Police: Sidney victim was stabbed multiple times during robbery

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 5:55 AM
Updated: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 11:51 AM


UPDATE @ 11:44 a.m. (March 24)

According to court records, Lance Johnson was likely stabbed and killed sometime on March 12 during a robbery at his apartment. He was stabbed multiple times. 

The apartment was ransacked and there were signs of a struggle, according to a police report. 

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His body was found two days later, on March 14, by a friend who looked through the window and saw Johnson lying on the floor. 

Troy Delano McRae Jr. remains in the Shelby County Jail.

UPDATE @ 2:41 p.m. (March 23)

Fatal stabbing suspect Troy Delano McRae Jr. was arraigned this morning in Sidney Municipal Court.

He did not enter a plea. His bond was set at $1 million and his next court hearing was scheduled for 11 a.m. March 31. 

UPDATE @ 2 a.m.(March 23): Police tonight have nabbed a man wanted in connection to a fatal stabbing.

Sidney Police Chief William Balling posted on the department’s Facebook page late Wednesday night that Troy Delano McRae Jr. was located and is in custody.

McRae was located in Lima and taken into custody without incident, according to a media release issued by Sidney police Thursday morning. 

McRae has been booked into the Shelby County Jail but his mugshot was not immediately available. 

Police said the investigation into the death of Lance Johnson remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Sidney police at 937-498-2351. 

UPDATE @ 9:55 p.m. (March 22): Police are looking for Troy Delano McRae Jr., 34, in the slaying of Lance Johnson in his North Miami Avenue apartment in Sidney.

Officers were called March 14 to check on Johnson’s welfare. They found him deceased on the floor in the living room of his apartment at 402 N. Miami Ave. amid signs of a fight and ransacking, according to Sidney police.

A Shelby County Coroner’s investigator determined Johnson had been stabbed multiple times.

A witness told police that McRae was seen shortly after the slaying and had a bandage around his left hand. McRae also confided to this witness that he stabbed Johnson, according to police.

McRae, address unknown, has a warrant for his arrest on a charge of aggravated murder issued through Sidney Municipal Court.

Anyone with information on McRae’s whereabouts is urged to call 911 or the Sidney Police Department at 937-498-2351.

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UPDATE @ 5:08 p.m. (March 15): The victim found dead in a North Miami Avenue residence is Lance Johnson, according to the Shelby County Coroner’s Office.

Johnson, 38, was listed as the resident of Apt. B3, 402 N. Miami Ave.

The Sidney Police Department is asking anyone who has information about Johnson or what may have happened to him to contact the department at 937-498-2351.


Sidney police and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are investigating a suspicious death that occurred at an apartment on North Miami Avenue Tuesday.

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Police responded to an apartment in the 400 block of North Miami Avenue Tuesday afternoon in regards to a check welfare. The body of a man was found inside and police are calling his death suspicious.

The death is being investigated as a homicide, although no other details have been released.

An Ohio BCI unit arrived on scene Wednesday morning.

Neighbors told our crew investigators went door-to-door asking if any unusual activity occurred over the last few days. 

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Additional information from investigators, including the identity of the deceased person, was not available. 

We’ll update this page was new information becomes available. 

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Man shot, killed on Linden Ave. in Springfield identified

Published: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 2:20 AM
Updated: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 10:48 AM

A Springfield man was shot and killed Friday morning in the city's second homicide of the year, both coming in the span of eight days. Brandon Jamal Dearmond, 30, of Charles St., was found with multiple gunshot wounds in the 1300 block of Linden Avenue.

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Police were initially dispatched to the area of Linden and Rose Street, but could not find a victim, according to a report from the Springfield Police Division. Officers were then given an address in the 1300 block of Linden and found four or five people yelling for help on a porch. 

The victim was located next to a lawnmower, according to the report. Initial reports said as many as 30 shots had been fired. 

Officers began CPR on the porch, then medics arrived and continued to attempt to resuscitate Dearmond. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

“Officers spoke with several people at the house as the crime scene unit was called out to collect evidence,” the report says. 

One neighbor said she heard several gunshots fired. 

“I went down there and saw the crime scene tape, people, sirens, police,” said a neighbor who wanted to remain anonymous. 

This is the second homicide of the year in Springfield. 

Jeffery Rife, 36, was shot and killed on March 18 in the 500 block of Clairmont Avenue. 

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Another man was shot on Linden Avenue on March 16. Jimmy L. Dornon, 31, was found on the ground with a gunshot wound on his left side, according to a police report, and taken to the hospital. 

He was riding his motorcycle when he was shot by a man driving a white Ford Explorer, police said. Dornon told officers that he had recently sold the SUV to the suspect but didn’t know who he was, according to the report. 

The two recent shootings on Linden Avenue are scary, the neighbor said. 

“This neighborhood used to be a real good neighborhood,” she said. “But it seems like it’s going down.” 

She walks her dog in the neighborhood daily, she said, but now she doesn’t think it’s safe. 

“I know the police can’t be everywhere, but we certainly need them over here now,” she said. 

Police didn’t have any updates on Dearmond’s case as of Friday evening. The investigation is ongoing, Springfield Police Chief Steve Moody said.

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Senators, congressman to tour Wright-Patterson Friday

Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 4:01 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 4:01 PM

Five U.S. senators will tour Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on Friday for an inside look at the base’s military operations, officials say.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio and co-chairman of the Senate Air Force Caucus, will be joined by caucus co-chairman John Boozman, R-Arkansas.

Senate Armed Services Committee members Jack Reed, D-R.I., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii along with Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio and U.S. Rep. Mike turner, R-Dayton, will be part of the congressional visit, according to the offices of Brown and Portman.

Brown invited the senators to highlight the base’s key role in research and development for national security, his office said.

Warm weekend ahead with chances for storms

Published: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 5:10 AM
Updated: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 1:02 PM

Partly cloudy skies are expected this evening with unseasonably mild weather, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Temperatures will slowly drop back into the 60s.


  • Quiet and mild tonight
  • Temperatures in the 70s Saturday
  • Showers, storms Saturday night into Sunday

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OVERNIGHT: Partly cloudy skies will continue overnight with some increase in clouds. Temperatures will fall back into the middle 50s by morning, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies will start the day with increasing clouds. It will be unseasonably warm with highs reaching into the lower 70s. There will be a chance for a passing shower or storm, mainly late.

SUNDAY: It will be breezy and wet with numerous showers and storms, especially early in the day. Highs will be in the middle 60s. 

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MONDAY: A brief break in the rain is expected with some breaks in the clouds midday. However, the chance for showers and a few storms will return late. Highs will be back near 70 degrees.

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy skies are expected with a chance for showers. Highs will be in the middle 60s.

WEDNESDAY: Skies stay dry but it will be a bit cooler with highs in the upper 50s.

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Jefferson Twp. school treasurer on leave as district fixes finances

Published: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 3:11 PM

            Jefferson Twp. school treasurer on leave as district fixes finances

Jefferson Twp. Local Schools has placed its treasurer on leave and hired someone else to fix the books after a state audit found the district’s financial books “unauditable.”

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Superintendent Richard Gates last month promised to correct problems identified in the state audit. On Friday, he outlined the changes made so far, including submitting corrected books earlier this month and hiring a temporary treasurer, Laura Sauber.

“We have done that. All of our records have been submitted,” Gates said.

Treasurer Chris Frame is on paid administrative leave, and Gates was asked if Frame would return.

“That’s a personnel concern, and if I could elaborate on that, I would. But right now, the direction we’re moving in is the direction that we intend tof continue to go in. Because of the movements that we’ve made,” Gates said.

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In February, State Auditor Dave Yost said Jefferson Twp. Schools’ finances could not be audited for the period of July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, because of their condition. He gave the district 90 days to fix the issues, but Gates then said it would take one-third of the time.

On Friday, Dominic Binkley at Yost’s office acknowledged receipt of Jefferson Twp.’s revised records and said the audit already has started.

“The district will remain on the ‘unauditable’ list until their audit is completed and released to the public,” Binkley said.

For now, Jefferson Twp. is the only traditional district in Ohio on that list.

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Gates said he did not want the situation with the audit to overshadow positive developments in the district.

“We’re very optimistic,” he said, “very optimistic about the future and the way this is going.”

“We have no intentions of ever having the fiscal responsibilities with Jefferson Twp. not complete and not to the point where they can be transparently interpreted to our public,” the superintendent said.

Last year, Jefferson Twp. Schools had some good news as it ranked third in the state in K-3 literacy improvement.