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Dayton man to answer to murder charge in wife’s death

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 10:44 AM
Updated: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 4:49 PM

Donald Lee Cleaver
Montgomery County Jail

DAYTON —  An 82-year-old man is facing a murder charge after police said he fatally stabbed his wife at their Delmar Avenue home.

  • Victim identified as Mary Lou Cleaver
  • Suspect identified as the victim’s husband, Donald Cleaver
  • Donald Cleaver is facing multiple charges, including murder while committing felonious assault and purposeful murder

UPDATE @ 10:49 a.m. (May 22)

Mary Lou Cleaver, 70, died of "multiple sharp force injures of the left posterior chest," and her death has been ruled a homicide, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Mary Lou’s husband, 82-year-old Donald Cleaver, is scheduled to be arraigned today on charges of felonious assault and murder.

UPDATE @ 4:47 p.m. (May 19)

Donald Cleaver is being formally charged by the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office in the slaying of his wife.

UPDATE @ 12:17 p.m. (May 19)

An 82-year-old Dayton man is in the Montgomery County jail charged with murder for allegedly stabbing his 70-year-old wife to death following an argument in their home on Delmar Ave.

Donald Cleaver was booked in to jail early Friday morning after he showed up at the police department to turn himself in for allegedly killing his wife, Mary Cleaver.

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It was a neighbor that called 911 to alert police to the crime.  “He says he just killed his wife,” the 911 caller said.  “He’s getting ready to head to the jail he says.”

According to Dayton homicide detectives, the investigation shows the Cleaver’s apparently argued last night and after Mary Cleaver went to bed, Donald Cleaver fatally stabbed her. 

The case will be presented to the Montgomery Count Prosecutor’s office for formal charges.

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According to a Dayton police report, officers responded to Cleaver’s home in the 200 block of North Delmar Avenue around 1 a.m. Friday.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office said Mary Cleaver, 70, was killed at the same address officers responded to.

“He did not say how he did it,” the 911 caller said.

A knife is listed in the police report as a possible weapon used.

Cleaver is not yet officially charged.

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Man convicted in Trotwood fatal shooting to be sentenced today

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 9:23 AM

Dshawn Lynch

DAYTON — The man convicted on charges related to the murder of a 48-year-old veteran will be sentenced  

  • The victim, Thomas Johnson, was shot at a Speedway in Trotwood
  • Johnson was dropped off at the VA Medical Center on West Third Street in Dayton and was pronounced dead from his injuries
  • Dshawn Lynch was found guilty of murder on May 9 on charges related to Johnson's death.

Johnson died from a gunshot wound to the right arm/chest area, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.  The coroner’s office said Johnson was wounded at 2001 Shiloh Springs Road in Trotwood, which is the location of a Speedway gas station.  

Johnson was dropped off at the VA Medical Center on West Third Street in Dayton and was pronounced dead from his injuries.  

Johnson’s death has been ruled a homicide.

Murder trial for accused K-9 Club shooter begins

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 8:25 AM

The murder trial for the man accused of killing another man outside the K-9 Club, 5100 Germantown Pike, last March is expected to begin with opening statements this morning.

Dale Glenn, 31, is charged with three counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault and two counts of having weapon under disability.

Glenn is accused of killing Michael Mays-Belton outside the club following an argument between the two on Mar. 9.

Glenn was removed from the club during the argument and when Mays-Belton left the Jefferson Twp. club, Glenn was said to have shot him, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors said Glenn then fled the scene in a vehicle.

Corrections officer to be sentenced for selling cell phones to inmates

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 8:33 AM


            Michael Rose Jr.

The former Montgomery County Jail corrections officer convicted of providing inmates with cell phones will be sentenced this morning in Dayton’s U.S. District Court.

Prosecutors want Michael Rose Jr., 29, to serve longer than the 6 months suggested in pre-sentence report, according to a sentencing memorandum.

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The advisory, non-binding sentencing range calculated for Rose was 12 to 18 months. Prosecutors want U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice to put Rose behind bars for that length of time because he “violated the trust that those whom he guarded and the public had placed in him.”

Rose pleaded guilty by bill of information in February to attempted extortion under color of official right. He was accused of providing multiple cell phones to inmates to conduct heroin trafficking in exchange for money.

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The statutory sentencing range for the charge is from zero to 20 years and fines of up to $250,000.

“He undermined the reason that most of those individuals were in his custody — to prevent their further criminal activity and to protect the public from their illegal conduct,” assistant U.S. attorney Brent Tabacchi wrote. “His actions contributed to the public’s ever-eroding faith in the ability of government employees to perform their jobs honestly, expeditiously, and without self-interest.”

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An affidavit written by Frederick Zollers, a member of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and a task force member, alleged that Rose, who started working at the Montgomery County Jail in April 2016, provided a cell phone to an inmate in exchange for $5,000 cash.

That federal inmate, according to Zollers, used the telephone to conduct drug transactions while incarcerated. “Imposition of a significant sentence in this case will force the next public employee to reconsider his or her potential misconduct,” Tabacchi wrote.

Father of Dayton child shot, killed said he had been looking for his son

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 5:43 AM

DAYTON — The father of one of the children shot and killed inside a Lori Sue Avenue home said he had been looking for his son for three years. 

Khmorra Helton, 8, and Kaiden Helton, 6, were shot in the head and critically injured on May 18. The children died three days later at Dayton Children’s Hospital on May 21.

The children’s mother Claudena Helton is being held at the Montgomery County Jail on charges related to the children’s deaths. 

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In a News Center 7 interview, Kaiden’s father Stephen Fletcher said he tried to find his son and get in touch the child’s mother for the last three years.  He said Helton’s family told him she moved out of town, they hadn’t heard from her and they didn’t know where she was located. 

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"I'm very devastated right now,” Fletcher said. “I can't sleep. I can't eat. I don't even know what to do with myself now. It's crazy ... he didn't deserve this. I don't even know why she would do this. I don't have any answers for anything.”

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Fletcher said he learned his son had been shot when he saw it on the news. 

“I just heard my baby momma's name and I heard my son's name,” Fletcher said. “And I heard what happened, so right then and there I literally fainted like passed out because I  was so worried. I couldn't' believe that it had happened.”

Helton faced previous allegations involving children before the shootings. In March 2014, she was convicted of disorderly conduct in Montgomery County Juvenile Court, according to the county prosecutor's office.

At the time of the shootings, Montgomery County Children Services initiated an investigation focused on Helton.

“I'm not going to say anything evil or rude,” Fletcher said. “I mean, even as much as I'm hurt. Because I’m not that type of person. But she's in jail. She deserves to be in jail.” 

On May 23, 2010, Trotwood police arrested Fletcher for allegedly threatening Helton’s life, punching her in the face and choking her until she nearly fainted, according to a police report. Fletcher was charged with misdemeanor counts of aggravated menacing and domestic violence. He was found guilty of one of the counts and sentenced to 123 days in jail.

“I love my son,” Fletcher said. “I'd do anything to have him back now, man. I'm going through a lot right now. I'm hurting real bad.”