Lyft driver leads to child porn arrest, indictment

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 10:13 AM

MARVIN HEMPHILL
MARVIN HEMPHILL

A Lyft driver who found a cell phone loaded with child pornography in his vehicle after dropping off a client helped police make an arrest, according to court documents.

Marvin Hemphill, 27, of Valdosta, Georgia, was arrested Jan. 6 at the Staybridge Suites at Austin Landing and was indicted Wednesday on 24 charges connected to child pornography, according to court records.

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According to court documents, Hemphill left his cell phone in the Lyft driver’s vehicle after receiving a ride from a Beavercreek restaurant where he worked.

The driver looked at the phone, attempting to determine the owner, and noticed the child pornography and alerted officers, court documents showed.

Police were able to link the phone to Hemphill, who allowed police to search it, and multiple child porn videos were found, the documents read.

Hemphill admitted to police that he knew he had the child porn on the phone and knew the people in the videos were juveniles, court records showed.

Hemphill is scheduled for his arraignment on Jan. 23.

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Montgomery County Recorder Willis Blackshear dies

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 10:43 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 10:43 AM

Willis Blackshear, Montgomery County recorder since 2006, has died. SUBMITTED
Willis Blackshear, Montgomery County recorder since 2006, has died. SUBMITTED

Willis E. Blackshear, longtime Montgomery County recorder and Montgomery County Democratic Party stalwart, has died, Dayton and county officials confirmed today. He was 57.

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“He was always passionate about public service and really passionate about how people can make a difference in their communities if they got involved in politics,” said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, who said Blackshear died overnight in hospice care after a long illness.

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Blackshear worked his way up the ranks during 22 years in the county’s treasurer’s office. In 2006 he was appointed county recorder. In 2008, he was elected to his first full term and was re-elected in 2012 and 2016.

Born and raised in Dayton, Blackshear continued to reside in the city with his wife, Regina. He also leaves behind an adult son, Willis Jr.

Blackshear graduated from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and received his BA in political Science from Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., according to his county biography.

We will continue to update this story as it develops.

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Director: Youth soccer coach recovering after attack at Beavercreek bar

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 4:05 PM

A local youth soccer coach was attacked outside Beavercreek bar Tuty's. STAFF PHOTO/Mike Campbell
A local youth soccer coach was attacked outside Beavercreek bar Tuty's. STAFF PHOTO/Mike Campbell

A local youth soccer coach is recovering after an incident the program’s director said was an attack outside a Beavercreek bar early Friday morning. 

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The coach, Nathan Bias,  was knocked unconscious outside Tuty’s Bar and Grill on Feb. 16, according to Soccer Shots Miami Valley Owner and Director Brandon Artis, who spoke to this news outlet by phone.  

Artis, who did not witness the attack, but spoke with injured coach, said Coach Bias was attacked by two or three men while waiting for an Uber outside the bar around 2 a.m. 

The coach was found unconscious by employees of the bar who then called police. Coach Bias suffered several cuts, bruises, and likely a concussion, Artis said. 

Coach Bias spoke with reporter Mike Campbell today by phone. He said he’s recovering and has numerous bruises on his face.  

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Supporters of Coach Bias are speaking out on the attack on social media, hoping Bias recovers quickly.  The group has established a GoFundMe page to help Coach Bias with medical expenses.

Beavercreek police confirmed they were dispatched to the bar at 3982 Colonel Glenn Highway on reports of an assault on Feb 16., but investigators were not able to release additional details or if they had any suspects. 

This news outlet is still working to determine what led to the incident.

Bias was hospitalized following the attack but has been released.

We’ll continue to update this page as new details become available. 

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Deputies find two men, 59 and 79, shot to death at Harrison Twp. auto dealership

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:39 PM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 4:59 PM

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UPDATE @ 4:55 p.m.: Two men found dead inside the Buck-I-Auto Sales dealership in Harrison Twp. appear to have been shot to death and there is no doubt there was a struggle inside the business, Montgomery County sheriff's Capt. Jeremy Roy said. 

The names of the victims, ages 59 and 79, have not been released as investigators are working to contact family members of the victims. 

Roy said deputies dispatched to the address on North Dixie Drive about 1:20 p.m. found the victims in a back area of the business and had to kick in the front door to gain entry. 

It's too early to say whether there was a robbery, the captain said, but investigators have "no doubt there was a struggle" inside the business. 

Roy also said investigators have in custody a woman who may have witnessed something that happened prior to the slayings. She is being cooperative, he said. 

The captain said the sheriff's office doesn't believe there is a danger to other businesses in the area even though there has been no apprehension or arrest.

Shooting North Dixie

UPDATE @ 4:35 p.m.: 

Both fatalities are males, one 59 and the other 79, a Montgomery County sheriff’s captain said.

UPDATE @ 4:20 p.m.: 

A Montgomery County Coroner’s investigator has just arrived at the car dealership in Harrison Twp.

We’re still awaiting word from the sheriff’s office about the investigation. 

UPDATE @ 3:10 p.m. 

Two people are dead following a shooting near a car dealership on North Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp., according to official sources. 

Additional details about the incident were not available. 

Deputies and detectives continue to investigate at the Buck-I Auto Sales at 2801 North Dixie Drive where the shooting was reported. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

FIRST REPORT

Two people have been found suffering from gunshot wounds near a car dealership on North Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp. Monday afternoon. 

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Emergency crews requested medics to the 2800 block of North Dixie Drive, near the Keowee Street bridge, on reports of at least one person suffering a gunshot wound. 

Deputies have surrounded and placed crime scene tape up around the Buck-I Auto Sales dealership. 

Additional details were not available. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

Marshall Gorby/Staff

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Suspect in custody after Bellaire Avenue stabbing 

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 4:22 PM

An altercation at 106 Bellaire Ave. resulted in one person being transported to Springfield Regional Medical Center with stab wounds and another person being arrested Monday.

One male was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after an altercation led to a stabbing Monday afternoon. 

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The two person altercation took place at a residence in the 100 block of Bellaire Avenue. The male victim reported injuries to his shoulder and buttocks. 

We will continue to update this developing story with the latest details. 

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