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..

INTIAL REPORT:

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.

Great-grandmother beaten, burned in her home dies weeks after attack

Updated: Monday, August 29, 2016 @ 4:29 PM
Published: Monday, August 29, 2016 @ 3:07 PM
By: Nicole Carr - WSB-TV

An elderly woman who was beaten and burned inside her Meriwether County home has died weeks after the attack, the county's coroner confirmed to WSB.

Dorothy Dow, 83, was lying in her bed when three men and a woman kicked in her back door and attacked her in early August, according to police.

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"These suspects began to demand money from Miss Dow. She pleaded with them that she didn't have any money. They began to brutally beat her,” Sheriff Chuck Smith said. 

The family said Dow’s right and left arms were broken, and she had cuts and bruises all over her face. 

The sheriff said the robbers then poured a flammable liquid on the victim and lit it.

Dow did everything she could to survive and call for help.

"She remembered she had a gallon of water she filled her breathing machine with. With those broken hands, she took that top off the gallon of water and poured it on her head to put out the flames,” said her daughter-in-law, Beth Dow. 

Dorothy Dow then managed to crawl to another room to get her cellphone and call 911.

She was in the hospital in critical condition for weeks and died Saturday afternoon.

"That part's not real. We still can't put our hands around...that she was murdered," Dow said.

Justin Pierce Grady, 38, Cortavious Deshun Heard, 18, Shanquavious Keontrell Cameron, 17, Mina Christine Ellery, 17, and Angel Latrice Harmon, 17, are all facing multiple charges in connection to the attack.

"I can't imagine being one of their mamas, and know that your child has done this," Dow said.

Police believe the motive was robbery. They say Dorothy Dow owned a blueberry farm and would pay locals cash to pick the berries. Some of the attackers were former employees.

"I would love to talk to them and ask 'Why? Why did you do this?' I do want them to be punished," Dow said.

Dow said police assured the family charges against the suspects will be upgraded if her mother-in-law died.

JUST IN: Dorothy Dow has been in the hospital since the vicious attack earlier this month.
Posted by WSB-TV on Sunday, August 28, 2016

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Massachusetts man accused of threatening to kill Obama, burn mosque

Updated: Monday, August 29, 2016 @ 2:34 PM
Published: Monday, August 29, 2016 @ 2:14 PM
By: Dalton Main - WFXT - Boston

A Massachusetts man is accused of stockpiling weapons and threatening to kill police, Muslims and President Barack Obama, according to court records.

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Joseph Garguilo is also charged with possessing ammunition while under a domestic violence restraining order, according to a criminal complaint filed Sunday in federal court.

A person reported Garguilo to be "unstable and unpredictable," and said that he "hates gays, minorities, and the police," court records show. The complainant, whose name was redacted, also told investigators that Gaarguilo has been using drugs. The complainant "was in fear for her life and for the public."

FBI agents on Friday raided Garguilo's home in Holliston in search of weapons after getting tips from people concerned about his mental state and things he has said.

In a conversation with a witness, he allegedly "made a comment to the effect that when President Obama was on the golf course in Martha's Vineyard, Garguilo should have taken the opportunity to kill him."

During a search of Garguilo's home, agents said they found ammunition, "parts to assemble AR-15 rifles, chemicals that could be combined to create incendiary and/or explosive compounds and materials threatening the commission of violent attacks against members of the Islamic faith." FBI Special Agent Maximilian Fox said a number of loaded magazines and a plastic can full of bullets were found.

According to court documents, Garguilo has had a number of run-ins with law enforcement and has been suspected of several crimes. He is currently under a domestic violence order issued in July in Wrenthan District Court. He was due in court Monday in connection to that order.

A witness told authorities she was worried about Garguilo because he had recently acquired the parts to make an AR-15 and because "he was stockpiling food, water and other weapons, to include Tasers, mace guns, hunting knives and thermite. The tip also reported that Garguilo had stated that 'he will plant bombs in police stations ... and kill as many homeland security officers as he can before they kill him.'"

"According to the report, Garguilo googles how to make bombs and how to kill a person the quickest along with what are of the body makes a person bleed the fastest," the court documents stated.

Garguilo allegedly told a witness he planned to "chain a mosque closed and burn it down … burn every [expletive] down in there" – though no specifics were mentioned.

According to the court documents, a witness also told police "Garguilo believes that the structure of America will collapse and that America is going to enter a state of martial law. According to Garguilo has demonstrated the use of tasers to both children and has deployed them against inanimate objects and on himself."

Agents also recovered quantities of aluminum powder, ammonium nitrate, and iron oxide. These materials can be used to create explosives and incendiaries. 23. Finally, agents also recovered handwritten notes threatening violence against members of the Islamic religion.

Garguilo is not licensed to carry a gun in Massachusetts. In the court documents, agents request a warrant to conduct a more thorough search of his home.

He could face five to 10 years in prison and a fine of $25,000, according to the Department of Justice.

Charges pending against Huber teacher arrested in raid

Updated: Monday, August 29, 2016 @ 1:33 PM
Published: Monday, August 29, 2016 @ 12:13 PM
By: Jeremy P. Kelley - Breaking News Staff


            Charges pending against Huber teacher arrested in raid
Facebook Photo of Kelly Stone and woman arrested in back of Kettering cruiser. STAFF PHOTO/Marshall Gorby

UPDATE @ 12:08 p.m. (Aug. 29):

It could be at least two weeks until prosecutors revisit possible drug charges against a Huber Heights teacher arrested during a drug raid in Kettering Friday, according to prosecutors.

Kelly Stone, 30, also known as Kelly McGill, was released from jail after prosecutors did not approve charges within 48 hours of her arrest.

The other individual arrested, Donte Shackelford, 31, was charged with having weapons under disability after he was found to be in possession of a stolen gun, the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office said.

UPDATE @ 12:14 p.m. (Aug. 26): Huber Heights school Superintendent Susan Gunnell said late Friday morning that the district was just hearing details of a teacher’s drug arrest. But she confirmed that the Kelly Stone arrested in the Kettering raid is the Huber Heights teacher listed as Kelly McGill.

She said she wasn’t aware of any complaints against Stone, who had just started her second year with the district.

“It’s highly unfortunate. When we get this information we take it very seriously and put our steps in motion,” Gunnell said. “First and foremost, who we want in front of our children are people who are able to make good decisions and follow rules and guidelines.”

UPDATE 10:37 a.m. (Aug. 26):

An elementary school art teacher in Huber Heights City Schools was one of two people arrested in a Kettering drug bust Friday morning.

Kelly Stone, 30, was arrested on a drug possession charge, according to jail records, in connection with a raid in the 1200 block of Rose Bower Drive, just south of the Stroop-Marshall intersection.

Stone, also known as Kelly McGill, teaches art at Charles Huber Elementary and Wright Brothers Elementary, according to district officials. She taught at Summit Academy Community School in Dayton from 2012-15 according to the state treasurer’s web site.

Kettering police confirmed that their information also showed Stone as a teacher at Huber Heights schools.

Kettering Police Chief Christopher Protsman said the raid was conducted after an investigation into drug complaints from neighbors.

The other person arrested on the scene was Donte Shackelford, 31. He was arrested on a warrant from another jurisdiction, according to jail records.

Kettering Police Lt. Dan Gangwer said KPD’s investigation led to a search warrant and Friday’s raid. He said detectives are still working on the investigation and more charges could be forthcoming.

UPDATE 10:17 a.m. (Aug. 26):

We are looking into the possibility that a woman jailed during this morning’s raid is a local school teacher.

We are working to gather more details.

UPDATE @ 8 a.m. (Aug. 26)

Two people have been detained following a drug raid at a Kettering home on Rose Bower Drive.

Kettering Police Chief Christopher Protsman said this morning’s raid was after an investigation into drug complaints from neighbors.

Our crew on the scene observed both a man and a woman were placed in the back of police cruisers.

A police K9 is currently searching around a vehicle and garage of the house.

We’ll update this page as new details become available.

FIRST REPORT (Aug. 26)

We’re following reports of police activity in the area of Marshall Road and Rose Bower Avenue in Kettering Friday morning.

Officers along with Kettering’s Special Response Team were reportedly surrounding a home on Rose Bower Avenue, but details were not available from dispatchers.

Our crew on the scene observed one man was placed in the back of a police cruiser.

We’ll update this page as new details become available.

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Foreign hackers target state election systems; FBI investigates

Updated: Monday, August 29, 2016 @ 12:24 PM
Published: Monday, August 29, 2016 @ 12:04 PM
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk


            Foreign hackers target state election systems; FBI investigates
The seal of the F.B.I. hangs in the Flag Room at the bureau's headquaters March 9, 2007 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Federal investigators believe hackers based outside of the United States are behind a pair of cyberattacks reported over the summer against election systems in two states, according to an FBI flash alert obtained by Yahoo! News.

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The alert, dated Aug. 18, warned officials about attacks in July and August in which hackers "exfiltrated" information from two unidentified state boards of election. Authorities did not say what information was stolen in the attacks, however, unidentified sources told Yahoo! News authorities were referencing separate attacks in Arizona and Illinois.

The Arizona Secretary of State's Office closed part of its voter registration system after the FBI detected "a potential threat" in June and malicious software was found on a computer used to access the system, according to The Arizona Republic. No data was stolen in that attack, a state official told Yahoo! News.

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Hackers were, however,  able to steal the personal data of as many as 200,000 Illinois voters during an attack in late July that crippled the state's voter registration system for more than one week, Yahoo! News reported.

"The FBI is requesting that states contact their Board of Elections and determine if any similar activity to their logs, both inbound and outbound, has been detected," the FBI flash alert recommended. "Attempts should not be made to touch or ping the IP addresses directly."

The alert was sent out amid increased fears of foreign cyberattacks after emails from the Democratic National Committee were hacked and as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump claims the presidential election is rigged.