Highway in Kirkersville may be renamed to honor slain police chief

Steven E. Disario and wife Aryn Disario, Contributed from family
Steven E. Disario and wife Aryn Disario, Contributed from family

A stretch of highway U.S. 40 may be renamed to honor the Kirkersville police chief who was gunned down in an alley behind a nursing home in the early morning hours of May 12.

The Ohio Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday in favor of a bill to rename the portion of U.S. 40 that passes through the Village of Kirkersville the “Steven Eric DiSario Memorial Highway.”

DiSario, a part-time police chief in the small village, was killed by a single shotgun blast as he got out of his cruiser. DiSario, 38, had been on the job for three weeks. His sixth child — a daughter — was born the day after his funeral in May.

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The shooter, Thomas Hartless, 43, also killed his ex-girlfriend Marlina Medrano, 46, and her co-worker Cindy Krantz, 48.

Hartless died by suicide inside the Pine Kirk nursing home. Hartless was released early from jail in April without a formal hearing, according to a review of court documents on how authorities handled a domestic violence case against him in Licking County.

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Hartless had a history of violence and had been convicted of multiple assaults, including against Medrano.

DiSario’s in-laws live in Huber Heights.

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