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Aggravated arson charges filed against Dayton man in complex fire

Published: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 2:20 PM

Aggravated arson charges filed against Dayton man in complex fire

A Dayton man faces felony charges this week after allegedly setting fires inside his apartment building.

Gerald M. Davis, 51, is also accused of attempting to tamper with the audio and visual devices inside fire alarm to disable the horns and strobes that alert people to a fire or smoke, said Bryan Adams, public information officer with Dayton Fire Department.

Gerald M. Davis, Montgomery County Jail(Staff Writer)

Adams said Davis was not successful in disabling fire alarms, and residents were able to use fire extinguishers to put out small fires in the hallway and lobby at 475 W. Grand Ave. the evening of Monday, Feb. 26.

“We take these cases very seriously,” Adams said.

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Prosecutors in Dayton filed two first-degree felonies of aggravated arson against Davis on Wednesday. He remained in jail Wednesday with bond set at $25,000.

Adams said there are 28 units in the apartment complex. No one was displaced as a result of the fire.

No injuries were reported, and damages are estimated at $1,500, Adams said.

A 9-1-1 call from a resident there said the suspect was “standing in the lobby lighting the mail on fire.”

“We got a gentleman trying to burn our building down,” said a male resident to emergency dispatchers.

The investigation is ongoing.

Davis will appear again in Dayton Municipal Court March 8 for a preliminary hearing.

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Retired Troy firefighter, and now a co-defendant, accused in rape case

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7:08 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:50 AM

Retired Troy firefighter arrested for rape, son arrested hours later

UPDATE @ 10:20 a.m. (June 22): A retired Troy firefighter and a co-defendant remain in jail on a rape charge, while the former firefighter's son also remains in jail on a weapons charge. 

Jeffrey Paul Covault, 48, had his bond set at $200,000 cash on a single count of rape. His plea of not guilty was taken this morning. 

Thomas Perkins Jr., 54, identified as a co-defendant in the rape case, had his bond set at $200,000 as well. According to authorities, Perkins worked for Jeffrey Paul Covault's lawn care business. 

Aaron Jacob Covault, 24, had his bond set at $22,000 cash during his court appearance via video in Miami County Municipal Court. 

He is detained in the Miami County Jail on charges of weapon possession as a felon (a felony) and weapons possession while intoxicated (a misdemeanor).

Aaron Jacob Covault, left, and Jeffrey Paul Covault

The elder Covault and Perkins are accused of engaging in sexual conduct with an intoxicated 21-year-old woman on March 2, in the parking lot of The Vault, on North County Road 25A, county Prosecutor Tony Kendell said. According to the indictment, the victim was impaired because of a mental or physical condition and the alleged perpetrators had cause of know of that impairment.

Common Pleas Judge Christopher Gee issued a “no contact order” for the elder Covault and Perkins, meaning they are to have no contact with the alleged victim or with each other.

The elder Covault worked as a Troy firefighter/paramedic from May 1996 until he retired April 1, according to city personnel records.

A criminal records check shows he has been convicted for operating a vehicle under the influence in 2011 and for disorderly conduct in 2012.

The father and son were arrested hours apart Thursday from the same home, a residence in the 700 block of County Road 25A, north of Troy.

Aaron Jacob Covault, was arrested at the same address hours after his father was taken into custody. Police said the younger Covault was upset over the arrest of his father and discharged a gun.

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There were no report of injuries.

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Woman accused of leaving 8-week-old puppy in hot car in Springfield

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 1:21 PM

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A Fairborn woman is charged in Clark County with leaving an 8-week-old puppy in a hot car for about an hour.

April Booth, 41, was charged Thursday with cruelty to companion animal in Clark County Municipal Court. The case was continued until next month, according to court records.

Clark County Dog Warden investigator Beth Hollingsworth began her investigation on June 8 when she was called to Sally’s Beauty Supply on North Bechtle Avenue in Springfield. There, she spoke with witnesses who said a puppy was left in a hot car.

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“(A witness) stated that she and some co-workers were informed of a dog in a hot car,” the affidavit says.

The employees were able to get the dog out of the car using a cracked window, but Hollingsworth said she took the temperature reading and the car was 132 degrees in the backseat.

“(The witness) stated that they had removed the dog from the back seat of the car after noticing the dog for over 20 minutes in the vehicle,” an affidavit says. “She stated that the puppy was panting heavily and after taking her out of the car and bringing her into the store she had been given a bowl of water which she drank the entire bowl.”

The puppy, a gray pit mix named Skye, was taken to the Clark County Dog Shelter, the affidavit said. Booth contacted the shelter to get her dog back and told authorities she was only gone for about 20 minutes, the affidavit says.

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However, law enforcement was able to collect surveillance video of the parking lot that showed she had left the parking space at around 2:50 p.m. and did not return to the car until about 4:12 p.m., the affidavit says.

Hollingsworth said Skye didn’t appear to suffer long-term effects from the incident.

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Kettering officer shot passenger from stopped vehicle who refused to drop gun

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:00 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:30 PM

Kettering police officer-involved shooting in Dayton wounds 1

One man was shot and injured in a police officer-involved shooting Thursday night in Dayton:

  • The passenger ran from a traffic stop at Smithville Road and Ewalt Avenue
  • A Kettering police officer chased the armed passenger; the driver was released
  • The officer shot and wounded the passenger when he would not drop the gun 

UPDATE @ 3:30 p.m.: 

The passenger, identified as 31-year-old Wayne Morgan, was shot when he refused the Kettering police officer’s order to drop a handgun he was holding, Kettering Police Chief Christopher “Skip” Protsman said at a news conference held at Kettering Fire Department Headquarters.

Morgan had run from the stopped vehicle, and then broke away from the officer during a confrontation with the officer a short distance from the stopped vehicle.

Protsman said the officer, while giving chase on foot, saw that Morgan had a handgun and ordered him to drop it. Morgan ran into an alley and turned quickly toward the officer, who fired at least once when he thought he was forced to defend himself.

Morgan, hit in the arm and side, remains in a hospital. His injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.

The driver of the car police stopped was not charged and has been released, the chief said.

The officer’s name is not being released, the chief said.

The city of Dayton will handle the criminal investigation. Kettering police are doing an administrative review of this case. The Kettering officer who shot Morgan is on paid administrative leave.

UPDATE 11:30 a.m.: 

Kettering police Lt. Michael Gabrielson said he’s working on downloading the cameras and radio traffic from the shooting and there might be video and audio available of what happened available later today.

The Dayton Police Department is conducting a separate investigation into the incident, he said.

A Kettering police officer tried to pull over a vehicle at Smithville Road and Ewalt Avenue on Thursday night. Within one minute, at 8:45 p.m., the officer reported shots fired. A call for officer needs assistance was issued to surrounding agencies, according to information from the Kettering Police Department.

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“We can confirm a Kettering officer was involved in an officer-involved shooting as a result of this traffic stop. No further details are being released at this time,” Lt. Gabrielson stated in the release.

The traffic stop was initiated in Kettering, but the shooting happened in Dayton.

“A passenger fled. There was an altercation about a block down the street and a Kettering officer fired at the suspect, wounding him,” said Mark Ecton, Dayton assistant police chief and deputy director.

The driver is in custody, he said.

It’s not clear how many shots were fired or whether the suspect fired at the officer but a weapon was recovered, Ecton said.

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The man was taken to a hospital. We’re working to learn more on his condition. The officer was not injured.

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The investigation has not mentioned whether the incident was connected to a hit-and-run crash nearby.

Nick Kauffman of Kettering said he was on his way to a motorcycle ride when his path was blocked by all the police activity.

“It’s pretty wild. You don’t expect to see this stuff outside your back door,” he said.

There were officers from at least three police departments.

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Springfield police investigate butcher knife stabbing incident involving husband, wife

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:55 AM


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A Springfield man was reportedly stabbed in the arm during a domestic dispute by his wife, although investigators are unsure who the primary aggressor was during the incident, according to a police report.

Springfield police began their investigation on Wednesday at around 3 p.m. when they were called to a home on the 1500 block of Shelby Drive. There, they met with a woman who allegedly stabbed her husband.

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She told officers the two had gotten into an argument, according to the report.

“(She) said … after being thrown around, she grabbed a knife for her protection,” the report said. “(She) said while she was in the bathroom, (her husband) came at her. (She) said she raised a butcher knife at him and stabbed him once in the arm.”

Officers tried asking the woman follow up questions, such as what she meant by being thrown around or if she could go into more detail about how he came at her, but she was didn’t answer, the report said.

“I asked her several times how he was throwing her around the house, but (she) would just stare at me and not give an answer,” the report says.

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She had no signs of visible injury, the report says, and when asked by officers if she was hurt she told them she was not injured.

When officers talked to the husband, according to the report, he said it was an accident.

“(The husband) told (police) a completely different story and that it was accidental and changed the story several times as to how he got cut,” the report said.

Officers decided not to arrest anyone, the report said.

“Due to conflicting statements from (the husband) and (the wife) not being truthful as to what happened, no charges were filed,” the report said.

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