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June 2009

Two ‘elderly’ women shot in Riverside

RIVERSIDE - Two “elderly” women have been taken to Miami Valley Hospital after they were shot Tuesday night, June 30, in a house in the 300 block of Lawver Lane, by a gun-toting man who fired into the residence as he fled, police Chief Mark Reiss said.

The women, whose names and ages were not released, are expected to recover, Reiss said from the scene of the incident that occurred about 9:30 p.m.

One of the women was hit in the shoulder, the other in the foot, when the gunman fired at the house when he was told to leave following an altercation, Reiss said. The man, believed to be in his 20s, had come to the house searching for the grandson of one of the women.

He got out of a green Jeep Grand Cherokee and argued with a man who lives in the residence, Reiss said. It was during that confrontation that someone was hit with a pipe and the gunman was told to leave. He fired as he drove away, Reiss said.

Dayton police have joined in the search for the vehicle.

Reiss said the altercation stems from an incident that occurred during the weekend involving the grandson the gunman was looking for. Reiss would not elaborate.


Medical tests delay possible charges in 12-year-old’s death

DAYTON - Investigators are awaiting a complete coroner’s report in the death of a 12-year-old boy killed in a hit-and-run accident more than two weeks ago before formally charging the vehicle’s driver, police said Tuesday, June 30.

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Antwonne McGinnis, 25

The driver, identified by Dayton police as Antwonne McGinnis, is in Montgomery County Jail on probation violations, but has yet to be charged in the death of DaQuan Sales.

Sales was riding his bike in the 300 block of Elmhurst Road the afternoon of June 13 when McGinnis crossed a double-yellow line and struck the boy, Lt. Larry Faulkner said.

McGinnis fled the scene, but later returned smelling of marijuana, Lt. Brian Johns said.

Police are awaiting toxicology results and a few other medical tests performed on Sales’ body, said Ken Betz, director of the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab.

Betz said the test results should be back within the next two weeks. Faulkner said it is then that his detectives will talk with Montgomery County prosecutors to discuss formal charges.

McGinnis, 25, has apologized to the Sales family and said it was an accident. He also offered to help pay for the boy’s funeral expenses.

He is in jail on $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on July 9 at 3:30 p.m.


Stabbing victims fought over broken mop

DAYTON — Two people were stabbed, another was hit by a baseball bat and several more were affected by sprayed Mace in the aftermath of an argument that began over a broken mop, police said.

Officers and medical personnel were dispatched to an apartment building at 1928 N. James H. McGee Blvd. at about 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, on the report of a stabbing. When they arrived, they found two stabbing victims, an adult female and a juvenile female, with non-life-threatening injuries, said Dayton police Lt. Robert Chabali.

Two people were stabbed and one injured with pepper spray at this apartment at 1928 James H. McGhee Blvd. on Tuesday afternoon, June 30. All three people were taken to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries according to Dayton Police Lt. Bob Chabali. Staff photo by Ty Greenlees

The initial investigation showed that the parties began an argument about a broken mop Monday night, and it escalated Tuesday. The adult female, who lives on the second floor of the building, apparently stabbed the juvenile female, who lives on the third floor, Chabali said.

The juvenile’s mother then apparently stabbed the adult female, Chabali said. During the fray, someone sprayed Mace that affected several more people, and another juvenile was injured by the baseball bat, Chabali said.

The action occurred inside both apartments and spilled into a grassy area outside the building facing North James H. McGee Boulevard, which brought a large crowd that continuing watching the medical and police response 45 minutes later.

Police are continuing to investigate what charges will come from the incident, Chabali said.


Woman detained for questioning in homicide case

DAYTON — Police on Monday evening, June 29, served a misdemeanor arrest warrant on a woman and they are interviewing her for information about a homicide that occurred this month.

The woman was arrested about 7:15 p.m. because of the outstanding warrant, said Dayton Lt. Brian Johns. She was taken to police headquarters downtown to be interviewed by homicide detectives before being booked into the Montgomery County Jail, Johns said.

Police believe the woman has information regarding the shooting death of Richard A. Pogue Jr., 22, of Clayton, who was shot and killed June 3 in a house at 1369 Kingsley Ave. Police said at the time that two suspects kicked in the door of the residence before robbing and shooting Pogue.

The suspects also robbed two others in the residence, police said.


Suspect upset over food accused of hitting man in head

DAYTON - You might recall the bizarre story last week of a man who hit another man in the head with a piece of wood during an argument over hot dogs and bologna:

The victim, 68, was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with life-threatening injures and homicide detectives were called to the 600 block of Rockford Avenue Thursday, June 25.

Herbert J. Boddie, 65

On Sunday officers found Herbert J. Boddie, described by numerous witnesses as the man who hit the 68-year-old, according to police.

Boddie, 65, was booked into the Montgomery County Jail at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday on a felonious assault charge and was to appear in common pleas court Monday afternoon.

Officers arrived Thursday to find the 68-year-old man on the front steps of a home, conscious but incoherent, the report stated.

Witnesses said a man fled on foot after striking the victim in the head. Boddie had been staying at the residence for a few weeks and returned Thursday to retrieve some food, the report stated.

The 68-year-old man came out to confront Boddie, who was arguing with another resident outside the house, the report stated. Boddie said he wanted his hot dogs and bologna back, the report stated.

Witnesses said Boddie became irate for no reason, picked up a “large” piece of wood and struck the victim in the head, knocking him in the air.

The 68-year-old victim recovered from the blow to head, police said.

A police dog attempted to track Boddie unsuccessfully. While at the scene, officers got a call from doctors who said the victim’s condition had been downgraded to life-threatening, the report stated.

Doctors discovered blood under the victim’s skull, which prompted his condition to be downgraded, the report stated. Officers notified the homicide unit, which responded to conduct an investigation.

Detectives combed the area and went to numerous businesses where the suspect allegedly hangs out, but came up empty, the report stated.


Drivers beware: New traffic laws take effect Wednesday

* CORRECTION (July 2): Information in this article regarding speed “transition zones” was incorrect when it stated they must be implemented where posted speed limits drop more than 20 mph. Governor Ted Strickland vetoed that portion of the transportation budget on April 1, citing unnecessary financial costs. *

This isn’t crime-related although you can get in trouble for not complying, so please read:

Starting Wednesday July 1 you must slow down or move a lane over if you see a tow truck or utility service vehicles on the side of the road.

The new traffic law is one of many folded into the transportation budget approved by the General Assembly in March.

Semi-trucks will also be allowed to travel 65 mph on rural interstates, up from the traditional 55 mph restriction.

Drivers must also turn on headlights when you turn on your windshield wipers in the rain. Warnings will be issued this year for those who don’t comply with the wiper law, but tickets could be issued in years to come.

But not moving over or slowing down for tow-trucks or utility service vehicles will cost you $300 plus court costs for first-time offenders. The second offense is a $500 fine.

The new laws are important for drivers to remember since the Ohio Highway Patrol is usually out in force on the July Fourth weekend.


Sheriff issues alert for hit-and-run driver

HARRISON TWP., Montgomery County - Sheriff Phil Plummer has issued a county-wide alert to law-enforcement agencies for a driver of a pickup truck who hit a motorcyclist and then fled the scene Monday morning, June 29.

Sheriff’s deputies are still at the scene of the accident near the intersection of Webster Street and Ottello Avenue as of 2:30 p.m., Capt. Jeff Papanek said.

Authorities said they are looking for a gray 2008 Chevy Colorado pickup truck with a “camper-like shell” on the bed of the truck. Reports are the driver carries a rifle in the truck.

The motorcyclist suffered severe injuries and he is listed in serious condition at Miami Valley Hospital, Papanek said.

Anyone who sees a truck matching that description is urged to call 333-COPS or 225-4357.


Man exposes himself to girls, gets beaten up

DAYTON - Two men apparently took justice into their own hands Sunday when another man accosted two girls and exposed himself to them, police reported.

Hector M. Amanza was intoxicated while walking in the 100 block of Clover Street about 10 p.m. when he grabbed the buttocks of a 12- and a 13-year-old girl, according to police.

Hector M. Amanza, 24

Amanza, 24, then exposed himself to the girls, police said. The girls told two men who then went looking for Amanza and found him walking in the 200 block of Perrine Street, police said.

Judging by Amanza’s Montgomery County Jail mug shot, you can imagine what happened. Police said the two men confronted Amanza and the three got into an altercation that resulted in Amanza being taken to Miami Valley Hospital.

The two men who confronted Amanza were not arrested, police said. Amanza faces misdemeanor charges of sexual imposition and public indecency.


Dayton police awarded grant for gun-violence program

DAYTON - The U.S. government is kicking in $500,000 to help a Montgomery County-wide program to reduce gun violence, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announced today, June 26.

Brown, a Democrat, claimed responsibility in securing the funds as part of a $2.6 million crime prevention/youth development package passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Biehl and his department are spearheading the Community Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence (CIRGV) program which began in November.

The program identifies members of violent groups who are then brought into a court room to discuss their actions. The program, among other things, sets out to serve as a warning to criminals that they are being monitored and their actions involving weapons will not be tolerated.


Police: Man Tasered four times in dog kennel

DAYTON - Officers Tasered a man four times Thursday, June 25, after he locked himself in his dog kennel and threatened to sick his dogs on officers, police said.

Officers responded to 112 E. Siebenthaler Ave. about midnight on an assault report, according to a police report.

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William A. Lainhart

A responding officer said the assault victim, William Lainhart, 41, became combative and the officer “dropped a 99” to dispatchers, meaning an officer in danger, the report stated.

Lainhart broke away from the officer and ran to his dog kennel, locking himself inside the fence, the report stated. Lainhart told police to get out of his yard and threatened to sick his dogs on officers if they didn’t leave, the report stated.

After Lainhart refused to come out, an officer jumped up a doghouse near the kennel and shot Lainhart with a Taser to prevent Lainhart from releasing his dogs, the report stated.

The Taser had no effect, but made Lainhart more “irate,” the report stated. Officers said Lainhart jumped toward the officer and kicked a fence, knocking the fence into the officer.

Lainhart then tried to punch the officer, the report stated. The officer avoided the blow and pushed Lainhart off the doghouse.

As Lainhart fell, another officer shot his Taser and that too was ineffective in getting Lainhart to surrender, the report stated.

A third Taser hit Lainhart in the chest and he fell to the ground. He tried to get back up, but surrendered when he was Tasered a fourth time. Officers went into the kennel and handcuffed him without further trouble.

Lainhart faces a felony charge of assaulting a police officer and misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.


Homicide detectives called after man returns for hot dogs

DAYTON - Homicide detectives were called to the 600 block of Rockford Avenue Thursday, June 25, to investigate what led to a man being struck in the head with a piece of wood.

Medics rushed the 68-year-old man to Miami Valley Hospital with what doctors later said were life-threatening injuries he sustained during an argument over hot dogs and bologna, according to a police report.

The victim’s condition had been upgraded to “fair” Friday morning, a Miami Valley spokesperson said.

Officers arrived Thursday to find the 68-year-old man on the front steps of a home, conscious but incoherent, the report stated.

Witnesses said a man fled on foot after striking the victim in the head. The assailant had been staying at the residence for a few weeks and returned Thursday to retrieve some food, the report stated.

The 68-year-old man came out to confront the assailant, who was arguing with another resident outside the house, the report stated. The assailant said he wanted his hot dogs and bologna back, the report stated.

Witnesses said the assailant became irate for no reason, picked up a “large” piece of wood and struck the victim in the head, knocking him in the air.

A police dog attempted to track the assailant, but results were negative. While at the scene, officers got a call from doctors who said the victim’s condition had been downgraded to life-threatening, the report stated.

Doctors discovered blood under the victim’s skull, which prompted his condition to be downgraded, the report stated. Officers notified the homicide unit, which responded to conduct an investigation.

Detectives combed the area and went to numerous businesses where the suspect allegedly hangs out, but came up empty, the report stated.

The assailant remains at large as of 10 a.m. Friday.


Public rally scheduled at market where owner was shot in face

DAYTON - Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer and other community leaders are holding a anti-gun violence rally at the scene of a recent shooting Saturday, June 27, at 1 p.m.

The event will be outside the Lexington Market at the corner of Rosedale and Lexington avenues, Plummer said.

“We aren’t going to stand for this kind of stuff anymore and we are going to make ourselves very visible to those responsible for all this nonsense,” Plummer said.

The market was the scene of gang-related robbery June 15. The store’s owner, Eid Sarama, was shot in the face about 11 a.m., police said.

Sarama is still recovering from his injuries, but it is unclear how much damage his face sustained. The suspect has yet to be caught.

Anyone with information is urged to call 333-COPS.


Northmont coach found with teen girl resigns

By Doug Page and Kyle Nagel

ENGLEWOOD —Loren P. Meadows, a Northmont High School teacher and coach, resigned Thursday, June 25, two days after he was arrested on resisting arrest and obstructing official business charges in Clinton County.

Meadows submitted his one-sentence resignation letter at 1 p.m.

Meanwhile, Englewood police chief Mark Brownfield said, “After our investigation, there are no indications of any crime begin committed in our jurisdiction.”

The investigation in Union, where Meadows lives, is continuing, said Lt. Steve Watern. Watern would not comment further.

Meadows, 35, was a social studies teacher, assistant football coach and head boys and girls track coach at Northmont.

Meadows was arrested shortly after midnight on Tuesday after Clinton County sheriff’s deputies found Meadows and a 17-year-old girl from Englewood both partially clothed in her car parked in a secluded area of Clarksville. Meadows struggled with deputies and was Tasered during the arrest.

During subsequent interviews with deputies, Meadows and the girl said they had a four-month-long sexual relationship that began while she was a student of his and a member of his track team. They denied that any sexual activity occurred in the car Tuesday.

Read more on the story by clicking here.


Sisters arrested for allegedly prostituting to buy birthday crack

DAYTON — Police arrested a pair of sisters on Wednesday, June 24, on charges of soliciting after they told police they were out on North Main Street trying to earn money to buy crack because one had a birthday the next day.

Yolanda D. Twitty, 42, and Carmen D. Harris, 44, were arrested at 7:15 p.m. after they allegedly offered sexual activity in exchange for money to an undercover Dayton police detective, according to a police report.

Yolanda D. Twitty
Carmen D. Harris

The detective first spotted the sisters along North Main Street, where they appeared to be arguing, the report said. Twitty then smiled at the detective, so he drove over to them and they got into his unmarked car, the report said.

Twitty then told the detective both sisters would perform sexual acts with him, but not the same time, the report said.

“We sisters,” Twitty said, according to the report. “We can’t do anything together.”

After their arrest, the sisters told police that Thursday, June 25, was Harris’ birthday and that they wanted to earn money to buy crack for the occasion, the report said.


Firefighter killed his two dogs before going on vacation

COLUMBUS - Sometimes there is just no explaining how senseless people can be:

The Columbus Dispatch reported today that Columbus firefighter David P. Santuomo was sentenced to 90 days in jail and must pay $4,500 for shooting and killing his two dogs in his basement.

David P. Santuomo, 43. Photo courtesy of The Columbus Dispatch

Santuomo, 43, did not want to pay to board his dogs before going on a cruise with this girlfriend, despite his neighbors offered twice to watch the animals, The Dispatch reported.

He wrapped the dogs’, Sloopy and Skeeter, bodies in plastic after killing them.

According to The Dispatch:

Santuomo in December laid a plastic sheet in his basement, tied the dogs to a pipe, partially suspending their bodies and shot them. He then disposed of them in a trash bin behind a fire station he was assigned.

A prosecutor said Santuomo “bragged” to his co-workers about killing the dogs. Someone then notified a humane society, which was the same place Santuomo adopted the dogs.

Santuomo still faces a disciplinary hearing with the fire department.

The judge also ordered Santuomo to write a letter of apology to a firefighters magazine and to Dispatch readers.


Anti-gun violence effort nets gang arrest

DAYTON — Officers and deputies from three area jurisdictions arrested three men on Tuesday, June 23, including at least one who is a gang member, as part of the area’s anti-gun violence initiative.

Jason H. Mackey, 18, Brandon C. Foster, 26, and Jamel M. Hoard, 26, were arrested on charges of carrying concealed weapons and having weapons under disability following a traffic stop in the 1900 block of West Grand Avenue, according to a police report.

Jason H. Mackey
Brandon C. Foster
Jamel M. Hoard

Officers on patrol as part of the Community Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence (CIRV) pulled over a blue SUV at 9:55 p.m., the report said. During a search of the vehicle, officers and deputies from the Dayton and Trotwood police departments and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office recovered a semiautomatic pistol underneath the removable portion of the center console, the report said.

Each man said he didn’t know why the gun was in the SUV, the report said.

One of the officers recognized Mackey as a member of a local gang. In 2003, he was convicted of felonious assault and sentenced to four years of confinement, according to court records.

Foster was convicted of forgery in May 2008, and Hoard has been convicted of carrying concealed weapons in 2007 and failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer in 2005.

Dayton, Trotwood and Montgomery County combined to initiate CIRV in November 2008 and modeled the program after others that have reduced gun violence in others cities, including Cincinnati and Indianapolis. Part of the effort’s focus is curbing gang violence and participation.


Main Street burglars get $90,000 in cash, phones Monday

DAYTON - Dayton’s burglary squad was busy Monday morning, June 22, investigating three incidents that resulted in nearly $90,000 in stolen cash and cell phones.

The biggest take was at the Marathon gas station, 1845 N. Main St. The owner arrived to open the gas station about 7:30 a.m. and reported $80,000 missing from safes in a back office, according to a police report.

Rodney S. Giddings, 32, burglary suspect

The owner told officers he was in a hurry the night before and forgot to lock the safes, the report stated. Video surveillance showed two males came through the roof of the station and put the money in a plastic bag.

The burglars were wearing dark clothing with white shoes, the report stated. The footage was too dark to give officers a clear look at the suspects.

Employees at the Cricket Wireless store, 3134 N. Main St., arrived Monday at 10 a.m. to find the building had been broken into and nearly $8,000 in cash and cell phones were taken, the report stated.

The store, owned by Amir Enterprises Inc., has an alarm that was activated about 3:30 a.m., but no one responded, an employee said, because they thought mice tripped the alarm, the report stated.

Police were not notified at 3:30 a.m. because employees did not want to pay a possible false alarm fine, the report stated.

Officers determined burglars cut the deadbolts on the store’s security roll-down doors and pried open the back door.

The store does have video surveillance but detectives were not able to view it at the time due to it being protected by a password, the report stated. The store’s owner has the password and was not immediately available.

There have been no arrests made in either of the burglaries, but Sgt. Dan Mauch said the incidents could be connect to the same burglars.

But thanks to a quick-acting witness there was an arrest in the burglary of the Shell gas station at 1 E. Stewart St.

Police said a passerby noticed Rodney S. Giddings, 32, trying to break into the station about 2:45 a.m.

The passerby called 911 and police arrived at the store to find Giddings inside, the report stated. Giddings busted a store window get in but did no other significant damage, the report stated.

Cigarettes were found on the floor of the store and a liquor cabinet had been disturbed, the report stated. The owner of the Shell station is the same owner of the Marathon station where the $80,000 was taken, Mauch said.

The owner of the stations has not provided anymore surveillance footage, Mauch said.

If anyone has details related to the burglaries they are urged to call 333-COPS.


Police awaiting medical evidence from weekend shooting death

DAYTON — Police are awaiting a Montgomery County Coroner’s Office autopsy report from a weekend shooting death before deciding whether to seek criminal charges against a woman they believe is the shooter.

Bobby J. Johnson, 22, whose address was listed in court records as 559 Evergreen Ave., was shot about 9:51 a.m. Sunday, June 21, in the 1600 block of Bancroft Avenue. Witnesses initially told police the shooter was a male, but the investigation has determined that the suspect was a female who had a domestic relationship with Johnson, Dayton Lt. Patrick Welsh said.

Johnson was shot four times in the abdomen and chest and was taken to Miami Valley Hospital where he died, said police Lt. Brian Johns.

Police have interviewed the suspect but have not made an arrest pending further evidence, Welsh said.

Johnson appeared in court Thursday, June 18, when he pleaded not guilty to charges of carrying a concealed weapon and having weapons under disability, according to Montgomery County Common Pleas Court records. Johnson also had been convicted of drug possession (cocaine), drug trafficking (cocaine) and aggravated arson since 2005.

Police are not trying to identify or locate any other suspects, Welsh said.


Miami Heat’s Cook to help cover funeral costs of boy hit by car

DAYTON - A Dayton native and NBA star has reached out to the family of DaQuan Sales and offered to help pay for some of the boy’s funeral costs.

Daequan Cook, a guard for the Miami Heat and Dunbar High School grad, contacted DaQuan’s family after reading in the Dayton Daily News that the boy idolized Cook and planned to attend his summer basketball camp next week.

DaQuan Sales, 12, killed Saturday while riding his bike on Elmhurst Road. Contributed photo.
Daequan Cook, was DaQuan’s idol and has offered to help his family pay for funeral services. Staff photo.

DaQuan was killed on Saturday during an apparent hit-and-run accident in the 300 block of Elmhurst Road. Police said the driver, Antwonne McGinnis, did not have a valid license.

McGinnis was arrested by U.S. Marshals on Tuesday for probation violations and is in the Montgomery County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond.

A prayer vigil for DaQuan is scheduled for tonight, June 18, in the 300 block of Elmhurst Road at 8.

Heat spokesman Michael Lissack said Cook was not available for comment Thursday, but said Cook is hesitant to talk about the gesture in order to keep the focus on DaQuan.

Cook’s Basketball Skills Camp for boys and girls will be held on Monday and Tuesday at Dunbar High School and Louise Troy Elementary School.

Cook is also planning to donate a yearly scholarship in DaQuan’s name for someone to attend his camp, Lissack said. Cook has also invited any of DaQuan’s family members to attend his camp for free.

DaQuan’s mother, Janelle Sales, said her son was a huge fan of Cook’s and idolized the NBA star. Cook and DaQuan’s family have been communicating throughout the week, Lissack said.

Cook, a former Ohio State University standout, is entering his third year in the NBA and has emerged as one of the Heat’s valuable offensive contributors.


Drug bust turns big when more buyers arrive

DAYTON — A drug bust netted five arrests on Wednesday, June 17, when two groups of buyers arrived at an apartment complex seeking heroin while officers had the alleged seller already in custody.

The Dayton police Special Investigations Street Crimes Bureau initiated a bust at the Mount Crest Court Apartment Complex, 500 Mount Crest Court, after receiving complaints about drugs sales in one of the apartments, according to a police report.

Robert DeVaughn Jr.
Charles L. Sanders
Richard J. Tudor
Elizabeth M. Rechenberg
Erica C. Buchanan

The five arrested were: Robert DeVaughn Jr., 29, the alleged seller; Charles L. Sanders, 24, who was inside the apartment and had outstanding warrants; Richard J. Tudor, 26, and Elizabeth M. Rechenberg, 30, who arrived together allegedly seeking drugs; and Erica C. Buchanan, 22, who later arrived seeking drugs, the report said.

DeVaughn was booked on charges of trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs, Sanders was booked for his outstanding warrants, Tudor was booked on a charge of substance solicitation, Rechenberg was booked on charges of permitting drug abuse and substance solicitation and Buchanan was booked on charges of possession of drugs, substance solicitation and possession of criminal tools, the report said.

An undercover detective first arrived at the complex at 7:55 p.m. and made contact with DeVaughn, who was sitting outside. After asking if the detective was a cop, DeVaughn went inside a nearby apartment and returned with a capsule containing suspected cocaine, the report said. The detective gave DeVaughn $20 for the capsule, and DeVaughn was then arrested, the report said.

During the arrest, DeVaughn said the officers, “I should have just walked away.”

Detectives then entered the apartment from which DeVaughn had emerged and found Sanders sitting on a pillow. Underneath the pillow, officers recovered a .357 Magnum revolver, the report said.

Police also found a .44 Magnum revolver and a shotgun while searching the apartment, the report said. Both handguns were found to the stolen, the report said.

During the bust, Rechenberg and Tudor arrived asking for drugs, the report said. Rechenberg told officers the pair had driven from Hamilton to buy heroin, and that it was the first time they had sought drugs since entering drug treatment together, the report said.

Shortly after, Buchanan arrived, also seeking heroin. She told officers to not arrest the woman who drove her to the complex because she was the one trying to buy heroin, and she showed officers multiple needle marks on both of her arms, the report said.

All five arrested were booked into Montgomery County Jail.


Mother of toddler doesn’t blame boyfriend for his death

DAYTON - The mother of a 2-year-old boy who died last week after suffering significant trauma to his midsection said she doesn’t hold herself or her boyfriend responsible for the toddler’s death.

Denise Stinson, 23, speaks about her son’s death to reporters Wednesday, June 17.
Malechi D. Wilson, 2
Mark A. Newberry, 45

Denise Stinson and roughly 30 others gathered outside in the 3500 block of Hoover Avenue on Wednesday, June 17, for a prayer vigil and memorial for her son, Malechi D. Wilson.

Malechi died at Children’s Medical Center at 8:46 p.m. on June 9 after police responded to home of Stinson’s boyfriend, Mark A. Newberry, at 910 Crestmore Ave. on a report of a child in duress, police said.

Roughly seven hours later, police arrested Stinson, 23, and Newberry, 45, who is not the child’s biological father, on charges of child endangering after they were taken downtown to police headquarters for questioning about 2:15 a.m. June 10.

“I don’t know if it was an accident or what it is I can’t say,” Stinson said. “I am just trying to do my best to get through this.”

Malechi’s death was ruled a homicide caused by blunt-force trauma to the abdomen, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. Coroner James Davis said he does not plan to change his ruling.

Police initially charged the couple with child endangering because they did not immediately seek medical attention for Malechi, who was in “obvious physical distress for a number of hours,” Lt. Patrick Welsh said.

County prosecutors would not approve charges related to Malechi’s death so Stinson and Newberry were released from jail on June 11. Prosecutors have instructed police to continue the investigation.

“I do not hold Mark responsible,” Stinson said through tears Wednesday. “I have talked to him (since Malechi’s death) and he is in the same condition I am. I can’t say what happened because I don’t know what happened.”

Malechi had been in foster care for less than a year before he was returned to Stinson in April, according to Montgomery County Children Services.

The department began a file on Stinson and Malechi in October 2007, and shortly after that, Wilson was placed in foster care, agency spokeswoman Ann Stevens said.

Stinson declined Wednesday to address issues related to Malechi’s foster care.

Welsh said detectives are still investigating Malechi’s death and expect to meet with prosecutors again to get charges filed against whomever caused the toddler’s death.

Stinson said Newberry wanted to be at Wednesday’s vigil for Malechi, but decided against showing up.

Malechi’s funeral is scheduled for tomorrow, but Stinson did not want to release any more details.

Bethsaida Missionary Baptist Church pastor Jesse Watson led Wednesday’s prayer vigil and urged everyone to pray for Stinson and Malechi. Watson placed his hands on Stinson and told her to put faith in God because “that is what it will take to get you through these days of sorrow.”

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Police chase robbery suspects near Salem Avenue

DAYTON - Police are chasing five people in a car about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday who are suspects in an aggravated robbery.

The chase lasted about five minutes near the Dayton View neighborhood before all five people in the car bailed out on foot near Malvern and Otterbein avenues, according to police.

Officers arrested one of the suspects, but are still looking for the other four. It is unclear what robbery the suspects are suspected of participating in.

Stay with for more in this developing story.


Convicted murderer found dead in apartment

COLUMBUS - The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that a man found dead in his Columbus apartment while a 4-year-old boy sat there alone was convicted of aggravated murder in Montgomery County in the 1980s.

Police identified Henry L. Reynolds Monday through fingerprints, according to The Dispatch. Officers arrived at the apartment Saturday after the complex’s manager was notified of a foul odor.

They found Reynold’s body and his 4-year-old son alive and alone. The boy was unharmed but was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital to be checked out.

It is unclear what caused Reynold’s death as the Franklin County Coroner’s Office said his autopsy was inconclusive, according to The Dispatch. There were no signs of foul play and toxicology reports are pending.

Reynolds was in prison from 1987 until 2002 after he was convicted on charges of aggravated murder and aggravated burglary in Montgomery County and a kidnapping charge from Cuyahoga County, the Dispatch reported.


Funeral services set for 12-year-old killed in hit-and-run

DAYTON - The family of the 12-year-old boy killed during a hit-and-run automobile accident Saturday, June 13, will hold a prayer vigil for the boy Thursday before burying him the next day.

Thursday’s vigil for DaQuan Sales will be at the scene of the accident in the 300 block of Elmhurst Road, his mother Janelle Sales said.

Funeral services Friday will be at 11 a.m. at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 2262 N. Gettysburg Ave. There will be viewing at 9 a.m. prior to the service.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service.

The man police said hit and killed Sales while driving without a license was arrested by U.S. Marshals Tuesday on probation violations.

You can read more about Sales’ death and Antwonne McGinnis’ apology for causing the accident by clicking here.


Employee robbed at Edwin C. Moses hotel

DAYTON — Two men wearing fake curly beards, hooded sweatshirts and masks covering parts of their faces robbed the Dayton Courtyard by Marriott at gunpoint on Tuesday, June 16, and fled with money belonging both to the hotel and the front desk clerk, according to a police report.

Police were dispatched to the hotel, 2006 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd., at 3:25 a.m. after the employee reported the robbery, the report said. The employee told police two males, one of whom held a handgun, entered the hotel and demanded money. The employee gave them $550 of hotel funds and $120 of his own cash, the report said.

The suspects then walked the employee out of the hotel and told him to walk east as they fled to the west, the report said.

Moraine police stopped a suspicious vehicle nearby when the driver matched the description of one of the suspects, but the driver was not taken into custody, the report said.

Police are continuing to search for the suspects.


Injured detective recovering as investigation continues

DAYTON — The Dayton police detective injured Tuesday, June 16, when he was dragged 30 feet by fleeing suspect’s vehicle is recovering at a local hospital while police continue to investigate the suspected theft of copper and brass.

Detective Jamie Bullens suffered road rash, broken ribs, multiple contusions and a possible broken shoulder following the incident at First Street Recycling Inc., said Dayton Lt. Patrick Welsh. Bullens remained in stable condition Wednesday morning.

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Detective Jamie Bullens, front, and his partner Jennifer Godsey rummage through scrapped metal at First Street Recycling last year.

Gregory Lee Walz, 53, was arrested shortly after 3 p.m. at the scene on charges of felonious assault and vandalism and for an outstanding warrant, according to court records.

Bullens arrived at the facility Tuesday after employees alerted him that a suspect who had redeemed possibly stolen materials the previous day had returned, Welsh said. Bullens attempted to interview Walz inside the building through which cars pass to drop off material and accept cash.

During the interview, Walz got back into his white Jeep Liberty and attempted to flee. Bullens, attempting to stop him, was dragged the 30 feet until the Liberty crashed into a cement wall outside of the building, Welsh said.

A recycling facility security guard used Bullens’ police radio to call for help at 2:58 p.m., and another police crew arrived to arrest Walz, who was still in his vehicle, Welsh said.

Police did not know Wednesday morning the details of the material Walz had in his Jeep, Welsh said, and detectives are continuing to investigate the possible theft.

Welsh described Bullens as a 20-year veteran who is the department’s expert on crimes involving recyclable materials theft. He is known throughout Ohio for his investigations of that growing segment of crimes, Welsh said.

Bullens, in fact, arrested a suspect on a charge of receiving stolen property at First Street Recycling just 11 days before his injury, according to a police report. The suspect was attempting to redeem material stolen from Dayton Power & Light, and facility management alerted Bullens to the suspicious action, similar to Tuesday’s incident, the report said.


Neon robbery likely not suspect’s first, police say

DAYTON — Police are searching for a suspect who they believe was chased out of a downtown gas station by a chair-wielding employee during a robbery attempt the day before he robbed The Neon theater on Tuesday, June 16.

Officers were called to The Neon, 130 E. Fifth St., at 8:40 p.m. Tuesday. An employee told police the suspect had entered the building and looked around the lobby, according to a police report. The suspect, described as a black male between 5 feet and 5 feet 2 and about 130 pounds with a shaved head, asked the employee if the place was a coffee shop and asked for the time, the report said.

The suspect then walked around the counter, acted as if he had a gun and demanded money, the report said. The employee never saw a gun and handed over about $125 in cash before the suspect fled, the report said.

Based on the suspect’s description, police believe he is the same man who attempted to rob the BP gas station at 1915 S. Main St. on Monday. The suspect in that robbery entered the building at about 7:15 p.m. and wandered around until the other customers left, the report said.

The suspect then walked around the counter and gestured to indicate he had a handgun tucked in his waistband. A gas station employee grabbed a chair and started hitting the suspect with it, and the suspect fled, even falling down in the doorway on his way out, the report said.

The employee gave brief chase before calling the police, the report said.


Detective taken to hospital after being dragged by vehicle

Blog updated Wednesday 7:16 a.m.

DAYTON - A Dayton Police detective conducting a field interview at First Street Recycling Center of a possible theft suspect was taken to a local hospital after he was dragged about 30 feet by the suspect’s car Tuesday, June 16.

Dayton police officer reported injured in incident at First Street Recycling in Dayton. Staff photo by Chris Stewart

Dayton police on Wednesday identified the wounded officer as Det. Jamie Bullens, head of the police squad charged with apprehending scrap metal thieves.

A security guard at First Recycling Center, 1321 E. First St., used Bullens’ police radio to call for help about 3 p.m., Lt. Patrick Welsh said.

Bullens was talking to a suspicious metal scrapper about some brass fittings and copper pipes he was trying to cash in when the suspect jumped into a white Jeep Liberty and tried to take off, Welsh said.

Bullens was dragged about 30 feet before the suspect crashed the Jeep into a concrete wall, Welsh said.

The suspect was still in the Jeep when more officers arrived and was arrested.

Employees at the recycling center said the suspect was there Monday and hocked some suspicious metals for cash, Welsh. The same man arrived in the Jeep Tuesday and that’s when they called the detective to investigate.

Stay with for more information.


Man suspected in fatal hit and run arrested on unrelated charges

DAYTON - U.S. Marshals from the SO-FAST task force arrested the 25-year-old man suspected of hitting and killing a 12-year-old boy Saturday.

Antwonne McGinnis was arrested at his grandmother’s home at 315 Whitmore Drive this morning, June 16, about 11:15 a.m., Marshals spokesman William Taylor said.

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Antwonne McGinnis,

“He was not arrested for the fatal accident, but for warrants of probation violations,” Taylor said.

Taylor said his office received arrest warrants for McGinnis from the Montgomery County Probation Office just before 11 a.m. this morning.

Court records show warrants for McGinnis arrest were issued for violating his terms of probation related to 2008 convictions for disrupting a public service and having weapons while under disability.

Taylor said he saw a story and picture of the 12-year-old boy’s relative on the front page of the Dayton Daily News today and made the decision to drop his other cases to arrest McGinnis.

“That picture was enough to tug at anyone’s heart strings and for the safety of the community we decided we needed to lock him up as fast as possible,” Taylor said. “We had 20 other warrants to serve but we dropped everything to work this one.”

McGinnis has yet to be charged by Dayton Police for the death of DaQuan Sales. Detectives are still finishing up their investigation before presenting charges to the county prosecutor’s office, Lt. Larry Faulkner said Monday.

“We are extremely happy and it’s definitely a breath of fresh air,” said Janelle Sales, DaQuan’s mother. “He should have been taken off the streets at the scene.”

McGinnis was driving without a valid license Saturday when police said he hit Sales and left the scene of the accident before returning a short time later.

Police said McGinnis smelled of marijuana and they are awaiting blood test results to determine if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

You can read more about Saturday’s fatal hit-and-run by clicking here.


Officer jumps from behind tree to surprise man at shooting

DAYTON - The first officer to respond to a 22-year-old woman shot in the chest inside her apartment Monday, June 15, had to take cover behind a tree when he saw a man walk out of the complex carrying something under a green towel.

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Demetrius D. Knight, 24

Officer Ryan T. Halburnt was waiting for backup to respond to the shooting at 228 Niagara Ave. about 4:30 p.m. when he noticed Demetrius D. Knight, 24, holding what was later found to be marijuana packaged for sale, according to a police report.

The woman is expected to recover from the shooting, which police and residents at the complex said was drug related. You can read more about the shooting by clicking here.

But before medics arrived to help the woman, Halburnt noticed Knight look both ways down the street before walking away from the apartment, the report stated.

Knight then walked toward the street and when he got 30 feet from Halburnt, the officer appeared from behind the tree and ordered Knight to drop whatever was wrapped in the green towel, the report stated.

Officers later determined Knight had 45 grams of marijuana packaged in baggies of different sizes, the report stated. Knight told Halburnt he was going to sell the baggies for $2, $5 and $20 a piece.

Knight is not a suspect in the shooting, but faces a felony drug trafficking charge. He was taken to Montgomery County Jail and is scheduled to appear in court at 1:30 p.m. today.


Driver who hit and killed 12-year-old not under arrest

DAYTON - The 25-year-old man behind the wheel of a car that hit and killed a 12-year-old boy isn’t and never was under arrest, according to police.

Investigators with the traffic division of the Dayton Police Department needs time to reconstruct the scene, check out the vehicle and interview witnesses, Lt. Larry Faulkner said Monday, June 15.

Daquan “Day-Day” Sales died from significant trauma to his head, spine and neck after he was hit while riding his bike in the 300 block of Elmhurst Drive Saturday afternoon, according to the Montgomery Coroner’s Office.

His death has been ruled an accident, Coroner James Davis said.

“From our standpoint it has been ruled an accidental death, but that has little bearing on what the (county) prosecutor’s office intends to do,” Davis said.

The police are considering Sales’ death a vehicular homicide, according to the police report.

Faulkner said Prosecutor Mathias Heck wants a complete investigation done before his office considers any criminal charges against the drive. Faulkner did say the driver was given a blood test to determine if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident.

“It’s going to take us some time to wrap up the investigation,” Faulkner said.


Employee shot in face at local supermarket

Scene of the shooting

DAYTON - Police are looking for a light-skinned black male in a white T-shirt and black shorts who shot an employee of a local supermarket in the face during an attempted robbery.

Police are not releasing the name of the 53-year-old victim, but said he is expected to recover after being shot in the cheek.

Officers responded to the Lexington Supermarket, 801 Lexington Ave., and found the man conscious, but bleeding from the face.

He is in serious condition at Miami Valley Hospital, according to police.

Surveillance video capture the shooting, but the quality of the video was not good enough to get good look at the suspect, Lt. Patrick Welsh said.

Police searched for the shooter, described to be in his 20s and above 6-feet, weighing about 230 pounds. A police dog searched the area around the store but could not track the shooter’s scent.

Photos from the scene

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call 333-COPS.


Officer assaulted by woman exposing herself at bloodbank

DAYTON - Police swarmed the Dayton Community Blood center just before noon Monday, June 15, after an officer responding to an indecent exposure call radioed she was in danger.

Drivers in the 300 block of South Main Street called police to report a woman exposing her breasts to people outside the blood center, according to police.

When the female officer arrived, the woman attacked the officer and had to be subdued with force, police said. It was unclear if the woman was Tasered, but the female officer asked for a supervisor to come to the scene.

The female officer received minor cuts during the disturbance.

The woman was taken to Montgomery County Jail but was later removed by Dayton Fire Department medics to be taken for a mental evaluation, investigators said.

The woman’s age and identity are unknown.


Police: Deceased man was not beaten outside local bar

DAYTON - The death of a 23-year-old man who claimed he was beaten outside a downtown bar is being considered a drug overdose and not a homicide, Lt. Larry Faulkner said.

Christopher L. Haddix was found dead about 6 p.m. in the 900 block of Creighton Avenue Thursday hours after he was released from Miami Valley Hospital, Lt. Brian Johns said.

Haddix said he was beaten by several assailants outside Hammerjax, 111 E. Fourth St., about 3 a.m., Thursday, but hospital doctors found no signs of an assault, according to Miami Valley Crime Lab reports.

Haddix was released from the hospital about noon and his girlfriend came home about 6 p.m. and found him dead, Johns said.

An autopsy ruling is still pending as the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office waits for toxicology test results, crime lab director Ken Betz said.

Haddix does have a history of abusing prescription and street drugs, according to the coroner’s report.


Man suspected of starting fire in hospital emergency room

DAYTON - Police arrested a 36-year-old man at Grandview Hospital on Saturday, June 13, on charges he set his hospital bed on fire with a lighter.

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Christopher Jervis, 36, arrested for allegedly setting hospital bed on fire

Officers arrived at Grandview about 8 p.m. to find a burned hospital bed outside and staff trying to restore order in the hospital’s emergency room, according to a police report.

Nurses said Christopher Jervis was intoxicated and set his bed on fire, the report stated.

Huber Heights medics transported Jervis to the hospital earlier that day after he was found passed out in some weeds along a road, the report stated.

Doctors said Jervis was given medication that could make him drowsy, but the man became belligerent instead, the report stated.

Jervis asked if he could smoke in his room and was told he couldn’t by a nurse, the report stated. Jervis’ room was then locked, and he told nurses he set the fire because “it was the only way to get the door open,” according to the report.

Jervis faces an aggravated arson charge and could be charged with additional crimes, according to police.


Man accused of posssessing drugs in car, house, sweatshirt

DAYTON — Police arrested a man Wednesday, June 10, after they found 1.3 pounds of marijuana and cocaine hidden in his car, house and hooded sweatshirt following a traffic stop.

Shawn D. Daniel, 26, was arrested on a charge of possession of drugs at 6:40 p.m. after officers first stopped him for speeding in a 25 mph zone and failing to stop at a stop sign, according to a police report. Daniel told police he did not have a driver’s license, and during a search officers found $1,210 in cash in his jeans pocket and a large bag with 450 grams of marijuana in his car, the report said.

Shawn D. Daniel

In continuing to search the car, officers also found another 28.3 grams of marijuana in a baggie and a digital scale containing cocaine residue, which led detectives to obtain a search warrant for Daniel’s home, the report said.

At the home, officers found a plastic shopping bag containing cocaine residue in a trash can outside, a baggie containing 27.7 grams of cocaine in a bedroom closet, a baggie containing 3.3 grams of marijuana in a hooded sweatshirt in the same closet and a bag containing 98.2 grams of marijuana in a living room closet.


More questions than answers in murder-suicide

HARRISON TWP., Montgomery County - Montgomery County sheriff’s investigators said they still have many unanswered questions surrounding the murder-suicide of a husband and wife on June 4.

Special Investigations Maj. Scott Landis said Wednesday, June 10, that detectives still aren’t sure if William P. Gunsauley Jr., 62, or his wife Carol Gunsauley, 57, pulled the trigger. A small semiautomatic handgun was found near his body, the sheriff has said.

They were found dead in their home at 5285 Cypress Drive by their 16-year-old grandson who had been mowing the lawn, Landis said.

Detectives have not determined the motive behind the shooting, but continue to speak with family members about the deaths, Landis said.

“All the evidence still points to a murder-suicide and we are waiting on the (Montgomery County) coroner’s office to tell us who pulled the trigger,” Landis said. “It’s a bizarre incident and we still have a lot of questions to answer.”

You can read more about the shooting by clicking here.


Will city experience mass exodus of officers?

DAYTON - Police officers and firefighters were no doubt celebrating to state Supreme Court’s ruling today that basically said the city cannot force its employees to live within the city limits.

But now that they can live where they want, will they leave the city?

Based on my conversations with a few officers and firefighters, some will leave. But for the most part those living within the city limits will stay. Believe it or not these servants are loyal. They rip the city, city officials and the city’s school system but they are peace officers for a reason.

The one thing they don’t like is being told where they have to live. It’s the principle of the matter for the rank and file.


Police arrest alleged burglar

DAYTON — Police have arrested a man who is accused of burglarizing a house last week when the occupant walked in on the attempt and scared the suspect and a partner away when the occupant screamed for help.

Ronnie E. Falls, 22, of Dayton was taken downtown for questioning Tuesday, June 9, and then arrested on a charge of aggravated burglary at 2:40 p.m., Dayton Lt. Patrick Welsh said.

Ronnie E. Falls

The victim, 28-year-old Vernell Parks, told police she returned to her home in the 1600 block of Chapel Street on Friday, June 5, after a trip to a nearby United Dairy Farmers store and discovered an unknown car in the driveway. Parks walked in and discovered two men apparently in the process of a burglary, Welsh said.

Parks was able to give police a description of the getaway car and license tag number during her 911 call, Welsh said. A police lieutenant spotted the car Tuesday morning and alerted detectives, who picked up Falls a short time later, Welsh said.

Parks also picked Falls out of a photo lineup, Welsh said. Police do not know the motive for the incident, and they continue to search for the other suspect, he said.

“(Falls) is known to the department as being involved in theft-related offenses,” Welsh said.

Falls was convicted of burglary and drug trafficking (cocaine) in 2005 and sentenced to five years of community control on both charges, according to court records.


Memorial service shooter indicted on murder charges

DAYTON - A man police arrested for shooting at mourners attending a memorial service last month has been indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury on murder charges related to another crime.

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Theron Lewis, 23
Keith A. Watson, 26

Theron E. Lewis, 23, entered a not guilty Tuesday morning, June 9, in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court to charges that he killed Isaac Gibson in a gang-related shooting at a cookout/memorial service for Thomas Tom-Tom Watson in April.

You can read more about Gibson’s shooting death by clicking here.

Lewis was indicted on June 4 on two counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault and three counts of having weapons while under disability.

Keith A. Watson who was at Tom-Tom Watson’s memorial was also indicted on one count of having weapons while under disability. Watson entered a not guilty plea to the charge on Tuesday.

Detectives said Lewis shot Gibson after the two men exchanged words at the cookout.

Lewis, who also goes by “T.Streets,” and Keith Watson, the self-proclaimed “Hooskal King” are members of a loosely organized subgroup of the Dayton View Hustlers, a gang rooted in the Dayton View neighborhood.

Dayton police said Lewis weeks later fired shots at mourners attending a funeral service for Raymond “Byrd” McDaniel. Lewis was targeting a man he believed was involved in Tom-Tom Watson’s shooting death, authorities said.

Lewis has yet to be indicted on charges related to that shooting.

Lewis is in the Montgomery County Jail on a $1 million bond and Keith Watson is being held on $100,000 bond.

Their next court appearances are scheduled for June 23.

You can track the status of all homicides in the area this year and those in 2008 by clicking here.


Man who shot woman in face gets 8 years in prison

DAYTON - Mynequa Warren kissed her 4-year-old son as the man who shot in her in the face while the boy sat on her lap was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday, June 8.

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Gregoryon Williams, 18

Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Timothy N. O’Connell said Gregoryon Williams decision to shoot Warren during what O’Connell called a game of “Russian roulette” was “horrible all the away around.”

O’Connell, however, did agree with Williams’ attorney Mike Pentecost that the felonious assault charges should be merged, allowing Williams to skirt the 24-year maximum prison sentence he could have received.

Williams must serve at least three years of the sentence in prison before he is eligible for release.

Williams, 18, of 36 Gordon Ave., was to go on trial June 1 on two counts of felonious assault and one count of being a felon in possession of a weapon. He pleaded guilty to all charges on May 26.

Williams nodded to his family and girlfriend as Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies removed his handcuffs before Monday’s sentencing.

He softly and briefly apologized to Warren and her family, but never mentioned her by name.

Dayton police originally said Warren was shot on Jan. 8 at the DeSoto Bass public housing complex during a game of Russian roulette, though police and assistant county prosecutor Mary Montgomery later said Williams shot Warren.

Williams unloaded five of the six bullets from the gun pointed it at Warren, while she and another woman pleaded with Williams to put the gun down, according to police. Williams pulled the trigger three times while holding the gun about two feet from Warren’s face.

The gun fired on the third pull, the bullet nearly severing Warren’s thumb, shattering her jaw and knocked out four teeth, Montgomery said. Warren’s son was on her lap the entire time.

The boy was not harmed, although he was covered in his mother’s blood when police found him.

Warren, 17 at the time of the shooting, was friends with Williams, Montgomery said. The prosecutor said the shooting stemmed from a disagreement over a man that was inside the apartment.

Warren nor Williams’ family spoke after the sentencing. Pentecost was also unavailable for comment.


Bank robbery suspect shows up at jail

DAYTON - The man Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer said robbed a Fifth Third Bank in Harrison Twp. turned himself in at the county jail just before midnight Sunday, June 7.

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Drew Martin Jr., 23

Drew Martin Jr., 23, was wanted on an aggravated robbery charge after he allegedly walked into the bank in the 5700 block of North Main Street on May 20 at 10:30 a.m., jumped over a bank teller counter and instructed clerks to empty their cash drawers, Plummer said.

A teller managed to put dye packs with the money which did explode, marking the bills, Plummer said. Martin was allegedly laundering the bills, exchanging them for coins, according to investigators.

Martin faces two felony counts: one for aggravated robbery and another for tampering with evidence. A court date has not been set.


Officer uses iPhone to identify reckless driver

DAYTON - There’s no “app for that” but a Dayton Police sergeant applied his own police training and used an iPhone to identify a reckless driver early Monday, June 8.

Sgt. Mark A. Ponichtera was patrolling the 1400 block of South Smithville Road when he noticed a 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass driving 64 mph in a 35 mph zone, according to a police report.

Ponichtera used his portable spotlight to get a look at the driver, he said in his report. Ponichtera followed the car which turned onto Woodbine Avenue and clocked the Cutlass driving 50 mph in a 25 mph zone, the report stated.

Ponichtera tried to pull the vehicle over, but the driver accelerated to about 80 mph, the report stated. Ponichtera ended his pursuit when it became too dangerous for other drivers and pedestrians, the report stated.

But minutes later Ponichtera witnessed the driver running on foot and found the Cutlass abandoned on Northdale Road. Ponichtera searched the vehicle and found the driver’s iPhone on the floorboard of the car.

Ponichtera found the driver’s name in an e-mail, along with several pictures of the driver saved on the phone.

Ponichtera let dispatch know and broadcast was made with the driver’s identity and description. Police are still searching for the driver, who has a criminal history and is known to police.

Police impounded the Cutlass.


Girlfriend of homicide victim gets gun put to her head

DAYTON - The girlfriend of a recent homicide victim was robbed at gunpoint Saturday, June 6, after she tried to do her own investigating of her boyfriend’s death.

The 47-year-old woman told officers responding to the prayer vigil for Michael Jordan in the 200 block of Fountain Avenue that she walked around the neighborhood just after midnight “trying to get answers” surrounding Jordan’s death, according to a police report.

Jordan, 46, was gunned down on May 31 near Fountain Avenue during an apparent robbery while trying to buy some marijuana, Dayton Lt. Brian Johns said. You can read more about the homicide by clicking here.

Jordan’s girlfriend said she did not believe homicide detectives were making enough progress in finding Jordan’s killer and she wanted answers.

The woman said she approached a group of men to find out what they knew about Jordan’s death and they told her to go behind apartments in the 200 block of Delaware Avenue.

There, the woman said a man pulled out a large, black handgun and put it to her head, the report stated. The gunman took her purse, the report stated.

The gunman told her not to come back and to stop asking question’s about Jordan’s death, the report stated.

“He said give me one reason why I shouldn’t kill you,” she told officers. “(He) told me I would be next if I didn’t shut up about Mike.”

Jordan’s girlfriend was not physically harmed during the altercation and provided a description of the gunman, according to police. Anyone with information about Jordan’s death or the robbery of his girlfriend is urged to call 333-COPS.

Click here to track the investigation of Jordan’s homicide and all other homicide investigations for this year.


Owner of old paper mill that burned in legal trouble with city


DAYTON - A fire that consumed an interior room of a long-vacant industrial building Thursday, June 4, was intentionally set, fire officials said Friday.

It took nearly 50 firefighters from 10 crews to battle the blaze, which started at 4:30 p.m. and wasn’t completely extinguished until after midnight, Asst. Chief Jeffrey Payne said.

Payne said investigators are trying to identify the person(s) who set two separate fires in the building, located at 354 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd. The flames caused nearly $5,000 in damages and consumed a wooden office building inside the warehouse, he said.

The fire was ruled arson largely because a security fence that was put up around the building by its owner, Brownfield Charities Inc., was cut by someone who then entered the building, Payne said.

The building, at one time was home to the Howard Paper Company, has been vacant for decades, fire Lt. John Strukamp said.

Tony Staub, owner of the building and head of Brownfield, said he had the fence installed last month after he was ordered to do so by a Dayton Municipal Court judge.

Staub said Howard Paper Co. donated the building and lot to his charity four years ago. Court documents show a short-time later Staub was ordered by the city to demolish the building by August of 2007.

Court documents show Staub is to go on trial July 20 on charges he failed to respond to nuisance violations and failed to comply with a court order to demolish the building.

Staub said he didn’t have the money to raze the building. He said is about to close on a contract with the Dayton Public Schools to sell the lot “as is” for $131,000.

“I’ve done all I can to comply with the city’s requests,” Staub said. “There’s no insurance on the building. I have absolutely no reason to want the building burned to the ground.”

The building has been a nuisance for public safety crews for many years and a hangout for homeless people, Strukamp said. It has been targeted by metal scavengers and was considered dangerous to enter.

Employees nearby at Gerstner & Sons, makers of fine wood chests and cases, said that police ousted four homeless people from the building in the past two months.

Grover Scott, 48, died July 7, 2006, after he burned half his body trying to cut aluminum wire from a 12,000-volt power line outside the building. The incident knocked out power at Sinclair Community College and nearby homes.


Officer accidentally Tasers himself during arrest

DAYTON - A Dayton Police officer who deployed his Taser while trying to arrest a fleeing drug-trafficking suspect ended up jolting himself in the process.

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Carl Patterson, 28

Officers were in the 200 block of Salem Avenue Thursday morning about 3 a.m. after numerous complaints by residents of drug trafficking in the area, according to a police report.

They noticed two men walk into a vacant house on West Hudson Avenue and then walk out 15 minutes later holding flashlights, the report stated.

When officers tried to stop the men, identified as Carl Patterson and William Bean, they refused to stop and fled the scene, the report stated.

One officer caught up with Bean who had what was later determined to be a pump-action BB gun hidden under a jacket, the report stated. While the officer was speaking to Bean, Patterson was running from another officer.

Patterson was warned he was going to Tasered and after refusing to stop, the officer deployed the Taser, bringing Patterson to the ground, the report stated.

But the officer was too close to Patterson and became entangled in the Taser wires. The officer quickly cut the electric to the Taser and Patterson tried to flee again.

Other officers arrived and were able to get Patterson in handcuffs. Police later determined both men had outstanding warrants.

Bean, 31, was arrested on charges of possessing drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed weapon. Patterson was arrested on charges of resisting arrest and obstructing official business.

The officer who was entangled in the Taser wires was not seriously injured.


Deputies visited couple’s home weeks before murder-suicide

HARRISON TWP., Montgomery County - A couple found dead inside their home of an apparent murder suicide Thursday morning had called Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies weeks before to settle a domestic dispute, the Dayton Daily News has learned.

Carolyn Gunsauley called 911 on May 20 to report that her husband William P. Gunsauley Jr. had locked her out of the house on purpose, Major Scott Landis said Friday, June 5.

No charges were filed then and the couple seemed to reconcile, Landis said.

Deputies responded to the Gunsauley’s home at 5285 Cypress Drive again Thursday to find the couple dead from gunshot wounds to the head, Sheriff Phil Plummer said.

A 16-year-old boy who lived with the couple at 5285 Cypress Drive discovered his grandparents dead inside the residence about 11 a.m. with gunshot wounds to their heads, Plummer said.

The boy talked with William, 62, and Carolyn, 57, just before mowing the grass and came back inside after finishing the yard work, Plummer said.

It is still unclear who shot whom, Landis said. Investigators are waiting for the coroner’s office to determine who pulled the trigger, he said.

Sheriff’s deputies were notified of the shooting after Carolyn Gunsauley’s daughter arrived at the home after being called by the boy, according to audio from a 911 call.

Deputies discovered a small semi-automatic handgun in the house near William Gunsauley, Plummer said. There were no signs of forced entry, Landis said.

“It doesn’t seem like there was a fight,” Landis said.

The daughter who called 911 said the couple had been having marital problems and her mother recently seemed “distant,” according to the 911 audio.


Police urge caution after Craigslist-related robbery

DAYTON — Police are continuing to investigate a woman’s report that she was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday, June 3, after posting on the classifieds Web site Craigslist that she was selling a 5-carat diamond ring.

Dayton police Sgt. Moises Perez said detectives still had limited details Thursday afternoon. The woman called police Wednesday evening and said a man robbed her at about 8 p.m. in the parking lot of Rally’s, 1111 S. Smithville Road. The woman said she arranged to meet the would-be buyer after advertising the ring on Craigslist, and he pulled a large revolver and robbed her of the ring, Perez said.

It was at least the third report in three months that Dayton police received regarding a robbery that stemmed from a Craigslist ad.

In April, a Centerville teenager and his father told police a man robbed them after they met hoping to buy a PlayStation 3 video gaming system. The pair met the supposed seller at a Family Dollar store on North Main Street in Dayton and got into the back of a car with a man who said he was the seller’s brother.

The suspect guided the car to a nearby alley and pointed a handgun at the pair, according to a police report. The teen’s father then struggled with the suspect for the gun, and the suspect fled.

In March, a man reported that his car had been stolen after a supposed buyer contacted him through Craigslist, Perez said. The suspect test drove the vehicle, and several hours later the man discovered the car missing. Police believe the suspect made a copy of the car’s keys while driving it and returned later to steal the car, Perez said.

Perez said that sellers posting ads on Craigslist or similar classifieds areas should encourage first contact by e-mail instead of by phone to create a trail for police to follow if something goes wrong. It’s also best to meet at a public place, Perez said, perhaps even near a police station.

“That might discourage the guy from showing a gun,” Perez said.


Man arrested for impersonating nurse, calling in fake Vicodin prescription

DAYTON — Police arrested a 22-year-old man for allegedly phoning in a fake Vicodin prescription to a supermarket pharmacy and then coming in to pick up the drugs.

Timothy L. Butts, 22, was arrested at 6:08 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, on charges of possession of drugs and illegal processing of drug documents after officers were called to Kroger at 4506 Brandt Pike, according to a police report. Store security called police at about 5 p.m. to report that pharmacy employees became suspicious when a Vicodin prescription was phoned in, the report said.

Timothy L. Butts

The employees contacted the doctor’s office, which said it doesn’t phone in such prescriptions and that the nurse’s name used on the order was a fake, the report said.

Officers waited for the suspect to pick up the prescription, which Butts did a short time later, the report said. Butts, who signed for the prescription, told police he was on probation for a charge of complicity to receive stolen property.

In 2008, Butts was ordered to pay restitution to Best Buy and Ace Hardware for the theft of a chain saw and PlayStation 3 video gaming system, according to court records.


Person stabbed to death identified as Cincinnati man

Kyle Nagel Staff Writers

DAYTON - The man stabbed to death early Wednesday, June 3, has been identified as 48-year-old Darrell Murphy.

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Derrick R. Brooks, arrested in connection with the stabbing death of Darrell Murphy.
Darrell Murphy, 48, stabbed to death Wednesday, June 3.

Murphy, of Cincinnati, was stabbed after he got into an argument with Derrick Brooks, 49, at a home in the 300 block of Ashwood Avenue, Dayton police Lt. Robert Mannix said.

Police arrested Brooks several hours later when he returned to the scene, and he remains in the Montgomery County Jail, according to a police report.

Mannix said a woman living at the residence on Ashwood regularly provided meals for homeless people. The two men involved in the stabbing were at her home when a fight broke out some time after 1 a.m.

Mannix said Murphy asked the woman who provided meals for money, and Brooks became angry, saying the request for money was disrespectful. The two men argued, and one of them retrieved a butcher knife from the home’s kitchen and stabbed the other in the chest.

Police were called at 1:26 a.m., and when they arrived they found Murphy dead, Mannix said.

Mannix said Brooks had left the house, but returned while officers were on the scene. Witnesses identified Brooks as the attacker, and he was taken into custody.

Murphy is the city’s 18th homicide victim this year. You can check the status of the other 17 and those from 2008 by clicking here.


OSP to partner with Dayton police to reduce fatal crashes

DAYTON - The Ohio Highway Patrol announced this week that it will partner with the Dayton Police Department in an initiative to reduce fatal crashes and arrest drivers who break the law.

The co-op begins Thursday, June 4, and lasts through the end of the month, according to a statement released by the patrol.

Both groups report that nearly 50 percent of all fatal crashes in Montgomery County are alcohol or drug related. Last year 39 people were killed on county roads or highways, with 26 of those deaths occurring in Dayton, according to the patrol.

Montgomery County ranked fourth in the number of fatal crashes in 2008 among all Ohio counties. So far this year, there have been 17 traffic-related deaths in the county with 14 of those occurring in Dayton.

The groups combined last year in a similar effort and reported a 40 percent reduction of crashes in targeted areas.


Man shot in drive-thru robbery attempt

DAYTON - Police are searching for a man who tried to rob a west Dayton drive-thru and shot a 51-year-old employee in the process.

Police responded to a robbery alarm and a report of shots heard at about 1 a.m. on Wednesday, June 3, according to a police report. When officers arrived to Christy’s Drive-Thru, 2326 W. Third St., they discovered Danny L. Strozier shot in the right hand, the report said.

Strozier told police he was closing the drive-thru when a man in a ski mask grabbed him from behind and demanded money. He said he broke free, and the suspect pulled a small-caliber handgun and shot him in the hand, the report said. The suspect then fled the scene, the report said.

Strozier was transported to a local hospital for treatment, and the drive-thru owner told police nothing was taken, the report said.


Bank robbery suspect identified, still on loose

HARRISON TWP., Montgomery County - The man who robbed a Fifth Third Bank at gunpoint on May 20 has been identified by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office as Drew Martin Jr.

Deputies need help in arresting Martin, 23. He is described as a light-skinned black male, about 5-foot-11 and weighing 170 pounds. He has tattoos on his chest and is considered armed and dangerous.

Call (937) 225-4357 if you know where Martin is.

Authorities said he is known to ride RTA buses and hangs out in Drexel, Trotwood and west Dayton.

Martin allegedly walked into the bank in the 5700 block of North Main Street at 10:30 a.m., jumped over a bank teller counter and instructed clerks to empty their cash drawers, according to the sheriff’s office.

Martin allegedly left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash and ran through woods nearby to a getaway car.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Anyone with information that could lead to Martin’s arrest is urged to call (937) 225-4357.


Detectives have nicknames of homicide suspects

DAYTON - Homicide detectives are busy today, June 2, trying to connect nicknames to real names of suspects involved in the shooting death of a 46-year-old man.

Michael Ray Jordan died at Miami Valley Hospital just after midnight Sunday, May 31, after he was shot in the back by at least one of four men, according to police.

Police said Jordan was robbed, beaten and then shot by members of the group who fled from Fountain Avenue off North Main Street, Lt. Brian Johns said.

“We have some nicknames and are pointed in the right direction,” Lt. Patrick Welsh said Tuesday, June 2.

Johns said Jordan and a friend approached the four men in the 200 block of Delaware Avenue and asked to buy some marijuana.

The men led Jordan and the friend to the 200 block of Fountain Avenue, where they shot and killed Jordan at 12:33 a.m., Johns said.

A suspect was arrested hours later by was later released. Anyone with information is urged to call 333-COPS.

Jordan is the city’s 16th homicide victim this year, according to police records. You can check the status of the other 15 homicides and all 2008 homicides by clicking here.


Children accuse mom’s boyfriend of horrific abuse

DAYTON - Police arrested Wendal DeLong on Sunday, May 31, after his girlfriend’s children told officers DeLong burned them with a lighter and made them watch as DeLong punched their mother.

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Wendal DeLong, 26

Officers arrived at an apartment in the 300 block of West Norman Avenue about 11:30 p.m. after neighbors called 911 and reported DeLong was beating a woman, according to a police report.

There, a “distraught” woman answered the door while shaking uncontrollably, the report stated.

Officers observed a welt and bruise around her left eye, the report stated. They found two “terrified” children, both under the age of 4, huddled in the corner of a bedroom, the report stated.

Officers then ordered DeLong out of a back room and secured him in handcuffs, the report stated.

One of the children told officers DeLong had burned his foot with a lighter and that DeLong is “a mean guy,” the report stated.

“He punched my mommy a lot,” one of the children told officers. A further examination of the children revealed one had a severe bruise on the lower back, the report stated.

When asked about the marks on the children DeLong said, “I don’t know, I don’t even talk to those kids,” the report stated.

The mother of the children agreed to press domestic violence charges against DeLong, the report stated.

DeLong was arrested and taken to Montgomery County Jail on felony child endangering and domestic violence charges.


Police: DJ’s announcement leads to officer’s broken nose

DAYTON - Police responding to possible “gang violence” at Broadway Park on Sunday, May 31, had to Taser a 16-year-old boy who allegedly punched an officer in the face, breaking the officer’s nose.

Police were at 901 Broadway Street about 8:30 p.m. to monitor a crowd of about 300 to 400 people who gathered for an “organized event” at the park, according to a police report.

Sgt. Michael Godsey told the party’s disc jockey about 8:45 p.m. that the park closes at 9 p.m., the report stated.

But the DJ announced police were shutting down the party, the report stated.

Officer Joshua Frisby said in his report the crowd grew frustrated by the announcement and because the party was ended abruptly. To prevent any violence, officers paired up and asked those in crowd to disperse, the report stated.

Fights broke out as officers started to walk through the park. When an officer approached two juveniles fighting, a 16-year-old punched the officer in the face, causing blood to “spray everywhere,” Frisby said.

The 16-year-old fell down as he tried to flee from officers, who then Tasered the juvenile and arrested him for assaulting a peace officer and for rioting, the report stated.

The officer was taken to Miami Valley Hospital and was treated for the broken nose and a black eye, the report stated.

There were no other reports of injuries related to violence at the park. The teenager was taken to the Juvenile Justice Center.



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