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Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 2:03 PM
Updated: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 11:30 PM
DAYTON — In what appears to be a tragic accident, a Dayton family is grieving the loss of a 2-month-old boy.
“To hear something like that is real said,” said D.J. Hopgood. He knew something was wrong Saturday morning after he looked out the window of his Bowen Street home.
“Looked outside and I see about two to three cruisers up the street, which is kind of odd for this neighborhood,” he said.
Police and medics rushed to a home in the 600 block of Bowen Street around 8:30 a.m.; the baby’s grandmother called 911 immediately after she found him unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at 8:37 a.m. by Dayton medics. His body was then taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, where his cause of death is pending.
“It’s a shame, it’s a big surprise,” said another neighbor, Todd Pedicord. As a father, he said it’s difficult to hear that news from just up the street.
“It’s terrible. I can’t Imagine what the parents are going through,” he said.
The baby’s mother told police when she returned home from work at midnight, Silas already was asleep on a love seat so she lay down on a couch to sleep. She checked him at 3 a.m., and he was fine. But when Silas’ grandmother got up to check on him at 8:30 a.m., she found him on his belly. She rolled him over, but he was cold to the touch, according to a Dayton police report.
The infant’s mother and grandmother said he had no illnesses or known health issues.
An investigator with the coroner’s office said an autopsy has not been performed, and that a preliminary cause of death was not available.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 3:32 PM
BUTLER COUNTY — Multiple police agencies with hours of training came to the aid of a 10-year-old boy held hostage in his Liberty Twp. home.
The 30-hour standoff began late Friday night. Donald Tobias Gazaway is accused of pulling a gun at a residence in the 700 block of East Hamilton Place, demanding thousands of dollars from the female resident and then using the boy as a human shield before surrendering Sunday morning.
Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said that halfway through the standoff it became apparent the department was not equipped for such a lengthy incident. With SWAT officers tired from standing in frigid conditions, the reinforcements came in the form of Hamilton and West Chester Police.
“We knew we needed help. We asked for relief and, actually, they were calling us,” Jones said. He added that officers from those departments took the place of deputies so they could get some sleep and return Sunday morning.
Several trained deputies and police officers negotiated with Gazaway for hours through a speaker on a cell phone tossed to him, a bullhorn and Gazaway yelling to authorities.
“We did not at times think we were going to get a good result …. we thought he wanted us to shoot him,” Jones said.
While the sheriff will not say if that was actually a plan, he did say, “He never gave us a chance. We could not move in, we could not do anything without jeopardizing the child.”
Negotiators did provide food and water to Gazaway and the boy, who were in a vehicle in the garage most of the time.
At times, they could hear the boy cry and saying, “Why are you doing this to me?”
Chief Deputy Anthony Dwyer said the negotiation process was not good, due to the location and Gazaway’s refusal to actually use the cell phone officials provided.
“At times, he said he was going to give up, then didn’t,” Dwyer said. “That happened several times. Then he would turn the radio on and sit there.”
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 6:30 AM
BUTLER COUNTY — A new trial has been denied for a former Fairfield High School teacher found guilty of a sex crime involving a student.
Tyler Conrad, 27, was convicted in May of sexual imposition, a third-degree misdemeanor, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a first-degree misdemeanor, during a bench trial in Butler County Common Pleas Court. Conrad was found not guilty of a felony charge of sexual battery.
He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and has served his time. But his attorney Christopher Pagan filed a motion for a new trial arguing Conrad was prejudiced by lack of pretrial disclosure by the prosecution concerning the time of the alleged offenses.
In a ruling filed Friday, Butler County Common Pleas Judge Keith Spaeth denied the new trial motion noting, “the court rejects the implication that the prosecuting attorney engaged in misconduct. The defendant was permitted to assert his alibi defense and was given ample opportunity to present evidence thereof.”
Following a bench trial, Spaeth sentenced Conrad to 180 days in the Butler County Jail. He was also declared a Tier I Sexual Offender, requiring him to register his residence for 15 years.
Spaeth found sufficient evidence to convict Conrad of sex crimes with a 15-year-old female student. Specifically, evidence concerning an incident that occurred between May 26 and May 29, 2016, when the teen said Conrad made arrangements to pick her up then drive her to a residence in Ross Twp., where he kissed her and touched her private area on the outside of her clothes.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:40 AM
SPRINGFIELD — A Springfield man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly whipped a pregnant woman with a belt.
Ethan S. Gavin, 20, is facing one count each of domestic violence, resisting arrest and obstructing official business. He’s expected to appear in court at 10:30 a.m. today.
The Springfield Police Division was called to the 2600 block of Lagonda Avenue at about 10 a.m. Monday morning about an argument between a man and a woman, according to a police report.
A police officer took the victim to a back bedroom to get more information about the situation, the report said. Gavin then went outside, but later back inside and attempted to enter the bedroom. A police officer had to stop him with his hand, but he refused to leave the room.
Gavin was then placed under arrest, but refused to cooperate. He then began wrestling with officers and was eventually tased by officers.
Gavin allegedly choked the victim with both hands, punched her in the head and whipped her with a belt on the arms, legs and stomach, the report said. The victim also told police she is eight weeks pregnant.
Gavin was placed in the Clark County Jail.
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Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 2:50 PM
PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia Eagles fan attacked a horse after being ejected from the Eagles-Falcons playoff game in Philadelphia on Saturday.
According to WPVI, police said 22-year-old Taylor Hendricks was ejected from the game and became violent as he was leaving. WTXF reported Hendricks struck a mounted police officer in the legs and repeatedly hit the horse in the face and neck.