Dayton woman’s 2015 disappearance considered suspicious

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 5:16 PM

Sharonda Morrison was reported missing December 22, 2015.

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a Dayton woman whose disappearance is now considered suspicious, officials said Monday. 

Sharonda Morrison, 20, was reported missing Dec. 22, 2015.

According to a Crime Stoppers notice sent out Monday, “recent information” has made the circumstances around her disappearance “suspicious.”

Morrison was arrested for drug trafficking in Portsmouth, Ohio about seven months before she disappeared. She currently has a nationwide warrant for her arrest through Scioto County issued in September 2015, the release said.

She has not been in contact with local family members who reported her missing.

Her last known address, according to court records, is on Danner Avenue in Dayton.

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Riverside homicide suspect fires shots at South Carolina deputy, is in custody

Published: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 @ 6:22 PM
Updated: Saturday, August 19, 2017 @ 10:30 PM

Caldwell arrested

A suspect in a Riverside homicide earlier this week was arrested early Saturday in Spartanburg, South Carolina, after he allegedly fired a rifle at a deputy.

  • Suspect Sterling H. Roberts is in S.C. jail
  • Victim is Robert Caldwell of Beavercreek
  • Roberts shot to death in front of his 3 sons

Sterling H. Roberts, 34, is accused of firing multiple shots toward a deputy, according to an incident report from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Roberts has a Washington Creek Lane, Centerville address listed on the court records from South Carolina. A deputy spotted Roberts near a Circle K gas station late Friday night after authorities received a report of a suspicious man. Roberts fired a rifle across the street toward the deputy’s vehicle, according to the incident report.

“During the incident Roberts pointed the rifle at several bystanders in the area, which resulted in additional charges. It was learned after his arrest that Roberts was wanted out of Dayton, Ohio, for weapons violations,” Master Deputy Darren Dukes said in a media statement.

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Sheriff’s deputies did not return fire, and no one was hurt and no property was damaged, Lt. Kevin Bobo said.


Roberts is being held in Spartanburg County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, pointing/presenting a firearm, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and fugitive from justice.

Robert Caldwell, 35, of Beavercreek, was killed in front of his three children on Tuesday in a shooting at Claypool Building on Linden Avenue in Riverside. Caldwell’s body was found in the parking lot. A boy ran to a nearby Bob Evans and told workers someone shot his father as they were leaving the building.

Riverside police later named Roberts as a suspect. Caldwell knew Roberts, and police said the shooting may have involved a child custody disagreement with Caldwell’s ex-wife.

Robert Caldwell, Contributed photo

UPDATE @ 1:20 p.m. (Aug. 19)

Riverside homicide suspect Sterling Roberts was captured last night in Spartanburg, South Carolina after reportedly shooting at a deputy there. 

Lt. Kevin Bobo said the sheriff’s deputies did not return fire on Roberts. 

He was arrested around 2 a.m. Aug. 19 and is being held in Spartanburg County Jail on charges of attempted murder, pointing/presenting a firearm, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and fugitive from justice.

UPDATE @ 1:20 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 17:

The U.S. Marshals and the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Task Force have joined Riverside police in the search for the suspect in Tuesday’s homicide of Robert Caldwell, Riverside Police Chief Frank Robinson said. 

Robinson said the ongoing search for Sterling H. Roberts has included interviews with his family members and those of Caldwell. Roberts is not charged with a crime. 

“We’re not at the point where we can formally charge someone at this point,” Robinson said, noting that Roberts has warrants for his arrest from prior incidents. 

Robinson said Roberts has ties to Nashville, Tenn., where his mother lives. 

“It’s my understanding he was in Nashville up until last week,” Robinson said. 

Persons who see Roberts should not engage him, Robinson said. 

“We still feel he’s armed and dangerous and in a desperate situation like this we don’t want anyone to make contact,” Robinson said. “I would say even friends and family should be leery of his actions at this point.”

UPDATE @ 3:02 p.m.: Riverside Police Chief Frank Robinson confirms they’ve officially identified Sterling Roberts as the suspect in the deadly shooting of Robert Caldwell.

Roberts whereabouts are unknown. According to a “Be on the Lookout” or BOLO put out by county dispatchers, Roberts may be driving a silver Mitsubishi Eclipse and carrying a .40-caliber handgun.

He is white, 6-foot-2, and has multiple tattoos. 

According to Montgomery County court records, an arrest warrant was issued for Roberts on Aug. 3 because he had not checked in with his probation officer. He was ordered to be arrested and held without bail. 

Roberts was sentenced May 31 to community control after being convicted of having weapons under disability - which means he was not supposed to carry a gun because of felony convictions on his record. 

RIverside Police Chief Frank Robinson is asking the public to call and identify the name of the man seen in surveillance video who is suspected of shooting and killing Robert Caldwell, 35, in front of Caldwell’s three sons, ages 15, 13 and 8.

Police believe they know the man’s identity, but want members of the public to independently ID him.

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In an interview Wednesday before noon, Chief Robinson confirmed they are pursuing leads that the shooting may be connected to child custody issues involving Caldwell’s ex-wife.

“We are going to do some investigating with her phone,” said Robinson.

The chief said the shooter may have been following Caldwell on Tuesday before the deadly shooting.

“We understand the video that we have of the suspect in question, was on the property for some period of time,” said Robinson.

The Chief believes the shooter has left the area, but is urging the public to call his department to name the man in the surveillance video. Call 937-233-2080. 

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UPDATE @ 10 a.m.:

A man killed in Riverside has been identified as Robert Caldwell, 35, of Beavercreek, according to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office. There is no preliminary cause and manner of death yet.

The suspect is involved in a relationship with the victim’s ex-wife, according to a Dayton police report. As well, the victim had just gained custody of his three children. 

The suspect Sterling Roberts had reportedly threatened the suspect previously, according to the police report.

UPDATE @ 9:30 a.m.:

Police have identified Sterling H. Roberts as the man wanted in connection to a homicide in Riverside Tuesday evening.

Police have identified Sterling H. Roberts as the man wanted in connection to a homicide in Riverside Tuesday evening.

The victim, who is from Beavercreek, knew Roberts, according to a Dayton police report.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office is working to notify next of kin. 

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Police have released a photo they said shows a person of interest in Tuesday night’s deadly Riverside shooting at the Claypool Building on Linden Avenue that left one man dead.

Shooting in Riverside on Linden Avenue
  • Man shot to death in front of 3 children
  • Call came into police as reported active shooter
  • Boy ran into Bob Evans and said his father had been shot
  • Police looking for “multiple people” in connection to shooting

 A middle-age man has been shot to death -- in front of his three children -- and Riverside police are looking for "multiple people," Maj. Matt Sturgeon said. 

"There could be multiple people involved," he said. "There are a lot of leads we are following." 

Sturgeon said police were dispatched to the 4134 Linden Ave. about 6 p.m. about a reported active shooter situation.

"Multiple calls were coming in that we had an active shooter on the grounds," he said. 

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Police found one man, believed to be of middle age, shot to death in the parking lot of the office building, believed to be the Claypool Building. His three children were with him, the major said, and police released them to Montgomery County Children Services. 

An employee at the nearby Bob Evans, 1285 Woodman Drive, said a boy ran to the restaurant and told workers there that someone shot his father as he and his Dad were leaving the building. 

The employee at the restaurant, 1285 Woodman Drive, gave us this account before his manager ordered him to stop speaking to us. 

The employee said the boy told them he ran to the restaurant when the shooter walked toward his father and opened fire.

Sturgeon did not react to that directly, but said, "yes, unfortunately, the children were here." 

He declined to reveal their ages or why they were at the building with their father. 

When asked what he would say to Riverside residents because police are looking for at least one male armed with a silver handgun who fled on foot, Sturgeon said, "We're not going to ask citizens to do a whole bunch, unless they hear something that pertains directly to the case."

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Police return to crime scene in Xenia shooting

Published: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 @ 3:58 AM
Updated: Saturday, August 19, 2017 @ 9:00 PM

Shooting on West Second Street

UPDATE @ 9:10 p.m. (Aug. 19):

There is police activity tonight in the 1600 block of West Second Street outside the home where a man was shot early this month.

Xenia Police Division dispatch confirmed officers were on scene, but would not say why the officers were there, nor what they were doing. We are working to learn more information.

UPDATE @ 3:14 p.m. (Aug. 16):

A Greene County grand jury indicted Nathaniel A. Gorman in connection to the shooting of a Xenia man.

Gorman was indicted on counts of felonious assault; improperly discharging a firearm at or into a habitation; receiving stolen property; tampering with evidence; and weapons under disability. He will be arraigned Aug. 18 in Greene County Common Pleas Court.

UPDATE @ 1:13 p.m. (Aug. 4):

Charges have been approved for the third suspect in the shooting on West Second Street earlier this week, according to police.

The suspect, a 16-year-old, was charged with complicity to felonious assault, complicity to improperly discharge firearm at or into a habitation, obstructing official business and curfew.

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Police said all suspects in the case are in custody.

UPDATE @ 3:10 p.m. (Aug. 3)

Xenia police say a gun believed to be used in this shooting has also been located. 

The third suspect, a juvenile male, was arrested in Dayton today. Charges are pending against that person.

The second juvenile male, previously arrested, has formal charges filed against him, including complicity to felonious assault, complicity to discharging firearm at or into habitation, complicity to discharging a firearm on or near prohibited premises and curfew.

UPDATE @ 2:20 p.m. (Aug. 3) 

Xenia police confirm the third suspect wanted in connection to Wednesday’s shooting on West Second Street is now in custody. 

Police did not release specifics on how the juvenile was taken into custody. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

UPDATE @ 11:07 a.m. (Aug. 3):

The 18-year-old charged in connection to Wednesday’s shooting on West Second Street made his first appearance in Xenia Municipal Court today.

Nathanial Gorman’s bond was set at $100,000.

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Gorman is charged with felonious assault, improper discharge of a firearm and weapons under disability, all felonies.

An unidentified juvenile taken into custody has not yet been charged and police are still looking for another juvenile that may be involved in the case, police said.

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UPDATE @ 3:52 p.m. (Aug. 2)

Police have identified the adult suspect involved in a shooting overnight in the 1600 block of West Second Street in Xenia.

Nathaniel Alton Gorman, 18, is in the Greene County Jail on suspicion of felonious assault, improperly discharging a firearm at or into a habitation and having weapons under disability.

Nathaniel Alton Gorman (Courtesy/Xenia Police)

Police are considering charges against one juvenile who is in custody and a third suspect, also a juvenile, who has not been apprehended.

Police have not released the names of the juvenile suspects.

UPDATE @ 10 a.m.

A homeowner who confronted two people rifling through his vehicle overnight was shot in the leg as the suspected thieves ran away, according to Xenia Capt. Alonzo Wilson.

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The homeowner’s two dogs barked and alerted him to a noise outside his home shortly before he called 911 at 3:41 a.m., Wilson said.

“When he went out to address the noise he heard there were subjects inside his vehicle that he did not know,” Wilson said.

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The two intruders ran and one fired at least two shots toward the homeowner, one of which struck him in the leg, Wilson said.

Police got a description of the suspect vehicle that sped from the scene. That vehicle was stopped in the area of Colorado and Commonwealth drives. Three people got out of the sport utility vehicle and ran. 

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Wilson said officers arrested one suspect fairly quickly and tracked down another at a home on Sheelin Road.

An adult and a juvenile male are in custody. A third suspect is still being sought.

Manhunt underway for suspects in Xenia shooting

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Their names have not been released, but all three are known to police, Wilson said.

The victim is in good condition after he was treated and released from Miami Valley Hospital.

Wilson said the victim’s car was not locked and there have been a number of car break-ins in the city and in the Miami Valley in general.

He advises residents and motorists to lock their vehicles and call police instead of confronting someone on their property without permission.

UPDATE @ 7:40 a.m.

A second suspect related to a morning shooting in Xenia has been taken into custody.

The suspect was taken into custody at a home on Sheelin Road in Xenia around 7:35 a.m.

We are working to gather additional details.

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XENIA — Police officers are searching for at least one suspect after a person was shot on West Second Street early Wednesday. 

  • Police and medics were dispatched around 3:44 a.m. to the 1600 block of West Second Street for a gunshot victim.
  • Police believe the victim was shot in the leg during an armed robbery, according to scanner traffic. 
  • By 5:45 a.m., at least one suspect was in custody after police stopped a SUV on Commonwealth Drive.

Initial reports indicate police were searching for three suspects. 

Officers closed West Second Street between Rockwell and Beatty drives while the manhunt ensued, according to scanner traffic. Residents were cautioned to stay inside their homes and instructed to keep their doors locked. 

A K-9 unit was called in to assist with the search that spanned multiple locations, according to scanner traffic. 

The victim, who was reported to have been shot in the leg, was transported to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment. 

The victim’s condition is unknown at this time. 

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Woman who poured Windex into office coffee maker sentenced to prison

Published: Saturday, August 19, 2017 @ 1:59 PM

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A Virginia woman who admitted putting cleaning products in the coffee maker at her workplace for months was sentenced to prison Thursday.

Mayda E. Rivera-Juarez, 33, who was charged with one count of adulteration of food with intent to injure or kill for the 2016 incident, was sentenced to three years and six months in prison, the Commonwealth Attorney's Office in Leesburg said in a news release.

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Rivera-Juarez admitted to pouring Windex and Ajax dish soap into the coffee maker's water reservoir at Jas Forwarding Worldwide Inc., where she worked, WUSA reported. She tampered with the coffeemaker from January 2016 through October 2016, when she was caught in the act on surveillance video after employees suspected the office coffee was making them sick. She was immediately fired.

Authorities said Rivera-Juarez admitted to tampering with the coffee maker in order to make her supervisor ill. She admitted to pouring Ajax dish soap directly into her supervisor's coffee cup, authorities said.

Rivera-Juarez will serve her sentence in the Virginia Department of Corrections, and will then be placed on three years of post-release supervision.

Police: Man's attempt to carjack football players ends in beating

Published: Saturday, August 19, 2017 @ 8:52 AM

Carjacker Chose Wrong Victims, Ends in Beating

A man accused of attempting to carjack a group of football players ended up getting a beating, police said.

Angelo Martinez, 21, was seen hanging around a community center in Albuquerque on Aug. 11,  when a group of men were playing football. As the men returned to their car, Martinez asked them for a ride. They obliged, but as they pulled up to an address Martinez provided, he pulled out a gun and demanded they give up the car, KOAT reported. 

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The men exited the vehicle but as Martinez tried to take control of the car, he dropped the gun and one of the men reached in and punched Martinez in the face. The other men joined in, and were able to restrain Martinez, KOAT reported. The men told police they found a knife and a fake gun on Martinez.

Police were called and arrested Martinez at the scene.