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Dayton police probe allegations against charter school employee

Published: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 12:46 PM
Updated: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 6:03 PM

Dayton police probe allegations against charter school employee

A Harrison Twp. charter school employee was placed on leave amid school and police investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct against a student.

Renaldo O’Neal, principal of North Dayton School of Discovery, a charter school at 3901 Turner Road, alerted parents Friday in an email.

“Given the nature of these allegations, we have reached out to the parents of two students and to local legal authorities, who began an investigation,” O’Neal stated in his letter. “We have begun our own internal investigation, and, as part of that process we immediately placed this staff member on administrative leave.

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This news organization is not naming the employee, because no criminal charges have been filed.

Relatives of an eighth-grader at the school said the girl was sexually assaulted in her own Dayton home a few weeks ago by the male school employee.

A Dayton police report “memo” indicates a detective has been assigned to investigate an “alleged crime” involving a 13-year-old girl. Dayton Police Department officials said Monday that it is a special victims case, and they had no further comment.

On Monday, Leah Nixon, director of communications for National Heritage Academies, which oversees the school and two other Dayton charters, issued a statement.

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“After we were made aware of allegations against one of our staff, we contacted parents and local authorities, who began an investigation,” Nixon wrote. “We also started our own internal investigation and we are giving our full cooperation to local authorities.”

“Providing a safe and secure learning environment for our students is always one of our top priorities,” Nixon wrote. “Because of the ongoing investigation, we are unable to share additional details at this time.”

Dayton school teacher says she was assaulted at Thurgood Marshall

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 2:03 PM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 2:37 PM


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Dayton Public Schools is investigating an alleged assault on a Thurgood Marshall High School teacher this month.

District officials are still probing two accounts of the Nov. 8 incident — one given by a teacher, another from a student the teacher said held her down while another student hit her four times.

“Our security people are still moving through both of these accounts,” said district spokeswoman Marsha Bonhart-Neilson. “There’s no conclusion being drawn yet.”

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The 63-year-old teacher told police she was in her classroom when four girls arrived. She told the girls to leave, when one of the students told the teacher to “get the (expletive) out of her face,” according to the teacher’s account to police. The teacher said a male then held her down while the female student hit her four times, a police report said.

The teacher complained of chest pain and pain in the back of her head, according to the police report. She was transported to the hospital by a medic, according to the report.

Assistant Principal Bert Seard told police he interviewed the male the teacher accused of holding her down. Seard told police the male’s account was that the alleged assailant and her boyfriend came into the classroom, when the female began chasing her boyfriend.

Seard told police the male said the teacher got in between the boyfriend and the female. The male said he grabbed the teacher’s arm while the female hit the teacher.

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A summons arrest was completed for the female student, according to the police report.

We’re working to learn more details about this incident.

Dayton apartment burglarized hours after drug raid, police say

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 12:26 PM

A Dayton home was burglarized hours after police conducted a drug raid at the same apartment Thursday afternoon, according to a police report

The initial incident happened at the apartment in the 2000 block of Catalpa Drive when Dayton police officer raided the home at 2:40 p.m. Thursday. They seized drugs, cash and several guns from the apartment.

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Andre Lamar Hill, 43, of Dayton was arrested and charged him with having weapons while under disability and drug possession.

He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail. 

Hours after the raid a woman who lives in the same apartment called police to report that several items had been stolen from the resident. 

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The woman reported that she left someone at the apartment while she ran an errand because she couldn’t lock her door. When she returned to the apartment two 40 inch televisions, two Bluetooth headphones and parts of a home theater system had been stolen. 

Officers investigated the scene and did not find signs of forced entry, the report said. 

Baby’s feeding tube removed, mother arrested

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 12:33 PM

Dayton and Kettering Police arrested mother Michele Hughes, for allegedly removing her 3-month-old daughter's feeding tube and taking her out of the hospital. JAIL MUGSHOT
Dayton and Kettering Police arrested mother Michele Hughes, for allegedly removing her 3-month-old daughter's feeding tube and taking her out of the hospital. JAIL MUGSHOT

A Kettering mother was arrested and jailed for allegedly removing her infant daughter's feeding tube, then walking out of Dayton Children's Hospital.

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Michele Hughes, 35, walked into her 3-month-old daughter's hospital room and pulled the feeding tube out of the child and removed her from the hospital, according to a Dayton Police report. 

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Hospital staff contacted police out of concern for the child because she was 3 months old, only weighing 8 pounds. 

The staff told police the child was dehydrated and very malnourished. 

Dayton Police contacted Kettering Police for assistance. 

Hughes was located in her car in the driveway of her Kettering home, with the infant. 

A Children's Services caseworker came to the home and took emergency custody of the child. 

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Michele Hughes was arrested for child endangering and taken to the Montgomery County Jail. 

She has been released, and is awaiting court action.

Woman burned by hot coffee in break room fight

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 11:53 AM

Dayton police are investigating after a woman was severely burned by hot coffee thrown on her by another woman during a break room fight at the YWCA.  STAFF PHOTO ILLUSTRATION
Dayton police are investigating after a woman was severely burned by hot coffee thrown on her by another woman during a break room fight at the YWCA. STAFF PHOTO ILLUSTRATION

A woman suffered significant burns when another woman threw a cup of hot coffee on her in a break room at the YWCA, according to a Dayton Police report.  

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Officers and a medic were dispatched to the YWCA on West Third St. in downtown Dayton at 5:25 p.m. Thursday on a report of an aggravated assault. 

The two women involved in the altercation are residents at the YWCA. The injured woman, 55, told police she was in the break room speaking with another person about a woman who was also in the break room heating up a cup of coffee in the microwave. 

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 The victim told police the woman didn't appreciate what was being said about her, and when the coffee was done in the microwave, the woman removed it and threw the cup of hot coffee on her, then returned to her room. 

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According to the Dayton Police report, the victim had visible severe blistering on her skin from the shoulder down to her left arm and elbow. The skin was peeling off, according to the officer, and he cited significant burn injuries.  

The injured woman refused to go to the hospital.

Dayton police put out a broadcast to arrest the female suspect. She was not identified in the report.

No word is she is in custody.