Trump rally accused stage runner next court date announced

Published: Saturday, March 12, 2016 @ 12:17 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 31, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

A scary moment during Donald Trump's speech when the Secret Service had to protect the Presidential Candidate

Thomas DiMassimo, the Fairborn man accused of vaulting over a railing and rushing the stage during Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Vandalia, appeared today in federal court.

  • DiMassimo, 22, charged with entering a restricted building or grounds without authority
  • DiMassimo pleaded not guilty in federal court March 25
  • DiMassimo accused of rushing stage at March 12 Trump rally
  • Secret service jumped to stage to protect Trump
  • DiMassimo led controversial civil rights protest last year at Wright State
  • Next court appearance scheduled for April 15

 

UPDATE @ 10:06 a.m.:

No action was taken in court today following a status conference in federal court for Thomas DiMassimo.

DiMassimo’s next court appearance is set for April 15, with a deadline to file evidence set for April 11.

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DiMassimo appeared in U.S. District Court in Dayton March 25 for his initial appearance, where he entered a plea of not guilty in front of the judge.

“He has political views and wanted them to be heard,” said Jon Paul Rion, attorney for DiMassimo. “He did not attempt to cause anything other than that.”

The charge against DiMassimo comes with a sentence of up to one year and a fine of up to $100,000 if convicted.

“It’s our belief that this is presumed to be probation even if he were to enter a plea today,” Rion said.

Benjamin Glassman, acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, thinks this case is important when it comes to this year’s elections and the events surrounding them.

“Passions are high in this election. We think it’s important for people attending a political events, whether they’re attending to support the candidate or attending to protest, that everybody is safe,” Glassman said.

While Donald Trump was speaking to supporters at his rally at Wright Brothers Aero at the Dayton International Airport, DiMassimo was accused of jumping over a security railing in an attempt to get onto the stage where Trump was speaking.

WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE INCIDENT HERE

Details from the arrest report

DiMassimo nearly made it onto the stage. However, several secret service agents grabbed the 22-year-old and took him into custody.

“I was ready for him, but it’s much easier if the cops do it, don’t we agree?” Trump said following the incident.

In April 2015, Dimassimo, then a Wright State University junior, helped lead an anti-racism protest that included students standing on American flags and holding signs saying, “Not my flag.”

“I thought it would ruffle some feathers, but I did not anticipate how tense the backlash would become,” DiMassimo told this newspaper at the time. “If anything, all that has shown is that people in this area and people on the Internet care more about a symbolic piece of cloth, than they do a black person’s life … or, even beyond that, our Constitutional rights.”

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

 

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Moraine police shooting vigil: Jamarco McShann’s death ‘senseless’

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 7:45 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 9:10 PM

Vigil for Jamarco McShann ends with balloon release

Community members and family gathered tonight for a candlelight vigil to remember a man shot and killed Friday in a Moraine police shooting.

Local activist, the Rev. Jerome McCorry, spoke at the vigil and said he represents the family of 23-year-old Jamarco McShann.

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“This was senseless,” he told the crowd in the Pinnacle Park lot that marked the spot where McShann was shot and killed.

Moraine police said he pointed a gun at them, which family members dispute.

Jamarco McShann

A large photo of McShann was held up at the vigil, which ended with a balloon release and a vow from organizers to seek justice.

“It’s about a bunch of scared cops who use the excuse ‘I feared for my life,’ ” McCorry said. “In the name of Jamarco a federal lawsuit will be filed.”

Pumpkin glow highlight of ‘Saturday Nightmare’ in Germantown

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 9:49 PM

There were 1,000 Jack-o-Lanters Saturday night, Oct, 21, 2017, for Germantown's Saturday Nightmare event.
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There were 1,000 Jack-o-Lanters Saturday night, Oct, 21, 2017, for Germantown's Saturday Nightmare event.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

There were 1,000 carved pumpkins alight during the “Saturday Nightmare” in historic downtown Germantown.

The second annual event began at 3 p.m. with activities for all ages, including a car show featuring 300 to 400 hot rods, carnival rides, games for children, Halloween costume contest, beauty pageant, food, beer truck and live entertainment.

“It’s nice for us to be able to give back to our community we love,” event co-organizer Dave Eshbaugh said.

There were 1,000 Jack-o-Lanters Saturday night, Oct, 21, 2017, for Germantown's Saturday Nightmare event.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

The highlight of the “Saturday Nightmare” is the pumpkin glow, which this year featured 1,000 jack-o’-lanterns.

The festivities mark the final of four Saturday Night Out events, held the third Saturday of the month in June, July, August and October. Local businesses, sponsors and the city helps make the events a success, Eshbaugh said.

The summer events draw 2,500 each. But in October, the crowd is easily 5,000, he said, after one car show organizer came up with a Halloween theme.

“It became our flagship event,” he said. “It’s phenomenal for our community.”

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Germantown Fire Chief Dan Alldred said he opens the firehouse to the community and serves popcorn. It’s also an opportunity to interact with kids and teach fire safety.

“We think it’s great to have an event like this,” he said.

Homeless pets find families at SICSA’s free adoption event

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 8:26 PM

VIDEO: Dog is adopted during SICSA event

Free adoptions on Saturday helped give homeless pets find a furr-ever home.

The SICSA Pet Adoption Center in Kettering partnered with Wagner Subaru for the “Wagner Subaru Loves Pets” free adoption event.

(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

Wagner Subaru and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals sponsored adoption fees of all animals.

The Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals is the area’s first no-kill shelter that has served companion animals for more than 40 years.

(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

More than 1,500 dogs and cats were adopted through SICSA in 2016, in addition to 3,400 low-cost spay and neuter surgeries, the agency reported.

The adoption center is open seven days a week at 2600 Wilmington Pike in Kettering

WB U.S. 35 reopens following crash; CareFlight call canceled

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 12:19 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 1:04 PM

UPDATE @ 12:52 p.m.

Westbound U.S. 35 has reopened following a crash involving a car and semi, according to dispatchers. 

Dispatchers said a call to CareFlight was canceled and the severity of the victim's injuries remain unknown.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

INITIAL REPORT

U.S. 35 westbound near Jamestown is closed following a reported crash involving a semi Saturday afternoon. 

Crews were dispatched to the intersection of U.S. 35 and Old U.S. 35 in Greene County just after noon. 

Initial reports indicate a person is injured after a crash involving a car and semi. 

CareFlight has been requested to the scene. 

We will continue to follow this developing story.

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