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.

PETA alleges bear cub abuse at Indiana facility

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 9:35 AM

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Foundation has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate the alleged “abusive handling” of a bear cub at an Indiana facility, and requested the agency confiscate the cub. 

In a May 18 letter addressed to USDA, the animal rights organization alleges Wildlife in Need, Inc., based in Charlestown, Ind., violated the Animal Welfare Act when Tim Stark “mishandled, taunted and provoked” a 14-week-old cub for an audience’s amusement. 

The cub screamed in terror throughout the presentation,” wrote Brittany Peet, the PETA director of captive animal law enforcement. “At one point, he dangled her by the mouth from his hand. Lifting the cub by her mouth in this manner poses a grave risk of damage to her developing teeth and to the muscles in her skull and neck. There is also a risk of severe injury if she were to let go and fall to the ground.”

The PETA letter also alleges the bear cub “screamed in terror” and urinated on Stark as he took the cubs mouth off his hand and held her toward the crowd. 

“Her ears were back, indicating fear and distress, and her eyes were rolled back to the witness, which is a well-known sign of distress in all mammals,” Peet wrote. “He then placed his hand in front of her mouth and she bit with great force, indicating a ‘fight’ response as a reaction tot he extreme stress and her inability to flee, which would be a cub’s typical response.”

Two days after the letter was sent to USDA, Wildlife in Need posted a video of Stark on Facebook with a message stating an “extremist group” edited the video:

“To those of you who are open minded, we sincerely apologize that you have had to bear witness to the mob mentality that has plagued our page this week. An extremist group has edited 10 seconds of natural bear behavior, looped it and overdubbed the message being relayed. This extremist group has made a call to their millions of armchair warriors to spread false propaganda as a means to further their agenda of ceasing all Animal- Human interaction on this planet. And yes, their end goal is that you no longer have any pets of your own. They have a 98% kill rate because their agenda is counter-intuitive to their mission.”

USDA confirmed the federal agency has launched an investigation into Tim Stark’s actions and Wildlife in Need, but no details can be released, according to our news partner WCPO — a Cincinnati-based television station. 

Roll Call Memorial Ceremony happening at Wright-Patt

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 8:21 AM

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Honor Guard retiring the colors during Dayton National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday May 26.
Staff Photo by Teesha McClam
Teesha McClam

A Roll Call Memorial Ceremony is scheduled for this morning at the Religious Education Facility at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
The ceremony will honor U.S. service members from the Miami Valley area and surrounding counties who died while serving in conflicts from World War II to present.

"The Roll Call Memorial Ceremony is our opportunity to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country," said Tech. Sgt. Tia Strong, a bioenvironmental engineering instructor at the United States School of Aerospace Medicine and co-organizer of the event. "This ceremony is not only to honor the fallen service members from the Greater Miami Valley, but also to honor the loved ones they left behind."

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Approximately 2,645 names of fallen service members who made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States will be read during the ceremony.

The keynote speaker for today’s event is Brig. Gen. Cameron Holt, commander of the Air Force Installation Contracting Agency at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Wright State Police K-9 retiring from duty

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 9:41 AM

Wright State Police will honor police K-9 Galli during a special ceremony at the university’s Hearth Lounge in the Student Union Wednesday.

K-9 Galli will be retiring from the department and served the Wright State Police Department as the first explosive detection canine for the university.

Sgt. Kurt Holden is K-9 Galli’s handler.

“She was highly requested to assist other agencies and universities,” according to a statement from the university.  “In addition, she was requested to assist the FBI and Secret Service on multiple occasions for low-level and high-level Homeland Security operations.”

The ceremony is being held between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.


ID’s released of 2 found dead in hotel room

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 1:59 PM

UPDATE @ 10:09 a.m.

Two people who were found dead in a Miami Twp. hotel room Tuesday are believed to have died as a result of drug use, according to Miami Twp. police.

The two who died have been identified as 48-year-old James A. Beeler and 42-year-old Londen L. Baver, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

The two lived together in the hotel room, according to police.

Police said the early indications are the deaths were drug-related, but toxicology tests from the autopsy are still pending. Cause and manner of death have not been determined.


Police in Miami Twp. are investigating after two people were found dead in a room at InTown Suites, 8981 Kingsridge Drive.

Police were called to the hotel after someone called 9-1-1 and reported seeing two unresponsive people inside the room.

The 9-1-1 caller reported the unresponsive people were a male and female, according to the call log at the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

Two Montgomery County coroner’s vehicles responded. Police on scene did not provide a statement or details of the investigation.