There's No Place Like Home

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.





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Congratulations "Top Cop"

Westerville Police Cpl. Greg LeValley is recognized as a “Top Cop.” It was a letter of appreciation to Westerville Police Chief Morbitzer that resulted in the honor.
Below is an excerpt, written by Licking Co. Prosecutor, Ken Oswalt.
“I would like to express my deep appreciation for the exemplary work Det. LeValley has done...What is even more remarkable is this can be said about an investigator that had, no doubt, an awkward job of investigating a fellow law enforcement officer. It is clear Det. LeValley is goal-directed, not merely task-directed. To any prosecutor, that is an invaluable asset in an investigator.”
The defendant in this case surrendered his peace officer’s certificate and pleaded guilty to identity fraud and attempted forgery.
Cpl. LeValley brought his wife, Robin and daughter, Kiersten to celebrate the "Top Cop" honor!
Thank you, Cpl. LeValley, for being a “Top Cop” and helping to protect our community, and a special thanks to “Top Cop” sponsor, Cracker Barrel, for providing each of our “Top Cops” with a complimentary dinner for two!

Meet Our Intern

Anne Bauer earned her undergraduate degree from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. She now studies law at The Ohio State University and says she's wanted to be a criminal prosecutor since 7th grade.

"I like how people here share projects and bounce ideas off one another. It's very 
collaborative, and I like teamwork because the more ways you think about a problem, the better job you will do."

Meet Our Intern

Adam Pijanowski will enter his sophomore year at Georgetown this fall, but for now, he's learning about law in our office.

Particularly interested in the civil side of law, Adam says he's happy to be here for the summer and excited for the experience.

Meet Our Intern

Elizabeth Sams goes to The Ohio State University, but this summer she is interning with us. Above, she is doing a great job representing our office at a community event.  

Elizabeth says she enjoys meeting people and having the opportunity to "get my hands in the  process and see my work come to fruition." 

Meet Our Shadow

Allison, a Buckeye Valley student, met Prosecutor O'Brien at school. The prosecutor spoke to students there about making smart choices.

After the presentation, Allison asked if 
she could shadow Prosecutor O'Brien. As a result, Allison attended the trial of Gary Klusty and learned about trial preparation.

Buckeye Valley HS

Prosecutor O'Brien and School Resource Officer Fred Strawser visit with students after co-presenting a program about smart choices.

Schultz Elementary

Thanks to Schultz Elementary for inviting us to 4th grade career day!

Carlisle Elementary

Carlisle 3rd graders toured area agencies on a field trip. What a great group! We're so glad you stopped by to learn.

Relay For Life

Clerk Laura Slider joined forces with her daughter to participate in this year's Relay For Life event. Way to go team - more than $1,500 raised!
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