Troy man shot by officer found not guilty by reason of insanity

Published: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 4:38 PM

Kenneth Coleman Jr. (Contributed Photo/Miami County Jail)
Kenneth Coleman Jr. (Contributed Photo/Miami County Jail)

A Miami County judge Tuesday found a Troy man charged with felonious assault for threatening a Troy police officer with a knife in January 2015 not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Kenneth Coleman Jr., 33, was shot by a responding police officer during the Jan. 20, 2015, incident outside an apartment on Mayfield Drive. Police said they were asked to check on Coleman after a neighbor reported hearing screaming and loud noises.

In an affidavit, a police detective said Coleman refused to drop a knife while walking toward Officer Jim Short yelling "shoot me."

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Coleman was shot in the legs and hospitalized. He was found incompetent to stand trial in March 2015 and sent to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services in Toledo for competency restoration.

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A county grand jury cleared the police officer in the shooting in February 2015.

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Coleman subsequently was indicted on the felonious assault charge in August 2016 after being released from the Toledo facility and living in a group home.

In court Tuesday, Coleman waived a jury trial and agreed to have the case heard by Common Pleas Judge Christopher Gee. 

Gee said Coleman signed a stipulated listing of facts agreed to by prosecutors and defense lawyer Jay Lopez. The judge said in reaching his verdict he considered those facts and a recent forensic evaluation of Coleman in which an examiner found Coleman "suffered from a serious mental illness ... he did not know the wrongfulness of his actions and at the time of the offense was not sane."

Gee ruled Coleman met legal criteria of being legally insane at the time of the offense. 

An assessment of Coleman to determine whether or not he is now mentally ill will be conducted before another hearing. At that hearing, Gee will determine the next steps to be taken with Coleman, including whether he should be hospitalized for mental treatment.

Coleman will remain in jail until that hearing is held.

Police investigating reported shooting outside Walmart in Fairfield Twp.

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 4:54 PM



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Police are investigating after a reported shooting outside a Walmart in Fairfield Twp.

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Fairfield Township Police were called at about 3:15 p.m. Saturday to the Walmart at 3101 Hamilton Princeton Road.

According to scanner traffic, a person was shot in the leg during the incident.

Initial reports may have been drug related.

We are working to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available.

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Few thousand turn out in support of Women’s March

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 2:38 PM

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An estimated few thousand people descended on downtown Dayton to support equality.

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The 2018 Women’s March drew people across the region.

The event at Courthouse Square is being organized by Dayton Women’s Rights Alliance, along with Dayton Indivisible for All and others.

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In downtown Dayton

The rally is designed to engage and empower all people to support women’s rights, human rights, civil rights, disability rights, and many others seeking equality.

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Last year’s event drew more than 3,000 people. This year’s event occurs in the midst of the #MeToo movement and the same week as the sentencing for former U.S. Gymnastics team Dr. Larry Nassar, who is accused of sexually molesting dozens of young girls under his care.

According to the event’s Facebook page: “We want to encourage continued resistance, collaboration and participation in 2018 mid-term elections in order to elect representatives who will fight for our rights and the future of our democracy.”

Crews battle structure fire at AK Steel in Middletown for over 2 hours

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 8:58 AM
Updated: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 12:52 PM

SCENE: Crews battle structure fire at AK Steel in Middletown for over 2 hours

UPDATE @ 1:51 p.m.:

A cracked vessel holding molten steel ignited a large fire at AK Steel in Middletown this morning.

Middletown Fire Chief Paul Lolli said the crew of about 60 firefighters from four departments have now cleared the scene. One firefighter/paramedic was taken to Atrium Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

Lolli said the molten steel ignited other equipment and the building when it poured out.

“There was a fire at AK Steel at the basic oxygen furnace and the vessel that stores hot, molten steel somehow split open and ignited a fire in one of the buildings,” he said.

Lolli said it will take several weeks to determine what exactly happened and damage estimates at this early stage are impossible to predict.

Fire departments from Middletown, Franklin, Monroe and Liberty Twp. responded to the scene. Lolli said AK Steel’s fire crews will handle any hot spots that might flare up this afternoon.

UPDATE @ 12:52 p.m.:

The fire at AK Steel in Middletown is now out, according to Middletown’s Facebook page. 

UPDATE @ 10:54 a.m: 

Fire crews have been on scene of a structure fire at AK Steel in Middletown for over two hours, but appear to have the situation under control, according to dispatch.

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The incident was initially reported as heavy smoke coming from the structure in the 3400 block of Lefferson Road around 8:30 a.m.

Officials battled the fire that included molten metal reportedly flowing through the building and the second floor concrete collapsing at one point, causing crews to be removed from the first floor, per reports. 
No word on injuries. 

We are still working to learn what caused the fire’s start.

UPDATE @ 9:23 a.m: 

Crews continue to battle a massive fire at AK Steel in Middletown that occurred Saturday morning.

The address to the fire has been updated to the 3400 block of Lefferson Road, according to officials.

We are still working to learn details on the fire and will keep this story updated. 

INITIAL REPORT

Multiple fire crews are responding to the 1800 block of Crawford Street on a structure fire at AK Steele in Middletown, per initial reports. 

The incident was reported around 8:30 a.m., and is reportedly escalating.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this story with additional details. 

Local NAACP members, church leaders stay encouraged in light of hospital closing

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 11:29 AM

Local NAACP and church leaders said they are encouraged by “assurances” by Premier Health in the wake of the planned closing of Good Samaritan Hospital.

A community forum on the issue set for Feb. 10 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church is one reason for that encouragement, said Dayton NAACP President Derrick Foward. 

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The community must “find a pathway forward,” said Corey Cunningham, founder and senior pastor of The Inspiration Church on Philadephia Drive. 

Foward and Cunningham expressed those concerns this morning at a news conference three days after officials from Premier Health - the hospital’s parent company - announced the closing of the hospital that has been a northwest Dayton anchor for nearly a century. 

Premier CEO Mary Boosalis said Wednesday Good Samaritan Hospital will close its doors by the end of the year and move 1,600 jobs out of the northeast Dayton neighborhood, where it been located on Philadelphia Drive since the late 1920s. 

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Boosalis called the closing a “most difficult but necessary decision.” It was one that shocked many in the community and Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein said “we are gravely concerned about an exit of that anchoring presence.” 

Premier said its goal is to offer all employees other positions in the company. But that isn’t much solace for the neighborhood around the massive complex, which was first constructed in 1928 and added onto many times since.