Video of officer, attendee encounter at Pridefest sparks outrage

Published: Monday, June 16, 2014 @ 9:09 AM
Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014 @ 11:02 AM

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A video apparently shot at Sunday’s Pridefest festivities in downtown Pittsburgh is sparking outrage online.

Several WPXI-TV Pittsburgh Facebook fans and viewers sent WPXI a video of an incident that appears to have happened between a woman and a Pittsburgh police officer.

WPXI-TV has reached out to Pittsburgh police, who are aware of the video.  Officials plan on holding a news conference Monday morning concering the incident. According to a press release issued late Monday,  Public Safety director Stephen Bucar, Mayor Bill Peduto,  acting police chief Regina McDonald, city solicitor Lourdes Sanchez-Ridge and OMI director Deborah Walker will be there. 

The Delta Foundation issued a statement saying, “Following an extremely successful Pittsburgh Pride 2014 which included record crowds all weekend, the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh was concerned to learn about a video of an incident between a city of Pittsburgh police officer and an attendee.  We are working closely with Mayor Bill Peduto’s office, public safety director Stephen Bucar, acting chief Regina McDonald, the office of municipal investigations, and the Citizens Police Review Board to review the incident and take appropriate action.”

Springfield mom jailed on drug charges; children services takes her child

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 10:33 PM

Springfield mom jailed on drug charges; children services takes her child

SPRINGFIELD -- A 22-year-old Springfield mom is in jail on drug charges and her child who was in her, in a vehicle "filled with trash, cigarette ashes and old food," is in the custody of child protective services.

Jessica McCombs was taken into custody after a sheriff's deputy stopped the vehicle McCombs was driving in the area of Upper Valley Pike and Shrine Road about 5:30 p.m., according to a statement the Clark County Sheriff's Office released Monday night. 

The deputy stopped the vehicle because he noticed it had a very loud exhaust and the driver appeared to be having trouble staying in the proper lane, according to the statement.

The deputy saw a small child in the back seat and noticed the vehicle was "filled with trash, cigarette ashes, and old food throughout."

He also noticed three different prescription pill bottles in the name of someone other than McCombs.

A check of the vehicle registration also revealed the car had been reported stolen out of Champaign County.

At that point, McCombs was arrested pending the filing of charges that include drug abuse, possession of a dangerous drug, child endangering, receiving stolen property and driving under suspension.

The child, whose age and gender have not been revealed, has been turned over to Clark County Children Services.

Police: Shooting on Dennison Avenue in Dayton, Trotwood homicide likely connected

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 8:04 PM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 9:47 PM

DAYTON -- A shooting in Trotwood that left a man dead and a second in Dayton that left a child wounded have police in both jurisdictions investigating the incidents as being connected.

  • A 9-year-old child was struck by gunfire that hit a house in the 1100 block of Dennison Avenue in Dayton
  • A woman and two other young children in that home were not hit by gunfire
  • Police believe the Dennison Avenue shooting is connected to a deadly afternoon shooting in Trotwood 
  • Trotwood police have a man in custody in that shooting, which occurred on Autumn Woods Drive

UPDATE @ 9:17 p.m.:  The 9-year-old child shot in the leg, hit by a bullet that bored through the door of a home in the 1100 block of Dennison Avenue, is in stable condition, Dayton Lt. Mark Ponichtera said.

Police believe tonight's shooting likely is related to the deadly shooting at a Trotwood apartment on Autumn Woods Drive this afternoon.

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Officers escorted a woman and two more young children from the house and to a police cruiser.

Police were dispatched to Dennison Avenue about 7:45 p.m. on a report of a shooting. They found shell casings in the street. They wrapped crime scene tape around an SUV parked in front of the house as well as the house.

Dayton and Trotwood detectives are comparing notes tonight and will continue to confer with each other Tuesday.

"Obviously a child has been injured here and that's quite tragic. Any loss of life is tragic like what happened in the city of Trotwood today," Ponichtera said. "The fact that a child was injured makes this an especially dangerous situation for the neighborhood."

Ponichtera said police have no information on who fired the shots and he declined comment on what type of weapon was used. 

Police don't know who the target was or why shots were fired into the home, he said.

"We know that people in this home are related in some manner to the individuals involved in the Trotwood incident today,"  the lieutenant said.

If you know anything about either shooting, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP or Dayton police at 333-COPS. You may remain anonymous.

Photos released from fight outside of Kettering bar

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 4:54 PM

UPDATE @ 4:10 p.m.

The Kettering Police Department released photos on Monday afternoon picturing subjects of interest in the Elsa’s assault on Saturday night. If you can identify these men or have any additional information you are asked to call 

Detective Mason at (937) 296-2583.

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Police in Kettering are investigating a fight that happened late Saturday night outside Elsa’s, 1216 E Stroop Road, that has left one man as a patient at Kettering Medical Center.

An altercation between two parties happened in the parking lot outside the sports bar and restaurant and the suspected attackers fled before officers arrived, according to Kettering Police Spokesman John Jung.

The altercation was between a party of three and a larger party comprising eight to 12 people, according to Elsa’s owner Jason Hemmert.

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Hemmert said both parties had cashed out before the altercation occurred outside the bar. He said he was unaware of anything happening inside the bar to precipitate a fight.

 “It's very unfortunate any time anyone gets hurt in any situation,” Hemmert said. “We don't know what was said between the two parties out in the parking lot.”

Investigators are reviewing video of the incident that was captured on a cell phone, Jung said.

One of the alleged victims, Lee Arron Jackson, is recovering at the Kettering Medical Center. He spoke to this newsroom today over the phone about what happened. 

Jackson said he is in a lot of pain, that his orbital socket was fractured and he may need plastic surgery to fix it.

He said the conflict arose after his friend was leaving the bar and told the large group to “simmer down.” He said the large group had been loud and had been complaining about President Donald Trump.

Jackson said he intervened when he saw three people leave the large group and follow his friend out to the parking lot.

“We got swarmed,” Jackson said. “I had six strangers beating me up ... I remember feeling something break in my face ... I remember asking them why they were doing this.”

Police have not announced that any arrests have been made. 

Teenager drives car off parking garage, crashes onto roof of store

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 9:17 PM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 10:07 PM

            Teenager drives car off parking garage, crashes onto roof of store

A teen driver is lucky to be alive after his car plummeted from a parking garage and crashed onto a building below.

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According to KPRC, an unidentified teenager was driving his 2013 Toyota Camry on the seventh story of a parking garage in Houston, when he accidentally drove through a wall, causing him to drop four stories and land on a nearby building. The Houston Fire Department arrived to find the car upside-down on top of the roof of a hardware store.

“My initial reaction was shock. When you hear someone has driven into your building, you expect it to have driven through the front of the building not having come through the roof,” Doug Hermence, owner of Westheimer Plumbing and Hardware, told KPRC.

Not only was the driver not seriously injured, but he found a way to exit the severely damaged vehicle and climb down from the attic of the store. Firefighters found him waiting inside the hardware store, and he was taken to a local hospital to be treated for unspecified injuries.

A crane was used to remove the vehicle from the roof of the building.

A vehicle drove off a parking garage and landed in a building below Sunday afternoon.

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"Looking at that mess, it's a miracle the driver was able to walk away at all. A miracle," a tow truck driver who was towing the wrecked vehicle told KPRC.