Police could release new Wayne HS homecoming dance information Wednesday

Published: Saturday, September 30, 2017 @ 9:39 PM
Updated: Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 12:17 PM

Police, school explain after false alarm of shots fired at Wayne homecoming

UPDATE @ 2:49 p.m. (Oct. 2):

Huber Heights police said they hope to have additional information to release Wednesday in connection to the incident at Wayne High School’s Homecoming Dance this past weekend.

We’ll update this story as the information is released.

UPDATE @ 12:06 p.m. (Oct. 2):

The juvenile male who police said started the altercation that caused a false alarm of a shooting Saturday night at Wayne High School’s Homecoming Dance could face charges for disorderly conduct, though no decision has been made, said Sgt. Charles Taylor of the Huber Heights Police Division.  

“Numerous people did tell us that there was some sort of altercation in the courtyard, where either a kid banged his hands on the table or picked the table up causing a loud noise,” Taylor said.

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He did not know if the individual was a student.  Taylor said the school was discussing the matter Monday morning. Phone calls to the superintendent and principal were not immediately returned. 

On Saturday, panicked callers told dispatchers there was a shooting at Wayne High School’s Homecoming Dance, while parents called to check on their children, according to 911 calls obtained by this newsroom.  

“Oh my God! Lord Jesus, help me, Lord Jesus,” a caller shouted at a 911 dispatcher who asked for the location of her emergency.  “Wayne! Wayne!” said the caller. “There’s a shooting at Wayne! Bring somebody!”  

In reality, there was no shooter. Police later said the event was a false alarm.  

In the 911 calls, Principal Jeff Berk told dispatchers that police were not on scene. Taylor said the school hired private security.  “We have not been in attendance for dances in a few years,” Taylor said. “That is on the wishes of the school’s director of safety.”

UPDATE @ 11 p.m.

More than 50 police officers from around the county arrived within minutes to Wayne High School amid reports tonight of a school shooting during the homecoming dance.

“It turned out to be a fight, in which a student picked up a metal tabletop and slammed it on the ground, making a popping noise, and then students thought that it was actually gunfire and started making all the frantic 911 calls,” Huber Heights police officer Aaron Harlow said.

The dance ended early, but there were no injuries, police said.

Police did not make any arrests, and said it would be up to school officials to discipline students for fighting at the dance.

UPDATE @ 10:10 p.m.

The Wayne High School twitter page indicates the report of shots fired during the homecoming dance was a false alarm.

Instead, a table was flipped over, which prompted some students to yell “gun,” according to the tweet.

A Huber Heights mayoral candidate, Jeff Gore, said he and his wife were chaperones at the dance.

In a post on his Facebook page, Gore said a student slammed a picnic table on the ground in the courtyard. Another student yelled there was a gun, which caused a panic. Gore said as students were running outside balloons were popping, which caused more panic.


Police rushed to Wayne High School in Huber Heights tonight after there was a report of shots fired inside during the school’s homecoming dance.

Huber Heights police issued a signal 99 for officers in need of assistance, which drew officers from across the area to the school, 5400 Chambersburg Road.

The dance was canceled early, but after officers made sure no suspects were inside students were to be permitted to retrieve their belongings, according to reports.

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By 9:50 p.m., additional crews were called off the incident, and police said they were not seeking anyone.

Huber Heights police dispatch said the department would release information later tonight.

Local county now letting women inmates pick up trash on side of road

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 2:58 PM
Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 2:58 PM

            Clark County jail inmate Jennifer Scott helps pick up trash alongside Ohio State Route 4. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF
Clark County jail inmate Jennifer Scott helps pick up trash alongside Ohio State Route 4. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF

Women inmates at the Clark County Jail are being given the opportunity to pick up trash on the side of the road.

Previously, only men inmates were allowed to pick up trash while women inmates earned credit on their jail time by working in the laundry.

Clark County Sheriff Deb Burchett said gender roles are outdated and now the women inmates can labor on the side of the road, too.

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“We are picking up trash on the side of the highway to make Clark County look better,” inmate Jennifer Scott said. “We do I-70, Route 4 and sometimes when the weather is to0 bad we will go to the dog shelter and help out.”

Scott is a non-violent criminal who was sentenced to jail after a probation violation. She said getting out of the jail for a few hours can be a big morale booster.

“I think its a great opportunity for some of the girls,” she said. “I think it could be a way for women to change their lifestyle.”

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Scott said she has picked up a lot of beer cans and bottles on the side of the road and more clothes than she expected. The garbage on the side of the road is bad for the environment, Scott said, and an eye-sore for the county. Her experience picking up trash will lead to her being more thoughtful, she said.

“It is going to make me think twice before I throw stuff out my window,” she said.

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Overall, Scott said the goal is to get out as soon as possible and be a better person after the stay in jail.

“When we walk out of here we will change our lives and be productive members of society,” she said.

Suspect faces murder charge after man found dead in Dayton home

Published: Friday, December 08, 2017 @ 1:31 PM
Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 2:40 PM

Initial reports indicate medics and police were dispatched to a house in the 1100 block of Grafton Avenue on a report of a person down with an unknown problem.

UPDATE @ 2:40 p.m. (Dec. 10)

A 23-year-old Dayton man will be arraigned Monday following his arrest in the death of a Dayton man found shot to death in the upstairs of a Dayton house.

Markale Thomas was arrested Friday night and booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of murder, a Dayton police report and jail records show.


He is accused of fatally shooting 42-year-old Sayed Villanueva, who was found around 12:45 p.m. Friday by family members at the home in the 1100 block of Grafton Avenue.

UPDATE @ 9:10 a.m  (Dec. 10)

The man found shot to death in the upstairs of a Grafton Avenue home Friday afternoon has been identified as Sayed Villanueva, 42, of Dayton.

The preliminary cause and manner of his death is not available at this time. An autopsy is scheduled for today, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s office. 

UPDATE @ 4:09 p.m.:

Multiple people are being detained and questioned after a man was found shot to death in the upstairs of a Grafton Avenue home Friday.

The man was discovered by family members in the house in the 1100 block of Grafton shortly before 1 p.m.

The man’s identity has not been released.


A man has been found shot dead inside a home on Grafton Avenue in Dayton, according to regional dispatch traffic between officers. 

We’re working to confirm these reports and learn more on the status of the investigation.

An investigator from the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has arrived at the scene.  

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Additional details have not been released from officers on scene and dispatchers. 

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Our crew remains on the scene and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

Police: Dayton woman’s shooting death is homicide

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 3:22 AM
Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 12:30 PM


UPDATE @ 12:30 p.m.

The death of a 30-year-old Dayton woman is a homicide, Dayton police said.

The shooting was reported around 1 a.m. in the 600 block of West Fairview Avenue.

The victim, who was pronounced dead at Miami Valley Hospital, has been identified as Eileen Jones.

There is no information about a suspect or whether any arrests have been made.


There has been a reported shooting in the 600 block of West Fairview Avenue, per initial reports.

Crews were dispatched to the incident  just before 3 a.m. on Sunday.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and are working to learn more details. 

Man gouges his eyes during psychotic episode in jail, sues sheriff's office

Published: Saturday, December 09, 2017 @ 3:16 PM

Man Suing Sheriff’s Office After Gouging His Eyes During Psychotic Episode In Jail

A Colorado man who gouged his eyes during a psychotic episode while incarcerated is suing the sheriff's office, claiming authorities failed to get him the treatment he needed.

Ryan Partridge, 31, filed the lawsuit Thursday against the Boulder sheriff and county jail. He is accusing law enforcement officials of failing to provide adequate medical care during a psychotic episode he experienced during a jail stay in December 2016, Denver7 reported.

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Partridge told Denver7 that his untreated psychotic episode led him to gouge  his own eyeballs with fingernails that had not been trimmed in six weeks. He says he told officials that he was thinking about injuring himself. Partridge admits that he refused to take medication that he was offered while incarcerated, because his illness made him suspicious of being poisoned.

Partridge's parents told Denver7 that they were told their son would be kept safe while incarcerated. Instead, Partridge's father said some jail staff bullied and mocked his son, calling him "Parachute Partridge" after he jumped twice from the second floor of the jail, Denver7 reported. Partridge's father said the sheriff's office should have sought a court order to require his son to take medication to get his psychotic episode under control.

Partridge is now blind after the self-inflicted injury and uses a mobility cane to get around.

The Boulder County Sheriff's Office told Denver7 that staff went "above and beyond" its duty in trying to help Partridge while he was in custody.