Arrest made in area slaying

GREENSBORO, N.C. – A Warren man is being held in North Carolina on a murder warrant in connection with a stabbing death last week in Warren Township.

Patrick Lawson Heltzel, 20, 3230 Atlantic St., was served warrants late Friday on first-degree murder and larceny charges. He remained in Guilford County Jail in North Carolina on Saturday. Extradition is pending.

An affidavit obtained by the Tribune Chronicle on Saturday states that Heltzel was being sought in connection with the killing of Milton A. Grumbling III, 71, whose body was found Thursday in his 4464 Kincaid East Road N.W. home.

Grumbling had been stabbed, including multiple wounds to the heart, according to the affidavit. He also had facial fractures and broken dentures, and a broken remote control was lying beneath his face, according to the document filed late Friday by Trumbull County assistant prosecutor Christopher Becker before Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay.

Heltzel’s father, Larry Heltzel, had filed a missing persons report with Warren Township police on Wednesday, the affidavit states. Patrick Heltzel had taken his father’s car without permission, and claimed that he was “going to kill someone,” according to the document.

According to the document, cell phone records show that Heltzel had been in contact with Grumbling. Police were called to the house about 12:45 p.m. Thursday after a friend found Grumbling’s body on the living room floor.

Later, it was discovered that Heltzel was in the Greensboro area, where his mother lives, and that Heltzel told her he had “stabbed an individual in Ohio named Milton,” according to the affidavit. His mother called Warren Township police, who previously had contacted her in their search for Heltzel, the document states.

According to Lt. D.W. Knott of the Greensboro, N.C., police, Warren Township police alerted them at 8 p.m. Friday about a homicide suspect in a stolen car who may be in the area. Police spotted the car about 8:50 p.m., stopped it and took Heltzel into custody without incident, according to Knott.

The affidavit notes that Heltzel has a history of drug problems and mental issues.

Township police Lt. Don Bishop declined to comment on Saturday on the possible connection, saying that investigations were ongoing.

Grumbling had lived alone, but had been known to help disadvantaged individuals, especially youth, by taking them into his home for various periods of time, Bishop said.

Investigators believe someone had been staying with him recently.