Daniel Schooler indicted in Dayton pastor shooting case

Updated: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 @ 9:57 AM
Published: Wednesday, March 09, 2016 @ 10:48 AM
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.

Suspect in Hollywood Gaming robbery in custody

Updated: Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 7:05 AM
Published: Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 6:54 AM
By: Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @5:06 a.m.

The suspect in the robbery of a woman outside the Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway is now in custody.

Nathan Griffith, 24, was booked into jail early Friday morning on a charge of robbery.

UPDATE @ 11 p.m.

The suspect in the Hollywood Gaming robbery is in front of the Montgomery County Jail, saying he wants to turn himself in, according to the sheriff’s office.

Police earlier identified the suspect as 24-year-old Nathan Griffith. Dayton police said they were on the way to the jail to meet the suspect.

UPDATE @ 7:20 p.m.

Police are still searching for a man they said stalked a Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway customer and then shoved her to the ground and tried to rob her of her winnings Wednesday night in an attack caught on video.

The casino’s security is what led police to easily identify the suspect as 24-year-old Nathan Griffith, Dayton police Sgt. Matt Beavers said. First, Griffith used his driver’s license at the casino, 777 Hollywood Blvd., to play games. Then, surveillance video inside captured him watch the woman cash out her winnings and then follow her out of the building. In the parking lot, cameras recorded the attack of the 63-year-old woman.

“You see she bounces off the ground, fight on the ground, over a couple bucks,” Beavers said.

During the struggle, the woman’s purse upended and he grabbed the checkbook and took off. “He didn’t get the winnings. She had a good hold on the purse,” Beavers said.

Anyone with information about Griffith’s whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 937-222-STOP(7867).


A 63-year-old woman fended off a male suspected robber while she was walking to her vehicle after spending the evening at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway Wednesday.

The woman told police she was leaving the racino around 9:45 p.m. when a male suspect approached her shortly after she entered the parking lot, according to a Dayton police report.

The suspect, identified as Nathan Griffith, grabbed the woman’s purse and tried to steal it, however the woman held onto the purse and the suspect dragged her across the parking lot, the report said.

The woman told police the man was in his mid 20s to early 30s, had light hair, a light color sweatshirt and blue jeans, according to the report.

Police are still searching for Griffith and anyone with information on his whereabouts can contact Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP.

Armed resident chases off gunmen — 1 of whom was wearing clown mask

Updated: Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 5:37 AM
Published: Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 11:11 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

Dayton police have been alerted to be on the lookout for three armed men who tried to get into an apartment, but were thwarted when the resident fired a warning shot.

A broadcast issued just after 10 p.m. cautioned police that the men — two with handguns and a third with a long gun — tried to force their way into a residence in the 700 block of Hart Street just after 9 p.m.

Two of the men were wearing ski masks and the third was wearing a clown mask, according to police.

The three ran at the sound of the gunfire from the resident.

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1 wounded in apparent drive-by shooting on Dearborn Avenue in Dayton

Updated: Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 5:29 AM
Published: Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 5:29 AM
By: Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @ 10:53 p.m.: Police tell us they are investigating an apparent drive-by shooting that occurred when someone sprayed the house and street with gunfire, hitting a male resident inside.

That victim has been taken to Good Samaritan Hospital. The injuries are said to be non-life threatening. His condition is not known.

Police evidence markers, indicating shell casings, are scattered in the yard, the driveway and in the street.

Officers remain on scene and the street remains closed for the investigation.


Dayton police are investigating a shooting in the 800 block of Dearborn Avenue.

The shooting was reported about 8:45 p.m.

The street continues to be blocked at Germantown Street (state Route 4) and there are markers in the street to indicate shell casings.

We have a crew on scene and we’re working to get details about what happened.

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Man pleads guilty in 2 Verizon Wireless robberies

Updated: Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 11:28 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

            Man pleads guilty in 2 Verizon Wireless robberies
James D. Shell

UPDATE @ 11:25 p.m. (Oct. 27)

A 29-year-old Germantown man admitted today to tying up Verizon Wireless clerks and using a toy gun to hold up two stores.

James D. Shell pleaded guilty to two counts each of robbery and kidnapping for the crimes, according to the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office.

Shell robbed a Verizon store on June 24 in Germantown and a second Verizon store on July 3 in Deerfield Twp. In both cases, he had an accomplice, police and prosecutors said. Also, in both cases the clerk was assaulted and tied up in a restroom in back of the store. The robbers took dozens of cellphones, cash and other electronic devices in the heists.

The second suspect, who has not been identified by police, remains at large.

Shell entered into a plea agreement to serve 15 years in prison and pay more than $20,000 in restitution to the stores, according to the prosecutor’s office.


An arrest has been made in a July 3 robbery at a Verizon Wireless in which the clerk was tied up.

The robbery occurred shortly after 4 p.m. July 3 at the Verizon Wireless store at 8465 Montgomery Road, according to the media release.

The two male suspects entered the store displaying a handgun and assaulted the clerk, tying him up with an extension cord in the back of the store. The suspects escaped with a large amount of cell phones and cash, according to the release.

The suspects were also wanted for a Verizon robbery in Germantown June 24.

Germantown police assisted Warren County sheriff’s deputies in identifying one suspect as James D. Shell, 29, of Germantown, according to the release.

Shell is now in Warren County Jail on a charge of aggravated robbery charge without bond until his arraignment in Mason Municipal Court, according to the release.

The other suspect is still at large.

Anyone with information about his identity or whereabouts are urged to contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Department.