Montgomery County Jail inmate dies, suicide suspected, deputies say

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 3:59 PM

Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail
Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail

The death of an inmate at the Montgomery County Jail Thursday is being investigated as a suicide, according to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Major Matt Haines. 

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Corrections officers found William Devoe, 37, in full cardiac arrest from an apparent suicide attempt Thursday around 7:30 p.m. 

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“Corrections officer immediately began lifesaving measures and jail medical staff and Dayton fire responded. The inmate was ultimately pronounced deceased by Dayton fire personnel,” Haines said in an email Friday. 

Investigators do not suspect foul play in Devoe’s death, Haines said. 

Devoe was incarcerated on Feb. 3 on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and possession of drug abuse instruments, according to online jail records. 

An autopsy was completed Friday, but Devoe’s cause and manner of death are still under investigation, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. 

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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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The depression connection

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 5:57 PM

What are the dangers and distractions for kids who use cell phones?

New research has revealed a disturbing link between teens with smartphones and depression, even suicide. The author of the study, Dr. Steven Scholzman, says cellphones may be contributing to a mental health crisis among adolescents. 

"What we know is that if a kid has a cellphone there seems to be a greater association with the likelihood for depression," said Scholzman, a child psychiatrist.

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The study appeared in a recent issue of "Clinical Psychological Science." It found that teens who spent time on non-screen activities such as sports, exercise or reading print materials, were less likely to report mental health issues than those spending time on devices with screens like smartphones. The study also said rates of depression among teenagers started going up as smartphone ownership rose. 

How might smartphone use lead to depression? Dr. Schlozman said it may have to do with communication or rather, the illusion of communication that many teens have. 

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"So we are wired to understand what each other are saying through these very nuanced communications, eyebrows going up or down, blinking, changes in facial expression," said Schlozman.

What we are not wired for, he said, is texting. Texting is primarily how teens communicate.

"It's like the only way to communicate," said Juliana Troland, a high school freshman. 

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"If I don't text, they won't talk to me," said Shelly Sullivan, a parent of two teenagers. "If I call, they won't answer." 

Texting may be fast and easy, but research shows that a lack of face-to-face communication contributes to isolation and loneliness. Dr. Schlozman also pointed out the permanence of nasty things that are said online.

"Kids are more impulsive than adults, so they're more likely to send those texts or emails or Istagrams or Snapchats and they can't take it back," Schlozman said, which then leads to anxiety. 

For many parents, taking the smartphone away is neither an option nor a desire since they do serve a useful purpose. However, experts say parents who place limits can see benefits. 

Juliana Troland said she used to sleep with her phone nearby and that meant a lot less sleep. Now, her parents have asked her to put her phone down in the kitchen before she goes to bed.

"It improves my focusing," said Troland. "I can pay attention more for a longer period of time and I can get more work done at school." 

Dr. Schlozman said the warning signs of depression include a loss of interest in activities, increased time spent alone, sleeping during the day and sudden changes in appetite. If your teenager has these symptoms, he said you should consult with your doctor. 

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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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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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