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Published: Wednesday, July 05, 2017 @ 5:48 PM
A 14-year-old Carroll High School student was killed early Wednesday when a bullet from a dispute in front of her Dayton house went through a window and struck her in the chest.
Dayton Police said Mackenna Kronenberger was “an innocent bystander” to the shooting that occurred around 1 a.m. Wednesday on Morse Avenue in the Belmont neighborhood.
“There were two groups of subjects that were fighting, and apparently shots were fired,” said Dayton police Lt. Gregg Gaby. “The people who think the way to solve a feud is through gun violence … that’s got to stop.”
Police arrested Dylan Angel, 18, and Jason Tidwell, 18, at the site of the shooting. Jail records show Angel was arrested on suspicion of murder, while Tidwell’s jail record lists tampering with evidence and having weapons under disability.
Gaby confirmed a family relationship between some of the parties, and multiple social media accounts list Tidwell as Mackenna’s brother. Those same social media accounts show Angel and Tidwell had been friends, but Gaby said they were on opposite sides of this disturbance, citing a feud between groups. Angel attended Chaminade-Julienne High School, where he played football, but school officials say he withdrew in January.
Mackenna’s death is the latest in an ugly trend: On March 12, an innocent bystander was killed by a bullet on Huffman Avenue after a bar fight; on April 17 a woman was injured in her Germantown Street kitchen when shots were fired outside; and back in September 2016, an innocent Kettering teen was killed after his friends argued with another group.
Mackenna had just finished her freshman year at Carroll High School. Carroll Principal Matt Sableski called the shooting a “truly awful” event, saying Kronenberger was “a nice kid” who had attended grade school at Eastmont, a Dayton Public School that backs up to the Carroll campus. He said Mackenna “will be missed dearly” by everyone at Carroll.
Dr. Christina O’Malley, the mentor for McKenna and others in her smaller “student family,” called Mackenna “a very joyful, positive person who contributed greatly to the community.”
At 1 a.m. Wednesday, a sobbing 911 caller told dispatchers that someone had been shot, as multiple people were crying and yelling in the background. Later Wednesday, an apparent bullet hole was visible in the front window that neighbors say was Mackenna’s bedroom.
Neighbor Cheyenne Morningstar says she has known Mackenna since she was a baby, describing her as sweet and shy.
“It’s too young, it’s really too young,” she said.
Gaby said it is possible more people could be charged, or that Angel and Tidwell could face other charges. Montgomery County Court records show Tidwell was also convicted June 20 of having weapons under disability in connection with a March 12 arrest. Charges of using weapons while intoxicated and criminal trespass were dismissed, and he was sentenced to five years of probation.
Tidwell has posted social media pictures of himself with a gun in his waistband multiple times in the past year, once writing, “in case some **** go down, I gotta keep my rocket.”
Gaby said the neighborhood in question – two blocks from the Belmont Business District on Watervliet Avenue – is usually “fairly peaceful.”
Mike Campbell contributed to this report.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 10:17 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 4:42 PM
LEBANON — UPDATED @ 4:30 p.m
Warren County Judge Joe Kirby ordered a 14-year-old Hamilton Twp. boy to remain in custody and undergo an assessment following a hearing Tuesday. The boy is accused of inducing panic, making false alarms and intimidation of a witness after a Snapchat of him holding a realistic toy gun to a friend’s head left other students worried he would bring a gun to school at Little Miami High School.
A Lebanon High School student will remain in the Warren County Detention Center for assessment in a school threat case.
This afternoon, Judge Joe Kirby flashed a newspaper headline reporting that more than 400 people had been shot in 200 school shootings before issuing the order to the boy, 17, of Turtlecreek Twp., who has already served four days in detention since he surrendered to authorities on Friday.
He is charged with inducing panic by texting, “THAT’S IT IM GONNA SHOOT UP A SCHOOL I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE” to friends on Feb. 15.
This case stems from an incident reported on Friday night by Lebanon City Schools involving a student threatening a student in another district using social media.
Another juvenile who attended Little Miami High School is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. hearing on charges including inducing panic and intimidation of a witness in the court in Lebanon, according to court officials.
“You could not not pick a worse offense,” Kirby said, noting the text was sent the day after the school shooting sin Parkland, Fla.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 12:19 PM
DAYTON — A sneaky new scam involving tax refunds is growing, and it means you need to keep a close eye on your bank account.
There are several variations of the scam: unexpected refund deposits to your bank account using compromised bank routing information, suspicious paper checks coming in the mail and, in one case reported in Maryland, it appeared a fraudulent refund check had been deposited using a smartphone.
According to the IRS, the victim will then receive a call or recorded message saying they need to return the funds to a collection agency-which is actually the scam account.
If you pay the scammers, you will get a double whammy hit to your bank account when the IRS or your bank realize that the deposit was bogus and withdraws the funds.
The number of victims jumped from a few hundred to a few thousand in just days, after more tax practitioner data breaches, according to the IRS.
The IRS has these recommendations to avoid getting scammed:
If you notice a suspicious deposit, contact your bank to have the money returned to the IRS and call the IRS at 800-829-1040.
If you receive a paper check, write “void” in the endorsement field on the back and return it to the location printed on the check.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:12 PM
The names of the two men found shot to death Monday in a Harrison Twp. car dealership have been released, but their autopsies are still pending.
The men, reportedly friends, were officially identified Tuesday as Buck-I Auto Sales owner Frank D. Buck, 71, and Lester Golson, 59, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
Deputies said they do not believe anyone else was involved in the shooting deaths, but declined to provide many additional details.
Buck’s daughter, who said Tuesday that funeral services are pending, expressed love for her father and compassion for the Golson family.
“My father was a loving man would do anything in the world for just about anybody, he was loved by a lot he was always smiling, laughing, and joking around,” said Candace Buck. “My condolences are with the Golson family during this very hard time.”
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Candace Buck said Golson was a family friend who had purchased vehicles at the business before.
A woman who tried to get into the business Monday and saw one man point a gun at another then called 911 to report that she saw people get into a “tussle” before she heard three gunshots.
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In the sometimes frantic 6-minute call at 1:22 p.m., the woman said, “I was trying to get to my car and get to the phone to call the police then I heard gunshots.”
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office incident report listed the call as a homicide with an investigation pending. Other than that, it gave few clues as to detective’s theories.
The report’s narrative read: “On Monday, February 1, 2018, Deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to 2801 North Dixie Drive in Harrison Township in reference to a shooting.”
Deputies had not commented on the relationship between Buck and Golson. Neither had felony records in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.
Kyle Phillips of Huber Heights watched Monday as police worked the scene. He said he shopped for a car at the dealership several years ago.
Phillips said word of two deaths was “crazy” but that gunfire in the Northridge area — where he used to live — was not surprising to him.
The sheriff’s office said people in the North Dixie area shouldn’t worry about suspects.
“I don’t believe that there’s anybody that we need to worry about right now,” Capt. Jeremy Roy said. “We think it was contained right here.”
Police have not released how many weapons were found at the scene or if the bullets found in the deceased’s bodies match the weapon or weapons found.
Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rob Streck said Tuesday there was no new information available and that detectives are chasing down leads.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 4:42 PM
A group formed to examine claims of prisoner mistreatment in the Montgomery County Jail — where two inmates died in the past month — selected a consulting firm Tuesday to study operations there.
Immediately after that, though, the committee approved an additional consultant to help the first one.
When the team from CGL Companies’ regional office in Lexington, Ky., arrived to talk with the committee, the three men and one woman who would be conducting research with inmates at the jail were all white.
Though it added more time to the process, the jail committee and company agreed to bring a local diversity consultant into the process. During a jail committee meeting Tuesday, Mary Tyler of the National Conference for Community and Justice of Greater Dayton was approved to join the team conducting interviews inside the jail that books in about 26,000 inmates a year.
“The feeling was for the actual face-to-face contact with jail inmates that there should be some diversity represented,” said Rabbi Bernard Barsky, co-chair of the committee. “It’s important to encourage honest and comfortable responses from the inmates. A diversity consultant has been trained to deal with people from various ethnic and racial backgrounds so they don’t get the impression that this is another part of the ‘system,’ that this is somebody who can relate to them in a respectful way and hear them.”
Montgomery County Commissioners are expected to approve the contract at the earliest in mid-March.
The two most recent deaths include William Devoe, 37, who jailers said died from an apparent suicide attempt on Feb. 8, and Dillon Abplanalp, 28, who was found unresponsive in a cell Jan. 22. Final autopsy reports are pending on both deaths. Their deaths bring to seven the number of inmates who have died in the jail or in a hospital shortly after being removed from the jail, according to Daily News records.
The Rev. David Fox, a member of the Justice Advisory Committee, said the consultants’ work will need to help provide the group with solid data to tease out how bias and other factors that influence the treatment of inmates.
“We got to this place is because of allegations of abuse, and we can’t get away from that,” he said. “It’s our job to establish whether or not we’re going to have a jail that is safe and secure for the people who go into the jail. Right now the public thinks no.”
Fox said some in the community – particularly those in west Dayton – will be ready to dismiss the committee’s work due recent setbacks, including leadership changes in Dayton Public Schools and the unexpected loss of Good Samaritan Hospital.
Four lawsuits related to the county jail have been settled while another six are pending, including one involving Robert Richardson, who died May 19, 2012. That lawsuit alleges jail employees handcuffed and subdued Richardson on his stomach outside a cell door while he was having a medical emergency.
CGL Companies’ office in Lexington was picked by the committee to help the 10 members come up with recommendations to the Montgomery County Commission to prevent the kind of lawsuits that have cost the county more than $1 million in legal fees and settlements in recent months.
Based in Miami, CGL provides strategic planning and facility development for corrections facilities as well as physical maintenance of court facilities and prison campuses, according to the company’s website.