Dameon Wesley timeline

Published: Sunday, March 03, 2013 @ 9:05 AM
Updated: Sunday, March 03, 2013 @ 9:05 AM

Events related to the state parole board and the parole case of Dameon Lareese Wesley, Ohio inmate No. 289-569:

1994:
Wesley, then 19 years old, sentenced to 15 years to life for murdering his roommate, Marvin Williams Jr., by shooting him in the chest and in the head at point-blank range. Williams died Jan. 4.

2004:
Wesley denied parole, board cites five infractions and that “institutional conduct has been poor.”

2008:
Wesley denied parole, board states he obtained his GED but that “he is a more serious risk and not suitable for release.”

2010: Wesley denied parole, board states his release into society would “create undue risk to public safety and would not be in the interest of justice.”

Summer 2011: Dayton attorney Anthony VanNoy starts working on Wesley’s case and formulating a parole release plan.

June 18, 2012: Dayton Daily News reports Ohio’s parole release rate has fallen to 6.9 percent and that the pool of convicts now eligible for parole are largely composed of murderers adn child molesters. The parole release rate was 48.5 percent in 2004.

June 18, 2012: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Gary Mohr dismisses board members Cathy Collins-Taylor and Jose Torres, both appointees of former Gov. Ted Strickland, leaving the board with six acting members.

June 19, 2012: Wesley recommended for release during full-board hearing, board cites that Wesley has made “acceptable institutional adjustment” and that he has “formulated an appropriate release plan.” Five votes were still needed for a majority with a six-member board (with three vacancies).

July 2012: Mohr appoints Marc Houk, Andre Imbrogno and Ron Nelson Jr. to replace Collins-Taylor, Torres and Bobby Bogan, who left the board in June. Media reports state the appointees were “committed to (Mohr’s) reform efforts.”

Sept. 4, 2012: Wesley is released from prison and starts work at VanNoy’s law office, with duties such as filing, moving boxes and picking up lunch.

Jan. 14, 2013: Wesley’s last day working for VanNoy, who said he wanted to talk to Wesley about possibly returning to work.

Jan. 14: A rape complaint is made against Wesley by Dawan Culpepper, who had been Wesley’s girlfriend. The prosecutor’s office states it has “insufficient evidence” to charge Wesley. Ohio parole officials didn’t know of the allegation.

Jan. 21: VanNoy said Wesley was officially “released” from working at his firm.

Feb. 24: Police accuse Wesley of shooting Dawan Culpepper’s 13-year-old daughter, Briona Rodgers, in the head and causing Rodgers’ death. Police allege Wesley also shoots Rodgers’ cousin, Alonta Culpepper, in the head. Alonta Culpepper survives.

Feb. 26: Police arrest Wesley early Tuesday morning after he allegedly fled the scene of a hit-skip car crash. Wesley, 39, is booked into Montgomery County Jail and apologizes to the Culpepper family and to “guys up in prison who had faith in me.” Expected charges include one count of murder, three counts of aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon, two counts of aggravated burglary, one count of kidnapping, three counts of felonious assault with a deadly weapon and one count of having weapons under disability.

March 8: Wesley scheduled for a preliminary hearing on felony charges.

May 2: Wesley was found dead in his cell at the Montgomery County Jail. His death is believed to be of natural causes.

Sources: Ohio Parole Board, police and court documents, media reports

The Dayton Daily News examined state parole records and interviewed dozens of people to find out what led to the parole board’s decision to release convicted killer Dameon Wesley from prison. Count on us to cover this issue as it unfolds.

Report: thousands in jewelry stolen from Rogers Jewelers in Middletown

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8:30 PM

Thousands of dollars worth of jewelry was stolen tonight from Rogers Jewelers at the Towne Mall.

The incident was reported just before 8 p.m. at the store, 3461 Towne Blvd., according to Middletown police dispatch.

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According to initial reports, about $20,000 in jewelry was taken; however, police could not confirm the amount.

Fire in vacant Dayton dwelling ‘suspicious in nature,’ district chief says

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 6:52 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 9:21 PM

An investigator has been called to a fire in the 2800 block of Salem Avenue, at Parkhill Drive, in a dwelling believed to be vacant.

UPDATE @ 9:15 p.m.: The fire in a vacant dwelling in the 2800 block of Salem Avenue is being investigated as “suspicious in nature,” Dayton Fire District Chief Tim Rose said. 

The building, at Parkhill Drive, was boarded up and 30 firefighters successfully prevented flames from damaging two adjacent properties, Rose said. 

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An investigator was called because witnesses told fire crews that people were seen in the area of the dwelling. 

There were no injuries, Rose said. "We sent nobody in the building." 

He estimated damage to the structure at $40,000.

INITIAL REPORT

An investigator has been called to a fire in the 2800 block of Salem Avenue, at Parkhill Drive, in a dwelling believed to be vacant.

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Dayton crews were dispatched just before 6 p.m. on a report that flames were said to be showing from a two-story dwelling. 

We're hearing that crews went to a defensive posture, allowing the structure to burn, because it was vacant. 

We will update this report as information becomes available. 

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Police: 9-year-old boy brings loaded handgun to Middletown school

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 6:14 PM

A 9-year-old boy who said he was being picked on brought a loaded handgun to school.

A teacher at Rosa Parks Elementary School on Monday morning noticed a bulge in the boy’s pants pocket. When she reached for it, the boy grabbed her arm, Middletown police Lt. David Birk said. The teacher had to get assistance from another teacher to get the loaded Luger from the student.

The incident happened at 10:40 a.m. inside a classroom at the school, 2210 Verity Parkway, Middletown.

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The boy was taken to the Butler County Juvenile Justice Center, where he is being held on suspicion of felonious assault, conveyance of a weapon into the school and carrying a concealed weapon, Birk said.

The boyfriend of the boy's mother also was arrested on suspicion of child endangering, according to a Middletown police report. Jerron Dean, 29, had his arraignment continued to Nov. 1, according to online Middletown Municipal Court records.

Former jail medical director admits to stealing drugs

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 4:21 PM


            Brenda Ellis
Brenda Ellis

The former top medical officer at the Montgomery County Jail was booked into the jail in August and later agreed to treatment in lieu of conviction on charges of theft and theft of drugs.

Dr. Brenda Ellis was booked on Aug. 24 and accepted into a diversion program on Aug. 29, according to a prosecutor’s office spokesman.

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Ellis was the medical administrator at the jail and worked for the company NaphCare, which provides inmate medical services at the jail through a contract with the county. Under the current NaphCare contract, the county will pay the company up to $3.55 million a year through 2019.

Contacted this week, Ellis declined to comment.

The allegations against her followed a State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy investigation into improper handling of controlled substances at the jail from 2011 to 2015.

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In July, the state pharmacy board reached a settlement agreement with NaphCare that called for the company to pay the board $7,000, provide more staff training and remove Ellis as the person responsible for compliance with the jail’s pharmacy license.

“NaphCare agrees to never use Dr. Ellis as a Responsible Person on any of its Ohio licenses,” the agreement states.

As part of the agreement, the company neither admitted nor denied fault.

Bradley Cain, spokesman and general counsel of Alabama-based NaphCare, said in an interview Wednesday that the company was unaware of the allegations against Ellis but that changes were made to address the issues identified by the pharmacy board.

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“We have made implementation of changes based on the settlement agreement we entered into with the Ohio Board of Pharmacy,” Cain said. “Everything outlined in that agreement we’re in compliance with today.”

Cain said the company has contracts with jails in Montgomery, Franklin and Hamilton counties and has had no problems at other facilities.

Ellis resigned from NaphCare on July 31 and is no longer allowed access to the jail, according to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office officials.

No formal action has been taken against Ellis’ medical license, according to the State Medical Board of Ohio. Medical board records say she has had a license since 1989 and has specialties in general practice and pediatrics.

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