2 arrested in Eaton for alleged drug trafficking

Published: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 12:12 PM

Joseph Spencer and Samantha Gardner were arrested on October 2, 2017, after Spencer sold methamphetamine to undercover Preble County Deputies. 

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Deputies purchased approximately one gram of suspected meth from Spencer in the parking lot of a laundry mat near the intersection of North Barron Street and Eaton Lewisburg Road in Eaton. Deputies later arrested Gardner as she was the person who arranged the transaction. 


On October 3, 2017, both were formally charged in Eaton Municipal court and both face one count of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs. 

Spencer and Gardner are currently awaiting arraignment in Eaton Municipal Court. 

Arson damage ‘significant’ to International Food Store in Dayton

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 9:23 AM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 4:45 PM

A local store caught fire early this morning

UPDATE @ 4:45 p.m. (Oct. 20)

Surveillance video shows that a fire early Thursday was intentional.

Now arson investigators are asking for the public’s help to identify the suspect.

“Obviously in the video you can see a subject walk up, open some doors to the basement of this building, dump some type of accelerant into the basement and then light a flare and ignite a fire,” Bryan Adams of the Dayton Fire Department said.

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The male suspect was wearing a plaid winter-type jacket and winter beanie-style hat with a pom on top,” Adams said.

Anyone with information about the incident, or those who have any surveillance video are urged to alert the fire department at 937-333-4700. Also, tips and videos can be submitted anonymously on the city of Dayton’s website, he said.


Firefighters are investigating what caused a fire at the International Food Store on Troy Street early this morning.

Fire crews on the scene said the fire appeared to start in the basement, before spreading to other parts of the business, 642 Troy St.

The fire was reported shortly before 4 a.m.

We’re working to learn more about whether the business will be able to reopen.

63-year-old Dayton gunshot victim critically hurt

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 12:48 AM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 4:15 PM

63-year-old Dayton woman in critical condition after shooting

UPDATE @ 4:15 p.m.

Gunshot victim Rosemarie Harris remains at Miami Valley Hospital, but staff said they could not release any information.

Harris, 63, was shot in the back Thursday night in the 1600 block of Tennyson Avenue.


A shooting victim was critically hurt Thursday night in Dayton.

Crews were dispatched shortly after 8:15 p.m. to the 1600 block of Tennyson Avenue.

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According to a Dayton police report, 63-year-old Rosemarie Harris was “shot by another, resulting in life-threatening injuries.”

Harris was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where she was undergoing surgery late Thursday night.

No suspect information was available.

Moraine police shooting: Who is Jamarco McShann?

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 2:57 PM

Jamarco McShann
Jamarco McShann

The man shot by Moraine police early Friday wrote he “DID NOT think like a productive member of society” and asked for mental health assistance, according to a motion for judicial release he filed Nov. 24, 2015, while he was a prisoner at Lebanon Correctional Institution.

Jamarco D. McShann, 23, was shot and killed by Moraine police Friday morning while two officers responded to a suspicious vehicle report. Moraine police Chief Craig Richardson said McShann pointed a handgun at the officers.

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Jamarco McShann filed two separate motions for judicial release during his three-year sentence for three cases, the most recent one for having weapons under disability.

Jamarco McShann is the younger brother of Curtis McShann, who was sentenced earlier this month to 60 years to life in prison for the shooting death of Brandon Lanier in 2016.

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Jamarco McShann also had a younger brother, Jamal McShann, who was shot to death in October 2013 in Dayton.

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“I might have a chemical imbalance that causes me to have irrational thoughts,” Jamarco McShann wrote while requesting a release to join the MonDay treatment program. “The prison that I am in does not offer a class or counseling which will give me an in-depth look into my mind and why I think this way.”

Jamarco McShann was released from prison Aug. 2, 2016. Neither of his two motions for judicial release were granted by Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Dennis Adkins.

In the November 2015 motion, McShann wrote that his institutional record “is not without imperfections” and that his fiance and young son were struggling financially.

He also wrote that two out of three children in the United States with at least one parent incarcerated go on to become incarcerated themselves.

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“Although going to the MonDay program won’t allow me to help them financially,” he wrote, “it would help me figure out why I think this way and then I can help my son think in a more productive way.”

In a May 2015 motion for judicial release, McShann wrote that he and eight siblings were raised by his mother and he was working toward his GED despite learning disabilities.

“Mr. McShann is adamant on obtaining legal employment, and working his way up the ladder legally” said that motion, written in third person, later adding that he “has evolved into a new man who is ready to live a productive and positive life in society, not prison.”

Moraine officer-involved shooting: 5 questions we’re asking

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 1:15 PM

Sky 7 footage of the Signal 99 in Moraine

Two Moraine police officers fired their weapons at a 23-year-old man Friday, killing him on scene, police said.

Moraine Police Chief Craig Richardson said the man — identified by the Montgomery County Coroner as Jamarco McShann, 23, of Dayton — pointed a gun at officers, who were investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle on Pinnacle Park Drive.

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The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation will conduct an independent investigation into the shooting, a BCI spokeswoman told this news organization.

Moraine shooting: Man killed identified

Richardson said the Moraine department will have more information in a later press conference.

Here are five outstanding questions about this morning’s shooting in Moraine:

1. What type of gun did the man shot have? Moraine police said that “the officers located the suspect in the vehicle, the suspect pointed a handgun at the officers and two Moraine police officers responded with gunfire.” Police have not said what type of handgun McShann had.

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2. What warnings, if any, were officers able to give the suspect? We do not know if officers were able to warn the man to drop the gun before shooting him.

3. Who are the officers who fired at the man? This newsroom has asked for more information about the officers who fired at McShann. Specifically, we’ve asked for their personnel files and whether they are still on-duty. Typically after an officer-involved shooting, the officer will go on an administrative leave during the investigation.

4. When was Moraine’s last officer-involved shooting? The Dayton Daily News I-Team’s database of officer involved shootings does not list any Moraine police shootings. Using news coverage and other records, the I-Team’s database keeps a tally of all known area officer-involved shootings since 1995.

5. What is McShann’s background? We are seeking more information about the man shot to death.