Sidney grad killed in Florida was assisting with Hurricane Irma recovery

Published: Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 11:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 2:35 PM

Former Sidney football star dies in TV tower collapse

UPDATE @ 2:35 p.m. 

Marcus Goffena was in Florida to help repair towers that were damaged by Hurricane Irma, his relatives said. 

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“That was just the way he was. He wanted to get there to help out,” Marcus’ father told this news outlet during a phone interview Thursday afternoon.

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His mother added: “He loved what he was doing, he was really proud of what he was doing.”

Goffena started working for the Texas-based Tower King II, a company that performs maintenance and construction of large broadcast towers, about six years ago, but he and his family knew the dangers of his job, they said. 

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“It’s scary ... every time he’s up in the air,” his mother said. “We knew that. We knew it was a dangerous job.” 

Goffena’s father said he was notified of his son’s death from the owner of Tower King II Wednesday. 

“[I felt] disbelief. I couldn’t believe it was true,” his mother said. 

Goffena’s family said his job took him all over the county, but he was very family-oriented, and loved coming back to Sidney to spend time with his family. 

“He loved to live life to the fullest. He always had a smile on his face,” his mother said. 

Goffena’s autopsy was scheduled to be completed today, and funeral arraignments were still pending, his parents said.

A witness who talked with WFOR-TV in Miami, Florida, explains what he heard and saw prior, during and after scaffolding collapsed, killing 3 people.

UPDATE @ 11:45 a.m. 

Family members have confirmed Marcus Goffena, 31, of Sidney is one of the three victims killed in a Florida scaffolding accident Wednesday. 

FIRST REPORT

A Sidney man was killed in a scaffolding accident at a TV tower in Miami, Fla. Wednesday. 

Sidney City Schools Superintendent John Scheu confirmed to this news outlet one of the three people killed in the accident yesterday was a graduate of Sidney High School. 

This news outlet is withholding publishing the victim’s name until we’ve confirmed the next of kin have been notified. 

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According to the Associated Press, three men died after the scaffolding they used to reach the top of a 100-story tall transmission tower collapsed. 

Officials told the AP, the tower transmits signals for two stations in Miami, WPLG and WSVN. The men were contract workers for a Texas-basked company, Tower King II, that builds and maintains television antennas. 

FCC Antenna Tower Registration records say the 1,032-foot tower was built in 2009 and is owned by Miami Tower, LLC.  

WSVN owner and president Edmund Ansin said in a statement to the AP that the men were performing work required by the FCC.

We’ll update this page as new details become available. 

Pursuit suspect hides in a tree; skunk sprays police K-9

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 2:10 AM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 11:52 AM

UPDATE @ 4:18 a.m.

A second suspect wanted in connection to a pursuit that ended in Xenia has reportedly been taken into custody.

The suspect was reportedly located in a tree around 4:10 a.m. near the Xenia Community Center on Second Street.

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A medic has been requested to the scene because the suspect reportedly suffered head injuries.

UPDATE @4:05 a.m.

A search for two people involved in a pursuit early this morning has ended.

Authorities were not able to locate two of three occupants of a car that led police on a pursuit in Clinton and Greene counties. 

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A K9 was reportedly sprayed by a skunk during the search.

FIRST REPORT

A police pursuit that reportedly started in Clinton County has ended in a field near Bellbrook Avenue and South Allison Avenue in Xenia.

The incident occurred around 2 a.m. today.

The subjects fled the vehicle, per initial reports.

One individual has been captured by police, two others are still on foot.

We will update this story with more details as they develop.

Moraine police shooting: Man killed is identified

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 5:52 AM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 12:54 PM

Moraine shooting: Man killed identified

A Dayton man was fatally shot Friday morning after he allegedly pointed a gun at two Moraine police officers.

The officers were investigating a report of a suspicious person in a vehicle at an apartment complex on Pinnacle Park Drive.

The person, who was later identified as Jamarco McShann, 23, pointed a gun at them and the officers opened fire, killing McShann, Moraine Police Chief Craig Richardson during a news conference Friday afternoon.

Jamarco McShann, 23, was shot and killed by Moraine police Friday morning while officers were investigating a suspicious vehicle report. Moraine's police chief said McShann pointed a gun at the officers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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McShann was pronounced dead at the scene. The officers involved in the shooting have not been identified, however, they will be put on leave, per protocol, the chief said. 

“We have an active investigation going on right now of an officer-involved shooting,” Richardson said, declining to take questions. 

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Richardson promised a more thorough update on the case at a later time.

“We will do a thorough, complete investigation,” he said.

Sky 7 footage of the Signal 99 in Moraine

Later in the day the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation arrived at the scene of the shooting and subsequently announced that they’d lead the investigation into the shooting. 

"Our Special Investigations Unit was requested by Moraine to lead this investigation into what exactly occurred," spokeswoman Jill Del Greco said. "What we're going to be doing is conducting an independent investigation to determine the facts about what exactly occurred, and we'll go from there." 

Between six and seven BCI agents were on scene in Moraine. BCI is not required to investigate officer-involved shootings, nor are departments required to ask for BCI's assistance, Del Greco said. But many departments ask for assistance.

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Between six and seven BCI agents were on scene in Moraine. BCI is not required to investigate officer-involved shootings, nor are departments required to ask for BCI's assistance, Del Greco said. But many departments ask for assistance.

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At least 17 officer-involved shootings have been referred to BCI this year, she said. 

BCI's investigation will focus on whether there were any criminal violations during the incident, but will not make a determination on whether the officers violated any department policies.

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BCI will refer its findings to the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office at the end of its investigation, Del Greco said.

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Immediately after the shooting about 5:45 a.m., the officer put out a Signal 99, a county-wide request for officers to respond.

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“Shots fired. Shots fired,” the officer said over police radio. “We need the medics out here.”

The Montgomery County Coroner was then called to the scene. 

“I don’t know what happened, but I see the window shot out (of the car),” said Timeka Dreke, who said her son is best friends with McShann.

The coroner’s office has scheduled an autopsy to determine McShann’s official cause and manner of death.

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McShann is the sibling of two other men who are known to law enforcement, according to the office of vital statistics. The two other brothers are Curtis McShann and Jamal McShann.

Jamal McShann died in a shooting in October 2013 in Dayton and Curtis McShann was sentenced earlier this month to 60 years to life in prison in connection to the Oct. 25, 2016, shooting death of Brandon Lanier, 27, on Riverside Drive in Dayton.

Cooler, fall temperatures start to approach Miami Valley 

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 3:39 AM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 4:16 PM

Sunny skies and warm temperatures continue into the weekend.

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5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Clear and Cool Tonight
  • Warmer than Normal Weekend
  • Showers with Cooler Temps Next Week

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DETAILED FORECAST

THIS EVENING:  Clear skies continue through the evening and turning cooler with temperatures falling into the 60s. Overnight, staying quiet and cool with lows in near 50 degrees.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

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SATURDAY:  Plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures to start the weekend. Highs will push into the upper 70s, which is more than ten degrees above normal. Mostly sunny skies expected through the day.

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(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

SUNDAY: Sun will give way to clouds for Sunday, but staying dry. Another warm day with highs in the mid to upper 70s. More clouds and the chance for showers will develop late Sunday night.

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MONDAY: Becoming cloudy on Monday with showers likely. These showers could become steady, and perhaps heavy at times. A cooler day with highs in the upper 60s.

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TUESDAY: A breezy and cool Tuesday expected with a few passing showers possible. Much cooler air will settle into the Miami Valley. Highs only reaching into the upper 50s.

WEDNESDAY: A cold start to what will be a cooler than normal day. Morning temperatures near the upper 30s, then only climbing to the lower 50s for a highs. Lots of clouds around with the chance of a few passing showers.

            

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BREAKING: Appeals court reduces restaurateur Eva Christian’s prison sentence

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 11:47 AM

Eva Christian renews her fight to get prison sentence reduced

The Ohio 2nd District Court of Appeals issued a ruling this morning, Friday Oct. 20, that — if it stands — will reduce the length of imprisoned former Dayton restaurant owner Eva Christian’s sentence.

The ruling will not result in Christian’s immediate release from the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, where she has served more than five years of what was a nine-year prison sentence for insurance fraud-related charges. The case will now return to the trial court judge, Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Barbara P. Gorman, for re-sentencing that is in alignment with the appeals-court judges’ ruling.

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That ruling shaves a year off Christian’s maximum sentence. 

Eva Christian at her initial sentencing in 2012, shortly after being convicted of five felony counts following a jury trial. Staff file photo by Jim Witmer(Staff Writer)

If Judge Gorman imposes the maximum eight-year sentence, Christian would still have to serve nearly three more years before release, with a projected release date of May 2020, according to Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections records.

The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office has said it will urge federal officials to deport Christian whenever she is released from prison. Christian was born in Croatia and raised in Germany, and has German citizenship.

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The appeals court judges agreed with Christian’s court-appointed post-conviction attorney, Brock Schoenlein, that Judge Gorman exceeded her authority when she re-imposed a nine-year sentence to Christian after the severity of some of the five felony counts Christian was convicted of was reduced on appeal. Montgomery County prosecutors had argued that the judge was well within her sentencing rights and urged appeals-court judges to keep Christian’s nine-year sentence intact.

Prosecutors have the option of challenging the appeals court ruling to the Ohio Supreme Court. A spokesman for the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office said late Friday that prosecutors were reviewing the court of appeals decision and would decide within the next few days whether to challenge it.

Christian owned and operated Cafe Boulevard (later Boulevard Haus) in Dayton’s Oregon District for 15 years. The criminal case involved break-ins and a 2009 fire that Christian reported and which prosecutors said were staged in order to collect insurance money: one break-in at her Washington Twp. home and a reported vandalism and fire at what was then her second restaurant, Cena Brazilian Steakhouse in front of the Dayton Mall in Miami Twp. A jury convicted Christian in 2012 of five counts related to insurance fraud and running a crime ring.

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In this file photo from 2009, Eva Christian stands in the window of what was then her Oregon District restaurant, Cafe Boulevard. Staff file photo by Jim Witmer(Staff Writer)

The appeal of Christian’s conviction has taken a slow and circuitous path through the courts, bouncing among the Ohio Supreme Court, the 2nd Court of Appeals and Montgomery County Common Pleas court multiple times.

At her re-sentencing hearing in July 2016, Christian told the judge she was sorry for the pain she caused family, friends and the employees of her restaurants, whom she said she also considered family. She said she didn’t realize four years earlier how much impact her actions would have on those close to her.

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“It has consumed me and is haunting me every day,” Christian said. She urged the judge, “Please give me a chance to be a law-abiding citizen.”

Gorman was not persuaded. The judge noted that Christian tearfully pleaded for leniency four years earlier in the very same courtroom — only at that time, she was still firmly denying that she was guilty of any of the charges against her.

“I don’t know if you’ve really made a change, or if you’re a really good actress,” Judge Gorman told Christian.