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UPDATE: Walmart sticks to policy on air guns

Published: Tuesday, August 05, 2014 @ 8:48 PM
Updated: Friday, August 08, 2014 @ 8:56 PM



UPDATE: 8:36 p.m.: Company won't alter policy, helping in investigation

Walmart plans no immediate changes in the sale or display of realistic-looking air guns in the wake of the shooting at its Beavercreek store. Friday, company officials said they are working with law enforcement to reconstruct the incident using video footage captured during the incident.

Brian Nick, a Walmart spokesman at the company’s Bentonville, Ark., headquarters, left open the possibility the company could change its policies depending on the results of the investigation now underway by the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

According to the attorney general's office, John Crawford III was carrying an MK-177 (.177 caliber) BB/Pellet Rifle when he was shot. Manufactured by Crosman, it is known as a “variable pump air rifle.” Online ads show a retail price of about $100.

“There are no plans to change anything on how we sell products at this time, but we will constantly evaluate that,” Nick said. “The sale of these products is under different rules in states in different parts of the country, and we follow the rules as it pertains to sale of products and comply with state and federal regulation of these products.”

Nick noted: “We are deeply saddened about the loss of life that occurred this week. Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones involved.”

Dayton attorney Michael Wright, retained by Crawford’s family, said arrangements are being made for a funeral in Cincinnati on Aug. 16. He noted that he is planning a news conference at his office this coming Monday.

“The family wants answers,” Wright said. “We just want to get answers. We are seeking video, witness statements and investigatory items. My job is to get answers to his family.”

Jill Del Greco, spokeswoman for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, said the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Investigation has received in-store video footage from around the immediate area of the shooting, but the agency has asked  Walmart to provide footage from all of its roughly 120 store cameras.


UPDATE: 12:32 p.m.: Crawford's cause of death released

 The 22-year-old man shot by police at Beavercreek’s Walmart on Tuesday night died of a gunshot wound to the torso, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office said Friday.

 John Crawford III’s manner of death was listed as homicide, which means that the death was caused by another person. The term does not describe whether or not a killing was justified. Crawford’s time of death was listed as 9:23 p.m. at Miami Valley Hospital.

 A coroner’s office spokeswoman said Crawford’s full autopsy will take several weeks to complete.

Crawford was shot after police said he did not drop an air rifle when instructed to do so by Beavercreek police officer Sean Williams and Sgt. David Darkow.

Investigation could take months

 The state investigation into the shooting death of a 22-year-old man killed by police at a Beavercreek Walmart could take months to complete and will include a review of eyewitness accounts, video and audio recordings and toxicology results.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said Thursday that at the request of Beavercreek police, agents from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation are working the case to determine any potential criminal misconduct.

DeWine said John Crawford III, 22, was shot while carrying in the store a MK-177 (.177 caliber) BB/Pellet Rifle, manufactured by Crosman. It is known as a “variable pump air rifle.”

The results of the investigation will be forwarded to the Greene County prosecutor, who would decide whether to present the case to a grand jury.

“It’s not unusual for us to be asked by the police department or the sheriff involved to come in and do an independent investigation,” DeWine said. “They don’t feel they should be investigating themselves and want an impartial investigation.”

High-profile local police shootings that BCI has investigated include last year’s shooting death of 42-year-old Paul E. Schenck, a Yellow Springs resident who had a history of stockpiling guns and violent encounters with police. He fired 100 times at police in that incident.

After the BCI probe, Maj. Eric Spicer, a Greene County Sheriff’s Office deputy, was terminated. Another deputy who fired the fatal shot that killed Schenck, James Hughes, was cleared by a grand jury who determined the use of force appropriate.

BCI, however, said Spicer led law enforcement officers to the wrong home, located three houses south of Schenck’s residence.

Earlier this year, a Miami County grand jury cleared three Troy police officers and a county sheriff’s deputy in a Dec. 29 shootout that left Franklin Jones III, 30, of Troy, dead.

The grand jury reviewed results of a BCI investigation. Police responding to the shots fired found one man with a gunshot wound to the buttocks and a short time later encountered Jones in a nearby alley. A gun battle followed in which Jones was killed. County Prosecutor Tony Kendell called the death “suicide by cop.”

-- Staff Writers Steve Bennish, Mark Gokavi and Laura Bischoff


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Boil advisory issued for parts of Trotwood

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 9:14 AM

A boil advisory has been issued for parts of Trotwood while crews make repairs to a water main, according to a city public works spokesman. 

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The advisory is in effect for residents on East Main Street between Wolf Creek Pike and Broadway Avenue. Residents on South Sunrise Avenue are also included in the boil advisory. 

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The boil advisory is in effect until further notice, according to the media release. 

Residents are asked to boil their water for a minimum of three minutes before consumption or use for oral hygiene.

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Funeral services set for area basketball icon

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 10:54 AM

            Dan Gerhard (left) is shown in this photo in 2011, when he was head coach of the West Carrollton boys basketball team, a title he held for more than 25 years. FILE PHOTO
Dan Gerhard (left) is shown in this photo in 2011, when he was head coach of the West Carrollton boys basketball team, a title he held for more than 25 years. FILE PHOTO

Services are set for an area basketball icon who died earlier this month.

A gathering is set for Friday and a Mass for Feb. 26 for Dan Gerhard, who spent decades in the Dayton area as both a decorated player and a coach.

Gerhard died Feb. 13 at age 66. As a high school athlete, he was Player of the Year in Ohio in 1970 when Dayton Chaminade won the state title with a 27-0 record.

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After playing at Ohio State University, he later became boys basketball coach at West Carrollton High School, where he spent nearly three decades before retiring in 2014. During his time there, Gerhard was honored as both Teacher of the Year and Ohio District 15 Coach of the Year.

A gathering of family and friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Tobias Funeral Home – Far Hills Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial is set for noon, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to

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Pastor and family assault, rob Sunday school teacher, police say

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 7:18 PM

Pastor and Family Allegedly Assaulted, Robbed Sunday School Teacher

A church pastor, his wife and 19-year-old daughter are accused of robbing a Sunday school teacher minutes before a Sunday’s service at the St. Paul Zion Church in Toledo, Ohio.

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Police in Toledo said that Nickema Turner, 39, was grabbed from behind by her hair by the daughter of the pastor, Kamali Morris. She then punched Turner and the pastor, Anthony Morris, 49, pushed the victim to the ground, police said.

The wife of the pastor, Zelda Morris, 46, allegedly emptied the purse belonging to Turner and grabbed the victim’s iPhone, according to WTVG
According to the Toledo Blade, Turner attempted to get her belongings back from Zelda Morris when Anthony Morris pulled out a gun and pointed it at Turner. She also told police that he threatened to kill her.

According to WTVG, the police report included that Zelda Morris stated to Turner’s daughter following the attack:

"You wanna know why this happened? It happened because your mom slept with my husband."

The Morris family fled the scene before police arrived.

Anthony Morris with his wife Zelda were later arrested but their daughter, Kamali had not been located as of Monday afternoon according to the Toledo Blade.

The police report indicates that in addition to the cellphone, a Taser and prescription medication were taken from her purse. The iPhone was later recovered but the screen was broken.

Zelda Morris and her daughter Kamali Morris are charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, a first degree felony.


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Coroner’s office identifies 2 men found shot to death at Harrison Twp. auto dealership

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:39 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 8:50 AM

LISTEN: 911 call released in double homicide in Harrison Twp.

UPDATE @ 8:50 a.m. (Feb. 20): 

The two men found shot to death in a Harrison Twp. auto dealership were identified by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office as Frank D. Buck, 71, and Lester Golson, 59, both of Dayton.

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Both men’s autopsies are taking place this morning.

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Originally, a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office captain said the men’s ages were 59 and 79. Buck was the operator of Buck-I Auto Sales on North Dixie Drive.

UPDATE @ 6:37 p.m. (Feb. 19): Two men were found shot to death after an apparent struggle Monday at Buck-I Auto Sales on North Dixie, according to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

Capt. Jeremy Roy said the bodies of men ages 79 and 59 were discovered inside the Harrison Twp. business at 2801 N. Dixie Drive after deputies were dispatched at 1:22 p.m. on a shots fired call. Roy would not provide any other details and said the deceased’s next of kin had not yet been notified Monday afternoon.

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Roy said deputies forced entry after seeing what they believed was at least one body. Roy said the coroner’s office was to take control of the bodies and evidence technicians were coming to photograph and diagram the scene. He said autopsies were scheduled for Tuesday.

“It looks like a struggle ensured inside the business prior to whatever happening,” Roy said, adding that he thinks the people involved knew each other. “I don’t believe that there’s anybody that we need to worry about right now. We think it was contained right here.”

In a 6-minute 911 call, a woman told a dispatcher that she went to the car dealer and saw two men who “started to tussle,” then saw one man pull a gun. As she was going to call police, she heard about three gunshots.

The woman said she saw one man’s face, then drove away and called 911.

At the scene during the sheriff’s investigation, a woman appeared to re-enact how she looked into the locked building and tried to get in.

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“We have someone secured that may have witnessed someone coming or going,” Roy said, saying that the cooperating witness was taken downtown to talk to detectives and was not considered a suspect.

The business next to the Traveler’s Motel and across the street from Ben’s Batteries is right next to a bridge that is being repaired. Construction equipment tearing up the road on the bridge and a jackhammer was operating nearby in the minutes immediately after deputies arrived on scene.

Roy said deputies will knock on business’ doors in the area to see if they have surveillance footage and added that people who had been interviewed had been helpful.

Montgomery County property records indicate the property was sold in 1999 by Sam Ashburn Sr. to a Frank D. Buck.

UPDATE @ 4:55 p.m. (Feb 19):

Two men found dead inside the Buck-I-Auto Sales dealership in Harrison Twp. appear to have been shot to death and there is no doubt there was a struggle inside the business, Montgomery County sheriff's Capt. Jeremy Roy said. 

The names of the victims, ages 59 and 79, have not been released as investigators are working to contact family members of the victims. 

Roy said deputies dispatched to the address on North Dixie Drive about 1:20 p.m. found the victims in a back area of the business and had to kick in the front door to gain entry. 

It's too early to say whether there was a robbery, the captain said, but investigators have "no doubt there was a struggle" inside the business. 

Roy also said investigators have in custody a woman who may have witnessed something that happened prior to the slayings. She is being cooperative, he said. 

The captain said the sheriff's office doesn't believe there is a danger to other businesses in the area even though there has been no apprehension or arrest.

Shooting North Dixie


Two people have been found suffering from gunshot wounds near a car dealership on North Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp. Monday afternoon. 

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Emergency crews requested medics to the 2800 block of North Dixie Drive, near the Keowee Street bridge, on reports of at least one person suffering a gunshot wound. 

Deputies have surrounded and placed crime scene tape up around the Buck-I Auto Sales dealership. 

Additional details were not available. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

Marshall Gorby/Staff

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