Update: The Ohio Supreme Court ruled unanimously in a 7-0 vote to bestow upon the great douchewad Vince Stafford a one-year suspension. He will spend his new-found free time eating children. (Cleveland.com)
Four years ago we introduced you to the two-man wrecking crew of brothers Joseph and Vincent Stafford, the brash attorneys widely regarded by observers as the biggest dicks in divorce court (“Monsters of Misery Court,” April 26, 2006).
Among their patented moves: threats, intimidation, and the occasional fisticuffs. It’s all designed to make the joyride through a disintegrating marriage that much more fun for everyone involved.
But it appears their reign is facing a challenge: Vincent recently defended himself in a record-setting 22-day hearing before an Ohio Supreme Court disciplinary committee. He was accused of five counts ranging from trying to frustrate other lawyers, to tangling with his client’s ex-husband at a Browns game, to nearly driving a deadbeat husband to a killing spree.
Update: Donald Obermiller admitted guilt today in the murders of his grandparents and the rape of his grandmother. He initially tried to dismiss his attorneys, but after questioning by the three-judge panel allowed them to stay on, though they seemed dismayed by his guilty plea.
Donald Obermiller was already in custody for allegedly murdering his grandparents.
Today, the story got that much more disgusting.
A grand jury indicted him on charges of rape after DNA collected from his grandmother showed that he raped her before killing both her, and her husband.
Update: Darrel White has avoided jail time. According to 19 Action News, White pleaded guilty to "failure to provide for a functionally impaired person" and reckless homicide. He received five years probation.
In a story you probably don't want to catch up on if you're eating dinner soon...
Darrel White has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after ignoring his bedridden, sick wife while maggots feasted on her until she died.
Update: Both Max Torgerson and Darrin Karnik have been indicted. According to the Lorain Morning Journal:
Max Torgerson, 21, of Amherst, was indicted for two counts of compelling prostitution, three counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of importuning. Darrin Karnik, 18, of Lorain, was indicted for two county of compelling prostitution, two counts of importuning and a single count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
Police in Amherst are investigating a Max Torgerson, 21, and Darrin Karnik, 18, for allegedly filming and broadcasting themselves having sex with a 16-year-old girl on the internet.
Authorities say the mother of the girl involved contacted police on September 14 saying that the video involving her daughter was online.
While it appears the act was consensual, police believe that other minors may have been involved and that cash might have been exchanged.
Update: Jessica Gamble pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of corruption of another with drugs and tampering with evidence. In exchange for her plea, charges of child endangering were dropped. She'll be sentenced December 16 and faces 6.5 years in prison. (via WEWS)
In what might be the most disturbing video and news you'll see all day, police say Jessica Gamble, 21, gave pot to her two-year-old daughter and showed her how to smoke it.
Gamble, from the Cincinnati area, will be facing charges after someone else in the room at the time took the below video of the incident and turned the footage over to authorities.
Update: New bond for Jeffrey York has been set at $2 million. Yeah, that makes more sense.
Update: Jeffrey York is behind bars and that's where he's staying for the foreseeable future.
Bond was initially set at $250,000. York came up with the $25,000 necessary to get out.
He's been charged with two counts of rape, five counts of gross sexual imposition, six counts of endangering children, and more all because police believe he terrorized his family — wife and seven kids — for over ten years. Raping one of his daughters, keeping his family locked down in the house, and generally acting like a heinous human being. Original story below.
Some humble abodes just scream survivalist cult or backwoods Deliverance-style horror show, and that’s exactly what was behind the crumbled décor of this Madison Township residence, where Jeffrey York kept his family as hostages in their own home. According to the News Herald, the 47-year-old father of seven raped and abused his family for ten years before his wife finally contacted authorities.
Get ready to go all eww again.
Update II: Robert Grigelaitis has admitted to killing Andy VonStein, the Portage County realtor found dead in a house. Grigelaitis has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Update: Bond was set at $2 million for the murder suspect.
According to the AP:
Robert Grigelaitis, who was the subject of a nationwide search earlier this week after allegedly fleeing Ohio, had his bond set at $2 million.
Grigelaitis, 59, appeared briefly before Municipal Judge Mark K. Fankhauser in a video hookup from the jail.
Moments after the suspect was shown on the court's big-screen television, dressed in orange-striped jail clothes and sitting in a chair, Grigelaitis began the hearing by saying: ''Good afternoon, judge.''
He made no additional comments, except to acknowledge his next municipal court appearance, 9:15 a.m. Oct. 8.
According to Ohio law, he was not required to make a plea at the hearing and did not do so.
Andy VonStein was found murdered a little over a week ago. The Portage County real estate agent was shot to death inside a house he was showing.
The crime made national news. Inside Edition and others focused on the horrific nature of the crime and local real estate agencies instituted procedures to ensure that their agents wouldn't fall victim to similar assaults.
All the while, a national manhunt was underway for the suspect — 59-year-old Robert Grigelaitis.
Thankfully, authorities in North Carolina nabbed him.