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Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 3:59 PM
Updated: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 5:37 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 5:35 p.m. (Nov. 20): See cruiser cam video of the Nov. 11 pursuit and crash stemming from a carjacking incident in Dayton.
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UPDATE @ 12:30 a.m. (Nov. 11)
Police said they are continuing to look for suspects in the Friday afternoon carjacking.
UPDATE @ 6:10 p.m. (Nov. 10)
A carjacking suspect was caught this afternoon hiding inside a vacant house after a police pursuit ended in a car crash.
Police are still looking for other suspects who stole a car at gunpoint from a man in the area of Hoover and Gettysburg avenues about 2:10 p.m., Dayton police Lt. Eric Sheldon said.
“There were several suspects that robbed the owner at gunpoint,” he said.
Dayton police spotted the stolen car in the area of James H. McGee Boulevard and Gettysburg Avenue. At that point, only the driver was in the car, Sheldon said.
“They attempted to apprehend the driver. He fled and then officers chased the suspect in their vehicles and it ended up here at Cornell (Drive) and Tennyson (Avenue) where it crashed into a fence.
“The driver of the vehicle fled on foot and some of our officers were able to locate him hiding in a vacant house,” Sheldon said.
No one was injured, but the stolen car and a police cruiser had to be towed. The cruiser was damaged after the chase went off the road through a field when it hit a curb.
The name and age of the suspect arrested has not yet been released. Police said the suspects likely would face aggravated robbery charges.
A police chase has ended with a crash in the area of Tennyson Avenue and Cornell Drive, according to initial reports.
The crash was reported about 3:45 p.m.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:04 PM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:30 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 4:30 p.m. (Feb. 23):
A 17-year-old male was arrested and is being booked into the Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Center on a preliminary charge of murder in connection to the shooting death of Keyona Murray, police said.
The teen has a criminal history, according to investigators.
Court officials said the teen has been in trouble before for unauthorized use of motor vehicle, breaking and entering and burglary. Officials said he had just recently completed probation.
Police said the teen was taken into custody at a residence on Gard Avenue today.
A detention hearing is scheduled for Saturday morning.
A $2,500 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of arrests of anyone involved in the shooting death of a woman shot in front of two children on Friday.
Keyona Murray, 22, died at Miami Valley Hospital after being transported from a home in the 100 block of Lorenz Avenue in Dayton, where she was shot in the head, according to police.
Murray was sitting in the bedroom with her 2-year-old child, 2-year-old nephew and another adult when someone fired numerous gunshots into the house.
Miami Valley Crime Stoppers is offering the reward and said anyone providing tips can remain anonymous.
“We also know that in all likelihood, someone in the community knows who committed this heinous crime, so Miami Valley Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest or arrests of anyone involved,” the organization said in a prepared statement. “Keyona succumbed to her injuries later that night, leaving many to mourn her loss after this senseless act of violence.”
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:50 PM
ORLANDO, Fla. — An Orlando, Florida, doctor has been arrested for Medicaid fraud.
The Florida Department of Health and the Office of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit said Friday that Dr. Ishrat Sohail is accused of giving vaccines to patients with private insurance. The vaccines were intended for Medicaid patients and uninsured children as part of the Vaccines for Children Program, or VFC, officials said.
Officials said Sohail is accused of giving patients partial doses of vaccines while billing insurance for the full amount, officials said. The partial doses also may not provide sufficient protection from potentially dangerous diseases that can be prevented with a full dose of vaccine.
The health department is working with the Agency for Health Care Administration and health insurance companies to notify all potentially affected families. At this time, it is estimated that approximately 500 children may have been affected, officials said in a news release.
Sohail’s license to practice medicine in the state of Florida has been suspended by the state.
In 2016, the department determined that Sohail administered two vials of VFC vaccines to non-Medicaid patients and billed private insurance companies, officials said. She was suspended from the VFC program for two months.
Officials said Sohail was placed on a corrective action plan, which limited the number of doses of vaccines available to her and in January, she was found to be in noncompliance.
Any child who received a vaccine from Sohail between 2016 and 2018 should contact a new primary care provider and consider revaccination, officials said.
There is also the possibility that Sohail did not follow best practices in maintaining the sterility of the vaccines she administered.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:41 PM
Two Hamilton men with the same last name have been charged with scamming southwest Ohio Sam’s Club stores out of more than $50,000 worth of fraudulently acquired cash rewards points.
Joshua C. Leavell, 25, and Cabel D. Leavell III, 59, also have been accused of generating more than 750 fraudulently refunded AutoZone gift cards.
The conspiracy case filed by bill of information in Dayton’s U.S. District Court alleges that the men accessed internet websites and social media pages to steal identities “to improperly purchase Sam’s Club Plus Member ‘cash rewards’ accounts, account numbers, and account passwords at discounted prices.”
The men traveled to various Sam’s Clubs in southwest Ohio and elsewhere to illegally use the “cash rewards” points to purchase large quantities of iTunes gift cards, according to the bill.
The document said the defendants would log onto members’ rewards accounts at self-checkout kiosks to complete illicit retail transactions.
The defendants used an email address to generate fraudulent refunded gift cards worth $52,232.11 that they used in Sam’s Clubs in Cincinnati, Loveland, Washington Twp., Beavercreek and Dayton from Dec. 25, 2016, until Aug. 8, 2017, according to the bill.
The bill of information also alleged the defendants generated about 756 fraudulently refunded gift cards while in various AutoZone stores in Hamilton and throughout the Southern District of Ohio.
No defense attorneys are listed for the Leavells in court records and no court dates have been set. Assistant U.S. attorney Dwight Keller declined to comment.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 3:25 PM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:10 PM
— An off-duty Miami Twp. police officer has been cleared by a grand jury in the shooting of armed robbery suspect attempting to flee a volatile Miamisburg crime scene near I-75.
Officer James Swearingen was not indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury for his Feb. 5 actions in wounding a 17-year-old Dayton suspect who may face adult charges, according to the Miamisburg Police Department.
The decision was announced Friday.
“Officer Swearingen took immediate action and attempted to stop the armed teen, which led to an exchange of gunfire,” according to a statement released Friday afternoon by Miamisburg Sgt. Jeff Muncy. “The armed robber was struck twice and was ultimately secured and taken to the hospital, where he was treated for his injuries.”
The shooting case was presented to a grand jury on Thursday and Swearingen “was cleared of any wrongdoing,” according to Muncy’s statement. “The incident itself remains under investigation, and the case is currently pending court action/disposition.”
Miami Twp. Police Chief Ron Hess said via email “we’re pleased with the decision of the Montgomery County Grand Jury and want to thank the Miamisburg Police Department for their investigation into this incident.
“Now that the criminal investigation has concluded in regards to the actions of Officer Swearingen, the Miami Township Police Department will begin an internal investigations to ensure that all the policies and procedures were followed as is standard practice,” he added.
Swearingen twice shot the teen in the right arm as the suspect was seeking to carjack several vehicles after the suspect’s stolen vehicle broke down shortly after robbing a Shell station in heavy traffic near Ohio 725 and Interstate 75 interchange, Montgomery County Prosecutor Mathias Heck, Jr. has said.
Heck said Swearingen arrived on the scene as the suspect was fleeing, identified himself as a police officer, ordered the teen to drop his .45-caliber gun and shot him when the suspect failed to comply.
The Dunbar High School student was charged in juvenile court Tuesday with seven counts of aggravated robbery, one count of felonious assault on a police officer, one count of impersonating an officer and a weapons charge.
Among other charges, the 17-year-old is accused of having “did knowingly cause or attempt to cause physical harm to” a police officer “by means of a deadly weapon,” court records filed Tuesday show.
Heck said prosecutors will seek to try the teen as an adult on all charges, which include an accusation of armed robbery for carjacking a vehicle on the night of Feb. 4, Heck has said.
Heck said the teen’s Feb. 5 actions – which include claiming to be an undercover federal agent - near the busy interchange “could have resulted in a number of injuries and deaths.”
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