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Wife of foster father accused in child’s death now in custody

Published: Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 6:05 PM


            Shureka Weaver
Shureka Weaver

UPDATE @ 4:07 p.m. (Nov. 2): Arraignment for Shureka Weaver, who was booked in at the Montgomery County Jail this morning, has been moved up to Thursday, according to online jail records.

Dayton police arrested Weaver, who had been sought on a warrant triggered by a grand jury indictment, about 8:44 a.m. at police headquarters in downtown Dayton. She is being detained on no bond on one count of child endangering.

UPDATE @ 9:11 p.m. (Nov. 1): Shureka Weaver, wife of the former Dayton pastor accused of murder and other felonies in the death of their 2-year-old foster son, has been indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury in connection with the case.

The grand jury empaneled for the September term returned a true bill on one count of felony endangering children (parent causing serious harm).

Shureka Weaver, 39, is to be arraigned Nov. 15.

She was not in custody Tuesday night, according to the arraignment schedule released Tuesday and a check of Montgomery County Jail online records.

Torace Weaver, in the county jail on $1 million bail, is due in court Dec. 5. He has been charged with murder and other felonies in Stanley Thomas’s death in November 2015.

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A Jan. 9, 2017, trial date is set for Torace Weaver. He was Stanley Thomas’s foster father but he and his wife had not adopted the boy, Kevin Lavoie, Montgomery County Children Services, confirmed in late August 2016 when Torace Weaver was arrested by U.S. Marshals.

There were no other fosters in the home, Lavoie said, noting the Weavers received their licensure to become foster parents in August 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 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 told authorities the child had fallen from a table at the church.

Three arrested in violent Georgia Tech protests after police shoot student

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 2:44 PM

Vigil For Georgia Tech Student Turns Violent

Anger over the police shooting of a Pride Alliance leader at Georgia Tech turned violent Monday night, as protesters set a campus police car ablaze following a candlelight vigil.

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Two police officers received minor injuries, Tech spokesman Lance Wallace said. One was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, treated and released, he said.

Three people were arrested and were identified by Tech authorities as Vincent Castillenti, Jacob Wilson and Cassandra Monden. It was not immediately clear if they were students at the university.

Wilson was charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault against a police officer, and three misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass.

Monden — who was identified as Andrew Xavier Monden by the Fulton County Sheriff’s office — was charged with a felony count of interference with government property and inciting to rioting, which is a misdemeanor.

Castillenti was charged with felonies including aggravated assault on an officer and willful obstruction of an officer by use of threats or violence.

(from left) Jacob David Wilson, Andrew Xavier Monden and Vincent Castillenti were arrested and charged for participating in a protest at Georgia Tech that left two campus officers injured and a police vehicle burned.(Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)

The three are expected in court for first appearance hearings Wednesday morning.

The parents of Scout Schultz — who had appeared earlier in the day with their attorney to question the deadly shooting — released a statement Monday night calling for calm.

“We ask that those who wish to protest Scout's death do so peacefully. Answering violence with violence is not the answer. Our goal is to work diligently to make positive change at Georgia Tech in an effort to ensure a safer campus for all students,” they said.

“This is how we will truly honor Scout's life and legacy.”

Students planned to set up tables across campus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday for “campus members to write letters and on posters to show support for Scout's family and friends (as tonights vigil was interrupted) as well as GTPD,” according to a Facebook post.

The evening began with a peaceful vigil to remember Scout Schultz, a 21-year-old engineering student from Lilburn. Schultz was gunned down by campus police late Saturday night. The GBI is investigating.

But about 50 students left the vigil and began to march toward the Tech police headquarters at Hemphill Avenue and Ferst Drive.

At 9:28 p.m., Georgia Tech tweeted that students should “shelter in place” due to “violent protests on campus.” Officers from the Atlanta Police and nearby Georgia State University were called in to to assist Georgia Tech police.

Chad Miller, a Tech alumnus taking part in the march, said he thought tear gas had been deployed. Miller told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he was right behind the police car when it erupted into flames.

“All I heard was metal hitting metal,” Miller said. “I’m guessing it was fireworks, there were some pretty powerful ones.”

“I was marching with them until they got in front of the police station and then all hell broke loose.”

Miller said he saw one man who may have been a police officer throwing up and coughing.

Friends embrace on Monday, September 18, 2017, during a vigil in memory of Scout Schultz, a student and leader in the LGBTQIA community at Georgia Tech. The vigil was held at the Kessler Campanile at Georgia Tech in Atlanta after Scout Schultz was killed during an encounter with campus police. Pride Alliance and Progressive Student Alliance hosted the vigil.(Rebecca Breyer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Schultz was shot and killed after a confrontation with Georgia Tech campus police late Saturday night. Police have said Schultz had a knife and refused commands to stop.

But Chris Stewart, a lawyer for the family, said Schultz was carrying a small utility tool and the blade wasn’t out. 

Schultz’s parents have questioned why police didn’t use non-lethal force.

The GBI said Monday Schultz had left behind three suicide notes and called 911.

“Why did you have to shoot?” Scout’s father, Bill Schultz, asked at a news conference Monday. “That’s the only question that matters right now.”

Schultz was the head of the Georgia Pride Alliance, which had helped organize Monday night’s vigil. The group advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual individuals.

Warren County couple being held on bond in woman’s slaying

Published: Monday, September 18, 2017 @ 5:29 PM
Updated: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 12:33 PM


            Christopher G. Kirby, left, and Jacqueline R. Kirby
Christopher G. Kirby, left, and Jacqueline R. Kirby

A Warren County couple has been arraigned in connection with the killing of a South Lebanon woman on Friday.

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Bond for Christopher G. Kirby, 38, and Jaqueline R. Kirby, 30, was set at $250,000 during hearings Tuesday in Warren County Court.

They are both charged with murder, attempted murder and two counts of aggravated robbery.

The deceased was identified on Monday as Deborah Power, 63, of South Lebanon.

Power apparently died of blunt force trauma, but tests are pending, according to Doyle Burke, chief investigator for the Warren County Coroner’s Office.

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About 11 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15, deputies responded to a 911 call of a person in need at 59 W. Broadway in South Lebanon. The Kirbys both lived at this residence.

MORE: Murder trial delayed due to defense lawyer problem

After “rendering aid” to a unidentified man who lives there, deputies found the body of Power, who also lived there.

The unidentified male victim is still in critical condition and being treated at a local hospital, according to a press release issued Monday by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

The Kirbys are scheduled to return to the county court at 3 p.m., Friday.

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Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact the sheriff’s office at 513-695-2525.

Juveniles captured after collision with police, shooting at officer, officials say

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 9:15 AM

Juveniles Arrested After Collision With Police & Shooting At Officer, Officials Say

Two juveniles were arrested after allegedly stealing a vehicle, crashing into a Jonesboro police officer’s car and later firing shots at that officer.

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When the officer spotted the juveniles in the vehicle on Sunday, the duo tried to evade arrest and ended up in a head-on collision with the officer, the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The juveniles then got out of the vehicle, started running and fired shots at the officer who was chasing them, authorities said.

At some point, Jonesboro police lost track of the two boys and had to use tracking dogs to pick up their scents.

The dogs led officers to a warehouse where the juveniles were found hiding in the back of a box truck, the sheriff’s office said.

Both juveniles were taken into custody, and officers searching the woods later found the firearm they suspect was used in the incident.

The Jonesboro officer involved in the incident was not injured.

Strip club fatal shooting suspect arraigned in court

Published: Friday, September 08, 2017 @ 12:00 AM
Updated: Friday, September 15, 2017 @ 3:14 PM

Demetrius Williams
Demetrius Williams

UPDATE @ 11:08 a.m. (Sept. 19):

Demetrius Williams was arraigned in common pleas court this morning on murder charges connected to the shooting death of Pierre Jackson outside Plush Gentleman’s Club in Harrison Twp.

A judge set his bond at $1 million and a not guilty plea was entered by the court on his behalf.

RELATED: Person shot near gentlemen’s club

He’s due back in court on Oct. 5.

UPDATE @ 3:15 p.m. (Sept. 15)

Demetrius Williams, 40, has been indicted on counts of murder (two counts), felonious assault (four counts); and weapons under disability, in connection to the shooting death of Pierre Jackson, 20, of Cincinnati, outside Plush  Gentleman’s Club in Harrison Twp. 

UPDATE @ 4:16 p.m. (Sept. 11)

Two counts of murder have been approved against a man accused in a shooting death outside a strip club. 

Demetrius Williams, 40, faces as well, four counts felonious assault and one count weapons under disability.

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A man initially arrested in connection with last weekend’s homicide at Plush Gentleman’s Club in Harrison Twp. has returned to Montgomery County Jail.

Demetrius Williams, 40, pleaded not guilty Friday morning in Vandalia Municipal Court and had his bond set at $100,000 with electronic monitoring if he posts bail, according to court staff.

Williams was ordered to provide a DNA sample and had a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 14.

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Williams was arrested by Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies at 11:40 p.m. Thursday and booked in the Montgomery County Jail at 12:13 a.m. Friday, according to online records.

Williams faces a charge of having weapons while under disability, “for now,” according to Vandalia Municipal Court staff.

Pierre Jackson, 20, of Cincinnati, was shot and killed and a second victim, only identified by deputies as a 38-year-old man from Cincinnati, was transported to a local hospital and is listed in stable condition, according to investigators.

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A complaint, affidavit and statement of facts written by a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office detective indicated a security officer at Plush told police he saw a bearded man wearing a white T-shirt with a firearm in his hand.

The security officer told police that the man threw the handgun at him when he attempted to detain the suspect. The security officer said he secured the handgun and detained Williams until deputies arrived.

Williams previously was federally convicted of possession of a firearm in drug trafficking and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Williams was released on bond on a case in Cincinnati federal court for revocation of supervised release.

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The sheriff’s office initially arrested Williams on charges of having weapons under disability and felonious assault. He was moved from jail before his federal hearing.

In the 2007 federal case, Williams was originally sentenced to two consecutive 5-year sentences. As part of a superseding bill of information plea deal, dismissed counts included unlawful transport of firearms, other drug trafficking and weapons charges, according to court records.

A criminal complaint indicated that on Sept. 5, 2007, Williams was caught with less than six grams of drugs and a gun during an undercover buying operation. Federal court records said Williams had two previous state drug cases that led to a year in prison.

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In a sentencing memorandum in the 2007 federal case, his attorney wrote that Williams’ “exposure to illicit drug transactions began, tragically, during childhood in his own home,” attorney Raymond Katz wrote, adding that adults in the home forced or encouraged Williams to sell drugs and give them the proceeds.

Williams’ case was considered for a possible reduction in sentence due to the April 2016 ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in Johnson v. United States, which addressed so-called career criminals. Williams was released last summer, according to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons website.