeVore, 55 of Weterville, is charged with theft – a fourth-degree felony, tampering with records – a fourth-degree felony, forgery – a fourth-degree felony, and misuse of credit cards – a first-degree misdemeanor. Arraignment is set for August 4.
Worthington Woman Indicted
On Charges Of Theft
“Rebecca Fasone deceived others into believing she needed money for health and forclosure issues,” said Prosecutor Carol O’Brien. “These fabrications tugged at the heartstrings and yielded thousands of dollars.”
Fasone, 59 of Worthington, is charged with theft – a third-degree felony and theft – a fourth-degree felony. Arraignment is set for August 1.
Delaware Apartment Manager
Indicted For Forgery/Theft
“Alan Treese served as the property manager for Silver Maple Apartments from June 2013 through December 2013,” said Delaware County First Assistant Prosecutor Kyle Rohrer. “During this time, Mr. Treese is alleged to have deposited multiple rent payments into personal accounts.”
Treese, 31, is charged with theft – a fourth-degree felony, and 9 counts of forgery – all fifth-degree felonies. Arraignment is set for August 1.
Thank You Ohio LEAP
"The Ohio Law Enforcement Administrative Professionals (LEAP) invited me to speak at their annual conference," said Prosecutor O'Brien. "It was an absolute pleasure to get to know this group. Thank you for the opportunity."
If you are interested in inviting Prosecutor O'Brien to speak with your group, or if you have any questions regarding how our office can support your event, call (740) 833-2755.