Ross Grand Jury: Robber Shoots TV, High Speed Chase

The Ross County Grand Jury returned 15 of their 16 cases Friday, with 6 open.  

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Two men were indicted for a home invasion that involved gunshots and a pursuit in the East Side of Chillicothe. 

According to the Ross County Prosecutor's Office, the homeowner on Madison Avenue reported a burglary in-progress September 20th, where the robbers yelled that they were police, and one shot a television two or three times. 

Chillicothe police caught up with the two men driving away, where one threw a gun out the window, before they were stopped at Monroe and 4th streets. 

44-year-old Michael L. Clifton of 111 Infirmary Lane, was indicted for aggravated burglary, failure to comply, tampering with evidence, and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.  He could get more then 17 years and $35,000 in fines. 

45-year-old Jessie L. Neukirchner of Frankfort was the passenger, and was indicted for only aggravated burglary. 

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A stolen car and a high-speed chase ended with a slap in the face...and capture. 

According to the Ross County Prosecutor's Office, on the evening of September 17th, a woman awoke at the home of a mutual friend with 24-year-old Patrick L. Thomas of 266 Elm Street, to find that Thomas had taken her cell phone and car. 

After he was stopped at 7th and McArthur, Thomas took off and reached speeds of 60 miles an hour on city streets while headed on Eastern Avenue to US 23.  He lost control on the on-ramp and then fled on foot...only to hit his face on a tree branch, where he was found entangled. 

For an indictment for failure to comply, he could get up to five years and a $10,000 fine. 

Thomas said he fled because he knew he was going to jail anyhow. 

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