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B5 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2019 | SPRINGFIELD NEWS-SUN | COMPLETE. IN-DEPTH. DEPENDABLE. LOCAL& STATE CRIME& COURTS Woman gets life for husband’s grisly killing She shot him in the back of the head, then cut up body. father’s body. The other parts are in the basement under two boxes in crates. Call the police and tell them I killed dad and stored his body. Don’t dig crates out let police do that. I killed him on June 13.” The son called 911 and investigators arrested Marcia Eubank later that day in a parking lot outside a nearbyWalmart, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Department. During an interviewat the Summit County Sheriff ’s Office, Eubank said she and her husband were arguing in the office of their home when she grabbed a gun and shot him several times in the back of the head, court documents say. Eubank shot 54-year-old Howard Eubank in his head June 13, 2017, before she cut up his body and placed his remains in storage bins throughout the home, court records show. Howard Eubank’s son, alsonamedHowardEubank, found the remains Dec. 9, 2017, at his parents’ home on Linda Drive in Coventry Townshipwhen he forgot his keys and climbed into a window to get into the house. He found a crate covered in maggots and flies and took it outside, police said. The son texted Marcia Eubank a photo of the rubber tote and asked what was inside, according to court documents. Eubank replied, “It is part of your of tampering with evidence and a fifth-degree felony of abuse of a corpse, Summit County Court of Common Pleas records show. Prosecutors had asked McLaughlin to impose a life sentence with parole eligibility after 22 years, “based on the vicious manner in which [Marcia Eubank] murdered Howard Eubank, the horrific steps she took after the murder, the deceitful actions she took after the crime to conceal her actions, and the great pain that she caused the family,” court documents say. Eubank’s defense attorneys asked for the lightest possible sentence of life with parole eligibility after 18 years. ByRobinGoist AdvanceOhioMedia A Summit County CourtofCommonPleasjudge sentenced a 50-year-oldCoventry Township woman on Friday to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 20 years in connection with the June 2017 death and dismembering of her husband in their home. Judge Kelly McLaughlin sentenced Marcia Eubank, 50, who pleaded guilty Dec. 21 to a special felony ofmurder with a firearm specification, a third-degree felony AKRON— Marcia Eubank, 50, was sentenced Friday to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 20 years for the death and dismemberment of her husband, Howard Eubank, in 2017. ADVANCEOHIOMEDIA IN BRIEF NEWFRANKLIN Mankilled, officer shotduringstandoff Aman died and a Barberton police officerwas hospitalized Friday after a domestic violence call that led to an eight-hour SWAT standoff in New Franklin. Charles Cook, 48, died Friday after hewas shot at a home, according to the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office. New Franklin police officers responded about 7 p.m. Thursday for a call about a domestic violence incident. Cook barricaded himself with a loaded gun inside a bedroom. After three hours of asking Cook to come out, officersaround10p.m. called in the Barberton area SWAT team, composed of officers from New Franklin, Norton and Barberton. Officers continued to talk with Cook, who refused to surrender. Around 3 a.m., Cook fired gunshots through the door and struck a Barberton police officer in both legs. SWAT members returned fire and shot Cook. Tactical medics treated both Cook and the officer at the scene, where Cookwas pronounced dead. Officer Brandon Watson, 36, underwent surgery and was in stable condition. Howard Hickman of Pickeringtonwon $1 million lastweek fromPublishers Clearing House. CONTRIBUTED Lebanon attorney Konrad Kircher has filed amotion to compel the RomanCatholic Diocese of Columbus to release information about clergymembers credibly accused of sexual abuse. Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Jeff Follmer said the conviction was extortion-related from more than a decade ago, but was unsure of the exact charge or circumstances. Follmer said the FBI notified the police department about the prior conviction. Simmons did not disclose the conviction in his application, the city said. Simmons graduated from the police academy Jan. 18. He was on probationary status on basic patrol until Friday, when InternalAffairs launched an investigation into Simmons’ background, the city said. on it, The Columbus Dispatch reports. Hickman, 64, is a member of the PCHVIP Elite loyalty program, indicating he enters the sweepstakes frequently. His advice to other sweepstakes players who have entered and haven’t won yet: “Keep entering. Persistence pays off.” What will he do with the $1 million? After paying taxes on the cash, Hickman plans to take a vacation to Australia and buy his dream car. Hickman is the second Columbuswinner inasmany years for theNewYork-based direct marketing company best known for the sweepstakes and Prize Patrol that promote magazine subscriptions. THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH FILE PHOTO CONTINUINGCOVERAGE Lebanon lawyer seeks info on abusive priests » » Diocese said it would release list but hasn’t done so. LOOKING FOR HELP COLUMBUS Anyonewhomight have experienced sexual abuse by clergymembers orothers associatedwith the church is encouragedby theRomanCatholic DioceseofColumbus to contact lawenforcementand the diocesanVictims’ Assistance Coordinator at614-224-2251or866448-0217, or at [email protected] org. Forms for reporting abuse are available in Catholic parish and schooloffices and canbe accessed fromthe diocesanwebsite: www.columbuscatholic.org. Lawyerwon’t talk aboutrashofdeaths ByDanaeKing A lawyer for an Ohio doctor under investigation in connection with dozens of hospital deaths says they’re waiting to receive records from the hospital as local authorities reviewthe matter. Attorney Richard Blake said Friday itwould be inappropriate for him to discuss details about Dr. William Husel’s situation. TheColumbus-areaMount Carmel Health System says it found the intensive care doctor ordered potentially fatal doses of pain medicine for at least 28 patients. Husel was fired in December. Some families are questioning whether hospital employees wrongly used drugs to hasten patients’ deaths. Husel and the hospital face at least 14 wrongfuldeath lawsuits, including one filed Thursday over the February 2015 death of 75-year-old Emma Bogan. Mount Carmel publicly apologized and put 23 other employees on leave. The Columbus Dispatch A southwestern Ohio attorney has filed a motion seeking to compel the Roman Catholic Diocese ofColumbus to release information about clergy members accusedof sexual abuse. The diocese said itwould publicly release a list of credibly accused clergy members in September, following a national trend, but so far it has not done so. Lebanon attorney Konrad Kircher filed the motion to compel discovery from the diocese in Franklin County CommonPleas Court on Friday. He is representing a former student at St. Charles Preparatory School in Bexley who said the late Monsignor Thomas Bennett, a St. Charles teacher for more than 40 years, molested him in the early 2000s. In hismotion, Kircher asks for all documents that refer to allegations of sexual contact, misconduct or exploitation by clergy from 1950 to present. The diocese has not provided the files, saying they are not relevant to the case, according to court records. Kircher said they are relevant because the Roman Catholic Church and the Catholic Diocese of Columbus have known of the problem of clergy sexual abuse of children. “My client was sexually molested in the school year 2002 to 2003. This is in the aftermath of all the revelations of the Spotlight series from the Boston Globe,” Kircher said. “Why I want these files is to show the church was aware of similar allegations yet failed to warn the public, failed to protect children.” The lawsuit, which originally COLUMBUS— CLEVELAND Manchargedin accidentalshooting WARREN Womanwhofled getslifesentence widespread child abuse in the Catholic churches in much of the state. The twoyear investigation found that more than 1,000 children had been sexually abused by over 300 priests. Since August, almost 50 dioceses and religious orders have publicly identified priests, and 55 more have said they plan to in the coming months, the Associated Press reported last month. In Ohio, the Steubenville and Youngstown dioceses already have publicly released the names of abusive priests, and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the Diocese of Toledo have posted information on their websites. Several other allegations that have arisen in the past year against former or current Columbus clergy members include: the Rev. James Csaszar, aNewAlbany priest who killed himself Dec. 20 following accusation that he had questionable communication with a child while serving in New Lexington in Perry County; the Rev. Pierre Albalaa, the administrator for Sacred Heart Church in Italian Village, who was accused in June of abusing a minor in California in 2004; and Sister Lisa Zuccarelli, a nun with the Dominican Sisters of Peace whotaught atFisherCatholic High School in Lancaster in the 1980s, whowas accused in July of sexually abusing a student 36 years ago. was filed on July 5, involves 30-year-old Kevin Heidtman, who said hewas sexually molested six times by Bennett while a freshman at the all-boys Catholic school. Two other people have come forward alleging abuse by Bennett since the suit was filed, Kircher said. The suitnames theRoman Catholic Diocese of Columbus, BishopFrederickCampbell and St. Charles. It does not name Bennett because he died in 2008. Heidtman, who has changed his last name since moving from Columbus, is listed only as John Doe. The diocese said it doesn’t comment on pending legal matters. Campbell said it was still compiling the list that the diocese promised to publicly releasewhen questioned at a news conference on Jan. 31, the day the Rev. Robert J. Brennan was named as the next bishop of Columbus. “We are in the final process of organizing that list,” Campbell said. Headdedthatthediocesan chancellor is looking back as far as 1868, when the diocese was formed. “We wanted to be very careful with it because of all the emotion, all the questions that will surround it.” Campbell gave no date for the list’s release at that time. Many dioceses across the country released information about accused clergy or pledged to so after a Pennsylvania grand jury report released in August uncovered AClevelandmanisaccused of accidentally shooting and killing a husband and father of six outsideNewWestTech High School. Cleveland.com reports Carlos Diaz-Reyes is charged with involuntarymanslaughter in theAug. 30 fatal shooting of Edwin Rios. The shooting happened about 8 p. m. outside the school. Diaz-Reyeswas holding a gun that went off, hitting Rios in the chest. Someone saw Rios holding his chest outside the school, put him in their car and drove RiostothenearbySunocogas station, where they flagged down a Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority officer. Rios was taken to MetroHealth, where he died. DiazReyes fled after the shooting. Diaz-Reyeswas sentenced in 2012 to three years in prison for aggravated burglary and domestic violence. He has also been convicted of carrying concealedweapons and unauthorized use of a car. A woman found guilty of killing her husband in Ohio and fleeing to her native Brazil in 2007 has been sentenced to life in prison. A judge on Friday told 54-year-old Claudia Hoerig she could be released after 28 years. Hoerigwas returned to the U.S. in January 2018 after Brazil’s SupremeCourt revoked her citizenship. She came back to Ohio to face charges that she shot 43-year-old Karl Hoerig, an Air Force Reserve member, at their Newton Falls home in 2007. Hoerig acknowledged killing him, but she says itwasn’t premeditated and that she had been abused. CLEVELAND Officerhadfelony convictioninNorway A newly hired Cleveland police officer is on restricted duty after officials found out he served prison time for a felony conviction in Norway, officials said. Cleveland.com reports patrol officer Shawn Simmons, 38, was placed on restricted duty after officials found out about an overseas felony conviction. Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia said overseas convictions don’t immediately showup on the department’s background checks. She was unable to say how the department learned of his convictions, orwhat that conviction was for. PICKERINGTON Ohioanwins$1MPCH sweepstakes Persistence paid off for Howard Hickman, who has won $1 million fromPublishers Clearing House. On Wednesday, the Publishers ClearingHouse Prize Patrol knocked on the door of Hickman’s home in Pickerington holding a giant-size check bearing Hickman’s name and the jackpot prize Ateary- eyedClaudia Hoerig, with her defense attorney John Cornely at her side, hears guilty verdict. She got 28 years in prison. WARREN TRIBUNE PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER PressReader.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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