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Double click to select image.   (posted 9:45 a.m., Monday, July 28, 2003)


Why can Prosecutors file complaints but citizens are denied that right?

By Doug Deepe, Investigative Reporter

(Posted 9:45 a.m., Monday, July 28, 2003)

Assistant Scioto County Prosecutor James Scott Smith walked into Scioto County County Common Pleas Juvenile Court and filed a criminal complaint against a 15 year old West Side boy for allegedly using the internet to threaten a Portsmouth West High School teacher.

The complaint filed on April 4, 2003 by Assistant Prosecutor Smith states that the student "On or about April 4, 2003, did knowingly cause another to believe that the offender would cause serious physical harm to the person or property of the other person, the other person’s unborn, or a member of the other person’s immediate family…..causing (the victim) to believe that she would be seriously harmed by depicting violent acts against her on an "internet website."

According to the complaint filed by Assistant Prosecutor Scott Smith the actions of the West Side boy is a first degree misdemeanor.

The website in question is no longer in operation so the Sentinel can not verify what was on the website that would make the female teacher at West Portsmouth High to fear for her life. Other students that have seen the website didn’t believe that the student intended "harm" to the teacher. West Portsmouth students claim the student that posted the information and caricatures on the website was upset with the female teacher and was just trying to get back at the teacher by posting negative things about her on the webpage.

The actual complaint has a serious question on it. Why is a "stamped signature" for Judge James W. Kirsch of the complaint? Did Judge Kirsch actually read the complaint and sign the complaint using a rubber stamp? Why would a judge use a rubber stamp to sign a complaint put in front of him for signature?

The student pled not guilty to the charge on April 14, 2003 and the Sentinel is not sure if the case has yet to be resolved.

This case brings us to another question. Why is it that a prosecutor can get access to a local judge to have a "complaint" reviewed but a private citizen can not?

This case proves that there is a "double standard" set forth for prosecutors, law enforcement etc, and then the rest of the citizens.

Judge Howard Harcha III simply dismissed Billie Ashley’s affidavit for complaint in July 2003 without even allowing Ashley to call witnesses into the courtroom to be heard.

These activities should not go unnoticed the next time elections role around for these elected judges and prosecutors. The law should be for ALL THE PEOPLE not just the prosecutors and judges.



Judge Harcha III dismissed case even though witnesses were ready to testify.

By Doug Deepe, Investigative Reporter

(posted 9:00 a.m., Thursday, July 24, 2003)

Judge Howard Harcha III proved what most citizens in Scioto County have been saying about our local judges is pretty accurate. People say that the Judges ignore the Ohio Revised Code and make up their own laws as they see fit to help their friends, family or co-workers.

On July 15, 2003 Billie Ashley filed an Affidavit for Complaint against Portsmouth Police Officer Todd Bryant claiming that Bryant had committed either "gross sexual imposition" or "sexual imposition" against her on July 4, 2003.

Ashley filed her complaint using Ohio Criminal Rule 4 (A) which states as follows:

RULE 4. Warrant or Summons; Arrest

(A) Issuance.

(1) "Upon complaint.  If it appears from the complaint, or from an affidavit or affidavits filed with the complaint, that there is probable cause to believe that an offense has been committed, and that the defendant has committed it, a warrant for the arrest of the defendant, or a summons in lieu of a warrant, shall be issued by a judge, magistrate, clerk of court, or officer of the court designated by the judge, to any law enforcement officer authorized by law to execute or serve it.

The finding of probable cause may be based upon hearsay in whole or in part, provided there is a substantial basis for believing the source of the hearsay to be credible and for believing that there is a factual basis for the information furnished.  Before ruling on a request for a warrant, the issuing authority may require the complainant to appear personally and may examine under oath the complainant and any witnesses.  The testimony shall be admissible at a hearing on a motion to suppress, if it was taken down by a court reporter or recording equipment.

The issuing authority shall issue a summons instead of a warrant upon the request of the prosecuting attorney, or when issuance of a summons appears reasonably calculated to ensure the defendant's appearance."

Two retired judges reviewed Ashley’s Affidavit for Complaint and Judge Harcha III’s ruling and both retired Judges say that Judge Harcha III didn’t follow the Ohio Criminal Rules of Procedure. Both retired Judges agreed that, "He (Judge Harcha III) was required by Criminal Rule 4 to bring the affiant in before him and inquire about the affidavit for complaint, or at a minimum, allow her to produce other witnesses to prove her charges. He pitched it with no regard for the criminal rules and that’s sad."

Judge Howard Harcha III at no time allowed Billey Ashley to come before him and testify or provide witnesses to back her story about being sexually assaulted by Portsmouth Police Officer Todd Bryant. Witnesses were available to testify and affidavits have been signed by other witnesses confirming Ashley’s complaint against Bryant.

Judge Harcha III simply reached into what some call "the judges bags of tricks and deceit" and used another criminal rule that had no connection with what was before him (Harcha III) and simply dismissed a crime against a crooked cop.

Witnesses have stated that Judge Harcha III's secretary has been seen having lunch with Portsmouth Police Chief Charles Horner at El Toro Loco. Chief Horner has suits pending in Judge Harcha III's court. Will that case get thrown out too?

On July 18, 2003, just three days after the Affidavit for Complaint was filed by Billie Ashley, Judge Harcha III signs a "JUDGMENT ENTRY" that reads as follows:

Pursuant to Rule 7(A) of the Ohio Rules of Criminal Procedure, the within cause is hereby dismissed.

Criminal Rule 7 (A) involves either a bill of information or an indictment and has absolutely nothing to do with an Affidavit for Complaint. Here is criminal rule 7(A)

RULE 7. The Indictment and the Information

(A) "Use of indictment or information.  A felony that may be punished by death or life imprisonment shall be prosecuted by indictment.  All other felonies shall be prosecuted by indictment, except that after a defendant has been advised by the court of the nature of the charge against the defendant and of the defendant's right to indictment, the defendant may waive that right in writing and in open court.

Where an indictment is waived, the offense may be prosecuted by information, unless an indictment is filed within fourteen days after the date of waiver.  If an information or indictment is not filed within fourteen days after the date of waiver, the defendant shall be discharged and the complaint dismissed.  This division shall not prevent subsequent prosecution by information or indictment for the same offense.

A misdemeanor may be prosecuted by indictment or information in the court of common pleas, or by complaint in the juvenile court, as defined in the Rules of Juvenile Procedure, and in courts inferior to the court of common pleas.  An information may be filed without leave of court."

Why is it that local citizens are constantly denied their rights to file criminal complaints against police officers in Portsmouth and Scioto County and that the local Judges protect these men by not following the Ohio Revised Code.

Criminal Rule 4 is clear. When an Affidavit for Complaint is filed, a Judge should review the affidavit, call witnesses (which were available had the Judge brought Ashley before him before he made his ruling) and take testimony under oath, and then decide if there is enough evidence to have Officer Todd Bryant arrested.

Judge Harcha III just showed not only a lack of respect for Billie Ashley’s rights, but Judge Harcha III showed disrespect for the Ohio rules of criminal procedure by this blatant unjust ruling.

It didn’t take long for corruption to rear its ugly head back in Scioto County Common Pleas Court, because this is a corrupt decision. People thought this type of action left after the last election. Guess you were wrong people.


(posted 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 16, 2003)


Scioto County Common Pleas Court Clerk Mildred Thompson files the affidavit.

By Doug Deepe, Investigative Reporter

(Posted 10:30 a.m., July 16, 2003)

An affidavit for complaint captioned the State of Ohio vs. Todd Bryant, accusing Todd Bryant of felony gross sexual imposition and misdemeanor sexual imposition was filed with Scioto County Common Pleas Court Clerk Mildred Thompson on July 15, 2003.

Billie Ashley claims that on July 4th, 2003 Detective Todd Bryant "Did have sexual contact with another, not the spouse of the defendant (Bryant), to wit: Billie Ashley, by purposely compelling said Ashley to submit to force or threat of force, in violation of Ohio Revised Code Section 2907.05, entitled "Gross Sexual Imposition."

Ashley further claims "Defendant (Bryant) did have sexual contact with another, not the spouse of the defendant (Bryant), to wit: Billie Ashley, while knowing that the sexual contact was offensive to the other person or was reckless in that regard, and/or while knowing that the other person’s ability to appraise the nature of or control the defendant’s (Bryant’s) conduct was substantially impaired and/or while knowing that the other person submitted because of being unaware of the sexual contact, in violation of Ohio Revised Code Section 2907.06 entitled "Sexual Imposition."

Yesterday morning, Billie Ashley went with her attorney, James Banks of Dublin, Ohio, and attempted to file an affidavit for complaint as permitted by Ohio Revised Code Criminal Rule 4 E with Portsmouth Municipal Court Clerk Leroy Kegley. Clerk Kegley informed Attorney Banks that he (Kegley) could not accept the affidavit for complaint because of "local court rules forbidding him to take the affidavit."

Ohio Revised Code Criminal 4 E says that any citizen can swear out an affidavit for complaint against a person that commits a crime in Ohio and file the notarized affidavit with a Clerk of Court, Judge or Prosecuting Attorney.

When confronted with Ohio Revised Code Criminal Rule 4 E Clerk Kegley continued to refuse to accept the affidavit for complaint against Detective Todd Bryant of the Portsmouth Police Department.

Attorney Banks took the affidavit for complaint to the Scioto County Common Pleas Court Clerk Mildred Thompson and offered the complaint under Ohio Revised Code Criminal Rule 4 E and Clerk Thompson immediately filed the complaint as required by the Ohio Revised Code.

The action of Clerk Kegley and the establishment of local rules of the Portsmouth Municipal Court that conflict with the Ohio Revised Code may lead Attorney James Banks to file legal action against the City of Portsmouth for his client Billie Ashley.

There were numerous witnesses inside and outside the Portsmouth Municipal Clerks Office when Clerk Kegley produced the illegal court rules and told Attorney Banks that he (Kegley) couldn’t take the affidavit of complaint.

It’s not clear what action Attorney Banks will take against either the Clerk of Portsmouth Municipal Court or the City of Portsmouth at this time.

Scioto County Clerk Mildred Thompson assigned a criminal case number to the case, #03CR525, and stated she would send the affidavit for complaint to the Scioto County Prosecutors Office for action.

Local attorneys stated yesterday that they were pleased that Attorney Banks forced the issue above Clerk Kegley because the Portsmouth Municipal Court Rules are illegal and that citizens of Portsmouth and Scioto County have had their rights denied for decades.

When questioned why they (the local attorneys) never pressed the issue of the illegal rules with the local judges, one attorney stated, "They would never assign us a case if we took them on concerning their local rules, it’s something you just don’t do."

Attorney Banks and Scioto County Clerk Mildred Thompson proved that the Ohio Revised Code is the law of Ohio and Scioto County whether the Portsmouth Municipal Court Judges and Clerks want to accept it or not.


(posted 3:30 p.m., Saturday, July 5, 2003)


"Portsmouth Police Department lets violent offenders walk free."

By Doug Deepe, Investigative Reporter

(posted 3:30 p.m., Saturday, July 5, 2003)

Only July 2, 2003, seven individuals were arraigned in Portsmouth Municipal Court for the charge of domestic violence. Two of the defendants arrived in the courtroom in street clothes but had not been taken to the Scioto County Jail for booking to post bond prior to coming to Portsmouth Municipal Court to face the local judge. Three individuals were in orange jumpsuits and wearing handcuffs indicating they were brought to the courtroom from the Scioto County Jail. The last individual

had been taken to the Scioto County Jail and did post a surety bond and was released pending his court appearance in Portsmouth Municipal Court.

According to the Scioto County Sheriffs Office records the following individuals were never brought to the Scioto County Jail for booking after being arrested by the Portsmouth Police Department:

Siney Harris and Justin Petway. Harris’s court records indicate that he (Harris) was arrested by Officer Dawes of the Portsmouth Police Department. Justin Petway’s court records indicate that he (Petway) was arrested by Officer Hamilton of the Portsmouth Police Department.

The Scioto County Sheriffs Jailers told the Sentinel that neither Harris, nor Petway were booked at the Scioto County Jail after their arrest; neither man posted a bond as required by individuals charged with a violent crime.

Why is the Portsmouth Police Department releasing violent offenders without bringing them before a judge or demanding that the individual post a bond, allowing the bondsman the opportunity to instruct the violent offender to stay away from the victims?

We may have found the answer. The Portsmouth Police Department is attempting to financially destroy bonds person Teresa (Pokie) Blankenship.

The Sentinel has information that on or about 6/25/2003 an individual named Yeley was arrested by the Portsmouth Police Department on a charge of domestic violence. A law enforcement officer named Brewer, (unknown first name or rank), called the Scioto County Jail and informed them that they were bringing Yeley to the Scioto County Jail on a criminal charge of domestic violence. According to Scioto County Sheriff Office sources that wish anonymity, Yeley’s mother was at the jail with bonds person Teresa Blankenship with funds to bond her son out of jail upon his arrival.

The jailer on duty on 6/25/2003 informed Portsmouth Police Officer Brewer that Blankenship and Yeley’s mother were waiting on Yeley’s arrival at the jail to post Yeley’s bond.

Without explanation, Yeley was set free by the Portsmouth Police Department and never taken to the Scioto County Jail. Blankenship returned the bond money to Yeley’s mother.

Yeley is not the only individual claiming that they have been released from Portsmouth Police Officers when they mention to the Portsmouth Police Department that they are going to use Teresa Blankenship as their bonds person.

Are local Judges aware that violent offenders are being let go without posting bond and before they are brought before the court after committing a violent crime?

The City of Portsmouth Officials should realize that the City of Portsmouth could face civil liabilities if victims of domestic violence were killed by their attackers that were let go without posting bond, once Portsmouth Police Officers had arrested the attacker and simply released.

Is it going to take the death of someone to get the local judges involved in the corrupt activities of the Portsmouth Police Department?

Judges in both courts, Portsmouth Municipal Court and Scioto County Common Pleas, need to bring Portsmouth Police Officers and Portsmouth Police Chief Charles Horner before the courts to tell them why they, the police, have taken over the roles set forth for judges.

Someone’s going to die judges and it may fall on your watch.




(posted 8:45 a.m., Thursday, July 3, 2003)


Court records indicate Attorney Wrage is receiving minimal court appointed cases.

Local attorneys meet with Sentinel and believe Wrage is being punished.

By Doug Deepe, Investigative Reporter

(posted 1:30 p.m., Thursday, July 3, 2003) (correction to facts in story noted below)

The Sentinel was contacted yesterday, after the Sherry Munion hearing, by two local attorneys that asked to meet us privately concerning the mistreatment of a fellow attorney. The attorneys asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal by the local judges for speaking out on the matter of former Assistant Scioto County Prosecutor Eric Wrage.

The attorneys confirmed information that the Sentinel has been working on. That information was the minimal number of cases in which former Scioto County Prosecutor Eric Wrage is being asked to handle by the courts, especially the Scioto County Common Pleas Courts.

In a review of the court files, rarely are we finding where Attorney Wrage is asked by the courts to take on indigent defendant cases. Many times the Judges are asking retired attorneys to take cases that would normally go to attorneys standing around the courtrooms at the time the indigent person was arraigned.

This failure to appoint Attorney Wrage to criminal cases leads to an interesting question. Why?

It’s odd that Scioto County Chief Prosecutor Randy Rumble told Attorney Wrage that if Wrage handled any cases as a defense attorney that were indicted while Wrage was an Assistant Scioto County Prosecutor that Rumble would file a grievance with the State Disciplinary Board. This information came from local attorneys, not Attorney Wrage.

In our meeting yesterday, two prominent local attorney’s, met with the Sentinel and stated that they believe either the Scioto County Prosecutors Office and/or the local judges are attempting to destroy Attorney Wrages private practice. "They fear that Attorney Wrage may run for the Scioto County Prosecutors job in the upcoming election", said one attorney. "The big fear is that Wrage will win the upcoming election and reveal all the dirty deals pulled off in the Scioto County Prosecutors Office over the last 20 plus years", said the other attorney.

"Wrages mistake was he didn’t play the game. He took on corruption and you don’t do that in this county and make it to these elected positions without owing somebody something. He (Wrage) isn’t in anyones pocket yet and that scares those guys in the courthouses to death", said the attorneys.

It’s clear by the court records that Attorney Eric Wrage was instrumental in the prosecutions of SOMC Nurse Karen Mattscheck, Dr. Crawford and other documented drug cases. These cases didn’t start appearing in the courts until after 1999 when Eric Wrage was offered a job in the Scioto County Prosecutors Office.  Sources from SOMC stated to the Sentinel that Assistant Prosecutor Rick Brown had the SOMC Mattscheck case and sat on the case to prevent damage to SOMC's reputation until Wrage got involved in that case.

Convicted felon Dr. David Proctor did not mention the name Eric Wrage as a "very personal friend of mine" when Dr. Proctor called the home of Sgt. Matt Powell on Monday threatening the life of Sgt. Powell.

There appears to be some type of campaign to get Attorney Wrage in some type of financial problem to possibly get him out of the city and county. It’s time that the local Judges stand up and answer the question why a qualified attorney like Attorney Wrage is being bypassed to assist indigent clients in favor of retired lawyers.

"Wrage committed the unforgivable sin, he (Wrage) let it slip out that he was thinking about running for Scioto County Prosecutor. Once he did that, they gutted him, and they won’t stop until he’s gone unless someone gets it out to the public what the courts are doing to him." stated the attorneys.

Are our courts clean? We’re going to watch and bring to our readers the daily appointments of counsel by the local Judges and you decide. Only the Judges and lawyers in the Prosecutors Office know for sure but they must answer to the voters.

The Sentinel tried to get comment from Attorney Wrage but all he would say was, "I'll make a statement in the near future about what's been going on and my future plans."

(Correction:  Dr. Lilly case was not handled by fromer Prosecutor Eric Wrage.  We apologize for this error.)






(posted 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 1, 2003)


New Boston Police had a deal with Munion. Does Judge Marshall know about it?

By Doug Deepe, Investigative Reporter

Tomorrow at 1:45 p.m., a woman is scheduled to be sentence to prison for 8 months by Judge William Marshall without all the facts being put before the Judge.

Sherry Munion, a New Boston resident, is being sentenced in criminal case number 02CR000885, for forging her signature on a check from children services. The only problem with this case is that Sherry Munion had an agreement with the New Boston Police Department to help with undercover work in drug cases in New Boston in exchange for New Boston dropping the charges against her.

Munion was instrumental in bringing around 10 drug dealers to justice. Munion was being represented by Attorney Eric Wrage but lost Wrage as her attorney when Scioto County Chief Prosecutor Randy Rumble forced Wrage off the case because Wrage had been an Assistant Prosecutor at the time Munion was indicted.

Munion is the same woman that Portsmouth Police Chief Charles Horner drug down to the Portsmouth Police Department in an attempt to get her to lie against New Boston Police Sgt. Matt Powell. Munion gave the New Boston Police Department a taped statement telling them that Chief Horner wanted her to lie on Sgt. Powell.

Munion has stated that she asked her attorney, Jack Young, to bring in the New Boston Police Sgt. Powell to testify and according to sources, Attorney Jack Young told Munion, "Isn’t Sgt. Powell in enough trouble."

The Sentinel was present at a meeting in New Boston when New Boston Mayor Jim Warren, Sgt. Matt Powell, Chief Darrell Clark, and Munion’s attorney Eric Wrage, each stated that New Boston had a deal with Munion that they would go to Scioto County Common Pleas Court for Munion. It appears that her new attorney, Jack Young, doesn’t want these individuals to give testimony for his client. Wonder why?

Portsmouth Chief of Police Charles Horner asked Munion to drop Attorney Eric Wrage as her lawyer and let his department go to the Judges and get her a new lawyer. Apparently, Horner got the help of Assistant Prosecutor Randy Rumble with that problem and now Munion is going to pay the price for telling New Boston about Portsmouth Police Chief Charles Horners offer.

Hopefully Judge Marshall will have the integrity and honor to ask Sherry Munion if she was offered any deals before he sentences her tomorrow and then ask her attorney, Jack Young, why he didn’t get the New Boston officials before him to testify prior to sentencing Ms. Munion.

People offering help to the police should remember this case. Their word is no good!


The Courts   


By Doug Deepe, Investigative Reporter

Sunday, June 22, 2003 at 9:25 p.m.

Angie Meddock of 1905 Robinson Avenue, Portsmouth, Ohio appeared in Scioto County Common Pleas Court on March 24, 2003 and pled guilty to three counts of trafficking in drugs, felonies of the 3rd degree. Meddock was allowed to go free on bond pending her pre-sentence investigation by the Scioto County Probation Department.

On May 7, 2003, Meddock appeared back in Scioto County Common Pleas Court, before Judge Howard Harcha III and Meddock was allowed to withdraw her three felony three guilty pleas. The court docket sheet in case number 03CR000153 states,

"Upon defendant’s (Meddock) motion to withdraw her guilty plea of 3/20/03; after hearing of arguments by counsel, the court finds said motion well taken & allows the defendant (Meddock) to withdraw her plea; this case is hereby dismissed; The defendant will plead to a bill of information in case # 03CR360.

On the same day, May 7, 2003, Judge Howard Harcha III, accepted a bill of information agreed to by the Scioto County Prosecutors Office allowing Meddock to plead guilty to 1 count of possession of drugs, a felony of the 4th degree, one count of deception to obtain a dangerous drug, a felony of the 5th degree, and one count of illegal possessing of drug document, a felony of the 5th degree.

Meddock was allowed to drop her guilty pleas of 3 felonies of the 3rd degree to 1 felony of the 4th and 2 felonies of the 5th degree.

Meddock was again allowed to go back out free while the Scioto County Probation Office did another pre-sentence investigation.

On June 3, 2003, Meddock’s attorney, Chris Gerard, filed a motion with Judge Harcha III, requesting that his client be allowed to enter into a drug treatment program in lieu of being sent to prison.

The court docket sheet does not indicate whether Judge Harcha III granted Meddock’s motion.

Meddock’s initial pleading of guilty, which was accepted by an "unknown Judge", (the Judges name on the docket sheet has been deleted) would have prevented Meddock from being allowed to enter into a drug treatment program; Meddock was facing prison time.

Judge Howard Harcha III was prepared to sentence Meddock in the original case on May 7, 2003 at 9:30 a.m., and had notified Attorney Gerard and Meddock to be in court for her sentencing.

So what could have transpired to get Judge Harcha III to let a woman drop her guilty pleas, after the taxpayers paid for the pre-sentence investigation, and to re-plead her case at much lower crimes? Only Judge Harcha III knows that answer.

The Sentinel is following up information that there may be a Dr. Crawford connection with this "sweetheart deal" and that information is coming together for another article. D D Sunday, June 22, 2003.



Released inmates, and other individuals, claim David Platt arrived back to the jail inebriated and telling of signing documents for a bail bondsman!

Platt was working at the Elks City Club

By Doug Deepe, Investigative Reporter

The Sentinel was contacted by two inmates recently released from the Scioto County Jail claiming that a work release inmate, David Platt, arrived back at the Scioto County Jail from his work release job for a private contractor at the Elks City Club in an inebriated condition. The released inmates further stated that Platt told them that he was given the alcohol from a bail bondsman in exchange for Platt’s agreement to file a complaint against another bondsperson. Carolyn Lykins, of Carolyn’s Bail Bonds.

The Sentinel contacted Scioto County Sheriff Captain Dave Hall about the allegations. Captain Hall investigated the matter for the Sentinel. Captain Hall stated that David Platt did arrive back to the Scioto County Jail from a work release detail unescorted but the supervisor on duty doesn’t recall smelling alcohol on Platt.

Carolyn Lykin’s stated to the Sentinel that she confronted Captain Dave Hall about Platt returning to the jail drunk. Lykin’s also says she told Captain Hall that she had information that Platt was given alcohol by a male bondsman who got Platt to sign a complaint against Lykin’s that could be used to get Lykin’s bail bonding license revoked or suspended. Captain Hall confirmed that this confrontation with Lykin’s did occur this week at the Scioto County Courthouse.

The Sentinel has made inquiry to the State of Ohio to inquire if a complaint was filed against Lykin’s and we will publish any information we receive as soon as it is available.  (Thursday June 5, 2003)


Open opinion letter to Aaron Triplett

In reference to your letter that was printed in the Community Common April 13, 2003,

in which you cast doubts as to the patriotism of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, and questioned their "ability to make it in the real world."

I am writing to share my opinion of the letter, and the author, with any and all who care to read it.

I’ll keep this simple in case your mind tends to wander, as your writing does.

Your use of crude four letter words is a disgrace to a man such as you, a man of letters.

As to our United States Military, I caution you. It is cowardly to condemn men and women more courageous than you are. You may even make enemies with such writings.

A dastardly deed, indeed, it is, to question the patriotism of our U.S. military personnel. and their ability,’ "to make it in the real world",

Retired U.S.A.F. Colonel Stephen Donohue is probably better known to you as acting Municipal Court Judge Donohue, and Shawnee State University Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel.

Colonel Donohue's record includes West Point Honor Graduate, fighter pilot with 200 combat missions in Vietnam, and second in command of the U.S. Air Force Academy at the time of his retirement.

Certainly you are aware of Scioto County Prosecutor Lynn Alan Grimshaw’s commission as U.S. Army Major. Major Grimshaw serves our nation today in a foreign land, far from home and hearth. He has answered the call to war.

Judge Walter Lytten, as a young man, served faithfully and honorably in the military.

To question the patriotism and ability, of these courageous military men, and tens of thousands like them, is a shameful lunacy on your part. What were you thinking?

All of your life, every day, every night, every hour and minute that you have been alive, the U.S. military has been awake, alert and ready to respond to any eventuality. They never sleep. The watch is always manned. They are there now, as they have been every single moment of your entire life.

The accomplishments of our military have earned them the right to be placed on pedestals. Go to Tracy Park and stand at the base of the pedestal with the statue of the soldier atop it. Look up and reflect, for many patriotic members of the Triplett family have served our nation with courage and honor. If you have missed your chance I’m truly sorry for you. But get over it. The glory goes to the soldiers and sailors, marines and airmen. The adulation is theirs, not yours.

In closing, in thinking of you, and your letter, I recall the words of war correspondent and poet Rudyard Kipling as he wrote in his immortal poem, "Tommy."

"Yes, makin’ mock o’ uniforms that guard you while you sleep

Is cheaper than them uniforms, an’ they’re starvation cheap;"

Sincere in every word:

Wally Leedom, reporter for Shawnee Sentinel (Posted 9:21 p.m. Tuesday May 6, 2003)

(Editors Note:  Wally served over four years with the U. S. Navy; he is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.)

posted Friday April 11, 2003 at 7:35 hrs.)  Joe  Griffith of  Lancaster, the lawyer who defended Eddie Ciraso is scheduled to be back in town in July.

Common Pleas Court Case 99CIA00020

Richard Spencer of 204 Fuert Hill Road


William K. Shaw, Jr. of 1306 Offnere Street

is scheduled for a three day jury trial on July 23rd, 2003 in the Scioto County Common Pleas Court before Judge William Marshall.

Mr. Shaw, an attorney, presently employed in the County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, has a reputation as a very able trial lawyer.  He has been representing himself in this case which was filed in September 1999.

Richard Spencer is represented by Attorney Joe Griffith of Lancaster, Ohio. Mr. Griffith is best known locally for his work in the Eddie Ciraso case. 

Attorney Joe Griffith defended Frank Edward Ciraso, Jr. in an action filed by Plaintiff Orland Leadingham in October 1997, in Scioto County Common Pleas Court.  

Mr. Leadingham, a sexual offender who is serving 3-15 years for sex crimes against juveniles, filed action against Mr. Ciraso, who serves as Scioto County Child Support Enforcement Chief, and against the Shawnee Sentinel newspaper and nine newspaper staff members claiming his reputation was damaged by articles written by Mr. Ciraso and published by the newspaper. 

The members of the Shawnee Sentinel acted as their own attorneys, and were able to get all claims against themselves and the newspaper  dismissed.

 Attorney Joe Griffith defended Frank Edward Ciraso; in a trial by jury in October, 2001. The jury awarded in favor of Orland Leadingham and ordered that Mr. Ciraso pay Mr. Leadingham $2,000.00 in damages.  Fees for the jurors amounted to $1,375.00 (Posted 7:35 p.m. Friday April 11, 2003)

  .  (2211 hrs,  Sun 9 Feb 03)

University News and Courtroom News:  (2:40 p.m. jan 21, 03)   Shawnee State University (SSU) Attorney Stephen P. Donohue is acting as judge of  the Portsmouth Municipal Court.

Mr. Donohue, a West Point honor graduate, served with the United States Air Force in combat in Vietnam.  He has been at SSU as legal counselor since 1994.  Judge Donohue was sitting on the bench today in the Municipal Courtroom that was

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