Accused cannibal fell through legal cracks

Editor's note: This story contains graphic and disturbing material.Joseph Oberhansley walked into a Utah prison 14 years ago, a bullet lodged in his brain, and chose two words to tattoo across his back: "murderous deeds."It was a confession — maybe a warning — from a man who had killed his teenage girlfriend and would later slip through the system to be accused of butchering a Jeffersonville woman and eating her flesh."The system should have been paying attention, considering he has a history of extreme violence," said Jeremy Mull, Clark County's deputy chief prosecutor.Fifteen years before his confession to eating parts of Tammy Jo Blanton, Oberhansley gunned down his 17-year-old girlfriend in a meth-fueled jealous rage. He shot his own mother in the back, fired at his sister, then tucked his gun under his chin and pulled the trigger. A psychiatrist would write he'd given himself a "partial lobotomy."Oberhansley, 33, once told a parole board he believed the bullet in his brain calmed him. Some in his own family said it made him a monster, and relatives warned in Utah that he should be kept locked away.But set free on parole, Oberhansley arrived in Southern Indiana in July 2012. Within two years, he would be arrested twice. Still, his parole was never revoked and he walked out of jail both times despite his previous manslaughter conviction.By the time Oberhansley met Blanton this spring, his criminal trouble in Clark County had already started.He told Blanton about his past but he was vague, said her friend, Tonya Graham Davalos. He said he was just a kid when it happened and he had changed. She loved him."She was trying to give the man a second chance," said Blanton's father, Darry Harbin. He seemed at first like an ordinary guy; he helped Harbin build a deck. But her friends would grow suspicious.Blanton became withdrawn and wasn't allowed to see her friends, Davalos said. Oberhansley also added his name to her Facebook page to monitor her online Continue Reading

Mayor Fischer, Metro Council pleased with KFC Yum Center deal as talks turn to city’s part

Mayor Greg Fischer said Thursday the city feels better about approving a plan that will put the KFC Yum Center on a better financial footing.After a contentious discussion, the University of Louisville's board of trustees accepted a revised lease agreement that will dole out an additional $2.5 million per year toward the arena's construction debt over the next three decades.Under the plan, U of L Athletics has also agreed to relinquish control of all October dates, which would give arena officials at least 31 more opportunities to fill the Yum Center.Fischer said the Yum Center's partners — the city, state and U of L — have come a long way to reach this deal."It came together in a way that looks like it's going to work," Fischer said. "U of L has had a lot of deliberation over this made by very tough circumstances regarding the university." More on the Yum Center lease  U of L: University of Louisville trustees approve new terms of KFC Yum Center lease Athletics reaction: University of Louisville's arena deal is punishment for success, athletics board says Background: Source: U of L will offer to pay $75M more and give up dates in KFC Yum Center deal Arena Authority Chairman Scott Cox said the negotiations now turn to the city's portion of the deal, which involves forgoing making payments below the maximum amount of roughly $10.8 million."The city money is really the most important money to us because it is a triple A-rated municipality, and it gives us a much better opportunity to get the best credit rating on the new bonds," Cox said.In the original deal, signed in 2007, the city started off by making a minimum annual payment of about $6.5 million, which would have cost Louisville taxpayers $206 million over 30 years. If the city amends the arena ordinance and continues to make the maximum payments throughout the debt schedule, it Continue Reading

What’s next for Calvin Klein’s ex Nick Gruber after his drug bust: Rehab or reality TV?

Nick Gruber ’s career plans are suffering from a case of arrested development. A source close to the former boy toy of fashion designer Calvin Klein tells us Gruber was planning to move to California to pursue a future “in the entertainment industry” on Wednesday. That was until the 22-year-old former erotic model — who reportedly once appeared in a group-sex scene in the gay porn film “Next Door Buddies” — was busted early Tuesday morning for hiding cocaine in his underwear and pummeling a pal at his West Village penthouse. The shaken stunner was released from jail after bail bondsman to the stars Ira Judelson posted a $10,000 bond, and now our source says Gruber is destined for rehab. Gruber hails from Santa Rosa, Calif., and, we hear, still has family there, but another source close to the blond stud says he was headed West to pursue a better-clothed career in reality TV. According to the source, Gruber has been telling friends for months that he’s “working on a reality television show,” although it’s unclear whether there was any truth to his claims. On April 12, Gruber posted on his private Facebook page: “I have an audition for Big Brother at 12 noon. I hope i make the part.” Gruber has not left any subsequent posts indicating whether he got the gig, but a source familiar with the situation said that Gruber did show up “unsolicited at an open casting call” for the reality series on April 14, but did not receive a callback. Perhaps that’s why New Jersey college student Calvin Swint — allegedly on the receiving end of Gruber’s fist — confirmed Gruber’s reality-TV aspirations but seemed skeptical of them. Nick’s “got plans,” Swint said on Tuesday as he nursed a bruised eye. Then, in a mocking tone, he added: “You know, I have dreams, too. I want to be the mayor of New Jersey when I grow Continue Reading

Which play to see? Reviews of ‘Anything You Hear’ and ‘The Herd’

Valley theaters are taking a chance on new work, including a world premiere from a local playwright. Here are this week’s reviews in a nutshell.Great ★★★★★ Good ★★★★Fair ★★★ Bad ★★ Bomb ★ NEW REVIEWS:★★★★Stray Cat Theatre’s “Anything You Hear and Only Half of What You See” is sort of Quentin Tarantino Lite — but not in a bad way. The world-premiere play by Arizona’s own Ron Hunting doesn’t have all the gore and the F-bombs, but it revels in witty wordplay as it finds humor in the midst of lethal danger. David Weiss stars as George, an unassuming mailman who finds himself tied up in a warehouse to be interrogated by professional killers who need to know if he happened to have witnessed a murder while walking his route in the West Valley. In addition to the dark comedy, this is a story driven by plot twists, so we won’t spoil them here. But director Louis Farber and his cast do a fine job balancing laughs with genuine suspense, even though the youthful Ryan L. Jenkins is somewhat less than intimidating as the mysterious operatives’ dragon-lady boss. Most important, the climax delivers a hugely entertaining payoff. “Anything You Hear” goes out with a bang.Bottom line: There’s no deep social commentary, but it’s an edge-of-your-seat mystery with plenty of comic relief.Details: Reviewed Saturday, Nov. 26. Continues through Saturday, Dec. 10. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. $15-$30. 480-227-1766, The play is also the basis of a locally produced film, titled “Postmarked,” which will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at the Harkins Valley Art. More info at RELATED:  Playwright with ALS sees dream come true on the big screen★★★★If Continue Reading

‘Snooki & JWoww’ recap: What shows love better than getting your men lap dances from drag queens

On this week’s episode of MTV’s “Snooki & JWoww,” Jenni and Roger's relationship is put to the test, but there's nothing like a good drag queen show to bring a couple together. Last week, the pair got in a huge fight after Roger screamed at Jenni for lying to him about being sued, and Jenni is worried that her boyfriend will bail on the weekend the girls have planned for their men. She calls up Roger to see if he's still coming and they promptly start fighting again, leaving Jenni in tears. Roger does, however, show up after all. Though maybe it’s better if he didn’t, since the whole group is quiet and awkward until Jionni asks Roger for a fiber bar and instead Roger tosses him Jenni's NuvaRing birth control from the fridge. Confused, Jionni smells it, and everyone cracks up, breaking the obvious tension. The group then heads over to Lucky Chang's, a famous NYC restaurant with a drag queen show. Of course, the boys don't know this and get the surprise of a lifetime when they realize all the waitresses are really men in drag. "I just feel like they're so uncomfortable that it's causing me to smile," says Jenni, relieved that the mood is starting to lighten up. That's when Roger and Jionni get called up to the stage to get very graphic lap dances from two lovely performers. Snooki and Jenni can't stop laughing as their men's shirts get ripped off them by some very flexible drag queens. The next day, the girls go from striptease to family bonding when Jionni's parents invite Snooki's parents, as well as Jenni and Roger over for a big family dinner. This is the first time Snooki and Jionni's parents have met and they get along really well. After dinner, Roger and Jionni go downstairs to have a man-to-much smaller man talk about Jionni's impending fatherhood. Roger asks Jionni if he's ready to be a dad, to which Jionni responds, "Of course I'm ready." "That's an extremely naïve statement," scoffs Continue Reading

‘Teen Mom 2’ finale recap: Leah and Corey get married in giggly wedding; Jenelle gets arrested

It's the 90-minute season finale of "Teen Mom 2," and it's a doozy all right! Leah gets hitched, Jenelle goes to jail, Chelsea's daughter turns one year old, and Kailyn finally signs her custody agreement. LEAH Here comes the teen bride! It's the day before Leah and Corey's wedding and the pair decides to spend the night separately before saying "I do." Leah no longer has cold feet and is anxiously awaiting the big day. "Just a few years ago I was a cheerleader in high school," she says incredulously. "And BAM – I'm getting married." Meanwhile, Corey has very little prep to do for the wedding while his wife-to-be gets primped. "I got the diaper bag, the basket and my tux," he tells his friend as they drive to the wedding venue, he also gets a knife from his dad, which pa carried through the Gulf War. "It's not a fancy knife," he says. "But it means a lot to me." Jenelle in a recent mug shot. (Handout) Dad also gives the camo-clad Corey a photo of the two of them when Corey was a little boy, and tells his son how proud he is that he stepped up to care for his daughters. "Don't forget when you get home, you've got to carry her across the threshold," his dad adds. As the guests take their seats, Leah wipes away tears, and as she walks down the aisle, Corey starts crying as well. The "I do"s go smoothly until Leah gets to the "for richer or for poorer" part, at which point she starts cracking up and finishes her vows while holding back giggles. "We're frickin married!" cries Corey, after they are pronounced husband and wife. And, yes, Corey remembered to carry his bride across the threshold. JENELLE While Leah becomes a married woman, Jenelle ends up an incarcerated teen. We all knew this was coming, so here's how it went down … Mom Barbara makes it clear to Jenelle that she will not tolerate her continuing to date Kieffer, but even though the couple is fighting, Jenelle can't stay away from her bad boy beau and visits Continue Reading

After home life from hell, Darren McFadden racing to put past behind him

FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. - Blessed with 4.33 speed in the 40-yard dash, crazy fast for a 6-1½ , 215-pound man, Darren McFadden can run away from just about anybody. What he hasn't developed is the ability to walk away. Many NFL teams, including the Jets, will analyze that conundrum over the next four weeks as they prepare for the draft. Few will argue that McFadden is the most dynamic player on the board, but there are character concerns. Two years ago, he was involved in a vicious fight outside a nightclub that left his left big toe hideously dislocated, mangled so badly that it revealed the bone. Sobbing uncontrollably in the ambulance, McFadden called friends and relatives on his cell phone to apologize and vow that he'd never do anything that reckless again. But he did. There was another nightclub altercation in his hometown of Little Rock, where he was handcuffed, but not arrested, for "provoking aggressive behavior," according to police. The former Arkansas tailback has no criminal record, but his rowdy behavior, coupled with stories about illegitimate children and paternity suits, has prompted teams to dig into his background. They want to know: Superman or Pacman? To answer that question, go back. Go back to his neighborhood in Little Rock, one of the most gang-infested areas in the country. In 1994, HBO filmed a documentary, "Gang War: Banging in Little Rock." It was like a home movie for McFadden, who once shocked a junior-high teacher by pointing out people in the film that he recognized, some of whom were killed on the streets. Go back to the house on South Schiller Street, where two of Mini Muhammad's 12 children belonged to enemy gangs. One of her sons was a Blood, another a Crip. She says there were no conflicts in the house, but it took the phrase "sibling rivalry" to a new level. Go back to the master bedroom in the house on South Schiller. That is where Mini disappeared for hours at a time, behind a closed door, smoking crack. She Continue Reading

Kelly Clarkson searches for ‘Meaning of Life’; Bootsy Collins reboots funk

 What is the meaning of life?The answer, my friend, is bellowin’ in the wind on Kelly Clarkson’s new album.Beyond the ridiculously high-minded title of “Meaning of Life,” which is a mystery she actually doesn’t solve, Clarkson’s new release is a liberating blast of throaty soul from the first winner of “American Idol,” who has since transcended the implications of having been on a reality talent show.This is Clarkson’s debut on Atlantic as she (finally?) breaks free from RCA, and “Meaning of Life” is all about moving on from a bad relationship, even if in this case bad business relationships influenced Clarkson, who married manager Brandon Blackstock in 2013 and has since had two children.As usual, Clarkson, 35, thrives on bad blood. And on “Meaning of Life” she doubles-down as an empowering soul-belter, edging away from the pop and dance stuff and cutting loose with gutsy vocal deliveries. Consequently “Meaning of Life” is a bit exhausting, albeit rewardingly so. Clarkson boldly inserts herself into the robust title track with the revelation, “When you kiss me, I know who I am”; she gamely hops into the brassy/cheesy “Whole Lotta Woman”; and her emotional journey on piano-ballad “I Don’t Think About You” is a somber post-mortem on a breakup with the uplifting takeaway that “I love the woman that I became.”She’s also a perfect fit for the classic framework of the heartbreaking “Cruel” (“Am I supposed to close my eyes and fall asleep when you’re not home?”) and charmingly sly “Slow Dance” (about mutual seduction). Yet Clarkson sometimes struggles to shine in the trappings of overproduction, be it the unnervingly souped-up “Heat” that is incongruently about indifference or the over-trendy “Go High” that is lyrically inspired by Michelle Continue Reading

Your election guest columns

Here are essays by candidates for township, school board and other seats in Hamilton and Clermont counties on the Nov. 7 ballot. Besides these guest columns, the Community Press has also published online a compilation of election letters. You can find "Your Election Letters" at The deadline for election columns and letters in The Community Press was noon Oct. 19. Springfield Twp. residents deserve fresh leadershipCareer Trustee Joe Honerlaw has been a Springfield Township trustee for 21 years. What do we have to show for it, other than having the second-highest property tax and the worst roads in Hamilton County? He has voted 14 times to raise taxes, yet we are mysteriously $40 million behind in road repairs. Honerlaw claims to be a fiscal conservative, but even a tax-and-spend liberal would be more conservative.Under Honerlaw’s leadership, some cuts were made in anticipation of $2.5 million in state reductions to local governments. Now that the JEDZ tax has completely replaced those cuts, the township suddenly claims to be able to fix our roads, but something isn’t right. Where was that $2.5 million being spent before the state cuts? Certainly not on roads.Joe Honerlaw has become a career politician, having been an elected official for most of his adult life. He has failed at being a steward of our taxpayer dollars. We need new leadership that can save, invest, and spend our limited tax dollars efficiently and wisely.What about Mark Berning? Mark wrote a letter that was published in the Community Press on Nov. 2, 2011, asking residents to vote for him because the township “needs leaders with fresh ideas.” He portrayed himself as the candidate of change and said that we had “little change in management in the township in the previous 15 years” and that he wanted to “help with the change that is needed.”Ironically, after Continue Reading

Mob’s day for kissing, not killing

Each and every Mother's Day until he landed behind bars, mobster Jimmy "The Gent" Burke performed a sacrosanct ritual. Burke, the mastermind behind the $5.8 million Lufthansa heist immortalized in "Goodfellas," dropped a few C-notes on dozens of red roses from a Rockaway Boulevard florist. He then toured the homes of his jailed Luchese crime family pals, providing their mothers with a bouquet and a kiss. He never missed a year, or a mom. Burke's gesture was no surprise to his fellow hoodlums: Mother's Day was the most important Sunday on the organized crime calendar, when homicide took a holiday and racketeering gave way to reminiscing - often over a plate of mom's pasta and gravy. "These guys, they do have a love for their mothers," said Joe Pistone, the FBI undercover agent who spent six Mother's Days inside the Bonanno family as jewel thief Donnie Brasco. "They thought nothing of killing. But the respect for their mothers? It was amazing." So amazing, Pistone recalled, that Bonanno member Benjamin "Lefty Guns" Ruggiero once told him that the Mafia - like a suburban Jersey mall shuttered by blue laws - closed for business when Mother's Day arrived each May. No vendettas or broken bones. Just gift baskets and boxes of candy. "Absolutely," said mob informant Henry Hill, who described his old friend Burke's annual rite. "It's Mother's Day, you know?" The bond between gangsters and their mothers is more sacred than the oath of omerta and more complex than anything imagined by Oedipus. Pistone watched stone murderers suddenly grow misty when discussing their moms - or her meals. "They're not embarrassed to say how much they love their mother," said Pistone, author of the new mob memoir "Unfinished Business." "I can remember guys talking about cooking: ‘My mom made the best braciole.' Or ‘my mother taught me how to make this sauce."' No surprise there: The way to a made man's heart was often through his stomach, as many mob moms knew Continue Reading