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12-10-03: Celina man and wife injured seriously in stabbings at home


A Celina couple remains under treatment at Dayton and Lima hospitals, where they were taken following a Tuesday night domestic dispute at their residence.
Jo Ann Fraizer, 39, a resident of Westside Mobile Home Community on Deford Street, was found lying in her front yard shortly after 7:32 p.m. with stab wounds to the chest.
Celina Police later located her 44-year-old husband inside the grey mobile home with what appeared to be self-inflicted stab wounds to the chest. Police declined to release his name pending the filing of formal charges, but neighbors identified him as Linzie Keith Fraizer.
The woman was taken by ambulance to Mercer County Community Hospital in Cold-water and later transported aboard a CareFlight helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. Listed in serious condition, she remains in the intensive care unit awaiting surgery.
Paramedics stabilized her husband at the scene before rushing him to Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. He later went by LifeFlight helicopter to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
“Keith had emergency surgery last night and is in critical but stable condition the last we heard,” Larry Braun, a brother-in-law told The Daily Standard this morning.
Neighbors were unaware of the dispute until they heard the couple’s youngest son, reportedly a high school freshman, screaming outside.
Police and deputies from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office descended on the scene, quickly filling the street. They initially surrounded the grey mobile home after learning the husband was still inside.
Police Chief Dave Slusser said officers took appropriate precautions but there was no standoff and the suspect did not communicate with authorities. Upon entering the mobile home, they found him lying on the bathroom floor.
After obtaining a search warrant, officers retrieved evidence, including a knife, from the trailer. Investigators spent nearly five hours at the location, which remains ringed with bright yellow crime scene tape.
Mercer County Prosecutor Andy Hinders is reviewing the case. Slusser expects formal charges to be filed early this afternoon.
This is not the first time police have been called for domestic disputes involving the Fraizers. Previous calls took place May 19 of this year and Oct. 20, 2001.
“The two oldest boys were here at my house Tuesday night,” neighbor Shirley Fontanini said. “The youngest was inside the Fraizer house when the dispute took place. The boys all ran out when they heard him.”
Fontanini also went outside and saw the injured woman on the ground clutching her chest. A cruiser pulled up and someone asked the officer to summon an ambulance. The wail of a siren seemed to follow on the heels of the request.
“Jo Ann was lying right there by Keith’s car (a Pontiac Grand Prix),” the neighbor said. “She seemed to be hurt pretty bad. It’s a darn shame because she is an awful nice woman.”
The women have been acquainted for a long time and reportedly took turns baby-sitting for each other’s children over the years.
“Jo Ann would do anything for anybody,” Fontanini said. “She is a hard worker who always held down more than one job to make ends meet.”
In addition to working third shift at Plastipak in Jackson Center, she also had a part-time job at East of Chicago Pizza.
Braun said his brother-in-law is unemployed at the present time. The couple’s sons are staying at his home and trying to come to grips with what happened.
“They are doing as well as can be expected,” he added. “None of us got much sleep last night.”


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