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Police still sorting out details of fatal shooting

Published: Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:07 AM
Updated: Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 3:24 PM

Detectives continued to work Friday to determine the series of events that led to a 20-year-old man’s death from a gunshot wound Thursday night. Police reports indicate that the shooting may be the result of a series of retaliation shootings stemming from the death of another man outside a downtown nightclub in November.

Matthew L. Anderson, of Dayton, has been identified as the man found dead inside a Buick Le Sabre in the area of Benton and Salem avenues at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

On Friday, police said Anderson was shot in that vehicle, but had no further details to release.

The homicide is listed as occurring at 4000 Prescott Avenue, according to a police report. It is still unclear exactly how Anderson travelled the eight blocks to Benton and Salem where he was found.

Anderson’s death is the third homicide in Dayton in the first month of 2013 and the six in Montgomery County so far this year.

Police reports indicate that several shootings over the past few days may all be related and may be the result of several groups retaliating against each other.

Detectives said that a home in the 4000 block of Prescott was shot into two different times on Thursday, including once around the same time as the shooting call at Salem and Benton.

One report from 2:30 p.m. Thursday states that nine shots were fired into a woman’s home on that block of Prescott while her 19-year-old daughter was inside. She told police that her son and nephew got into an argument the night before at a club with some individuals familiar to police. According to the report, one of those individuals is wanted for questioning in a prior instance of shooting into a habitation the same night as Aundric Kerley’s death outside The Vault nightclub, Nov. 22.

No charges have been filed in connection with Kerley’s death. Police have not identified any suspects in Thursday night’s shootings.

Police confirmed Friday that they are investigating several shooting incidents that are related, but declined to elaborate on the relationship.

Also around 9:30 p.m. police responded to the 400 block of Lindenwood Road, two miles south of Prescott, on a report of shots fired into a house.

An 81-year-old woman told police she heard shots and glass breaking, according to a police report. Officers discovered nine shell casings outside in the snow. The report states that friends of the woman’s 20-year-old grandson could be responsible.

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.

Springfield police seek recruits to bolster force

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 11:50 PM

Springfield police seek recruits to bolster force

The Springfield Police Division is down nearly 20 officers.

“It essentially makes the officer on the street busier,” said Capt. Lee Graf, who has been with the division for more than 20 years.

There are currently 113 officers, down from the city’s ideal 131-member roster, due to retirements and officers leaving for other departments.

“Our response with the critical calls hasn’t been affected, but on some days when we’re right at bare minimum, certainly it will have an effect,” Graf said.

Springfield resident Lisa McKeen said she would like to see more officers.

“Sometimes I don’t think there’s enough because it seems like they can’t patrol everywhere, and they can’t be everywhere at the same time,” she said.

Graf said one of the biggest problems is the pay compared to other police agencies. Officers in Springfield make a maximum of $58,000, compared to the starting pay up to $64,000 in Kettering.

“When you’re competing with some of the more affluent suburbs and things like that, that’s hard to do,” Graf said.

Springfield will begin testing for new recruits in early December.