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Driver flees after crash during pursuit in Sidney

Published: Friday, February 20, 2015 @ 6:30 PM
Updated: Friday, February 20, 2015 @ 9:40 PM

UPDATE @ 9:40 p.m. Feb. 20:

A driver is wanted tonight for fleeing an I-75 traffic stop, then crashing into another car before taking off on foot during a pursuit.

A trooper tried to stop a 2003 Honda Accord for speeding and following too closely shortly before 5:30 p.m. along northbound Interstate 75 in Miami County. The driver pulled over, but then took off after the trooper got out of his cruiser, according to Sgt. Ross Reed of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Piqua Post.

The driver continued north on I-75 into Shelby County. He got off the highway and traveled to Sidney. He crashed into another car with two people inside along North Walnut Avenue just north of Michigan Street.

One of the occupants, a man, was taken to a local hospital as a precaution, according to the highway patrol.

The driver fled his car after the crash, and has not yet been caught.

Troopers remained on scene for about 45 minutes to an hour searching for the driver, and now Sidney police officers on patrol are keeping an eye out for him, Reed said.

The highway patrol knows the suspect’s identity, but is not releasing his name until an arrest warrant has been issued. He faces possible felony charges of fleeing and eluding two counts of vehicular assault and leaving the scene of an accident in addition to the traffic citations, Reed said.

The suspect’s car was towed from the scene.


Troopers are searching for driver tonight who fled after he crashed his car during a pursuit.

A trooper tried to stop a car for a moving violation shortly before 5:30 p.m. along Interstate 75 in Miami County, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Piqua Post.

The driver did not stop, and continued to head north on I-75 into Shelby County, according to the highway patrol.

The driver got off the highway in Sidney, and crashed in the area of North Walnut Avenue near Forest Street, before fleeing his car on foot, the patrol reported.

No one else was believed to have been in the car.

Troopers remained on scene.

Suspect arrested by Dayton police in double-shooting has Monday court date

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 9:46 PM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 10:32 PM

Double shooting: Gunshot victims had baby in car

UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m. (Nov. 17): Dayton police have made an arrest in Thursday night’s double-shooting they believe occurred in the city and involved a pursuit that ended up in Harrison Twp. with two victims and a 1-year-old, in their car.

Michael Sanders, 44, was arrested just before 1 a.m. Friday, according to Montgomery County Jail records. Police investigators are working their theory that he and the victims were the only three adults involved in the incident.

Police also have seized a vehicle they think Sanders was driving.

According to the police incident report, police list the 3900 block of Necco Avenue in Dayton, near North Gettysburg Avenue, as the location where the incident began. Deputies and police found the car carrying the victims and the child on Evansville Avenue near Falmouth Avenue in Harrison Twp., several blocks to the north of Necco.

Police have not said Sanders was the shooter, but he is being detained as the only suspect in the case.

He remains in jail tonight, with a scheduled Monday court date on several felony charges that include five counts of felonious assault, and single counts of having weapons as a convict and illegal discharge of a firearm.

Michael Sanders (Courtesy/Montgomery County Jail)

Police have not released the names of the male, 25, and female, 20, wounded in the shooting.

The 1-year-old boy, in the rear seat of the shot-up car, is in the custody of family members. He is believed to be related to the woman, who was the driver, police said.


A young child was riding in a car with two gunshot victims Thursday night, officials said.

The gunshot victims were in a car that stopped on Evansville Avenue in the block just south of the Falmouth Avenue intersection in Harrison Twp.

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The double-shooting possibly occurred along or near North Gettysburg Avenue in Dayton.

The victims are a male and a female, and one was reportedly shot in the chest, according to reports. 

A woman who described herself of the aunt of the female victim said the boy was a year old.

One deputy was seen holding a baby inside a cruiser before Montgomery County Children Services investigators arrived on scene.

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Police were dispatched just after 9 p.m. on the report of a double-shooting.

Male, female shot in double shooting in Harrison Twp.

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’Lighten up:’ Justice Bill O’Neill lashes out at critics of sexual history Facebook post

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 12:59 PM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

Justice Bill O’Neill posts sexual history on Facebook

UPDATE @ 8 p.m.
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill on Friday night made another Facebook post, this time about the calls for him to resign following his controversial post that detailed his sexual history as part of his defense of “all heterosexual males.”

His controversial statements about his intimate relations with 50 women were in response to the “dogs of war” going after Sen. Al Franken amid sexual misconduct allegations. 

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He deleted his first post when he posted his new Facebook message. This one was to his critics, whom he told: “Lighten up folks. This is how Democrats remain in the minority.”


O’Neill said he was a civil rights lawyer “before Anita Hill and before you were born” to those he called “sanctimonious judges.”

“When a United States senator commits a non criminal act of indiscretion; and when it is brought to his attention and he immediately has the integrity to apologize; and the apology is accepted by the victim: IT IS WRONG for the dogs of war to leap onto his back ...

“It is morally wrong,” he said.


Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill made a controversial Facebook post Friday in response to “the dogs of war calling for the head of Senator Al Franken.”

Ohio Justice Bill O'Neill makes a controversial Facebook post in response to the news surrounding Senator Al Franken. BILL O'NEILL FACEBOOK POST

In the post made just after noon Friday, Justice Bill O’Neill, who’s planning a run at Ohio governor, gave intimate details of his sexual past. 

In the Facebook post, O’Neill states he’s speaking up on behalf of all heterosexual males.

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Bill O’Neill writes in the post, “As a candidate for Governor, let me save my opponents some research time. In the last fifty years I was sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females.”

WHIO’s Jim Otte called Justice Bill O’Neill to ask if his Facebook page had been hacked.

“I did post it and I stand by it,” O’Neill told Jim Otte in a phone conversation. 

Less than an hour later, O’Neill made edits to his Facebook post.  See below.

Justice Bill O'Neill edits his Facebook post.

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O’Neill goes on to say, “now we can get back to discussing legalizing marijuana and opening the state hospital network to combat the opioid crisis. I am sooooo disappointed by this national feeding frenzy about sexual indiscretions decades ago.”

O’Neill is already getting dozens of comments.

Facebook comments to Justice Bill O'Neill's post about his sexual past.

About an hour after news organizations broke the story regarding O’Neill’s Facebook post, his campaign communications director tweeted that he’d resigned.

“The comments made today by @BillForOhio were both disturbing and misguided. As a victim of sexual assault, I cannot in good faith remain a part of #TeamONeill,” Campaign Manager Chris Clevenger tweeted. 

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley sent a tweet just after 1 p.m. in response to O’Neill’s Facebook post.

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor released a statement condemning O’Neill’s post.

“I condemn in no uncertain terms Justice O’Neill’s Facebook post,” the statement reads. “No words can convey my shock. This gross disrespect for women shakes the public’s confidence in the integrity of the judiciary.”

We are continuing to follow developments on this story and will post more information here. 

Pittsburgh hospital employee accused of exposing himself to patient

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 7:18 PM

Patient Accuses Hospital Employee Of Exposing Himself

A food server at a Pittsburgh hospital is accused of exposing himself in front of a patient. 

Police said Michael Booker, 37, a dietary server at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mercy, approached the female patient at the walking bridge that joins the parking garage and the hospital. 

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WPXI reported that the woman told investigators Booker approached her, said something vulgar and started fondling himself. 

Booker is facing charges that include open lewdness. Officials said he has since been terminated from his position as a server. 

Booker faces a preliminary hearing next month.

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

Dayton school teacher says she was assaulted at Thurgood Marshall

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.