Dayton man guilty of murder in 2016 slaying

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 4:30 PM
Updated: Friday, August 25, 2017 @ 5:50 PM

Curtis McShann
Curtis McShann

UPDATE @ 5:50 p.m. (Aug. 25):

A Dayton man was convicted this evening of murder in the shooting death of Brandon Lanier in October 2016.

Curtis McShann, 30, was convicted of all but one of the more than 20 charges against him.

A jury convicted McShann of fatally shooting Lanier, 27, on Riverside Drive. Prosecutors said three others were shot during the incident when more than 50 rounds were fired.

UPDATE @ 1:30 p.m. (Aug. 25):

Closing arguments have concluded and a jury is now deliberating the fate of Curtis McShann, who faces 24 counts in connection to the shooting death of Brandon Lanier.

EARLIER (Aug. 21)

The murder trial of Curtis McShann began today in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

McShann, 30, faces 24 counts — including four for murder — for the Oct. 25, 2016, shooting death of Brandon Lanier, 27, on Riverside Drive in Dayton.

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Jamarko Walker, 22, was sentenced in late July to 24 years to life in prison for his role in Lanier’s death.

According to prosecutors and police, Lanier was killed and three others were shot and taken to a local hospital; about 50 rounds were fired during the incident.

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Court records show McShann’s attorney could say his client has an alibi, that he was at residences on Lobata Place and Odlin Street in Dayton during the shooting.

Prosecutors filed documents indicating that they planned to use conversations McShann allegedly had with a detective in which the defendant said he may plead guilty if two other people were not charged with tampering with evidence.

The trial is the in the courtroom of Judge Richard Skelton.

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Police: Mother faces charges after Urbana elementary student has cocaine in system at school

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 3:52 PM

A 7-year-old student came to school high on cocaine Monday morning. The mother of that student is now in custody.

A 7-year-old Urbana student came to school high on cocaine on Monday, police said.

The child is a student at North Elementary, one of the district’s kindergarten and first-grade schools, and was acting very unusual in the late morning, according to police and school officials.

“The student was drowsy, groggy and they thought there might be a blood sugar question,” Urbana Superintendent Charles Thiel said.

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Thiel said the student’s classroom was quarantined and administrators called 9-1-1.

The student was taken to Urbana Mercy Health Hospital, where it was determined the substance in the student’s system was cocaine.

The child received treatment and was later released, but it’s not known whether the student has returned to school after the incident.

“It’s a terrible situation for one of our youngest students to have to be in an environment in which the ingestion of an illegal substance occurs,” Thiel said.

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The mother of the child appeared to be under the influence of multiple drugs, including cocaine and fentanyl, when she showed up at the hospital, according to police.

Police say it’s likely the student inhaled the drug prior to the start of the school day while staying at a Springfield home.

The mother is currently being held at Tri-County Jail and is facing multiple felony drug abuse charges, police said.

Thiel said an all-call went out to parents on Monday evening explaining what happened, and he’s grateful for the experienced nursing staff the district had on hand and their quick actions.

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3 things to know: Urbana 7-year-old comes to school high on cocaine

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 1:53 PM

A 7-year-old student came to school high on cocaine Monday morning. The mother of that student is now in custody.

An Urbana elementary student was high on cocaine when he came to school on Monday, police and school officials said.

Here are three things to know about the incident.

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1. The student was displaying unusual symptoms

The school said the 7-year-old student was drowsy, groggy and was acting strange during lunch.

Precautions were taken to remove students and quarantine the student’s classroom until emergency crews could arrive.

Once they arrived at the hospital, it was determined that the substance in the student’s system was cocaine.

The student received treatment and has been released. The superintedent said he’s never experienced an incident like this in his time with the school.

2. Police said the mother is now facing charges

Police said when the mother arrived at the hospital, she was also under the influence of cocaine, meth, and fentanyl.

It’s likely that the student inhaled the drug before the beginning of the school day, based on treatment from the hospital.

The mother is currently in the Tri-County Jail and faces various felony charges.

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3. The drug was most likely from a Springfield home

She said she and her child had been moving between various locations, but it was likely the student came into contact with the drug at a home in Springfield.

Champaign Children’s Services worked with the family to provide a safe place for the child to stay, and will assist police in the investigation.

Police said additional charges are possible.

It’s not known whether that student has returned to school since being released from the hospital.

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1 injured in shooting at Florida high school

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 1:07 PM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 1:07 PM

At least 1 Person Injured in Florida High School Shooting

One person was injured Friday morning in a shooting reported at Forest High School in Ocala, according to the the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

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Miami County judge denies bail reduction for Trotwood man in manslaughter case

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 1:08 PM


            William Smith Jr. mug. CONTRIBUTED
William Smith Jr. mug. CONTRIBUTED

A Miami County judge has denied a request for reduced bail for a Trotwood man charged with involuntary manslaughter in a Troy man’s death following an altercation.

William C. Smith Jr., 42, is charged in the Dec. 8 death of Willard Higgins Jr., 40, of Troy.

Police said Higgins died at Kettering Medical Center after an altercation with Smith at a Troy residence. The report said Higgins was having difficulty breathing so an ambulance was called to the South Walnut Street residence.

Smith appeared before Judge Christopher Gee in county Common Pleas Court on April 9, seeking a new lawyer and asking for reduction of $300,000 bail set at his arraignment on the involuntary manslaughter indictment. The request for a new lawyer was denied and a bond check through the pretrial services office was ordered by Gee.

In denying the request for lower bail, Gee wrote that the bond check showed Smith has served three prison terms for felony drug trafficking, aggravated burglary and burglary. He also noted that the involuntary manslaughter charge carries mandatory prison time, if Smith is convicted of the offense, that Smith was on post-release control at the time of the alleged offense and there also is a detainer order for Smith pending from Greene County.

A jury trial for Smith is scheduled for June 5.

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