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Two defendants in Fairborn hotel clerk killing plead guilty
 Two people involved in the March 2018 death of a Fairborn hotel employee have pleaded guilty. DiSean Graham, of Dayton, who turns 22 on Saturday, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Greene County Common Pleas Court to aggravated murder and aggravated robbery in exchange for other counts to be dismissed, according to court records. Records also show...

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Two people involved in the March 2018 death of a Fairborn hotel employee have pleaded guilty. DiSean Graham, of Dayton, who turns 22 on Saturday, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Greene County Common Pleas Court to aggravated murder and aggravated robbery in exchange for other counts to be dismissed, according to court records. Records also show...
5 men from Montgomery County are on Ohio’s Death Row. Here’s what they did
 Ohio’s Death Row consists of 137 people sentenced to die and includes five men from Montgomery County. On Tuesday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said the state will not execute anyone until it creates a lethal injection protocol that can withstand court challenges. “Ohio is not going to execute someone under my watch when a federal judge...

Posted: 21 hours ago

Ohio’s Death Row consists of 137 people sentenced to die and includes five men from Montgomery County. On Tuesday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said the state will not execute anyone until it creates a lethal injection protocol that can withstand court challenges. “Ohio is not going to execute someone under my watch when a federal judge...
Beavercreek woman in freak car accident involving tree dies
 A Beavercreek woman whose car was hit by a falling tree Feb. 6 near Cincinnati died Friday. Ellen Marie Grieshop was 52. Grieshop had been in a coma and on life support and was being cared for at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center after first responders used the “jaws of life” to extract her from her car. “She fought...

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A Beavercreek woman whose car was hit by a falling tree Feb. 6 near Cincinnati died Friday. Ellen Marie Grieshop was 52. Grieshop had been in a coma and on life support and was being cared for at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center after first responders used the “jaws of life” to extract her from her car. “She fought...
Man convicted for failing to control pit bull that killed Dayton man
 A Dayton man was convicted Friday for failing to control a pit bull that killed a 60-year-old Air Force veteran in 2017. Anthony D. Austin was convicted of the first-degree misdemeanor charge after a jury trial in Dayton Municipal Court before Judge Dierdre Logan. The charge is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. RELATED...

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A Dayton man was convicted Friday for failing to control a pit bull that killed a 60-year-old Air Force veteran in 2017. Anthony D. Austin was convicted of the first-degree misdemeanor charge after a jury trial in Dayton Municipal Court before Judge Dierdre Logan. The charge is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. RELATED...
Witness said pit bull at address of fatal mauling nearly attacked him
 A witness who buys distressed properties testified Thursday that he saw a brown “very aggressive, snarling, barking” pit bull on a heavy chain that ran toward him near 345 Middle St. in September 2016. The man testified in the trial of a Dayton man facing a control of dogs charge related to the 2017 death of Maurice Brown. Prosecutors...

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A witness who buys distressed properties testified Thursday that he saw a brown “very aggressive, snarling, barking” pit bull on a heavy chain that ran toward him near 345 Middle St. in September 2016. The man testified in the trial of a Dayton man facing a control of dogs charge related to the 2017 death of Maurice Brown. Prosecutors...
County jail, Dayton prison cope with water crisis
 The water emergency for the city of Dayton and Montgomery County meant that the county jail and a state prison in Dayton had to make adjustments for inmates. Montgomery County Jail inmates switched to bag lunches and dinner because of the initial precautionary boil water advisory, according to Sheriff Rob Streck.  The jail never lost...

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The water emergency for the city of Dayton and Montgomery County meant that the county jail and a state prison in Dayton had to make adjustments for inmates. Montgomery County Jail inmates switched to bag lunches and dinner because of the initial precautionary boil water advisory, according to Sheriff Rob Streck.  The jail never lost...
Jury finds defendant liable in dog mauling that ended in victim’s death
 UPDATE @ 1:50 p.m. (Feb. 15) Anthony Austin has been found guilty of a single, first-degree misdemeanor charge of control of dogs. Dayton Municipal Court Judge Deidre Logan did not set a sentencing date. Austin remains free because the charge is a misdemeanor.EARLIER REPORT The trial Wednesday of a city resident charged after a dog mauled...

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UPDATE @ 1:50 p.m. (Feb. 15) Anthony Austin has been found guilty of a single, first-degree misdemeanor charge of control of dogs. Dayton Municipal Court Judge Deidre Logan did not set a sentencing date. Austin remains free because the charge is a misdemeanor.EARLIER REPORT The trial Wednesday of a city resident charged after a dog mauled...
Sheriff, county commissioners added to jail death suit
 Montgomery County Sheriff Rob Streck and county commissioners have been added as defendants in a lawsuit brought by the family of a woman who died of an impacted bowel while in the county jail. The mother of Sasha Garvin — a sufferer of Crohn’s and inflammatory bowel disease who died May 19, 2017, after complaining of severe abdominal...

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Montgomery County Sheriff Rob Streck and county commissioners have been added as defendants in a lawsuit brought by the family of a woman who died of an impacted bowel while in the county jail. The mother of Sasha Garvin — a sufferer of Crohn’s and inflammatory bowel disease who died May 19, 2017, after complaining of severe abdominal...
Defendant in deadly Dayton dog mauling incident faces Wednesday trial
 The Dayton man who allegedly owned the dog that mauled Maurice Brown to death in 2017 is scheduled for trial Wednesday in Dayton Municipal Court despite his attorney asking to be taken off the case. Anthony Austin, 29, faces a control of dogs first-degree misdemeanor charge and is scheduled for a three-day, 8-person jury trial in Judge Judge...

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The Dayton man who allegedly owned the dog that mauled Maurice Brown to death in 2017 is scheduled for trial Wednesday in Dayton Municipal Court despite his attorney asking to be taken off the case. Anthony Austin, 29, faces a control of dogs first-degree misdemeanor charge and is scheduled for a three-day, 8-person jury trial in Judge Judge...
9 accused on federal charges involving 11 pharmacy robberies
 Nine people in the Miami Valley and Cincinnati areas have been indicted on federal charges related to armed robberies at 11 area pharmacies. The robberies happened between April 16 and Oct. 15, 2018. The federal grand jury indictment was unsealed Monday, said Benjamin Glassman, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Roland Herndon...

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Nine people in the Miami Valley and Cincinnati areas have been indicted on federal charges related to armed robberies at 11 area pharmacies. The robberies happened between April 16 and Oct. 15, 2018. The federal grand jury indictment was unsealed Monday, said Benjamin Glassman, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Roland Herndon...
Crawford lawsuit against Beavercreek cop, Walmart to be tried together
 The civil lawsuit brought by John Crawford III’s parents against Walmart and Beavercreek police officer Sean Williams likely will go forward in the same trial, a federal judge ruled this week. But U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice also ruled that counts against the city of Beavercreek and police Chief Dennis Evers won’t progress...

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The civil lawsuit brought by John Crawford III’s parents against Walmart and Beavercreek police officer Sean Williams likely will go forward in the same trial, a federal judge ruled this week. But U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice also ruled that counts against the city of Beavercreek and police Chief Dennis Evers won’t progress...
Family sues after woman dies from alleged fall at Dollar Tree store
 The family of a woman who they say died after falling while shopping at a Huber Heights Dollar Tree story has sued the discount chain. A suit filed last month in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court claims that Diana L. Hatt, 61, of New Carlisle, went to shop at a Huber Heights Dollar Tree on Jan. 29, 2017 and fell because she couldn&rsquo...

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The family of a woman who they say died after falling while shopping at a Huber Heights Dollar Tree story has sued the discount chain. A suit filed last month in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court claims that Diana L. Hatt, 61, of New Carlisle, went to shop at a Huber Heights Dollar Tree on Jan. 29, 2017 and fell because she couldn&rsquo...
Affidavit: Base employee talked of child rape during earlier interview
 An ex-civilian employee at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base allegedly “fantasized about raping minor girls,” according to an affidavit filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. During an employment interview with a different federal agency in March 2018, the 23-year-old man also admitted to accessing child pornography and communicating...

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An ex-civilian employee at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base allegedly “fantasized about raping minor girls,” according to an affidavit filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. During an employment interview with a different federal agency in March 2018, the 23-year-old man also admitted to accessing child pornography and communicating...
‘Through hell and high water’: 20 years since Erica Baker disappeared
 Twenty years ago, the nightmare and mystery began for Erica Baker’s family. On the rainy Sunday afternoon of Feb. 7, 1999, the Kettering 9-year-old left home to walk the family dog near the city’s recreation center. The dog was found, but Erica never returned. “It’s been a long 20 years; she would be almost 30 years...

Posted: 15 days ago

Twenty years ago, the nightmare and mystery began for Erica Baker’s family. On the rainy Sunday afternoon of Feb. 7, 1999, the Kettering 9-year-old left home to walk the family dog near the city’s recreation center. The dog was found, but Erica never returned. “It’s been a long 20 years; she would be almost 30 years...
Local man who allegedly shot at federal officer detained without bond
 The Miamisburg man police say was found with weapons including an AK-47 style rifle during one of two shots fired calls at motels will remain incarcerated until his federal case is over, a judge ruled Monday. Kurt Denton Crouch, 48, was charged in Dayton’s U.S. District Court with assault of a federal task force officer with a deadly...

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The Miamisburg man police say was found with weapons including an AK-47 style rifle during one of two shots fired calls at motels will remain incarcerated until his federal case is over, a judge ruled Monday. Kurt Denton Crouch, 48, was charged in Dayton’s U.S. District Court with assault of a federal task force officer with a deadly...
Resident did not know woman’s remains were in Virginia Ave. home, police say
 For 10 minutes Wednesday night, a North Carolina woman tried to convince a dispatcher that she believed her grandmother was wrapped in plastic in a tub and in the basement of a Dayton residence. “I’ve already called before, and they thought I was crazy when I called,” Megan Lauhon told a dispatcher that night. Lauhon later...

Posted: 20 days ago

For 10 minutes Wednesday night, a North Carolina woman tried to convince a dispatcher that she believed her grandmother was wrapped in plastic in a tub and in the basement of a Dayton residence. “I’ve already called before, and they thought I was crazy when I called,” Megan Lauhon told a dispatcher that night. Lauhon later...
Report: Dayton police officers cleared after Tasing, punching suspect
 All four Dayton police officers who delivered Tasings and more than three dozen punches to a suspect last summer were exonerated, according to an internal review obtained by the Dayton Daily News. Devin Washington was recently sentenced to a year in prison for three different cases, including the incident in which he was Tased inside a cruiser...

Posted: 22 days ago

All four Dayton police officers who delivered Tasings and more than three dozen punches to a suspect last summer were exonerated, according to an internal review obtained by the Dayton Daily News. Devin Washington was recently sentenced to a year in prison for three different cases, including the incident in which he was Tased inside a cruiser...
Man accused of pulling trigger in murder plot case pleads not guilty
 The man indicted for shooting and killing Robert “Bobby” Caldwell in August 2017 was arraigned Tuesday in federal court as members of Caldwell’s family watched in the gallery. Sterling Roberts, 35, could face the death penalty if convicted on the indicted charges in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Caldwell, 35, of Beavercreek...

Posted: 23 days ago

The man indicted for shooting and killing Robert “Bobby” Caldwell in August 2017 was arraigned Tuesday in federal court as members of Caldwell’s family watched in the gallery. Sterling Roberts, 35, could face the death penalty if convicted on the indicted charges in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Caldwell, 35, of Beavercreek...
Harrison Twp. man found with 26 pounds of drugs sentenced
 The Harrison Twp. man arrested in 2017 with six pounds of fentanyl and connected to raids that netted 20 more pounds of drugs and six handguns recently was sentenced in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Kevin R. Tincher, 41, received a 10-year prison term after pleading guilty to distributing methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. Two other...

Posted: 23 days ago

The Harrison Twp. man arrested in 2017 with six pounds of fentanyl and connected to raids that netted 20 more pounds of drugs and six handguns recently was sentenced in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Kevin R. Tincher, 41, received a 10-year prison term after pleading guilty to distributing methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. Two other...
Most of Crawford case allegations against Walmart will go to trial
 Most of the counts brought by John Crawford III’s parents against Walmart in a civil lawsuit survived summary judgment and will proceed to trial, a federal judge ruled today. Crawford, 22, of Fairfield, was shot twice and killed Aug. 5 2014, by a Beavercreek police officer in that city’s Walmart. The trial had been scheduled to...

Posted: 24 days ago

Most of the counts brought by John Crawford III’s parents against Walmart in a civil lawsuit survived summary judgment and will proceed to trial, a federal judge ruled today. Crawford, 22, of Fairfield, was shot twice and killed Aug. 5 2014, by a Beavercreek police officer in that city’s Walmart. The trial had been scheduled to...
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