Fatal shooting suspect arraigned in court

Published: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 @ 11:59 PM

Police have released a 911 call in regards to a fatal shooting early Wednesday morning.

UPDATE @ 11:24 a.m. (Nov. 8)

One of two suspects in the deadly Oct. 25 shooting on Riverside Drive appeared for an arraignment today in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

The court entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of 29-year-old Curtis McShann, who is being held in the Montgomery County Jail. Bond was set for him at $1 million.

UPDATE @ 4 p.m. (Nov. 4):

One of two suspects in a shooting last month that wounded three and killed one was indicted today.

Curtis M. McShann, 29, is charged with four counts of murder; five counts of aggravated robbery; four counts of felonious assault; three counts of having weapons under disability for prior offense of violence; and once count each of aggravated burglary; discharge of firearm on or near prohibited premises; improper discharge of a firearm at or into a habitation; and one count of having weapons under disability, according to a Montgomery County grand jury report released today. All counts include three-year firearm specifications, except for the weapons charges.

McShann is being held on $1 million bond and will be arraigned Tuesday

According to prosecutors and police, McShann around 10:45 p.m. Oct. 25 was involved in a shooting in the 3300 block of Riverside Drive. Brandon Lanier, 27, was killed, and three others were shot and taken to a local hospital. McShann and 22-year-old Jamarko E. Walker Jr. were later arrested.

UPDATE @ 4:43 p.m. (Oct. 28): The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office has approved some charges against Jarmarko Walker Jr. and Curtis McShann – none of which arise from the continuing homicide investigation of this week’s Ryburn Avenue shooting.

Police investigators and a prosecutor’s panel will meet sometime next week, said Greg Flannagan, spokesman for Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr.’s office.

The charges for Walker are single counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and weapons possession as a felon. He has a 2014 drug conviction.

The charges for McShann are one count of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and two counts of weapon possession as a felon. His prior convictions involved a drug offense in 2008 and an offense involving violence, also in 2008.

UPDATE @ 9 p.m. (Oct. 26):

A 27-year-old Dayton man died Tuesday night in a shooting involving dozens of rounds that resulted in three other people being taken to a hospital. It was the city’s 31st homicide of the year.

“Earlier this afternoon, Dayton police homicide detectives arrested two individuals. Right now they are being charged with aggravated robbery; they are persons of interest in the homicide which occurred on Ryburn Avenue last evening,” Dayton police Lt. Mark Ponichtera said. “Charges will be presented to the Montgomery County prosecutor for full review in connection to this homicide.”

The robbery charges stem from an incident that happened before the shooting, the lieutenant said, but it’s not clear whether it is connected to the shooting that killed Brandon Lanier and sent three others to local hospitals for treatment. Ponichtera said three of the people shot were visitors to a home, and that when they emerged the shooting began.

About 50 rounds were fired, but the lieutenant would not release details on how many different calibers or guns were believed to be involved.

UPDATE @ 5:30 p.m. (Oct. 26):

Two men were arrested on aggravated robbery charges today, whom police confirmed were also persons of interest in the fatal shooting Tuesday night on Ryburn Avenue.

Dayton police identified the suspects as Curtis McShann, 29, and Jemarko Walker Jr., 22, who were both booked into the Montgomery County Jail this afternoon.

UPDATE @ 12:22 p.m. (Oct. 26):

The Montgomery County Coroner’s office has identified the deceased shooting victim as Brandon Lanier, 27, of Dayton. An autopsy showed Lanier died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Three other shooting victims were treated at Good Samaritan hospital. One remains in critical condition.

Lanier was jailed September 18, 2016 on a drug possession charge. Police have not said the shooting was drug-related.


Dayton police said one man is dead and three other people were shot on Ryburn Avenue late Tuesday night.

Officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Ryburn Avenue around 11:45 p.m. on reports of a shooting.

Dayton Police Lt. Mark Ponichtera said when officers arrived on scene, one person, only identified as a black man in his middle to late 20s, was found shot and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ponichtera said while police were investigating the scene, three additional shooting victims were dropped off by a private vehicle at Good Samaritan Hospital.

One of the additional victim has life-threatening injuries, while the other two have non-life threatening injuries.

Investigators said upwards of 50 rounds were shot, but police did not release how many different type of calibers were found. Ponichtera added the incident is not being called a gunfight yet and police are unsure on what led up to the incident.

Two people were being interviewed at the scene by investigators, but police were also unsure of their roles, if any, in the shooting. Police were also in the process of asking neighbors if they witnessed the incident.

Ponichtera said a four-door Chevrolet Impala is believed to have fled during the shooting and is still unaccounted for. The car is described as having bullet holes and is either black with silver doors, or a silver with black doors, as investigators have received conflicting reports on the car’s colors.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact Dayton police.

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Man arrested for threatening to blow of Federal Building downtown

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 5:57 AM

Jonahtan Durrough/Contributed
Jonahtan Durrough/Contributed

A man is in Montgomery County Jail this morning after he threatened to blow up the Federal Building on West Second Street Thursday morning, according to a Dayton police report.

According to the report, Jonathan Durrough, 41,  threatened to blow up the federal building and became combative toward security after being asked to leave.

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The security officer took Durrough into custody and alerted the threat to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Durrough attempted to spit on an officer while being questioned by an officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to the report.

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Durrough was booked into jail on charges of felonious assault and aggravated menacing. The threat is under review by the federal prosecutor’s office.

Boy stops man to get help for Dayton gunshot victim

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 4:57 PM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 1:00 AM

FROM SCENE: Child stops man to get help for Dayton gunshot victim

UPDATE @ 1 a.m. (Oct. 20)

Anthony Watson Jr., a 25-year-old man who was shot two times in the leg, was listed in serious condition early today at Miami Valley Hospital.

Crews were dispatched to the 3400 block of Valerie Armes Drive around 4 p.m. after a boy alerted an adult to call for help.

UPDATE @ 11 p.m.

An 11-year-old boy stopped a man this afternoon to get help for a gunshot victim.

According to a Dayton police report, the victim was 25-year-old Anthony Watson Jr.

There was no information about any suspects.

UPDATE @ 5:20 p.m.

A child alerted an adult that a man had been shot late this afternoon in Dayton. 

The 911 caller said the child told him the man was shot twice in the leg. 

Crews were dispatched just before 4 p.m. to the 3400 block of Valerie Arms Drive. 

The shooting victim, a man in his mid-20s, was taken to Miami Valley Hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening, police said.

According to an incident call log, the suspect vehicle is described as a black 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix with temporary tags and a large scratch on the rear. Two men in their 20s were inside.


A shooting victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital this afternoon.

The incident was reported around 4 p.m. in the 3400 block of Valerie Arms Drive in Dayton.

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The victim’s name, age and condition were not available.

It’s not clear whether police have a shooting suspect.

63-year-old Dayton gunshot victim fights for her life

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 12:48 AM

63-year-old Dayton woman in critical condition after shooting

A shooting victim was critically hurt Thursday night in Dayton.

Crews were dispatched shortly after 8:15 p.m. to the 1600 block of Tennyson Avenue.

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According to a Dayton police report, 63-year-old Rosemarie Harris was “shot by another, resulting in life-threatening injuries.”

Harris was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where she was undergoing surgery late Thursday night.

No suspect information was available.

Springfield police seek recruits to bolster force

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 11:50 PM

Springfield police seek recruits to bolster force

The Springfield Police Division is down nearly 20 officers.

“It essentially makes the officer on the street busier,” said Capt. Lee Graf, who has been with the division for more than 20 years.

There are currently 113 officers, down from the city’s ideal 131-member roster, due to retirements and officers leaving for other departments.

“Our response with the critical calls hasn’t been affected, but on some days when we’re right at bare minimum, certainly it will have an effect,” Graf said.

Springfield resident Lisa McKeen said she would like to see more officers.

“Sometimes I don’t think there’s enough because it seems like they can’t patrol everywhere, and they can’t be everywhere at the same time,” she said.

Graf said one of the biggest problems is the pay compared to other police agencies. Officers in Springfield make a maximum of $58,000, compared to the starting pay up to $64,000 in Kettering.

“When you’re competing with some of the more affluent suburbs and things like that, that’s hard to do,” Graf said.

Springfield will begin testing for new recruits in early December.