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.”


Off-duty cop stops road rage incident with shots fired

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 11:20 AM

Off-duty cop stops road rage incident with shots fired

An off-duty officer came to rescue of a family being shot at while driving in Huber Heights.

Douglas Motter, 42, is in Montgomery County Jail on five counts of felonious assault in connection to this incident.

The road rage incident happened Sunday afternoon in the area of Brandt Pike and Kitridge Road, said Sgt. Charles Taylor of Huber Heights police. 

Motter allegedly was upset that a motorist was swerving in and out of lanes, and reportedly started firing gunshots at the vehicle. 

The alleged victim’s vehicle was driven by an adult male and also inside were three children, ranging in age from three years to 16 years, Taylor said.

The vehicle was hit by bullets but no one was injured. The two vehicles both stopped and started a verbal argument, according to Taylor. 

That’s when an off-duty cop from Dayton police spotted the gunfire and fight and pulled over. That officer got Motter into handcuffs before Huber Heights police arrived on scene. 

Springboro school bomb threat case dismissed

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 11:01 AM

            Springboro school bomb threat case dismissed

A judge dismissed a juvenile court case this morning against a 12-year-old special education student at Springboro Junior High School charged with making a false bomb threat at the school in January.

This stems from a Jan. 13 incident reported on for the first time today.

A 12-year-old charged in a Feb. 2 incident at the junior high, however, remains on house arrest.

These two cases and incidents sparking evacuation of South Lebanon Elementary School on consecutive days this year follow a series last year at schools in Springboro, Lebanon and Waynesville.

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Judge J0e Kirby dismissed the January case this morning after prosecutors and defense agreed to accept the finding of a competency report completed on Feb. 21.

“Neither party submits additional evidence,” Kirby said in a ruling today. “The child is presently incapable of understanding the nature and objective of proceedings.”


Kirby also ended GPS monitoring under which the boy had been allowed to be released from detention on house arrest since Jan. 17, four days after he was ordered to be held in the detention center.

The boy was held in detention on a making false alarms charge filed after he told his special education teacher he “had a bomb in his bag and threw the bag on the floor. This was overheard by another student and circulated to other teachers,” according to court records.

2-year-old found licking bong inside running vehicle, police say

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

            2-year-old found licking bong inside running vehicle, police say

A Texas woman faces a felony child endangerment charge after a 2-year-old boy was found alone in her vehicle, licking a bong used to smoke marijuana, police said.

Teliscia Davis, 24, of Houston, was arrested Friday, according to the Houston Chronicle.

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The Chronicle reported that the boy was found sitting in the front seat of Davis’ car, which was running with the windows down. Deputy constables found him licking the glass smoking device.

Authorities said that Davis, whose relationship to the boy was not immediately clear, did not take him for treatment after he was found licking the device.

Davis was booked in the Harris County Jail, but was released on $2,000 bond Saturday, the Chronicle said. She is due in court Monday. 

Her criminal history includes charges of assault and making terroristic threats, the newspaper reported. 

Hamilton police nab suspect accused of stealing Fairfield Twp. cruiser

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 1:10 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 8:47 PM

Hamilton police nab suspect accused of stealing Fairfield Twp. cruiser

A man who police say took televisions from a store, then stole a Fairfield Twp. police cruiser and fled to Hamilton before ditching the car and robbing a man on the street has been arrested.

Hamilton police reported on its Twitter account Sunday that 37-year-old Kevin Gabbard had been arrested.

The suspect was spotted by citizens in the parking lot of the Bridgewater Falls Target store at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday loading stolen televisions into a white van, according to Fairfield Twp. police.

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Officer Roger Gilbert was on patrol on Ohio 4 when he saw a vehicle matching the description of the van, said Fairfield Police Chief Matt Fruchey. When Gilbert stopped the van at Fairway Drive near Waldon Ponds, driver Shauna Maria Maco remained in the vehicle, but the passenger, Gabbard, fled.

The officer gave chase around a house and Gabbard doubled back, jumped in the cruiser and took off, according to police.

Gabbard drove the cruiser to Hamilton where he ditched it on Central Avenue near Hanover Street and robbed a person outside a barber shop, Fruchey said.

Maco, 46, of Hamilton, was charged with complicity to theft, and is housed in the Butler County Jail.

Fruchey said the cruiser was not damaged and the incident remains under investigation. The stolen televisions were found in the van.

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones also made note of the arrest, with his tweet: “Good job Hamilton PD.”