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Trial date set for woman accused in Valentine’s Day shooting

Published: Thursday, May 02, 2013 @ 11:47 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 02, 2013 @ 12:17 PM

A trial date has been set for a Hamilton woman accused of shooting a man she said turned violent minutes before he was shot in the face.

Pamela Dawson, 51, is scheduled to stand trial Aug. 12 on charges of felonious assault and tampering with evidence for allegedly shooting Donald Knapp on Feb. 14 at her Campbell Avenue residence.

Assistant County Prosecutor Brad Burress said Dawson is charged with tampering for allegedly hiding the gun after the shooting.

The trial date was set today by Butler County Common Pleas Judge Keith Spaeth. Dawson remains free on bond that was posed just hours after the shooting.

Dawson told the Hamilton JournalNews shortly after the shooting that Knapp was a renter in her home and he turned violent minutes before the shooting by “manhandling” her during a trip to a pharmacy.

Defense attorney Jack Garretson said Dawson has “asserted that she is innocent of what she is charged with.”

He added the facts of the case could arguably support her position.

Knapp, 43, testified in Hamilton Municipal Court during a preliminary hearing that Dawson shot him for “no reason.”

Knapp said at the hearing there was an argument in the vehicle and Dawson “got really upset. She told me to get out of the car.”

He added that Dawson grabbed his arm and pushed him, then he grabbed her arm to get the prescription back and “she (Dawson) rolled on the ground.”

Dawson drove home and Knapp said it took him about 30 minutes to walk back to the Campbell Avenue residence.

Knapp said Dawson told him to get out of the house, so he went to the basement to retrieve a pair of overalls and his girlfriend’s purse.

“She said I wasn’t moving fast enough,” Knapp said, adding he was more than willing to leave and would not have gone back into the house if he had known Dawson had a gun.

Dawson told the JournalNews she just meant to scare Knapp and she thought the first chamber of the gun was empty. She said she suffered injuries when Knapp locked her out of her vehicle, threw her to the ground and assaulted her.

She faces two to eight years in prison if convicted of the charges against her.

Jury selection begins in murder retrial in Warren County

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 9:35 AM

            Jury selection began this morning in the second trial of Freddie Green, 43, of Lebanon, charged in the case stemming from the shooting death of his father, Sidney Green, 64, on Dec. 2.
Jury selection began this morning in the second trial of Freddie Green, 43, of Lebanon, charged in the case stemming from the shooting death of his father, Sidney Green, 64, on Dec. 2.

Jury selection began this morning in the second trial of a Lebanon man charged with murdering his father last December.

Freddie Green, 43, of Lebanon is charged in the case stemming from the shooting death of Sidney Green, 64, on Dec. 2.

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Last Monday, Warren County prosecutors dropped two of four charges pending against Green, but he still faces counts of murder and felonious assault.

The trial is again scheduled for four days in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

Taking the stand on July 25, Green admitted he drove to Dayton for heroin during four hours he waited before calling 911.

But Green, who turned 43 on Oct. 2, maintained that he acted in self defense after taking away his father’s 9mm handgun in a bedroom of a rented duplex they shared in Lebanon.

The first trial began in a mistrial on July 27 in Warren County Common Pleas Court, when the jury was unable to reach a verdict after 15 hours of deliberation.

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Green’s lawyer, Jeff Richards, called for a bond reduction, but Green remained in the Warren County Jail on $100,000 bond.

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During the first trial, Green testified he meant to shoot his father in the shoulder.

There were no other witnesses to the fatal shooting.

Sidney Green died from a single gunshot wound in the back of the head, fired from two to three feet away, according to evidence presented during the first trial.

He was one of six victims of deadly domestic violence in the last half of 2016 in Warren County. Two cases ended as homicide-suicides involving both spouses.

The other survivor, Mercedes Robb, 35, of Turtlecreek Twp. is serving 25 years to life in prison for murdering her ex-husband in November 2016 as their children slept.

Police: NYC man stalks 8-year-old girl, 12-year-old brother

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 7:11 AM

School buses in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn.
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School buses in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn.(Adam Lerner Photography Inc#125883/Flickr Vision)

New York City police are searching for a man who has been stalking an 8-year-old girl and her 12-year-old brother in Brooklyn, WPIX reported.

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The man allegedly left a note in the family’s mailbox, which read “Watch out. I am watching you!! Your daughter is cute.”

The alleged stalker is described as a black male, bald, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and 160 pounds, police said.

On Friday morning, the girl, who was walking to her school bus stop in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn noticed a man hiding between cars and following her, police said.

The man fled when other adults were present, police said.

Friday afternoon, a similar incident occurred involving the girl’s brother, police said. According to police, the boy was about to leave the bus when the man flagged it down. He told the driver he was there to pick up the boy, but was denied because he was not on the authorized list to pick up the child, WPIX reported. 

Around 7 p.m., the 8-year-old said she saw the man on the second step of her residence, taking a photograph of the house, police said.

On Saturday morning, the boy was allegedly approached by the man. Later that day, the girl found the note in the family mailbox, WPIX reported.

Florida woman gets injured in robbery, threatens to sue homeowner

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 3:36 PM

Pasco County Sheriff's Office
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A woman in the Tampa area allegedly stole items from a home on Sunday and then threatened to sue the owner when she got hurt. 

Pasco County Sheriff deputies said Julie Upright stole 42 loading decorative blocks that were in the yard of the home, Bay News 9 reports.

The victim said the stolen blocks were worth $10 each and part of a remodeling project, according to Bay News 9. He caught Upright taking the blocks in the front yard. 

Upright told deputies that she thought the blocks were “trash” and threatened to sue the owner because she hurt her back while loading them into her car. 

Deputies took her to the local jail on charges of grand theft. 


Police: Man steals ambulance with medic, patient inside

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 3:50 PM

Jeffrey Lamar Brown

A 44-year-old Ohio man is accused of stealing an ambulance with a medic and patient on board.

Within an hour of driving off Friday evening with the Dayton Fire Department life squad, the suspect — identified by police as Jeffrey Lamar Brown — was behind bars.

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The ambulance was taken around 6:30 p.m. after medics responded to a call in a Dayton neighborhood, WHIO reported. The keys were in the ignition when the suspect made his way into the driver’s seat of the ambulance and took off, according to a Dayton police report.

Dayton police finally were able to stop the ambulance a little over a mile from where it was stolen, WHIO reported.

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Brown was arrested at 7 p.m. and booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of robbery and two counts of kidnapping, all felonies. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday, online jail records show.