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Not guilty plea for man accused of stealing guns from ex-cop

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 10:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, August 31, 2017 @ 4:03 PM

Randy Lee Sellars Jr.
Randy Lee Sellars Jr.

UPDATE @ 1:48 p.m. (Sept. 7):

A plea of not guilty was entered Thursday for a 30-year-man indicted in Montgomery County for two counts burglary, three counts grand theft and three counts weapons under disability. 

Randy L. Sellars Jr. stood mute as the common pleas court entered the pleas, documents show. Earlier this week Sellars was appointed an attorney, a surety bond of $50,000 was set and his next court date is scheduled for Sept. 12, according to court records.

UPDATE @ 4:04 p.m. (Aug. 31)

Randy Lee Sellars Jr. has been indicted in Montgomery County for two counts burglary, three counts grand theft and three counts weapons under disability. 

He is set to be arraigned Sept. 5. He is currently serving a sentence for unrelated crimes. 

A second person in the case, Brandon Burchett, has been indicted on a burglary charge. 


A 30-year-old man in jail and accused of stealing guns and ammunition from a former Moraine deputy police chief has been found guilty of other charges.

Randy Lee Sellars Jr. was sentenced to nearly six months in custody Tuesday, about two weeks after being booked in Montgomery County Jail following a multi-jurisdictional manhunt that started when he escaped custody in Moraine.

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Sellars in late July stole guns and ammunition from the home of retired Moraine Deputy Police Chief Tracy Harpster, police in that city said Tuesday.

The defendant was booked in the county jail Aug. 6, fewer than 24 hours after be apprehended in Kettering following his escape in Moraine.

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Sellars’ arrest this month followed “quite a little spree” that has drawn the interest of authorities in German Twp. and Centerville as well, said Moraine Sgt. Jon Spencer.

On Aug. 8, his bond was set at $500,000, according to court documents.

Jail records indicate felony charges of escape and burglary. The latter charge stems from the theft at Harpster’s home, where a rifle, two pistols and “several thousand” rounds of ammunition were taken, Moraine records show.

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Kettering Municipal Court Judge James Long on Tuesday sentenced Sellars to 163 days in jail and fined him $100 after finding him guilty on four misdemeanors, court records show.

“There are other agencies in the south suburbs that he is a suspect in,” current Moraine Deputy Police Chief Jason Neubauer said. “I’m anticipating more charges will be coming his way.”

Sellars initially pleaded not guilty to receiving stolen, criminal damaging/endangering, obstructing official business and criminal trespassing. But Tuesday he changed his pleas on all counts to no contest, court records show.


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Driver convicted in 55-mile police chase up Interstate 75 sentenced

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 6:37 PM

            David Nehmer, 27, of Paw Paw, Michigan was sentenced to 30 months in prison. CONTRIBUTED
David Nehmer, 27, of Paw Paw, Michigan was sentenced to 30 months in prison. CONTRIBUTED

A Michigan man who led state troopers on a 55-mile chase from Piqua to Allen County in November was sentenced Monday in Miami County Common Pleas Court to 30 months in prison.

David Nehmer, 27, of Paw Paw, Michigan, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer and six months in jail for driving while under the influence. The sentences will be served concurrently in the penitentiary. Nehmer’s driver’s license was also suspended for five years.

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Nehmer was arrested in the early morning hours on Interstate 75 near Bluffton. The pursuit began in Piqua after troopers received a report of a vehicle driving on its rims.

The pursuit of Nehmer — wanted on warrants out of Michigan — included speeds of more than 120 mph, troopers said.

Janna Parker, an assistant county prosecutor, said Nehmer was on parole in Michigan at the time of the chase that included what she called “insanely fast speeds” on tire rims. She said Nehmer put not only himself but multiple police officers and countless motorists at risk.

Judge Christopher Gee sentenced Nehmer, calling the pursuit “a horrific and very dangerous chase.” Gee said Nehmer was fortunate no one, including him, was injured.

“This kind of behavior cannot be condoned in any way,” Gee said.

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Mother distraught to learn daughter buried in wrong grave

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 5:57 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 6:30 PM

PHOTO COURTESY: Connie Rosellen
PHOTO COURTESY: Connie Rosellen

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office says a woman’s 3-month-old daughter who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in 1984 was buried in the wrong grave at a family plot in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Bethel Twp.

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Connie Rosellen told News Center 7 she discovered the mistake after the death of her stepfather. During his burial, cemetery officials reportedly struck her daughter’s casket and broke it.

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Rosellen said she called deputies last week after arriving at the cemetery for her daughter’s disinterment and reburial and allegedly found the baby’s remains in what she described as a shallow grave, covered only by the blanket she was buried with, a tarp and and a plywood board.

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The Clark County Sheriff’s Office says multiple deputies responded to the cemetery but they didn’t open a criminal case. According to their initial investigation, the cemetery followed all legal procedures.

After this news outlet has reached out to Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, 8200 W. National Road, for comment, they replied: “As part of our commitment to all our client families, we guard their privacy and because of this, we do not discuss specific client matters with the media.”

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Family files wrongful death suit in Moraine police shooting 

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 9:44 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 11:58 AM

Moraine police shooting: 1 man fatally shot

A wrongful death civil lawsuit has been filed in the October Moraine police officer-involved fatal shooting of a Dayton man.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court by the estate of Jamarco McShann alleges a conspiracy and misconduct involving several Moraine police officers.

“Defendant Officers John Howard, Jerry Knight, Michael Cornely, Justin Eller, Brian O’Neal, and unnamed officers willfully and maliciously shot Jamarco Dewayne McShann to death, and/or failed to intervene to prevent the use of deadly force against him despite the duty and the opportunity to do so,” the lawsuit states.

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On Wednesday, the attorneys that filed the suit had a press conference that included other community activists and mothers of other Ohio men who have been shot and killed by police.

“Jamarco McShann’s rights were violated,” said attorney Andrew Stroth, who filed the lawsuit. “He was unjustifiably shot and killed. There was no provocation. There was no threat of danger. The officers shot and killed him through the back of his vehicle. And the lawsuit outlines the allegations.”

Rev. Jerome McCorry, president and CEO of the National Congress on Faith & Social Justice, said: "We will fight for justice until justice is done.” Attorneys for the family also said it was “unacceptable” that the officers who fired their guns were back on full duty.

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“The City of Moraine does not comment on pending litigation,” read a statement made Wednesday by Moraine law director Buzz Portune, “but is satisfied that all actions taken by its Division of Police and officers involved in the matter were fully compliant with all applicable law enforcement standards and appropriate under the circumstances.”

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“The defendant officers otherwise acted both willfully, wantonly, recklessly, negligently, intentionally, and with malice and willful indifference in committing the acts alleged in this complaint, which resulted in the wrongful death of Jamarco McShann,” according to the suit.

The 23-year-old McShann, died from “multiple shotgun and gunshot wounds” after a confrontation with Moraine officers John Howard and Jerry Knight in the early-morning hours of Oct. 20, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation oversaw a probe into the matter at the request of the Moraine Police Division. That has been forwarded to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

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The defendants “together with their unnamed co-conspirators, reached an understanding, engaged and continue to engage in a course of conduct, and otherwise jointly acted and/or conspired among and between themselves to unreasonably stop, seize, shoot, and kill Jamarco McShann in violation of his constitutional rights, complete false, inaccurate, and misleading reports, and to make false statements to superior officers in order to conceal their wrongdoing,” according to the suit.

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Piqua man guilty in rape case plea agreement

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 3:26 PM

            Dylan Cost, 21, pleads guilty in rape case. CONTRIBUTED.
Dylan Cost, 21, pleads guilty in rape case. CONTRIBUTED.

TROY — A Piqua man pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony rape in a case heard in Miami County Common Pleas Court.

Dylan Cost, 21, initially faced one count of rape for alleged sexual conduct with a person under age 13, in August in Piqua. As part of a plea deal, that charge will be dismissed.

The new charge does not specify the age of the victim and carries a shorter potential sentence. He could receive up to 11 years in prison at sentencing April 30. The original charge carried a possible life sentence.

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Judge Jeannine Pratt found Cost guilty and ordered a pre-sentence investigation.

He will be classified as a Tier III sex offender at sentencing. The designation will require him to register his address at the sheriff’s office in the county where he lives every 90 days for the rest of his life after prison release.

Cost remains in the county jail on $250,000 bail.

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