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Moraine officers in fatal shooting of Dayton man return to full duty

Published: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 11:10 AM

            Jamarco McShann was fatally shot by Moraine police outside an apartment complex on Pinnacle Road on Oct. 20.
Jamarco McShann was fatally shot by Moraine police outside an apartment complex on Pinnacle Road on Oct. 20.

Two Moraine police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a Dayton man have returned to duty.

Officers John Howard and Officer Jerry Knight returned to full duty Sunday, according to Moraine Police Chief Craig Richardson.

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Howard and Knight were placed on paid administrative leave Oct. 20 after an early morning shooting of 23-year-old Jamarco McShann outside an apartment complex on Pinnacle Road while they were investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle.

Police said they shot McShann – the city’s first police-involved fatal shooting — after he pointed a loaded semi-automatic pistol at two officers and failed to heed their warnings. McShann died from “multiple” gunshot wounds, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

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Richardson said the officers fired several shots. Representatives for McShann’s family called the killing unjustified and threatened legal action.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has taken over the case at the request of the Moraine Police Division.

Howard is a 19-year veteran of the division, and Knight has worked there since early 2016, according to the city.


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Male shot in leg in Dayton, police searching for suspect

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 4:17 PM

Shooting on Edison Street

Update@4:44 p.m.:

The incident occurred as a group of juvenile males were walking east on Edison Street. When they got to Ardmore Avenue, a blue SUV showed up and fired shots, striking one of the males in the leg, police said. 

The victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment.

First report:

Police are searching for suspects after an 18-year-old male was shot in the leg at the intersection of Edison Street  and Ardmore Avenue late Thursday afternoon. 

The unidentified victim suffered non-life threatening injuries, police said. 

Officer have blocked off Edison Street  and Ardmore Avenue to collect evidence. 

No further information was immediately available. 

Man who was found dead on Free Pike in Trotwood identified 

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 4:36 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 4:51 PM

Police respond to report of 'person down' in Trotwood

UPDATE @ 4:45 p.m.

The man who was found dead Thursday morning as a result of a person down call has been identified as Nathan Hairston, according to the Montgomery County coroner’s office. 

Hairston was 40 years old and a Trotwood resident. 


Police are investigating after they were called to reports of a person down in Trotwood early Thursday.

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Officers were dispatched to the area of Free Pike and Hermosa Drive around 2 a.m. 

As of 4 a.m., police remain on scene.

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This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Girl convicted of killing friend after Facebook selfie shows her wearing murder weapon 

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 4:34 PM

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A Facebook selfie with her best friend helped put a Canadian girl in prison after investigators spotted her in the photo wearing a belt she used later that night to kill the other teen.

Cheyenne Rose Antoine, 21, of Saskatoon, pleaded guilty to manslaughter Monday in the March 25, 2015 strangulation death of Brittney Jane Gargol. She was sentenced to seven years in prison.

CBC News reported that Antoine and Gargol, 18, were out partying together the night of the slaying. Gargol was found several hours later, mortally wounded, along the side of a road on the outskirts of Saskatoon near the city landfill. 

The man who found her told police she was cold to the touch, had no shoes on and that there was a belt lying near her body. Gargol died a short time later at a hospital. 

It took days to identify her, a task accomplished after police made public photos of her tattoos, along with images of the jacket and broken watch that were found on her body, CKOM in Saskatoon reported

Antoine initially told police that she and Gargol had gone to several bars before Gargol met a man at one of them and left with him. Investigators said she attempted to lead them on the wrong path by posting on Gargol’s Facebook page several hours after she killed her. 

“Where are you? Haven’t heard from you. Hope you made it home safe,” Antoine wrote, according to the Toronto Sun

She continued to post on Gargol’s page in the months after the homicide, including on a photo that Gargol posted of the pair just hours before she was slain. The victim made the photo, seen below, her profile picture shortly before she died. 

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“Aweh, I miss you soo much, Bert! Wish heaven had visiting hours so I could come see you, but I'm so glad you came & visited me in my dream last night,” Antoine’s comment read, according to CBC News. “Looking forward to that day I see you again. Say hello to my mommy up there for me!”

Police investigators worked the case for nearly two years, using social media to create a timeline for Antoine and Gargol’s movements the night of the slaying. It was that last profile photo on Gargol’s page, however, that proved to be the break they needed.

Detectives noticed that Antoine wore a distinctive black belt, visible around her waist in the bottom left corner of the selfie that she and Gargol took together the night of the killing. The belt in the photo was the one found near Gargol’s dying body, CBC News reported.

The photo remained as Gargol’s profile picture for more than a year after her death. It has since been changed by her family. 

With a suspect in their sights, investigators were able to tear apart Antoine’s story about the pair bar-hopping the night of the crime by obtaining surveillance video from at least one bar that failed to show the girls where Antoine said they were. Another break came when a tip led police to a friend of Antoine’s, who told detectives that a panicked Antoine showed up at her house the night of the murder.

Antoine confessed to the friend that night that after getting into a drunken argument with Gargol, she hit her and then strangled her, CBC News said

She was arrested on suspicion of murder in March of last year. 

A plea deal between prosecutors and the defense brought the charge down to one of manslaughter. 

Crown prosecutor Robin Ritter praised the police work that ultimately led to Antoine’s arrest. 

“It’s quite remarkable how the police developed this information,” Ritter said. 

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Antoine admitted in court Monday that she killed her friend, but said she does not remember doing so. Her lawyer, Lisa Watson, told the court that Antoine, who suffered years of abuse in the foster care system, had been dealing with serious personal problems prior to the homicide. 

“My client had some very deep, personal issues that she was dealing with, and unfortunately, they turned into a very tragic situation for all involved,” Watson said, according to the Sun

Antoine’s troubled past, which began when she became a ward of the province of Saskatchewan at age 2, factored into her plea deal and sentence. CKOM reported that Antoine was in foster care at age 4 and spent a decade suffering physical and emotional abuse. 

Her criminal record began with car theft at age 12, two years before she reconnected with her mother, the station reported. She was exposed to heavy drug and alcohol use by her mother, who died about a year after being reunited with her daughter. 

At that point, she began moving between relatives, group homes and other institutions.

Ritter agreed with the defense that Antoine has serious personal issues. 

“This young woman has issues, and because of those issues, she is dangerous,” Ritter said, according to CKOM.

Those issues continued even after Antoine killed her friend. She was reported missing in August 2016 to Saskatoon police officials, who sought information on her whereabouts on Facebook.

At the time of her arrest for murder, Antoine was also awaiting sentencing for threatening a store’s loss prevention officer when she was caught stealing, CBC News reported. She threatened the officer with a needle that she claimed was contaminated with the HIV virus.   

Antoine issued a statement through her attorney Monday in which she said she cannot provide the answers she knows Gargol’s family members are looking for.

“She knows the family would like an explanation, a reason, but unfortunately, she can’t provide that,” Watson said. 

Gargol’s family provided victim impact statements during Antoine’s sentencing.

“Most days we can’t stop thinking about Brittney and what happened that night,” her aunt, Jennifer Gargol, said, according to CBC News. “What she must have felt fighting for her life.”

Gargol’s stepmother, Kristi Wickenhauser, also spoke in court, according to CKOM.

“You were her friend. She loved you, she respected you and she trusted you,” Wickenhauser said. “And instead you decided to wrap a belt around her throat and squeeze until you ended her life.”

Antoine apologized to Gargol’s family in the statement read by Watson.

“I will never forgive myself,” she said. “Nothing I say or do will ever bring her back. I am very, very sorry. It shouldn’t have ever happened.”

Ohio Chief Justice helps kick off county’s mental health court docket

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 9:55 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 4:15 PM

            Montgomery County Common Pleas Court is adding a mental health court docket.
Montgomery County Common Pleas Court is adding a mental health court docket.(MARK GOKAVI/STAFF)

County jails were never meant to be de facto mental institutions, but they have become them, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O’Connor said Thursday.

O’Connor was the keynote speaker as the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court inaugurated its mental health docket — the fourth specialty court after drug treatment, veteran’s court and the women’s therapeutic docket.

O’Connor, Judge Gregory Singer and Dayton Municipal Court Judge Carl Henderson presided over the ceremony for the docket starting next month in Singer’s courtroom.

“The mental health courts are, I think, essential to our system because there’s no bigger mental confinement institution than our jails and our prison system,” O’Connor said in an interview with the Dayton Daily News before speaking to an audience of service and treatment providers plus probation, court and judicial staff members along with judges and politicians.

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“That’s the beauty of the concept of the mental health courts — is that they are answering for what they did as far as their criminal activity,” O’Connor added. “But the treatment component is a condition of their participation … and it addresses the root cause of why they are acting in an anti-social manner. So I think they are essential; they truly are.”

Judge Mary Katherine Huffman said the common pleas court added the drug court in 1996, the veterans’ treatment court in 2013, the women’s therapeutic court in 2014 and now has Ohio’s 40th mental health docket.

“Judge Singer has been a leader in the area of specialty courts,” Huffman said. “In 2014, he spearheaded … he was very passionate about beginning our women’s therapeutic court.”

Montgomery County Common Pleas Court administrator James Dare complimented Singer and his staff for starting the new docket and getting it certified by the Ohio Supreme Court.

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“This population has been under served,” Dare said. “And we want to make sure that those services are right there, up front, when people are going in front of the judge.”

O’Connor noted that Henderson oversees a municipal court mental health docket started by former Judge John Pickrel and that Montgomery County Juvenile Court Judge Anthony Capizzi has a similar initiative.

O’Connor said Singer fits the mold of the county’s judicial innovators.

“He is in tune with what I would call the deep dive that is necessary these days to get at the complicated facts of each case,” O’Connor said. “As our society, our shared problems in our judiciary become much more complex, this is what specialized dockets are all about — getting closer to the root causes of society’s problems as they expand.”

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The chief justice said that among the mental health dockets goals are: diverting non-violent offenders away from the traditional criminal justice track; reducing the length of confinement of offenders with serious mental illness; improving mental health and the well-being of the participants; increasing access to treatment services; and creating effective working relationships between the treatment community and the criminal justice system.

“These measures are designed to reduce recidivism, which improves public safety,” O’Connor said, adding that efforts also should reduce the jail and prison population.

“It does sound daunting, doesn’t it? Well, it is,” O’Connor said. “But with mental health courts and other specialized dockets, we can bring together greater resources to solve these problems.”