Pub owner decries racist fliers saying blacks not welcome

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 8:15 AM
Updated: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 8:13 AM

A pub owner outside of Columbus says he can't understand why someone put racist fliers on vehicles at an apartment complex saying black people aren't welcome at his establishment.

WCMH-TV reports the fliers placed on windshields concerning Average Joe's Pub in New Albany included a racial slur.

Average Joe's co-owner Paul Rockwell says the fliers have created distress for him and his staff as they answer calls from people who have read Facebook posts about the racist message.

Rockwell says he's sorry it happened and that Average Joe's opens its doors to everyone. He says "we're not going to allow hate to be spread in our name."

Trial begins for school bus stop sex assault suspect

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:58 PM

RANDY STANAFORD
RANDY STANAFORD

A Dayton man accused of kidnapping a girl at knife-point and sexually assaulting her while she was waiting for the school bus was in court this afternoon for the start of his trial.

Randy Stanaford, 39, is charged with rape of a child less than 13 years old and kidnapping.

Stanaford, a registered sex-offender, was accused of kidnapping the 11-year-old girl while she was waiting for the school bus near the intersection of Edgar and Heaton avenues in Dayton last September, according to prosecutors.
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"This defendant, a homeless registered sex offender, kidnapped and raped an 11 year old girl, who was a complete stranger,” said Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr.

The 39-year-old was convicted in Butler County in 2008 for attempted kidnapping and public indecency and was released from prison in August 2015.

A jury was selected for Stanaford’s trial Monday morning and opening statements began shortly after 3 p.m.

If convicted as charged, Stanaford would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

I-675 wrong-way crash: 18-year-old victim ‘best friend anybody could ask for’

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 10:51 AM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 8:38 PM

Two men died in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 675 in Centerville Monday night.

(UPDATE @ 8:40 p.m. Oct. 23): Kalip Grimm, 18, one of two men killed in the Oct. 16 wrong-way crash on I-675 in Centerville, is being remembered as “the best friend anybody could ask for.”

Two of his best friends, in Collin Hare and Ty Marker, spoke about Grimm following his funeral Monday morning.

“His personality was just an amazing thing and every time he saw you, every single time, he said, ‘wasss up baby.’ That was his go-to line,” Hare said.

Hare and Marker wore orange -- Grimm’s favorite color.

Nearly 400 vehicles were part of the procession and there were nearly 2,000 signatures in the guest book.

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  • Police: Melvin Bonie Jr., 69, was the wrong-way driver 
  • Grimm was driving the car Bonie hit head-on, police said
  • Police: Initial findings point to excessive speed, not alcohol

Grimm graduated from Miamisburg High School in the spring and was working a full-time job since graduation, according to his mother Stacy Grimm. His 19th birthday would have been Sunday

I-675 wrong-way crash, Oct. 16, 2017. Staff photo

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The fatal crash Monday occurred five days before Kalip’s 19th birthday, Grimm said.

Melvin Bonie Jr. was a Beavercreek resident who was a retired analyst from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, according to friend Karen Rase of Beavercreek.

RELATED: Wrong-way crashes often deadly, hard to prevent 

He was a wine connoisseur who spent much of his retirement traveling, collecting art and enjoying dinners, she said.

“He never made ordinary stuff other people would make,” she said. “When he did cook…it was roast duck and he always had the perfect wine. “

Bonie was a wine consultant with Tramonte & Sons, according to the wine distributor’s website, who was known to attend and hold wine-tastings around the area.

A native of New Orleans, he was a graduate of the University of New Orleans, according to his Facebook page.

We’ll continue to update this page as we learn more both men. 

One flown to hospital from scene of Champaign Co. multi-car crash

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 7:29 PM

Jim Pancoast, President and CEO of Premier Health, speaks during a christening of the new Careflight medical helicopter was held on the helipad of Miami Valley Hospital Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Dayton.  Michael Franz / Staff
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Jim Pancoast, President and CEO of Premier Health, speaks during a christening of the new Careflight medical helicopter was held on the helipad of Miami Valley Hospital Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Dayton. Michael Franz / Staff(HANDOUT)

A medical helicopter is responding to the scene of a three-car crash in Champaign County Monday evening.

Champaign County dispatchers said a crews were sent to the 4000 block of U.S. 68 in Urbana Twp. around 6:30 p.m. 

A semi is involved in the crash and at least one person is being flown from the scene. 

Dispatchers said it is unknown what led to the crash or how many victims are reported at the scene. 

A portion of U.S. 68 has reopened after briefly closing as crews responded. 

We will update this story with new details when available.

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Dayton police hoping victim in shooting tells them what happened

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 11:39 AM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 6:41 PM

Shooting victim shows up at Dayton hospital

UPDATE @ 6:30 p.m.:  A man wounded by gunfire early Monday is telling Dayton police he was walking on North Main Street when a female in a red car drove up and shot him, police Sgt. Creigee Coleman said, but police can find no evidence at the place where the man said he was shot. 

Police interviewed the 45-year-old victim at Good Samaritan Hospital, where he had been taken by private conveyance. 

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"He was not really forthcoming with a lot of credible information,” Coleman said. “He said he knew her."

Police aren’t sure of the man and woman’s relationship.

The white female who possibly fired at the man was in a red car, the sergeant said. 

Police found no evidence of a shooting at North Main Street at Knecht Drive, where the victim said he was hit by gunfire, Coleman said.

"We're just hoping the victim tells us what happened,” the sergeant said. 

The victim's wounds are considered non-life threatening, Coleman said. 

Anyone who saw the shooting is asked to call Dayton police, 937-333-COPS, or Montgomery County Regional Dispatch, 937-225-4357.

Police were dispatched to the hospital on a report of a male who had been brought in by private vehicle about 11:30 a.m.

Initial reports, via police and fire radio dispatch, that a car with two men arrived at the hospital.

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