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Children find mother dead from OD, husband arrested

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 6:09 PM

Troy Police arrested Brian Saunders on charges of child endangering after two children, age 11 and 6, found their mother dead. A third child, age 4, was also in the home. JAIL MUGSHOT

Troy police said a woman died Thursday afternoon of an apparent overdose and her husband was charged with child endangering and possession of drug paraphernalia after children arriving home from school, ages 11 and 6, woke him up because of concerns about their mother. Another child, age 4, was also in the home.

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The deceased was identified as Danille Saunders, 32. Capt. Jeff Kunkleman said Friday the death was a suspected overdose and she was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office for an autopsy. 

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Her husband Brian Saunders, 34, was arraigned Friday on misdemeanor charges in Miami County Municipal Court, where bail was set at $1,500 cash. He was listed as an inmate in the county jail Friday evening. 

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Kunkleman said two children ages 11 and 6 arrived home on Huntington Drive and woke Saunders because of concerns about their mother. He called for help. The child endangering charge involved the 4 year old who was in the home at the time. Drug paraphernalia allegedly was found in the house, Kunkleman said. The children were turned over to Children's Services workers. 

Danille Saunders pleaded guilty in February to a misdemeanor possession of drugs charge, according to court records.

Kirkersville shooting cruiser camera video released

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 10:46 AM

Cruiser camera video showing the moments after an active shooter opened fire at a Kirkersville nursing home, killing the village’s police chief, has been released.

Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Disario, 38, was killed by a single shotgun blast as he exited his cruiser in the alley behind the nursing home.  

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Cindy Krantz, 48, a nurse’s aide at the home, died from a single, close-range shotgun wound in the hallway of the home.  

Marlina Medrano, 46, was killed in the nursing office. She died of multiple gunshot wounds from both a shotgun and a handgun.  

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All three of those deaths have been ruled homicides.  

Thomas Hartless, 43, was also found dead in the nursing office. He died of a single shotgun wound to the head. His death has been ruled a suicide.

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Father of Dayton child shot, killed said he had been looking for his son

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 5:43 AM

DAYTON — The father of one of the children shot and killed inside a Lori Sue Avenue home said he had been looking for his son for three years. 

Khmorra Helton, 8, and Kaiden Helton, 6, were shot in the head and critically injured on May 18. The children died three days later at Dayton Children’s Hospital on May 21.

The children’s mother Claudena Helton is being held at the Montgomery County Jail on charges related to the children’s deaths. 

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In a News Center 7 interview, Kaiden’s father Stephen Fletcher said he tried to find his son and get in touch the child’s mother for the last three years.  He said Helton’s family told him she moved out of town, they hadn’t heard from her and they didn’t know where she was located. 

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"I'm very devastated right now,” Fletcher said. “I can't sleep. I can't eat. I don't even know what to do with myself now. It's crazy ... he didn't deserve this. I don't even know why she would do this. I don't have any answers for anything.”

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Fletcher said he learned his son had been shot when he saw it on the news. 

“I just heard my baby momma's name and I heard my son's name,” Fletcher said. “And I heard what happened, so right then and there I literally fainted like passed out because I  was so worried. I couldn't' believe that it had happened.”

Helton faced previous allegations involving children before the shootings. In March 2014, she was convicted of disorderly conduct in Montgomery County Juvenile Court, according to the county prosecutor's office.

At the time of the shootings, Montgomery County Children Services initiated an investigation focused on Helton.

“I'm not going to say anything evil or rude,” Fletcher said. “I mean, even as much as I'm hurt. Because I’m not that type of person. But she's in jail. She deserves to be in jail.” 

On May 23, 2010, Trotwood police arrested Fletcher for allegedly threatening Helton’s life, punching her in the face and choking her until she nearly fainted, according to a police report. Fletcher was charged with misdemeanor counts of aggravated menacing and domestic violence. He was found guilty of one of the counts and sentenced to 123 days in jail.

“I love my son,” Fletcher said. “I'd do anything to have him back now, man. I'm going through a lot right now. I'm hurting real bad.” 

Man convicted in Trotwood fatal shooting to be sentenced today

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 9:23 AM

Dshawn Lynch

DAYTON — The man convicted on charges related to the murder of a 48-year-old veteran will be sentenced  

  • The victim, Thomas Johnson, was shot at a Speedway in Trotwood
  • Johnson was dropped off at the VA Medical Center on West Third Street in Dayton and was pronounced dead from his injuries
  • Dshawn Lynch was found guilty of murder on May 9 on charges related to Johnson's death.

Johnson died from a gunshot wound to the right arm/chest area, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.  The coroner’s office said Johnson was wounded at 2001 Shiloh Springs Road in Trotwood, which is the location of a Speedway gas station.  

Johnson was dropped off at the VA Medical Center on West Third Street in Dayton and was pronounced dead from his injuries.  

Johnson’s death has been ruled a homicide.

Florida ‘teen doctor’ sentenced to one year in Virginia prison

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 8:45 PM

A 20-year-old West Palm, man accused by local authorities of posing as a doctor was sentenced to one year in prison Monday after he pleaded guilty to fraud charges in Virginia.

Malachi Love-Robinson was sentenced to the prison term after he pleaded guilty in March to charges of making false statements to obtain credit and of passing a forged document. He still faces criminal proceedings in Palm Beach County, where authorities allege he practiced medicine without a license and defrauded patients.

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Love-Robinson, who turned 20 on May 12, was out on bail when he reportedly traveled to Stafford, Virginia, in September and tried to purchase a used car. Virginia authorities say he provided fraudulent information while trying to purchase the vehicle and claimed that an elderly relative accompanying had agreed to be a co-signer.

He reportedly tried to buy a $26,000 Lexus from a used-car dealership. He initially asked about buying a Jaguar, but was told the dealership did not have any left in stock, a dealership employee told The Palm Beach Post in September.

Authorities say he also used the relative’s credit cards to purchase two iPads and a cellphone.

Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office spokesman Mike Edmondson said Monday that Love-Robinson will be extradited to Palm Beach County but would not comment on when that would occur.

Love-Robinson received national attention after being arrested in February 2016 by Palm Beach County authorities. He allegedly gave medical advice and a physical exam to an undercover officer.

Authorities say Love-Robinson was practicing without a license in an office at the West Palm Medical Plaza, near JFK Medical Center North. He is also accused of defrauding an elderly woman of nearly $35,000 after examining her after she complained of stomach pains.

Authorities say he also stole nearly $43,000 from the business account of New Directions, a Boynton Beach, Florida, addiction-treatment center.

Love-Robinson was briefly employed as a program director at New Directions. He left to open his own practice called New Life Holistic and Alternative Medical Center.

Following his Palm Beach County arrest, Love-Robinson made an appearance on “Good Morning America.” He defended his actions, saying he had only practiced alternative medicine and had the proper certifications to do so.