NEW DETAILS: Dayton detective who shot at suspect back to full duty

Published: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 10:13 AM

Salem Ave Police Shootout

The Dayton police detective who fired his service weapon at a suspect who allegedly drove his vehicle at the officer returned to full duty on Monday, a police spokeswoman said.

Police said Det. Justin Saunders fired shots Jan. 20 during an investigation outside Lev’s Pawn Shop on Salem Avenue after the driver of a suspect vehicle “attempted to strike a detective with the vehicle,” according to a prepared statement from the department.

Joshua A. Craver and William Goodwin, both 18, were arrested at 3351 Salem Ave. by Riverside police. Both have been indicted on charges of aggravated robbery, burglary, theft of an elderly person and six counts of grand theft of firearms.

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The criminal probe is being done by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Dayton police will do an internal investigation. The case pertaining to whether Saunders would face any criminal charges was planned to be presented to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office this week.

Saunders, who has been with the Dayton police department since 2008 other than a brief tenure in Springfield, had been on paid administrative leave.

Saunders has met or exceeded all standards in all the yearly reviews provided by city officials, according to personnel records obtained by this news organization.

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In the detective’s 2016 performance appraisal — the most recent available — Saunders gained highest marks for interpersonal skills, productivity, teamwork and judgment/initiative. Saunders also fired his weapon in a police-involved shooting in 2016.

A supervisor wrote that Saunders “takes an active role in becoming involved in a hands-on fashion when it comes to apprehending suspects and persons of interest.”

Saunders has had six written commendation or letters of appreciation from 2008 until 2016, according to personnel records obtained by this news organization.

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They included commendations for arresting two burglars, an arrest of a multi-county vehicle pursuit, the apprehension of three juvenile robbery suspects and his response to a sex offense call.

He had letters of appreciation for his work during a standoff that ended with the death of a man during a standoff and from the United States Secret Service for Saunders’ professionalism during a 2012 visit by then-First Lady Michelle Obama.

On Monday, Dayton police released dash cam video showing the moments just after Saunders fired his weapon. The video shows police and deputies arresting multiple people.

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Two Dayton detectives who had been in the area working on an unrelated issue responded to the pawn shop after Riverside police requested them at 10:47 p.m. “due to stolen property from previous offenses being pawned at that location,” Dayton police said.

Dayton police Maj. Eric Henderson has said there were reports that a vehicle was spotted there that may have been involved in an aggravated burglary in Riverside, and that the suspects may have been trying to pawn stolen weapons stolen from that incident.

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Dayton police investigate shooting after victim shows up at hospital

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 11:07 PM

A gunshot victim arrived tonight at Good Samaritan Hospital, which notified police.

The shooting reportedly happened in the 700 block of Ferguson Avenue in Dayton, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

Dayton police were dispatched to the hospital around 9:45 p.m.

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The victim’s name, age and condition was not available tonight.

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Warren County resident loses $2,000 in fake arrest scam: Sheriff’s office issues warning

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 5:31 PM

Nick Graham / Staff
Nick Graham / Staff

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is warning people of a phone scam that cost one area resident about $2,000.

Sgt. Roy McGill said since Feb. 15, several residents who live inside and outside Warren County have received phone calls from someone identifying himself as a “Sgt. Corey Adams” of the sheriff’s office and telling them he has a warrant for their arrest.

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The fake deputy then tells the resident to purchase pre-paid debit cards from local retailers and subsequently requests the debit card numbers for payment, over the phone, to keep from being arrested on the warrant. McGill said at least one victim provided payment information and was scammed out of approximately $2,000.

McGill said the Warren County Sheriff’s Office wants citizens to be aware that they do not request payment for warrants over the phone. If anyone receives this type of call, they should hang up and contact their local police agency.

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1 dead in double stabbing at Massachusetts library

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 3:46 PM

Jeffrey Yao, 24, is accused of stabbing two people at a library in Massachusetts.
Winchester Police Department
Jeffrey Yao, 24, is accused of stabbing two people at a library in Massachusetts.(Winchester Police Department)

A 22-year-old woman is dead after a double stabbing Saturday at a public library in Massachusetts.

Winchester police tell Boston 25 News they were called to the Winchester Public Library just after 10:30 a.m.

When police arrived, they found a female and an elderly man both suffering from stab wounds, Boston25News reported.

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Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan says the 22-year-old female was in the library sitting at a table when the suspect,  24-year-old Jeffrey Yao, approached her from behind and stabbed her with a 10-inch hunting knife.

She suffered multiple stab wounds to the head and upper torso and was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Several people in the library ran to help the woman, including a 77-year-old man who also sustained stab wounds, Boston25News reported. He was taken to the hospital. 

Yao was arrested in connection with the stabbing. He is being held without bail and is facing murder and assault with intent to murder with a dangerous weapon charges.

Officials did not say if the stabbing was random or if Yao knew the victim. They are still investigating the stabbing - including the motive. 

The victim has not been identified.

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Florida man accused of burglary, sexual battery on sleeping woman, police say

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 2:44 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 2:33 PM

Lamarsh Shelly
Palm Beach County Jail
Lamarsh Shelly(Palm Beach County Jail)

Police arrested a Florida man Monday after he allegedly broke into a sleeping woman’s home and committed sexual battery.

Officers responded to an apartment in an undisclosed West Palm Beach neighborhood about 5 a.m.  Feb. 19 when a woman called and said she woke up to a man kneeling at the foot of her bed and touching her genital area, according to the arrest report.

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She told officers that she asked the man — who was later identified as 27-year-old Lamarsh Shelly — what he was doing in her house, and he said “your door was open,” the police report states.

According to the arrest report, Shelly then asked her if she wanted to have sex and asked her for a cigarette. She gave him a cigarette, and she demanded he leave the apartment. She told officers that she knew him from the neighborhood, and he went by the nickname “Honeycomb.”

The woman said Shelly was wearing a black shirt with tan pants, the Palm Beach Post reported. Officers then spoke to another witness who said that she saw Shelly outside of the apartment walking north while smoking a cigarette.

Officers located Shelly at 8th Street and Herietta Avenue, where he told officers, “I don’t burglarize and I don’t want sex,” the report states.

Shelly later admitted to officers that he walked into the apartment, opened the front door and saw the victim sleeping in her bed, the Palm Beach Post reported. He said that he made noises to wake her up to tell her that her front door was open, but did not mention touching her.

Police said children were sleeping in the apartment when the incident occurred.

Officers arrested Shelly on charges of sexual battery and burglary. He remains at the Palm Beach County jail on no bond, according to jail records.

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