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Innocent bystander grandmother killed: ‘Hit by a bullet that has no eyes’
 The Dayton address where police said a 62-year-old grandmother known for her Southern-style cooking died Saturday after a drive-by shooting had 26 shots fired into it last fall, according to police records. Sherrell V. Wheatley, 62, of Dayton, died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office....

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The Dayton address where police said a 62-year-old grandmother known for her Southern-style cooking died Saturday after a drive-by shooting had 26 shots fired into it last fall, according to police records. Sherrell V. Wheatley, 62, of Dayton, died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office....
Dayton police major gets raise while on administrative leave
 The high-ranking longtime Dayton police commander who has been on administrative leave for a least a month without any explanation from the city received a pay raise during his absence. Maj. Brian Johns was on administrative leave from March 14 through at least April 16, according to Dayton city payroll time sheets obtained by this news organization...

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The high-ranking longtime Dayton police commander who has been on administrative leave for a least a month without any explanation from the city received a pay raise during his absence. Maj. Brian Johns was on administrative leave from March 14 through at least April 16, according to Dayton city payroll time sheets obtained by this news organization...
Man accused in jail death to stand trial in another federal drug case
 The man accused of providing drugs that killed a Montgomery County Jail inmate in 2016 will stand trial next week in an unrelated drug trafficking conspiracy case, according to a federal judge’s ruling. Charles Spencer’s attorney was handed denials of three recent motions, including one that alleged improprieties by prosecutors...

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The man accused of providing drugs that killed a Montgomery County Jail inmate in 2016 will stand trial next week in an unrelated drug trafficking conspiracy case, according to a federal judge’s ruling. Charles Spencer’s attorney was handed denials of three recent motions, including one that alleged improprieties by prosecutors...
Local police officer arrested after child found with severe bruises: What we know now
 The alleged child victim of a Clay Twp. police officer arrested for domestic violence had severe bruising on the face caused by an open-handed slap, according to court records. Here’s what we know about the allegations: Martin D. Stringfellow, 47, was alleged to have hit the child on May 8 at a home in Brookville, according to court...

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The alleged child victim of a Clay Twp. police officer arrested for domestic violence had severe bruising on the face caused by an open-handed slap, according to court records. Here’s what we know about the allegations: Martin D. Stringfellow, 47, was alleged to have hit the child on May 8 at a home in Brookville, according to court...
Documents: Arrested cop severely bruised child’s face with slap
 The alleged child victim of a Clay Twp. police officer arrested for domestic violence had severe bruising on the face caused by an open-handed slap, according to court records. Martin D. Stringfellow was alleged to have hit the child on May 8 at a home in Brookville, according to court documents filed in the western division of Montgomery...

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The alleged child victim of a Clay Twp. police officer arrested for domestic violence had severe bruising on the face caused by an open-handed slap, according to court records. Martin D. Stringfellow was alleged to have hit the child on May 8 at a home in Brookville, according to court documents filed in the western division of Montgomery...
He was once a major Dayton cocaine trafficker. Now he’ll go back to prison for more drug crimes.
 Dennis Hunter was a major cocaine trafficker in Dayton in the 1990s. Now, he has been sentenced to prison again, this time for marijuana trafficking. Hunter, 53, has tried twice to turn his life around, but he got involved into marijuana trafficking as he has transitioned to construction and real estate development, according to U.S. District...

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Dennis Hunter was a major cocaine trafficker in Dayton in the 1990s. Now, he has been sentenced to prison again, this time for marijuana trafficking. Hunter, 53, has tried twice to turn his life around, but he got involved into marijuana trafficking as he has transitioned to construction and real estate development, according to U.S. District...
Dayton man sentenced for marijuana trafficking and money laundering
 A Dayton man was sentenced this week to 30 months in prison for crimes related to marijuana trafficking and money crimes. Dennis Hunter, 53, previously served a prison term for cocaine trafficking and money laundering. The separate 2015 indictment alleged that Hunter conspired to distribute and possessed with intent to distribute more...

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A Dayton man was sentenced this week to 30 months in prison for crimes related to marijuana trafficking and money crimes. Dennis Hunter, 53, previously served a prison term for cocaine trafficking and money laundering. The separate 2015 indictment alleged that Hunter conspired to distribute and possessed with intent to distribute more...
Troy man faces up to 30 years for producing porn with girls aged 15 and 5
 A Troy man faces up to 30 years in prison for producing child pornography with two minors, according to federal court documents. Shawn Whitaker, 32, filmed himself having sex with a 15-year-old, took pictures of that girl while she was undressing and also took pornographic photos of a 5-year-old in late 2016, according to court documents...

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A Troy man faces up to 30 years in prison for producing child pornography with two minors, according to federal court documents. Shawn Whitaker, 32, filmed himself having sex with a 15-year-old, took pictures of that girl while she was undressing and also took pornographic photos of a 5-year-old in late 2016, according to court documents...
Clay Twp. officer arrested on domestic violence against a child charge
 Clay Twp. police officer Martin D. Stringfellow was arrested Wednesday by Brookville officers and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence against a child. Stringfellow, 47, was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on Wednesday afternoon after a week-long investigation, according to Brookville police records. His bail is listed at $5...

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Clay Twp. police officer Martin D. Stringfellow was arrested Wednesday by Brookville officers and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence against a child. Stringfellow, 47, was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on Wednesday afternoon after a week-long investigation, according to Brookville police records. His bail is listed at $5...
Trial date set for former Stivers teacher accused of pandering obscenity
 The trial for a former Stivers High School teacher accused of pandering obscenity of a minor is scheduled for Aug. 6. John S. Findley, 34, had his trial date and a final pretrial hearing of July 25 scheduled Wednesday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. RELATED: Stivers teacher accused of pandering obscenity questions iPad search Findley...

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The trial for a former Stivers High School teacher accused of pandering obscenity of a minor is scheduled for Aug. 6. John S. Findley, 34, had his trial date and a final pretrial hearing of July 25 scheduled Wednesday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. RELATED: Stivers teacher accused of pandering obscenity questions iPad search Findley...
Federal sentencing delayed for man once considered a murder suspect
 The former Dayton man once considered for homicide charges after a December 2016 shooting left one person dead saw his sentencing date pushed back until June 1. Federal prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum that William Martin, 25, should serve “significant” time in prison for a weapons charge related to a drug deal that...

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The former Dayton man once considered for homicide charges after a December 2016 shooting left one person dead saw his sentencing date pushed back until June 1. Federal prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum that William Martin, 25, should serve “significant” time in prison for a weapons charge related to a drug deal that...
Feds: Busted California drug supplier helps in sting of alleged Dayton dealer
 The federal arrest of a man in Riverside, Calif., with 33 pounds of a fentanyl precursor led to that man cooperating with agents in a sting of an alleged Dayton drug dealer, according to federal court documents. Damone Alexander, 32, was arrested April 24 at 132 Westrock Farm Road in Union, according to a criminal complaint filed in Dayton&rsquo...

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The federal arrest of a man in Riverside, Calif., with 33 pounds of a fentanyl precursor led to that man cooperating with agents in a sting of an alleged Dayton drug dealer, according to federal court documents. Damone Alexander, 32, was arrested April 24 at 132 Westrock Farm Road in Union, according to a criminal complaint filed in Dayton&rsquo...
Former inmate files lawsuit against Montgomery County Jail
 A new federal lawsuit against the Montgomery County Jail is at least the 11th in recent years alleging mistreatment of a person in custody. Tonya Varney, 47, filed the complaint Wednesday claiming she was shoved on May 19, 2017, by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Sgt. Thomas Feehan after she balked at entering a female wait area cell because...

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A new federal lawsuit against the Montgomery County Jail is at least the 11th in recent years alleging mistreatment of a person in custody. Tonya Varney, 47, filed the complaint Wednesday claiming she was shoved on May 19, 2017, by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Sgt. Thomas Feehan after she balked at entering a female wait area cell because...
Jail healthcare provider sued for bowel obstruction death of inmate
 Sasha Garvin, a sufferer of Crohn’s and inflammatory bowel disease, repeatedly told NaphCare medical personnel in the Montgomery County Jail that she had severe abdominal pain and needed to go to a hospital, according to a lawsuit brought by Garvin’s mother. The medical negligence/wrongful death lawsuit filed in Montgomery County...

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Sasha Garvin, a sufferer of Crohn’s and inflammatory bowel disease, repeatedly told NaphCare medical personnel in the Montgomery County Jail that she had severe abdominal pain and needed to go to a hospital, according to a lawsuit brought by Garvin’s mother. The medical negligence/wrongful death lawsuit filed in Montgomery County...
Trial set for alleged racing postal worker who got $94K in disability
 A new trial date has been scheduled for the postal worker accused of racing motorcycles while receiving $94,000 in disability. Jerry French, 40, is scheduled to go to trial Aug. 27 in Dayton’s U.S. District Court on one count of false statements or fraud to obtain federal employees compensation. RELATED: Feds: Postal worker on disability...

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A new trial date has been scheduled for the postal worker accused of racing motorcycles while receiving $94,000 in disability. Jerry French, 40, is scheduled to go to trial Aug. 27 in Dayton’s U.S. District Court on one count of false statements or fraud to obtain federal employees compensation. RELATED: Feds: Postal worker on disability...
Nick Kuntz’s death: How a new judge could be selected
 Ohio Gov. John Kasich may select a judge to serve out the remaining months of the term of Montgomery County Juvenile Court Judge Nick Kuntz. Fellow juvenile court Judge Anthony Capizzi said Kuntz died this past weekend after suffering a massive stroke while on vacation in North Carolina. RELATED: Kuntz a ‘dedicated and respected judge&rsquo...

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich may select a judge to serve out the remaining months of the term of Montgomery County Juvenile Court Judge Nick Kuntz. Fellow juvenile court Judge Anthony Capizzi said Kuntz died this past weekend after suffering a massive stroke while on vacation in North Carolina. RELATED: Kuntz a ‘dedicated and respected judge&rsquo...
Sentencing set for postal worker who rode rides while off from work
 The former West Carrollton postal worker accused of allegedly riding amusement park rides while being too injured to work will be sentenced this summer. Laticha Schroyer, 43, was denied by a federal judge in her bid to withdraw a guilty plea by bill of information. RELATED: Postal worker who vacationed while too injured to work pleads guilty...

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The former West Carrollton postal worker accused of allegedly riding amusement park rides while being too injured to work will be sentenced this summer. Laticha Schroyer, 43, was denied by a federal judge in her bid to withdraw a guilty plea by bill of information. RELATED: Postal worker who vacationed while too injured to work pleads guilty...
Prosecutor: Registered sex offender living too close to Vandalia daycare
 A registered sex offender in Vandalia is living within 1,000 feet of a daycare, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office. A civil action filed in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court alleges that Jaime Isaac Lee Odom, 39, is violating Ohio law by living at 622 Kirkwood Dr. MORE: Read other stories from Mark Gokavi The...

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A registered sex offender in Vandalia is living within 1,000 feet of a daycare, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office. A civil action filed in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court alleges that Jaime Isaac Lee Odom, 39, is violating Ohio law by living at 622 Kirkwood Dr. MORE: Read other stories from Mark Gokavi The...
Final 2 sentences handed down in gun-point kidnapping of Clark County man
 The final two defendants in a 2016 gun-point kidnapping and robbery of an elderly Clark County man were sentenced Friday in federal court. About a month after James Marriott was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison — to be served after state sentences end from three area county courts — Andrew Azzalina and Taylor Karas found...

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The final two defendants in a 2016 gun-point kidnapping and robbery of an elderly Clark County man were sentenced Friday in federal court. About a month after James Marriott was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison — to be served after state sentences end from three area county courts — Andrew Azzalina and Taylor Karas found...
No plea deal reached in Montgomery County Jail pepper-spraying case
 The former Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office captain charged with misdemeanor assault for pepper-spraying an inmate in a restraint chair was scheduled for a pretrial hearing Friday afternoon in Dayton Municipal Court, but nothing was put on the record. Judith Sealey, who took medical disability last year after being charged for the...

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The former Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office captain charged with misdemeanor assault for pepper-spraying an inmate in a restraint chair was scheduled for a pretrial hearing Friday afternoon in Dayton Municipal Court, but nothing was put on the record. Judith Sealey, who took medical disability last year after being charged for the...
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