The notorious ‘Christmas killings’ of 1992: Map and timeline

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 12:01 AM

Dayton's infamous "Christmas killings" happened 25 years ago this month.

From Dec. 24-26, 1992, six people were killed and two were injured in one of the bloodiest killing sprees in Dayton’s history, which has become known as the “Christmas killings.”

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Four people were convicted of the killings:

• Marvallous Keene, 19 (at the time), who was later executed

• Heather Nicole Matthews, 20

• DeMarcus Maurice Smith, 19, Matthews’ boyfriend

• Laura Taylor, 16, Keene’s girlfriend

Here’s a look at where the events occurred and what happened during that infamous three-day span:

1. First victim killed then found later 

Thursday, Dec. 24 | Joseph Wilkerson, the first victim, is shot to death Dec. 24 inside his home at 3321 Prescott Ave. He wasn’t found until Saturday, Dec. 26.

2. Shooting at pay phone 

Thursday, Dec. 24 | Danita Gullette, 18, of 709 Five Oaks Ave., Apt. 6, is shot numerous times while standing at a pay phone at 517 Neal Ave.

3. Non-fatal shooting 

Thursday, Dec. 24 | Jeffrey Wright, 28, of 1114 Akron Place, is shot four times outside 157 Yuma Place. He survived.

4. Shooting in a car 

Friday, Dec. 25 | Richmond Maddox, 19, of 3938 Larkspur Drive, is shot once in the head while driving his car on Benton Avenue. He dies from the gunshot.

5. Shooting at mini market 

Saturday, Dec. 26 | Three people enter the Short-Stop Mini Market, 1201 W. Fifth St., and shoot clerk Sarah Abraham and customer Jones Pettus during a robbery. Abraham dies five days later and Pettus survives.

6. Suspects arrested 

Saturday, Dec. 26 | A Dayton police sergeant spots a black Dodge Shadow used by some of the assailants at 725 Kumler Ave. Police arrest four people in the car and confiscate several weapons.

7. Final victims found 

Sunday, Dec. 27 | Police receive a tip and soon find a 16-year-old girl and 18-year-old man shot to death at a city-owned gravel dump at 1654 Richley Drive.

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NCAA Men’s tournament 2018: Time, channel, odds for March Madness

Published: Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 8:21 AM

10 Fun Facts About March Madness

It’s that time. 

The Men’s NCAA basketball tournament begins on Thursday, as millions fill out their brackets and try to figure out a way to watch the games from their desks at work. 

March Madness will see 68 teams vie for one of two spots in the April 2 championship game.  

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Office pool betting has begun in earnest and according to the America Gaming Association, the NCAA tournament is one of the most illegally bet on sporting events of the year. The AGA estimates that only 3 percent of March Madness wagers (about $300 million) will be placed legally.

So how does this all work? Here’s a look at what time the games will be played, what channel, how to fill out a bracket, the odds on winning the whole thing, and more.

When does it start?

The tournament actually started on Tuesday with two of the “First Four” games. The First Four are games played by the eight weakest teams (at least on paper) in the tournament. 

On Tuesday, Radford and St. Bonaventure were winners. On Wednesday, Texas Southern and Syracuse both came out on top.

What channel is it on?

The games are broadcast on several channels so fans can see their favorite teams play and networks can make money. CBS, truTV, TBS and TNT will broadcast the games. The championship game will be on TBS. Galavision will provide Spanish language coverage.

How do I fill out an NCAA tournament bracket?

You can click here to fill out a printable bracket to keep up with your picks. ESPN offers a bracket contest where you fill out a bracket and compete with millions of others trying to pick the winner. No one has ever picked every game correctly in the ESPN bracket contest. (Can you say upset?)

How can I watch the tournament without cable?

You can stream the games live by clicking here. It is the NCAA March Madness Live app.  

Boss Button

Watching the games at work? Then you could need a “Boss Button” to keep your nosy employer from seeing you enjoy the games. The button, one of which is on the March Madness website, lets you one-click to replace the game with a fake screenshot of something more work-appropriate when the boss (read: killjoy) strolls through the office.

What channel is truTV on my television? 

Many of the games will be broadcast on the cable channel truTV. Below is a guide to finding the station on your cable network. You can also go to truTV's website using their channel locator by clicking here.

AT&T Uverse: Channel 164, Channel 1164 (HD)
DISH Network: Channel 204, Channel 9430 (HD)
DIRECTV: Channel 246, Channel 246-1 (HD)
SlingTV: Click Here
PlayStation VUE: Click Here
Time Warner Cable: Click Here to search by zip code
Comcast/XFinity Cable: Click Here to search by zip code
Charter Cable: Click Here to search by zip code
Cox Communications: Click Here to search by zip code
Bright House Networks: Click Here to search by zip code
Cablevision/Optimum: Click Here to search by zip code
Cable One: Click Here to search by zip code
Mediacom: Click Here to search by zip code
Suddenlink Communications: Click Here to search by zip code
WOW! cable: Click Here to search by zip code

What is the schedule?

Here is the schedule of games, times and the channel they are being broadcast on. 

Elite Eight: Saturday, March 24

6:09 p.m. --Kansas State vs. Loyola-Chicago (TBS)

8:49 p.m. -- Michigan vs. Florida State (TBS)

Elite Eight: Sunday, March 25

2:20 p.m. -- Villanova vs. Texas Tech (CBS)

4:55 p.m. -- Kansas vs. Duke  (CBS) 

Final Four: Saturday, March 31

6:00 p.m. -- Elite Eight winners (TBS)

8:30 p.m. -- Elite Eight winners (TBS) 

National Championship: Monday, April 2

9:00 p.m. -- Final Four winners (TBS)


Alabama's Collin Sexton, right, makes a no-look pass to teammate Donta Hall, left, around Auburn's Jared Harper, center, during the second half in an NCAA college basketball quarterfinal game at the Southeastern Conference tournament Friday, March 9, 2018, in St. Louis. Alabama won 81-63. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)(Jeff Roberson/AP)

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March Madness 2018: Printable NCAA basketball championship bracket

Published: Sunday, March 11, 2018 @ 11:37 PM

10 Fun Facts About March Madness

Now that the team’s have been selected, it’s time to fill out that NCAA Tournament bracket

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Suspect in Springfield robbery indicted in Dayton on gun charges

Published: Sunday, March 25, 2018 @ 12:45 AM

Javon Reid, 18, is arraigned Jan. 19, 2018, in Clark County Municipal Court in connection to an armed robbery at a Verizon Wireless store in Springdale.
Javon Reid, 18, is arraigned Jan. 19, 2018, in Clark County Municipal Court in connection to an armed robbery at a Verizon Wireless store in Springdale.(JEFF GUERINI / STAFF)

An 18-year-old Dayton resident charged in a January robbery of a Verizon Wireless store in Springfield was indicted Friday on gun-related charges.

Javon L. Reid is scheduled to be arraigned April 5 for having weapons under disability; receiving stolen property (a firearm); and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle stemming from a Feb. 26 incident in the county.

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At the time, he was out on bond in the Jan. 18 Springfield robbery case. 

In Clark County, he was indicted Feb. 5 for aggravated robbery and two counts of kidnapping, all felonies. A jury trial is scheduled for April 11, according to online court records.

Reid remains in the Clark County Jail.

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Skies clear overnight, sunshine returns Sunday

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 5:37 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 9:55 PM

Sunshine returns to the Dayton area Sunday, along with warmer temperatures during the work-week.

Clouds will decrease overnight, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said, which will allow temperatures to fall into the middle 20s.


  • Clouds decrease overnight
  • Sunshine returns Sunday
  • Warmer weather, spring showers next week

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Sunday: Mostly sunny skies return to finish the weekend. It’ll be a nicer day but still a little cool with highs in the middle, maybe upper 40s.

Monday: We get back into the lower to middle 50s with a few more clouds expected.

Tuesday: The chance for rain returns under cloudy skies. Highs will be in the middle to upper 50s.

Wednesday: A few more showers are possible with highs near 60 degrees.

Thursday: Partly cloudy skies are on tap with highs in the upper 50s. There is a slight chance for rain, but those chances get better heading into Friday.

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