Lawyer: Suspect in Kettering Elsa’s assault was defending himself

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 4:54 PM
Updated: Monday, March 06, 2017 @ 11:52 PM

UPDATE @8:05 a.m. (March 8)

The lawyer for the man accused of assault after a fight in the Elsa’s parking lot said his defendant, Michael Ramey, was just defending himself.

James Christon said Michael Ramey and his friends were in Elsa’s when another group of three people started taunting them, telling them to be quiet and shut up.

The confrontation continued outside, and he said Ramey swung at a man who was going to hit him.

Christon said the fight was between Ramey and two others, not one-on-eight as the victim claims.

UPDATE @ 2:05 p.m. (March 6)

Michael Ramey entered a plea of not guilty to charges of obstructing official business and resisting arrest related to his apprehension by Dayton police on Sunday.

His bond has been set at $10,000.

He will be in Kettering court on Tuesday, March 7, for a hearing on an assault charge stemming from the February incident at Elsa’s.

UPDATE @ 11:52 a.m. (March 6)

Michael Ramey has been charged with obstructing official business and resisting arrests. 

Ramey, 23, was taken into custody by police on Sunday March 5 in the 800 block of St. Agnes Avenue. 

An warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with an assault outside of Elsa's in February. 

Dayton police located Ramey outside a home on St. Agnes Avenue, but he went inside when he saw police, according to the incident report. 

“Officer Orndoff immediately exited our cruiser and yelled, ‘Stop Mike, do not go into that house,” a city officer wrote in the incident report. “I heard Officer Orndorff order Ramey to stop multiple times as I exited out of the cruiser from the passenger side. Ramey ignored these commands, ran into the residence closing the door behind him.” 

One of the officers tried to force entry into the front door but was unsuccessful. A second officer went to the back door and ordered Ramey to open the front door. Ramey complied with the officer’s command.

UPDATE @ 9:39 a.m. (March 6):

Michael Ramey was picked up by police Sunday afternoon. He’s in Montgomery County Jail.

UPDATE @ 3:16 p.m. (March 3):

An affidavit filed in Kettering Municipal Court shows that two Dayton police officers and two witnesses helped Kettering Police identify Michael Ramey as the suspect in the assault at Elsa’s last weekend.

Ramey, 23, still has a warrant out for his arrest.

The affidavit also said the victim in the assault has a broken orbital bone that will require surgery to fix.

UPDATE @ 4:07 p.m. (March 2):

An arrest warrant has been issued for a man suspected of being involved in an assault at Elsa’s on East Stroop Road.

Michael Ramey, 23, is wanted for felonious assault, according to Kettering police.

UPDATE @ 11:30 a.m. (March 1)

The Kettering Police Department has identified a person of interest in connection to the assault which occurred at Elsas this past weekend. 

Investigators said they will not release the identity of the person of interest until they talk to him. 

“We look forward to hearing his side of the story regarding what led to the assault,” Kettering police said in a Facebook post on Wednesday. 

We are working to learn more details and will update you with the latest.

UPDATE @ 4:10 p.m. (Feb 27)

The Kettering Police Department released photos on Monday afternoon picturing subjects of interest in the Elsa’s assault on Saturday night. If you can identify these men or have any additional information you are asked to call 

Detective Mason at (937) 296-2583.

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Police in Kettering are investigating a fight that happened late Saturday night outside Elsa’s, 1216 E Stroop Road, that has left one man as a patient at Kettering Medical Center.

An altercation between two parties happened in the parking lot outside the sports bar and restaurant and the suspected attackers fled before officers arrived, according to Kettering Police Spokesman John Jung.

The altercation was between a party of three and a larger party comprising eight to 12 people, according to Elsa’s owner Jason Hemmert.

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Hemmert said both parties had cashed out before the altercation occurred outside the bar. He said he was unaware of anything happening inside the bar to precipitate a fight.

 “It's very unfortunate any time anyone gets hurt in any situation,” Hemmert said. “We don't know what was said between the two parties out in the parking lot.”

Investigators are reviewing video of the incident that was captured on a cell phone, Jung said.

One of the alleged victims, Lee Arron Jackson, is recovering at the Kettering Medical Center. He spoke to this newsroom today over the phone about what happened. 

Jackson said he is in a lot of pain, that his orbital socket was fractured and he may need plastic surgery to fix it.

He said the conflict arose after his friend was leaving the bar and told the large group to “simmer down.” He said the large group had been loud and had been complaining about President Donald Trump.

Jackson said he intervened when he saw three people leave the large group and follow his friend out to the parking lot.

“We got swarmed,” Jackson said. “I had six strangers beating me up ... I remember feeling something break in my face ... I remember asking them why they were doing this.”

Police have not announced that any arrests have been made. 

Oakwood business district to be disrupted by timber wall repairs

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 2:32 PM

            The area around Shops of Oakwood on Far Hills Avenue will receive repairs to the timber wall. Work will continue for two to three months. CHRIS STEWARD/STAFF
            Chris Stewart

The city of Oakwood will soon begin repairs to rehab the timber wall in the Far Hills Business District, according to a release by Assistant City Manager Jay Weiskiercher.

The work includes replacing rotted or warped wood, sanding the wall as necessary and applying fresh coats of paint. Crews will be working on one block at a time, and traffic on the adjacent cruise lane will be maintained.

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During the repairs, there will be brief periods when parking near the wall is restricted. Crews will begin work at the southeast corner of the district and proceed north before crossing over to the west side of Far Hills and working south.

The project should be completed by late August or early September. For more information, contact Weiskiercher at 937-294-0411.

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High school referee, ex-con accused of raping juvenile in Troy

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 1:49 PM

A Troy man accused of raping a juvenile is no longer eligible to officiate after the Ohio High School Athletic Association suspended his license after his arrest earlier this month, an OHSAA spokesman said Tuesday. 

Henry Lucas Jr., 52, was arrested June 5 after he turned himself in to Troy police, according to an affidavit filed in Miami County Municipal Court. Lucas is charged with a felony count of rape, and he made an initial appearance in court June 6, where his bond was set at $400,000, according to court records. The victim is known to Lucas. 

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Lucas’ license was previously suspended in 2011 after he was convicted on a felony drug charge and sentenced to prison in September 2010, the OHSAA said. 

The OHSAA initially approved Lucas’ officiating license in 2001, and he was listed as having an active license until Aug. 1, 2011, when the athletic association first suspended it, said Ben Ferree, assistant director of officiating and sport management for OHSAA. 

“We do not believe he was officiating after his September 2010 conviction,” Ferree said. 

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On Sept. 2, 2010, Lucas was convicted for using deception to obtain an illegal drug and was sentenced to a year in the London Correctional Institution, according to court records. 

Lucas was released from prison on Aug. 26, 2011, according to a spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. 

Ferree said Lucas, who officiated football and basketball, appealed the suspension of his license following his drug conviction. 

According to the OHSAA handbook for officials, an officiating permit will not be issued or reinstated for anyone convicted in regard to any felony offense unless/until such offense has been reversed by proper authority. 

Ferree said, “People with convictions on their record that would be denied per the Handbook can appeal to obtain a license.” 

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Lucas’ permit was reinstated in October 2012 based on an appeal to the OHSAA board of directors, Ferree said. “The board approved his appeal based on multiple letters of recommendation from school personnel and community members in the Dayton area.” 

This news organization inquired about the letters of recommendations OHSAA said they received, however, Ferree said, “I do not have copies in his file.” OHSAA also said they don’t share personnel files of officials. 

“Additionally, everyone in the officiating department from that time has since retired. Since 2012 we have a new Director of Officiating, and all new support staff for that department. We do not know where the letters came from as we have never seen them personally,” Ferree said in an email to reporter Sean Cudahy. 

Lucas waived a preliminary hearing in his felony rape case on June 17, and his case is pending a decision from a Miami County Grand Jury, according to court records. 

The 52-year-old remained in the Miami County Jail Tuesday morning on a $400,000 bond. 

A call to his lawyer seeking comments has not been returned.

Deputies investigate robbery at Rite Aid in Harrison Twp. 

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 1:16 PM

Deputies are investigating a robbery that occurred at the Rite Aid on Salem Avenue in Harrison Twp. 

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Dispatchers said deputies responded to the business at 3875 Salem Avenue around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday on reports of a robbery. 

It was not immediately known if a weapon was displayed. 

Additional details were not available. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Former church music director booked in jail on sex charges

Published: Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 1:25 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 9:55 PM

UPDATE @ 1:34 p.m. (June 27):

A Dayton man and former Beavercreek church music director is now in jail after he was taken into custody this morning, according to jail records.

John Slate, 48, has a bond listed at $50,000, according to jail records.

Slate is charged with sexual battery, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and four counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, according to the indictment filed in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court

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UPDATE @ 9:55 p.m.

A Dayton man and former Beavercreek church music director indicted on several sex charges involving a minor is no longer a member of No Promises Vocal Band.

Although 48-year-old John Slate earlier was listed on the Cincinnati-based professional a cappella ensemble’s Facebook page, band leader Joshua Steele said Slate’s participation ended in February. Slate also is no longer listed as a group member on the ensemble’s website.

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UPDATE @ 3:45 p.m.:

The Dayton man indicted on several sex charges involving a minor was a former music director at a Beavercreek church, according to the church’s Facebook page.

John Slate, 48, has been indicted for sexual battery, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and four counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, according to the indictment filed in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Thursday.

According to prosecutors, “The defendant and the victim met while the defendant was the music director at a church, and the victim was taking voice lessons from the defendant,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said in a release. 

Slate was listed as a former music director at St. Andrew United Methodist Church on North Fairfield Road in Beavercreek, according to a post on the church’s Facebook page.

Prosecutors have not said if the Beavercreek church is the one mentioned in their  statement.

Slate is a member of the No Promises Vocal Band, according to the group’s Facebook page.

Slate’s accuser, now 19, reported the offense to West Carrollton police. She said a sexual relationship began when she was 15. 

Slate has a warrant his arrest and is due in court July 6 for arraignment.

UPDATE @ 2:30 p.m.

John R. Slate, indicted for sexual battery of a child, is a former church music director, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office. 

Slate is accused of “having a sexual relationship with a minor over a number of years,” said Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. in a release.

The female victim, now age 19, reported the offense to West Carrollton Police, stating the sexual relationship started when she was 15. 

“The defendant and the victim met while the defendant was the music director at a church, and the victim was taking voice lessons from the defendant,” Heck said in a release. 


A Dayton man has been indicted on child sex charges, according to court records.

John R. Slate, 48, of Dayton, is charged with sexual battery, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and four counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, court records confirmed.

Slate is not in custody but a warrant on indictment has been issued. Slate has an arraignment date of July 6 in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

The exact circumstances for the charges are not immediately known, but we are working to gather additional information to update this report.