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Wright State: 2 ID’d, charged in gunpoint dorm robbery

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 12:52 AM
Updated: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 4:15 PM

Wright State: Dorm room armed robbery not random

UPDATE @ 4:15 p.m. (Oct. 6)

Wright State University police identified two suspects — one considered “armed and dangerous” — in a Wednesday night robbery at a Hawthorn Hall dorm room.

Joshua D. Hardy, 19, of Kettering, is not a WSU student and is an acquaintance of the second identified suspect, Sean L. Walker, 20, of West Carrollton. Walker is a WSU student, police said.

The Greene County Prosecutor’s Office has issued arrest warrants for both.


Hardy and Walker face aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary charges. Hardy fled the area and is considered armed and dangerous.

Walker already is in custody at the Montgomery County Jail on unrelated charges.

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Dayton police arrested Walker late Wednesday, just hours after the robbery was reported, after he was spotted fleeing the scene of a shooting that left a 17-year-old boy in critical condition.

Walker was found in the area of Fourth Street and Wayne Avenue and arrested on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon. Dayton police said Walker is not the teen’s shooter and they are still looking for a suspect.

Anyone with information in the Wright State robbery is urged to call 937-775-2111.

UPDATE @ 11:15 a.m.

Wright State University police do not believe that an armed robbery reported on campus Wednesday night was a random crime. 

Just before 8:40 p.m., police responded to a call about an armed robbery at Hawthorn Hall at Wright State, according to a campus-wide email sent out. 

A student told police he heard a knock on his door but when he looked through the peephole he didn’t see anyone. He then opened the door, which is when, he said, the four armed men rushed in and two pointed guns at him, the student told police. 

At least one of those four men was known to some of the people in the WSU residence hall room, police chief David Finnie said. 

“We’re continuing to investigate the crime obviously and we have reason to believe this was not random,” Finnie said. “Reports to us through the victim and at least one of the witnesses is that one of the suspects is known to the victim and one of the witnesses so that’s why we believe it’s not a random thing.” 

Finnie said campus police have not yet been able to positively identify the suspects involved in the armed robbery. He’s also unsure if they are affiliated with Wright State in any way. 

After the robbery was finished, the victim waited 30 minutes to report the crime but Finnie said police believe the suspects had already fled campus at that time. 

“We’re following up on every lead that comes up to us,” Finnie said. “I’m pretty confident we’re going to be able to solve this particular crime.”


A Wright State University student reported he was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night by four armed males who invaded his dorm room.

Police responded just before 8:40 p.m. to Hawthorn Hall for an armed robbery, according to an email sent to all Wright State addresses.

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The student told police he heard a knock on his door but when he looked through the peep whole he didn’t see anyone. He then opened the door, when he said the four males rushed in and two pointed guns at him, the student told police.

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The suspects stole clothing and a gaming system before they fled, according to the campus email.

It is not clear how the suspects entered Hawthorn Hall.

Wright State police urge anyone with information to call campus police at 937-775-2111.

Justice Bill O’Neill posts sexual history on Facebook

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 12:59 PM

Justice posts on Facebook about sexual history

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill made a controversial Facebook post Friday in response to “the dogs of war calling for the head of Senator Al Franken.”

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Ohio Justice Bill O'Neill makes a controversial Facebook post in response to the news surrounding Senator Al Franken. BILL O'NEILL FACEBOOK POST

In the post made just after noon Friday, Justice Bill O’Neill, who’s planning a run at Ohio governor, gave intimate details of his sexual past. 

In the Facebook post, O’Neill states he’s speaking up on behalf of all heterosexual males.

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Bill O’Neill writes in the post, “As a candidate for Governor, let me save my opponents some research time. In the last fifty years I was sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females.”

WHIO’s Jim Otte called Justice Bill O’Neill to ask if his Facebook page had been hacked.

“I did post it and I stand by it,” O’Neill told Jim Otte in a phone conversation. 

Less than an hour later, O’Neill made edits to his Facebook post.  See below.

Justice Bill O'Neill edits his Facebook post.

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O’Neill goes on to say, “now we can get back to discussing legalizing marijuana and opening the state hospital network to combat the opioid crisis. I am sooooo disappointed by this national feeding frenzy about sexual indiscretions decades ago.”

O’Neill is already getting dozens of comments.

Facebook comments to Justice Bill O'Neill's post about his sexual past.

About an hour after news organizations broke the story regarding O’Neill’s Facebook post, his campaign communications director tweeted that he’d resigned.

“The comments made today by @BillForOhio were both disturbing and misguided. As a victim of sexual assault, I cannot in good faith remain a part of #TeamONeill,” Campaign Manager Chris Clevenger tweeted. 

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley sent a tweet just after 1 p.m. in response to O’Neill’s Facebook post.


Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor released a statement condemning O’Neill’s post.

“I condemn in no uncertain terms Justice O’Neill’s Facebook post,” the statement reads. “No words can convey my shock. This gross disrespect for women shakes the public’s confidence in the integrity of the judiciary.”

We are continuing to follow developments on this story and will post more information here. 

Dayton school teacher says she was assaulted at Thurgood Marshall

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 2:03 PM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 2:37 PM


Dayton Public Schools is investigating an alleged assault on a Thurgood Marshall High School teacher this month.

District officials are still probing two accounts of the Nov. 8 incident — one given by a teacher, another from a student the teacher said held her down while another student hit her four times.

“Our security people are still moving through both of these accounts,” said district spokeswoman Marsha Bonhart-Neilson. “There’s no conclusion being drawn yet.”

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The 63-year-old teacher told police she was in her classroom when four girls arrived. She told the girls to leave, when one of the students told the teacher to “get the (expletive) out of her face,” according to the teacher’s account to police. The teacher said a male then held her down while the female student hit her four times, a police report said.

The teacher complained of chest pain and pain in the back of her head, according to the police report. She was transported to the hospital by a medic, according to the report.

Assistant Principal Bert Seard told police he interviewed the male the teacher accused of holding her down. Seard told police the male’s account was that the alleged assailant and her boyfriend came into the classroom, when the female began chasing her boyfriend.

Seard told police the male said the teacher got in between the boyfriend and the female. The male said he grabbed the teacher’s arm while the female hit the teacher.

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A summons arrest was completed for the female student, according to the police report.

We’re working to learn more details about this incident.

Dayton apartment burglarized hours after drug raid, police say

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 12:26 PM

A Dayton home was burglarized hours after police conducted a drug raid at the same apartment Thursday afternoon, according to a police report

The initial incident happened at the apartment in the 2000 block of Catalpa Drive when Dayton police officer raided the home at 2:40 p.m. Thursday. They seized drugs, cash and several guns from the apartment.

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Andre Lamar Hill, 43, of Dayton was arrested and charged him with having weapons while under disability and drug possession.

He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail. 

Hours after the raid a woman who lives in the same apartment called police to report that several items had been stolen from the resident. 

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The woman reported that she left someone at the apartment while she ran an errand because she couldn’t lock her door. When she returned to the apartment two 40 inch televisions, two Bluetooth headphones and parts of a home theater system had been stolen. 

Officers investigated the scene and did not find signs of forced entry, the report said. 

Baby’s feeding tube removed, mother arrested

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 12:33 PM

Dayton and Kettering Police arrested mother Michele Hughes, for allegedly removing her 3-month-old daughter's feeding tube and taking her out of the hospital. JAIL MUGSHOT
Dayton and Kettering Police arrested mother Michele Hughes, for allegedly removing her 3-month-old daughter's feeding tube and taking her out of the hospital. JAIL MUGSHOT

A Kettering mother was arrested and jailed for allegedly removing her infant daughter's feeding tube, then walking out of Dayton Children's Hospital.

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Michele Hughes, 35, walked into her 3-month-old daughter's hospital room and pulled the feeding tube out of the child and removed her from the hospital, according to a Dayton Police report. 

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Hospital staff contacted police out of concern for the child because she was 3 months old, only weighing 8 pounds. 

The staff told police the child was dehydrated and very malnourished. 

Dayton Police contacted Kettering Police for assistance. 

Hughes was located in her car in the driveway of her Kettering home, with the infant. 

A Children's Services caseworker came to the home and took emergency custody of the child. 

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Michele Hughes was arrested for child endangering and taken to the Montgomery County Jail. 

She has been released, and is awaiting court action.