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Dayton-area attorney will continue practicing after suspension stayed by Ohio Supreme Court

Published: Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 3:08 PM

            C. Ralph Wilcoxson II
C. Ralph Wilcoxson II

The Ohio Supreme Court delivered a six-month stayed suspension to attorney C. Ralph Wilcoxson II for allegations he didn’t do enough to represent a client in a racial discrimination lawsuit.

The decision echoed the recommendation of the Board of Professional Conduct, which found mitigating factors including “no prior discipline, absence of a selfish or dishonest motive and good character and reputation.”

The court voted 6-0 to suspend Wilcoxson, but he will not serve that suspension on the condition he not violate any rule governing the conduct of Ohio lawyers. Justice Mary DeGenaro did not hear the case.

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In its opinion, the court adopted a “consent to discipline” reached between the Dayton Bar Association and Wilcoxson and approved by the Board of Professional Conduct.

Wilcoxson worked as a Montgomery County Juvenile Court magistrate from 1998 to 2010, including a decade as chief magistrate. He ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for a Montgomery County Juvenile Court Judge position against Jeff Rezabek in the May 2018 primary.

The complaint against Wilcoxson was brought by Timothy Sawyer of Dayton, who alleged Wilcoxson neglected to adequately represent him in a racial discrimination case from late 2014.

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The complaint said Wilcoxson didn’t timely file court documents, which led to the case being dismissed from Dayton’s U.S. District Court.

Wilcoxson didn’t inform his client of the case being dismissed and didn’t provide documents to Sawyer’s new attorney, according to the complaint.

During investigation of the claim, an attorney appointed by the Dayton Bar Association wrote that Wilcoxson didn’t respond to repeated requests for information.

The bar association charged Wilcoxson with multiple ethical violations in 2017 arising from the 2014 case. The Supreme Court imposed the interim default suspension in June 2017. Three days later, Wilcoxson asked the court for him to be allowed to respond to the complaint and for the court to vacate the suspension.

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The court granted the request, remanded the case to the board for further proceedings and reinstated Wilcoxson to the practice of law pending the outcome of disciplinary proceedings.

The sides agreed that Wilcoxson failed to act with reasonable diligence when representing a client or keep the client informed of the case’s status.

The court agreed that the six-month stayed suspension is “the appropriate sanction for the misconduct.”

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Man found dead in Dayton home has been identified

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 4:35 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 4:41 PM

A homicide investigation is underway on East Fifth Street this afternoon, according to a Dayton police report.

Update@11:40 p.m.:

The victim has been identified as Charles Hayes,67, of Dayton, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s office. 

No other information was immediately available. But we will continue working on this story to bring you the latest details. 

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First report: 

A homicide investigation is underway on East Fifth Street this afternoon, according to a Dayton police report.

Police were on the scene of the investigation in the 2600 block of East Fifth around 4:30 p.m., records showed.

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A 911 caller told police she showed up at her friend’s house this afternoon and her belongings were on the back porch and the victim was dead inside the house.

The call was placed around 3:15 p.m.

The circumstances of the death were not immediately known.

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Police arrest local panhandler on bicycle for drug possession

Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 1:42 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 10:32 AM

Donnie K. Jones

UPDATE @ 10:32 a.m.:

Donnie K. Jones has been cleared of the following charges: possession of drugs, advertising and possession, assault and criminal trespassing, according to Miami Valley Jail records. He is awaiting court action and a parole hearing for separate assault and criminal trespassing charges as well as a parole violation charge.

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A local panhandler was arrested for drug possession Tuesday afternoon.

Police received several complaints about an aggressive panhandler harassing people at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Allen Street, according to a Dayton police report.

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Officers searched the Twin Towers area and apprehended Donnie K. Jones, 54, on his bicycle. Jones was found with crack cocaine in his right shoe and a metal tube in his left shoe, according to the report.

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Jones was taken and processed at Montgomery County Jail. He is booked under the suspicion of drug possession, drug paraphernalia and criminal trespassing. He also had a warrant for assault and criminal trespassing, according to the report.

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Heroin suspected after woman awaiting surgery found unconscious in hospital bathroom

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

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A woman awaiting surgery was found passed out in a restroom at McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital-TriHealth, and the cause is suspected to be use of heroin, according to a police report.

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The unnamed suspect was reportedly in the hospital July 13 for surgery related to multiple abscessed wounds on her arms from IV drug use. It is suspected that an unnamed boyfriend passed her heroin in the hospital, according to police.

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The woman was found in a restroom unresponsive from a possible drug overdose, according to police.

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A bag of a hard, dark substance suspected to be heroin was located sticking out of her purse pocket when her belongings were moved to the Intensive Care Unit from her prior room, according to police.

The substance was collected for forensic testing if necessary and placed into evidence. The woman was revived and moved to the Intensive Care Unit.

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Alaska man accused of defrauding people in Ohio, other states of hundreds of thousands of dollars

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 1:18 AM

Andrew Jensen
Andrew Jensen

An Alaska man is accused of defrauding people in Ohio and other states of hundreds of thousands of dollars. 

Andrew Jensen, 30, of Anchorage, was arraigned Monday in Morgan County Common Pleas Court in McConnelsville, about 82 miles southeast of Columbus.

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He is jailed in the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail in Nelsonville following his indictment by a Morgan County grand jury on 29 felony counts, including telecommunications fraud, identity fraud, grand theft of a motor vehicle, theft from the elderly, money laundering and misuse of credit cards, according to a release from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

Investigators said Jensen lied to people, telling them he was a successful businessman or military veteran, to convince them to give him money, property or services. He also allegedly made misleading statements to obtain loans, lines of credit, vehicles and other goods or services.

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Investigators believe at least 22 people, including an Ohio senior citizen from Morgan County, were affected and that losses total more than $450,000, according to the release.

An attorney with the Ohio Attorney General’s Economic Crimes Unit has been appointed by the Morgan County prosecutor to handle the case as a special prosecutor. The case was investigated by the Attorney General’s Economic Crimes Unit and Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.

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