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Warren County man charged with misdemeanor in 1-year-old’s injury

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 5:56 PM

A Warren County man who told investigators he stepped on the head of a 1-year-old girl he was giving a bath has been indicted on a misdemeanor child endangering charge.

Tyler Ward, 22, will now face only the misdemeanor charge, reported in a list of new cases released Monday by the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office.

The infant apparently suffered head injuries in the incident on Feb. 14 at a duplex in Morrow, according to court records.

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The baby quickly recovered, weakening prosecutors’ ability to prove “serious physical harm,” a necessary element of the felonious assault charge, Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said Monday.

“I would much rather have a child with injuries that are temporary and not life-threatening - resulting in a misdemeanor charge against a defendant - than I would to have a child with life-threatening or lifelong injuries - resulting in a more significant felony charge against a defendant,” Fornshell added.

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Ward was initially charged with felonious assault, as well as child endangering.

Now he will only face the misdemeanor charge in Warren County Court, rather than be arraigned and prosecuted on a felony in the common pleas court.

He remained in the county jail Monday on $250,000 bond.

Morrow police and the Salem Twp. Fire Department were dispatched at 3:22 p.m. on Feb 14 to a duplex on Second Street in Morrow about an infant that had stopped, but resumed, breathing.

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Ward told a 911 operator the 1-year-old was in the tub for 30 seconds. He led emergency workers into the duplex where they found the mother holding the infant, throwing up a clear liquid, on the bed.

A hospital examination showed the child had head injuries indicating she had been assaulted. On Monday, Fornshell said he understood the grand jury’s decision to opt for the misdemeanor charge.

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.

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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.

EARLIER

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.