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Suspect shot by Englewood officer had ‘lengthy criminal history’

Published: Sunday, February 05, 2017 @ 3:51 PM
Updated: Monday, February 06, 2017 @ 6:02 PM

ENGLEWOOD — A 10-year veteran Englewood police officer shot and injured a man suspected of shooting a firearm at a motel.

  • The man shot and killed by an Englewood police officer on Feb. 5 has been identified as 41-year-old Shelly Porter III.
  • Porter died of multiple gunshot wounds at the hospital, according to the coroner’s office
  • The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation will investigate the officer-involved shooting

The officer has been identified as Timothy Corcoran. He has has 17 total years of law enforcement experience, Lang said.

According to police, the Motel 6 manager called police around 2:20 p.m. on Sunday to report Porter damaged a room at the motel located at 9325 North Main Street. Police say he discharged a firearm at the motel. 

“A physical altercation broke out ultimately leading to the officer having to fire his weapon in defense of his own life,” Lang said.

Lang said while the department would like to release body camera footage of the incident to the public, the department needs to protect the integrity of the investigation, while BCI and a Montgomery County grand jury review the case.

UPDATE @ 11:40 a.m. (Feb. 6)

An assistant manager from Motel 6 in Englewood told a dispatcher that a guest had been seen walking back and forth and “looking awkward.”  

Police responded to shots fired into the Motel 6 and eventually an Englewood officer shot a suspect after a struggle at an out-of-business motel nearby.

That suspect, Shelly Porter III, died from his injuries in the emergency room at Miami Valley Hospital.

“We found bullets in the room. They shot through our window,” the assistant manager said of damage to Room 209. “The maintenance man checked it out. The bullets actually went through Room 134 and another room upstairs from another building.

The manger said the housekeeper had reported that earlier the guest was walking back and forth and looking kind of awkward. 

“They were due to check out today and they’re gone, but we need to make a report on this,” the manager said.

Englewood police Sgt. Mike Lang said the department has never had a police-involved fatal shooting. But there have been two previous officer-involved shootings, including one that involved Lang himself. 

“In 2010, (Officer) Chip Ridgway, while off-duty at the time, interrupted an armed robbery at his family’s pharmacy in East Dayton and returned fire on the suspect,” Lang said. “In 1999, I fired upon an armed robbery suspect. In both cases, the suspects lived and were convicted. The shootings were cleared.”  

The police report from Sunday indicated that an Englewood police officer responded at 1:15 p.m. The officer wrote that a housekeeper reported she heard what sounded like gunshots about an hour earlier than that.  The reporting officer in the Englewood police incident report was listed as J.M. Brownfield.

UPDATE @ 11:30 a.m. Feb. 6

The man who was shot by an Englewood police officer on Sunday died from multiple gunshot wounds at the Miami Valley Hospital emergency room, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

The man has been identified as Shelly Porter III, 41, address at large, according to the coroner’s office.

According to court records, Porter had several misdemeanor cases and a couple low-level felony cases. 

Porter was convicted in January 2016 on two counts of receiving stolen property and one count of vandalism. He was sentenced to community control, which was terminated in November 2016.  

Porter also had his intervention in lieu of conviction revoked after not successfully completing a drug treatment program, according to court records.

EARLIER (Feb. 5)

The officer was looking for the suspect and tracked him to the closed motel located at 1212 South Main Street, according to Englewood police Sgt. Michael Lang.

“That officer did everything he could do to bring that situation to a peaceful resolution,” Lang said. “That officer was in fear of his life and the suspect was obviously armed.”

The officer found the suspect at the abandoned motel and an altercation ensued. The suspect was reportedly armed and refused to obey the officer’s orders, according to Lang. The officer fired one or more rounds and struck the suspect.

Police said the suspect was known to them.

The officer who fired the shot was wearing a body camera, Lang said. This newsroom will be requesting video that should have been recorded during the incident. 

No one else was involved in the incident, according to police. Officers went door-to-door at the abandoned motel to make sure no one else was there and may have been a witness. 

The motel has been a public safety concern, with people looting and squatting inside the buildings. The Englewood Inn was recently closed and is in the process of being torn down, Lang said.

The Motel 6 manager was not available to describe damages to the room, and staff said they were not able to comment about the incident.

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Dayton Air Show: Visitors turn out despite Thunderbirds cancellation 

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 11:33 AM

A Korean War era Skyraider arrives early at the Vectren Dayton Air Show on Saturday morning. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Ty Greenlees

As the Vectren Dayton Air Show kicks off Saturday some visitors came to the show, unaware of Friday’s Thunderbird crash and cancellation of their performance Saturday.

Michael Werchowski, 44, brought his 11-year-old son, Miles, hoping to see the Thunderbirds, but didn’t know they weren’t performing until he arrived at Dayton International Airport.

>>WATCH LIVE PERFORMANCES FROM SATURDAY’S SHOW

It was the first air show for both.

“We’ve never seen a Blue Angels or Thunderbirds show before, but it is what it is,” Michael Werchowski, who drove in from Powell near Columbus for the show.

Miles didn’t seem fazed.

“I’m just here to see planes,” he said.

A two seat F-16 Thunderbird jet overturned at the airport after landing Friday, trapping the pilot and passenger until they were freed by first responders.

RELATED: Thunderbird jet crashes ahead of Vectren Dayton Air Show

Both were hospitalized and reported in good condition. One team member has been released. The Thunderbirds have not yet made an announcement on whether they will perform at Sunday’s show.

Gary and Linda Kish drove four hours from St. Clairsville near Wheeling, W.V., with two grandchildren, Jayden, 6, and Weston, 4, but weren’t deterred from coming when they heard the Thunderbirds canceled the Saturday show.

“We were eating ice cream when we heard about it,” Jayden said.

“It’ still a good time,” said Gary Kish, 64. “We’re just glad (the two Thunderbird two members) are OK.”

“What are you going to do?” asked Linda Kish. 

LIVE COVERAGE: Saturday at the Vectren Dayton Air Show

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 11:05 AM

The gates have opened and flights for the 2017 Dayton Vectren Air Show are scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. and will conclude around 4:15 p.m. Gates for Saturday’s show will close at 6 p.m.

>>WATCH LIVE COVERAGE OF THE AERIAL ACTS BELOW

>>Dayton Air Show: What we know today

Saturday’s line-up will include flights from the following acts and others (times are approximate)

  • Suzuki Extra 300 12:05 p.m.
  • B-25 Doolittle Raid Commemoration 12:50 p.m.
  • Geico Skytypers 1:33 p.m.
  • Sean Tucker 1:54 p.m.
  • Misty Blues 2:08 p.m.
  • F-18 Super Hornet 2:24 p.m.

The Thunderbirds have cancelled their Saturday flight following a crash during a practice flight on Friday afternoon.  It will be determined later if the group will fly Sunday.

RELATED: 1 of 2 Thunderbirds pilots released following crash at air show

MORE: Eyewitness describes Thunderbird crash

UPDATE @ 11:22 a.m.:

News Center 7’s Caroline Reinwald spent some time this morning, before the air show begins talking with the Geico Skytypers.

Two injured after car crashes into Dayton building

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 12:28 AM

A car crashed into this building near the intersection of West Third Street and Moss Avenue Saturday morning. Malik Perkins/Staff

UPDATE @ 5:13 a.m.

One person has been taken to Miami Valley Hospital and another sent to Grandview Medical Center following a crash at the intersection of West Third Street and Moss Avenue Saturday morning, according to dispatchers.

Dispatchers said the conditions of both victims remain unknown at this time.

EARLIER REPORT

A car has reportedly crashed into a Dayton home Saturday morning. 

Dayton crews were dispatched to the crash at the intersection of West Third Street and Moss Avenue around 12:05 p.m. 

Initial reports indicate two people at the scene are injured. 

Dispatchers could not comment on the severity of either victim's injuries, but said medics have yet to leave the scene.

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Health advisory posted at Kiser Lake due to algae bloom

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 5:19 PM
Updated: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 6:25 PM


            Andrew Headlee, a maintenance worker at Kiser Lake State Park, posts a sign on the beach warning people of the toxic algae in the water in 2015. State officials issued another public health advisory on Friday for the lake in Champaign County, recommending that visitors take caution when going to the lake. Bill Lackey/Staff

State officials posted a recreational health advisory at Kiser Lake State Park in Champaign County on Friday, alerting residents after sampling showed high levels of algal toxins.

The is the second time in recent years that a public health advisory has been posted at the popular recreational beach due to high levels of microsystin, a toxin produced by the algae.

The advisory indicates that an algal bloom has been detected, and the Ohio Department of Health says swimming and wading aren’t recommended for children, pregnant or nursing women, those with certain medical conditions and pets.

EARLIER COVERAGE: Toxic algae warning issued for Champaign County’s Kiser Lake

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources conducted sampling at the lake and found levels of about 11.7 parts per billion, according to information from the state’s BeachGuard website.

Any level detected higher than 6 ppb prompts a health advisory, state officials said. If detected levels reach 20 ppb, the health department recommends residents avoid all contact with the water, according to information from the state.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will continue to monitor the water, said Matt Eiselstein, a spokesman for ODNR. Once officials pull two samples below 6 ppb, the health advisory will be lifted.

Other beaches across the state are also under toxic algae advisories. Two beaches at Buckeye Lake have been under an elevated recreational health advisory since June 16 after state officials found toxin levels higher than 25 ppb.

Most algal blooms aren’t harmful but some are a type of cyanobacteria than can produce toxins. The blooms can have several causes, including warm temperatures and stagnant water. Some toxins can produce symptoms that include rashes, stomach issues, dizziness or other health concerns.

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