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Annual Report 2014
Overview
In 2014 the Clark County Prosecutor's office indicted, and prosecuted, 810 felony cases in Common Pleas Court.  As part of these prosecutions, our office forfeited in excess of $443,000 from criminals. In addition, our Diversion Program accepted 36 felony cases, of which 21 cases were completed by the end of the year.  The Diversion Program successfully recovered $52,894.92 in restitution for victims of crime, and also cleaned graffiti at over 335 sites around the county.  In Juvenile Court, we prosecuted 1,244 new delinquency cases, as well as 173 adult contributing to the delinquency of a minor cases, and 476 traffic cases.  In addition, we prosecuted 205 dependency temporary custody cases, and 25 permanent custody cases.  The Clark County Prosecutor's office also assisted in the collection of approximately $5,086,000 in delinquent real estate taxes, as well as the representation of 31 County agencies, 10 Townships, and the County schools.

Community Awards/Involvement
Food Pantry Handout
The Clark County Prosecutor's office preparing to hand out food pantry fliers.
The members of the Clark County Prosecutor's office went door to door to distribute fliers notifying residents in the area of the Good Samaritan Outreach Center, one of the highest crime neighborhoods in Springfield, that the Second Harvest Food Bank would be there that weekend handing out free food.

In 2014 the Prosecutor's office also set up a heroin web site for the Clark County area with the assistance of a grant from the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Clark, Greene and Madison Counties.  The web site can be seen at http://www.letsfaceheroin.com/clark/  and is an effort to inform the public of the dangers of heroin in all socio economic groups, all races, and all areas of the county, both city, and rural.  The web site is another tool that can be used by the office, and anyone else in the county, when speaking to groups about the dangers of drug use, and also provides residents with resources to contact for treatment, or assistance with family members and friends. 

crime night
Crime Night 2014 participants
Members of the Prosecutor's office also participated in crime night, along with the Ohio Highway Patrol, Springfield Police Department, and Ohio Criminal Investigation's Unit.  Crime Night focuses on saturation patrols in Springfield's highest crime neighborhoods that will help to reduce crime in the areas by not only leading to apprehending the criminals that evening, but also fostering relationships between the residents, and law enforcement.  This relationship will hopefully lead to a larger number of crimes being reported, and a greater participation in the investigations, and trials that follow.

Criminal Division
In 2014, the Clark County Prosecutor's office indicted 810 new felony cases.  In addition, the Prosecutor's office handled 52 appeals arising out of felony convictions.  Some of the criminal cases prosecuted in 2014 are listed below.

James Quinn
James E. Quinn, 50 was found guilty on March 25, 2014, and sentenced to 20 years in prison for two counts of domestic violence, one count of kidnapping, and one count of intimidation of an attorney, victim, or witness in a criminal case.  The charges stemmed from Quinn striking his 77 year old mother in the face, causing her to crawl out of her bedroom window, where she called police from a neighbor's house.  Quinn fled the scene, and returned several hours later to her residence, where he forced her from the residence in her nightgown, repeatedly threatened to kill her, and struck her in the head numerous times with the heel of his hand.  Quinn's mother escaped by running to a store employee when Quinn stopped at a local store in the early morning hours of December 14, 2013.

Lisa Blevins
Lisa Blevins, 55, had been employed as a bookkeeper for the Kreider Corporation.  Over the course of at least the past 10 years (records went back to January of 2003), Lisa Blevins stole money from Kreider.  She wrote checks out to herself, and to pay many of her bills, including credit cards, mortgages, car loans, cell phone, and electric bills, as well as many bills for her children.  In a trial lasting approximately five weeks, over 7,000 exhibits were introduced.  With help from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation analyst Patrice Lamblez, the Prosecutor's office was able to visually depict the paper trail for the judge.  Blevins was convicted on all counts, and sentenced to 8 years in prison.  The restitution figure was over $1.7 million. 

Mark Edward
Mark Edward, 44, was engaging in sexual relations with a 14 year old victim.  In February of 2014, Edward fled with the victim shortly before his trial was started.  The story made national headlines and was on a 24 hour scroll on TV.  Edward, and the victim, were located in Springfield, and he was taken into custody after a three day search.  Edward was convicted of 7 counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Robert Walden
Robert G. Walden, 48, pled guilty to attempted murder on June 30, 2014.  Walden was sentenced to 11 years in prison, the maximum penalty for this charge.  Walden took a knife, and cut his ex-girlfriend's throat in two different areas just hours after he was served with a protection order prohibiting him from entering into her residence, or coming within 500 yards of her.

James Burkitt
James Burkitt, 49, pled guilty to a third degree felony OVI, and was sentenced to 7 years in prison.  On May 14, 2014, Burkitt was found slouched over at the intersection of John Street and South Limestone Street in the City of Springfield, later proceeded through the intersection, and failed to use his turn signal while turning on to Clifton Avenue.  The officer approached Burkitt and discovered vomit on him, along with a strong odor of alcohol, slurred speech, and blood shot eyes.  Burkitt was too intoxicated to complete field sobriety tests, and it was later discovered that he has had six previous OVIs since 1996.   

Zachary Fife
Zachary Fife, 25, plead guilty to three counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, and was sentenced to nine years in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.  On September 6, 2013, on Old Columbus Road passed another car in a marked "no passing zone" on a blind hill.  As a result of his recklessness, he caused a head on collision with a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction, which resulted in the deaths of Angela M. Smith, Charles C. Kerr, and Andrew T. Stewart, and serious physical harm to the passenger in his vehicle, Megan A. Perkins. 

Ryan Dillon
Ryan Dillon, 27, brutally beat his mother to death and hid her body in the cellar beneath her Middle-Urbana Road home in May of 2012.  After he cleaned up the crime scene, he stole a truck and fled to Wisconsin, where he was arrested by local authorities.  The case came to trial in January of 2014.  After a week and a half of testimony, Mr. Dillon was convicted of Aggravated Murder, and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.