Wright State board to sign off on resignations of professor, researcher

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 1:57 PM

Wright State University.
Wright State University.

Wright State University trustees on Friday could officially accept the resignations of two university employees who were involved in two separate scandals.

The board of trustees will vote on recommendations from university president Cheryl Schrader for the school to accept the resignations of Jason Fruth and Phani Kidambi. At nearly every public meeting, Wright State’s board formally signs off on all new hires, promotions and separations of employees from the school.

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Fruth, who an assistant professor and co-director of the intervention specialist program, resigned in May amid a four-month university investigation into accusations that he raped one student and sexually harassed other students.

The university’s Office of Equity and Inclusion launched the investigation of Fruth, 37, on Feb. 19 after a graduate student filed a complaint claiming she had been raped by the professor, WSU investigative records obtained by the Dayton Daily News show. Fruth denied the rape and harassment allegations and a criminal investigation by the Beavercreek police led to no charges.

Kidambi, who was also suspended since May 2015 because of a federal investigation of possible violation of immigration laws, resigned from the university in August, according to records obtained by the I-Team.

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Wright State leaders have also taken steps to fire former provost Sundaram Narayanan, who has been on paid suspension for more than two years during the same federal investigation.

Narayanan and Kidambi were two of four university administrators initially suspended in May 2015 because of the federal investigation, which an I-Team investigation showed was related to the university’s use of H-1B temporary work visas to secure employees for an area IT staffing firm in possible violation of immigration rules.

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Florida police find body of missing 3-year-old in water-holding tank

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 4:26 PM

Body Of Missing Toddler Found In Water-Holding Tank

Police say a 3-year-old boy from Arlington, Florida, who went missing Sunday while attending a birthday party with friends and family, was found hours later in an underground water-holding tank.

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Police said Amari Harley was reported missing around 4:45 p.m. Sunday after family searched for him when they could not locate him at a large family gathering at Bruce Park in Jacksonville, Florida.

Investigators said they got a tip to check an underground water-holding tank inside the park, which they said is large enough for a small child to slip into. 

Once the tank was drained, investigators located the body of a small child that matched the description of Amari. Police announced that the boy's body had been found around 8:45 p.m.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of the boy. 

“During the short investigation, we have attempted to make contact with everyone that was at the park during the time Amari went missing. We have spoken to numerous witnesses that were present. However, due to the size of the park and the multiple events going on at the time, we believe there are others that may have pertinent information that could assist detectives in this case,” authorities said. 

A spokesperson for Mayor Lenny Curry released a statement Monday saying the city is assisting in the investigation into Amari’s death.

The city will be also be investigating how Amari got into the water tank, according to the spokesperson.

“We are incredibly saddened by this tragedy. As JSO conducts its investigation, the city is assisting them by providing any information that will lead to a thorough and full review. The safety and security of visitors to city parks are paramount. The city will also be inspecting how this tragedy occurred, to ensure that all City parks are safe and secure,” the spokesperson said.

Amari’s loved ones told Action News Jax that they don’t understand how he got inside a water tank at the park.

City employees worked Monday to place new coverings on the tank.

Read more at ActionNewsJax.com

Trial begins for school bus stop sex assault suspect

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:58 PM

RANDY STANAFORD
RANDY STANAFORD

A Dayton man accused of kidnapping a girl at knife-point and sexually assaulting her while she was waiting for the school bus was in court this afternoon for the start of his trial.

Randy Stanaford, 39, is charged with rape of a child less than 13 years old and kidnapping.

Stanaford, a registered sex-offender, was accused of kidnapping the 11-year-old girl while she was waiting for the school bus near the intersection of Edgar and Heaton avenues in Dayton last September, according to prosecutors.
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"This defendant, a homeless registered sex offender, kidnapped and raped an 11 year old girl, who was a complete stranger,” said Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr.

The 39-year-old was convicted in Butler County in 2008 for attempted kidnapping and public indecency and was released from prison in August 2015.

A jury was selected for Stanaford’s trial Monday morning and opening statements began shortly after 3 p.m.

If convicted as charged, Stanaford would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

Ex-Dayton coach, aide gets 5 years of probation for multiple felonies

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:55 PM

Former Dayton Public Schools coach and classroom aide Donte D. Murphy was sentenced to five years of probation.
Staff Writer
Former Dayton Public Schools coach and classroom aide Donte D. Murphy was sentenced to five years of probation.(Staff Writer)

A judge this month sentenced former Dayton Public Schools classroom aide and coach Donte D. Murphy to five years of probation. 

Murphy had been convicted of one count each of forgery and tampering with government records, plus three counts of sexual battery. All counts were felonies. 

Montgomery County Common Pleas Court records show Murphy presented an altered state permit to Dayton schools to keep coaching after his valid permit expired in 2014. 

RELATED: Murphy had previous prostitution-related conviction 

Murphy was fired as an aide and track coach at Ponitz Career Technology Center in March, 2016, according to court and school records. 

Attorneys for the state and Murphy agreed that he had consensual sexual intercourse with an 18-year-old Ponitz student-athlete twice after the March date. The defense argued the sex was not a crime then, but the judge ruled that Murphy coached until May 4, when Dayton school officials confronted him about the allegations. 

I-675 wrong-way crash: 18-year-old victim ‘best friend anybody could ask for’

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 10:51 AM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 8:38 PM

Two men died in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 675 in Centerville Monday night.

(UPDATE @ 8:40 p.m. Oct. 23): Kalip Grimm, 18, one of two men killed in the Oct. 16 wrong-way crash on I-675 in Centerville, is being remembered as “the best friend anybody could ask for.”

Two of his best friends, in Collin Hare and Ty Marker, spoke about Grimm following his funeral Monday morning.

“His personality was just an amazing thing and every time he saw you, every single time, he said, ‘wasss up baby.’ That was his go-to line,” Hare said.

Hare and Marker wore orange -- Grimm’s favorite color.

Nearly 400 vehicles were part of the procession and there were nearly 2,000 signatures in the guest book.

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  • Police: Melvin Bonie Jr., 69, was the wrong-way driver 
  • Grimm was driving the car Bonie hit head-on, police said
  • Police: Initial findings point to excessive speed, not alcohol

Grimm graduated from Miamisburg High School in the spring and was working a full-time job since graduation, according to his mother Stacy Grimm. His 19th birthday would have been Sunday

I-675 wrong-way crash, Oct. 16, 2017. Staff photo

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The fatal crash Monday occurred five days before Kalip’s 19th birthday, Grimm said.

Melvin Bonie Jr. was a Beavercreek resident who was a retired analyst from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, according to friend Karen Rase of Beavercreek.

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He was a wine connoisseur who spent much of his retirement traveling, collecting art and enjoying dinners, she said.

“He never made ordinary stuff other people would make,” she said. “When he did cook…it was roast duck and he always had the perfect wine. “

Bonie was a wine consultant with Tramonte & Sons, according to the wine distributor’s website, who was known to attend and hold wine-tastings around the area.

A native of New Orleans, he was a graduate of the University of New Orleans, according to his Facebook page.

We’ll continue to update this page as we learn more both men.