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Judge denies UD’s motion to dismiss ‘hazing’ lawsuit
 A visiting judge on Friday “denied in total” the University of Dayton’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit alleging hazing brought by an ex-football player who said he suffered a brain injury after hard drinking during the 2014 “Mad Dogs” event for freshman team members. Judge Peter Handwork from Lucas County heard...

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A visiting judge on Friday “denied in total” the University of Dayton’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit alleging hazing brought by an ex-football player who said he suffered a brain injury after hard drinking during the 2014 “Mad Dogs” event for freshman team members. Judge Peter Handwork from Lucas County heard...
Centerville attorney suspended for overbilling by $87,000
 Attorney Patricia A. Pickrel of Centerville was suspended for two years, with one year stayed on conditions, according to a press release from the Ohio Supreme Court. While working for the Cincinnati office of the Ulmer & Berne law firm, Pickrel over-billed by more than $87,000 for non-attorney, document-review services, according to the...

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Attorney Patricia A. Pickrel of Centerville was suspended for two years, with one year stayed on conditions, according to a press release from the Ohio Supreme Court. While working for the Cincinnati office of the Ulmer & Berne law firm, Pickrel over-billed by more than $87,000 for non-attorney, document-review services, according to the...
Feds indict ringleader, 7 others for string of pharmacy robberies
 Federal prosecutors have identified the ringleader of a suspected pharmacy robbery operation, according to recently unsealed federal court records. Eight serial pharmacy robbery suspects have been re-indicted as part of one conspiracy, according to a 10-count indictment filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Jamar “Boo”...

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Federal prosecutors have identified the ringleader of a suspected pharmacy robbery operation, according to recently unsealed federal court records. Eight serial pharmacy robbery suspects have been re-indicted as part of one conspiracy, according to a 10-count indictment filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Jamar “Boo”...
FBI mostly mum about morning raids on 4 Montgomery County homes
 UPDATE @ 8:05 p.m.:  The FBI isn’t elaborating about the raids Thursday morning on four Montgomery County homes where law enforcement served sealed search warrants. “The only information I can confirm is that the FBI and our law enforcement partners were conducting law enforcement operations at locations in the Dayton...

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UPDATE @ 8:05 p.m.:  The FBI isn’t elaborating about the raids Thursday morning on four Montgomery County homes where law enforcement served sealed search warrants. “The only information I can confirm is that the FBI and our law enforcement partners were conducting law enforcement operations at locations in the Dayton...
Feds: Ex-defense contractors lied to Air Force investigators
 Two former defense contractors face federal charges of lying to Air Force investigators about a contract awarded to their company by the F-22 program at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Brett O’Halloran and Joshua Deaville “knowingly and willfully made a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement” in January...

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Two former defense contractors face federal charges of lying to Air Force investigators about a contract awarded to their company by the F-22 program at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Brett O’Halloran and Joshua Deaville “knowingly and willfully made a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement” in January...
Beavercreek officer who shot John Crawford III back on ‘full duty’
 Beavercreek police officer Sean Williams — who shot and killed John Crawford III at a Walmart nearly three years ago — has returned to full duty. Williams had been on administrative desk duty from when he returned to work several months after the Aug. 5, 2014 incident, per a decision by Beavercreek police Chief Dennis Evers. Williams...

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Beavercreek police officer Sean Williams — who shot and killed John Crawford III at a Walmart nearly three years ago — has returned to full duty. Williams had been on administrative desk duty from when he returned to work several months after the Aug. 5, 2014 incident, per a decision by Beavercreek police Chief Dennis Evers. Williams...
Murder victim’s family mad suspect’s parents will be at birth
 Taylor Brandenburg was shot to death while babysitting. Now, her relatives are unhappy that a suspect indicted in Brandenburg’s death will be allowed to have her parents with her while and after she gives birth to her baby. Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Gregory Singer granted a motion by Kara Parisi-King to allow Keith...

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Taylor Brandenburg was shot to death while babysitting. Now, her relatives are unhappy that a suspect indicted in Brandenburg’s death will be allowed to have her parents with her while and after she gives birth to her baby. Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Gregory Singer granted a motion by Kara Parisi-King to allow Keith...
Lawyer sued for ‘weekend raid’ of clients claims defamation
 The local attorney who allegedly conducted a “weekend raid” of clients from his former law firm has denied those allegations and made a counterclaim of defamation. Jack R. Hilgeman said in his answer to a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court lawsuit that Horenstein, Nicholson & Blumenthal (HN&B) made false statements that were...

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The local attorney who allegedly conducted a “weekend raid” of clients from his former law firm has denied those allegations and made a counterclaim of defamation. Jack R. Hilgeman said in his answer to a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court lawsuit that Horenstein, Nicholson & Blumenthal (HN&B) made false statements that were...
Accused drug dealer pleads guilty to having 178 caps of fentanyl
 An accused drug dealer pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to intending to distribute 178 capsules of fentanyl in a case related to a Dayton man who approached plain-clothes police officers with a free sample. Daniel R. Gordon, 38, agreed to plead guilty in Dayton’s U.S. District Court in exchange for prosecutors dropping a weapons...

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An accused drug dealer pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to intending to distribute 178 capsules of fentanyl in a case related to a Dayton man who approached plain-clothes police officers with a free sample. Daniel R. Gordon, 38, agreed to plead guilty in Dayton’s U.S. District Court in exchange for prosecutors dropping a weapons...
Dayton attorney may get suspension lifted
 A Dayton attorney had his suspension to practice law lifted, if he meets terms set forth by the Supreme Court of Ohio. C. Ralph Wilcoxson II, a one-time candidate for Montgomery County Juvenile Court Judge, had faced an interim default suspension because he had failed to file an answer to a formal complaint pending before the Board of Professional...

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A Dayton attorney had his suspension to practice law lifted, if he meets terms set forth by the Supreme Court of Ohio. C. Ralph Wilcoxson II, a one-time candidate for Montgomery County Juvenile Court Judge, had faced an interim default suspension because he had failed to file an answer to a formal complaint pending before the Board of Professional...
Woman died in jail of bowel obstruction, not overdose
 The cause of death for a 27-year-old woman who was found deceased May 19 in the Montgomery County Jail was a bowel obstruction, not a suspected overdose, according to the coroner’s office. The family of Sasha Garvin has hired an attorney who plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Dayton’s U.S. District Court against Montgomery...

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The cause of death for a 27-year-old woman who was found deceased May 19 in the Montgomery County Jail was a bowel obstruction, not a suspected overdose, according to the coroner’s office. The family of Sasha Garvin has hired an attorney who plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Dayton’s U.S. District Court against Montgomery...
Springfield cardiologist among hundreds charged with health care fraud
 A Springfield cardiologist and his wife were two of hundreds of defendants federally charged with health care fraud after a massive investigation. The indictments were part of an initiative announced Thursday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price. Dr. Salim Dahdah, the owner...

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A Springfield cardiologist and his wife were two of hundreds of defendants federally charged with health care fraud after a massive investigation. The indictments were part of an initiative announced Thursday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price. Dr. Salim Dahdah, the owner...
2 local government contractors charged with conspiracy, fraud
 Two former officials of a now dissolved local government contractor for NASA and the Air Force have been charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States government using a program meant to benefit service-disabled veterans. Minda L. Moore of KLSS Solutions in Greene County was indicted in Dayton’s U.S. District Court for &ldquo...

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Two former officials of a now dissolved local government contractor for NASA and the Air Force have been charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States government using a program meant to benefit service-disabled veterans. Minda L. Moore of KLSS Solutions in Greene County was indicted in Dayton’s U.S. District Court for &ldquo...
2 local government contractors charged with conspiracy, fraud
 Two former officials of a now dissolved local government contractor for NASA and the Air Force have been charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States government using a program meant to benefit service-disabled veterans. Minda L. Moore of KLSS Solutions in Greene County was indicted in Dayton’s U.S. District Court for &ldquo...

Posted: 17 days ago

Two former officials of a now dissolved local government contractor for NASA and the Air Force have been charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States government using a program meant to benefit service-disabled veterans. Minda L. Moore of KLSS Solutions in Greene County was indicted in Dayton’s U.S. District Court for &ldquo...
Heroin-addicted bank robber sentenced to 7 years
 Michael Stathas, who pleaded guilty in April to multiple robberies in the Miami Valley, was sentenced to seven years in prison in an appearance Thursday in Dayton U.S. District Court. RELATED: Heroin-addicted serial bank robber pleads guilty Stathas, 33, pleaded guilty in April to robbing a Fifth Third Bank in Kettering Dec. 23 and a Key...

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Michael Stathas, who pleaded guilty in April to multiple robberies in the Miami Valley, was sentenced to seven years in prison in an appearance Thursday in Dayton U.S. District Court. RELATED: Heroin-addicted serial bank robber pleads guilty Stathas, 33, pleaded guilty in April to robbing a Fifth Third Bank in Kettering Dec. 23 and a Key...
‘That’s what’s killing people’ — Fentanyl clogs morgue, and now courts
 Fentanyl and its stronger synthetic cousins — suspected in 99 of the first 100 overdose deaths in Montgomery County this year — are so dangerous police and prosecutors won’t even bring the drugs into the courtroom as evidence. Even keeping the deadly drugs under glass is seen as too much of a risk for those nearby, including...

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Fentanyl and its stronger synthetic cousins — suspected in 99 of the first 100 overdose deaths in Montgomery County this year — are so dangerous police and prosecutors won’t even bring the drugs into the courtroom as evidence. Even keeping the deadly drugs under glass is seen as too much of a risk for those nearby, including...
‘Bernie Madoff of Dayton’ ordered to serve 15 years and pay back $32M
 One at a time Friday, six people among the hundreds of victims who lost more than $32 million in a Ponzi scheme run by a Springboro man told a judge their stories of financial ruin. One man, who lost nearly $500,000 of his family’s money and invested it only 10 weeks before William Apostelos’ arrest, said Apostelos was the &ldquo...

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One at a time Friday, six people among the hundreds of victims who lost more than $32 million in a Ponzi scheme run by a Springboro man told a judge their stories of financial ruin. One man, who lost nearly $500,000 of his family’s money and invested it only 10 weeks before William Apostelos’ arrest, said Apostelos was the &ldquo...
Ohio police have revived one overdose patient 20 times
 One Ohio man has been revived by nalaxone 20 times by police, but a Dayton police major still doesn’t agree with a  politician in Middletown, Ohio, suggesting law enforcement stop responding to opioid overdoses. >> Read more trending news “We’ve Narcan’d the same guy 20 times,” Dayton police Major Brian...

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One Ohio man has been revived by nalaxone 20 times by police, but a Dayton police major still doesn’t agree with a politician in Middletown, Ohio, suggesting law enforcement stop responding to opioid overdoses. >> Read more trending news “We’ve Narcan’d the same guy 20 times,” Dayton police Major Brian...
Man stuck in crashed car can’t sue deputy, can sue tow truck company
 The Dayton man who was towed away inside his wrecked car can’t sue the Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputy for being reckless but can sue the tow-truck company, an Ohio appeals court ruled. Mark Gilliam, who was injured during a Jan. 1, 2015, crash, had sued deputy Brian Crowe and Busy Bee Towing for not noticing he was still in...

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The Dayton man who was towed away inside his wrecked car can’t sue the Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputy for being reckless but can sue the tow-truck company, an Ohio appeals court ruled. Mark Gilliam, who was injured during a Jan. 1, 2015, crash, had sued deputy Brian Crowe and Busy Bee Towing for not noticing he was still in...
Man who sold Wright-Patt night vision goggles has sentence delayed
 The man who stole night vision goggles and other equipment and sold them on eBay while working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base won’t be sentenced until September. Zachary Sizemore was to be sentenced today in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York. But the hearing has been pushed back until Sept. 14, according to...

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The man who stole night vision goggles and other equipment and sold them on eBay while working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base won’t be sentenced until September. Zachary Sizemore was to be sentenced today in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York. But the hearing has been pushed back until Sept. 14, according to...
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