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.

Motorcyclist walks away from 90 mph head-on crash with SUV

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 9:59 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 9:59 AM

            Motorcyclist walks away from 90 mph head-on crash with SUV

Witnesses said a speeding motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet when he slammed into an SUV on Monday night, causing him to be thrown at least 20 feet before he got up, got into a waiting car and went to an Ohio hospital with minor injuries, police in Dayton said.

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"Miraculously, witnesses said he got up, walked to a car that had stopped to see if he was OK, and (then) that vehicle transported him to Good Samaritan Hospital," Sgt. Ryan Halburnt said.

The motorcyclist was treated for minor injuries and was expected to be released Tuesday. The slight injuries were a result of "good luck -- and some people say miracles happen," Halburnt said.

The driver of the SUV was a shaken up, "but everybody's going home in one piece," he said.

The crash, reported around 9:40 p.m. in the 1800 block of North Gettysburg Avenue, caused police to shut down the road from Cornell Drive to North James H. McGee Boulevard.

According to a preliminary investigation, witnesses told police the motorcycle was headed north on Gettysburg Avenue when it went left of center and into the path of the SUV. Investigators estimated the motorcyclist was traveling at a minimum of 90 mph on impact.

The debris field left by the crash was so large that police officers used the rooftops of several nearby buildings to search for victims. The motorcyclist's keys and wallet were found approximately 100 feet from where the collision occurred.

Authorities do not believe alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash.

Police said the motorcyclist, who was not identified, will likely be cited for failure to control his vehicle, speeding and reckless operation of a vehicle. The charges will be determined by police department traffic accident investigators.

Authorities continue to investigate.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

California officer killed by gang member while responding to traffic accident, police say

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 3:44 PM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 3:44 PM

            California officer killed by gang member while responding to traffic accident, police say

Two police officers who responded to a report of a traffic accident in California on Monday morning were shot, one fatally, and a known gang member was injured, according to authorities.

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The gang member, who was not identified, was injured after he shot a semi-automatic gun at Whittier police officers and they returned fire, The Los Angeles Times reported.

The shooting was reported around 8 a.m. after authorities were called to a three-car collision, the Whittier Daily News reported. The shooting happened near the intersection of Mar Vista Street and Colima Road, deputies said.

Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. John Corina told reporters that the gunman was driving a stolen vehicle when he collided with two other vehicles on Colima Road. Authorities said the man opened fire on officers as they were approaching the scene of the crash.

The officers returned fire and struck the man at least once, deputies said.

Emergency officials took the injured police officers and the injured gunman to a pair of hospitals for treatment, where one of the officers died, the Daily News reported. Police did not immediately identify the slain officer or any of the other people involved in the incident.

"It's extremely tragic," Corina told The Associated Press. "You just never know when officers respond to a call what they are going to run into."

Both the gunman and the wounded officer were in stable condition Monday afternoon, the Times reported. The other people involved in the accident that sparked police response were not injured, according to the AP.

About 130 sworn officers make up the force of the Whittier Police Department, according to the Times. The department is tasked with policing Whittier and Santa Fe Springs in southeastern Los Angeles County.

Autopsy set for man shot, killed by citizen as he struggled with police officer

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 3:53 PM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 9:52 PM

UPDATE @ 9:22 p.m.: An autopsy is to be performed Tuesday on a man shot and killed by a citizen as he struggled with an Indiana Conservation Officer near Rising Sun, Ind. 

Indiana State Patrol officials are not releasing the name of the woman who fired the shot that hit 32-year-old Justin Holland, of Moores Hill, Ind., in his torso. He died at Dearborn County Hospital not long after he was taken there by medic unit. 

The autopsy is to determine cause of death, according to a statement issued through the ISP-Versailles District 42, Versailles, Ind. The statement was attributed to Sgt. Stephen Wheeles. 

The woman lives near where the altercation between Holland and the conservation officer was occurring shortly after 12:30 p.m. in the 8300 block of state Route 56, west of Rising Sun. 

The officer, whose name is not being released, was dispatched on a suspicious person. At some point during their interaction, Holland began to resist the officer. 

According to ISP's preliminary investigation, the woman went to help the officer "who was being overtaken by Holland." She fired a personally owned firearm once. 

The conservation officer suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the county hospital as well, according to ISP. 

ISP officials said the names of the woman and the officer will not be released, pending the outcome of the investigation. She is not in custody, according to ISP.

Rising Sun is approximately 80 miles southwest of Dayton.


A man was shot and reportedly killed by a citizen coming to the aid of a law enforcement officer during a traffic stop in Ohio County, Indiana today, according to our CBS affiliate WKRC in Cincinnati.

According to WKRC, an incident took place on Indiana Route 56 after a conservation officer had responded to a call about a suspicious person.

Indiana State Police said a conservation officer pulled over the suspect and while trying to arrest the suspect, the individual began fighting with the officer.

A citizen nearby pulled out his personal weapon and fired at the suspect, according to ISP.

Our CBS affiliate WKRC reported the suspect that was wounded by the gunfire died from his injuries, however ISP could not confirm that information.

We’re working to learn more on this developing story.

Former Bengal arrested for assault, public indecency

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 4:15 PM

Former Bengal arrested for assault, public indecency

A former University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Bengals player is in the Butler County jail facing several charges for an incident Sunday.

Jerome Kyle “J.K.” Schaffer, 26, was taken into about 10:15 a.m. at a church in Chapel Road in Morgan Twp., according to the sheriff’s office. He is charged with assault, breaking and entering and public indecency, according to jail records.

Deputies were called out to the 3400 block of Chapel after Schaffer allegedly assaulted a man then fled, according to the sheriff’ office. They then got a call from a church where Schaffer was allegedly trying to break into a car and was taking his clothes off.

Schaffer was arrested without incident, but when he was taken to the jail, “he uncooperative and in a very agitated state and appeared to be under the influence of some type of drug,” said Chief Deputy Anthony Dwyer.

On Monday, Schaffer remained housed in the jail. His case will be heard in Butler County Area I Court in Oxford, but a court date has not yet been set.

Schaffer played football for La Salle High School and UC. He signed on as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012, but was released from the practice squad; he was picked up by the Bengals and signed to the practice squad that November. He was added to the roster in Sept. 2013, then waived in Aug. 2014, according to WCPO, our media partners.