‘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.

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.”

Pike County Sheriff issues alert about criminal gang, heroin

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 3:30 PM

Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader issued a warning Monday to residents regarding “gang members” coming to the area and “‘taking out’ believed snitches.”

The unusual message — posted on Facebook and confirmed as authentic by dispatchers — did not reference the April 22, 2016, murders of eight people that have become synonymous with the rural southern Ohio county.

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“MS-13, an International Criminal Gang and or Konvicted Family gang members are allegedly coming into Pike County this weekend,” the alert reads. “Possibly planning on ‘taking out’ believed snitches and spread (sic) ‘HOTSHOTS’ of heavily laced Heroin into the area that could cause an extremely large amount of overdoses in Pike County and surrounding counties.”

“This is according to very limited intelligence deputies have gathered in recent drug related investigations across the area in the past weeks,” the notice stated.

A dispatcher at the Pike County Sheriff’s Office said no additional details are available.

Jill Del Greco, a spokeswoman for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, said, “We are not involved with this.”

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Gang or cartel involvement have long been theories in the mysterious deaths of eight people in Pike County.

Initial reports that investigators found a large marijuana grow operation at the crime scene fueled speculation that Mexican drug cartels could be involved, considering the apparent sophistication of the crime and prior reports that Mexican organized crime was previously active in the area.

But Reader played down the Mexican cartel idea last year in an interview with WCPO in Cincinnati.

“With the nature of the investigation, and the things that’s been revealed while conducting the investigation, there would be no indication to me as to any type of Mexican drug cartel being involved,” he said. “It wasn’t because they had a couple little indoor grows, wasn’t because there was just a couple of cars on the property that may have been stolen. It’s much bigger than that.”

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Man who shot wife in Germantown sentenced

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 8:55 AM

Thomas A. Shockey (Montgomery County Jail)
Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @ 2:00 p.m.:

Thomas Shockey, 71, was sentenced to five years in prison for shooting his wife and hitting her in the head last September, according to court officials.


DAYTON — A 71-year-old Germantown man accused of shooting his wife in the stomach and hitting her in the head in their home will be sentenced in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court today.

Thomas Shockey, a Germantown resident, called 911 and admitted he shot his wife on September 4, 2016

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Shockey is facing a felonious assault charge. 

MC Sheriff’s Office looking for garage break-in suspect

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 12:45 PM

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help identifying a suspect in a recent garage break in. 

The break in occurred on Lago Mar Drive in Washington Township. The suspect is seen carrying a flashlight as he walks around the garage and opens a vehicle's door.

The unknown male subject then notices the surveillance cameras and leaves the scene.

He is identified as a male who has a beard and is wearing a baseball style hat, a long sleeve shirt, and blue jeans. A vehicle was not seen leaving the area.

If you have any information regarding the person seen in the photos you are asked to contact Detective Ridgeway at 937-432-2766.

Police: Man allegedly hit wife with prosthetic leg

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 1:01 PM

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A man in Ohio is accused of striking his wife with one of his prosthetic legs, police said.

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Police responded Friday to a home in Sandusky on a disorderly conduct call, The Associated Press reported. Ronna Wilson told police that her husband, Richard T. Wilson Sr., 63, threw one of his prosthetic legs at her, striking her in the head. She claimed she suffered wrist injuries while trying to defend herself when her husband attempted to hit her with his other prosthetic leg.

Police arrested the man on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence. He denies assaulting his wife, The Associated Press reported.