Saturday, July 27, 2013

Please remember the victims here....

I know that this is great news for Holly and her family but please remember that they are all in for a rough ride. Just because someone is arrested, the family still has to go through the entire court proceedings and relive her murder. Please just think about everyone involved here and send an extra prayer out t Soni and Holly's girls. :) http://www.morningjournalnews.com/page/content.detail/id/547841/Victim-s-husband-faces-charges.html?nav=5006

Murder Suspect Indicted

http://www.morningjournalnews.com/page/content.detail/id/547840/Murder-suspect-indicted.html?nav=5006

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

please go to this site and insist your congressmen pass Katie's Law!!

http://www.dnasaves.org/video/dnasaves/

It has passed in 26 states including Ohio but needs to be nationwide. Please help!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

 

The wheels of justice may have ground to a halt

February 10, 2013
Morning Journal News
A Lisbon man was killed and another Columbiana County man was wounded Feb. 1 in a Youngstown shooting. Within five days, a 32-year-old Youngstown man had been arrested and charged with aggravated murder and felonious assault in connection with this crime.
On Jan. 31, two young men were shot to death in Steubenville. By Feb. 4, a 16-year-old suspect had been apprehended and charged with two counts of murder in that case.
In the much-publicized August rape case in Steubenville that has brought protests and allegations of police corruption and incompetence, two juveniles were taken into custody and charged within 11 days of the alleged incident.
So what does all of this have to do with us in Columbiana County? We wanted to point out how swiftly several serious crimes have been handled in our neighboring counties of Mahoning and Jefferson.
In Columbiana County, the wheels of justice turn much slower and many cases, the wheels seemed to have stopped.
The Columbiana County Families of Homicide Victims lists on its website 23 unsolved murders/suspicious deaths in our county, but their list includes many cases which are up to 40 years old or occurred outside the county. The CCFHV list also includes missing persons. By our calculations the list is not quite as long, but there have still been at least 15 unsolved murders/questionable deaths over the last 20 years.
The CCFHV was formed in 2007 in response to the growing number of unsolved questionable deaths here. Their purpose for organizing was to help law enforcement obtain leads to help solve these crimes and to keep pressure on officials so that their loved ones' cases would not be forgotten.
Despite CCFHV's efforts, the list continues to grow. At least one unsolved murder has been committed in each of the last three years. Our last homicide occurred Dec. 3, 2012. We've been told that local law enforcement officials have a "person of interest" in this case. But now, more than two months later, no one has been charged. This case is a particularly disturbing because a woman was bludgeoned to death in her own home, and her 5 year-old grandson barely survived a savage beating, presumably at the hands of the same culprit.
We've been told by Sheriff Ray Stone that his detectives have concluded their investigations into some of these "unsolved" murders and the information passed along to the prosecutor's office for action. But still no charges. Why? What's the holdup? Is something or someone hindering the prosecution?
It's frightening to think that the animal who so viciously attacked the Perry Township woman and her grandson may still be walking among us.
We realize there must be sufficient evidence to arrest and successfully prosecute someone on murder charges, but isn't this growing number of unsolved cases inordinately large considering the small population of this county?
The Columbiana County Homicide Task Force was organized last year to allow participating police departments to provide investigatory assistance if requested by another department when a suspected murder occurs in their community. Two of our older unsolved murder cases were also recently listed on the Ohio attorney general's cold case website, so it's not as if officials are just sweeping these crimes under the carpet and forgetting about them.
We're grateful these actions have been taken, but Columbiana County residents are becoming frustrated with the large number of murders on the "unsolved" list and the length of time some of the cases have been there.
It's time county officials either take action or publicly explain why they have failed to act.
- See more at: http://www.morningjournalnews.com/page/content.detail/id/546061/The-wheels-of-justice-may-have-ground-to-a-halt.html?nav=5016#sthash.cW6EMe2q.dpuf

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Additional funding allows Sheriff to hire new deputy


January 19, 2013
By TOM GIAMBRONI - Staff Reporter (tgiambroni@reviewonline.com) , The Review
LISBON - The Columbiana County Sheriff's Office has a new deputy, thanks to an additional $100,000 in funding provided by county commissioners.
Sheriff Ray Stone said he hired James "Jasper" Cannon, 40, a part-time officer with the St. Clair Township Police Department. Cannon, who starts Jan. 28, has also worked with the Liverpool Township and Wellsville police departments.
Cannon will be filling a slot that has been vacant since February 2012 following the retirement of the Deputy Dan Bradley. Stone said he was unable to fill the position last year after commissioners cut funding for most offices by 5 percent in 2012.
The reduction for the sheriff's office was $90,000 but commissioners restored the budget cut this year by providing Stone's office with $100,000 increase.
Cannon's starting wage is $14.75 an hour, or $30,680, but Stone said the actual cost to his budget is nearly $60,000 once you include health insurance coverage and other employee benefits, which is why he is only able to hire one deputy with the additional funding.
Stone intends to use the remaining money that commissioners gave him to possibly assign a second deputy to the county Drug Task Force. He is seeking a state grant to help cover the rest of the cost.
As for Cannon, he will work the road patrol and eventually be assigned the 7 p.m.-3 a.m. overlap shift, which was discontinued while the sheriff's office was short a deputy.
"It will put a deputy on the road at the busiest peak time" for criminal activity, Stone said, adding that having an additional deputy is expected to cut down somewhat on overtime.
This returns Stone's staff to 20 deputies, which includes the sheriff, chief deputy and 12 road patrol deputies.

Cold Case Squad Update!

Williams murder added to state’s cold cases

January 20, 2013
By TOM GIAMBRONI (tgiambroni@reviewonline.com) , The Review
LISBON - One unsolved local murder is among those listed on the state attorney general's "cold case" website, with two more to be added in the coming months.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine issued a news release after Christmas announcing their unsolved homicide database had grown to include 1,062 cases from around the state.
"We are very happy that so many local law enforcement agencies have submitted their unsolved homicide cases. We have already received tips on some of the cases, and we hope these tips will lead to arrests," said DeWine, in a news release issued by his office.
The only Columbiana County homicide listed on the website is the Mike Williams murder, although there are numerous other unsolved homicides/questionable deaths in the county. Williams, 37, was found beaten to death in the driver's seat of his car not far from his Elkrun Township home on Aug. 30, 2005.
Attorney general public information officer Jill Del Greco said the website was actually started under former attorney general Richard Cordray, and the listings came exclusively from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI), which is the investigative branch of the attorney general's office.
She said DeWine decided to expand the website, and last September had asked law enforcement agencies from around the state to begin submitting their cold cases if they wanted. There were 166 cases listed at the time, but the website expanded significantly after that.
County Sheriff Ray Stone said it is his understanding a BCI agent assisting them on the Williams investigation submitted the case for the state website, and his detectives are currently working on adding the Gerald Klusch and Richard Altomare cases to the list.
Altomare, 59, was found shot to death in September 1999 in the basement of the former Crestview Elementary School building, which he owned. Klusch, 71, of Lisbon, went missing on Sept. 29, 2011, and his body was found seven weeks later near Salineville with two gunshot wounds to the head.
Stone said they have yet to receive any tips on the Williams murder as a result of the website listing.
Fifty-four law enforcement agencies submitted cold cases, with the larger cities and counties responsible for most of the submissions, such as: Cincinnati Police Department, 423 cases; Dayton 376; Akron, 72; and Franklin County Sheriff's Office, 61.
The Cleveland Police Department and Montgomery County Sheriff's Office are in the process of submitting cold cases, which is expected to push the website listings past 2,000.
"We've gotten 26 tips since September and the information has been sent back to the local agencies handling the case," Del Greco said.

The link to the Cold Case Squad in Columbus is;
http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Law-Enforcement/Local-Law-Enforcement/Cold-Case

Saturday, January 12, 2013

My Thoughts on "Anonymous"

People have asked me why I would show support of a vigilante group that breaks the law by illegally hacking and who goes after police and politicians. 
Let me help you understand.

Obviously I have many friends both in law enforcement and in the political field. I have known some of these people for years and believe that they are good people. 
I have fought for the VICTIMS in Columbiana County for close to 6 years and have always believed that they (and their families) deserve justice. 
Working at events, year after year after year and listening to the public I have learned a thing or two. 
One point is that the general feeling (at least with murder victims) is that people DO NOT want to get involved. They would much rather go about their daily lives pretending all is well with the world. Some sympathize, some make absolutely ignorant remarks, some blame ALL police departments, but most do not care.
If you look to the right on my website you will see 2 quotes. I believe both to be true and have had them on here for at least 2 years. 
People DO NOT care until it happens to them or someone they love.
Somewhere along the line, people have connected "Victim" with "Guilty" 

It is VERY difficult for people to work in my booth because of this. Family members have to endure the jerks of society attacking someone they love because they have no idea what it feels like to be in this situation. 
When CCFHV 1st started out, it was so aggravating to try to make people understand. We needed their help. We STILL need their help. Someone knows something about every single one of our victims and for whatever reason, they remain silent. 
I have always believed in the "Strength in numbers" theory and that is what Anonymous does. 
No single person gets credit....no one is a "Superstar" they work with everyone and make sure that the victims are not forgotten. 

Some facts that you may not know about Anonymous

They have successfully taken down such low lives as The Westboro Church, who were a small group of radicals protesting at Military funerals and threatened to protest at the victims of the Connecticut shootings funerals. They protested simply for the fun of protesting and hoping to get their 15 minutes of fame by doing so. Westboro had no remorse for the victims or their families.

Another situation where Anonymous became involved was Amanda Todd, who commited suicide. They exposed the guy that caused her to take her own life.

Hbgary was a security company hired by the government to protect files. They made a threat to anons and in response they were hacked and the ceo was forced to resign.Hbgary were trying to censor what you can see on the internet. 

The corrupt government of Egypt.  

And more recently the Stuebenville Rape Case. 
I will tell you all a little story about this one. 
Many years ago, I was very close to someone that was brutally raped and beaten. She (like so many others) did not come forward. She hid herself away and told very few people about what had happened to her. I am still very close to her and here are some things that maybe people don't realize about a VICTIM of any kind.
She has serious TRUST issues and has to this day only shared what happened to her to about 4 people. She STILL(after almost 30 years) battles with night terrors and depression, she is obsessive about the well being and safety of her friends and family, she has intimacy issues, is very good at hiding her true feelings, and is afraid all of the time. 
STILL AFTER 30 YEARS!!!! 
When asked the simple question "Why didn't u come forward or press charges?" her response??? "Because I was wearing a short shirt that day and I didn't want to put my family threw it."

Now, as sad as that is....it is true. 
Time and time again, the VICTIM (whether it is rape, homicide, etc.) is made to feel like she/he did something wrong!!! 

The Steubenville case would have been another of these situations where nothing is done and no one was punished except the victim. 
My heart really goes out to this young girl. I have seen the long term effects of this and other crimes and believe me when I say that she will NEVER, EVER be the same. Her life has changed forever and why in the world should she have to live with the fact that the ones that did this to her are free and going on as if nothing ever happened??
So yes, I applaud Anonymous on this one. She TRIED to do the right thing. She came forward. She mustered up incredible courage and came forward only to be told by those sworn to protect her to hush up about and discouraged from making it public.
Anonymous is HER voice. She remains anonymous. (as she should)

I will ALWAYS support the efforts of someone raising awareness on the victim!!!! 

As for Anonymous coming to Columbiana County, I support that as well. 
They have been able to do in one visit to Steubenville more than I have been able to do in 6+ years of being out in the public. 
The VICTIM IS THE VICTIM!!! 
As for the political end, I do not know all of the facts except what is public. I do know that they tried to discourage this young girl from going public, I do know that she was let down by the very system put in place to protect her and I do know that this case is getting National attention and for ONCE.....people may understand what a victim actually is. 
No one innocent has EVER been targeted by Anonymous. They don't rely on gossip or unconfirmed reports. 
IF they are coming here, they have PROOF of some wrong-doing by someone. They ONLY care about the victims and their families and making sure that when people are employed to do a job to protect innocent people, whether it is the public, elderly, rape or homicide victims, minor children, military, etc.) They come to provide "Strength in numbers" and if someone is getting paid to protect and they are NOT doing that, they have no business being there. 
It isn't a "Witch Hunt" people! It is an answer. It is a chance to get on board and stand up for what is right. It is TIME!