Daniel Schooler indicted in Dayton pastor shooting case

Updated: Sunday, February 28, 2016
By: Breaking News Staff

            Daniel Schooler indicted in Dayton pastor shooting case
Pastor's brother officially charged in shooting death

The pastor of St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church was shot and killed at the end of Sunday services, and his brother is behind bars, accused of pulling the trigger. Lines wrapped around the church where the pastor’s funeral was held Thursday. The suspect has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

Key Points:

  • Shooting happened inside the church
  • Victim identified as William Schooler, 70, of Dayton
  • Suspect is his brother, Daniel Schooler, 68, of Dayton
  • Daniel Schooler arrested at the church, faces murder charges
  • Suspect has history of mental illness and violence, according to court, police records


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UPDATE @ 10:45 a.m. (March 9):

Daniel Schooler was indicted on seven charges today by a grand jury.

Schooler was indicted for aggravated murder, two counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault and two counts of having weapons while under disability, according to court records.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in common pleas court on March 10 at 8:30 a.m.

UPDATE @ 9:36 a.m. (March 9):

A Montgomery County grand jury is scheduled to hear the case involving the shooting death of a Dayton pastor, according to a court clerk.

Daniel Schooler, 68, is charged with two counts of murder, one count of aggravated murder, two counts of felonious assault and two counts of having weapons under disability

UPDATE @ 2:01 p.m. (March 3):

A long line of mourners wrapped around the Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church building on Thursday as people gathered to pay their last respects to a local pastor who was shot and killed inside his church.

Rev. William B. Schooler, 70, was shot multiple times inside St. Peter’s Missionary Church on Sunday. His brother Daniel G. Schooler, 68, is facing multiple charges in connection with the pastor’s murder.

On Thursday, Gale McLemore said she knew a large amount of people would attend the service for Schooler. The pastor’s reach went beyond the pulpit and extended into the community, she said.

“It’s very difficult and there’s really no words to express what’s in our hearts today,” she said. “I think he meant a lot to the people in the city. The lives he touched. The children’s lives he touched as an educator. The efforts he put into the community.”

William Schooler was known as a leader within the Dayton community. After graduating from Dunbar High School in 1963, he went on to become a decorated Vietnam Veteran who received the Bronze Star.

William Schooler taught in the Dayton Public Schools district from 1972 until 1978 before becoming a principal in the Jefferson Twp. from 1978 until 1997, when he retired. He was also a was also a former Dayton Board of Education member.

William Schooler had integrity, said Derrick Atterberry, a Dayton resident who came to the funeral to pay his respects.

“He was about people,” Atterberry said. “He showed love, and I think this is their way of showing love back to him.”

UPDATE @ 10:54 a.m. (March 3):

A line formed outside of Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church on West Third Street prior to Rev. William Schooler’s funeral service Thursday morning. People visiting the church for the funeral services said the church is full.

UPDATE @ 2:05 p.m. (March 2):

Daniel Schooler was arraigned on two counts of murder, one count of aggravated murder, two counts of felonious assault and two counts of having weapons under disability in Dayton Municipal Court this afternoon.

Schooler pleaded not guilty to the charges and he is continuing to be held in the Montgomery County Jail with a $1 million bond.

Preliminary hearing is set for March 9.

UPDATE @ 11:17 a.m. (March 2):

Daniel Schooler shot his brother four times with a stolen .380 caliber handgun, the final shot being witnessed by William Schooler’s wife, according to court documents filed by Dayton police.

“The defendant then laid the gun down and waited for police who took him into custody,” said the affidavit written by a Dayton police detective.

The affidavit said Daniel Schooler confronted his brother at 12:22 p.m. Feb. 28 “and with prior calculation and design, carried out previous threats to kill the victim,” detective Nathan Via wrote. The document also noted that the defendant had two prior convictions for felonious assault, is under a weapons disability and is a repeat violent offender.

Daniel Schooler is scheduled to be arraigned today in Dayton Municipal Court on several counts including murder.

UPDATE @ 3:28 p.m. (March 1):

Funeral services for the Rev. William B. Schooler have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 1900 W. Third St., Dayton.

UPDATE @ 1:18 p.m.:

Daniel Schooler, 68, has been charged with three counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault and two counts of using weapons under disability, according to a Dayton Municipal Court clerk.

The charges were filed around 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The clerk said while the charges were filed, Schooler is not expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

Prosecutor’s said the case will be presented to a grand jury at a future date.

“This is a tragic and senseless shooting. We extend our condolences to not only the family of the victim, but also to the congregation of St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church,” said Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr..


The Rev. William Schooler, 70, was gunned down just before 12:30 p.m. in his office in back of his church while the choir was singing at the end of Sunday services.

The congregation heard the shots that claimed their beloved pastor, community leader and former Dayton Board of Education member in their Nancy Avenue church.

“I just got everybody out of the church and we just kept hearing shooting and shooting,” said Alberta Blayth of Dayton. The church member said she saw the accused shooter, the pastor’s 68-year-old brother Daniel Schooler, head for the office while the pastor’s wife and the pastor were inside.

A church member called 911 when the shooting began: “Our pastor just got shot by his brother! … He’s still shooting him!” Dispatch: “Where is the shooter at?” Caller: “In the church. In the back, with his brother and his wife.”

Before the shooting, the service was turned over to Curtis Booker, the choir director, who said he saw Daniel Schooler get up and follow his brother to the back.

“Then I heard the first pop and I thought he fell because there’s a little step right there. Then I heard a second pop. And I was like, that sounds like gunshots,” Booker said.

“We heard pow, pow,” church member Beulah Booker-Robertson said, recounting the shooting. “The usher at the door said ‘everybody get down, everybody get out.’ ”

Dayton police said Schooler was shot multiple times, but that the congregation and community at large were not targeted and there were no other intended victims.

“I want to make sure the public understands this is not a random act of violence,” Sgt. Creigee Coleman said. “This was somewhat of a domestic situation between family members.”

Daniel Schooler was taken into custody at the church. He was led in handcuffs to a waiting police cruiser and is now behind bars at the Montgomery County Jail, where he was booked on suspicion of murder. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon, online jail records show.

The shooting remains under investigation, and police and prosecutors plan to meet to discuss formal charges.

A Schooler family member said Daniel Schooler struggled with mental illness. “Bipolar, schizophrenic. He had a lot of things going on he was dealing with,” said Joyce Napier, niece of the pastor and suspect. “I don’t think he woke up this morning and said ‘I want to kill my brother.’ I just think the mental state and illness goes together and that’s what evil does.”

The Schooler family is in pain, Napier said, but will grieve together.

“We stick together. And we pray. And don’t turn on each other … because he has daughters, the other one has daughters. And we loved them both, so we have to stick together. That’s all we know, that’s all we have,” she said.

 Darke County arrests 1 of its most wanted — in Ind., not at the fair

Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
By: Breaking News Staff

SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT: UPDATE @ 10:12 p.m.: According to a Darke County sheriff’s sergeant, Matthew Blackburn was captured in Wayne County — not the Great Darke County Fair as previously reported.

The arrest did occur today, said the sergeant, who noted that he doesn’t know why the Darke County Crime Stoppers page announced, on the sheriff’s Facebook page, that Blackburn had been arrested at the fair.

We tried to contact officials with Darke County Crime Stoppers tonight, but without success.


One of Darke County’s most wanted is in jail tonight after sheriff’s deputies arrested him at the Great Darke County Fair this week.

Matthew Blackburn, 20, has been wanted since a county grand jury indicted him in October 2015 on two counts of felony drug trafficking in LSD, according to an announcement by Darke County Crime Stoppers posted tonight.

The indictment follows a bench warrant issued in August 2015 out of county Municipal Court when Blackburn failed to appear on a misdemeanor charge of underage consumption (alcohol).

His last known address was in Greenville.

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Coroner IDs I-70 E fatal crash victim

Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
By: Breaking News Staff

A Fairborn man was killed in a crash that closed eastbound I-70 for nearly six hours after troopers said he crashed while they were trying to pull him over.

  • Victim identified as Shane English, 20, of Fairborn
  • Trooper attempted to pull over car driven by English
  • Car struck utility pole and sent power lines down across I-70

The fatal crash victim has been identified as 20-year-old Shane English of Fairborn. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at Ohio 201 that shut down I-70.

Prior to the crash, a state trooper on the shoulder of I-70 at the 35 mile post noticed two vehicles traveling more than 100 mph, said Lt. Mark Nichols of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Dayton Post. As the vehicle passed the trooper, he attempted to catch up with them. One vehicle slowed down and went right.

The second vehicle, driven by English, accelerated to a speed of about 115 mph, exited on the right side to Ohio 201, drove through a red light at the Ohio 201 intersection, into the grass, went airborne for a short distance and struck a utility pole around 2:20 p.m., Nichols said. The Malibu then caught fire.

The pole the vehicle struck is a major support utility pole that supports many power lines, which were brought down on the highway. The highway was closed as DP&L worked to repair the damaged pole.

There was no one else in the vehicle and no one on the ground was injured, he said.

“Very serious, and very tragic for a traffic violation,” Nichols said. “It was a red light when he came through, so obviously somebody was looking down and trying to protect some people, but ultimately a bad decision for a traffic violation led to this.”

Man sentenced to 40 years for pouring boiling water on gay couple

Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
By: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The man who poured boiling water on a same-sex couple because he didn’t approve of the relationship was sentenced to 40 years in prison Wednesday afternoon.

Martin Blackwell, 48, was found guilty on all 10 counts, including aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

The jury deliberated about 90 minutes Wednesday afternoon before announcing the verdict.

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In closing arguments, Blackwell’s attorney argued he wasn’t being hateful or malicious when he poured boiling water on a same-sex couple as they slept.

“It’s one act,” attorney Monique Walker told the jury. “It caused injury. It was distasteful, it was disrespectful. But it was not deadly. It was not intentional.”

The prosecutor painted a starkly different picture. Blackwell did intend to hurt Anthony Gooden and Marquez Tolbert, and was methodical and malicious, assistant district attorney Fani Willis told the jury.

On Feb. 12, Blackwell heated water in a pot until it boiled and poured it on Gooden and Tolbert, causing severe burns to both men, police said. Prosecutors contend the attack was premeditated.

Related: Police: Man pours boiling water on gay couple in bed

“You don’t have the right to hurt because you don’t like how they live their life,” Fani Willis, assistant district attorney, told the jurors.

Blackwell’s case was sent to the jury early afternoon.

Instead of numerous felonies with which he is charged, Blackwell should be convicted only of battery, Walker told the jurors.

“It was reckless, it was revolting. It was repugnant,” she said. “But it’s not 10 counts in an indictment. It’s not bringing in the kitchen sink.”

It was literally under a kitchen sink where Blackwell searched for the largest pot and filled it with water, Willis said. The scalding water required both men undergo skin graft surgeries, prosecutors said. Gooden spent nearly a month in the hospital, including two weeks in a medically induced coma, and Tolbert spent 10 days in the hospital.

“It is a felony. And it’s a felonious act,” Willis said. “And he earned every count in the indictment”

Blackwell declined to testify during his trial. He showed no emotion as the verdict and sentencing were read.

7 marijuana myths you may believe are true

Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            7 marijuana myths you may believe are true
Five Fast Facts: Marijuana

To toke or not to toke; that has become the question across the United States as attitudes about marijuana use continue to shift and cities and states determine whether to decriminalize the drug.

Memphis on Tuesday became the latest American city to take the first step toward decriminalizing marijuana, even as the federal government earlier this month opted to keep pot listed as a Schedule I drug – lumped in with dangerous and potentially deadly drugs like heroin, ecstasy and LSD. Meanwhile, support for legalizing the drug is at an all-time high, according to a study conducted in March by the Chicago-based Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research that found that 61 percent of those U.S. residents surveyed were in favor of making pot legal.

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Proponents on both sides of the issue have all made their arguments. Unfortunately, many of those arguments are based on myths and tall tales that have gathered around the subject like, well, like a cloud of smoke.

Here are seven myths that you may or may not have heard about marijuana:

Myth: Driving while high on marijuana is as bad as driving while drunk
Fact: Driving while high on pot is not as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. Time reported last year that researchers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have found no evidence to support claims that drivers under the influence of pot are significantly more likely to crash.
See the results of that survey here.

Myth: Marijuana kills brain cells
Fact: A study released in 2015 by the Journal of Neuroscience debunked a previous study that claimed regular marijuana use causes abnormalities in the brains of adolescents and adults. According to the researchers, they were unable to replicate that study, which was published in April 2014 by Northwestern University.

Myth: Marijuana is a “gateway drug” that leads to use of more dangerous illegal substances
Fact: The Institute of Medicine found that, while many users of drugs like heroin or cocaine do use marijuana prior to trying the harder drugs, there does not appear to be a causal link. Instead, marijuana is a typical precursor to heavier drug use because it is the most widely used illegal drug.

IOM researchers also state that marijuana is rarely the first “gateway drug” in the chain of events that leads to heavy drug use. That title goes instead to underage smoking and alcohol use.

Research has also shown that, while users can become physically dependent on marijuana, the symptoms of withdrawal are much milder. While marijuana users who stop smoking may suffer irritability and a slightly elevated heart rate, those who are withdrawing alcohol, opiates or benzodiazepines could suffer everything from elevated heart rate and blood pressure to hallucinations, seizures and even death.

Myth: Marijuana causes more damage to a person’s lungs than cigarettes
Fact: Researchers with the University of California San Francisco and the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that, while long-term, heavy marijuana use could take a toll on a person’s lungs, the air-flow rate of a person’s breathing actually increases with increased exposure to marijuana – up to a certain level. The reason, the researchers said, is likely due to the difference in the number of joints marijuana smokers consume versus the number of cigarettes a typical smoker consumes on a daily basis.

Myth: Marijuana cures anxiety in people
Fact: While this myth might actually hold some truth for some people, research has found that marijuana has the opposite effect on the majority of users. A 2014 study authored by a Vanderbilt University professor found cannabinoid receptors in a part of the brain that regulates anxiety and a person’s flight-or-fight response.
The study found that, while marijuana’s cannabinoids can reduce anxiety, chronic use “down-regulates” those receptors and paradoxically increases anxiety

Myth: You can overdose on marijuana
Fact: Don’t believe everything you read on Facebook. Remember those cannabinoid receptors? According to the National Cancer Institute, those receptors – unlike a person’s opioid receptors – are not located on the body’s brain stem that controls respiration.

In other words, while taking too many painkillers can slow a person’s respiration so much that they die, that cannot happen with marijuana.

Myth: The munchies are not real
Fact: Though one argument against marijuana use for malnourished cancer patients is that the “munchies” are a figment of the imagination, science has proven that argument wrong. Smithsonian Magazine reported in 2014 that research has shown that THC fits into the receptors in the brain’s olfactory bulb, a neural structure involved in the sense of smell.
What that means for pot smokers is that marijuana significantly increases their sense of smell and taste, which leads them to eat more food after smoking.


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