Officer shot in Brookville shooting released from hospital

Published: Monday, October 31, 2016 @ 10:03 PM

The latest: Bond set in Brookville shooting case

One woman was shot and killed and a Brookville police officer was injured in a shooting at Speedway Monday night that led to an hours-long manhunt.

  • Ashley Sides was killed when shots were fired
  • Officer Henry Edds remains in stable condition
  • Suspect identified as Conrad Everett Davis, 27, a former Marine
  • Davis is currently in Montgomery County Jail on $1 million bond
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UPDATE @ 3:22 p.m. (Nov. 8):

Officer Henry Edds has been released from the hospital, according to police.

UPDATE @ 1:13 p.m. (Nov. 3):

Conrad E. Davis fired a .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun at Brookville police at 9:45 p.m. Monday, according to court records. Few details have emerged about the shooting that left Ashley Sides dead and Brookville police officer Henry Edds injured.

Davis, 27, of Cookeville, Tenn., had a $1 million cash surety bond set Thursday during his video arraignment in Montgomery County’s Western Division Municipal Court in New Lebanon.

David pleaded not guilty to two first-degree felony charges for felonious assault on a police officer and a fourth-degree felony for improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.

The complaint and affidavit signed by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Detective Eric Dingee said Davis fired his weapon at police at in the parking lot of Speedway at 799 Arlington Road.

“Brookville Police officers returned fire in the lot,” the complaint said. “Brookville Officer Henry Edds ultimately sustained a gunshot wound to his left arm.”

The statement of facts does not describe whose bullets hit Edds or Sides, 31, also of Cookville, Tenn. - who died of multiple gunshot wounds.

UPDATE @ 12:20 p.m. (Nov. 3):

Bond was set at $1 million for Conrad Davis during his initial appearance in municipal court this afternoon.

UPDATE @8:24 a.m. (Nov. 3)

The Ohio State Highway Patrol initial incident report after the car crash and shootout that left a 31-year-old Tennessee woman dead has very little detail. Ashley Sides died of multiple gunshots during a police-involved shooting in the parking lot of a Speedway gas station in an incident that also injured Brookville police officer Henry Edds.

The report filed by Trooper Kyle Harris and obtained by this news organization lists resisting arrest by fleeing as the violation. The report does not list a suspect’s name or vehicle, but does include a short narrative about an attempted stop that began at 9:40 p.m. Monday on Interstate 70 near Brookville and ended at 9:41 p.m.

“An attempt was made to stop the suspect’s vehicle for a speed violation,” said the publicly available portion of the OSHP report filed at 3:09 p.m. Nov. 1 and approved by a supervisor Nov. 2. “The suspect’s vehicle fled from the Trooper. A short pursuit ensued. The pursuit was terminated due to excessive speeds and passing vehicles on the right.”

This news organization has asked for more information, including dash-cam footage from Brookville police and the OSHP and comment from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, which is conducting the criminal and internal investigations.

Update@3:15 p.m. (Nov. 2):

Three charges have been approved against Conrad Davis — two counts of felonious assault on a police officer and one count of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, the Montgomery County Prosecutor said Wednesday, noting that more charges could be added. Police are continuing to investigate.

FULL REPORT

Davis’ booking information said he was being held for murder but that formal charges had not been approved. A law enforcement source said Davis was from Cookeville, Tenn.

The Brookville officers involved in the deadly shooting were Henry Edds, who was shot and wounded, and Frank Graci. Both discharged their weapons, police said.

Edds remains in stable condition and is recovering after being shot in the arm.

It’s not clear if Sides or Davis opened fire on the officers and shot Edds, or who killed the woman. However, we are working to get that information from police.

Both officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave, per policy, Brookville Police Chief Doug Jerome said. The incident remains under investigation, with Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office leading the investigation, he said.

Jerome said it’s only the second officer-involved shooting in the 21 years he’s been with the Brookville Police Department.

Brookville officers were dispatched around 9:40 p.m. Monday to assist the Ohio State Highway Patrol, which had a vehicle flee from a traffic stop, scanner traffic indicated.

The OSHP Dayton Post confirmed that their agency was the first to make contact with the vehicle, a white Cadillac SUV with Tennessee plates.

A trooper tried to stop the Cadillac as it headed east on I-70 near the Preble-Montgomery County Line. The driver did not stop and the trooper ended the pursuit because of excessive speeds, according to the patrol.

The Cadillac exited the highway at Arlington Road, but the trooper was not able to follow because of traffic. After exiting the highway, the Cadillac crashed at Wendy’s, but the trooper was not tailing the vehicle at the time, according to the patrol.

Dispatchers began receiving 911 calls that a white SUV crashed into a tree-line near the Wendy’s at the corner at Upper Lewisburg Salem Road and Arlington Road. A woman was reported to dispatchers as running from the scene, and possibly trying to flag down other vehicles.

Police located the Cadillac SUV in the tree-line, and asked for the fire department to respond. The Cadillac was reported found with heavy damage, but the responding officer was unsure if anyone was injured, or still inside the vehicle.

As police were looking for the female, shots rang out at the Speedway on Arlington Road.

An officer then radioed for medics for two people who had been shot. A woman, who the officer described as a suspect, was reported shot, along with one police officer. A dark colored SUV — later described as a blue Subaru Forester with Tennessee plates — was the vehicle where the shots came from.

Around 6:50 a.m. Tuesday, officers located the Subaru in a pond near a church at the intersection of Brookville Phillipsburg Road and Access Road. A K-9 tracked Davis to an unlocked camper at a nearby private residence in Clay Twp., where authorities took him into custody without incident around 7:45 a.m.

Outside of the Montgomery County Jail later Tuesday morning, Davis told News Center 7’s Adam Marshall that he is a construction worker and was traveling to New York.

Davis said Sides, 31, also of Cookeville, Tenn., was his significant other, and he didn’t realize she had been shot. He said he was sorry and ashamed, and admitted that it was his gun.

Davis played one season of college football at Cumberland University, according to that school’s sports information director. He was an offensive lineman who played just one season before a back injury sidelined him, according to the team’s coaching staff.

The sports information director said a coach said Davis’ father moved from Florida and worked in Cookeville, Tenn., which is about 45 minutes from Cumberland University. The university said Davis stayed in school a little while longer after his playing days ended.

Davis was booted out of the U.S. Marines after 18 months and finished as a private, according to records provided by the Marines.

Davis served from Nov. 18, 2012 until June 5, 2014, and his date of rank was changed to private on Feb. 25, 2014. His specialty was listed as a field artillery cannoneer and his last assignment was at Camp Lejeune, N.C. He was not deployed overseas.

“Conrad Davis’ premature discharge and rank at the time of discharge are indicative of the fact that the character of his service was incongruent with Marine Corps’ expectations and standards,” a Marines public affairs officer wrote in an email. “Due to the associated administrative processes, further details are not releasable.”

High Court: Sentencing for youthful offenders guilty in adult court stays in adult court

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

Kylen Gregory, 16,  will be tried as an adult in the fatal shooting of Fairmont High School junior Ronnie Bowers last summer in Kettering.
Kylen Gregory, 16, will be tried as an adult in the fatal shooting of Fairmont High School junior Ronnie Bowers last summer in Kettering.

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

Today’s ruling reverses a 2014 decision by the 2nd District Court of Appeals. The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office appealed that ruling, and the High Court sided with the county, 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.

Teen girl pleads for help in first 911 text call in Miami County

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 9:11 PM

Matthew Weigel
Matthew Weigel

When a teenage girl texted 911 last week to say she was in the car with a 20-year-old man headed down Interstate 75 to buy heroin, it was Miami County Communications Center’s first such call.

It also was exactly the type of situation the text to 911 technology was intended to address, center Director Jeff Busch said Tuesday. The county announced earlier this month it was able to handle texts to 911.

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A transcript of the communication on July 22 between the girl, who was a passenger in the car, outlined the back and forth communication as the 16-year-old pleaded for help.

She described the situation and provided information as she traveled in the vehicle driven by Matthew Weigel from Miami County into Harrison Twp.a drug buy and their return up the interstate before being stopped near Tipp City.

"He's on a house arrest bracelet and he's trying to take me to Dayton with him to get heroin … cannot call on the phone," the girl texted. She also reported Weigel said he would lead police on a high-speed chase and wreck the vehicle, if necessary. 

READ: Former high school referee pleads not guilty to rape involving minor

The teen said the man thought she was texting his mother, though later in the transcript she texted he called her a "snitch." 

The interaction lasted around 30 minutes. The vehicle was stopped by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Tipp City police. Weigel was apprehended without incident. He is in the Miami County Jail on suspicion of a probation violation. 

Miami County commissioners mentioned the successful resolution of the incident during their Tuesday morning meeting. 

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Busch earlier told commissioners the technology would be beneficial in certain circumstances, such as when someone was in a house or another situation in which a phone call could endanger the caller. Voice calls are preferred when possible, he said. 

"Obtaining and verifying information can be done more quickly through a voice call. Furthermore, telecommunicators can gain valuable insight into situations by hearing the tone of the caller's voice and listening to background noises through voice calls," Busch said on July 23 when he announced the new technology.

Former high school referee pleads not guilty to rape; judge reduces bond

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 5:21 PM

Henry Lucas (Courtesy/Miami County Sheriff's Office)
Henry Lucas (Courtesy/Miami County Sheriff's Office)

TROY – A Troy man and former Ohio High School Athletic Association referee pleaded not guilty today to felony rape in Miami County Common Pleas Court.

Henry A. Lucas, 52, also saw his bail reduced, as requested, following a review by Judge Christopher Gee of a bond check report ordered during the morning arraignment hearing. 

Lucas is accused of sexual conduct involving a teenage girl in Troy in March and attempting to alter evidence against him. He pleaded not guilty to rape and tamping with evidence during arraignment via video from the county jail. 

More than 20 supporters of Lucas were in the courtroom for the hearing. 

Defense lawyer Andy Pratt asked Gee to consider a request for the recognizance bond or to “substantially reduce” Lucas’ bail of $400,000. Pratt said Lucas was a lifelong local resident and would live with his mother, if released. 

“He has tremendous support within the community,” Pratt said, pointing to those attending the hearing. 

Janna Parker, assistant county prosecutor, said prosecutors would request a cash bond for Lucas. She pointed out Lucas has a felony record and spent time in prison. He was convicted of a drug-related offense in 2010. 

Gee signed a bond order Thursday afternoon reducing the bail to $100,000, which can be posted at 10 percent cash or surety. 

Among conditions of the bail, if posted, were that Lucas have no contact with the minor victim, the minor victim's mother and have no unsupervised conduct with minors. 

The bond check was conducted by the adult probation office. 

Lucas was a long-time official for the OHSAA. His license was suspended following his arrest.

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

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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.

Kameron Curran(MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL)

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.

FIRST REPORT

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.