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Published: Saturday, July 15, 2017 @ 11:22 AM
Advocates say the case of a 21-year-old Dayton man who spent nine days in the Montgomery County Jail on a misdemeanor charge highlights the need for bail reform.
Markcus Brown was arrested for trespassing for wearing a hoodie and saggy pants at the RTA hub -- a violation of policy -- after he refused to show his identification to police. "The male had his hood up and his pants were sagging. This is in direct violation of the policy and regulations that RTA has set forth," according to the Dayton Police Department arrest report.
It took nine days for Brown’s mother to arrange a car title loan for money to cover the $150 bail.
Judges, public defenders and citizen groups say cases like Brown's illustrate the need for bail reform across Ohio.
Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, a Republican who is working on a national bail reform effort, said the perfect irony is that successful drug dealers facing multiple criminal charges are able to post bail while poor people accused of far less serious crimes are not.
"Why are they sitting in jail? Because they're too poor. It's tied to their economic status and you can't constitutionally allow that to happen,” O’Connor said.
Brown pleaded guilty June 13 and was sentenced to 30 days in jail with 21 days suspended and nine days credit; $111 in court costs and a ban from RTA buses.
Dayton RTA Chief Executive Mark Donaghy said criminal activity has dropped off at the hub since the policy banning wearing hoods, loitering and other activities was enacted in 2009. But of the Brown case, he said: “This seems like an unfortunate situation for sure.”
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 8:31 PM
Updated: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 10:35 PM
XENIA — UPDATE @ 10:35 p.m.
A male was shot tonight at the intersection of Pocahontas and South Detroit streets after a report of an altercation between the suspect and victim, police said.
A Xenia detective at the crime scene did not say whether the victim was an adult or juvenile, and said his condition was not available.
Police also did not release information about the suspect, but no arrest has been made.
Police are investigating a shooting that happened tonight in the area of Pocahontas and South Detroit streets in Xenia.
The shooting was reported around 8:15 p.m.
According to initial reports, the victim was headed to Greene Memorial Hospital. The victim’s name, age and condition were not available.
The suspect is possibly a juvenile, according to reports.
We are on the way and will update this report as we learn details.
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 6:05 PM
Updated: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 9:15 PM
FAIRFIELD TWP. — SWAT officers busted into a house Sunday night amid concerns a hostage could be inside.
The breach around 7:15 p.m., which involved a type of concussion grenade, ended the hourslong law enforcement activity in the 1800 block of Pater Avenue with no one found inside the home.
Fairfield Twp. police were called around 2 p.m. to a report of a “domestic incident.” Officers were not able get a response from anyone inside, Fairfield Twp. police Capt. Doug Lanier said.
Originally, there were two people in the house but they apparently fled before officers arrived.
“The information we received was that there was a possible hostage inside the residence being held against their will,” Butler County Sheriff’s Maj. Mike Craft said.
Officers used a bullhorn multiple times to order a suspect out with hands up at the house north of the intersection of Pater and Imlay avenues.
A crowd of people who live in the area gathered to watch. One woman said the family involved in the standoff has only lived in the house for a couple months.
A SWAT standoff is underway tonight in Fairfield Twp.
The special weapons and tactics team was called at 4 p.m. to the 1800 block of Pater Avenue for a “domestic” incident, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.
There is no information about what led to the incident. However, dispatch said it is not connected to a shooting on Saturday afternoon in the Walmart parking lot, 3201 Princeton Road, in Fairfield Twp.
In that case, a 17-year-old boy was shot in the leg during what police said was an attempted drug transaction that involved another male between the ages of 16 and 19. The suspect remains at large.
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 4:46 PM
TROTWOOD — Trotwood police are investigating an assault Sunday near Meadowdale Elementary School.
Crews were dispatched at 2:40 p.m. to Goldenrod Court in Trotwood on a report of a suspicious circumstance involving a vehicle.
The investigation shut down Goldenrod Court at Thompson Drive.
Police on scene said it was an assault, but did not discuss the nature of the assault or whether anyone was taken to the hospital.
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 1:52 AM
PERRIS, Calif. — A pair of well-kept dogs were taken from the Perris, California, house where 13 children were found shackled and severely malnourished last week.
David Turpin, 57, and Louise Turpin, 49, are facing a minimum of 94 years for charges including child neglect and torture after police said their children, ranging from ages 2 to 29, were discovered in their home severely malnourished.
In a statement on Wednesday, city spokesman Joe Vargo said authorities recovered two Maltese terrier dogs in far better condition than the Turpins’ children. The 1-year-old female puppies were reportedly healthy and were taught skills, People reported.
“The animals, one white and one black, appear healthy and friendly and are leash-trained, according to Christina Avila, a senior animal control officer,” a press release from the city of Perris said.
Investigators said the children were only allowed showers a few times per year and were fed only once per day. In a press conference with reporters Thursday, District Attorney Mike Hestrin alleged that the last time any of the children had seen a doctor was four years ago and they had never been to a dentist. Police said the parents allegedly kept themselves well-fed and regularly ate pies in front of their children to taunt them, ABC News reported.
The 17-year-old who reportedly escaped the home through a bedroom window to alert authorities was initially believed to be just 10 years old due to the severity of her malnourishment, while the oldest victim, a 29-year-old woman, weighed only 82 pounds when the children were found. According to Hestrin, the children “lack a basic knowledge of life,” although they were allegedly homeschooled, KTLA reported.