Man who died in Covington accidental shooting identified

Published: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 @ 2:08 PM

Accidental fatal shooting Covington

UPDATE 1/12/17 @ 10:15 a.m.

The Miami County coroner’s office identified the man who accidentally shot himself on Wednesday as David Gargrave. He was 33 years old.  

UPDATE @ 2:38 p.m.

An adult male has died after accidentally shooting himself, according to Covington Police Chief Lee Harmon.

Harmon said the man was planning to go target shooting with his brother when the incident happened inside a Regency Courts apartment.

The man, whose identity has not been released, died after being transported to the hospital.

Chief Harmon said there were five people in the house when it happened, three adults and two children.

The incident remains under investigation.


Covington police and emergency personnel are responding to the report of a male shot in the 100 block of Regency Court in Covington.

The emergency call for service happened at approximately 2 p.m.

We’re headed to the scene to learn more.

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1,100 ecstasy tablets seized, 1 jailed in Kettering drug raid

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 2:06 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 7:00 PM


UPDATE @ 7 p.m.

Detectives seized around 1,100 ecstasy tablets and several ounces of powder of the psychoactive drug during a raid this morning at a Kettering apartment complex.

Kameron Curran, 21, was arrested at the apartments in the 2000 block of Lakewood Drive on suspicion of drug possession, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail, where he awaits formal charges.


The raid ended a drug trafficking investigation conducted by the Regional Agencies Narcotics & Gun Enforcement Task Force along with agents from Homeland Security Investigations, according to the sheriff’s office.

The incident remains under investigation.

The task force urges anyone with information on drug activity to make a confidential call to the narcotics hotline at 937-225-6272.


A man was escorted out of an apartment complex in handcuffs this morning on Lakewood Drive in Kettering during an apparent raid.

The circumstances surrounding the raid were not immediately known, however heavily armed undercover sheriff’s deputies were seen with the man, whose name has not been released.

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Deputies were on the scene around noon Thursday.

We’re working to learn additional details on this incident.

Mistrial declared in Warren County murder trial

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 6:37 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 6:37 PM

            Deputies get Freddie Green ready to go back to jail after a mistrial was declared Thursday in Warren County Common Pleas Court.Family and friends filled a section of the courtroom gallery in his support.
Deputies get Freddie Green ready to go back to jail after a mistrial was declared Thursday in Warren County Common Pleas Court.Family and friends filled a section of the courtroom gallery in his support.

A mistrial was declared Thursday in a murder trial in Warren County.

Judge Timothy Tepe declared the mistrial about 3:40 p.m. after the jury - which deliberated about 15 hours - indicated it would not reach a verdict “regardless of the amount of time deliberating.”

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Freddie Green, 42, faced charges of murder and felonious assault in connection with the fatal shooting of his father, Sidney Green, 64, on Dec. 2 at a rented home they shared in Lebanon.

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The jury began deliberations just before 11 a.m. Wednesday, the third day of the trial in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

Tepe sent them home at 8 p.m. Wednesday. They resumed deliberations about 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

The jury appealed for the first time to Tepe for direction about 11 a.m. Thursday.

“We are unable to reach a consensus and can’t see progress going forward. What should we do?” the jury said in a note sent to the judge.

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Tepe read them a statement about continuing to work to decide the case.

“It is your duty to decide the case if you can conscientiously do so,” Tepe said, before sending them back for more deliberations.

At 2:30 p.m., the jury again indicated they were deadlocked and asked for the testimony of Lebanon Officer Jeffrey Haller. Tepe allowed the jury to watch a recording of Haller’s testimony, over the objection of defense lawyer Jeff Richards.

Haller took a statement from Green after the shooting.

Reading from the statement on Monday, Haller testified that Green said he waited more than two hours before calling 911.

“He didn’t know what to do and he was scared,” Haller read from a police report.

Green reportedly told Haller he knew his father was dead, couldn’t decide what to do and also considered suicide before calling 911.

Taking the stand on Tuesday, Green admitted he drove to Dayton for heroin during four hours he waited before calling 911.

But Green continued to maintain that he acted in self defense after taking away his father’s 9mm handgun in a bedroom of a rented duplex they shared in Lebanon.

Green said he meant to shoot his father in the shoulder.

There were no other witnesses.

Sidney Green died from a single gunshot wound in the back of the head, fired from two to three feet away, according to evidence presented during the trial.

He was one of six victims of deadly domestic violence in the last half of 2016 in Warren County. Two cases ended homicide-suicides involving both spouses.

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In the other case, Mercedes Robb, 35, is scheduled to return to Warren County Common Pleas Court for a hearing on Oct. 3.

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On Nov. 3, 2016, she told a 911 operator she shot her ex-husband to protect her children from him. But no evidence has so far been presented supporting that.

The Robbs were locked in a custody battle, and Jason Robb had cited her diminishing mental condition in a motion seeking full custody.

On Thursday, Green was returned to the county jail, where he has been since Dec. 3.

He faces as much as 15 years to life in prison, if convicted of murder. He has been in jail more than eight months awaiting trial,

After the mistrial was declared, Richards asked for a bond reduction.

Assistant County Prosecutor Steven Knippen said Green remained a danger to the community and flight risk and urged Tepe to leave the bond at $1 million.

Tepe said he would give prosecutors a week to decide whether they would retry the case.

High Court: All convictions for youths tried as adults in mandatory transfer cases stay in adult court

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 6:07 PM

Youthful offenders found guilty in adult court for certain offenses will now have all charges sentenced in adult court, the Supreme Court of Ohio ruled today.

The ruling reverses a 2014 ruling by the 2nd District Court of Appeals, which the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office appealed, according to a news release from the prosecutor’s office.

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“This ruling makes sense in that the adult court judge is in the best position to sentence the defendant,” Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. stated. "Today’s ruling will help to streamline the administration of justice and provide finality for crime victims.”

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The ruling applies to juveniles convicted whose crimes were subject to a mandatory transfer to adult court. The appeals court ruling that was overturned ordered all other charges that were not subject to a mandatory transfer had to go back to juvenile court.

Dayton man shot in undercover bust did time for trafficking heroin

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 6:17 PM

            Law enforcement officers from several jurisdictions were called to JJ’s Fish and Chicken on Wednesday morning to investigate the shooting.
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Law enforcement officers from several jurisdictions were called to JJ’s Fish and Chicken on Wednesday morning to investigate the shooting.(GRANT PEPPER)

A Dayton man who died Wednesday after being shot multiple times by police during an undercover drug operation spent time in prison for gun charges and trafficking heroin.

And just last week, Kesharn K. Burney was investigated for domestic violence for allegedly punching a woman and going to her house armed with a gun.

Burney, 25, a suspected drug dealer, was hit multiple times by gunfire in Harrison Twp. after allegedly ramming an undercover Trotwood officer with a car. As the Trotwood officer on foot went down, a uniformed Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputy opened fire “in fear of the Trotwood officer’s life,” said Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer.

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As the Trotwood officer regained his footing, he too opened fire, Plummer said.

The names of the officers who shot Burney at about 9:15 a.m. in the parking lot of JJ’s Fish and Chicken, 1926 Needmore Rd., have not been revealed.

Plummer declined to name the deputy who is on paid administrative leave, but said Thursday he was experienced and a ”good, active officer.”

Calls Wednesday and Thursday to Trotwood Police Chief Erik Wilson were not returned.

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The Dayton Police Department has taken over the criminal investigation of the officer-involved shooting. A spokeswoman said no new information on the case would be released Thursday.

Burney — who court records show went to prison for six months in 2011 for gun and cocaine charges, and for nine months in 2015 on three counts of trafficking heroin — crashed a Dodge Challenger a short distance away on North Dixie Drive. He died later in a hospital. Neither officer was hurt, Plummer said.

Trotwood police arrested Burney on July 20 after he allegedly punched a woman, with whom he has a child, in the face, causing a bloody lip. He then allegedly dragged her by the hair across the parking lot of a Salem Avenue bar, according to the police report.

The police report also indicates Burney took the woman’s iPhone, and a purse containing her wallet, and sped away in an orange Dodge Challenger. The car was spotted by Officer Jordan Turner, who responded to the woman’s call.

Burney posted bond and was ordered to have no contact with the woman, court documents show.

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Last September Burney was arrested by Trotwood police and later charged with aggravated menacing for allegedly threatening to kill the same woman, according to police and court records. The menacing charge was later dismissed.

The fatal shooting happened during a planned week-long multi-jurisdictional undercover drug “blitz” that was suspended after the shooting, Plummer said.

“We’ve got more scheduled,” he said. “We’re not going to stop these operations.”

The sheriff’s department and Trotwood Police Department would each be conducting their own internal investigations, according to Dayton police.