Man died after shooting with FBI near Dayton Mall

Published: Friday, April 05, 2013 @ 11:21 AM
Updated: Friday, April 05, 2013 @ 4:52 PM

A 20-year-old Dayton man, the father of a 3-year-old girl, died Thursday after a shooting involving FBI agents conducting a drug investigation at a beverage store near the Dayton Mall.

Jermaine C. Coleman Jr., 20, of Dayton died at Kettering Medical Center at 3:30 p.m., according to the Montgomery Warren County Coroner’s Office.

Coleman was fatally shot and two other Dayton men, Tyler Christian, 26, and Tobe McLarty, 26, were taken into custody following a shootout reported at 3:09 p.m. Thursday at Beverage Palace, 8980 Kingsride Dr., according to a Miami Twp. police report.

The incident comes on the heels of recent arrests as part of a heroin trafficking investigation in the Dayton Mall area.

On Friday, Christian and McLarty, who was wounded in the incident, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Sharon Ovington in federal court in Dayton on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and assault on a federal officer.

Christian also is charged with one count of making a false statement to a law enforcement officer. Ovington ordered each man held without bond until a detention hearing on April 10.

A group of FBI agents gathered about 10:30 a.m. Friday outside the store at 8980 Kingsridge. They appeared to be gathering evidence and taking measurements using laser equipment. They declined to comment.

Witnesses on Thursday said they saw about 10 police vehicles heading toward the store shortly before the shooting.

“The next thing you heard was, ‘FBI get down!’ Then I heard four shots. Boom boom boom boom! And that was it,” Rachel Sorise said.

Family members said Coleman is survived by a daughter, Zyonn Coleman, 3, of Dayton. He was described as a graduate of the Arise Academy who played football at Northridge High School and worked in lawn care.

Pinson said Coleman and his daughter lived with her on Iriquois Avenue in Dayton.

“He was a magnificent child,” Pinson said, as family and friends gathered at the home of Coleman’s grandmother’s home on Burleigh Avenue in West Dayton.

Coleman’s family and friends complained about learning Friday of his death.

“Something is not right with this,” Coleman’s mother, Demecca Pinson said.

Pinson said she didn’t learn of her son’s death until he called the coroner’s office Friday. There was no mention of a fatal shooting in the FBI statement or police report.

“Three subjects were taken into custody. Two of these subjects were transported by medics and fire personnel to a nearby medical facility after sustaining gunshot wounds,” according to the FBI statement issued at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Coleman was serving probation ordered in 2010 in two cases in Montgomery County for carrying a concealed weapon, assault and aggravated menacing, according to court records.

On Friday, an FBI spokesman referred questions to the local police department, Montgomery Sheriff’s Office and county coroner. Miami Twp. police was referring questions back to the federal agency.

A coroner’s office spokesman declined to comment on Coleman’s cause of death, pending an autopsy.

“By protocol, an independent review team from FBI Headquarters will conduct an investigation. Miami Township Police and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will also be investigating this incident which occurred in their jurisdictions,” according to Thursday’s statement.’

Montgomery Sheriff’s Office officials said they were not investigating the incident.

Former jail medical director admits to stealing drugs

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 4:21 PM

            Brenda Ellis
Brenda Ellis

The former top medical officer at the Montgomery County Jail was booked into the jail in August and later agreed to treatment in lieu of conviction on charges of theft and theft of drugs.

Dr. Brenda Ellis was booked on Aug. 24 and accepted into a diversion program on Aug. 29, according to a prosecutor’s office spokesman.

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Ellis was the medical administrator at the jail and worked for the company NaphCare, which provides inmate medical services at the jail through a contract with the county. Under the current NaphCare contract, the county will pay the company up to $3.55 million a year through 2019.

Contacted this week, Ellis declined to comment.

The allegations against her followed a State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy investigation into improper handling of controlled substances at the jail from 2011 to 2015.

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In July, the state pharmacy board reached a settlement agreement with NaphCare that called for the company to pay the board $7,000, provide more staff training and remove Ellis as the person responsible for compliance with the jail’s pharmacy license.

“NaphCare agrees to never use Dr. Ellis as a Responsible Person on any of its Ohio licenses,” the agreement states.

As part of the agreement, the company neither admitted nor denied fault.

Bradley Cain, spokesman and general counsel of Alabama-based NaphCare, said in an interview Wednesday that the company was unaware of the allegations against Ellis but that changes were made to address the issues identified by the pharmacy board.

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“We have made implementation of changes based on the settlement agreement we entered into with the Ohio Board of Pharmacy,” Cain said. “Everything outlined in that agreement we’re in compliance with today.”

Cain said the company has contracts with jails in Montgomery, Franklin and Hamilton counties and has had no problems at other facilities.

Ellis resigned from NaphCare on July 31 and is no longer allowed access to the jail, according to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office officials.

No formal action has been taken against Ellis’ medical license, according to the State Medical Board of Ohio. Medical board records say she has had a license since 1989 and has specialties in general practice and pediatrics.


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Police: 9-year-old boy brings loaded handgun to Middletown school

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 6:14 PM

A 9-year-old boy who said he was being picked on brought a loaded handgun to school.

A teacher at Rosa Parks Elementary School on Monday morning noticed a bulge in the boy’s pants pocket. When she reached for it, the boy grabbed her arm, Middletown police Lt. David Birk said. The teacher had to get assistance from another teacher to get the loaded Luger from the student.

The incident happened at 10:40 a.m. inside a classroom at the school, 2210 Verity Parkway, Middletown.

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The boy was taken to the Butler County Juvenile Justice Center, where he is being held on suspicion of felonious assault, conveyance of a weapon into the school and carrying a concealed weapon, Birk said.

The boyfriend of the boy's mother also was arrested on suspicion of child endangering, according to a Middletown police report. Jerron Dean, 29, had his arraignment continued to Nov. 1, according to online Middletown Municipal Court records.

Lebanon man accused of compelling boy to prostitution posts bond

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 6:39 PM

            Patrick Gallagher 50, has been released from the Warren County Jail after posting bond on a charge of compelling prostitution.
Patrick Gallagher 50, has been released from the Warren County Jail after posting bond on a charge of compelling prostitution.

A Lebanon man accused of soliciting sex from a boy in a series of text messages sent in July was free on a $15,000 bond, posted after his arraignment on Wednesday in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

Before the arraignment, Patrick Gallagher, 50, had been in the Warren County Jail, held without bond on a charge of compelling prostitution, according to jail records.

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Gallagher was arrested on Friday at his home after a Warren County grand jury issued an indictment in the case.

According to Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell, Gallagher’s charge stems from text messages he sent to the alleged victim after talking to him at an area restaurant where he worked as a busboy.

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Gallagher offered the boy employment and left him a business card, according to Fornshell.

He then offered to pay for sex in texts sent after the boy responded to the job solicitation after consulting with his father, Fornshell said.

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On Wednesday, Magistrate Andrew Hasselbach said Gallagher was barred from contact with the alleged victim as a condition of his bond.

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A hearing to appoint Gallagher an attorney was set for Nov. 1.

Florida woman found hiding needles, pipe inside body

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 6:15 PM

Heather Zachman
Martin County Sheriff's Office
Heather Zachman(Martin County Sheriff's Office)

One Florida woman picked a dark place to hide drug paraphrenalia, according to deputies.

A Martin County Sheriff’s Office deputy pulled over Heather Zachman, 28, of Jensen Beach, who authorities say was driving on Oct. 4 with a suspended license, reported. What the deputy found was hardly ordinary.

As Zachman left her car, she gave the deputy a $1 bill with crack cocaine, though the deputy noticed she was hiding something between her legs, according to TCPalm.

But the trip to jail is when things began getting strange.

After she started squirming, Zachman eventually told the deputy she had two hypodermic needles and a pipe used for smoking cocaine in her buttocks, according to the arrest report.

She was arrested and faces a felony charge of cocaine possession and a misdemanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.