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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

Authorities said someone caught the assault outside of Elsa's in Kettering on cellphone video.

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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ELSAS BAR FIGHT

EARLIER REPORT: 

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. 

‘You guys are ruining Christmas,’ theft suspect tells police

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 11:06 AM

Steven Elzey
Steven Elzey

A theft suspect told police “you guys are ruining Christmas” after he was arrested while police investigated a suspicious circumstance involving copper wire at First Street Recycling, reported by the plant manager.

Steven Elzey, 35, was arrested on suspicion of obstructing official business and falsification at the business at 1341 E. First St. after police said he initially gave them his brother’s information, according to a Dayton Police Department report.

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After determining Elzey’s correct identity, Dayton police learned he had a warrant for his arrest in Clark County.

“I should have ... run. I would have got away,” Elzey told police as they drove him to the Montgomery County Jail, the report stated.

Elzey is next scheduled to appear Nov. 30 in Dayton Municipal Court, and he has another hearing scheduled in January in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court for a suspected parole violation, jail records show.

Greenville grad, explosive ordnance disposal tech hit by IED in Syria

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 8:09 PM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 9:55 PM

U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy
U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy

UPDATE @ 9:55 p.m. (Nov. 17)

U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy is at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas, after he was struck by an improvised explosive device while clearing a hospital in Syria.

The 2002 Greenville High School graduate and father of four is an explosive ordnance technician. He was severely injured while assigned to the Operation Inherent Resolve campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

The Navy said they are working to provide further details about how he was injured.

Most of Stacy’s family is in Texas with him, including his wife, Lindsey, who also is a Greenville grad. His mother-in-law works for Greenville schools, but the district said she is with her family in Texas.

FIRST REPORT

A 2002 Greenville High School graduate earlier this month was severely wounded in action in the Middle East.

U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy was injured by an improvised explosive device, reportedly while clearing a hospital in Syria. 

The explosive ordnance disposal technician is part of Operation Inherent Resolve and is back in the United States receiving treatment. 

Stacy and his wife, Lindsey, also a Greenville grad, are parents to four children. They live in San Diego, Calif., where Stacy is stationed, our media partner the Early Bird Paper reported. 

Vice Chief of Naval Operations  Adm. Jonathan Greenert introduces Explosive Ordnance Disposal 2nd Class Kenton Stacy as the USO Sailor of the Year at the 2010 USO Gala. (Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos/U.S. Navy)

In October 2010, Stacy represented his branch of the military when he was presented with a USO Servicemember of the Year during a USO gala. At the time of his award, he had participated in more than 50 combat missions while deployed in Afghanistan. He destroyed IEDs, trained Afghan forces and U.S. Special Forces on route-clearing techniques. 

Operation Inherent Resolve has suffered 44 deaths, of which 30 were killed in action; and 239 service members were wounded in action, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. It is not clear whether the statistics include Stacy.

8 vehicles, 1 injury in 2 crashes on I-75 South in Dayton during rush hour

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 7:05 PM

South 75 at Grand Ave Crash

Two separate vehicle accidents on I-75 South in Dayton during rush hour Friday evening sent one person to a hospital, left eight vehicles heavily damaged and clogged traffic. 

The accidents were reported between 5:45 p.m. and 6 p.m., according to Montgomery County Regional Dispatch. 

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OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Crash on state Route 741 closes road several hours

The first accident, near the Stanley Avenue exit, involved a semitrailer and three passenger vehicles. No one was injured. 

Dayton police said a lane change apparently triggered the mashup. 

Traffic, at 6:30 p.m., was down to one lane. 

One person was taken to a hospital from the second accident, farther south state Route 4, which involved four passenger vehicles, police said. 

In that accident, the far left lane remained closed at 6:30 p.m.

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Ohio 741 open, crews replace power pole after crash near Springboro

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 3:43 PM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 11:00 PM

Crash closes SR 741 for hours

UPDATE @ 11:15 p.m.

Ohio 741 near Red Lion-Five Points Road is open to traffic after it was shut down for hours this evening.

A driver only had minor injuries, but the power pole the man hit was damaged beyond repair in the crash that happened around 2:30 p.m. The crash area was shut down while a Duke Energy crew replaced the utility pole. By 11 p.m., the roadway was back open.

UPDATE @ 4:45 p.m.

Those headed to the 5:30 p.m. Springboro High School boys basketball scrimmage, coming from south of Ohio 741 and Red Lion-Five Points Road, should use Interstate 75 to get to the game.

On northbound I-75, get off at the exit for state Route 73 (West Central Avenue) and go right on South Main Street (Ohio 741). Springboro High School will be on the right at 1675 S. Main St.

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For the latest traffic information, tune in to AM 1290 or News 95.7, or visit the WHIO traffic page.

UPDATE @ 4:17 p.m.

The Ohio Department of Transportation said state Route 741 will be shut down for six to seven hours longer near Red Lion-Five Points Road. Duke Energy is on scene repairing a pole and said the damages will take an extended time to fix. The driver was a man and not a student, according to authorities. 

The Springboro boys basketball team has a scrimmage scheduled tonight and drivers will need to find an alternate route to Springboro High School. 

FIRST REPORT

State Route 741 is currently closed due to a one car accident near Red Lion-Five Points Road just south of Springboro High School.

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The crash reportedly happened around 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon when a driver hit an electric pole. The driver was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries according to the Clearcreek Township Fire Department. 

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The pole was reportedly ripped in half and Duke Energy is on scene working to repair the damages. We will bring you the latest developments in this story.