$25K bond set for couple accused of obstructing justice in Huffman Ave. babysitter shooting case

Published: Sunday, March 12, 2017 @ 4:15 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 9:33 AM

DAYTON — Bond was set at $25,000 for two suspects charged with obstructing justice, and a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court judge entered a not guilty plea on their behalf on Tuesday for a couple implicated in the fatal shooting of a babysitter on Huffman Avenue. 

The Hankins are accused of hiding suspect Kara Parisi-King in a motel while police searched for her.

A Montgomery County grand jury indicted Krista M. Hankins and Keith A. Hankins on two counts obstructing justice earlier in March. 

  • Taylor Brandenburg, the babysitter, died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. 
  • Chuckie Lee, 38, is being held on $1 million bond on suspicion of murder
  • Kara Parisi-King, Lee’s 26-year-old girlfriend, is being jailed on suspicion of complicity

Chuckie Lee, accused in the murder of the 20-year-old babysitter who was shot and killed on Huffman Avenue, was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday on a prior charge of resisting arrest. However, sentencing hearing has been delayed for at least 90 days because of his new charges. 

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Family and friends of Taylor Brandenburg gathered Monday to lay her to rest a week after she was fatally shot.

Sam Martin, a friend of the family, called her death senseless. 

“I don’t know how you can make any sense or rationalize in any way,” he said. “I don’t know what good any of this is doing except hurting people’s hearts, you know?”
Her family has issued the following statement on Sunday:

“On behalf of our friends and family we would like to thank the Dayton Police Department and their detectives for all of their effort in bringing the alleged killer into custody. We are very grateful for the outpouring of support from our community and beyond. At this time our family is in grieving and please continue to keep us in prayer.”

Visitation was held at Newcomer Funeral Home and Crematory, on Needmore Road, on Sunday. 

Taylor Brandenburg was a woman who loved children and spending time with family, according to her obituary.

“Taylor was a wonderful young lady who loved to spend time with her family,” the obituary reads. “She loved kids, especially her many baby cousins, and was excited for the arrival of her first niece, Anastasia. She was known for her sense of humor, often playing jokes on her family and friends. She enjoyed music and being on the go. She will be missed by all who knew her.”

The 20-year-old woman was shot and killed March 12 in the first block of Huffman Avenue and police have arrested two suspects in her alleged murder — Chuckie Lee, 38, and Kara Parisi King, 26.

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The suspects

Kara Parisi-King, 26, was booked into the Montgomery County Jail following arrest at 2580 Col. Glenn Highway on March 18, according to online jail records. 

The Red Roof Inn in Fairborn is located at that address.

Parisi-King is charged as an accomplice in the Brandenburg’s murder. 

Parisi-King’s boyfriend, 38-year-old Chuckie Lee, is being held on $1 million bond in the county jail on murder and felonious assault charges.

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Lee was taken into custody by Dayton police on March 13, and is being held without bond. An initial court appearance was set for 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 14.

Lee has an extensive criminal history, including serving federal prison time for weapons charges.  

“From best we can tell, it was over a money issue. Somebody owed somebody money,” Dayton police Lt. Andrew Booher said Monday afternoon. “It resulted in a verbal altercation and then a fight after that.”

Events leading up to the shooting

A man striking another man in the head with a pool cue at the Glass Hat bar early March 12 preceded gunshots on Huffman Avenue that killed Brandenburg who had nothing to do with the bar fight, according to police.

Evans Cassell III, 36, was arrested at 2:40 p.m. Sunday, March 11, for felonious assault for hitting Tyler Hudson in the head with a pool cue, “causing severe harm” at 3:10 a.m. Sunday, according to a Dayton police report. Cassell’s booking was for felonious assault. 

A 911 caller from the bar said, “there’s blood everywhere” and that “there are people outside of the bar threatening to shoot the people inside. We can’t let them leave. There was a big fight that broke out. 

“I just wanted to call to make sure in case anything happened.” 

Booher said that after the bar incident ended after closing time (3 a.m. with the time change), two sets of vehicles traveled the half-mile or so from the bar on Linden Avenue to the first block of Huffman. 

“At about that time, somebody from the bar fight came by and then opened fire, firing several rounds in their direction,” Booher said. “(Brandenburg) ended up being hit.”

The lieutenant said two cars — including one belonging to the Glass Hat 911 caller — were processed into evidence.  

“They got out of a car and walked up just close enough to where they could see where everybody was standing by two parked cars and then opened fire there,” Booher said. “(Brandenburg) was going out to see the people out in the street” after seeing cars return via a camera.  

The 911 caller from Huffman Avenue who identified herself as the children’s mother and Brandenburg’s cousin said, “I need an ambulance at my house … Somebody just did a drive-by shooting at my house.” 

The caller said she came home and gathered her kids before she even knew who was hit. 

“I just left the bar and there was some people fighting,” the woman said. “They followed our car and everything, like, I don’t know.”

Dennis Gray, who lives about three blocks away, said he awoke at 3:26 a.m. to the sound of gunfire. 

“It was either a single shooter who completely unloaded a large clip or there were multiple shooters,” Gray said, adding that there were too many shots to count. “I really feel for her, feel for the family in that regard. Innocent lives shouldn’t be taken that way, by any means.”

There were at least 37 evidence markers at the scene early Sunday morning, though Booher said some of those could have been items other than shell casings. 

“What’s been good is the amount of people we’ve had come forward with information,” Booher said, adding that tips came into several different detectives so he didn’t know a total. He said police want to make sure all of the responsible parties involved are arrested.

A vigil for Brandenburg was held Sunday night at the corner where the shooting occurred. 

“It’s important for the community fabric that we strengthen and band together in difficult situations,” Mike Squire said.

“Anytime you deal with a death, it’s always a tragedy, regardless of how it started out,” Booher said. “For this individual, she had nothing to do with the original fighting incident. She was definitely a true victim.”

Dayton Shell robbery suspect arrested, police say

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 2:54 PM

Update@4:56 p.m. (March 28):

The suspect accused of robbing the Shell gas station is 16 years old, and is being held in the Montgomery County Juvenile Justice Center, according to Dayton police.

First report:

DAYTON - Dayton police have arrested the man they believe robbed the Shell on North Main Street Sunday night.

Officers responded to the business, 3613 North Main St., after the male suspect was accused of putting a gun in the clerk’s face and demanded money.

The suspect got away with an undetermined amount of cash.

Police have not yet released the identity of the suspect they arrested Monday.

I-75 ramp to U.S. 35 to close Tuesday

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 3:16 PM

The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to close the northbound Interstate 75 ramp to eastbound U.S. 35 Tuesday night for a project that will keep the ramp closed for six months.

The $1.8 million project is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., when ODOT is expected to close the ramp to repair the ramp’s bridge deck.

The work had been scheduled to begin Monday, but was delayed for a day, the department said.

ODOT recommends drivers use a detour that would have drivers exit I-75 north to U.S. 35 west and exit onto James H. McGee Blvd., before reentering the highway onto eastbound U.S. 35.

Brookville woman faces charges after pets found in ‘poor health’

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 3:12 PM

A Brookville woman is in jail on suspicion of animal cruelty as two dogs and four cats receive treatment at the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center.

Kathleen Cummins, 24, of the 500 block of Adrian Court, is being held on $2,500 bond after Brookville police found her pets alone and in cages and they appeared to be in poor health, according to the arrest report.

VIDEO: Pets now at Animal Resource Center

Police responded to the home Monday afternoon on a criminal trespass complaint and found the two boxer-type dogs confined to a cage covered in feces in a small bedroom and there were four cats in another bedroom with no food or water, according to the report.

Brookville Major Tom Simon said officers responded to a burglary complaint and the resident Cummins let the officers inside. There was no indication of a break-in.

Simon said there was pet food in the house but for some reason the suspect was not feeding them.

An ARC officer responded to the home and the animals were taken in to be examined and treated.

Bob Sexton, ARC supervisor, said a veterinarian is examining the animals today. He said the dogs appeared to be “extremely emaciated.”

It’s too early to tell whether the animals will be available for adoption.

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Driver caught after pursuit leads to crash on U.S. 35 in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 11:07 AM

UPDATE @ 4:28 p.m.

The suspect who police say led them on a pursuit that ended in a crash has been identified as Roderick Boyd, 21, of Dayton. He’s being held in the Montgomery County Jail on charges of felony fleeing and eluding, possession of drugs and some other traffic offenses.

UPDATE @ 11:55 a.m.

A driver was arrested after he allegedly was speeding on U.S. 35 East and fled from an attempted traffic stop, then caused a crash that slowed traffic in the westbound lanes.

All but the left westbound lane was closed on U.S. 35 West just after the North Smithville Road on-ramp.

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According to the patrol, the driver lost control on wet pavement when he tried to exit U.S. 35 East onto Smithville. The vehicle spun around and was facing the wrong way before it crossed the median, crashed through a guardrail and struck a westbound vehicle.

The suspect driver bailed from the vehicle and ran away but he was caught a short time later.

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The driver whose vehicle was struck suffered minor injuries, according to the patrol.


We’re working to learn more about a pursuit in Dayton involving the Ohio State Highway Patrol Dayton Post.

Emergency police scanner traffic indicates the pursuit occurred on U.S. 35 and a crash occurred on the westbound side west of North Smithville Road.

We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

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