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Published: Friday, February 06, 2015 @ 3:27 PM
Updated: Friday, February 06, 2015 @ 4:53 PM
COLUMBUS — Last year Democrat Larry Ealy ran for governor. This year he’s running from the law, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
Ealy, 52, who once worked as a tow truck driver and as exotic dancer “Luscious Larry,” is wanted on local warrants for traffic violations and drug charges, Deputy U.S. Marshal Nathan Lupica said. Federal authorities are looking for Larry and his son Lance Ealy, who bolted during his jury trial on fraud charges in U.S. District Court.
Lance Ealy, 29, who was representing himself in court, was convicted in absentia on Nov. 19 but has not yet been sentenced. He hasn’t been seen since Nov. 17. Authorities said he cut off his electronic monitoring ankle bracelet while under house arrest.
“We are not taking it off the table that they may have possibly fled out of state. But we are hoping and thinking right now that they’re in the Dayton area,” Lupica said.
The father-son duo have a lot of family connections in Dayton, he said. “I believe that even if they have fled the Dayton area, they will come back.”
Larry Ealy ran in the Democratic primary last year against then Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, a former FBI agent. Ealy garnered 74,197 votes — 17 percent last May. Larry Ealy told the Dayton Daily News that he decided to run for governor while sitting in a jail cell.
FitzGerald went on to lose in a landslide to incumbent Republican John Kasich in November.
Published: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 6:30 PM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 7:23 AM
DAYTON — Update@12:13 p.m.:
Wheatley, a grandmother, had just fed some neighborhood dogs and was walking back to her home when she was shot, neighbors said Monday. She died about a half block from home, neighbors said.
There’s a makeshift memorial where Wheatley died, and it continues to grow.
Meanwhile, a man called 911 after hearing shots fired and seeing Wheatley lying on the ground, according to the 911 recording.
“Someone just got shot on EclIud... a lady is lying on the sidewalk,” the unidentified man said, later adding that he heard 12-15 shots.
An innocent bystander was fatally shot Saturday evening when she was walking near a house targeted by a drive-by shooting, police said.
Sherrell Wheatley, 62, of Dayton was the woman shot and killed, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
Wheatley was an innocent bystander who suffered at least one gunshot wound as she was walking in the 800 block of North Euclid Avenue around 6:10 p.m. She was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries, Dayton police Sgt. Creigee Coleman said.
“A vehicle driven by a male had another male inside the vehicle, and that male fired several rounds towards an unknown house in an attempt to probably cause damage to that house,” Coleman said.
The passenger fired five or six rounds, he said.
Aaron Taylor said the woman was his great aunt.
“I just happened to pull up, see my auntie in the grass dead,” he said.
He described his aunt as a sweet lady and matriarch of his family and the community.
“Definitely innocent bystander walking up the street,” Taylor said.
Police are searching for a silver Ford Taurus or similar four-door car, and also are asking for the public’s help to come forward with any information.
“Now this is a situation where a person was indiscriminately firing a weapon, a large-caliber weapon from what I’ve been told, at a house and a person who was innocent just happened to be walking by and got hit by a bullet that has no eyes,” Coleman said.
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 12:04 PM
FRANKLIN — The person that Franklin police believe robbed a bank there May 18 may have also robbed a bank in Troy the day before, officials said.
Franklin and Troy police detectives believe the same man may be responsible for both robberies because of their similar descriptions, including a possible wig, Franklin Police Chief Russell Whitman said.
At 3:04 p.m. Friday, the Union Savings Bank at Second and Millard streets in Franklin was robbed by a man, according to police.
The suspect was described as a tall, white man with long hair and a mustache wearing a blue shirt, green pants with tennis shoes.
According to dispatch traffic, he may have been wearing a wig.
On Thursday evening, a man possibly wearing a wig and a fake mustache robbed Unity National Bank.
The suspect in that robbery is described as a tall, slender man wearing glasses and carrying a red duffle bag.
He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.
No weapon was seen during the Troy robbery reported just before 5 p.m. at the bank, 1314 W. Main St., and there were no injuries.
Published: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 @ 1:25 PM
UPDATE @ 11:14 a.m. (May 21):
Lenvil Persinger, 43, who police described as a “self-identified soverign citizen” pleaded no contest to felony charges in a plea deal that has the Piqua man avoiding trial.
Persinger pleaded no contest to attempted felonious assault and tampering with evidence charges in Miami County court Monday.
He is set for sentencing on July 2.
INITIAL REPORT (May 8):
A Miami County judge Monday found a Piqua man competent to stand trial in an alleged attack on a neighbor and standoff with police in January.
Lenvil Persinger, 43, faces charges of felony aggravated burglary, felonious assault and tampering with evidence.
Persinger was described by Piqua police as “a self-identified sovereign citizen."
He told Judge Christopher Gee at a previous hearing, "Clearly I’m sane," after his defense lawyer requested the competency evaluation.
Gee said Monday a clinical psychologist found Persinger did not suffer from mental illness or defect and was competent to stand trial
Persinger is accused of breaking into his neighbor’s apartment and assaulting a man after hearing a boyfriend and girlfriend arguing. Police said Persinger used nunchucks in the assault.
A trial is set to begin May 23, but public defender Steve King told Gee he might need more time to prepare the case.
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 10:37 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 10:41 AM
— Springfield police are investigating an armed robbery at a local Family Dollar.
Police were dispatched to the Family Dollar on the corner of Selma Avenue and East Street. Police said a man entered the store around 9:30 a.m., displayed a gun, and demanded cash.
The man fled the scene on foot, investigators said.