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Man held in Dayton babysitter’s death served time for gun crimes
 The man arrested after the shooting death of babysitter Taylor Brandenburg allegedly had 20 probation violations between his two shortened federal prison sentences. Chuckie M. Lee, 38, served less than the 33-month federal sentence he was given in November 2014 for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Lee was released June 15, 2016,...

Posted: 13 days ago

The man arrested after the shooting death of babysitter Taylor Brandenburg allegedly had 20 probation violations between his two shortened federal prison sentences. Chuckie M. Lee, 38, served less than the 33-month federal sentence he was given in November 2014 for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Lee was released June 15, 2016,...
Guilty verdict for Dayton man accused in shooting death of 1-year-old
 Shawn D. Smith Jr. was convicted on all counts including murder, in the death of 13-month-old Elijah Johnson and the shooting of Isaiah Smith and Diana Hicks on Jan. 14, 2016. The jury found Smith guilty on all nine counts that they were asked to consider. The judge also found him guilty of having weapons under disability, which the jury...

Posted: 14 days ago

Shawn D. Smith Jr. was convicted on all counts including murder, in the death of 13-month-old Elijah Johnson and the shooting of Isaiah Smith and Diana Hicks on Jan. 14, 2016. The jury found Smith guilty on all nine counts that they were asked to consider. The judge also found him guilty of having weapons under disability, which the jury...
Babysitter ‘true victim’ in Dayton homicide, police say
 A man striking another man in the head with a pool cue at the Glass Hat bar early Sunday preceded gunshots on Huffman Avenue that killed a 20-year-old babysitter who had nothing to do with the bar fight. Taylor Brandenburg, whom Dayton police called a “true victim,” died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Montgomery...

Posted: 14 days ago

A man striking another man in the head with a pool cue at the Glass Hat bar early Sunday preceded gunshots on Huffman Avenue that killed a 20-year-old babysitter who had nothing to do with the bar fight. Taylor Brandenburg, whom Dayton police called a “true victim,” died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Montgomery...
Mother tells baby hurt in shootout she loves him as he dies
 Elijah Johnson’s mother had one quick moment to see her 13-month-old son in the hospital before he died of a gunshot wound Jan. 14, 2016. “When I went back he was still unstable and he was getting a lot of blood,” Jazmin Johnson testified Thursday during Shawn Smith’s murder trial. “When I went back, I told him...

Posted: 18 days ago

Elijah Johnson’s mother had one quick moment to see her 13-month-old son in the hospital before he died of a gunshot wound Jan. 14, 2016. “When I went back he was still unstable and he was getting a lot of blood,” Jazmin Johnson testified Thursday during Shawn Smith’s murder trial. “When I went back, I told him...
Dead Montgomery County child’s head trauma ‘not accidental,’ doctor says
 Toddler Rylee Sellars could not have acted normally the morning of Nov. 13, 2013, if she had suffered serious head injuries before then, a child abuse pediatric expert testified. Dr. Lori Vavul-Roediger from Dayton Children’s Hospital told jurors in Jesse L. York’s murder trial on Thursday that when she first examined Rylee the...

Posted: 18 days ago

Toddler Rylee Sellars could not have acted normally the morning of Nov. 13, 2013, if she had suffered serious head injuries before then, a child abuse pediatric expert testified. Dr. Lori Vavul-Roediger from Dayton Children’s Hospital told jurors in Jesse L. York’s murder trial on Thursday that when she first examined Rylee the...
Toddler’s injuries like a ‘high-velocity’ car crash, doctor testifies
 The injuries Rylee Sellars suffered were similar to falling out of a second- or third-story window or being in a high-velocity car crash, the doctor who treated the 22-month-old said Wednesday. Jesse York, 32, is on trial for murder, child endangerment and felonious assault against Rylee, a Germantown toddler who died Nov. 15, 2013 after...

Posted: 19 days ago

The injuries Rylee Sellars suffered were similar to falling out of a second- or third-story window or being in a high-velocity car crash, the doctor who treated the 22-month-old said Wednesday. Jesse York, 32, is on trial for murder, child endangerment and felonious assault against Rylee, a Germantown toddler who died Nov. 15, 2013 after...
Man sentenced for murder of girlfriend's 22-month-old daughter
 Jesse York was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison in the death of a 22-month-old Germantown girl.  York was convicted earlier this month on all charges including murder. Rylee Sellars’ mother, Helen Thompson, made a  victim impact statement in court, saying her baby was stolen and she didn't get to say goodbye...

Posted: 21 days ago

Jesse York was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison in the death of a 22-month-old Germantown girl.  York was convicted earlier this month on all charges including murder. Rylee Sellars’ mother, Helen Thompson, made a  victim impact statement in court, saying her baby was stolen and she didn't get to say goodbye...
Dayton police ask for help in solving shooting of 11-year-old
 Dayton police reiterated their plea for help in finding out who shot an 11-year-old boy playing basketball Sunday afternoon. It’s the second shooting of a Dayton grade-school boy in a week. Dayton police Chief Richard Biehl said Monday that despite advances in police techniques and technology, the key to solving crimes is witnesses...

Posted: 21 days ago

Dayton police reiterated their plea for help in finding out who shot an 11-year-old boy playing basketball Sunday afternoon. It’s the second shooting of a Dayton grade-school boy in a week. Dayton police Chief Richard Biehl said Monday that despite advances in police techniques and technology, the key to solving crimes is witnesses...
Sheriffs turn to body scanners to curb drug flow into jails
 Heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, meth and other drugs are smuggled into jails in body cavities. Officials say drugs — the gold standard in jailhouse currency — lead to drug abuse, withdrawals, overdoses and even deaths. County jails across Ohio are seeking funding for or installing body scanners that can spot illegal drugs and contraband...

Posted: 24 days ago

Heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, meth and other drugs are smuggled into jails in body cavities. Officials say drugs — the gold standard in jailhouse currency — lead to drug abuse, withdrawals, overdoses and even deaths. County jails across Ohio are seeking funding for or installing body scanners that can spot illegal drugs and contraband...
Man, 32, dies in Greene County Jail possibly after ingesting drugs
 A convicted drug trafficker died Tuesday in the Greene County Jail of a suspected overdose from drugs he likely ingested during or after his arrest, according to Sheriff Gene Fischer. Jeremy P. Withers, 32, of Xenia, was pronounced dead at 6:46 p.m. Tuesday after jail personnel tried CPR and paramedics gave Withers three doses of Narcan....

Posted: 25 days ago

A convicted drug trafficker died Tuesday in the Greene County Jail of a suspected overdose from drugs he likely ingested during or after his arrest, according to Sheriff Gene Fischer. Jeremy P. Withers, 32, of Xenia, was pronounced dead at 6:46 p.m. Tuesday after jail personnel tried CPR and paramedics gave Withers three doses of Narcan....
Sheriffs turn to body scanners to curb drug flow into jails
 Heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, meth and other drugs are smuggled into jails in body cavities. Officials say drugs — the gold standard in jailhouse currency — lead to drug abuse, withdrawals, overdoses and deaths like Tuesday’s suspected fatal OD of an inmate in Greene County. County jails across Ohio are seeking funding for...

Posted: 25 days ago

Heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, meth and other drugs are smuggled into jails in body cavities. Officials say drugs — the gold standard in jailhouse currency — lead to drug abuse, withdrawals, overdoses and deaths like Tuesday’s suspected fatal OD of an inmate in Greene County. County jails across Ohio are seeking funding for...
Air Force pays $140,000 to settle base sex discrimination suit
 The United States Air Force paid Bridget E. Lyons $140,000 to settle a federal job discrimination lawsuit in which she alleged she wasn’t properly promoted at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, according to court documents obtained by this news organization. Lyons was an attorney in the Air Force Materiel Command Law Office Acquisition...

9:27 PM Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

The United States Air Force paid Bridget E. Lyons $140,000 to settle a federal job discrimination lawsuit in which she alleged she wasn’t properly promoted at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, according to court documents obtained by this news organization. Lyons was an attorney in the Air Force Materiel Command Law Office Acquisition...
Huber Heights home linked to prosecutor’s office theft in office
 The company used by a former Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office employee as part of a scheme to steal nearly $90,000 from the county currently owns property in Huber Heights, public records show. David Bruns’ theft from the county was discovered when questions arose about an allocation to Skyfall Properties in a foreclosure...

8:38 PM Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

The company used by a former Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office employee as part of a scheme to steal nearly $90,000 from the county currently owns property in Huber Heights, public records show. David Bruns’ theft from the county was discovered when questions arose about an allocation to Skyfall Properties in a foreclosure...
Prosecutor’s employee who stole $90,000 sentenced
 Update@11:30 a.m. (Feb. 28): Bruns appeared in court this morning, and was sentenced to 36 months, with 32 months suspended-120 days in local jail. He also must pay $39,830 from his retirement account. "I just want to apologize to Mat Heck, the prosecutors, " and to the citizens of Montgomery County, Bruns said. The former Montgomery...

7:24 PM Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

Update@11:30 a.m. (Feb. 28): Bruns appeared in court this morning, and was sentenced to 36 months, with 32 months suspended-120 days in local jail. He also must pay $39,830 from his retirement account. "I just want to apologize to Mat Heck, the prosecutors, " and to the citizens of Montgomery County, Bruns said. The former Montgomery...
Deputy’s felonious assault case against wife headed to grand jury
 The felonious assault case of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputy who allegedly knocked out three of his wife’s teeth will be bound over to a grand jury and include a drunk driving charge. Douglas Gearhart, 43, waived his preliminary hearing Friday in Franklin Municipal Court. Judge Rupert Ruppert said an OVI charge...

9:33 PM Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

The felonious assault case of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputy who allegedly knocked out three of his wife’s teeth will be bound over to a grand jury and include a drunk driving charge. Douglas Gearhart, 43, waived his preliminary hearing Friday in Franklin Municipal Court. Judge Rupert Ruppert said an OVI charge...
City refuses to release body cam footage in fatal police shooting
 The City of Englewood has refused to release body camera footage on the Feb. 5 shooting death of 41-year-old Shelly Porter III by police officer Timothy Corcoran, saying the release would spark a “media firestorm.” In a letter outlining his refusal to release the footage to the Dayton Daily News, Englewood Law Director Michael...

8:32 PM Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

The City of Englewood has refused to release body camera footage on the Feb. 5 shooting death of 41-year-old Shelly Porter III by police officer Timothy Corcoran, saying the release would spark a “media firestorm.” In a letter outlining his refusal to release the footage to the Dayton Daily News, Englewood Law Director Michael...
Englewood police refuse to release body cam footage in fatal shooting
 The City of Englewood has refused to release body camera footage on the Feb. 5 shooting death of 41-year-old Shelly Porter III by police officer Timothy Corcoran, saying the release would spark a “media firestorm.” In a letter outlining his refusal to release the footage to the Dayton Daily News, Englewood Law Director Michael...

8:08 PM Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

The City of Englewood has refused to release body camera footage on the Feb. 5 shooting death of 41-year-old Shelly Porter III by police officer Timothy Corcoran, saying the release would spark a “media firestorm.” In a letter outlining his refusal to release the footage to the Dayton Daily News, Englewood Law Director Michael...
Video shows Brookville police officer being shot by suspect
 Conrad Davis said he had been up for days and high on methamphetamine when he shot Brookville police officer Henry Edds in a shootout that left his fiance dead at Brookville’s Speedway gas station. Grainy, far-off surveillance video from the gas station on on Oct. 31, 2016 shows Davis,27 driving around the pumps, Edds fall after being...

9:34 PM Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017

Conrad Davis said he had been up for days and high on methamphetamine when he shot Brookville police officer Henry Edds in a shootout that left his fiance dead at Brookville’s Speedway gas station. Grainy, far-off surveillance video from the gas station on on Oct. 31, 2016 shows Davis,27 driving around the pumps, Edds fall after being...
County seeks to forbid ‘racist’ texts, bad press from dead inmate trial
 Attorneys for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office want the ‘racist’ text message saga, ‘bad press’ and county commissioners’ call for a federal investigation excluded from the trial about an inmate who died in jail. A motion seeks to exclude any mention about a recent string of lawsuits against the jail...

2:00 PM Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017

Attorneys for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office want the ‘racist’ text message saga, ‘bad press’ and county commissioners’ call for a federal investigation excluded from the trial about an inmate who died in jail. A motion seeks to exclude any mention about a recent string of lawsuits against the jail...
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