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Dayton woman shot to death 9 years after boyfriend’s unsolved murder
 A 37-year-old Dayton woman was shot and killed by gunshots fired outside her home on Millicent Avenue nearly nine years after her boyfriend was shot and killed in what remains a cold case. Dayton police have said they have no reason to believe the homicides are related. La’Peetra Dawson’s autopsy was completed Wednesday. Her death...

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A 37-year-old Dayton woman was shot and killed by gunshots fired outside her home on Millicent Avenue nearly nine years after her boyfriend was shot and killed in what remains a cold case. Dayton police have said they have no reason to believe the homicides are related. La’Peetra Dawson’s autopsy was completed Wednesday. Her death...
Trial begins this week for Dayton man accused of being ISIS recruit
 More than 18 months after he was arrested at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, the Dayton man who allegedly called himself a “perfect ISIS recruit” is scheduled to stand trial Tuesday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Laith Alebbini, 28, faces one count of knowingly attempting “to provide material...

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More than 18 months after he was arrested at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, the Dayton man who allegedly called himself a “perfect ISIS recruit” is scheduled to stand trial Tuesday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Laith Alebbini, 28, faces one count of knowingly attempting “to provide material...
6 big issues state lawmakers could consider in the remainder of 2018
 State lawmakers will consider numerous issues when they return to Columbus this month before the two-year session ends in December. They may look at 1,005 pending bills addressing issues including abortion, gun rights, child marriage, amusement ride safety inspections and teen drivers. Some of the notable issues include: House Bill 226, sponsored...

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State lawmakers will consider numerous issues when they return to Columbus this month before the two-year session ends in December. They may look at 1,005 pending bills addressing issues including abortion, gun rights, child marriage, amusement ride safety inspections and teen drivers. Some of the notable issues include: House Bill 226, sponsored...
Today’s temperature dipped near record low, and Sunday could tie one
 The official low temperature this morning at the Dayton International Airport was a chilly 21, just three degrees above the all-time Nov. 10 low of 18 set in 1991. That day in 1991 was the fourth consecutive day of record lows which dropped the mercury as low as 11 degrees on Nov. 8. While it won’t be that cold on Sunday, the Storm...

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The official low temperature this morning at the Dayton International Airport was a chilly 21, just three degrees above the all-time Nov. 10 low of 18 set in 1991. That day in 1991 was the fourth consecutive day of record lows which dropped the mercury as low as 11 degrees on Nov. 8. While it won’t be that cold on Sunday, the Storm...
Montgomery County sheriff elected to statehouse: What does that mean for the department?
 Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer’s election to the Ohio House of Representatives in District 40 will cause multiple changes in the department that serves many roles beyond daily law enforcement once he resigns on Dec. 31.. The department, whose responsibilities include operating the county jail, registering sex offenders and participating...

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Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer’s election to the Ohio House of Representatives in District 40 will cause multiple changes in the department that serves many roles beyond daily law enforcement once he resigns on Dec. 31.. The department, whose responsibilities include operating the county jail, registering sex offenders and participating...
‘It’s more than we’ve got now’: What law enforcement thinks about a local sheriff entering the statehouse
 When he turns in his badge for a seat in Ohio’s House of Representatives, Phil Plummer can be a bullet in the legislative chamber for law enforcement, a local sheriff said. Preble County Sheriff Michael Simpson, the President of the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association, said a sitting sheriff hasn’t been elected to the statehouse...

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When he turns in his badge for a seat in Ohio’s House of Representatives, Phil Plummer can be a bullet in the legislative chamber for law enforcement, a local sheriff said. Preble County Sheriff Michael Simpson, the President of the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association, said a sitting sheriff hasn’t been elected to the statehouse...
Beavercreek teen indicted for allegedly trying to join arm of ISIS
 The 19-year-old Beavercreek man accused of trying to fly overseas to train with ISIS has been indicted on a terrorism charge, according to federal court documents. Naser Almadaoji was indicted in Dayton’s U.S. District Court on one count of attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization. That...

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The 19-year-old Beavercreek man accused of trying to fly overseas to train with ISIS has been indicted on a terrorism charge, according to federal court documents. Naser Almadaoji was indicted in Dayton’s U.S. District Court on one count of attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization. That...
Man who had drugs mailed to Centerville residence sentenced
 A Dayton man who received methamphetamine delivered via mail to a Centerville residence was sentenced this week in Dayton’s U.S. District Court to a decade in federal prison. Damaad Gardner, 28, will spend 10 years incarcerated after Judge Thomas Rose sentenced him to the agreed-upon term reached between prosecutors and the defense...

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A Dayton man who received methamphetamine delivered via mail to a Centerville residence was sentenced this week in Dayton’s U.S. District Court to a decade in federal prison. Damaad Gardner, 28, will spend 10 years incarcerated after Judge Thomas Rose sentenced him to the agreed-upon term reached between prosecutors and the defense...
Parker, Montgomery, Wallace win Montgomery County judge races, add more diversity to bench
 Montgomery County voters have elected the common pleas court general division’s first black male judge, its first female juvenile court judge and added a fourth woman to the common pleas bench. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial final results from the Montgomery County Board of Elections show Gerald Parker defeated...

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Montgomery County voters have elected the common pleas court general division’s first black male judge, its first female juvenile court judge and added a fourth woman to the common pleas bench. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial final results from the Montgomery County Board of Elections show Gerald Parker defeated...
Election highlights: DeWine wins, some familiar names lose, Dayton OKs marijuana issue and more
 Ohio voters picked a new governor, backed the full slate of Republicans to statewide non-judicial offices and killed Issue 1. Local voters backed the Five Rivers MetroParks levy and Dayton voters OK’d effort to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. It also was a night where some familiar faces lost their seats locally...

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Ohio voters picked a new governor, backed the full slate of Republicans to statewide non-judicial offices and killed Issue 1. Local voters backed the Five Rivers MetroParks levy and Dayton voters OK’d effort to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. It also was a night where some familiar faces lost their seats locally...
2 stolen cars involved in 2 crashes that kill 1, injure several
 Local police agencies are investigating two stolen car hit-and-run accidents within two days, including one that killed a 26-year-old Harrison Twp. woman and critically injured her passenger. Alesia D. Brown, a mother to six children, died early Sunday of blunt force injuries to her head, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s...

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Local police agencies are investigating two stolen car hit-and-run accidents within two days, including one that killed a 26-year-old Harrison Twp. woman and critically injured her passenger. Alesia D. Brown, a mother to six children, died early Sunday of blunt force injuries to her head, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s...
Crash involving stolen car injures several, including toddler, in Harrison Twp.
 A 2-year-old riding on the passenger-side floor of a stolen vehicle involved in a three-vehicle crash this afternoon escaped serious injury. Two others trapped inside the stolen Chevrolet Impala suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash dispatched at 12:23 p.m. today on Salem Avenue in Harrison Twp., Montgomery County Sheriff&rsquo...

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A 2-year-old riding on the passenger-side floor of a stolen vehicle involved in a three-vehicle crash this afternoon escaped serious injury. Two others trapped inside the stolen Chevrolet Impala suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash dispatched at 12:23 p.m. today on Salem Avenue in Harrison Twp., Montgomery County Sheriff&rsquo...
New incumbent Rezabek faces Wallace in juvenile court judge race
 Montgomery County Juvenile Court Judge Jeff Rezabek was going to square off against Helen Wallace before he got to run as an incumbent. Rezabek was appointed in July by Ohio Gov. John Kasich after the death of longtime Judge Nick Kuntz. Both candidates have been criminal defense attorneys and worked as Guardian Ad Litems representing children...

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Montgomery County Juvenile Court Judge Jeff Rezabek was going to square off against Helen Wallace before he got to run as an incumbent. Rezabek was appointed in July by Ohio Gov. John Kasich after the death of longtime Judge Nick Kuntz. Both candidates have been criminal defense attorneys and worked as Guardian Ad Litems representing children...
Area coach, still at large after escaping monitoring device, found guilty of sex crimes against 14-year-old
 The ex-Southwest Soccer Club coach who has a nationwide arrest warrant is now a convicted sex offender after he was found guilty by a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge. Justin K. Smith, 41, of Germantown, was found guilty Friday on all eight counts including sexual battery by a coach against a 14-year-old girl he had coached since...

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The ex-Southwest Soccer Club coach who has a nationwide arrest warrant is now a convicted sex offender after he was found guilty by a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge. Justin K. Smith, 41, of Germantown, was found guilty Friday on all eight counts including sexual battery by a coach against a 14-year-old girl he had coached since...
Former soccer coach who fled trial found guilty of sex crimes involving girl, 14
 A former Germantown soccer coach was not in the courtroom when he was convicted Friday morning of sexual battery and other crimes involving a 14-year-old girl he coached. Justin K. Smith, 41, was on trial this week in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court on eight counts involving sex crimes against a teen. After testifying Wednesday...

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A former Germantown soccer coach was not in the courtroom when he was convicted Friday morning of sexual battery and other crimes involving a 14-year-old girl he coached. Justin K. Smith, 41, was on trial this week in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court on eight counts involving sex crimes against a teen. After testifying Wednesday...
Defendant’s escape from monitoring device comes after some shared concerns about system
 The disappearance of a Germantown man who disabled his electronic monitoring ankle bracelet on a break from his trial for sex crimes came five months after the Montgomery County prosecutor expressed concerns about the monitoring system. Justin K. Smith, 41, was on trial this week in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court on sexual battery and...

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The disappearance of a Germantown man who disabled his electronic monitoring ankle bracelet on a break from his trial for sex crimes came five months after the Montgomery County prosecutor expressed concerns about the monitoring system. Justin K. Smith, 41, was on trial this week in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court on sexual battery and...
4 cases raise electronic monitoring concerns before accused sex offender flees trial
 Five months before accused child sex offender Justin K. Smith disabled his electronic monitoring ankle bracelet near the end of his trial Wednesday, Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. expressedhad concerns about the program. In May, Heck sent local judges a link to a national TV news magazine show that claimed 50 murders been committed...

Posted: 14 days ago

Five months before accused child sex offender Justin K. Smith disabled his electronic monitoring ankle bracelet near the end of his trial Wednesday, Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. expressedhad concerns about the program. In May, Heck sent local judges a link to a national TV news magazine show that claimed 50 murders been committed...
Defendant in sex crimes case testified, went to lunch and never returned. Now police are searching for him.
 A Germantown youth soccer coach accused of sex crimes admitted to sexual contact but not sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl on his team before going missing in the afternoon during his trial in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. Pretrial services employee Lafayette Christian testified that around noon on Wednesday, Justin K. Smith...

Posted: 15 days ago

A Germantown youth soccer coach accused of sex crimes admitted to sexual contact but not sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl on his team before going missing in the afternoon during his trial in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. Pretrial services employee Lafayette Christian testified that around noon on Wednesday, Justin K. Smith...
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