Man saves self from shooting

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 @ 5:15 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 @ 5:15 PM

MORAINE – A male driving in a store parking lot accidentally shot himself in the leg with his .45 Caliber Colt Commander.

On a routine shopping trip, the subject said it was uncomfortable wearing the weapon – for which he had legitimate papers – in his holster while driving, so he put it in the center console of his vehicle. When he reached for the weapon, it went off.

Bystanders helped him and he was transported to Kettering Hospital, where he was treated. He apologized for alarming people.

Corrections officer pleads guilty to providing phones to inmates

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 1:32 PM

            Corrections officer pleads guilty to providing phones to inmates

The former Montgomery County Jail corrections officer accused of providing cell phones to inmates to conduct heroin trafficking pleaded guilty Tuesday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court.

Michael Rose Jr., 29, pleaded guilty by bill of information to attempted extortion under color of official right in front of U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice.

“It’s so important to investigate and prosecute cases like this because corruption by a corrections officer harms not just the jail where he’s working,” said Benjamin C. Glassman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. “but (it) undermines confidence in law enforcement generally and our whole system of justice.”

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The statutory sentencing range for the charge is from zero to 20 years and fines of up to $250,000. Defense attorney James Fleisher calculated Rose’s non-binding sentencing guideline range at 12-18 months. The plea agreement didn’t include an agreed sentence.

Asked by Rice if the statement of facts read aloud that included the efforts to sell multiple cell phones to inmates are true, Rose said, “Yes, Sir. They are.” Asked how he pleaded, Rose said, “Guilty, your Honor.”

Rose is scheduled to be sentenced May 23 after Rice receives a pre-sentence investigation report.

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An affidavit written by Frederick Zollers, a member of the sheriff’s office and a task force member, alleged that Rose, who started working at the Montgomery County Jail in April 2016, provided a cell phone to an inmate in exchange for cash.

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Springfield mom gets 5 years in prison after baby’s skull fractured

Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 @ 11:50 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 11:56 AM

SPRINGFIELD — A Springfield mom will spend five years in prison for child endangering for waiting to seek medical care for her injured baby. 

  • Darrien Carter was accused of injuring her then 6 month old son in August, causing a skull fracture and brain bleeds, and then waiting to get medical help. 
  • In January, Carter agreed to plead guilty to two counts of child endangering for waiting to seek medical care for her son. 
  • The state will drop the felonious assault charge in exchange for Carter’s guilty plea, Clark County Assistant Prosecutor Daniel Driscoll said.

Carter was sentenced during a Clark County Common Pleas Court hearing on Tuesday. 

The sentencing hearing came less than a month after Carter pleaded guilty to a bill of information in a child abuse case against her. 

In August, a Clark County grand jury approved charges against Carter. 

She later pleaded guilty to a bill of Information for child endangering. Judge Douglas Rastatter accepted her plea and found her guilty.  

Springfield police arrested Carter in August after her 4-month-old son suffered a skull fracture, three brain bleeds, two broken ribs and a broken leg. 

The baby has had at least two procedures to relieve pressure and drain the blood from his brain at Dayton Children’s Hospital, according to court records.

There will be a pre-sentence investigation prior to the Feb. 21 sentencing date. 

 Carter was free on her own recognizance.

Motorcyclist walks away from 90 mph head-on crash with SUV

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 9:59 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 9:59 AM

            Motorcyclist walks away from 90 mph head-on crash with SUV

Witnesses said a speeding motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet when he slammed into an SUV on Monday night, causing him to be thrown at least 20 feet before he got up, got into a waiting car and went to an Ohio hospital with minor injuries, police in Dayton said.

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"Miraculously, witnesses said he got up, walked to a car that had stopped to see if he was OK, and (then) that vehicle transported him to Good Samaritan Hospital," Sgt. Ryan Halburnt said.

The motorcyclist was treated for minor injuries and was expected to be released Tuesday. The slight injuries were a result of "good luck -- and some people say miracles happen," Halburnt said.

The driver of the SUV was a shaken up, "but everybody's going home in one piece," he said.

The crash, reported around 9:40 p.m. in the 1800 block of North Gettysburg Avenue, caused police to shut down the road from Cornell Drive to North James H. McGee Boulevard.

According to a preliminary investigation, witnesses told police the motorcycle was headed north on Gettysburg Avenue when it went left of center and into the path of the SUV. Investigators estimated the motorcyclist was traveling at a minimum of 90 mph on impact.

The debris field left by the crash was so large that police officers used the rooftops of several nearby buildings to search for victims. The motorcyclist's keys and wallet were found approximately 100 feet from where the collision occurred.

Authorities do not believe alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash.

Police said the motorcyclist, who was not identified, will likely be cited for failure to control his vehicle, speeding and reckless operation of a vehicle. The charges will be determined by police department traffic accident investigators.

Authorities continue to investigate.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

California officer killed by gang member while responding to traffic accident, police say

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 3:44 PM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 3:44 PM

            California officer killed by gang member while responding to traffic accident, police say

Two police officers who responded to a report of a traffic accident in California on Monday morning were shot, one fatally, and a known gang member was injured, according to authorities.

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The gang member, who was not identified, was injured after he shot a semi-automatic gun at Whittier police officers and they returned fire, The Los Angeles Times reported.

The shooting was reported around 8 a.m. after authorities were called to a three-car collision, the Whittier Daily News reported. The shooting happened near the intersection of Mar Vista Street and Colima Road, deputies said.

Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. John Corina told reporters that the gunman was driving a stolen vehicle when he collided with two other vehicles on Colima Road. Authorities said the man opened fire on officers as they were approaching the scene of the crash.

The officers returned fire and struck the man at least once, deputies said.

Emergency officials took the injured police officers and the injured gunman to a pair of hospitals for treatment, where one of the officers died, the Daily News reported. Police did not immediately identify the slain officer or any of the other people involved in the incident.

"It's extremely tragic," Corina told The Associated Press. "You just never know when officers respond to a call what they are going to run into."

Both the gunman and the wounded officer were in stable condition Monday afternoon, the Times reported. The other people involved in the accident that sparked police response were not injured, according to the AP.

About 130 sworn officers make up the force of the Whittier Police Department, according to the Times. The department is tasked with policing Whittier and Santa Fe Springs in southeastern Los Angeles County.