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Fatal police pursuit may not have followed new guidelines
 Troy police’s pursuit of a driver who later killed an innocent third party on Monday appears to conflict with recommendations made by the Ohio attorney general’s advisory group late last year. Attorney General Mike DeWine issued a report in November to Ohio’s nearly 1,000 law enforcement agencies with a list of “best...

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Troy police’s pursuit of a driver who later killed an innocent third party on Monday appears to conflict with recommendations made by the Ohio attorney general’s advisory group late last year. Attorney General Mike DeWine issued a report in November to Ohio’s nearly 1,000 law enforcement agencies with a list of “best...
Fatal police chase: One Tipp officer ended pursuit, second didn’t hear
 A police officer who broke off a two-county chase involving a stolen pickup truck tried to tell his fellow Tipp City officer to do the same, but communication problems prevented it, their chief said. Investigators say Jordan Anthony Russell Harville was driving the stolen Ford F-250 pickup, which eventually struck and killed an innocent motorist...

Posted: 10 hours ago

A police officer who broke off a two-county chase involving a stolen pickup truck tried to tell his fellow Tipp City officer to do the same, but communication problems prevented it, their chief said. Investigators say Jordan Anthony Russell Harville was driving the stolen Ford F-250 pickup, which eventually struck and killed an innocent motorist...
Troy police started pursuit, terminated it before deadly crash
 Nine Troy police officers responded to the report of a stolen vehicle that spurred Monday’s high-speed police pursuit that ended with the death of an innocent driver in Harrison Twp. Troy police — who have a pursuit policy requiring an “immediate need for apprehension” — initiated the chase but later terminated...

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Nine Troy police officers responded to the report of a stolen vehicle that spurred Monday’s high-speed police pursuit that ended with the death of an innocent driver in Harrison Twp. Troy police — who have a pursuit policy requiring an “immediate need for apprehension” — initiated the chase but later terminated...
Suspect in fatal police chase crash begs deputies ‘Kill me’
 Jordan Anthony Russell Harville said he was drunk and did heroin during the Monday police pursuit that led to the death of an innocent motorist, according to police and court sources. At least three law enforcement agencies actively took part in the pursuit through Miami and Montgomery counties. Harville, 24, of Clayton called himself a &ldquo...

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Jordan Anthony Russell Harville said he was drunk and did heroin during the Monday police pursuit that led to the death of an innocent motorist, according to police and court sources. At least three law enforcement agencies actively took part in the pursuit through Miami and Montgomery counties. Harville, 24, of Clayton called himself a &ldquo...
Troopers not involved in deadly pursuit that killed innocent bystander
 The fatal police-involved crash that claimed the life of 28-year-old Anthony Hufford on Monday is being investigated by Troy Police, not the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Jordan Harville, 26, of Clayton, was arrested and given Narcan after the crash on North Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp. RELATED: Bond set for suspect in deadly police pursuit...

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The fatal police-involved crash that claimed the life of 28-year-old Anthony Hufford on Monday is being investigated by Troy Police, not the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Jordan Harville, 26, of Clayton, was arrested and given Narcan after the crash on North Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp. RELATED: Bond set for suspect in deadly police pursuit...
Ruling advances environmental lawsuit against Behr, Chrysler
 A longstanding environmental lawsuit against Behr Dayton and other defendants is moving forward with class-action status after a recent federal court ruling. Numerous plaintiffs are suing Behr and other defendants, including Chrysler Motors LLC and Aramark Uniform and Career Apparel, seeking class-action status for the suit. They allege that...

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A longstanding environmental lawsuit against Behr Dayton and other defendants is moving forward with class-action status after a recent federal court ruling. Numerous plaintiffs are suing Behr and other defendants, including Chrysler Motors LLC and Aramark Uniform and Career Apparel, seeking class-action status for the suit. They allege that...
2 victims in Cincinnati club shooting are from Dayton area
 Two of the 17 people injured in the nation's largest mass shooting this year are from Trotwood, including one who was shot multiple times.  The early Sunday morning shooting at Cameo Night Club in Cincinnati claimed the life of 27-year-old O'Bryan Spikes and injured Trotwood's Jarrod Givens and Jordan "Lyrik" Hardaway. ...

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Two of the 17 people injured in the nation's largest mass shooting this year are from Trotwood, including one who was shot multiple times.  The early Sunday morning shooting at Cameo Night Club in Cincinnati claimed the life of 27-year-old O'Bryan Spikes and injured Trotwood's Jarrod Givens and Jordan "Lyrik" Hardaway. ...
Sheriff’s deputy indicted for assault against wife resigned last week
 A former Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputy who allegedly knocked out three of his wife’s teeth was indicted Monday by a Warren County grand jury. Douglas C. Gearhart, 43, was indicted for second-degree felony assault and misdemeanor domestic violence and drunk-driving charges, according to the Warren County prosecutor&rsquo...

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A former Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputy who allegedly knocked out three of his wife’s teeth was indicted Monday by a Warren County grand jury. Douglas C. Gearhart, 43, was indicted for second-degree felony assault and misdemeanor domestic violence and drunk-driving charges, according to the Warren County prosecutor&rsquo...
Multiple agencies probe jail pepper-spraying, grand juries convene
 Up to four agencies are investigating the 2015 pepper spraying of Amber Swink in a seven-point restraint chair by then Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Judith Sealey, court documents confirmed. Now, attorneys defending against Swink’s federal civil lawsuit told a judge they would face an “impossible decision&rdquo...

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Up to four agencies are investigating the 2015 pepper spraying of Amber Swink in a seven-point restraint chair by then Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Judith Sealey, court documents confirmed. Now, attorneys defending against Swink’s federal civil lawsuit told a judge they would face an “impossible decision&rdquo...
Anatomy of a scam: How a crime-fighting office became a crime victim
 For more than four years, David Bruns was regularly stealing from his employer, funneling money into a house-flipping business and spending the rest on guns, hunting gear, a TV set and frequent lunches. He hid it from other employees in the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s office where he worked, and even from his wife Julie, who is an...

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For more than four years, David Bruns was regularly stealing from his employer, funneling money into a house-flipping business and spending the rest on guns, hunting gear, a TV set and frequent lunches. He hid it from other employees in the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s office where he worked, and even from his wife Julie, who is an...
Fearing charges, county attorneys want delay in pepper-spray lawsuit
 Montgomery County attorneys have asked a federal judge to push back discovery in the Amber Swink pepper-spraying lawsuit because they would face an “impossible decision” between cooperating with either criminal or civil proceedings. A motion filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court indicates county attorneys fear Montgomery...

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Montgomery County attorneys have asked a federal judge to push back discovery in the Amber Swink pepper-spraying lawsuit because they would face an “impossible decision” between cooperating with either criminal or civil proceedings. A motion filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court indicates county attorneys fear Montgomery...
Dayton birthday murder trial ends with manslaughter plea
 Nina Davis’ murder trial ended Thursday morning when she plead to lesser charges that will limit her prison sentence to six to 14 years. Davis, 35, pleaded guilty by bill of information to one count of involuntary manslaughter with a three-year gun specification. In exchange for her guilty plea, prosecutors dropped charges of murder...

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Nina Davis’ murder trial ended Thursday morning when she plead to lesser charges that will limit her prison sentence to six to 14 years. Davis, 35, pleaded guilty by bill of information to one count of involuntary manslaughter with a three-year gun specification. In exchange for her guilty plea, prosecutors dropped charges of murder...
Harrison Twp. woman charged with shooting fiancé appears in court
 HARRISON TWP. — A woman charged with reckless homicide for shooting and killing he fiance Tuesday night made her first court appearance Friday.    The victim, 32-year-old Peter Underwood, lived in the home on Claggett Drive where the shooting occurred
Jessica L. Grieco, 33, told a 911 dispatcher she accidentally shot...

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HARRISON TWP. — A woman charged with reckless homicide for shooting and killing he fiance Tuesday night made her first court appearance Friday.    The victim, 32-year-old Peter Underwood, lived in the home on Claggett Drive where the shooting occurred Jessica L. Grieco, 33, told a 911 dispatcher she accidentally shot...
Montgomery County Prosecutor’s office investigated own employee’s theft
 Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck’s office conducted the investigation into one of his own employees stealing nearly $90,000 from the county, according to investigative records obtained by the I-Team. That employee, David Bruns, is currently serving four months in Montgomery County jail after pleading guilty to theft and tampering...

Posted: 8 days ago

Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck’s office conducted the investigation into one of his own employees stealing nearly $90,000 from the county, according to investigative records obtained by the I-Team. That employee, David Bruns, is currently serving four months in Montgomery County jail after pleading guilty to theft and tampering...
Oversight committee picked to monitor Montgomery County Jail
 An independent committee has been selected to oversee and address issues at the Montgomery County Jail, which faces a series of civil lawsuits by former inmates claiming mistreatment. Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer and local and state elected leaders have picked nine people to serve on the Justice Committee, which is expected to meet...

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An independent committee has been selected to oversee and address issues at the Montgomery County Jail, which faces a series of civil lawsuits by former inmates claiming mistreatment. Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer and local and state elected leaders have picked nine people to serve on the Justice Committee, which is expected to meet...
Heroin, $300K in cash seized in Dayton
 A 20-year-old man is being held in Montgomery County Jail on federal charges after task force members found $300,000 and heroin in his car, according to a complaint filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Josue Amaya-Salazar faces charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and aiding and abetting attempted international...

Posted: 8 days ago

A 20-year-old man is being held in Montgomery County Jail on federal charges after task force members found $300,000 and heroin in his car, according to a complaint filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Josue Amaya-Salazar faces charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and aiding and abetting attempted international...
Bond set at $1 million for alleged accomplice in babysitter’s homicide
 The woman accused of allegedly helping Chuckie Lee kill Taylor Brandenburg outside a Huffman Avenue residence in Dayton had her bond set at $1 million on Tuesday. In the same afternoon, Kara Parisi-King’s mother and stepfather were given bonds of $25,000 each. Keith Hankins, 40, and Krista Hankins, 47, were arraigned on charges of obstructing...

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The woman accused of allegedly helping Chuckie Lee kill Taylor Brandenburg outside a Huffman Avenue residence in Dayton had her bond set at $1 million on Tuesday. In the same afternoon, Kara Parisi-King’s mother and stepfather were given bonds of $25,000 each. Keith Hankins, 40, and Krista Hankins, 47, were arraigned on charges of obstructing...
Woman’s murder trial in Dayton ends with plea deal struck
 UPDATE @ 9:19 a.m. (March 23) Nina Davis’ murder trial ended Thursday morning when her attorney and prosecutors struck a plea deal which will limit her prison time from six to 14 years. Davis, 35, pleaded guilty by bill of information to one count of involuntary manslaughter with a three-year gun specification. In exchange for her guilty...

Posted: 9 days ago

UPDATE @ 9:19 a.m. (March 23) Nina Davis’ murder trial ended Thursday morning when her attorney and prosecutors struck a plea deal which will limit her prison time from six to 14 years. Davis, 35, pleaded guilty by bill of information to one count of involuntary manslaughter with a three-year gun specification. In exchange for her guilty...
Centerville man imported Dutch ecstasy, Homeland Security agent says
 A Centerville man has been criminally accused of importing the drug ecstasy mailed from the Netherlands, according to documents filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. In April 2016, Austin K. Alig signed for vacuum-packed DVDs that contained more than 100 grams of MDMA/Ecstasy, according a complaint written by a special agent from Homeland...

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A Centerville man has been criminally accused of importing the drug ecstasy mailed from the Netherlands, according to documents filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. In April 2016, Austin K. Alig signed for vacuum-packed DVDs that contained more than 100 grams of MDMA/Ecstasy, according a complaint written by a special agent from Homeland...
Murder charges dropped, Dayton man now faces federal complaint
 A Dayton man originally arrested for the shooting death of Leo Montgomery III in December 2016 is no longer facing murder charges, even though Dayton police said the shooting has not been ruled justifiable. Montgomery, 21, died of gunshot wounds and Evon Walker was shot but survived after police say William Martin, 24, fired at them in car...

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A Dayton man originally arrested for the shooting death of Leo Montgomery III in December 2016 is no longer facing murder charges, even though Dayton police said the shooting has not been ruled justifiable. Montgomery, 21, died of gunshot wounds and Evon Walker was shot but survived after police say William Martin, 24, fired at them in car...
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