Girl, 13, identified as victim in Sunday shooting

Published: Sunday, February 24, 2013 @ 3:05 PM
Updated: Monday, February 25, 2013 @ 1:21 PM


            Girl, 13, identified as victim in Sunday shooting

A Dayton teenager died and her cousin was critically wounded when a man opened fire in the teen’s home Sunday, and police are hunting for him today.

Dameon Lareese Wesley, 39, is suspected of killing Briona Rodgers, 13, at 2512 Home Ave. According to family members, Wesley is the ex-boyfriend of Briona’s mother, Dawan Culpepper.

Alonta Culpepper, Briona’s cousin, was in critical condition Sunday night.

Detectives have not said what led the suspect to shoot the girls. Dawan’s aunt, Tonya Horton, said she was in the home next door when the shooting happened and believes Dawan and Wesley got into an argument prior to the shooting.

Briona Rodgers was an eighth-grader at City Day Community School. A few

web pages have been launched to memorialize her.

This afternoon, police are still looking for Wesley. He was recently released from prison after serving nearly two decades for murder.

Wesley is described as a large black man, weighing 550 pounds and standing at 6 feet, 3 inches tall. It is believed he was driving a tan Chevy Suburban with temporary tags.

According to Dayton Daily News and WHIO archives, Wesley pleaded guilty to murdering his former roommate, Marvin Williams Jr. He was given his prison sentence in April 1994.

Wesley and Williams, then age 19, had been roommates on West Riverview Avenue. In that case, the two argued, and Wesley went to another room, got a handgun and returned. Reports indicate he held Williams in a headlock and shot him twice.

Wesley is currently on parole after serving 18 years for the murder. As of this morning, he had not been located.

Marvin Williams’ mother told WHIO and the Dayton Daily News she went to the parole board during a hearing in August and asked them not to release Wesley.

“My son Eric and I asked the parole board to keep him in prison during that hearing and were told he was a model prisoner,” said Gwendolyn Williams. “We are very upset,” she said of her family.

The Home Avenue homicide is the sixth in Dayton in one week.

Briona Rodgers’ relative also shot, killed

In December, a relative of Briona Rodgers was shot and killed, according to Horton. Records reveal Frederick M. Rodgers Jr. was 27 when he was shot to death in an apartment in early December 2012.

No suspect was identified in that shooting, though two men were seen leaving the neighborhood in a full-size SUV, possibly a Chevy Suburban.

Police said Frederick Rodgers, whom Horton called “Michael,” was found in the living room of his home at 3545 Dorham Place shot “multiple times.”

There was no sign of forced entry, and Rodgers appeared to live alone.

Shell casings were found inside and outside the apartment, where several people - including the victim’s family - gathered soon after the incident at the two-story, multi-family residence in the Wesleyan Hill neighborhood.

The information about the two men came from witnesses, who were being interviewed the night of the shooting.

Man uninjured after crashing into pole, flipping car on U.S. 35

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 7:49 AM

Man uninjured after crashing into pole, flipping car on U.S. 35

UPDATE @ 8:48 a.m.

A man who crashed into a utility pole on eastbound U.S. 35 in Preble County is uninjured, according to Troopers at the scene.

Troopers said the 19-year-old man was the only person involved in the single-car crash that has resulted in at least 3 homes loosing power.

The car has been towed from the scene, according to our crew, as DP&L workers attempt to fix downed lines and restore power.

Troopers said the crash remains under investigation, but at this time believe the man fell asleep at the wheel.

UPDATE @ 8:20 a.m.

State troopers are responding to a crash on U.S. 35 in Preble County Sunday morning. 

Crews were sent to the single-car crash around 7:36 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 35 and Crawfordsville Campbellstown Road.

Dispatchers said no one is injured as a result of the crash originally reported outside of New Lebanon in Montgomery County. 

A call for CareFlight was canceled shortly after troopers arrived at the scene. 

We have a crew working to learn more from the scene.

EARLIER REPORT (Feb. 26)

A vehicle is reportedly on its top after crashing into a pole on U.S. 35 in New Lebanon Sunday morning. 

The single-car crash was reported to dispatchers around 7:36 a.m. in the 4700 block of U.S. 35. 

Initial reports indicate a person at the scene with a head injury can be seen walking around the area. 

We have a crew heading to the scene to learn more.

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Trump slams New York Times ad set to air during Academy Awards

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 8:06 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 8:06 AM


            Trump slams New York Times ad set to air during Academy Awards

A New York Times ad scheduled to run during the Academy Awards on Sunday night already has at least one critic – President Donald Trump.

>> Trump tweets he won't attend White House correspondents' dinner

"For the first time the failing @nytimes will take an ad (a bad one) to help save its failing reputation. Try reporting accurately & fairly!" Trump tweeted early Sunday about the commercial, the newspaper's first TV spot in seven years. 

>> See the tweet here


Trump's comment comes days after the Times, CNN and other news organizations said they were denied entry to an off-camera White House "gaggle" with Press Secretary Sean Spicer and one day after Trump announced he won't be attending the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner.

>> CNN, New York Times barred from White House press briefing

The 30-second commercial, called "The Truth Is Hard," was posted Thursday on YouTube and has been viewed more than 2.6 million times.

>> Watch the ad here

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The Oscars broadcast begins at 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday on ABC.

No injuries reported in suspicious Dayton garage fire

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 5:18 AM

UPDATE @ 6:28 a.m.

No injuries are reported in a Sunday morning fire that destroyed a two-car garage in Dayton. 

A two-car detached garage was destroyed, but no one injured at the scene of a garage fire in Dayton Sunday morning. 

Dayton District Fire Chief James Rose said crews encountered a fully-engulfed fire when they arrived to the garage in the 200 block of McClure Street. 

A fire investigator on scene is determining a cause for the fire which Rose described as suspicious at this time. 

Rose said the flames spread to a nearby fence due to windy conditions, but crews managed to put the fire out quickly. 

A DP&L crew was called to the scene to assist in de-energizing active power lines that caught fire.

EARLIER REPORT (Feb. 26)

Fire crews are responding to a reported fire in Dayton Sunday morning. 

Crews were sent to the 200 block of McClure Street around 4:55 a.m. on a report of a structure fire. 

The fire is, at this time, contained to a detached garage, according to dispatchers.

Initial reports indicate active power lines are laying in an ally in the area.

Our crew is working to learn more from firefighters at the scene.

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Trump speech to Congress this week offers chance to push agenda

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 7:43 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 7:44 AM

While President Donald Trump has spent a good chunk of time in recent days battling with the news media, his speech to a Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday will give him the chance to spur some momentum for his legislative agenda, as Republicans struggle to find final agreement on a plan to repeal and replace the Obama health law.

“The theme of the address will be the renewal of the American Spirit,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who told reporters that Mr. Trump will emphasize a series of issues.

“The address will particularly focus on public safety, including defense, increased border security, taking care of our veterans, and then economic opportunity, including education and job training, health care reform, jobs, taxes and regulatory reform,” Spicer added.

The President could well use a line that was part of his Friday speech to a conference of conservatives outside Washington, in which he said it’s time to move on his campaign promises.

“The era of empty talk is over,” the President said to applause. “Now is the time for action.”

That line immediately reminded me of a similar declaration before lawmakers in 1996, when President Bill Clinton said that “the era of big government is over.”

One might also expect some direct talk to Democrats – since they will be sitting in the hall of the House of Representatives.

Mr. Trump did just that on Friday as well, with a little humor.

“I hate having a Cabinet meeting and I see all these empty seats. I said, Democrats, please approve our Cabinet and get smart on health care, too, if you don’t mind,” the President said to applause.

While Mr. Trump seems certain to focus on repealing and replacing the Obama health law, Republicans still have not produced their own plan – that’s expected to happen in coming weeks.