Court documents: Driver attacked cops in Beverage Palace shooting

Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 2:19 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 6:29 PM

A confidential informant conducted drug transactions with the suspects inside a white Chevrolet Impala involved in Thursday’s FBI drug investigation that ended in a shooting and the death of a 20-year-old at the Beverage Palace in Miami Twp.

A federal complaint unsealed Wednesday states that after a deal at the Penn Station on Kingsridge Drive, the Impala proceeded to the Beverage Palace at 8980 Kingsridge Drive and then the driver tried to elude law enforcement.

Knowing Tobe McLarty, 28, and Tyler Christian, 26, were wanted on felony warrants and drug deals had been seen, law enforcement officials decided to stop the car. Documents said both, who were denied bond in a Wednesday hearing in front of Magistrate Judge Sharon Ovington, had previously fled from police using high rates of speed.

While the car was inside the drive-through liquor establishment, FBI personnel from the Southern Ohio Safe Streets Task Force blocked the entrance and exit bays.

That’s when the documents indicate Jermaine C. Coleman Jr., 20, of Dayton, put the car in reverse and rammed into a special agent’s vehicle — nearly knocking it from the bay — and then accelerated forward to ram into another police vehicle. The affidavit said “the driver of the Impala was fatally wounded during the incident.” McLarty had a gunshot wound to the left shoulder. The record said FBI personnel administered first aid and then placed McLarty and Christian under arrest.

FBI officials found suspected heroin capsules, about $3,000 in cash and multiple cell phones. Christian identified himself as Isaac Woodfork, even signing that name on the Miranda waiver form. He admitted he and Coleman had been selling narcotics.

The last paragraph of the complaint said it needed to be sealed to give time for authorities to gather information seized from the Impala.

Ovington heard arguments from the prosecution and defense attorneys regarding McLarty, 28, and Christian, 26. Coleman died at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Kettering Medical Center, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Law enforcement authorities said FBI agents were conducting a drug investigation that led them to the suspects at the Beverage Palace.

On Friday, Christian and McLarty, appeared in federal court in Dayton on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and assault on a federal officer with a deadly weapon (vehicle). Christian also is charged with one count of making a false statement to a law enforcement officer.

Neither Christian’s attorney, Thomas Anderson, nor McLarty’s attorney, Jon Paul Rion, presented evidence to show that the men should be released. Both will be held with no bond. The next hearing is scheduled for April 22.

Anderson did say Christian, who has an active warrant in county court for failure to appear, did not have a firearm during the incident and that he was not the driver of any automobile.

A group of FBI agents gathered about 10:30 a.m. Friday outside the Beverage Palace. They appeared to be gathering evidence and taking measurements using laser equipment. They declined to comment.

Witnesses on Thursday said they saw about 10 police vehicles heading toward the store shortly before the shooting.

“The next thing you heard was, ‘FBI get down!’ Then I heard four shots. Boom boom boom boom! And that was it,” Rachel Sorise said.

Family members said Coleman is survived by a daughter, Zyonn Coleman, 3, of Dayton. He was described as a graduate of the Arise Academy who played football at Northridge High School and worked in lawn care.

Two masked men flee with employee’s car after robbery at Harrison Twp. restaurant

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 4:25 AM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 4:59 AM

UPDATE @ 5:05 a.m: Two masked men fled with an employee’s red Honda CR-V after robbing a restaurant in Harrison Twp. Monday morning. 

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The incident occurred at Burkey Family Restaurant just after 4 a.m., prompting police to respond.

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One employee was taken away on a stretcher by an ambulance. 

Officials continue to investigate the details of the ordeal. 


Police are responding to a reported robbery at 670 Shiloh Springs Road in Harrison Twp. early Monday morning.

The incident occurred just after 4 a.m. at Burkey Family Restaurant.

Employees were tied up by individuals wearing masks, per initial reports.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this page with more details. 

U.S. 42 reopens following double-fatal motorcycle crash in Greene Co.

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 7:15 PM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:02 AM

FROM THE SCENE: Spring Valley fatal crash

A man and woman from Xenia were killed after the motorcycle they were riding collided with a Dodge Charger in Spring Valley Sunday night, according to troopers.

The crash happened just after 7 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 42 and Spring Valley Paintersville Road. U.S. 42 was closed and reopened just before midnight.

>>CareFlight called to Greene Co. motorcycle crash

Troopers said the victims on the motorcycle, both in their mid-20s, were wearing helmets at the time of the crash. An occupant from the Dodge is recovering at an area hospital from non-life-threatening injuries.

The motorcyclist was northbound on U.S. 42 when the driver of the car attempted to turn onto the highway from Spring Valley Paintersville Road, according to a preliminary investigation, troopers said.

>> Pilot uninjured after plane flips on Greene County airport runway

Troopers said at this time speed and failure to yield are being considered as causes, but a definitive answer will not be available until investigators are finished with the investigation.

A crashed motorcycle at the scene of a fatal crash on U.S. 42 and Spring Valley Paintersville Road in Spring Valley Sunday night. DeAngelo Byrd/Staff


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Gusty winds cause plane to flip on Greene Co. airport runway, pilot uninjured

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 4:22 PM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:13 AM

Plane crashes attempting to land

UPDATE (10/23/17) @ 3:20 a.m: High winds played a role in the crash of a single-engine plane at Greene County's Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport Sunday, according to troopers. 

>> Greene County fatal plane crash report released

The pilot of the plane was not injured after the crash that occurred around 4 p.m.

The plane's pilot was landing on the runway when wind gusts sent the two-seater aircraft onto its top. 

>> U.S. 42 reopens following double-fatal motorcycle crash in Greene Co.

Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar reports wind gusts in the area of the airport registered as high as 22 mph earlier Sunday. 

Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar

Troopers told our crew the pilot was flying in from an airport near Bradford before crashing. 

The airport has since reopened after crews cleared the scene and removed the upright plane from the runway.

FROM THE SCENE: Small plane crashes in Greene Co.
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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, October 09, 2017 @ 1:48 AM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 1:12 AM

SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue
SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue

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  • Alex-Bell Road will be closed for work on the Washington Twp. bridge over Holes Creek until Nov. 30. More information, including detour information, is available here.
  • A half-mile of Stroop Road in Kettering between Woodman Drive and Glenheath/Braddox intersection will be closed until the end of the year so a bridge can be replaced. .
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. - Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. The official detour is: I-75 north to Second Street to I-75 south to US 35 west. 
  • I-75 between I-70 and SR 571, nightly lane closures between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. through Oct. 31. The northbound side will become a double lane closure between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • Shroyer Road between Gainsborough Road and East Dorothy Lane will be repaved and reconfigured through at least October. Once the project is completed, Shroyer Road will be reduced to three lanes. 
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November.


  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, shoulder closures through Oct. 31.
  • I-75 between SR 571 and Northwoods Boulevard, Nightly lane closures Oct. 16 - Nov. 10 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. These will become double lane closures at 9 p.m. One lane will remaim open at all times. 


  • I-70 east ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE through Oct.31. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.


  • SR 722 between Emrick Road and US 127, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 9 - 30. The official detour is: SR 726 to US 40 to US 127.
  • SR 705 between Lightsville - Northern and Cochran Road, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 30 - Nov. 10. The official detour is: SR 49 to SR 119 to SR 118.
  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, shoulder closures through Nov. 17. *There could be intermittent lane closures in this area between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • SR 219 between State Street and Taylor Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open  for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 66 between Mason Road and Dirksen Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.