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Stabbing victim’s family struggles with loss

Published: Saturday, June 15, 2013 @ 9:45 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 16, 2013 @ 5:17 PM

Family members of a 56-year-old woman said they are trying to comprehend how a seemingly standard argument could have boiled over into an act of fatal violence.

Diana Ross, who was born and raised in Hamilton, was reportedly stabbed just before 11:07 p.m. Friday outside a home in the 500 block of Monument Avenue, according to Hamilton police. She was then taken to The Fort Hamilton Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police and the Butler County Coroner’s Office are investigating. Police did not release any information about an arrest.

The stabbing occurred when Ross, who moved to Cincinnati about a year ago, paid a visit to her older sister, Dorothy Allen.

“A friend of mine down the street from me, they got into an argument and she got stabbed,” Allen said Sunday, her voice filled with emotion. “It just happened so fast.”

Allen said she attempted to keep things calm in the yard moments before the situation went horribly awry.

“I was trying to tell them to hold it down, that it was unnecessary … and before I knew anything, they were up and tussling, and then I saw (my neighbor) hit her right in here,” Allen said, pointing to the area between her chest and stomach. “I didn’t know that she had a knife. I just thought that she hit her with her fists.”

Ross collapsed and Allen tried to stop the bleeding as the neighbor fled.

Dedra Ray, one of Ross’ daughters, said Ross and the neighbor “had words before, here and there … little arguments” but nothing on the level of Friday’s incident.

“We would have never thought something like this would have happened,” Ray said. “It could have been prevented. She could have walked away from the argument and went home.”

Ross was the mother of three, grandmother of five and great-grandmother of four. She also was stepmother to seven, step grandmother to 32 and step great-grandmother to three, the family said.

Allen described her sister as a good, fun-loving person.

Victoria Ross, another of Ross’ daughters, said of her mother: “Nobody cared as much as she did about anything that she cared about.”

“She loved her family more than anything and her family loved her,” she said. “We just can’t believe … it’s crazy.”

Ray said her mother was “very driven, very precise, straight to the point” and lovable.

Words cannot describe the type of person Ross was, her daughters said.

“She was a great mom, a great wife, a great step mom, a great auntie, sister, grandma,” Victoria Ross said.

Despite the uncertainty that continued to swirl around the fate of the suspect Sunday, family members said there was one fact that stood out following Ross’ death.

“For everyone here, life has changed,” stepdaughter Banita Mathis said. “No one’s life is going to be the same.”


Child left in vehicle while father allegedly gambles

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 12:18 PM

A 52-year-old man was arrested after police said he left his 7-year-old daughter in his vehicle while he went into a local racino to gamble.

Police said Richard Hill left the child in his running vehicle in the parking lot of the Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway on Monday around 8 p.m.


According to a Dayton police report Hill said he was only going into the racino to use the restroom, but surveillance video showed the 52-year-old played three slot machines for around 23 minutes.

A witness told police about the child being left unattended in the vehicle.

Hill remains in the Montgomery County Jail.

The child was released to the custody of her mother, the report said.

Corrections officer sentenced to one year in prison for selling cell phones to inmates

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 8:33 AM

Michael Rose Jr.

UPDATED: 11:37 a.m. today 


Saying a “message needs to be sent” to law enforcement, U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice sentenced Michael Rose Jr. to one year in prison after Rose pleaded guilty to selling cell phones to Montgomery County Jail inmates. 


Rice delayed imposition of the sentence until October so Rose can remain employed as a truck driver and Rose’s children are back in school. Prosecutors asked Rice to reconsider Rose’s delay of imposing the sentence. Rice declined to reconsider. 


UPDATED: 8:35 a.m. today

The former Montgomery County Jail corrections officer convicted of providing inmates with cell phones will be sentenced this morning in Dayton’s U.S. District Court.

Prosecutors want Michael Rose Jr., 29, to serve longer than the 6 months suggested in pre-sentence report, according to a sentencing memorandum.

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The advisory, non-binding sentencing range calculated for Rose was 12 to 18 months. Prosecutors want U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice to put Rose behind bars for that length of time because he “violated the trust that those whom he guarded and the public had placed in him.”

Rose pleaded guilty by bill of information in February to attempted extortion under color of official right. He was accused of providing multiple cell phones to inmates to conduct heroin trafficking in exchange for money.

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The statutory sentencing range for the charge is from zero to 20 years and fines of up to $250,000.

“He undermined the reason that most of those individuals were in his custody — to prevent their further criminal activity and to protect the public from their illegal conduct,” assistant U.S. attorney Brent Tabacchi wrote. “His actions contributed to the public’s ever-eroding faith in the ability of government employees to perform their jobs honestly, expeditiously, and without self-interest.”

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An affidavit written by Frederick Zollers, a member of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and a task force member, alleged that Rose, who started working at the Montgomery County Jail in April 2016, provided a cell phone to an inmate in exchange for $5,000 cash.

That federal inmate, according to Zollers, used the telephone to conduct drug transactions while incarcerated. “Imposition of a significant sentence in this case will force the next public employee to reconsider his or her potential misconduct,” Tabacchi wrote.

Murderer sent to prison for April 2016 fatal shooting

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 9:23 AM

Dshawn Lynch

DAYTON — The man convicted on charges related to the murder of a 48-year-old veteran has been sent to prison.  

  • The victim, Thomas Johnson, was shot at a Speedway in Trotwood
  • Johnson was dropped off at the VA Medical Center on West Third Street in Dayton and was pronounced dead from his injuries
  • Dshawn Lynch was found guilty of murder on May 9 on charges related to Johnson's death.

UPDATE @ 11 a.m.

Dshawn Lynch was sentenced to serve 18 years to life in prison this morning in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

Lynch was convicted of murder for the April 2016 shooting death of Thomas Johnson.


Johnson died from a gunshot wound to the right arm/chest area, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.  The coroner’s office said Johnson was wounded at 2001 Shiloh Springs Road in Trotwood, which is the location of a Speedway gas station.  

Johnson was dropped off at the VA Medical Center on West Third Street in Dayton and was pronounced dead from his injuries.  

Johnson’s death has been ruled a homicide.

Murder trial for accused K-9 Club shooter begins

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 8:25 AM

The murder trial for the man accused of killing another man outside the K-9 Club, 5100 Germantown Pike, last March is expected to begin with opening statements this morning.

Dale Glenn, 31, is charged with three counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault and two counts of having weapon under disability.

Glenn is accused of killing Michael Mays-Belton outside the club following an argument between the two on Mar. 9.

Glenn was removed from the club during the argument and when Mays-Belton left the Jefferson Twp. club, Glenn was said to have shot him, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors said Glenn then fled the scene in a vehicle.