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Piqua school lockdown: Man, 15-year-old son, jailed on gun-related crimes

Published: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 7:02 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 8:29 AM

Piqua school lockdown: Man, 15-year-old son, jailed on gun-related crimes

UPDATE @8:25 a.m. 10/4: A man charged with numerous felonies related to a shots-fired incident that locked down Piqua Central Intermediate School appeared in court this morning.

Joshua Gambill, 35, pleaded not guilty to charges.

UPDATE @ 9:35 p.m. 10/3: A 35-year-old man and his 15-year-old son are in custody on numerous felony charges related to the shot-fired incident that led to the lockdown of a school.

Joshua Gambill of Piqua is in the Miami County Jail on the following charges: 

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  • Complicity to commit felonious assault; 
  • Carrying concealed weapons;
  • Improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and 
  • Child endangering (2 counts).

His son, of Covington, is in the West Central Juvenile Detention Facility near Troy on the following charges:

  • Delinquency by reason of felonious assault 
  • Delinquency by reason of discharging a firearm on or near a public place 
  • Delinquency by reason of improper handling of a firearm.


A family dispute this afternoon led to a shot fired, school lockdown and the apprehension of a man and his 15-year-old son.

A motorcyclist and passenger were challenged by people following them in a van and a pickup truck, Piqua Police Chief Bruce Jamison said.

The motorcyclist and passenger went back to their Park Avenue residence — about 100 yards from Piqua Central Intermediate School — where a shot was fired from the van, the chief said. Someone in the pickup possibly was armed as well, but no one was hit, he said.

The van and pickup left before police arrived.

Police and school officials locked down the school as a precaution, Jamison said, because they didn’t want to let children out in an area that could be at-risk during the rapidly changing situation. No students were ever in any danger, the chief said said.

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Piqua officers provided descriptions of the vehicles, and detectives found the van. Just before 3 p.m. Piqua police, the Miami County sheriff’s deputies, troopers with the Ohio Highway Patrol and Covington police apprehended the occupants.

Police anticipate filing charges this evening and are working to recover the weapons involved, the chief said.

Springfield man accused of double murder arrested in northwest Indiana

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 8:46 AM

            Kyle X. Bonaparte
Kyle X. Bonaparte

A Springfield man accused of killing two people at an apartment complex was arrested in northwest Indiana this morning.

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Kyle X. Bonaparte, 20, faces three counts of murder and another count of tampering evidence. Bonaparte was indicted by the Clark County grand jury on Monday.

Bonaparte is accused of killing Joshua Brown, 26, who died after he was shot multiple times at an apartment in the 1300 block of Delta Road on Oct. 4. Another person, Raina Beal, 23, died after she was shot in the head at the same apartment, according to investigators.

Bonaparte was arrested at a home in Portage, Ind. on Thursday. The arrest was made by the U.S. Marshal’s Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force, as well as the Portage Police Department and the Portage SWAT team.

No one was injured in the arrest, Portage officials said. Bonaparte has been placed in the Porter County (Ind.) jail.

A warrant was issued for Bonaparte in connection with the deaths of Beal and Brown.

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Brown allegedly told police Bonaparte shot him prior to being transported to Springfield Regional Medical Center, according to court records. He later died at the hospital.

A witness later told police she and the two victims had been inside the apartment most of the day. A man named “Chiraq” knocked on the door and entered the apartment with another man named “Packy,” the court records say.

The men began arguing and Chiraq said, “I don’t have time for the (expletive),” then allegedly pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and shot Brown in the chest, police said in court records.

Brown then began shooting back and the two allegedly exchanged several rounds of gunfire, court records say. Beal was caught between the two and shot one time in the head, police said.

Bonaparte faces two counts of murder in connection with Brown’s death, including an alternative charge for allegedly causing his death as a result of felonious assault, Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson said. Bonaparte also faces one count in connection with Beal’s death.


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Man arrested for threatening to blow up Federal Building downtown

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 5:57 AM

Jonahtan Durrough/Contributed
Jonahtan Durrough/Contributed

A man is in Montgomery County Jail this morning after he threatened to blow up the Federal Building on West Second Street Thursday morning, according to a Dayton police report.

According to the report, Jonathan Durrough, 41,  threatened to blow up the federal building and became combative toward security after being asked to leave.

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The security officer took Durrough into custody and alerted the threat to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Durrough attempted to spit on an officer while being questioned by an officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to the report.

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Durrough was booked into jail on charges of felonious assault and aggravated menacing. The threat is under review by the federal prosecutor’s office.

Boy stops man to get help for Dayton gunshot victim

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 4:57 PM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 1:00 AM

FROM SCENE: Child stops man to get help for Dayton gunshot victim

UPDATE @ 1 a.m. (Oct. 20)

Anthony Watson Jr., a 25-year-old man who was shot two times in the leg, was listed in serious condition early today at Miami Valley Hospital.

Crews were dispatched to the 3400 block of Valerie Armes Drive around 4 p.m. after a boy alerted an adult to call for help.

UPDATE @ 11 p.m.

An 11-year-old boy stopped a man this afternoon to get help for a gunshot victim.

According to a Dayton police report, the victim was 25-year-old Anthony Watson Jr.

There was no information about any suspects.

UPDATE @ 5:20 p.m.

A child alerted an adult that a man had been shot late this afternoon in Dayton. 

The 911 caller said the child told him the man was shot twice in the leg. 

Crews were dispatched just before 4 p.m. to the 3400 block of Valerie Arms Drive. 

The shooting victim, a man in his mid-20s, was taken to Miami Valley Hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening, police said.

According to an incident call log, the suspect vehicle is described as a black 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix with temporary tags and a large scratch on the rear. Two men in their 20s were inside.


A shooting victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital this afternoon.

The incident was reported around 4 p.m. in the 3400 block of Valerie Arms Drive in Dayton.

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

It’s not clear whether police have a shooting suspect.

63-year-old Dayton gunshot victim fights for her life

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 12:48 AM

63-year-old Dayton woman in critical condition after shooting

A shooting victim was critically hurt Thursday night in Dayton.

Crews were dispatched shortly after 8:15 p.m. to the 1600 block of Tennyson Avenue.

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According to a Dayton police report, 63-year-old Rosemarie Harris was “shot by another, resulting in life-threatening injuries.”

Harris was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where she was undergoing surgery late Thursday night.

No suspect information was available.