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. 

Cincinnati fatal nightclub shooting: At least one Dayton region victim 

Published: Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 4:41 AM
Updated: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 10:18 AM

CINCINNATI — No arrests have been made after 16 people were shot and one person was killed early Sunday inside the Cameo Night Club.

  • O’Bryan Spikes, 27, was fatally shot
  • Fifteen others were wounded by gunfire; two people were critically injured
  • Two victims may be from Dayton area
  • Multiple shooters are reported to be involved

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UPDATE @10:23 a.m. 

Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac confirmed authorities are searching for more than one suspect. 

“I believe by the number of shots fired there was more than one,” he said.

UPDATE @9:37 a.m. 

One of the Cameo Night Club shooting victims is a Trotwood-Madison High School graduate.

We are working to bring you more information about the shooting victims. 

UPDATE @7:55 a.m.

At least two of the victims in the shooting at the Cameo Night Club are from the Dayton area, according to reports.

Multiple posts on Facebook have called for prayers for two men who live in Trotwood.

We are working to learn more about their conditions. This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.


A small memorial has formed outside the Cameo Night Club a day after 16 people, one fatally, were shot early Sunday.

As of early Monday morning, five victims remain at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, including two who are in critical condition and three who are in stable condition. Eight victims had been taken to the hospital following the shooting, and victims with more minor injuries were taken to other hospitals.

Police continue to look for the suspects involved. No arrests have been made.

The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agencies also are involved in the investigation. Gov. John Kasich, U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, and Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland, released statements and offered their offices’ resources to assist the police investigation.

Witness report of the shooting 

A woman on vacation in Cincinnati from Chicago was outside Cameo Nightclub, just feet away from gunfire inside.

“Twelve to 17 shots, sounded like bombs, said Sherell, who declined to give her last name. “It was just so loud.” 

She and her boyfriend were going to leave after he got “a bad feeling,” but their car was blocked in. Her boyfriend was going to go inside to inform a manager, and “that’s when the bullets rang out, and we were standing right there ... I thought I was going to die.”

She said she dove to the ground, with her boyfriend covering her.

“Everybody was running and diving because the shots kept going, they did not stop,” she said.

The victims

Police said the victims were taken to four area hospitals and an investigation into the shooting is ongoing. 

Multiple gunmen were involved in the overnight shooting of 16 people, including one fatally, at the Cameo Night Club, Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said.

At approximately 1:30 a.m. Sunday, the emergency dispatch center began receiving calls that people had been shot at the club. Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said a dispute erupted inside the club located at 4601 Kellogg Avenue before shots were fired by multiple suspects.

O’Bryan Spikes, 27, was fatally wounded, according to police. 

Fifteen others were wounded, including at least two people who are in critical condition.

“This is the highest amount of casualties I’ve ever been aware of in a shooting,” said Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police President Daniel Hils, a lifelong Cincinnati resident who has worked in the law enforcement field for about 30 years.

Eight of the victims were taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Other victims with more minor injuries have been taken to other area hospitals, our news partner WCPO-TV in Cincinnati reported.

The incident was not a terror act, but appeared to involve two groups of people, Isaac said.

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There were four off-duty officers in the parking lot outside when it happened, Hils said.

“These cops, they did what first-responders do,” he said. “There were shots being fired and people were running from this club in fear and our people ran in.”

Hils described the shooters as “cold-hearted” because of the high probability that innocent bystanders would be hit by gunfire in the crowded club.

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley asked for prayers for those injured or killed, and said police need the public’s help from the public to solve this crime.

Robert Woods of Fairfield said his daughters have been to the club before, and that he warns his children to stay away from clubs.

“It’s a shame you can’t go out dancing, go out to the club, without there being some trouble,” he said.

Next door to the club at the Hitching Post restaurant, worker Amanda Beck said she was taken aback by news of the fatal shooting.

“In this world we just need to be better people, I think,” she said.

Beck said it is concerning that the suspects are at large, and that at this point police appear to not have names or descriptions of those involved.

“It’s definitely concerning,” she said. “But I know we have great police and everybody’s doing as much as they can so I feel as safe as I possibly can.”

Anyone with additional information on the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040 or police at 513-765-1212.

City to sell old life squad unit to school for $1

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 9:41 AM

            City to sell old life squad unit to school for $1

Franklin City Council recently approved the sale of a 2000 McCoy Miller Life Squad to the Warren County Career Center for $1.

Fire Chief Jonathan Westendorf said the former life squad unit was transferred to the city from JEMS as part of the division of assets when the two entities separated and that the unit has reached the end of its useful life as a transport for the sick and injured.

However, Westendorf said there was a significant opportunity for its use by the Warren County Career Center to help train firefighters and emergency medical technicians in the care, treatment and transportation of patients. He said while classroom simulation is good, the reality of space limitations, movement and other obstacles that are found while working in the back of an ambulance is much better.

Westendorf said selling the squad, which is no longer useful to the city, to WCCC will have a long-term benefit students, patients and the overall community.

Centerville could get 44-unit housing complex

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 9:38 AM

            Centerville could get 44-unit housing complex

Residential developments in Centerville continues to boom, and now another housing community being proposed in the city.


Preliminary development plans for Savannah Place at Yankee Trace, a proposed housing development on Yankee Street, were submitted to Centerville. The plans are scheduled to be discussed Tuesday at a planning commission meeting.

The community would be south of another development—Common Place at Yankee Trace—and north of the housing community that surrounds the Yankee Trace golf course.

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The proposed development would have 44 duplex units, distributed among 22 buildings over 14 acres south of the Commons at Yankee Trace.

Each building will include a one-story unit combined with a two-story unit. Each unit would include a three-car garage, plus two spaces in the driveway.

Significant expansion for Honda supplier in Springfield

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 9:34 AM

Significant expansion for Honda supplier in Springfield

A Japanese auto parts manufacturer will invest $55 million and add 85 jobs at the Champion City Business Park in Springfield, a significant expansion of its original plans for the site.

Topre America first announced in December it would invest $10 million and add 20 jobs to build a Springfield plant to manufacture high-strength steel parts for the Acura MDX.

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Company leaders said Monday they will now make a much bigger investment. Topre will build a 146,000-square-foot facility in the Champion City Business Park, which was once home to an old Navistar factory. The deal announced Monday is contingent on state and local incentives, according to information from the Chamber of Greater Springfield.

“The Springfield community is the perfect strategic location for us to locate and expand our operations,” said Brad pepper, vice president of Topre America. 

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