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Greene County Sheriff's deputies on Friday, Nov. 8, arrested Yellow Springs native Zyrian Atha-Arnett, 26, on a charge of murder and another of felonious assault.

Local man arrested on murder charge

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A Greene County man with family ties to Yellow Springs and who attended Yellow Springs Schools is in the Greene County Jail this weekend on charges of murder and felonious assault.

Zyrian Atha-Arnett, 26, who lives on Hunter Road in Enon, was arrested by Greene County Sheriff’s deputies Friday, Nov. 8, and booked into the county jail, where records show he is waiting arraignment on the two felony charges.

Called Friday night and again Saturday morning, sheriff’s department spokespeople said they had no additional information to share publicly at this time. A message left with the detective’s unit has not been answered.

Yellow Springs resident Eric Clark, the father of homicide victim Leonid “Lonya” Clark, said Friday night that a victim’s advocate with the county informed him in a phone call about 8 p.m. that Atha-Arnett had been picked up and was being arrested as a suspect in his son’s death. He said Sheriff’s Capt. Sean Magateaux called him soon after with the same information. Magateaux was not on duty when the News called for comment.

Lonya Clark’s body was found April 12 along the Little Miami River in Glen Helen Nature Preserve, near the bridge on Grinnell Road. Reported missing Feb. 6, the well-known local man was last reportedly seen Jan. 13. Based on wounds to Clark’s body, the sheriff’s office determined his death to have been a homicide.

Atha-Arnett went through Yellow Springs Schools and was in the same grade as Clark, who graduated in 2011, though it does not appear that Atha-Arnett graduated with his class. His father, Stacy Arnett, was a longtime business owner and manager in town, and his uncle, Tony Arnett, held seats on the Yellow Springs School Board and Village Council before moving to Wisconsin over a decade ago.

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