Arrests signals end to violent months of shooting deaths, gunplay

Published: Sunday, March 17, 2013 @ 12:00 AM
Updated: Sunday, March 17, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

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Dayton Daily News reporters Steve Bennish, Mark Gokavi and Katie Wedell examined hundreds of federal court documents and police reports and interviewed witnesses to piece together the events that led to a violent first two months of the year in Dayton.

There have been 11 homicides in Dayton in 2013 - 10 in two months. In the first three months of 2012 there were 6 homicides in the city.

  1. Bradlee Thompson, 30, was shot to death at about 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 1 inside 613 Hulbert St. Police identified one of the residents as the shooter and later ruled the death a justifiable homicide committed in self-defense.
  2. A woman walking her dog in Triangle Park Jan. 13 discovered the body of Eligio Cesar Hernandez, 44. Police said he had likely been stabbed somewhere else and his body moved to the park.
  3. Matthew Anderson, 20, was shot when someone fired into the residence at 4032 Prescott Ave. for the second time on Jan. 31. He died in his car several blocks away.
  4. Daniel Holt, 34, was shot by two Dayton Police sergeants Feb. 10 at Island Metropark after he allegedly pointed a SKS rifle at them and ignored commands to lower the weapon. Those officers recently returned to duty, but the investigation into the shooting continues.
  5. Oscar Beason, 95, was shot multiple times on or about Feb. 17. He was found at the bottom of the basement stairs at 1544 Hochwalt Ave. on Feb. 20.
  6. Jillian Miles, 27, was found shot to death inside her home at 160 W. Parkwood Ave. on Feb. 19.
  7. Jason Rutledge, 29, died at Good Samaritan Hospital on Feb. 20. Police later determined that he was shot at 2060 Ravenwood Ave. when an argument erupted over a game of dice. 25-year-old Tarrell Postell has been indicted on charges of murder, having weapons as a felon and felonious assault.
  8. Willie Boddie Jr., 28, was killed Feb. 22 when a gunman opened fire on a car in the parking lot of H&H Service Center, 2647 Riverview Ave.
  9. Charles Black Jr., 26, was shot in a car outside of 1610 Bancroft Street on Feb. 23.
  10. Briona Rodgers, 13, and her cousin Alonta Culpepper were shot at Rodgers home, 2512 Home Ave. on Feb. 24. Rodgers died and Culpepper was critically injured. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty against Dameon Wesley, a convicted murderer who has been indicted in the shooting.
  11. Michael E. Neibert, 41, was shot and killed around 2 a.m. on March 14 during an argument with some neighbors at 3723 E. Third St.


Homicides in the city of Dayton since 2008

2008: 40

2009: 42

2010: 35

2011: 38

2012: 28

2013: 11

A sudden swell of gun violence in Dayton — 11 homicides and as many drive-by shootings into homes this year — appears to have calmed in recent weeks.

Police won’t disclose what, if any, clear links they’ve established among the incidents — and many appear to be unrelated — but the recent arrests of three suspects by a special police unit may be playing a part in the reduction in violence.

Despite the arrests, the toll has been high for the neighborhoods plagued by the violence.

Belinda Williams lost her son, Matthew L. Anderson, 20, when he was shot dead in a car when the vehicle inadvertently entered the line of fire while a house was being shot up during a drive-by on Prescott Avenue.

Anderson, one of six children, was a Meadowdale High School graduate who had decided on a career in law enforcement. “He wanted to be a police officer. That was his dream since he was a little boy,” Belinda said. “His life was too short.”

The uptick from Jan. 1 until Feb. 24, which saw the deaths of 10 of the victims, is all the more disturbing because it followed a sharp drop in city shootings and murders in 2012 after three years of coordinated gang and criminal group violence suppression by the Community Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence, or CIRGV.

The program merges community outreach with crime targeting and includes Dayton Police, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Trotwood Police, the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office, the U.S. Attorney and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In January, Police Chief Richard Biehl credited CIRGV with reducing “group-related homicides” to two in 2012. The year prior there were 10.

Suspects arrested

Lt. Col. Bob Chabali, assistant Dayton police chief, said CIRGV, and its FBI-assisted anti-gang/criminal group effort, helped quash the recent gunfire.

The three suspects arrested and facing possible federal charges in U.S. District Court are Wesley A.G. Pope, 20, Phillip D.J. Parks, 24, and Kenneth L. Wynn, 26. All have criminal records and were armed when arrested between Feb. 26 and March 7.

Besides facing potential federal weapons charges, Pope and Wynn also are accused of heroin dealing. All three men are being held because they’re considered flight risks and could face even more serious charges, federal court records say.

Pope was apprehended on the same street — Prescott Avenue — where weeks earlier Anderson was killed

Chabali said “the message is out” to other violent types because of the prospect of federal prosecution for the trio.

“We have recovered weapons, we’ve made arrests, we’ve recovered drugs and I think everybody and anybody in the region benefits from these type of suspects being arrested, especially charged in the federal arena,” Chabali said.

Chabali said that because investigations and interventions are ongoing, he’s limited in what he can say.

Police reports examined by the Dayton Daily News, however, tell a story of the furious spate of gun violence squeezed into a short period.

Three of those killed in the first two months of 2013 — all of them men — were found slain in their automobiles. They are Willie H. Boddie, Jr, 28, shot to death in his car parked at 2647 Riverview Avenue at H&H Service Center/Car Wash; Anderson when he drove into the line of fire in the 4000 block of Prescott Avenue, and Charles L. Black Jr., 26, found shot to death while sitting in his car at 1610 Bancroft St.

When Anderson was killed at 9:30 p.m. Jan. 31, it was the second time that day that gunshots were fired into a house in the 4000 block of Prescott Avenue in the Greenwich Village neighborhood. On Wednesday, the home’s siding still showed bullet holes. Glass fragments littered the front porch.

Biehl said Anderson, 20, has no known association with any of the crime outfits targeted by police and he appears to have been an innocent bystander. His mother described a dutiful son who took her to doctor’s appointments. His perfect attendence certificates from school hung on a living room wall at her house.

She called for answers. “For my peace of mind I want to know why they shot him,” she said. “To me he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Someone was shooting in the neighborhood earlier that day. We thought it had stopped. He wasn’t no trouble maker. That’s a good boy.”

Criminal groups the target

The recent gun violence seems to include domestic shootings, arguments among acquaintances, and street slayings. Many of the motives are not clear. In one three-day period — Feb. 17 until Feb. 19 — seven houses were shot up.

But it’s the violent feud between two criminal groups that’s the target of the increased heat from authorities. The three arrested are seen as suspects in an ugly series of tit-for-tat retaliation-style shootings.

Parks was apprehended Feb. 26 when an off-duty police officer stopped at a gas station and recognized a black 1985 Chevrolet Camaro mentioned at police roll calls as a suspect vehicle. Parks was found with a Taurus 9 millimeter handgun with one round in the chamber and 10 rounds in the magazine. He was carrying $2,065 cash and two cell phones. Parks was convicted in 2010 of attempting to smuggle drugs into a detention facility, a felony.

The federal complaint said Parks also is a suspect in the Nov. 23 shoot-up of a residence at 1801 Tennyson Ave.

Parks and at least one other are suspected of firing into the house where three children ages 4 to 14 slept. The shooting was possibly in retaliation for the shooting death of Aundric Kerley several hours earlier as he left Club Vault, a downtown night spot, police said, because the address was home to the mother of a person of interest in Kerley’s death.

Police found 10 shell casings outside the house, four bullets inside. The shells were from at least three different weapons, police said. Parks’ alleged accomplice that night was also named as a possible suspect in the shooting into a habitation on Prescott Avenue in January that ultimately resulted in Anderson’s death.

That dispute also may have started with an argument at a nightclub that led to shots being fired into the houses of family members of those involved, according to police reports.

Pope was arrested March 1 when Dayton police officers patrolling near the Greenwich Village neighborhood off Gettysburg Avenue saw a tan 2001 GMC Yukon with dark, illegally-tinted windows at a residence on Prescott Avenue. The neighborhood and its surrounds have been a crime hot spot from time to time, considered home turf of the Greenwich Village Clique, a gang on the Montgomery County Sheriff’s watch list.

Inside the vehicle, police found a Ruger .44 magnum revolver loaded with six live rounds, four cell phones, a dinner plate with heroin residue, and a Kraft cheddar cheese zip top baggie holding 131 heroin capsules. Pope, who had $1,380 in cash in his pockets, told police the heroin was his, but denied he owned the firearm.

Court records show Pope was not allowed to have a weapon because of a robbery conviction while a juvenile. At the time, he was prosecuted as an adult. Paperwork filed with the federal court indicates that one reason for Pope’s detainment is that he may have committed “an offense for which the maximum sentence is life imprisonment or death,” but is not more specific.

Wynn was taken into custody March 7 after a special police unit spotted his vehicle near Cornell Ridge Apartments and pursued him into Harrison Twp.

Police found a Glock .45 caliber semiautomatic handgun loaded with 10 rounds, a Smith & Wesson 9-millimeter semiautomatic handgun loaded with nine rounds, a Colt .223-caliber rifle with a 100-round drum magazine, empty gel capsules, a scale and heroin. Wynn has previous convictions for having weapons under disability and possession of heroin.

Wynn’s federal detainer also lists that he may have committed “an offense for which the maximum sentence is life imprisonment or death.”

Chabali said the region’s serious heroin problem makes the flurry of violence more than just a city of Dayton problem.

“There’s more regionalization within the criminal element,” Chabali said. “We know for a fact that the folks travel out of the city into other areas and, in essence, that’s why we have the combined efforts of the CIRGV program with the federal (agents) and the Trotwood Police Department is involved in that also. So that’s why it’s a more regional effort.

“To say that it’s just specific to (the city), and that these guys would not be traveling out of Dayton, would be pretty closed-minded.”

Psychologists discover why we call people wrong names

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 1:28 PM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 1:28 PM

            Psychologists discover why we call people wrong names

Has your parent ever called you by your sibling’s name or worse, the dog’s name? Psychologists have discovered why it happens. 

Inadvertently calling someone the wrong name, whether by a parent, close friend or even a partner, happens because of love, according to Quartz.

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The brain has a network that contains information about related people, places and things and when you call on that network, sometimes the brain activates related information along with wanted information, Quartz reported. 

“Your mom calls you by your sibling’s name because she loves both of you, and associates you with one another,” Quartz said.  

So the next time you get someone’s name wrong, you can tell them it’s scientifically proven to be out of love. 

Uber sexism under investigation after female engineer’s ‘slightly horrifying’ story

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 2:07 PM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 2:07 PM

            Uber sexism under investigation after female engineer’s ‘slightly horrifying’ story

Uber has launched an investigation into claims of sexual harassment after a former female Uber engineer wrote a blog post describing her time at the ride-hailing company as “strange, fascinating, and slightly horrifying.”

Writer and engineer Susan Fowler wrote on her personal blog about her year at Uber as an engineer, calling the company “an organization in complete, unrelenting chaos.”

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She described an incident in which her new team manager propositioned her for sex, but human resources employees said it was the manager’s first offense, so they gave him a warning. But Fowler wrote, after talking with other women there, she realized that many had dealt with the same behavior from the same manager.

“It became obvious that both HR and management had been lying about this being ‘his first offense,’ and it certainly wasn't his last,” she wrote.

“The situation was escalated as far up the chain as it could be escalated, and still nothing was done.”

She described other incidents of sexism and said the number of women engineers dropped from about 25 percent of the 150-member team to fewer than 3 percent in the year she was there.

“What's described here is abhorrent and against everything we believe in,” Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said in a tweet on Sunday.

“Anyone who behaves this way or thinks this is OK will be fired.”

Kalanick ordered an “urgent investigation” into Fowler’s claims, saying in a tweet: “There can be absolutely no place for this kind of behavior at Uber.”

It was the latest public relations headache for Uber, which dealt with bad publicity recently when it gave lower-priced rides in New York during a taxi drivers’ boycott over President Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban. Uber riders also protested after Kalanick’s decision to join Trump’s economic advisory council, which he has since decided against.

The Oscars 2017: What time; what channel; live-streamed; who is the host?

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 10:40 AM

            The Oscars 2017: What time; what channel; live-streamed; who is the host?

The 2017 Academy Awards – the crowning jewel in Hollywood’s annual self-congratulatory tour of award shows – is set for Sunday.

With nine films up for the Oscar for Best Picture, the favorite seems to be “La La Land,” the homage to Hollywood’s era of love story musicals. The movie is up for 14 Oscars, Best Picture and lead actor and actress nominations included.  

However, the night may likely be remembered more for its political slant then for the awards handed out, if other award shows this year are any indication.

Here are the specifics on the show – the time, channel and where it is being live-streamed.

What time: The show begins at 8:30 p.m. (ET) The red carpet coverage begins at 7 p.m.

Where is it being held: The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

What channel: ABC will broadcast the show live.

Live-stream: You can watch the awards ceremony on your phone or on other devices by going to or by using the ABC app.

The host: Jimmy Kimmmel is hosting the ceremony. It’s his first time. “Yes, I am hosting the Oscars. This is not a prank,” the Jimmy Kimmel Live! host tweeted shortly after the news was announced in December. “And if it is, my revenge on @TheAcademy will be terrible& sweet. Thx to @alsformalwear.”

Handing out the awards: Samuel L. Jackson, Kate McKinnon, Amy Adams, Halle Berry, Scarlett Johansson and Charlize Theron are among the presenters at Sunday’s ceremony.

Performances: Among the performers set for the show are Sting, John Legend, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Justin Timberlake.

Oscar nominations: Below is a list of Oscar nominations.




Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land


Manchester by the Sea



Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences


Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins


Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel, Lion

Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals


Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea


Kubo and the Two Strings


My Life as a Zucchini

The Red Turtle




La La Land






Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Florence Foster Jenkins


La La Land



Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea



Fire at Sea

I Am Not Your Negro

Life, Animated

O.J.: Made in America




4.1 Miles

Joe’s Violin

Watani: My Homeland

The White Helmets



Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

La La Land



Land of Mine

A Man Called Ove

The Salesman


Toni Erdmann


A Man Called Ove

Star Trek Beyond

Suicide Squad



La La Land





"Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" from La La Land

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

"Can’t Stop The Feeling" from Trolls

Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster

"City Of Stars" from La La Land

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

"The Empty Chair" from Jim: The James Foley Story

Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting

"How Far I’ll Go" from Moana

Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda



Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hail, Caesar!

La La Land



Blind Vaysha

Borrowed Time

Pear Cider and Cigarettes




Ennemis Intérieurs

La Femme et le TGV

Silent Nights





Deepwater Horizon

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land




Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi


Deepwater Horizon

Doctor Strange

The Jungle Book

Kubo and the Two Strings

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story




Hidden Figures




Hell or High Water

La La Land

The Lobster

Manchester by the Sea

20th Century Women

Cats killed in fire that destroyed Miami Twp. home

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 10:53 AM

UPDATE @ 12:45 p.m.

According to the Miami Township fire department the house has been completely destroyed. The only occupant escaped safely, but five cats were killed in the fire. Authorities stated the cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

UPDATE @ 11:05 a.m.

The one occupant inside the house escaped safely and crews are still on scene working to put flames out and determine the cause.


Crews in Miami Twp. are responding to a reported fire at a home in the 6700 block of Innsbruck Drive.

Heavy smoke was reportedly showing as firefighters got on scene shortly after 10:30 a.m.

We’re headed to the scene and will update this story as more information becomes available.

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