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.”

Donald Trump reportedly asked NSA and director of national intelligence to undermine FBI’s investigation

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 11:30 PM

Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers testifiy before the Senate Intelligence Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill May 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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President Donald Trump sought to have Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers publicly discredit the FBI’s investigation into Russian ties to his campaign by denying the existence of any evidence of collusion.

That’s according to current and former intelligence officials who spoke to The Washington Post.

On March 20, former FBI Director James Comey confirmed under oath to the House Intelligence Committee that there was an ongoing FBI investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian interests.

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That, say intelligence officials, kicked off a series of attempts by Trump to have Coats and Rogers step forward to publicly undercut the investigation. Both believed the requests to be highly improper and did not cooperate, according to intelligence.

At least one of the conversations — with NSA Director Rogers — was documented in a memorandum retained by the NSA. The Washington Post reports that NSA officials are prepared to make it available to House and Senate committees investigating the issue as well as former FBI Director Robert Mueller’s investigation.

This news comes on the same day that former White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn invoked his Fifth Amendment rights by refusing to provide documents requested by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

When reached for comment, a White House spokesperson told The Washington Post, “The White House does not confirm or deny unsubstantiated claims based on illegal leaks from anonymous individuals.”

Manchester explosion: Here’s what we know about the victims

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 11:31 PM

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Authorities continue  to sort out what happened Monday night when a man who police believe was a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device outside an arena in Manchester, England,

The explosion happened moments after the conclusion of a concert by pop star Ariana Grande.

At least 19 have been confirmed dead and nearly 60 injured as of 10 p.m. ET.

Here's what we know now about some of the victims:

Two men arrested following dispute over car repossession

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 9:24 PM

Eric Brown and Matt Naff (Contributed/Miami County Jail)

A dispute between an man attempting to "repo" a vehicle and the vehicle’s owner involved an argument, a threat, and shots fired at a residence in the area of State Route 571 and Rangeline Road in Miami County.

Detectives later executed a search warrant on the home where the owner, 34-year-old, Matt Naff, was arrested and jailed.

The man involved in the attempted repossession of the vehicle, 54-year-old Eric Brown of West Milton, was arrested and booked into the Miami County Jail in Troy.

Both are charged with one count each of felonious assault, according to a police report.

Deputies recovered two handguns, ammunition and spent bullet casings at the scene, according to the report.

No one was shot during the dispute, according to deputies.

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Pike County murders: State pressuring Manley family, lawyer says

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 12:50 PM
Updated: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 4:44 PM

            James Manley faces charges of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and vandalism, a fifth-degree felony, for allegedly destroying a state GPS tracker on his truck.

Investigators are attempting to pressure a Pike County murder victims’ relative into talking by charging him with evidence tampering and vandalism — charges that cost James Manley a job in Troy — his attorney alleged after learning Manley’s case would go before a grand jury.

Manley’s case was dismissed Monday from Pike County Court and will go directly to grand jury for an indictment, perhaps as soon as within the next two weeks. Manley, 40, was released Wednesday from Ross County Jail after his wife posted 10 percent of his $80,000 bond.

Manley — the brother of Dana Manley Rhoden, one of eight killed April 22, 2016 — turned himself in on charges of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and vandalism, a fifth-degree felony, for allegedly destroying a GPS tracker state investigators placed on his truck.

The decision means evidence or witnesses against Manley would be presented in closed session, instead of in open court at a preliminary hearing scheduled to have taken place Monday.

Manley is not charged in the murders, nor is anyone else. The Ohio Attorney General’s office has not said if Manley, or any other person, is a suspect in the murder case.

Pike County Prosecuting Attorney Rob Junk did not immediately return a call. A spokesman for Attorney General Mike DeWine declined to comment.

James Boulger, Manley’s attorney, objected to the state’s request the case go directly before the grand jury, noting prosecutors have demonstrated no evidence to support the charges.

Asked if his client was innocent of the tampering and vandalism accusations — Manley’s father has said his son destroyed the GPS device — Boulger took an extended pause.

“I believe that he is, but I have not seen any of the evidence that would have supported probable cause that is supposed to exist before you file a criminal complaint,” Boulger said.

“I think they want to put some pressure on him,” Boulger said. “Try to induce him to give them information that they think that he has. That’s what I think that they’re up to.”

And does he have any information that is of interest to investigators?

“Apparently not,” the attorney said.

Manley, a logger like his retired father, lost a job in Troy due to the publicity surrounding the case, Boulger said.

Using a synonym for people who are reserved or quiet, he called his client a “reticent” individual.

“He seems like a hard-working fellow who’s concerned about his family and has done well by them,” Boulger said.

In addition to Manley’s sister, those who died in the massacre were Hannah Gilley, 20, Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 20, Hanna Rhoden, 19, Christopher Rhoden Jr., 16, Christopher Rhoden Sr., 40, Gary Rhoden, 38, and Kenneth Rhoden, 44.