WATCH: Cruiser video of pursuit in child abduction

Updated: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 @ 10:00 AM
Published: Friday, March 11, 2016 @ 6:05 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

            WATCH: Cruiser video of pursuit in child abduction
Police have released cruiser camera video of a speedy pursuit along several Dayton streets March 1 involving two suspects in the theft of an SUV with six children.

Police have released cruiser camera video of a speedy pursuit along several Dayton streets March 1 involving two suspects in the theft of an SUV with six children inside.

Here are some key details:

  • The children were left in the SUV at the AM/PM market
  • The vehicle was left running, with keys in ignition
  • The children were found safe - in the van - minutes later
  • They range in age from 18 months to 10 years old
  • Police: The adult who left the kids is likely to be charged


UPDATE @ 6 p.m. (March 11): Dayton police today released cruiser camera footage of the March 1 pursuit that led to the capture of two persons of interest in a child abduction case.

UPDATE @12:11 p.m. (March 2):

A 911 caller told dispatchers someone took a woman’s car with six children inside from the area near the AM/PM Market on Salem Avenue.

“Someone just took off in this lady’s car and her kids were in the car,” the caller said, as the victim relayed information to her.

The caller said the victim was in tears as she tried to explain to her what happened.

Daquaan Norman, 24, and Shelesa Long, 25, were arrested following a pursuit that ended on North Gettysburg that is believed to possibly be connected to the abduction case on Salem Avenue, according to officials

Police said Norman and Long were going to be questioned about the abduction incident, but have not confirmed if Norman and Long are indeed the suspects in that case.

Norman and Long were both booked on receiving stolen property charges. Norman also could face a charge of failure to comply.

UPDATE @ 11:22 p.m. (March 1): The case of the stolen SUV with six children inside is being investigated as a grand theft auto-abduction, Dayton police Lt. Mark Ponichtera said.

About 20 minutes after the SUV and children were found, Dayton officers on patrol in the area of North Gettysburg Avenue, near West Hillcrest Avenue, saw a vehicle that matched the description of one connected to the theft of the SUV.

That vehicle, a Chevy Impala, turned out to be stolen out of Montgomery County, the lieutenant said.

Police engaged in three separate pursuits of that car, deploying spiked sticks on two occasions, before stopping the car on North Gettysburg and Grafix Boulevard. All four tires were deflated.

The pursuit lasted an estimated 18 to 20 minutes, reaching speeds of 75 to 80 mph. No one was injured.

The male and female arrested will be questioned as persons of interest in the SUV theft/abduction. At the minimum, the driver will be charged with receiving stolen property and failure to comply with the order and signal of a police officer.

“We are still not certain these two individuals are involved in that crime,” Ponichtera said of the SUV theft/abduction, but police have a lot of information that leads them to consider the male and female persons of interest in the original incident.

The SUV theft/abduction “is a shining example not to leave your car running, with the keys in it, not to leave the kids in the car unattended, and that’s what in fact did happen,” the lieutenant said.

The adult who left the children in the SUV more than likely will be charged with child endangerment, he said.

The children range in age from 18 months to 10 years old.

UPDATE @ 10:45 p.m.: A pursuit stemming from the incident involving the stolen SUV with six children inside has ended with the arrest of two suspects in the area of North Gettysburg Avenue and Grafix Boulevard.

The arrests occurred about 10:30 p.m. after a speedy pursuit involving several Dayton police cruisers that lasted roughly 10 minutes.

A male and female have been taken into custody from a Chevy Impala. Its front tires have been flattened by spiked sticks police used during the pursuit.


Six children left inside an SUV stolen from the AM/PM market, in the 2300 block of Salem Avenue, have been found with the vehicle, Dayton police Lt. Mark Ponichtera said.

Police found the SUV — the children are not believed to have been harmed — parked behind an apartment complex on Fairview Avenue sometime between 9:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., Ponichtera said.

He said the thief left the vehicle and police are looking for him.

Police had been searching an area of West Fairview Avenue and Catalpa Drive for the SUV, described as green. Before they found it, they were working off information that the SUV was last seen headed south on Salem.

We will update this developing report as we get information.

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$1M bond for foster father accused in child’s death

Updated: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 @ 4:59 PM
Published: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 @ 4:41 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @ 4:23 p.m. (Aug. 30): Torace Weaver pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday where his bond was set at $1 million.

UPDATE @ 4:50 p.m. (Aug. 26): Torace D. Weaver, a Dayton pastor accused of murder, was 2-year-old Stanley Thomas’s foster father but he and his wife had not adopted the boy, Kevin Lavoie, spokesman with Montgomery County Children Services, has confirmed.

There were no other fosters in the home, Lavoie said, noting the Weavers received their licensure to become foster parents in August 2015.

“Obviously, we have an open case on them,” he said of the Weavers. Lavoie said the case was opened in November 2015, about the time of the child’s death.

Yvonne Letne, who lives across the street from King of Glory Church on Genesee Avenue in Dayton, said she knows the family well.

“I’m really shaken up; We watched each others’ properties and stuff,” Letne said.

She said she had believed the pastor’s original story that the boy suffered injuries after falling off a table.

“I knew there was more to what they were telling us,” she said, but never expected this.

“Oh that little boy, he was so sweet,” Letne said. “He played with my grand kids.”

UPDATE @ 4:07 p.m. (Aug. 26): Montgomery County prosecutor’s confirm with this newsroom that Torace Weaver has just been taken in to custody by U.S. Marshal’s in Dayton late Friday afternoon.


A Montgomery County grand jury has indicted Torace D. Weaver, 37, in the death of a 2-year-old boy in 2015.

Weaver, who is not in custody, was indicted on two counts of murder; involuntary manslaughter; two counts of endangering children; felonious assault; reckless homicide; and obstructing official business, according to court records.

Stanley Thomas, 2, died in November 2015.

The boy’s death was ruled a homicide in March 2016.

On Nov. 18, 2015, emergency first responders were called to King of Glory Church on Genesee Avenue in Dayton, where Weaver was pastor, on a report of a toddler not breathing. The child, 2-year-old Stanley Thomas, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Injuries included bruises, scars and a large burn, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

Weaver, also the child’s foster father, stated the child had fallen from a table at the church.

The Montgomery coroner said in March ruled the child’s cause of death was blunt force trauma and the death was a homicide.

Weaver is listed as a pastor at King of Glory Church, according to a sign on the edifice, but church members tell us he is no longer with the church.

According to records, Weaver currently works as an ortho-tech with Kettering Medical Center.

An arrest warrant has been issued. He is to be arraigned Sept. 8.

Florida man named Vladimir Putin arrested at Publix

Updated: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 @ 4:14 PM
Published: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 @ 1:27 PM
By: Olivia Hitchcock

            Florida man named Vladimir Putin arrested at Publix
(Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office)

A Publix Super Market manager called police last week because Vladimir Putin refused to leave the store, according to authorities in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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The 48-year-old was screaming at employees at the Publix at Rosemary Avenue and Fern Street, the manager told city police on the afternoon of Aug. 21.

City police, too, told the man to leave. Putin, who did not give police a home address, refused, saying he had missed his ride.

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Police charged Putin with trespassing after warning and resisting without violence.

Police originally listed Putin as a John Doe because he refused to give any personal information. A police report lists him as having the same name as the Russian president. 

He is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail on a $1,000 bond, according to court records.

Man armed with running chainsaw killed by deputies

Updated: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 @ 2:33 PM
Published: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 @ 12:27 PM
By: KIRO - Seattle

            Man armed with running chainsaw killed by deputies

A Washington man armed with a running chainsaw was fatally shot Tuesday by Pierce County sheriff's deputies in Graham.

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Deputies were called to 9000 block of 262nd Street East at 7:13 a.m. Tuesday by a woman who said her 36-year-old son, who had previously attacked her and her husband, was at their home and armed with a chainsaw.

According to the woman, her son refused to leave and said that deputies would have to shoot him. 

When officers arrived, they confronted the man, who refused to put down the running chainsaw.

Deputies used a stun gun on the man and he fell to the ground. He immediately got back up, and then charged at the deputies while the chainsaw was still running. Deputies then opened fire.

The Graham man was hit and fell to the ground. Deputies gave the man first aid, but he died at the scene.

Authorities did not immediately identify the family, however, police say the man had a history of assaulting his parents and has threatened to kill them.

According to his parents, the man had a history of methamphetamine abuse, a mental health diagnosis and refused to take his medications.

His mother filed for a temporary protection order, but deputies had not yet been able to locate him and serve him with the order.

It is not yet known how many deputies fired. The deputies who fired will be placed on paid administrative leave, as is standard procedure.

The investigation is ongoing.

Great-grandmother beaten, burned in her home dies weeks after attack

Updated: Monday, August 29, 2016 @ 4:29 PM
Published: Monday, August 29, 2016 @ 3:07 PM
By: Nicole Carr - WSB-TV

An elderly woman who was beaten and burned inside her Meriwether County home has died weeks after the attack, the county's coroner confirmed to WSB.

Dorothy Dow, 83, was lying in her bed when three men and a woman kicked in her back door and attacked her in early August, according to police.

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"These suspects began to demand money from Miss Dow. She pleaded with them that she didn't have any money. They began to brutally beat her,” Sheriff Chuck Smith said. 

The family said Dow’s right and left arms were broken, and she had cuts and bruises all over her face. 

The sheriff said the robbers then poured a flammable liquid on the victim and lit it.

Dow did everything she could to survive and call for help.

"She remembered she had a gallon of water she filled her breathing machine with. With those broken hands, she took that top off the gallon of water and poured it on her head to put out the flames,” said her daughter-in-law, Beth Dow. 

Dorothy Dow then managed to crawl to another room to get her cellphone and call 911.

She was in the hospital in critical condition for weeks and died Saturday afternoon.

"That part's not real. We still can't put our hands around...that she was murdered," Dow said.

Justin Pierce Grady, 38, Cortavious Deshun Heard, 18, Shanquavious Keontrell Cameron, 17, Mina Christine Ellery, 17, and Angel Latrice Harmon, 17, are all facing multiple charges in connection to the attack.

"I can't imagine being one of their mamas, and know that your child has done this," Dow said.

Police believe the motive was robbery. They say Dorothy Dow owned a blueberry farm and would pay locals cash to pick the berries. Some of the attackers were former employees.

"I would love to talk to them and ask 'Why? Why did you do this?' I do want them to be punished," Dow said.

Dow said police assured the family charges against the suspects will be upgraded if her mother-in-law died.

JUST IN: Dorothy Dow has been in the hospital since the vicious attack earlier this month.
Posted by WSB-TV on Sunday, August 28, 2016