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gillings-wantedCLEVELAND — The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward for information which would lead to the capture of fugitive Everton Gillings, wanted by the U.S. Marshals and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office.

Gillings is wanted for kidnapping, aggravated burglary, and eight counts of aggravated robbery with a firearm, all stemming from an alleged home invasion that happened in September, 2012.

He is believed to be hiding somewhere in the Collinwood area and he also has a previous address near the 1400 block of Clermont Road in Cleveland.

Gillings, 20, stands 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

If you have any information in reference to Everton Gillings, please contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED or Text keyword WANTED and tip to 847411 (tip411)

Tipsters can remain anonymous and reward money is available.

Source: WKYC-TV

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Menendez (right photo) Boehm (left photo) 

Sarah Rae Boehm, a fourteen-year-old female teen, was described as a good student, cheerleader, and participated in her former school’s band.  The last time she spoke to her parents was 10p.m. on July 14, 1994, telling her that she was planning on staying at a friend’s house. She was reported missing less than 24 hours later to local law enforcement in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. Several months later, on November 4, 1994, Sarah’s remains were discovered in the “Berlin Reservoir,” located within a Ohio state park, Portage County, Ohio. This rural community in Ohio was located approximately two hours away from the victim’s home in Pennsylvania.

Additionally, Kathryn Menendez, another female teen victim, went missing on August 21, 1994, and her nude body was found several days later on an oil road near the “Berlin Reservoir.” Kathryn had been strangled to death. Both Sarah and Kathryn’s bodies were located approximately 1/2 mile apart in the same Ohio state park. Seventeen-year-old Kathryn was from Portage County, Ohio.

Information is being sought in both cases. Specifically, how Boehm from Pennsylvania ended up murdered in Ohio and information regarding the murder of Menendez. Investigators believe the two cases may be related. The FBI from both Pennsylvania and Ohio have been working closely with local law enforcement from Portage County, Ohio, as well as Beaver County, Pennsylvania.

KATHRYN MENENDEZ POSTER & SARAH RAE BOEHM POSTER

Photo of Ronald Post who is currently sitting in Ohio’s death-row

NOTE: The article posted below was written and published by Huffingtonpost in September, 2012. However, an updated article written and published by Dailymail.co.uk on November 9, 2012, which is titled “Doctor says 400lb death-row inmate is to fat to receive lethal injection” – can be found by Clicking here.

11/09/12, COLUMBUS, OHIO — A condemned Ohio inmate who weighs at least 480 pounds wants his upcoming execution delayed, saying his weight could lead to a “torturous and lingering death.”

 

Ronald Post, who shot and killed a hotel clerk in northern Ohio almost 30 years ago, said his weight, vein access, scar tissue and other medical problems raise the likelihood his executioners would encounter severe problems. He’s also so big that the execution gurney might not hold him, lawyers for Post said in federal court papers filed Friday.

“Indeed, given his unique physical and medical condition there is a substantial risk that any attempt to execute him will result in serious physical and psychological pain to him, as well as an execution involving a torturous and lingering death,” the filing said.

 

Post, 53, is scheduled to die Jan. 16 for the 1983 shooting death of Helen Vantz in Elyria.

A spokeswoman for the prisons department had no comment on the pending litigation.

Inmates’ weight has come up previously in death penalty cases in Ohio and elsewhere.

 

In 2008, federal courts rejected arguments by condemned double-killer Richard Cooey that he was too obese to die by injection. Cooey’s attorneys had argued that prison food and limited opportunities to exercise contributed to a weight problem that would make it difficult for the execution team to find a viable vein for lethal injection.

 

Cooey, who was 5-foot-7 and weighed 267 pounds, was executed Oct. 14, 2008.

In 2007, it took Ohio executioners about two hours to insert IVs into the veins of condemned inmate Christopher Newton, who weighed about 265 pounds. A prison spokeswoman at the time said his size was an issue.

 

In 1994 in Washington state, a federal judge upheld the conviction of Mitchell Rupe, but agreed with Rupe’s contention that at more than 400 pounds, he was too heavy to hang because of the risk of decapitation. Rupe argued that hanging would constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

 

After numerous court rulings and a third trial, Rupe was eventually sentenced to life in prison, where he died in 2006.

Ohio executes inmates with a single dose of pentobarbital, usually injected through the arms.

Medical personnel have had a hard time inserting IVs into Post’s arms, according to the court filing. Four years ago, an Ohio State University medical center nurse needed three attempts to insert an IV into Post’s left arm, the lawyers wrote.

 

Post has tried losing weight, but knee and back problems have made it difficult to exercise, according to his court filing.

 

Post’s request for gastric bypass surgery has been denied, he’s been encouraged not to walk because he’s at risk for falling, and severe depression has contributed to his inability to limit how much he eats, his filing said.

While at the Mansfield Correctional Institution, Post “used that prison’s exercise bike until it broke under his weight,” according to the filing.

 

Source: Huffingtonpost

Pictured; Ray Frank Gricar – Missing From Pennsylvania

Ray Gricar is a missing person from Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, United
States. Gricar was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, but moved to Pennsylvania In 1980 and attended State College. After a brief stint as an assistant district attorney, Gricar was elected district attorney of Centre County later that year. He was re-elected four times before announcing that he would not run for re-election in the 2005 campaign. Sadly, Gricar didn’t get to enjoy his ”golden years”. In  2005, Gricar went missing in what is considered a ”suspicious” disappearance.

On the morning of April 15th, 2005 Ray Gricar called his girlfriend and told her he was going to go for a ride in his vehicle which was a red and white mini cooper automobile along Route 192 in Penn’s Valley.

Gricar’s live-in girlfriend began to get worried when he wouldn’t answer his cellular phone and when he failed to come home that day, she went ahead and called authorities.

His vehicle was found in Lewis-burg, Pennsylvania, near the Susquehanna River, the following day (4/16/05) abandoned in a parking-lot. His possessions were found inside his car which included his cell-phone and laptop with his cell phone inside. Those who knew Ray Gricar immediately feared the worse. Searches were conducted, tips and leads were followed, yet the missing man was never found.

Police conducting searches days after Gricar went missing

According to the FBI website, Ray Gricar may also use the names Ray Lange or Ray Gray. He has ties to Ohio and California.

Centre County authorities declared Ray Frank Gricar legally dead on July 25th, 2011. Over 6-years after he was last seen alive.

Lara Gricar, Ray’s adopted daughter, had petitioned the court to declare him dead so his assets could finally be distributed. Lara has long refused to speak to journalists and lives in Washington state, which has made people assume there own theories.

Pictured; Ray’s adopted daughter, Lara Gricar

A internet user wrote:

”If it was my family missing I would be speaking to every journalist and writer that would give me a chance. I wouldn’t just go and petition to declare him dead so I could collect.”

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Description; Ray Gricar was born on October 9th, 1945. A Caucasian male with brown, graying hair, green eyes, about 6” feet-tall, weighing approximately 170-pounds at the time of his disappearance. He was last seen wearing a blue fleece jacket, jeans, and tennis shoes.

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Bellefonte Police – # 814-355-1501 Or write to them: 236 West Lamb Street, Bellefonte, PA, 16823.

You can also submit a tip at to the FBI by clicking the link provided and click on Ray Frank Gricar’s missing poster; http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/kidnap/