Man found guilty in Dayton robbery, murder case

Published: Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 4:51 PM

The second of two men accused of killing another man during a robbery spree in 2016 was found guilty on multiple counts Thursday, the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s office announced in a press release. 

Klone Snowden, 20, is guilty of murder, aggravated robbery and intimidation of a witness. He and Ryshon Lee Steele, 18, killed John Madden III while committing a robbery on Kenilworth Avenue on Nov. 12, 2016. 

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Steele’s trial was held in September,  and he was found guilty of murder, aggravated robbery, felonious assault and receiving stolen property. 

From Nov. 11-13, 2016, Snowden and Steele drove around and randomly stopped and robbed people at gunpoint, the release said. The robberies occurred on Kenilworth Avenue, in the areas of 

Grand Avenue and Broadway Street, and in the area of West Second Street and West First Street, according to the release.

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Both men also committed a carjacking on Sundale Drive, near Germantown Street. On Nov. 12, during a robbery outside the AM/PM Mini Market at 2317 Salem Ave, Madden, 24, was shot and killed. After the shooting, Snowden and Steele robbed Madden of his money, the release said.  

Snowden will be sentenced on Feb. 7 at 2 pm while Steele is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 14.

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Springfield man allegedly breaks into home to steal television

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 8:16 AM


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A Springfield man is facing aggravated burglary charges after he allegedly attempted to break into a home to steal a television, according to a police report.

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Michael Franklin, 22, of 308 W. Liberty Ave., pleaded not guilty in Clark County Municipal Court on Sunday morning. Bond was set at $20,000.

On Oct. 15, police were sent to a home in the 100 block of Euclid Avenue to investigate a burglary. A witness told police he was asleep on the couch when he heard a loud noise. He allegedly saw Franklin attempt to take a television, but Franklin ran away when he realize the witness was awake, the report said. A shoving match led to the witness being pushed to the ground and Franklin ran into an alley behind the home. The man told police he knows Franklin because he mowed grass for a woman he knows, it said.

Police recovered fingerprints from a piece of plexiglass that had allegedly been pushed in to allow entry into the home, the report said. The prints were later confirmed by the Bureau of Criminal Investigations to belong to Franklin and a warrant was issued for his arrest, it said.

Franklin was taken into custody by Springfield Police at about 9:40 p.m. Saturday.

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Man accused of sex assault at Clark County Humane Society sentenced

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 10:08 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 11:23 AM

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A man accused of sexual misconduct with an underage girl at the Humane Society Serving Clark County was sentenced to four years in prison.

Demetrice Green, 36, was sentenced by Clark County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard O’Neill on Feb. 12. Green entered an Alford plea to a charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. An Alford plea means he didn’t admit to the crime but accepts its punishment.

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Green will have to register as a tier two sex offender once he is released from prison, according to the judgment entry filed in the case.

Green was originally charged with three counts of rape, four counts of unlawful sexual conduct and one count of gross sexual imposition. The plea document says that the prosecutor’s office dismissed the remaining counts because Green pleaded.

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A Clark County Sheriff’s Office affidavit says Green, an employee at the animal shelter, and the victim carried on the relationship for about three years.

“A forensic interview of the victim was conducted at our Child Advocacy Center,” Detective Debra Strileckyj wrote. “Juvenile victim disclosed numerous sex acts had occurred with … Green at a location in Clark County where the defendant was an employee.”

The affidavit says the encounters happened between January 2013 and the summer of 2016.

Green entered his plea to the court on Oct. 4, according to court records.

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O’Neill took many factors into consideration when deciding the sentence, including oral statements, the seriousness and recidivism factors, he wrote in a judgment entry of conviction.

“The court is guided by the overriding purposes of felony sentencing, including protection of the public from future crime by the offender and punishment of the offender,” O’Neill says in the entry.

A prison sentence is justice, O’Neill said.

“The court further finds that a combination of community control sanctions would demean the seriousness of the defendant’s conduct and its impact on the victim,” the entry says.

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6-year-old boy, 3 family members shot outside Texas steakhouse

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 11:06 AM

A Young Boy And Family Members Shot Outside Texas Steakhouse

Police are investigating after a 6-year-old boy and three of his family members were shot Sunday evening in the parking lot of a Texas Roadhouse steakhouse in San Antonio.

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Police Chief William McManus said Sunday that the shooting, which happened as people were waiting outside the restaurant to eat, left the 6-year-old with a gunshot wound to his leg. Police said two of the boy’s three injured family members, all adults in their 20s, were hospitalized Sunday in critical but stable condition.

The shooting happened around 8:40 p.m. outside the Texas Roadhouse steakhouse on Cinema Ridge, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

“We do not believe that this shooting is random,” McManus said. “There were a number of people that were standing (outside the restaurant). All the people that were hit were from the same family.”

The gunman, who has not been identified, fired about 10 shots at the family within 15 feet of the front of Texas Roadhouse, the Express-News reported. He was masked at the time of the shooting, according to the newspaper.

Police continue to investigate the attack.

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Police: Middletown man died after being punched and falling off stage at bar

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 2:29 PM

John Fugate was a popular musician in Middletown

The Middletown music community is mourning the loss of one of its members.

John Fugate, 46, a musician who booked bands at the Old Crow Bar on Jackson Lane, died Saturday morning after an incident in the bar, according to Middletown police and friends.

Fugate allegedly was punched while he was standing on stage around 1 a.m. Saturday, said Maj. Scott Reeve from the Middletown Division of Police. Fugate fell backward off the stage and hit his head on the concrete floor, Reeve said. He was transported to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where he died, police said.

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Reeve said police know who allegedly punched Fugate, but no charges have been filed. After the investigation is complete, the facts will be presented to the Butler County Grand Jury for consideration, Reeve said.

The bar posted on its Facebook page Saturday that the death of Fugate is a “devastating loss.”

Fugate had worked as a route driver for 13 years at Bonbright Distributors, said Bill Manley, vice president of operations. He said Fugate was a reliable employee. His delivery route included Hamilton and Middletown, Manley said.

He called Fugate’s death “unbelievable” and “tragic.”.

“I can’t get over it,” said Manley, his voice cracking.

Fugate had volunteered at the Old Crow since its former stage manager, John Howard, died from lung cancer last year, friends said.

Another friend, Chris Lester, owner of Lester’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Shop on Central Avenue, said he had known Fugate for about 30 years. Fugate was a frequent customer, Lester said.

Fugate’s death was “a tragic loss,” said Lester, who called Fugate a great father. “I’m heart-broken for them all.”

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