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Police: Man charged in Riverside bomb squad incident said explosive was stolen

Published: Saturday, December 23, 2017 @ 8:45 PM
Updated: Saturday, December 23, 2017 @ 9:50 PM

Linden Ave shut down in Dayton

UPDATE @ 12:50 p.m. (Dec. 24): 

A 38-year-old man is facing multiple charges after he was found with an explosive device and multiple stolen items from a business on Saturday, according to Riverside police. 

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Rodney K. Allen has been charged with receiving stolen property, possession of a stolen ordnance, and inducing panic, Sgt. David Crigler said Sunday. 

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Allen told investigators he stole the explosive device, Crigler said, which prompted a response by Dayton Police Bomb Squad and shut down a portion of Linden Avenue for nearly five hours Saturday. The ordnance, described as an explosive used by construction companies, was removed by the bomb squad and later safely detonated.  

Allen was also found with several items that were stolen during a break-in at a Dayton business. 

He remains booked in the Montgomery County Jail. 

Rodney Allen (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)

UPDATE @ 9:50 p.m. (Dec. 23):

A portion of Linden Avenue tonight was shut down for nearly five hours ... after police found an explosive device inside a hotel room.

A call made around 5 p.m. about a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Riverside, 4500 Linden Ave. led officers to stolen goods, and then the explosive.

Police found items inside the vehicle that came from a burglary in Dayton, Riverside police Sgt. Mike Safriet said.

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Inside the suspect’s hotel room, police found a 12-inch long cylindar, which Safriet called a “manufactured explosive” that is the type used by construction companies. It was not clear how the suspect obtained the item.

The Dayton Bomb Squad was called, and the hotel and a nearby restaurant were evacuated. Linden Avenue was shut down for nearly five hours between Spinning Road and Quinby Lane.

The bomb squad took the device and planned to detonate it in a remote area of a park.


A portion of Linden Avenue in Riverside is shut down tonight and the Dayton Bomb Squad was called to assist police there.

Police have been on scene since around 5 p.m., and Linden Avenue is closed between Spinning Avenue and Quinby Lane. According to initial reports, the incident may have to do with stolen goods. 

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It is not clear why the bomb squad was requested to the scene, but crews appear to be focused on the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Riverside, 4500 Linden Ave. 

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Driver to be sentenced in crash of 2 fleeing cars that killed best friend

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 8:47 AM

            Benny Jewett IV
Benny Jewett IV

The Dayton man who drove one car fleeing a law enforcement traffic stop that hit another vehicle doing the same will be sentenced today for aggravated vehicular homicide in the death of his passenger.

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Benny Jewett IV, 23, will serve from 5 to 8 years in prison under a plea agreement reached with the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

Jewett pleaded guilty to three counts — vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer — in exchange for three counts being dismissed.

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The May 7, 2016, crash at the corner of Jerome and Ruth avenues in Dayton caused the death of 22-year-old Tyler Cross — Jewett’s best friend, according to a defense sentencing memorandum. Jewett failed to stop at a stop sign at that intersection.

The other vehicle was driven by Steven Swain, who was driving a stolen rental car and traveling more than 70 miles per hour, according to Jewett’s defense attorney.

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Swain has served about a year of a two-year sentence for gun and drug charges. Jewett’s sentence also will take into account a Jan. 13, 2017, incident of fleeing and eluding.

Jewett’s attorney is advocating for a five-year sentence, while prosecutors are asking Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Erik Blaine for an eight-year term.

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Austin-bound package explodes at Texas FedEx facility, reports say

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 9:22 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 9:22 AM

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Man pleads guilty in 2016 Dayton vehicular homicide case

Published: Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 4:34 PM

Benny Jewett IV
Benny Jewett IV

A Dayton man pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated vehicular homicide in the 2016 crash of two vehicles fleeing separate attempted traffic stops.

Benny Jewett IV, 23, was to go on trial on six counts related to the May 7, 2016 death of Tyler Cross, 22, of Dayton. Cross was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Steven Swain.

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Instead, Jewett pleaded guilty to three counts — vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer — in exchange for three counts being dismissed.

Jewett is scheduled to be sentenced March 20.

Heroin was found in both vehicles, one of which was stolen, according to police accounts. A handgun also was found in one vehicle. The crash happened at Ruth and Jerome avenues.

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Dayton Maj. Matt Carper said in 2016 that out of concern for public safety, officers did not pursue either vehicle after they sped away from separate, attempted traffic stops.

The first attempted traffic stop was of a silver Toyota reported stolen out of Harrison Twp.

Carper said the Toyota nearly struck a police cruiser. The officer tried to stop the vehicle but it sped away and the officer did not pursue.

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Around the same time in a separate incident, police attempted to stop a gray Chrysler for minor traffic violations and it sped away. Carper said the officer did not pursue the Chrysler, which was a rental car with New York license plates.

The two cars collided when the Chrysler, heading north on Ruth Avenue, T-boned the silver Toyota, which was traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Jerome Avenue, Carper said then.

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UPDATE: Brock Turner’s appeal arguments ‘all lack merit,’ prosecutor says

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 2:17 PM

Brock Turner, seen in a 2017 Greene County Sheriff’s Office sex offender photo. CONTRIBUTED
Brock Turner, seen in a 2017 Greene County Sheriff’s Office sex offender photo. CONTRIBUTED

California’s attorney general responded to Brock Turner’s appeal effort in a filing made public Monday, arguing the Ohio sex offender was not deprived of due process or victim to prosecutorial misconduct during his 2016 trial.

In the 95-page court brief reviewed by the Dayton Daily News, the state’s attorney said Turner’s “claims of error all lack merit” and “could not — separately or together — infringe” on the Oakwood High School graduate’s legal rights.

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Turner’s new attorney, Eric Multhaup, filed a 172-page appeal in December seeking to clear his client of a conviction stemming from the January 2015 assault of a 22-year-old woman while Turner was a student and swimmer at Stanford University.

The appeal argued Turner was deprived of due process and alleged prosecutorial misconduct — in part by the use of the word “dumpster” in describing the location of the assault — as reasons he should receive a new trial. Multhaup did not respond to a request for comment Monday.  

A jury found Turner guilty on three felony counts: assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated or unconscious person, penetration of an intoxicated person, and penetration of an unconscious person. Turner was sentenced by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky to six months in jail, but served three months of the sentence.

The case — and Turner’s sentence — sparked a nationwide controversy and wide-ranging discussions about sexual assaults on college campuses.

The state argues there was “substantial evidence from which a rational jury could find appellant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of all three charges.”

“That evidence included testimony by two independent eyewitnesses who saw appellant ‘thrusting’ on top of the victim half-naked and as she lay unresponsive on the ground,” the state’s brief said.

Turner’s attorney argued his client “was deprived of due process, a fair trial, and his right to present a defense” when the judge restricted testimony from four individuals with Dayton-area ties: Turner’s friend, an ex-girlfriend and two swim coaches.

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Multhaup argued the court erroneously restricted the testimony of the four “to the trait of sexual non-aggression relevant to his conduct at the time of the offense … and excluded it as to appellant’s honesty and veracity.”

California’s response disputes Multhaup’s claim, arguing Turner’s “reputation for veracity among those who knew and liked him in high school was not the primary, or even a relevant, issue in the case.”

Multhaup also claimed prosecutors “malevolently” used the phrase “behind-the-dumpster” to describe the location of the incident because it implied Turner wanted to shield the incident from view and because “it implied moral depravity, callousness, and culpability on the appellant’s part…”

The state again disputed Multhaup’s claim, arguing Turner himself said the encounter occurred behind a dumpster.

California Deputy Attorney General Alisha Carlile filed the state’s brief Friday in California’s 6th Appellate District Court.

An Oakwood native, Turner is serving a three-year probation. He now lives in Greene County and is a Tier III sex offender, according to Ohio’s sex offender registry. The designation means he is required to register with the county every 90 days.

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