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Ohio inmate whose execution was halted dies of natural causes in prison

Published: Saturday, March 03, 2018 @ 3:33 PM

Lawyers for condemned Franklin County killer Alva Campbell Jr. had argued he was too sick to be executed. OHIO DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION AND CORRECTION
Lawyers for condemned Franklin County killer Alva Campbell Jr. had argued he was too sick to be executed. OHIO DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION AND CORRECTION

Alva Campbell — the convicted murderer and Ohio death row inmate who entered the death chamber in November but left 20 minutes later after a suitable vein for injection could not be found — has died, according to a report from this organization’s partners at WBNS 10TV.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that he died of natural causes.

Campbell, 69, had multiple health problems, including issues with his veins. He had asthma, emphysema and required an external colostomy bag, according to court filings and parole board testimony. The state agreed to use a wedge pillow to help him partially sit up on the execution gurney because of his breathing problems.

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Campbell was sentenced to death for fatally shooting Charles Dials, 18, in 1997 after stealing his truck during an escape from custody. He was set to be put to death on a rescheduled date of June 15, 2019.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich issued the reprieve for Campbell after the execution was halted by Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Gary Mohr, who said he acted on the recommendation of his medical staff.

The staff spent at least 25 minutes in an unsuccessful effort to find a suitable vein in Campbell’s arms and right leg.

While this was happening, Campbell lay in a partially sitting position on a prison gurney in the execution chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.

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Campbell shed tears and shook hands with two of the medical staffers attending to him after they were unable to proceed with the execution process.

Dials’ brother, sister and uncle were witnesses in the execution facility, sitting silently as they watched a closed-circuit monitor showing Campbell behind a screen as medical personnel attempted to find veins with an ultraviolet light and by palpating his arms and ankle.

Three of Campbell’s attorneys and a friend witnessed for him, along with five reporters, including one from the Dayton Daily News.

The attempted execution on Nov. 15 was the second time in recent years the inability to find a vein has stopped an execution. During the attempted execution of inmate Romell Broom in 2009, authorities spent about two hours trying to find a suitable vein before stopping. He remains on death row.

Campbell has a lengthy criminal record. He was on parole after serving a prison sentence for killing a man in Cleveland in 1997 when he shot Dials to death after overpowering a sheriff’s deputy in Franklin County. Campbell took the deputy’s gun forced his way into Dials’ truck, driving off with Dials inside. He shot the teen twice in the head after ordering him to get onto the floor board.

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Campbell received the death penalty after his 1998 conviction on charges of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, kidnapping, felonious assault, escape and other offenses in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

Campbell exhausted all of his appeals and clemency bids, including one before the U.S. Supreme Court, which denied his motion to stay the execution of his death sentence.

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Customer threatens Dayton clerk with gun after racial slur

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 10:04 PM

A Dayton man is jailed on gun-related charges this weekend after police say he threatened a clerk who used a racial slur against him.

Police were called around 9 p.m. Friday to Marathon gas station, 1845 N. Main St., on a report of a man with a gun. 

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The suspect had already gone, but an officer spotted a man who matched his description walking up North Main Street. 

The officer, with backup, apprehended the suspect — identified as 46-year-old Nigel Harrison — at gunpoint, and found a loaded weapon in his waistband, according to a Dayton police report. 

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The clerk admitted to police he used the N-word against Harrison during an argument after he accused Harrison of shortchanging him. 

According to the police report, Harrison left the store, but came back inside and was yelling, making shooting gestures with his hand. At one point he pulled a gun out of his waistband and held it next to his leg, the report stated. 

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Harrison was booked on suspicion of felonious assault and carrying concealed weapon. He is set to be arraigned Monday in Dayton Municipal Court.

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Baby revived with Narcan: Parents have history of drug incidents, records show

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 3:51 PM

Baby revived with Narcan

Parents of a 10-month-old girl revived with Narcan had several other run-ins with police in previous months involving drugs.

Medics and police responded July 15, 2017, to a report of an unresponsive 10-month-old in the 200 block of Billwood Road in Dayton. They had to administer Narcan, an overdose reversal drug, to revive her.

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Police charged her parents with felony child endangering, after police say 27-year-old Carmen Lovely and 30-year-old Andrew Reboulet tested positive for fentanyl, a drug also found in the baby's system. It’s not clear how the baby came in contact with the deadly drug, but experts say even a tiny bit of powder on her skin could have been enough to put her in shock.

Dayton police records from 2017 alone show a history of drug-related incidents involving the girl’s parents.

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In January 2017, police used Narcan to revive Reboulet. The next month, they revived Lovely. After they found her battered and partially clothed, officers wrote: “It appeared as she had been thrown from a vehicle after overdosing.”

In mid-May both parents were with their children at an elementary school. Police arrested Reboulet after they say he drove under the influence with his kids in the car. Officers wrote that Reboulet “almost fell with the baby in his hands. Baby with possible injuries from being dropped on head. (Parents) are screaming at the little boy, like it was his fault that the baby is injured.”

Police took Reboulet to jail, and medics took the infant to the hospital. Less than two months later, medics had to revive the infant.

Carmen Lovely and Andrew Reboulet(MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL)

When asked why the couple still had custody of the baby at the time she was exposed to fentanyl, a Montgomery County Children Services spokesperson could only say: “We do have a current open case in this matter.” Case workers were not able to say when the case was opened nor where the children are now.

Both parents pleaded guilty to child endangerment. Reboulet did not get time in prison but was sent to the alternative MonDay Program.

Lovely will be sentenced April 9.

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UD’s St. Patrick’s Day revelry moves indoors after officers in riot gear push back crowds

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 5:35 PM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 7:34 PM

Police tell students and others that they are issuing an order to disburse

UPDATE @ 7:34 p.m.

University of Dayton officials released a statement tonight regarding the decision to clear the large crowds in the student neighborhood.

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“University of Dayton police and Dayton police determined that a large crowd blocking Lowes Street, throwing objects at police and others and not responding to police commands, presented an extremely dangerous situation on Saturday afternoon. Police orders to clear the street were not successful and police were withdrawn for safety reasons. Additional UD and Dayton police officers were called and moved to clear the street about 6:30 p.m. The street was cleared in about a half hour without incident. No one was arrested during the dispersal. A strong police presence will be in the student neighborhood Saturday night and on Sunday and if a similar crowd gathers, it will be ordered to disperse.”

UPDATE @ 7 p.m.

Police turned out in riot gear to disperse the St. Patrick’s Day revelry in the streets of the University of Dayton student neighborhood after students started throwing bottles and rocks at them, police said.

As police in crowd control gear were getting ready to walk down the street, a huge cheer went out for a Domino’s pizza delivery driver who brought a couple pies to a house nearby.

Other students started yelling at an officer who got out of the back of a SWAT vehicle. The officer said he’d rather be celebrating himself or at home watching NCAA tournament games.

With the streets clear and most students inside their homes, police were walking the streets, ordering stragglers who remained in yards and porches to go inside.

UPDATE @ 6:30 p.m.

Police cleared the streets of people in the student neighborhood, which were filled with a couple thousand students celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

Officers in crowd-control gear were walking the streets, ordering students who remain outside to go indoors and lock their doors.

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Thousands of students are in the streets and front yards this afternoon, defying orders to leave or go inside.

The University of Dayton students, most wearing green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, took to the student neighborhood mostly in the Kiefaber Street area.

Dayton and University of Dayton officers in riot gear with shields in front blocked the street, using a loudspeaker to order students to return to their homes or leave the area.


There were earlier reports of students throwing bottles, rocks and firecrackers, with some hitting officers according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

Vehicles were getting damaged, and some students had on football padding.

Around 5:30 p.m., there were 26 Dayton police cruisers with numerous Dayton police in riot gear. This was in addition to campus police on scene. There also were reports that police may be readying gas masks, possibly to deploy tear gas, according to scanner traffic.

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Amber Alert: 2 women in Warren County Jail; 4-year-old Sandusky boy found safe

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 8:26 PM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 3:33 AM

Left: Jennifer Hemchak, 35 Right: Tamara Montalvo, 37
Left: Jennifer Hemchak, 35 Right: Tamara Montalvo, 37

UPDATE @ 3:10 a.m. (March 17)

Jennifer Hemchak, 35, and Tamara Montalvo, 37, were arrested in connection to the abduction of a 4-year-old boy in Sandusky that prompted a statewide Amber Alert Friday night.

The women are currently in custody in Warren County Jail.

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Hamchak is the non-custodial parent of the boy, who was found safe.


A vigilant motorist helped authorities find a 4-year-old boy Friday night who was abducted Friday afternoon in Sandusky and was the subject of a statewide Amber Alert.

Police there said Jennifer Hemchak forcibly removed Q’Duai Hemchak from a car and sped away with him in a white 2015 Hyundai Sonata with Florida license plates.

Shortly after a statewide Amber Alert was issued tonight that described the vehicle, plate number and provided photos of the Hemchaks to mobile phones, a 911 caller reported spotting a car that matched the description on southbound Interstate 75. Troopers pulled over that car in Monroe in Warren County.

“If it wasn’t for the fact that the caller, regular citizen with a cellphone, called in, we probably wouldn’t have been able to locate that car, if not as quick or at all, if we hadn’t had that help from that citizen,” Sgt. Tom Bloomberg of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Lebanon Post said.

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Jennifer Hemchak was arrested after she was found at 8:30 p.m. riding in the car. Another woman was driving the car, and she, too, was arrested.

Hemchak’s 12-year-old daughter also was in the car and was taken to the Lebanon Post to be reunited with her father, troopers said.

As for D’Quai, he was taken to Erie County Children Services and his father has been notified, according to the highway patrol.


An Amber Alert is in effect across Ohio after a 4-year-old boy was abducted Friday afternoon in Sandusky.

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D’Quai Hemchak was “forcibly removed from a vehicle by Jennifer Ann Hemchak, a non-custodial parent.” The suspect then sped away in her car heading east, and the young boy is believed to be in “imminent danger.”

They are believed to be riding in a white 2015 Hyundai Sonata with Florida license plate IWU-M23 and police say she could be headed to Florida.

D’Qai is described as 3 feet tall, weighing 30 to 35 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is urged to call 911.

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