New details on arrest of former NFL player, local coach

Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 6:56 PM

New details on arrest of former NFL player, local coach

Court and police records obtained by this news organization provide more details about what happened on Statehouse Court in Sugarcreek Twp. the night former NFL player and current Centerville High School football coach P.K. Sam II was arrested.

The records obtained from Xenia Municipal Court allege that the 34-year-old ex-wide receiver broke into his own home after returning from a night in downtown Dayton clubs.

STAY CONNECTED: Greene County News on Facebook

Sam was arrested and booked into the Greene County Jail, where he was later released after posting a $2,500 bond, according to Xenia Municipal Court records. 

Sam pleaded not guilty on Monday to first-degree misdemeanor charges of domestic violence and assault, court records show.

There is no attorney for Sam on file with Xenia Municipal Court. An attempt to reach Sam by phone was unsuccessful; this news organization will update the story if he comments.

Three officers responded to the home at 2:48 a.m. Sunday on a burglary call, police records show, after a woman, later identified as Sam’s wife, called 9-1-1 and reported someone was trying to break into her house and her car.

The officers found the front glass door to the home broken, and a window smashed on a 2015 Jeep Compass parked in the driveway, according to the police narrative on file with the court.

RELATED >>> 2004 Super Bowl Champ P.K. Sam arrested on domestic violence, assault charges

One officer who went around the house and approached the back door had his gun drawn and pointed to the ground as he spotted a woman in the kitchen standing next to a man, who was later identified as Sam, according to the police narrative.

The officer reported that Sam opened the back patio door for him but only agreed to step outside after the officer pointed a Taser at him.

Sam was handcuffed and interviewed by police first in a police cruiser while on scene and a second time at the police station, according to the court records.

Sam told the officers that he and his wife are going through a divorce and the trouble started earlier that night at the Ned Peppers bar in downtown Dayton’s Oregon District, according to the police narrative.

Sam told police that he busted out the front door of his home to gain entry and that he broke the Jeep window because his wife had locked him out, according to the report. Sam told police while he was at the bar earlier, he was standing next to a woman in the bar when his wife approached and “mushed” the woman in the face, causing his wife to be kicked out of the bar, according to court records.

TRENDING >>> Local retailer owes The Greene nearly $900K in rent, fees

Police reported there were scratch marks on Sam’s wife’s neck and arm, and there was fresh blood from an injury on one ear, according to the records. That ear did not have an earring in it, but the other one did, according to the records.

Sam reported he was arguing with his wife but there was no physical altercation and that she was injured while fighting two women at the bar, according to the police narrative.

Sam’s wife told police she called 9-1-1 because she thought someone was breaking into her home; she tried to talk the officers out of arresting him, according to the records.

The alleged victim told police that the arrest would harm her children when word spread in the neighborhood, according to the police narrative. 

Sam’s wife told police that Sam “was a great father but a bad husband,” according to the police narrative.

P.K. Sam (top row, far right) is the wide receivers coach for the Centerville Elks in Centerville, Ohio.(http://centervilleelksfootball.com/coaching-staff/)

Sam, whose full name is Phillip Kenwood Sam II, earned a Super Bowl ring as a member of the 2004 New England Patriots.

Sam is the wide receiver coach for the Centerville Elks varsity football team, according to the district’s website.

According to his profile listed with other coaches on the site, Sam played three years as a wide receiver for Florida State University before he was drafted in the fifth round by the Patriots. Sam went on to play for the Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, and the Buffalo Bills. He has also played in the Canadian Football League. He owns Vision Performance.

Centerville school officials released a statement that says the only information they are aware of is what has been reported by this news organization.

“We’ll continue to monitor the situation and make decisions based on information we receive from law enforcement,” the district’s statement reads.

Trending - Most Read Stories

Ohio investigators test evidence from 14,000 backlogged rape kits

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 4:13 AM

Ohio investigators working to test evidence from 14,000 backlogged rape kits

Nearly 14,000 rape kits were tested by the State Crime Lab after State investigators proposed they would seven years ago.

>>Weekend to bring more rain, threat for strong storms

The kits provided thousands of pieces of evidence that could lead to suspects but it was difficult to keep up with them all, state leaders said.

New rules went into place in reviewing the kits for evidence to ensure a backlog like this doesn’t happen again, according to state leaders.

>>Missing 13-year-old boy found dead near Ohio home

“When agencies submit kits without delay, suspects can be identified faster, taken off the streets sooner and future attacks prevented,” Attorney General Mike DeWine said.

Almost 370 rape kits from Springfield that pointed to possible suspects in 135 cases were once a part of the backlog.

Trending - Most Read Stories

Coroner: Victim in Lorenz Ave. shooting dies, identified

Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 8:58 PM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 8:11 PM

Dayton police investigating after woman is shot in the head

UPDATE @ 4:10 a.m. (Feb. 17): 

The woman who was shot in the head at a residence in the 100 block of Lorenz Avenue has died.

According to the Montgomery County Coroner Office, Keyona Murray, 22, died at the hospital around 10:30 p.m. Friday. 

>>Armed robbers hit Verizon store at The Greene, take upwards of 50 phones

An autopsy will be performed later today to determine the cause of death, according to an investigator. 

Keyona Murray, shot at a residence in the 100 block of Lorenz Avenue, in Dayton, on Feb. 16, 2018. (Courtesy/Miami Valley Crime Stoppers)

UPDATE @ 9:15 p.m. (Feb. 16): 

Dayton homicide detectives have been called to the home on Lorenz Avenue where a female was shot in the head. 

She is said to be in critical condition, a police sergeant tells us. 

The crime scene stretches from inside the house, in the 100 block, to the sidewalk in front of the house. 

Traffic to Lorenz has been stopped at West Second Street to the south, and Edison Street to the north.

INITIAL REPORT (Feb. 16):

A female reportedly shot in the head at a residence in the 100 block of Lorenz Avenue has been taken to Miami Valley Hospital. 

Her condition is not known. 

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Gas main broken in vehicle crash; stores evacuated

Police are investigating what happened there. Police and a medic unit were dispatched about 8:25 p.m. on a report of a shooting. 

We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report as information becomes available. 

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com.

Trending - Most Read Stories

Check for recall announcements for golf carts, pots, candles & more

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 8:02 PM

Rachel's Recall Roundup: Feb. 23, 2017

A kettle, fire pit, bleeding candles and golf carts are among the new recalls announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission:

Electric Kettles

The handles on some Whirlpool KitchenAid electric kettles could come loose and cause the liquid inside to burn you. 

There are three reports of minor burns and a total of 79 reports of the handles separating. 

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Student named people he wanted to kill, police say

The recalled kettles come in six colors. Visit repair.whirlpool.com for the full list of model and serial numbers under recall. 

Stop using the kettles and contact Whirlpool at 800-874-0608 for a free replacement. 

Outdoor Gas Pit Table

Three people have been burned by Hampton Bay outdoor gas fire pit table patio heaters sold exclusively at Home Depot. 

The base lacks a heat shield and could burn you when you try to turn it off. 

The recalled fire pit has the following model number: G-FTB51057B and UPC 6944937601579. 

Contact Yayi at 855-600-9294 for a free repair kit. 

Bleeding Drip Candles

Bleeding drip taper candles, by Cost Plus World Market ,are under recall because they may catch fire. 

There is one report of the high candle flame igniting the wax, but no injuries. 

Stop using the candles and contact Cost Plus World Market at 877-967-5362 for a full refund. 

Instant Pot Cookers 

Although not an official recall at this time, Instant Pot is warning customers about overheating and melting in certain styles of its cookers. 

Instant pot

Golf Carts

Yamaha golf cars and personal transportation vehicles (PTVs) are under recall because of 285 reports of the brake cables failing. No one has been hurt. 

Several model numbers of gas and electric vehicles sold between 2015 and 2018 are affected. 

Don't ride on the cars and PTVs. Contact Yamaha at 800-962-7926 for a free repair. 

Reclining Chairs

Stargazer recliner chairs, sold exclusively at REI, are being recalled because straps on the chairs can break and cause you to fall. 

No one has been injured, but there is one report of a chair breaking. 

Don't use the chair. Contact NEMO Equipment at 800-997-9301 for a free replacement. 

Trending - Most Read Stories

Retired Centerville police chief focus of investigation

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:01 PM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:23 PM

Retired Centerville police chief focus of investigation

Centerville police chief Bruce Robertson’s recent retirement came amid an ongoing investigation into allegations of criminal conduct, according to city officials.

“There were allegations of criminal conduct, therefore we’re following up with conducting an internal investigation into those allegations,” City Manager Wayne Davis said in response to questions from the Dayton Daily News/WHIO I-Team.

“At this time there’s no evidence of criminal activity, however our investigation is not complete,” Davis said.

RELATED: Centerville police chief retires after nearly 40 years

Robertson retired Feb. 9 after working for the city nearly 40 years. His two-page letter of resignation cited “a serious medical condition” for the reason he decided to retire.

When asked whether the investigation was connected to Robertson’s decision to retire, Davis said: “Not from what was shared with me.”

Davis said the internal review is being conducted by the law director and started sometime after Jan. 24.

Robertson couldn’t be reached for comment.

The city of Centerville released a statement Friday saying, in part, “the city is not at liberty to discuss the details of the investigation at this time. The city will continue to cooperate with providing information as it becomes available.”

TRENDING: As gun debate re-emerges, 7 findings from our recent reporting on gun laws

The chief’s personnel records do not indicate the reason for the investigation.

Records from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in London, Ohio, show Robertson has been paid $32,294 to teach classes there since 2010, including $5,600 for seven training sessions in 2017. Davis confirmed the city is looking into whether Robertson was reimbursed for the same days he worked as police chief, getting paid twice for the same hours. He would not say whether those allegations are part of the criminal probe, however.

I-TEAM: Back taxes sought on 1,614 properties in Montgomery County

His most recent performance review in 2016 included positive reviews.

“He cares deeply about the men and women of the Centerville Police Department and strives to maintain the high professional reputation of the organization,” the review says.

But he was also given a formal, verbal warning in December and told to attend a course on harassment in the workplace because of an incident last August, according to the records. While talking with officers about preparations for a rally supporting transgender issues, Robertson jokingly asked a police officer “How’d your surgery go?” The officer complained and the comment was determined to be inappropriate by the city, the records show.

Robertson retired and was rehired in 2014. His employment contract in June 2017 was extended to January 2019.

Robertson was paid $127,501 in 2016, according to the I-Team Payroll Project.

Trending - Most Read Stories