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


            Trump rally accused stage runner next court date announced

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.

FULL REPORT

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.

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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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Power restored after large outage in Preble Co.

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 12:46 AM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 1:15 AM

Power restored after large outage in Preble Co.

UPDATE @ 1:15 a.m.

Power has been restored to nearly 1,700 DP&L customers in Preble County following an outage Monday morning, according to an online DP&L outage map. 

A call to DP&L has not been returned, and the cause of the outage remains unknown. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

FIRST REPORT

Nearly 1,700 Dayton Power and Light customers are reported without power in Preble County early Monday morning, according to an online outage map. 

Dispatchers for the Preble County Sheriff’s Office said they do not have any units on calls that might be related to the outage. 

A call to a DP&L spokesperson has not been immediately returned. 

We’ll update this page as new information becomes available. 

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Subject of Dayton SWAT standoff wanted for stealing weapons from Warren Co. home

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 12:19 AM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 1:30 AM

UPDATE @ 1:30 a.m. 

The Dayton police SWAT command truck, and at least one armored truck are now on scene of a standoff on Beckman Street in Dayton. 

Earlier, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office said the incident stemmed from a home burglary on Sunday where a man allegedly stole weapons. 

Our crew remains on the scene and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

UPDATE @ 12:55 a.m. 

The suspect refusing to come out of a home on Beckman Street in Dayton is wanted for stealing weapons from a home in Warren County, according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office. 

Deputies said the suspect, only identified as a man, is wanted in a home burglary where he allegedly stole weapons from a home on Sunday night, but additional details on where the incident occurred in Warren County were not immediately available. 

Dayton police continue to surround the house and are demanding the man to exit, but have not officially requested SWAT to respond to the house. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

FIRST REPORT

We’re following reports of police activity reported at a home on Beckman Street in Dayton. 

According to dispatch records, Dayton police were asked to assist a Warren County jurisdiction in locating someone around 11:15 p.m. Sunday. 

Our crew on the scene reports police are using a bull horn and are demanding the occupants of the home to come out. 

Dispatchers said an official request for SWAT to respond has not been made. 

We’re working to learn more about the incident, and we’ll update this page when new information becomes available. 

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2nd victim dies after fiery I-675 crash in Beavercreek

Published: Saturday, February 18, 2017 @ 4:20 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 11:00 PM

UPDATE @ 11 p.m. (Feb. 19)

We just learned tonight that the passenger who was critically wounded Saturday in the fiery crash on Interstate 675 also has died.

The driver died at the scene, and the passenger passed away at Kettering Medical Center, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office confirmed.

Beavercreek police are expected to release the men’s identities and information about what led to the crash Monday morning.

UPDATE @ 8:45 p.m. (Feb. 19)

Beavercreek police have not released the identity of a man killed in a fiery crash Saturday afternoon on Interstate 675, pending notification of family who are out of town, a sergeant said tonight.

A passenger remains in critical condition at Kettering Medical Center. More information is expected to be released Monday morning.

UPDATE @ 8:10 p.m.

All lanes of northbound Interstate 675 are back open following a fiery crash. The highway was closed for about four hours near the Col. Glenn Highway exit for a single-vehicle crash.

UPDATE @ 6:15 p.m.

The Greene County Coroner’s Office is on scene of a fiery crash this evening that has shut down northbound Interstate 675 near the Col. Glenn Highway exit in Beavercreek.

Officials have not confirmed a fatality. However, our crew on scene said it appears there is a body covered by a white sheet in the median.

UPDATE @ 5:25 p.m.

All northbound traffic on Interstate 675 is being diverted onto Col. Glenn Highway after a fiery crash just past the exit.

All lanes are blocked after Beavercreek firefighters extinguished flames that erupted from a vehicle that reportedly rolled over during the crash.

The left lane on the southbound side also is blocked.

Bill Wabler of Beavercreek didn’t see the fiery crash, but moments before the crash he called 911 to report a dangerous driver.

Wabler said he was traveling north on I-675 to return home when he saw a speeding vehicle come up behind him and pass him on the right at the 15 mile marker.

“The guy was traveling at an extremely high rate of speed,” which Wabler said he estimated was at least 80 mph and possibly approaching 100 mph. Wabler said he was calling 911 to alert law enforcement about that driver, when he saw brake lights ahead and traffic slowed to a crawl. By the time he reached the 17 mile marker, he saw the same vehicle crashed in the median, he said.

EARLIER

Interstate 675 North is shut down near the Col. Glenn Highway exit after a reported single-vehicle crash.

Beavercreek police and emergency vehicle responded to the crash at approximately 4 p.m.

We’re headed to the scene to find out more.

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OSP IDs driver killed in crash near Ohio Masonic Home in Springfield Twp.

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 10:10 PM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 11:50 AM

UPDATE @ 11:50 p.m.

The driver of a car pronounced dead at the scene of a crash tonight was identified as 48-year-old Gary L. Preston of Springfield, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Preston was driving a 2008 Toyota Yaris south on Uppervalley Pike (U.S. 68) just before 7:30 p.m. when he did not stop for a red light and was struck on the passenger side by a 2016 Chevrolet 2500HD pickup truck headed east on U.S. 40, driven by Douglas E. Maddy, 57, of Zanesfield, the OSP’s Springfield Post reported.

Maddy was treated at the scene. His front seat passenger, 53-year-old Lynney M. Maddy and three juveniles were taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center with minor injuries, according to troopers.

The crash closed eastbound lanes of U.S. 40 for about three hours. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Springfield Twp. Fire and EMS also responded to the scene.

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FIRST REPORT

Troopers are investigating a fatal crash tonight involving two vehicles at the intersection of U.S. 40 and 68 by the Ohio Masonic Home in Springfield Twp.

A Toyota four-door sedan was headed south on U.S. 68 around 7:30 p.m. when it ran a red light.

A black pickup truck coming into Springfield on U.S. 40 T-boned the car; the impact forced the car into a railing, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The driver of the car was killed in the crash. Three children in the pickup were taken to a local hospital with injuries believed to be minor, according to troopers.

No further information was available on the identity of the driver killed, who was the only occupant of the Toyota, nor the conditions of those in the other vehicle.