Monroe outlet mall shooting investigation under way

Published: Monday, August 05, 2013 @ 2:47 PM
Updated: Monday, August 05, 2013 @ 6:15 PM

A Monroe police officer who shot a shoplifting suspect in the leg Saturday at Cincinnati Premium Outlets has been placed on administrative leave, while the suspect remains in a Warren County jail cell on a $75,000 bond.

Monroe Police Chief Greg Homer spoke for the first time about the incident during a news conference Monday, but had few answers to the onslaught of questions about how the moments leading up to the shooting unfolded. Homer said he wouldn’t second guess the actions of Officer Chad Caudill, a five-year veteran of the department and 2012 Officer of the Year.

He described the officer as “shook up” by the incident and confirmed he would be on administrative leave until the investigation into the officer-involved shooting wraps up. Monroe administrative staff will interview Caudill — with his union attorney present — Wednesday as part of the department’s internal investigation, Homer said.

When asked if he thought Caudill acted appropriately during Saturday’s incident, Homer replied: “That’s a very good question, and we’ll come up with a very good answer.”

Meanwhile, 22-year-old Jamarcus Levon Brown, of Trotwood, was arraigned by video Monday in Lebanon Municipal Court, where his bond was set at $75,000. Brown, who is charged with felony fleeing and alluding and assault on a police officer, was deemed a flight risk by Magistrate Marty Hubbell since he’s run from police before.

Brown appeared on a giant video screen in the courtroom seated in a wheelchair and wearing a bright orange jail jumpsuit. He told the magistrate he could not raise the bond amount and apologized for his actions.

“I’m really sorry for all that went on,” Brown said. “I’ve got two jobs out there, judge. I’ve got two kids. I pay child support every month. I’m just missing out on a lot for real.”

Last week, Brown led Huber Heights police on a 100-mph chase on Interstate 70. Brown crashed the car he was driving near the Dayton-Yellow Springs Road exit on I-675 and then ran into the woods before police could capture him.

City Prosecutor Matt Graber mentioned the high-speed chase and added that Brown allegedly gave a fictitious name when he was arrested on Saturday when the magistrate asked his opinion on bond. Hubbell set a preliminary hearing for Brown on Aug. 12.

Brown’s latest attempt to elude police started Saturday as two police officers were investigating a group of suspects, including Brown, for theft at the Sunglass Hut store at Cincinnati Premium Outlets, Homer said. Around the time the mall closed at 9 p.m., and as Caudill was examining video surveillance at the sunglasses store, Brown ran away.

Caudill chased after him into the mall’s parking lot, when Brown jumped into a parked vehicle and started to drive away. Police believe Brown knew the person’s car he borrowed for the attempted getaway.

Somehow Caudill ended up on the hood of that car and as Brown continued to accelerate, the police officer fired two shots through the vehicle windshield, one of which struck Brown in the leg and sent the suspect to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown.

The gunshots caused panic for one man and his family, who called Warren County 911 and reported two shots were fired near the Nike entrance at the mall. He told the dispatcher that a car was pulled over and someone was laying on the ground.

“I got a kid in the car so I can’t stay there,” he said. “Two gun shots were fired, people started screaming and running. I got in the car and left.”

Homer said he didn’t “have an answer” to how many innocent shoppers might have been present during Saturday’s incident, or if any of those bystanders were at risk of being injured.

The last time a Monroe police officer was involved in a shooting was in 1995, according to the department’s records.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is working on the scene investigation, which includes investigating the car Brown drove, Homer said. The Monroe Police Department is handling the internal and suspect investigation, the chief said.

Ohio thief caught after leaving wallet at scene of crime

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 3:53 AM

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Wallet.(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A thief in Ohio unwittingly turned himself in after leaving his wallet behind after leaving a Dayton store.

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Police said they were dispatched to Dollar General in Dayton around 8 a.m. Saturday, and found a wallet left behind by one of the suspects. Police found several items with the suspect’s name on them, including a photo ID. 

The second suspect was identified as a heavyset man between 30 and 40, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt. The suspect ran away on foot south through the nearby alley, appearing to have several items hidden under his sweatshirt. 

According to reports, police found hangers with five children’s outfits near the wallet, as well as three packs of Ivory soap and a Halloween mask.

5 former presidents appear at hurricane relief concert

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 2:05 AM

From left, former Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama address the audience during the
From left, former Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama address the audience during the "Deep From The Heart: One America Appeal Concert" at Texas A&M University on Saturday.(Gary Miller/Getty Images)

All five living former Presidents appeared together for the first time since 2013 on Saturday, as they appeared at a benefit concert in Texas to raise money for hurricane relief efforts, CNN reported.

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Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama attended “Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal” on the campus of Texas A&M University. President Donald Trump appeared in a taped video message to the concertgoers, CNN reported.

The concert featured rock and country musicians such as Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Sam Moore and Yolanda Adams. Country music singer Lee Greenwood was emcee for the event.

Lady Gaga made an unbilled appearance and tweeted, "Nothing more beautiful than everyone putting their differences aside to help humanity in the face of catastrophe. #OneAmericaAppeal"

As of Saturday night, the "One Heart" effort had raised $31 million in tax-deductible, private funds from more than 80,000 donors since Sept. 7, said Jim McGrath, spokesman for George H.W. Bush. Funds collected through concert ticket sales will be distributed through various organizations in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

Four of the five former presidents spoke at the concert, appealing for national unity to help those affected by the hurricanes. The elder Bush, sitting in his wheelchair, did not speak but smiled and waved to the crowd.

Carter told the crowd that Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization he has worked with for 36 years, has agreed to build 6,000 homes in devastated areas. The group has raised $20 million of a needed $100 million, he said.

Clinton said that the country “has been volunteering since before the Constitution, when Benjamin Franklin organized the first volunteer fire department in Philadelphia.”

“The heart of America, without regard to race or religion or political party, is greater than our problems,” Clinton said.

“What we’ve also seen was the spirit of America at its best,” Obama said. “When ordinary people step up and do extraordinary things.”

“I want to thank all the volunteers, but I am here for another reason. I speak for the folks right here when I say we really admire and love George H.W. Bush,” the younger Bush said.

The last time the five men appeared together was in 2013, when Obama was still in office, at the dedication of George W. Bush's presidential library in Dallas.

Trump thanked the former presidents in his taped message.

“To Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Melania and I want to express our deep gratitude for your tremendous assistance," Trump said. "This wonderful effort reminds us that we truly are one nation under God, all unified by our values and our devotion to one another.”

Air Force may recall up to 1,000 retired pilots

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 12:24 AM

The U.S. Air Force may call up to 1,000 retired pilots back to active duty.
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The U.S. Air Force may call up to 1,000 retired pilots back to active duty.(Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The U.S. Air Force may recall as many as 1,000 retired military pilots to active duty because of an executive order signed Friday by President Donald Trump,  ABC News reported.

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By law, only 25 retired pilots can be recalled through voluntary programs to serve in any one branch of military service, but Trump’s executive order removes that limit, ABC News reported. The order expands the national state of emergency declared in 2001 by President George W. Bush in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as part of an effort “to mitigate the Air Force’s acute shortage of pilots,” said Navy Commander Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman.

Secretary of Air Force Heather Wilson said the service was short by 1,555 pilots -- including 1,211 fighter pilots -- at the end of the 2016 fiscal year.

"We anticipate that the Secretary of Defense will delegate the authority to the Secretary of the Air Force to recall up to 1,000 retired pilots for up to three years," Ross said in a statement Friday. "The pilot supply shortage is a national level challenge that could have adverse effects on all aspects of both the government and commercial aviation sectors for years to come."

Father’s dying wish fulfilled as his 7 daughters stage wedding ceremony

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 9:09 AM

Wedding dresses.
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Wedding dresses.(Miquel Benitez/WireImage)

Seven brides for one dying father.

An Ohio man was granted his final wish shortly before he died from brain cancer, as he got to give away his seven daughters in a bridal ceremony.

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William L. “Willie” Shelton died on Oct. 16 at the age of 44. Only one of his daughters is married, but all seven of them decided to create a ceremony so the former U.S. Army sergeant could experience the thrill of seeing all of them in wedding dresses, WJW reported.

“The one constant was always, ‘I want to see my girls grow up, and I want to walk them down the aisle,’” Shelton’s wife, Cheryl Shelton, told WJW.

Willie Shelton’s hospice center, along with a photographer and hair stylist, helped put the daughters’ plan into action within a few days.

"We had this idea we put together in three days,” Cheryl Shelton told WJW. “We got all the wedding gowns for the girls and hospice helped us out a great deal with some of the planning.”

The father was told that he would be giving away his daughter, Emily Flinn, who was renewing her vows with her husband, Tyler Flinn.

“We got married at a courthouse, so there wasn't the formality to it where he could actually give me away,” Emily Flinn said.

“He had no clue that this was going on and everybody got dressed, so I said, ‘She is going to have all the girls be the bridesmaids and everything for her.’ Little did he know that they were all going to be brides,” Cheryl Shelton told WJW.

Three days later, with Willie Shelton wearing his dress uniform in a backyard ceremony, each of his daughters came out of the house, one at a time, all in wedding gowns.

“He looked a little confused, and then it was just great to see everybody,” Flinn told WJW.

“This was very touching for him, and it was a dream that we could fulfill to the best or the closest we could possibly do,” Cheryl Shelton said.

Willie Shelton was helped out of his wheelchair and stood with his daughters during the ceremony, WJW reported.

“I always assumed that my dad would be there to walk me down the aisle, and when the possibility was there that he wasn't going to be able to -- this was everything,” Lindsey Shelton told WJW

Less than two weeks after the ceremony, Willie Shelton passed away -- but his daughters will carry his memory with them.

All seven daughters will receive a locket in which they will have a photo of their father with them in a wedding dress.

The words, "A father's love never ends," will be engraved on the back.