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

Suspect dies in Englewood officer involved shooting

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.

Englewood Police Officer TIm Corcoran (Courtesy/Englewood Police Department)

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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An investigation is underway into an officer-involved shooting that happened Sunday afternoon, Feb. 5, 2017, on the property of the former Englewood Inn on South Main Street in Englewood. DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF

Fatal crash: Back-seat passengers not wearing seat belts, state patrol says

Published: Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Updated: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 6:53 PM

Friends, teachers remember 2 Clark County students killed in crash

Two Clark County high school students killed in Sunday’s rollover crash in Greene County were not wearing seat belts, Ohio State Highway Patrol officials said in a statement.

LOCAL NEWS: U.S. 35 E crash kills one in Dayton

  • Killed were David Waag, 17, of Beavercreek, and Connor Williams, 15, of Fairborn
  • A vigil at Greenon High School was planned for Monday night
  • Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors, according to the state patrol.

LOCAL NEWS: Man, 51, killed in Clark County crash

UPDATE @ 6 p.m. (Aug. 21) 

The tight-knit Greenon schools community is continuing to grieve the loss of the two high school athletes killed in Sunday’s crash.

"A lot of people are hurting still," Greenon Superintendent Brad Silvus said. "But they are rallying around each other and supporting both families and also the families of those that were able to survive."

UPDATE @ 12:05 p.m. (Aug. 21)

Counselors are being made available to help students and staff members at two Clark County schools where two teenagers killed in Sunday’s rollover crash on Wilkerson Road were students.

Both schools are closed today in light of the news that Connor Williams and David Waag were killed.

Williams was a sophomore at Global Impact STEM Academy in Springfield. Director Joshua Jennings said area districts have offered to help provide grief counselors.

Global Impact Stem Academy closed after student dies in crash

"Our school counselors will be able to be here ... for [students] to talk to and work out the grieving process that they may be going through collectively as a school or individually,” Jennings said. “ In addition to that, we've been in contact with a number of surrounding districts who are willing to send out their counselors as well and trained professionals to be able to add additional support where needed.”

Counselors are also being made available at Greenon High School, where David Waag was a senior. Greenon High was closed Monday but counselors were made available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Troopers release crash details

Trey Blevins, 18, of Enon, was driving a black 2005 Toyota Corolla that went off the right side of Wilkerson Road between Fairborn and Yellow Springs, the state patrol said in a statement released early Monday.

“It appears in our investigation that they drifted off the right side of the road, over-corrected, went off the left side, hit a tree and then overturned,” said Sgt. Paul Lezotte of the Xenia Post.

Blevins, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to Soin Medical Center suffering from minor injuries. 

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The right front passenger, Zach Knauer, 17, of Springfield, was also wearing a seat belt. He was taken to Soin for observation. 

Waag and Williams were in the back seat. They died at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation. No charges have been filed.

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The vigil

Community members came together Sunday night at the Greenon High School football field to grieve the loss of the boys. Some brought candles, others illuminated cellphones to light the night in honor of Waag and Williams.

School closings

Greenon High School announced the school will be closed Monday, but counselors will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to a social media post.

“After careful consideration of our need to support our students during this difficult time and protect all students during tomorrow’s solar eclipse, we are cancelling school so that we can ensure the safety and emotional well-being of all students and staff.”

Officials at Global Impact STEM Academy also decided to close the school Monday. School officials sent out a “One Call” phone message and posted on social media to alert families.

The students

Waag, a senior soccer player, last year was second-team All-Central Buckeye Conference Mad River Division as a junior. Williams played football and attended Global Impact STEM Academy.

Greenon Athletic Director Adam Billet said he was not ready to comment, but said “they were great kids.”

The district had activities in place for the eclipse, but district spokeswoman said that with the deaths of two students in the tight-knit community it would be too much of a strain on the staff.

2 children injured, driver cited in single-vehicle Tipp City accident 

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 6:41 PM

2 children injured, driver cited in single-vehicle Tipp City accident

Two children have been taken to Dayton Children's Hospital from a single-vehicle accident on South Tipp Cowlesville Road, just north of Virginia Drive, in Tipp City, and the driver has been given a traffic citation for a violation, Miami County Sheriff’s deputies said. 

The injuries are said to be non-life threatening and the adult who was in the vehicle has accompanied the children to the hospital, Tipp City EMS personnel said. 

According to the deputies, the driver removed one of the children, still in a car seat, before EMS personnel arrived. 

Police and the medic unit were dispatched about 5:25 p.m. on a report that the sedan had slammed into a utility pole. 

There is a phone wire in the street, knocked loose from the pole because of the impact, and that is causing traffic to be re-routed.

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Last of 5 charged in Union Twp. home invasion gets 7-year prison term

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 6:14 PM

Eric Santos (Courtesy/Miami County Jail)
Eric Santos (Courtesy/Miami County Jail)

The last of five men convicted in a Union Twp. home invasion in September, during which shots were fired, has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Eric Santos, 22, of Trotwood, was sentenced Monday in Miami County Common Pleas Court for his guilty pleas to single counts of aggravated burglary with a gun specification, conspiracy to aggravated burglary and felonious assault.

Santos was one of five men arrested in the invasion of a residence on North Montgomery County Line Road, where both the intruders and home owner fired weapons at each other, sheriff’s deputies said. 

One of the men, Keason Twitty, 25, of Dayton, was injured seriously. He pleaded guilty to the same felony charges as Santos as did James Benton, 24, and Corey Dixon, 18, of Englewood.

All three also were sentenced to seven years each as part of plea deals.

Kristian Martinez, 23, of Phillipsburg, who did not go in the house but drove the getaway car, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary. He was sentenced to four years in prison.

Judge Jeannine Pratt told Santos he was fortunate to get the seven-year sentence, which prosecutors recommended. He could have been sent to prison for up to 22 years. 

"This could have ended a lot worse for you," Pratt told Santos, noting that if he returns to her court, she likely wouldn't consider a recommended sentence. He was given credit for 285 days served in jail.

Sheriff’s investigators said they believed the invasion was drug-related.

The homeowner has not been charged.

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Eye damage from eclipse can show later: What you need to know

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 3:13 PM
Updated: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 3:32 PM

Eclipse Glasses at Lincoln Elementary. Bill Lackey/Staff
Eclipse Glasses at Lincoln Elementary. Bill Lackey/Staff

If you damaged your eyes during the eclipse it might take a while before you see symptoms.

The first full solar eclipse in 99 years happened this afternoon, and residents across the Dayton region came out to watch the event.

Those who didn’t use certified eclipse viewing glasses or alternative methods like a pinhole projector risked injuring their eyes and possible permanent damage.

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But it might take a while for that damage to show. Dr. Brian Pennington, emergency room physician with Sycamore Medical Center said he hadn’t seen any patients yet with injuries related to the eclipse as of Monday afternoon, but the symptoms tend to be delayed with showing.

“It does take about anywhere from eight to 12 hours after the initial exposure to really develop the symptoms,” he said.

He said with the sun partially obscured, people can stand looking at the sun for longer, which can lead to someone staring at the sun long enough to cause temporary or permanent damage. Some symptoms could be feeling like there is a foreign object in your eye, redness, dryness, pain or even loss of vision.

A spokeswoman with Miami Valley Hospital said the only person the Premier-affiliated hospital’s ER saw related to the eclipse was someone who had fallen during the event. She said it can take up to 24 hours to see the affects of staring up at the eclipse.

Prior to the eclipse, local doctors warned that residents should proceed with caution and use proper eye protection when looking up at the sun durin the event.

Dr. Amina Husain, with Premier Eye Surgeons, said even with protective glasses, she said it’s not recommended you look too long at the eclipse.

“You can theoretically burn your retina and potentially go blind and that’s a big complication,” said Husain.

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Dr. Barry Gridley, who practices at Eye Care Locale in downtown Dayton and Wing Eyecare at Austin Landing, said even on a regular day, he still sometimes sees patients with damage from looking right at the sun.

“Your retina is protein and heat fries protein and there’s nothing we can do to restore it,” Gridley said.