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Prosecutors: Ex-officer on trial for rape sought ‘vulnerable’ women
 A former Phillipsburg police officer used his badge, gun and handcuffs to prey on defenseless women for sex, a Montgomery County assistant prosecutor alleged during opening statements of Justin Sanderson’s trial. Sanderson, 33, had been indicted on 21 counts including seven for sexual battery, four for interfering with civil rights...

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A former Phillipsburg police officer used his badge, gun and handcuffs to prey on defenseless women for sex, a Montgomery County assistant prosecutor alleged during opening statements of Justin Sanderson’s trial. Sanderson, 33, had been indicted on 21 counts including seven for sexual battery, four for interfering with civil rights...
A murder trial prosecutors called the ‘Chuckie Lee Show’ ends with guilty verdict for man who represented himself
 Chuckie Lee had his say by representing himself during a week-long murder trial in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. On Friday, members of the jury had theirs. The jury of six men and six women determined Lee was guilty on all counts and specifications for the March 12, 2017 death of 20-year-old Taylor Brandenburg, who was babysitting...

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Chuckie Lee had his say by representing himself during a week-long murder trial in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. On Friday, members of the jury had theirs. The jury of six men and six women determined Lee was guilty on all counts and specifications for the March 12, 2017 death of 20-year-old Taylor Brandenburg, who was babysitting...
‘At that moment, I was not thinking’: What a Dayton man representing himself in a murder trial said in his testimony
 A Dayton man admitted to throwing the first punch at a bar fight and possibly firing the last shot that killed Taylor Brandenburg on March 12, 2017. He also told a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court jury that he was a drug dealer, has been shot 11 times and that his own son died at 15 years old. Representing himself on murder and other...

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A Dayton man admitted to throwing the first punch at a bar fight and possibly firing the last shot that killed Taylor Brandenburg on March 12, 2017. He also told a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court jury that he was a drug dealer, has been shot 11 times and that his own son died at 15 years old. Representing himself on murder and other...
Guilty verdict for man who represented himself in babysitter murder trial
 Chuckie Lee had his say by representing himself during a week-long murder trial in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. On Friday, members of the jury had theirs. The jury of six men and six women determined Lee was guilty on all counts and specifications for the March 12, 2017 death of 20-year-old Taylor Brandenburg, who was babysitting...

Posted: 3 days ago

Chuckie Lee had his say by representing himself during a week-long murder trial in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. On Friday, members of the jury had theirs. The jury of six men and six women determined Lee was guilty on all counts and specifications for the March 12, 2017 death of 20-year-old Taylor Brandenburg, who was babysitting...
Kettering continuing internal probe of police-involved shooting after grand jury clears officer
 Kettering police’s internal investigation of a fatal shooting will continue after an officer was cleared of any crime by a Montgomery County grand jury. The grand jury voted not to indict officer Andrew DiSalvo, 31, after a May 5 incident in which he shot and killed 24-year-old Mitchell A. Simmons after a domestic disturbance call....

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Kettering police’s internal investigation of a fatal shooting will continue after an officer was cleared of any crime by a Montgomery County grand jury. The grand jury voted not to indict officer Andrew DiSalvo, 31, after a May 5 incident in which he shot and killed 24-year-old Mitchell A. Simmons after a domestic disturbance call....
How a traffic stop and a GPS device helped officials find $500K of fentanyl in Huber Heights
 Two suspects whom authorities arrested when they met a car they allegedly thought contained nearly 10 pounds of fentanyl have been indicted on three drug trafficking counts in Dayton’s U.S. District Court, according to court records. Cesar Linares-Serrano, 32, of Aculco, Mexico, and David Price, 31, of Columbus were arrested earlier...

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Two suspects whom authorities arrested when they met a car they allegedly thought contained nearly 10 pounds of fentanyl have been indicted on three drug trafficking counts in Dayton’s U.S. District Court, according to court records. Cesar Linares-Serrano, 32, of Aculco, Mexico, and David Price, 31, of Columbus were arrested earlier...
Woman once sentenced for fake cancer scam indicted on charge of using disabled man’s debit card
 A Troy woman once sentenced to nine months in prison for faking breast cancer to swindle money is wanted after being indicted for theft involving an elderly or disabled person in Montgomery County. Melissa A. Smith, 51, was indicted this week on four counts of theft involving a debit card. A warrant for her arrest was issued by a Montgomery...

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A Troy woman once sentenced to nine months in prison for faking breast cancer to swindle money is wanted after being indicted for theft involving an elderly or disabled person in Montgomery County. Melissa A. Smith, 51, was indicted this week on four counts of theft involving a debit card. A warrant for her arrest was issued by a Montgomery...
Judge admonishes Dayton babysitter murder suspect representing himself
 The murder suspect accused of shooting a babysitter to death and who is representing himself was repeatedly admonished by a judge Tuesday for making statements during his cross examinations of witnesses. Chuckie Lee, 40, cross examined Cody Gibson, who is married to Taylor Brandenburg’s cousin and lives at the Huffman Avenue home where...

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The murder suspect accused of shooting a babysitter to death and who is representing himself was repeatedly admonished by a judge Tuesday for making statements during his cross examinations of witnesses. Chuckie Lee, 40, cross examined Cody Gibson, who is married to Taylor Brandenburg’s cousin and lives at the Huffman Avenue home where...
NEW DETAILS: Wright-Patt security personnel injured during active shooter alarm
 Nearly two weeks after a scare at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, base officials said Tuesday someone was injured during an active shooter alarm at the military installation’s hospital. The response came after the Dayton Daily News asked about rumors that someone in the base’s security force was shot during the Aug. 2 alarm....

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Nearly two weeks after a scare at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, base officials said Tuesday someone was injured during an active shooter alarm at the military installation’s hospital. The response came after the Dayton Daily News asked about rumors that someone in the base’s security force was shot during the Aug. 2 alarm....
Accused babysitter killer ‘drunk’ and ‘wanted revenge,’ witness says
 UPDATE, 6:15 p.m.: Chuckie Lee was drunk, irritated and said he wanted revenge before allegedly shooting and killing Taylor Brandenburg in March 2017, according to a woman who was with the case’s three defendants. Candace Allen testified Monday afternoon in Lee’s murder trial for the death of Brandenburg, 20, who was babysitting...

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UPDATE, 6:15 p.m.: Chuckie Lee was drunk, irritated and said he wanted revenge before allegedly shooting and killing Taylor Brandenburg in March 2017, according to a woman who was with the case’s three defendants. Candace Allen testified Monday afternoon in Lee’s murder trial for the death of Brandenburg, 20, who was babysitting...
DETAILS: What each of the 13 lawsuits filed against the Montgomery County Jail claim
 More than a dozen lawsuits alleging mistreatment at the Montgomery County Jail in the last five years are expected to eventually cost $10 million or more, according to Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman. Of the at least 13 lawsuits, one has gone to trial, one has been dismissed and four have been settled out of court. The others...

Posted: 14 days ago

More than a dozen lawsuits alleging mistreatment at the Montgomery County Jail in the last five years are expected to eventually cost $10 million or more, according to Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman. Of the at least 13 lawsuits, one has gone to trial, one has been dismissed and four have been settled out of court. The others...
Cost of lawsuits against county jail could top $10M, official says
 Montgomery County and its insurers could be on the hook for more than $10 million in settlements and legal costs in a string of lawsuits alleging inmate mistreatment — some resulting in deaths — in its jail, according to Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman. “The lawsuits that just kept coming in are unbelievable...

Posted: 15 days ago

Montgomery County and its insurers could be on the hook for more than $10 million in settlements and legal costs in a string of lawsuits alleging inmate mistreatment — some resulting in deaths — in its jail, according to Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman. “The lawsuits that just kept coming in are unbelievable...
How some suspicious credit card activity on Miller Lane led an ATM skimming investigation
 The second of four Brazilian-born men federally indicted for allegedly skimming ATMs and having 400 fake credit cards pleaded guilty Friday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Leonardo Wolf Targino, 20, likely will be ordered to serve three years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 7 by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rose. “Guilty...

Posted: 17 days ago

The second of four Brazilian-born men federally indicted for allegedly skimming ATMs and having 400 fake credit cards pleaded guilty Friday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Leonardo Wolf Targino, 20, likely will be ordered to serve three years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 7 by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rose. “Guilty...
The daylight armed robbery of a Huber Heights AT&T store: Where the cases stand
 Five of the seven defendants indicted in the Feb. 1 daylight armed robbery of a Huber Heights AT&T store on Old Troy Pike are still awaiting trial. Two teens, a 15- and a 16-year-old, have been sentenced in Montgomery County Juvenile Court to up to four years in juvenile prison, according to court records. The other four then-juveniles and...

Posted: 17 days ago

Five of the seven defendants indicted in the Feb. 1 daylight armed robbery of a Huber Heights AT&T store on Old Troy Pike are still awaiting trial. Two teens, a 15- and a 16-year-old, have been sentenced in Montgomery County Juvenile Court to up to four years in juvenile prison, according to court records. The other four then-juveniles and...
Sheriff to boost patrols for area Stormy Daniels performances this weekend
 The two scheduled appearances by porn star Stormy Daniels at a Washington Twp. strip club this weekend has prompted an increased police presence, according to Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer. Daniels, aka Stephanie Clifford, is scheduled to perform at Diamonds on Friday and Saturday nights. Daniels was arrested last month after a performance...

Posted: 18 days ago

The two scheduled appearances by porn star Stormy Daniels at a Washington Twp. strip club this weekend has prompted an increased police presence, according to Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer. Daniels, aka Stephanie Clifford, is scheduled to perform at Diamonds on Friday and Saturday nights. Daniels was arrested last month after a performance...
Clayton man sentenced to death in murder of childhood friend has motion denied
 The former Northmont High School student sentenced to the death penalty for crimes involved in the murder of a childhood friend had his motion for reconsideration denied by the Ohio Supreme Court. Austin Myers, 23, had asked the court to take another look at the case despite a 7-0 ruling on May 17 that affirmed his convictions and the imposition...

Posted: 19 days ago

The former Northmont High School student sentenced to the death penalty for crimes involved in the murder of a childhood friend had his motion for reconsideration denied by the Ohio Supreme Court. Austin Myers, 23, had asked the court to take another look at the case despite a 7-0 ruling on May 17 that affirmed his convictions and the imposition...
Centerville lawyer suspended, his third discipline since 2001
 A Centerville-based attorney will not practice law for six months of a two-year suspension levied by the Ohio Supreme Court this week, which is the third time he has been disciplined by the court. Andrew M. Engel was suspended for “failing to follow through on a client’s debt-collection case and grudgingly cooperating with disciplinary...

Posted: 19 days ago

A Centerville-based attorney will not practice law for six months of a two-year suspension levied by the Ohio Supreme Court this week, which is the third time he has been disciplined by the court. Andrew M. Engel was suspended for “failing to follow through on a client’s debt-collection case and grudgingly cooperating with disciplinary...
From nuclear sub radioman to court administrator: Jim Dare retires
 When James “Jim” Dare makes the rounds today to say goodbye to work friends, he will finish a career and continue a life set in motion by a broken kneecap while playing dorm football during his first quarter at Ohio State University. “I got tackled on the sidewalk and then had to have an operation on my knee,” Dare...

Posted: 20 days ago

When James “Jim” Dare makes the rounds today to say goodbye to work friends, he will finish a career and continue a life set in motion by a broken kneecap while playing dorm football during his first quarter at Ohio State University. “I got tackled on the sidewalk and then had to have an operation on my knee,” Dare...
Court rules ex-police officer’s alleged sexual harassment was 'boorish' but not illegal
 A former Clay Twp. police officer who alleged sexual harassment and intentional infliction of emotional distress against her superiors had an appeal in her case denied on Friday, as the court ruled the alleged actions weren’t severe enough to warrant court action. Tina Silvers’ claims of sexual harassment and other wrongdoing...

Posted: 24 days ago

A former Clay Twp. police officer who alleged sexual harassment and intentional infliction of emotional distress against her superiors had an appeal in her case denied on Friday, as the court ruled the alleged actions weren’t severe enough to warrant court action. Tina Silvers’ claims of sexual harassment and other wrongdoing...
17-year-old shot by business manager latest of 6 Trotwood homicide victims this year
 Two homicides in Trotwood this week — including Thursday’s death of a 17-year-old black male shot by the manager of an auto repair shop after the teen allegedly pointed a gun — bring the city’s 2018 total to six, according to Montgomery County Coroner Kent Harshbarger. The teen’s family had not been notified...

Posted: 25 days ago

Two homicides in Trotwood this week — including Thursday’s death of a 17-year-old black male shot by the manager of an auto repair shop after the teen allegedly pointed a gun — bring the city’s 2018 total to six, according to Montgomery County Coroner Kent Harshbarger. The teen’s family had not been notified...
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