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Local man accused of crashing Jeep near White House waives right to speedy trial

Published: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 @ 3:37 PM
Updated: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 @ 3:37 PM

The Kettering man accused of crashing his Jeep into steel barriers near the White House earlier this year waived his right to a speedy trial Wednesday as both the defense and prosecution asked for more time to review evidence in the case.

Both sides, however, left room for the possibility that Joseph Reel, 32, may enter a plea as soon as Oct. 4, when he is scheduled to return to court.

At a status hearing before District Judge Rudolph “Rudy” Contreras of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Wednesday, Reel’s court-appointed attorney, Tony Miles, said Reel “might be prepared” for a resolution during the next court appearance.

“That would be nice,” Contreras replied.

Reel, clad in an orange jump suit, did not speak during the hearing, which lasted fewer than five minutes.

Secret Service police say that in the early morning of June 9, Reel rigged the accelerator of his 2008 Jeep Patriot to travel as fast as 45 mph without a driver. The Jeep slammed into a light post, a steel bike rack and a barrier near the White House.

Shortly after that, police say, Secret Service officers saw a man – identified later as Reel - jump the fence next to an office building on White House grounds. They say his intention was to spray paint the phrase “don’t tread on me” somewhere on White House grounds.

Police said they later found a wide range of weapons in Reel’s Kettering home — including a Glock 21 .45-caliber pistol, a Taurus .22-caliber firearm, a spiked baseball bat, a sword, spear, two ballistics vests, four hunting knives and a gas mask. They also found a YouTube video of him talking about his plans.

Man arrested for threatening to blow up 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.

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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.