‘Blackout Friday’ protesters stop traffic in Dayton

Published: Friday, November 28, 2014 @ 12:48 PM
Updated: Friday, November 28, 2014 @ 3:41 PM


            Protesters were out today in opposition to the recent events Beavercreek and Ferguson.
Protesters were out today in opposition to the recent events Beavercreek and Ferguson.

More than 130 people on Friday afternoon gathered outside the Dayton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in downtown Dayton to protest the killing of unarmed black men and youth by police around the nation. The protest culminated in demonstrators flooding into Main Street, deliberately blocking traffic.

Organizers said the event was part of Blackout Black Friday, a national campaign to protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson, an officer who fatally shot black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The campaign urges people boycott retailers on the biggest shopping day of the year.

Daymian McGuire, 37, spoke passionately about the importance of making good decisions and taking action to empower the community.

He said his 10-year-old son was expelled from a Kettering school last year after bringing a toy cap gun to school and showing his friends. He said the incident resulted in police responding, and he is thankful his son’s mistake did not result in tragedy.

“I thank God he is not the 12-year-old in Cleveland who took a cap gun to the playground and couldn’t go back home,” he said, referring to Tamir Rice, the child who was shot and killed by a rookie Cleveland police officer while he was carrying a replica toy air gun.

At noon Friday, a crowd gathered in front of the federal building to listen to community members and activists share their frustrations and demand action related to the deaths of young black people at the hands of police.

Visitors read poems, engaged in prayer and sang songs. The crowd chanted, “no justice, no peace.”

Demonstrators held paper crosses and tombstones with the names of some of the people killed by police. Some held signs reading, “black lives matter.”

Other signs demanded justice in the case of John Crawford III, a young black man who was shot and killed in Walmart by Beavercreek police. A grand jury earlier declined to indict the officer involved.

Protesters said members of the black and minority communities should boycott retailers on Friday to show their economic power and importance to society.

“Until black is respected, our green needs to be redirected,” said the Rev. Jerome McCorry, president and CEO of the Adams Project, which serves ex-felons. “In our community, we’ll withhold our dollars.”

Man pays Middletown water bill with fake cash

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 10:58 AM


            Counterfeit money passed in the Dayton area in the past few weeks. UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE
Counterfeit money passed in the Dayton area in the past few weeks. UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE

Middletown police are investigating counterfeit money used by a resident to pay a water bill in October.

A man paid a $200 bill on Oct. 26 with a $100 bill and five $20 bills, according to Barbara Bradley, assistant finance director. This news agency isn’t naming the man because he hasn’t been charged, said Lt. Scott Reeve.

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On Wednesday, police confirmed with Fifth Third Bank that the $100 bill was counterfeit, according to the report.

A video of the transaction was recovered for evidence.

On average $30,000 in counterfeit money is taken in monthly in the Dayton area and about $100,000 monthly for southern Ohio, which includes Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati, according to Secret Service Agent Kevin Dye of the Dayton office.

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“As the holidays approach, more counterfeit is received due to heavy cash intake for shopping. Retailers should carefully look at cash received during the holidays and call police if suspicious,” Dye said.

Texas officer arrested, accused of stealing $830 in groceries from Walmart

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 2:41 PM

SECAUCUS, NJ - NOVEMBER 20:  Shoppers enter the Wal-Mart store November 20, 2007 in Secaucus, New Jersey. 
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SECAUCUS, NJ - NOVEMBER 20: Shoppers enter the Wal-Mart store November 20, 2007 in Secaucus, New Jersey. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

A police officer in Texas has been arrested, accused of stealing over $800 in groceries from a Walmart, law enforcement officials said.

Christopher Hankins, 30, is a Dallas Police Department officer, WFAA reported. He was arrested at a Denton County Walmart Wednesday, accused of leaving the store with $830 in groceries and not paying for them.

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The store's manager told police that Hankins was wearing his police department jacket, and spent almost three hours in the store, acting suspiciously. Arresting officers reported smelling alcohol on Hankins' breath.

Hankins has been with the Dallas Police Department since 2014, WFAA reported. He has been placed on administrative leave pending and investigation.

Police: Self-professed ‘voodoo priest’ arrested in death of Ollie the pit bull

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 1:11 PM

Brendan Evans, 31, was charged with aggravated animal cruelty.
Palm Beach Post
Brendan Evans, 31, was charged with aggravated animal cruelty.(Palm Beach Post)

A man, who Florida detectives believe fatally stabbed and left a pit bull named Ollie in a suitcase is behind bars.

Brendan Evans, 31, was charged with aggravated animal cruelty Wednesday, the Palm Beach Post reported. 

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Hollywood police said that DNA evidence left on the suitcase is what linked Evans to the Oct. 11 crime, where Ollie was found behind an abandoned building with 30 stab wounds and died days later. 

During the investigation, Evans allegedly told police that he was “a voodoo priest” and it was “his right to kill” animals if he wanted, according to WPLG

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Detectives reportedly found rats with their scalps removed, cat paws and blood in Evans’ refrigerator, the Palm Beach Post reported. There was also a CrimeStoppers poster of Ollie ripped in two, WPLG reported.  

“We will not tolerate any form of animal cruelty or violence in our city. Each reported case of animal cruelty, be it physical abuse or neglect, is disturbing, and this case is particularly heartbreaking,” said Acting Police Chief Chris O'Brien. “We were all pulling for Ollie to survive, but unfortunately he didn't make it. However, due to our investigation, we are now able to provide justice for Ollie.” 

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Man cited after fight with older man over handicap parking space

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 10:17 AM

A Massachusetts man was cited after a dispute over a handicap parking space.
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A Massachusetts man was cited after a dispute over a handicap parking space.(Boston25News.com)

An altercation over a handicap parking space in front of a Boston Market was caught on camera Wednesday afternoon.

The 11-second video, which was shared across Facebook and with Boston 25 News, shows a younger man push an older man, knocking him to the ground.

The altercation started because the younger man, who isn’t being identified because he isn’t facing criminal charges, was sitting in his truck in a handicap parking spot.

When the older man approached him with his handicap placard in hand and asked for the space, things turned physical.

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“All he said was ‘my car is running and I’m allowed to sit here,’” Marcie, the woman who recorded the video, told Boston 25 News. “The word entitled is exactly what came to my mind at the beginning.”

In the video, Marcie can be heard telling the men she recorded what happened and was going to call 911, but that apparently didn’t stop it from continuing.

“After the older gentleman was on the ground, he got back up and they started to fight again, actually worse. I wish I got that (on) film,” she said.

The Swampscott Police Department tell Boston 25 News officers responded to the altercation. Officers say the man who was knocked to the ground declined to press charges, but the younger man was issued a citation for illegally parking in a handicap spot.