Florida man faces charges in alleged veterans charity scam

Published: Sunday, December 31, 2018 @ 10:36 AM

Christopher Blake, right, is accused of running a bogus charity for military veterans.
Christopher Blake, right, is accused of running a bogus charity for military veterans.(WFTV.com)

A Florida man os facing charges after allegedly running a bogus charity for military veterans, Volusia County deputies said.

Deputies said Christopher Blake, 46, of Ormond Beach, allegedly scammed dozens of people out of at least $20,000, saying the money was going to help military veterans. Deputies said Blake allegedly tried to use a selfie he took with Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood to help boost profits.

Blake is facing a charge of operating an organized scheme to defraud, deputies said.

Deputies opened an investigation a couple of weeks ago after Blake took the selfie with the sheriff and posted it online. 

"He's a scumbag," Chitwood said.

Chitwood said Blake asked for a selfie. Deputies said Blake allegedly posted the selfie to a bogus charity website to make the site appear more credible.

“The next morning, I received about five phone calls from different people who had dealings with him.” Chitwood said.

Blake allegedly claimed to run a charity for military veterans called Second Chance Veterans Foundation.

Investigators said Blake hosted a charity golf tournament at Debary Golf and Country Club on Oct 28.

According to arrest documents, 40 people attended the event and each paid Blake $100 to play golf and eat lunch.

The documents said Blake did not pay the $6,500 he owed to the golf course. Deputies said Blake eventually handed over a check, but it bounced.

“Everything was lining his pockets and he was going to run this scam until he got locked up,” Chitwood said.

Faye Crow is one of dozens of people the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said were fooled by Blake’s alleged scheme.

Crow is the property manager for the Daytona Beach building where Blake leased an office to operate his foundation.

She said Blake paid one month of rent, but then the money stopped coming.

“He was convincing,” she said. “We believed him.”

She continued, “We kind of still believed in his cause because he had a good story, so we moved him into an external, like another general space, out of his office.”

Despite promises of money coming soon, Crow said Blake never paid.

“(He had) lots of excuses,” Crow said. “Telling us, ‘Oh, we've got this fundraiser going on. We've got a golf tournament that's happening and it's almost there.’”

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Snow southwest ends this evening; sunshine returns Sunday

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 5:37 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 4:05 PM

Snow southwest of the Dayton metro ends this evening, with sunshine returning Sunday.

A Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 11 p.m. in Butler County.


  • Snow southwest of Dayton ends this evening
  • Sunshine returns Sunday
  • Warmer weather, spring showers next week

>> PHOTOS: Another taste of winter in area


Tonight: Snow will continue to fall southwest of the Dayton area this evening. Butler County, especially, could see heavy snowfall, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. A couple of inches of snow accumulation will be possible by the time all is said and done this evening. Overnight clouds will begin to break as temperatures drop into the middle 20s.

>>5-Day Forecast

Sunday: Mostly sunny skies return to finish the weekend. It’ll be a nicer day but still a little cool with highs in the middle, maybe upper 40s.

Monday: We get back into the lower to middle 50s with a few more clouds expected.

Tuesday: The chance for rain returns under cloudy skies. Highs will be in the middle to upper 50s.

Wednesday: A few more showers are possible with highs near 60 degrees.

Thursday: Partly cloudy skies are on tap with highs in the upper 50s. There is a slight chance for rain, but those chances get better heading into Friday.

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Dayton coffee shop named ‘Best in Ohio’ by Food & Wine magazine

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 10:10 AM

Press Coffee Bar in Dayton’s Oregon District serves the best in Ohio, Food & Wine magazine says.

The list of Dayton-area establishments scoring statewide and national shout-outs just grew by one: A downtown Dayton coffee shop has been singled out by the national foodie-magazine Food & Wine as serving the “Best Coffee in Ohio.”

>>BEST IN DAYTON: Your Food &  Dining winners from 2017

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In an article posted yesterday, March 23, entitled “The Best Coffee in Every State,” Food & Wine identified Press Coffee Bar, located at 257 Wayne Ave. in the Oregon District, as its choice for best coffee in the state, ahead of runners-up mentioned from the Cleveland, Cincinnati and Youngstown areas.

>>RELATED: Is Dayton’s Wayne Avenue turning into a coffee trail?

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Here’s what the magazine had to say about Press:

“Industry vet Brett Barker launched this near-perfect spot in Dayton’s historic Oregon neighborhood as a showcase for his favorite roasters, eventually bringing things in-house, with the founding of Wood Burl Coffee. The switch-over made a terrific café a proper destination—one of the most studiously attentive to detail you will find in the state.”

NEW DETAILS: Budweiser Clydesdales’ Dayton visit now includes 4 restaurants and bars

SNEAK PEEK: Inside the new Dayton coffee shop coming to Wayne Avenue that will blend java with jazz music

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Rapper Killer Mike defends gun ownership in NRA video

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 7:57 PM

File photo.  (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for KROQ)
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Killer Mike has been outspoken about several social issues, including equality, racism and police brutality. Now he’s speaking up about gun ownership.

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In a recent NRATV interview, the Atlanta rapper defended the Second Amendment and challenged anti-gun protesters amid March for Our Lives, the nationwide demonstrations for stricter gun laws.

“You’re not woke! You can’t continue to be the lackey,” he told NRATV host Colion Noir. “You’re a lackey of the progressive movement, because you’ve never disagreed with the people who tell you what to do.”

He also criticized National Walkout Day, where thousands of students across the country walked out of their classrooms as a protest against gun violence following the Parkland High shooting in Florida.

“I told my kids on the school walkout: ‘I love you. If you walk out that school, walk out my house,’” the artist said. “We are a gun-owning family. We are a family where my sister farms. We are a family where we'll fish, we'll hunt. But we are not a family that jumps on every single thing an ally of ours does because some stuff we just don't agree with.”

He also discussed what he teaches his children about gun control.

“I'm very pro-Second Amendment, this is why,” he said. “And before you say, ‘What about the children,’ my daughter goes to Savannah State University. There was also a shooting on that campus. Talked to my wife and daughter after that, the decision was we're gonna go to Savannah, she's gonna get a gun and train more.”

Take a look at the clip below.

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Can you ID theft suspects from a Beavercreek AT&T store?

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 5:18 PM

Beavercreek police took to social media to help identify two theft suspects who make off with more than $4,000 in merchandise from an AT&T store.

The two men entered the store at approximately 6:15 p.m. March 21 and stole iPhones and notepads, according to a Facebook post.

Both suspects are described as men in their early 20s wearing black hooded sweatshirts. One was wearing black jeans as well, and the second man had a hoodie with the letters “LB” on the back who also was wearing red Jordan shoes and khakis, police said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact detective John Bondy at 937-427-5520.

Got a tip? Call our 24-hour monitored line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

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