Man sentenced to prison for fatally shooting friend

Published: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 11:47 AM

Joshua Verdell
Joshua Verdell

A Dayton man convicted of murdering another man on Paul Laurence Dunbar Street in December 2016 was sentence to prison Wednesday. 

Joshua Verdell will spent 18 years to life in prison for murdering Stephan Shyne, 27. The case was scheduled for trial. But Verdell, 28, pleaded no contested to murder and other charges in September and was found guilty. 

His attorney, Jay Carter, said at the time that Verdell wanted to challenge on appeal evidence gathered by police that Judge Barbara Gorman allowed.

Verdell was charged with three counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault and one count of tampering with evidence in connection to the death of Shyne.

 Carter said the two friends got into an argument before shots were fired. Police said a car crashed after someone inside was fatally shot as the car was driving on Paul Laurence Dunbar Street early the morning of Dec. 20, 2016.

Another home burns down in botched attempt to kill bedbugs with rubbing alcohol

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 1:57 AM

What You Need to Know: Bed Bugs

Three people were hospitalized and 10 are homeless after a Cincinnati woman attempted to douse a bedbug infestation in her home with rubbing alcohol and started a house fire instead, authorities said.

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The rubbing alcohol — which is extremely flammable — ignited because of a nearby open flame, according to authorities cited by the New York Post. The ensuing fire caused $250,000 in damage to the five-unit multi-family Ohio home.

Three people had to be hospitalized for smoke inhalation, according to CBS News. Their injuries are not considered life-threatening.

For now, the American Red Cross is assisting and providing housing for those displaced by the inferno, WXIX reported.

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This is the second time that a rubbing-alcohol-fueled fire has burned down a Cincinnati house in as many months. Just after Thanksgiving, a 19-year-old lit a match after dousing a bedbug in rubbing alcohol, causing a fire that did $300,000 in damage to six apartments and left eight people homeless.

Cincinnati District 3 Fire Chief Randy Freel told WXIX that people should stay away from any home remedies for bedbugs, especially the more flammable kinds.

“Get a professional,” he said.

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Teen Starts Fire, Causes $300,000 In Damage Trying To Kill Bed Bug

911 call: Woman’s shooting death was accidental

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 3:22 AM
Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 9:28 PM

Woman's death investigated as homicide

UPDATE @9:30 p.m.

In a 911 call, a caller stated a gun accidentally went off, and a woman had been hit.

“We were trying to unload this gun, and it went off, and it hit her in the shoulder,” the 911 caller states.

A dispatcher asked the caller if it was an accident, and the 911 caller said it was.

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The victim, Eileen Jones, 30, was taken to Miami Valley Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The coroner’s office said an official ruling has not been made, but a Dayton police report lists the dead as a felony homicide/murder investigation.

We are working to learn if a suspect has been taken into custody. 

This story will be updated as we learn more.

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UPDATE @ 12:30 p.m.

The death of a 30-year-old Dayton woman is a homicide, Dayton police said.

The shooting was reported around 1 a.m. in the 600 block of West Fairview Avenue.

The victim, who was pronounced dead at Miami Valley Hospital, has been identified as Eileen Jones.

There is no information about a suspect or whether any arrests have been made.

FIRST REPORT

There has been a reported shooting in the 600 block of West Fairview Avenue, per initial reports.

Crews were dispatched to the incident  just before 3 a.m. on Sunday.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and are working to learn more details. 

Local county now letting women inmates pick up trash on side of road

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 2:58 PM
Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 2:58 PM

Clark County female jail inmates now help clean trash from county roadways.

Women inmates at the Clark County Jail are being given the opportunity to pick up trash on the side of the road.

Previously, only men inmates were allowed to pick up trash while women inmates earned credit on their jail time by working in the laundry.

Clark County Sheriff Deb Burchett said gender roles are outdated and now the women inmates can labor on the side of the road, too.

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“We are picking up trash on the side of the highway to make Clark County look better,” inmate Jennifer Scott said. “We do I-70, Route 4 and sometimes when the weather is to0 bad we will go to the dog shelter and help out.”

Scott is a non-violent criminal who was sentenced to jail after a probation violation. She said getting out of the jail for a few hours can be a big morale booster.

“I think its a great opportunity for some of the girls,” she said. “I think it could be a way for women to change their lifestyle.”

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Scott said she has picked up a lot of beer cans and bottles on the side of the road and more clothes than she expected. The garbage on the side of the road is bad for the environment, Scott said, and an eye-sore for the county. Her experience picking up trash will lead to her being more thoughtful, she said.

“It is going to make me think twice before I throw stuff out my window,” she said.

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Overall, Scott said the goal is to get out as soon as possible and be a better person after the stay in jail.

“When we walk out of here we will change our lives and be productive members of society,” she said.

Driver ‘jerked the doors out’ of Estridge Market in Dayton

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 7:56 PM



Steph Muhlenkamp / Contributed
(Steph Muhlenkamp / Contributed)

The driver of a pickup truck “jerked the doors out” Sunday morning to the entrance of the Estridge Market, but the grocer was as busy as ever.

“We’ve always had good customers,” Estridge Market owner Stan Angel said.

A tarp covers the doorway to the business at 4240 Hoover Ave., and Angel said he hopes to get new doors installed as quickly as possible.

The doors were pulled off the frames around 6 a.m., according to a Dayton police report. 

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A witness reported a driver backed up his pickup truck to the front doors, The suspect, wearing a sweatshirt with the hood up covering his face, got out of the truck for about a minute before getting back in.

It was then the suspect apparently attached a chain that secures the doors from would-be thieves to the back of his truck, according to the report.

The suspect then drove off, pulling the doors off the frame. One door remained in front of the store, and a second was found at the intersection of Hoover Avenue and Verona Road.

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The doors were wide open, but nothing was found missing, the report stated.

Damage to the front of the store is nothing new, Angel said.

 “Someone drove through them,” Angel said of the doors, “we’ve had the glass broken a couple times this year.”

He’s not hopeful the suspect will be caught. “It’s sad the world we live in.”

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This market sustained damage that can be repaired, but last month another local market, Mor For Less on East Third Street, was destroyed by a massive fire. The owner said he hopes to rebuild.

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