Killer of three had his­tory of vi­o­lence

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

Court records show that the man au­thor­i­ties say gunned down an Ohio vil­lage po­lice chief and two nurs­ing home em­ploy­ees had a his­tory of vi­o­lence, in­clud­ing against the nurse who was among the slain.

The sus­pect, Thomas Hart­less, 43, was found dead in­side Pine Kirk Care Cen­ter.

Nurse Mar­lina Me­drano, 46, nurse’s aide Cindy Krantz, 48, and Kirkersville Po­lice Chief Steven Eric DiS­ario, 36, were killed in the Fri­day at­tack.

State and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties said Satur­day that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was con­tin­u­ing and that they had no new in­for­ma­tion to re­lease.

Spokes­woman Jill Del Greco, of the Ohio at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice, said in­ves­ti­ga­tors had more in­ter­views planned and will fo­cus on learn­ing more about the con­nec­tion be­tween Hart­less and Me­drano.

Au­thor­i­ties have said they had been in a re­la­tion­ship.

Records show that Me­drano had ob­tained civil pro­tec­tion or­ders against Hart­less. Hart­less was re­leased from jail in April af­ter his lat­est do­mes­tic vi­o­lence case in March.

State prison records show he served eight months in 2010 for the 2009 ab­duc­tion of another woman.

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