Homicide victim was aspiring music producer

Published: Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 6:11 PM
Updated: Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 6:14 PM



A deadly west-side shooting early Sunday morning may have been an attempted robbery gone wrong.

Police did not have any new information Monday on the death of 29-year-old Kareem Dickerson, but his father told News Center 7 that the aspiring music producer was simply sitting in his minivan waiting on a friend when he was killed.

“He was sitting in the car waiting for someone to come out of the club,” said Larry Dickerson.

The shooting occurred at about 5:45 a.m. near the intersection of West Third and South Kilmer streets. Larry Dickerson said the “club” is actually just a hangout spot, not a bar. He said his son’s friend ran back inside because he had forgotten his keys.

That friend reported hearing two shots and coming back outside to see Dickerson’s van further down the alley than where it had been parked.

Dayton Police Sgt. Michael Pauley said several witnesses were cooperating with police but only a vague description of two suspects was initially available. The two men were wearing black, hooded sweatshirts and took off on foot.

An initial search of the minivan did not turn up any drugs or alcohol, Pauley said.

“He wasn’t into any of that stuff,” Larry Dickerson said. “He never bothered anybody. He didn’t fight people.”

He said his son attended the International College of Broadcasting after graduating from the John H. Patterson Career Center in 2001. “His goal and his dream was to some day have his own studio and produce music.”

Larry Dickerson said the economic situation in Dayton has led to senseless acts of violence for small amounts of money. “People are out for easy money,” he said.

He asked anyone with information about the shooting to come forward. “It’s just a bad situation right now… People have to be willing to help.”

Anyone with information about this homicide should call Dayton Police at (937) 333-2677.

Hearing today for teen accused of murder in Fairmont student’s shooting death

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 2:53 AM

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A hearing is scheduled today that will decide if a 17-year-old will be tried as an adult on murder and other charges in the death of a Kettering Fairmont High School student.

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Cincinnati officer hospitalized after contact with ‘illicit substance’

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 2:40 AM

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A Cincinnati police officer was hospitalized Tuesday after contact with an "unknown illicit substance" during a traffic stop, according to our partners at WCPO.

The officer reported the substance left him feeling sick and light-headed, according to the Cincinnati Police Department. 

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The officer was released from University of Cincinnati Medical Center and the substance has been sent to a lab for analysis. 

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Juveniles lead Kettering police on wrong-way pursuit in stolen car

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 12:31 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 2:10 AM

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UPDATE @ 2:10 a.m. 

Two juveniles are in custody and a third person is on the run after they fled from a car involved in a pursuit through parts of Moraine and Kettering. 

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Around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, a Moraine officer observed a wrong-way driver on South Dixie Drive at the intersection with Dorothy Lane, Moraine police Sgt. Chris Selby said. 

Selby said the Moraine officer attempted to pull the vehicle over for a traffic stop, but the vehicle refused to stop and continued traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of South Dixie Drive.

The officer started a pursuit, but determined it was too dangerous, and ended the chase, Selby said.
Kettering police located the vehicle moments after the Moraine officer terminated his chase, and pursued the vehicle until it crashed into a dead end on Heritage Point Drive. 

Three occupants of the vehicle ran from the scene. Initial reports indicated one juvenile was arrested shortly after the pursuit ended, while the second juvenile was located and arrested a few minutes later on South Patterson Boulevard near Carillon Park. 

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Selby said a K9 officer from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded and attempted to track the third suspect but was unsuccessful. 

Selby said the vehicle was later determined to be stolen from Harrison Twp. 

Additional details were not available. 


Police are looking for multiple occupants that fled from a vehicle after a police pursuit through parts of Moraine and Kettering early Wednesday morning. 

A Moraine officer attempted to stop a vehicle he observed traveling north in the southbound lanes on South Dixie Drive around 12:15 a.m., according to police scanner traffic. 

Three people were observed by both Kettering and Moraine officers fleeing from the vehicle after it came to a stop near Heritage Point Drive in Kettering. 

Initial reports indicate one person was taken into custody shortly after the vehicle stopped. A second person was located and taken into custody on South Patterson Boulevard near Carillon Park. 

We’re monitoring this developing story and will update this page as new details become available. 

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Manchester attack: Security at local concert venues gets renewed focus

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 12:17 AM

In the aftermath of this week’s deadly terror attack outside a concert venue in Manchester, England, operators of area concert sites have become hyper-sensitive about the safety of performers and audiences. 

Huber Heights City Manager Rob Schommer supervises the city-owned Rose Music Center and asserts that he keeps the round-the-clock safety at music events at the forefront of his thoughts. 

"That's part of good preparation, you don't wait until something triggers your thought process," Schommer told News Center 7’s Mike Campbell on Tuesday. 

"[Safety is a] part of hiring, it's part of training." 

And because the Rose Center is city-owned, that training is an advantage to the center's audience. Since the officers can train at the center, they can become more familiar with the facility and make it easier for the audience if an incident were to happen. 

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"Some officers are uniformed, some are lightly uniformed or have no uniforms," said Schommer. "We want a pleasant experience for customers without making it feel like, 'Hey, there's something wrong.' " 

Although, Ohio audiences have valid reason to not consider a disastrous event happening at their concerts, terrorism expert Dr. Glen Duerr of Cedarville University believes otherwise. 

Duerr explained that while it is true and beneficial that Ohio does not have venues close to major transportation centers, he urges that "we have to remain vigilant." 

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Venue owners and operators exhibit this mindset and note that communication is key. 

Schommer said having a relationship with customers who attend the concerts is useful. 

"Make sure they know who to go to, how to report it, that is the biggest force multiplier," he said. "The old "see something, say something" phrase is good advice. For [me] it's all about identify, deter and prevent."