BLANCHESTER —Four teens and the adult guardian of one were all charged in the wake of a fight in Blanchester, according to police.
At around 10:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 7, Blanchester police responded to a report of a fight in the 200 block of East Fancy Street, where Ptl. Sarah Luken spoke with two teenagers there, a boy, 13, and a girl, 16, according to a press release from Police Chief Scott Reinbolt.
“The 16-year-old showed obvious signs of being assaulted,” said Reinbolt. “The girl reported she had been assaulted in the back yard of the residence by two teenage girls, but that the assailants had fled.”
He said an investigation was opened and over the next week, officers interviewed several individuals and obtained pieces of information from internet social media.
The investigation identified the others involved as a 16-year-old Jamestown girl and a 17-year-old Midland girl, Reinbolt said, and the investigation further produced evidence indicating that the 16-year-old Blanchester girl and the 16-year-old Jamestown girl argued over boys on social media, specifically Facebook.
“During the argument, the Blanchester girl invited the Jamestown girl to her house to fight. Much to her eventual chagrin, that was an invitation that the Jamestown girl readily accepted, immediately traveling to Blanchester with the Midland girl,” said Reinbolt.
“A fight, which was video and audio recorded by the Midland girl, who also provided running and offensive commentary, then took place in the back yard … with the 13-year-old boy watching. The 13-year-old wore a gas mask while watching the melee and made reference to having a handgun, a claim which the evidence did not substantiate.”
The case was forwarded to Clinton County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Moyer for consideration of appropriate charges, Reinbolt said, and Moyer’s office approved the filing of charges of delinquency by reason of disorderly conduct against the three teenage girls and the 13-year-old boy.
His office also approved the filing of a charge of contributing to the delinquency of minors against Virginia Ehling, 56, of East Fancy Street, Reinbolt said; she is the guardian of the 16-year-old Blanchester girl, who was already on probation through the Clinton County Juvenile Court prior to this incident.