Love Shouldn't Hurt  


My office, along with other local law enforcement agencies, recently donated more than $27,000 in seized drug funds to Turning Point. The money will benefit the campaign to open what will be Delaware's first domestic violence shelter.

Sadly, the need is real. On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. Anyone can be a victim - male or female, rich or poor. Domestic violence does not discriminate.

We must stand together to help - to raise awareness, to model appropriate relationship behavior. Together we can make a difference. 

This month, more than 170 walkers/runners participated in the 5th annual Dash At Dusk 5K to raise awareness about this serious subject (pictures at bottom of page). Participants included the family of Terri Lee Rings, a Delaware County resident tragically lost to domestic violence last year. This year's event was in her honor, and I commend Terri's family for bringing the reality of domestic violence to the forefront by sharing their story.

Proceeds raised from this year's Dash will also go to Turning Point's campaign and the effort to open a domestic violence shelter in Delaware. To learn how you can donate or if you need help, visit:
 Employer Sentenced For Sexually Abusing Young Employees  

Danny Bruce Kitsos, former owner of Rita's Italian Ice in Powell, was sentenced to six years for sexually abusing three young female employees. He also received five years post release control, a $10,000 fine, and will be classified as a tier III sex offender. 

Kitsos, 53, was indicted on March 25, 2016 after multiple reports to law enforcement that he sexually abused his young female employees.

Columbus Woman Pleads Guilty To Stealing From Elderly

Susan Gwynne, 55, was indicted in June on 101 counts. In September she entered a guilty plea to 46 counts, one for each victim included in the indictment.

Charges came after a January 2016 call to authorities reporting personal items were missing from an elderly resident at the Inn at Olentangy Trail.

“After the initial call, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office released a picture of the suspect which had been captured on surveillance video at the assisted living facility,” said Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien. “Further investigation resulted in the seizure of more than 3,000 items from Gwynne's residence, mostly jewelry.”

A sentencing date has been set for Monday, November 7, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.


Bank Robbery Suspect Indicted

A Delaware County Grand Jury has returned a four-count indictment against 36-year-old Seth P. Kafoure.
On June 15 deputies responded to a robbery in progress call from First Merit Bank in Lewis Center.

“A man presented a note demanding cash to a teller,” said Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien. “The man, who received money from the employee, was caught on surveillance video.”
The indictment also includes charges related to a June 8 Huntington Bank robbery in New Albany.  
Kafoure is charged with two counts of robbery – both second-degree felonies, one count of theft – a fifth-degree felony, and an additional count of theft – a first-degree misdemeanor.
Kafoure is already in prison from charges relating to the June 10, 2016 robbery of a 5/3 Bank in Warren County, Ohio.    

Ashely Man Sentenced To 11 Years For Attempted Murder

A jury found 42-year-old Christopher Sidders guilty of attempted murder. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison and received an additional five years post release control.

Charges came after medics and law enforcement responded to a call that someone had been shot on March 22, 2016.

“On scene authorities found 39-year-old Jeffrey Shilt suffering trauma around the head and face area from a gunshot wound,” said Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien. “Mr. Shilt was air lifted to The Ohio State University Medical Center. He did testify at the trial.”


Dash At Dusk 5K Pictures
Thanks to all who participated!     






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Meet Our Intern

Sydney comes to us from Olentangy High School and is interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice.
“I’ve enjoyed getting to know all the people in the office and their roles,” said Sydney. “I’ve especially enjoyed spending time with Juvenile Prosecutor Kate Munger, who has been wonderful in sharing her area of expertise.”
In addition to law, Sydney enjoys playing softball, playing the violin, and eating Mexican food.

Raising Awareness

Top: Local WDLR interview to promote Dash At Dusk, a 5K to benefit the opening of a domestic violence shelter in Delaware

Middle: Wearing purple for October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Bottom: IHeartRadio taped interview about domestic violence

Delaware County Fair Fun

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