Court date set for State Rep. Wes Retherford on OVI charge

Published: Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 2:23 PM


            Wes Retherford
Wes Retherford

A May court date has been set for State Rep. Wes Retherford on a misdemeanor OVI charge.

On Monday a Butler County grand jury declined to indict Retherford, 33, on a felony weapons charge that could have automatically ousted him from office if convicted.

He was indicted for the OVI charge, and the case was sent back to county Area II Court.

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A scheduling hearing for Retherford’s case has been set for May 3, according to Linda Lovelace, area court administrator.

Retherford, R-Hamilton, was arrested March 12 after he was found allegedly passed out drunk in a McDonald’s drive-thru.

Police initially charged him with a felony of improper handling of firearms in a vehicle after finding a loaded handgun in his truck’s center armrest. That charge was ignored by the grand jury.

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Retherford testified before the grand jury, along with other witnesses, according to the prosecutor.

Neighbors heartbroken over 2-month-old boy’s death

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 2:03 PM
Updated: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 11:30 PM

Dayton 2-month-old found dead in home

In what appears to be a tragic accident, a Dayton family is grieving the loss of a 2-month-old boy.

“To hear something like that is real said,” said D.J. Hopgood. He knew something was wrong Saturday morning after he looked out the window of his Bowen Street home.

“Looked outside and I see about two to three cruisers up the street, which is kind of odd for this neighborhood,” he said.

Police and medics rushed to a home in the 600 block of Bowen Street around 8:30 a.m.; the baby’s grandmother called 911 immediately after she found him unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at 8:37 a.m. by Dayton medics. His body was then taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, where his cause of death is pending.

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“It’s a shame, it’s a big surprise,” said another neighbor, Todd Pedicord. As a father, he said it’s difficult to hear that news from just up the street.

“It’s terrible. I can’t Imagine what the parents are going through,” he said.

The baby’s mother told police when she returned home from work at midnight, Silas already was asleep on a love seat so she lay down on a couch to sleep. She checked him at 3 a.m., and he was fine. But when Silas’ grandmother got up to check on him at 8:30 a.m., she found him on his belly. She rolled him over, but he was cold to the touch, according to a Dayton police report.

The infant’s mother and grandmother said he had no illnesses or known health issues.

An investigator with the coroner’s office said an autopsy has not been performed, and that a preliminary cause of death was not available.

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Police: Florida man drives through bedroom with 3 children inside

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 1:50 PM

The wreckage is seen after a Florida man allegedly plowed through a bedroom with three children inside early Saturday, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
WFTV
The wreckage is seen after a Florida man allegedly plowed through a bedroom with three children inside early Saturday, the Florida Highway Patrol said.(WFTV)

A Florida man is facing a charge of reckless driving after plowing through a bedroom with three children inside early Saturday, the Florida Highway Patrol said. 

Johnny Woodberry, 44, was driving a 2005 Cadillac in Cocoa around 2 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle and drove into the house, troopers told WFTV
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The three children were asleep inside the bedroom when the car drove through it, but troopers said they only sustained minor injuries.

Troopers said the children were transported to Wuestoff Hospital and later released, WFTV reported. 

Trenton police still searching for Fifth Third Bank robber

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 1:40 PM
Updated: Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 8:23 AM

Man reportedly robbed Fifth Third Bank on Saturday

UPDATE @ 8:15 a.m. (Dec. 17)

Trenton police say they are still searching for the man who allegedly robbed the Fifth Third Bank on State Street Saturday morning.

Anyone with information about the robbery is urged to call the Trenton Police Department at 513-988-6341 or call Detective Sean Gill at 513-428-0129.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

EARLIER REPORT (Dec. 16)

Trenton police are searching for a man who robbed the Fifth Third Bank on Saturday morning.

Police said the suspect in the robbery, reported just after 10:20 a.m., is a white man with a gray jacket, sunglasses and an orange Titleist ball hat. The bank is located at 805 State St.

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The man was reported to have fled on foot westbound behind the Lee’s Famous Recipe and possibly got into a vehicle near Hathaway Drive.

Police are continuing their investigation. Anyone with information about the robbery is urged to call the Trenton Police Department at 513-988-6341 or call Detective Sean Gill at 513-428-0129.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Teen killed in Dayton shooting

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 3:20 PM

Dayton police and SWAT have surrounded a home in the 1400 block of Tampa Avenue where investigators said a suspect from an overnight shooting is believed to be barricaded inside.

An 18-year-old woman died after being shot in the neck early Saturday in a Dayton apartment and police continued a manhunt throughout the day for a suspect they first thought was cornered by a SWAT team in a house five miles from the crime scene.

Police and medics called to the 5000 block of Caliph Court at about 1:25 a.m. found Dontiaunna Brown suffering from a gunshot wound.

Dayton police investigate the apparent shooting death of 18-year-old Dontiaunna Brown at an apartment building on Caliph Court early Saturday morning. JEFFERY BROWN / STAFF

A caller to 911 was heard telling someone to “breathe, breathe,” then told a dispatcher: “I need help, somebody got shot!”

Brown was later pronounced dead at the scene, according to Dayton police Sgt. Theodore Trupp, who said investigators were working to determine what led to the shooting.

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Later at about 8 a.m., Dayton police and SWAT surrounded a home in the 1400 block of Tampa Avenue where investigators believed a suspect had barricaded himself inside. Officers blocked off the area and ordered occupants out of the house.

Dayton police surround a house in the 1400 block of Tampa Avenue on Saturday morning after a suspect in a fatal shooting was believed barricaded inside, according to authorities. The man police were looking for was not in the house. JEFFERY BROWN / STAFF

Police entered the house about 10:30 a.m. and found four men, but not the shooting suspect. One person was arrested on an unrelated traffic charge, police said.

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Lamichea Childs, a friend of Brown’s sister, said the 18-year-old “didn’t even get to live life.”

“When I met her as a little girl, she was a sweetheart. She was always happy, sweet. Loved kids. Loved life,” Childs said. “This wasn’t supposed to happen to her.”

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office said Brown’s cause of death is pending until completion of an autopsy.