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Guards in Dante Price killing take plea deal

Published: Friday, October 10, 2014 @ 1:04 PM
Updated: Friday, October 10, 2014 @ 7:04 PM


            Security guards take plea deal in Dante Price killing
Security guards take plea deal in Dante Price killing

Two security guards who killed a man two years ago as he attempted to leave an apartment complex agreed to plea deals Friday afternoon that will guarantee they spend at least three years in prison.

Justin Wissinger, 26, and Christopher Tarbert, 34, were working as private security guards for Ranger Security at the Summit Square Apartment complex the night of March 12, 2012 when they encountered Dante Price in the parking lot. The 25-year-old father was trespassed from the property, and the guards ordered Price from his car at gunpoint. When he did not comply with their orders and attempted to drive away, Tarbert and Wissinger fired 17 rounds into the car, hitting Price three times and killing him.

On Friday, the men each entered guilty pleas to counts of involuntary manslaughter at a hearing in Montgomery County Common Pleas County. They also agreed to plead guilty to an abduction charge. In exchange, the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office dropped the murder charges the two faced, along with the weapons specifications that would have added an additional mandatory three years to their sentences. The men also waived their right to appeal as part the agreement.

The deal guarantees the two men will face between 3 to 11 years in prison — significantly less than if they'd been convicted of murder. The case was set to go to trial on Oct. 21. If convicted, Tarbert and Wissinger would have faced 15 years to life in prison. The agreement was reached after defense attorneys approached prosecutors. The prosecutor talked with Dayton police and Price's family before agreeing to the deal, officials said.

Price's mother, Saprena Riley, said for two years she prayed for a deal because she knew she wouldn't be able to bare hearing and seeing the details surrounding her son's death in open court.

"If you're not a mother who had (your) child murdered the way I had my child murdered, and what that would look like with that many bullets, to endure them having to show you, nobody would want to see that," she said. "I want to remember him as he was."

Riley and other family members wept as Judge Timothy O'Connell read the charges and accepted Tarbert and Wissinger's pleas. While the time in prison will be less than what they could have faced, Riley said at least she knows her son is guaranteed justice.

"Even though I laid my son to rest two years ago, today I actually laid my son to rest. He can rest. I'm just so grateful to God. He answered my prayers," she said.

At the time Wissinger and Tarbert were arrested, county Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said they had exceeded their legal authority trying to detain Price, and by using deadly force to try to make him comply. Heck and Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said Price's shooting was not a hate crime. Price was black. The two guards are white.

Ranger Security officials could not be reached for comments Friday, and Tarbert and Wissinger's attorneys reserved comment until sentencing.

The newspaper has reported that police reports show Tarbert had numerous encounters with Price in the six months before Price's death. Both Wissinger and Tarbert were permitted by the state Private Investigator Security Guard Services to carry handguns. Both had the required training.

According to state records, Wissinger had been with Preble County-based Ranger Security for several months prior to the shooting; Tarbert worked for the company off and on for several years.

Nine months before Price's shooting, the state moved to have the license for Ranger Security, owned by Ivan Burke, revoked because of thousands of violations. The company's attorney classified those violations as "clerical." The matter failed because the state did not follow all its procedures.

Tarbert and Wissinger are scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 7 in O'Connell's courtroom.

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.

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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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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.

Baby’s feeding tube removed, mother arrested

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

Baby’s feeding tube removed, mother arrested

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.