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Death penalty trial now in the hands of jury

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 6:30 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 9:39 PM


            Michael Grevious II is facing the death penalty if found guilty of aggravated murder for the retaliation shooting that followed a shoot out at the former Doubles Bar on Hamilton’s West Side. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Michael Grevious II is facing the death penalty if found guilty of aggravated murder for the retaliation shooting that followed a shoot out at the former Doubles Bar on Hamilton’s West Side. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

The fate of Michael Grevious II is now in the hands of a jury.

Grevious, 25, of Hamilton, is facing the death penalty if found guilty of aggravated murder for allegedly ordering a retaliation shooting at Central Avenue and Knightsbridge on Aug. 3, 2016 that killed two people. He is also charged with having weapons under disability and felonious assault for gun violence that killed his relative during the early morning hours of July 24, 2016 at a Hamilton bar.

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Closing arguments began shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday. After receiving instructions from Butler County Common Pleas Judge Greg Stephens, the jury began deliberations at about 12:20 p.m.

During closing arguments, prosecutors pointed to text messages and phone calls from a phone belonging to Grevious sent to the man they say he hired to handle the hit on Orlando Gilbert following a bar shootout that killed his brother.

Zachary Harris and two others first traveled to the city on July 27. One of those people, Erica Woods, testified she overheard Grevious tell Harris, “You get the other half when it is handled,” Assistant Prosecutor Brad Burress told the jury.

The second hit team of Harris, Tony Patete and Melinda Gibby returned to the area on Aug. 2, 2016 driving around looking for Gilbert. Gibby, the driver of the truck in the fatal shooting, testified about the plan to kill Gilbert and that on Aug. 3, they were successful.

After the bar shooting and through Aug. 3, 2016, there were more than 200 calls between Grevious and Harris, Burress told the jury.

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After the shooting of Gilbert in broad daylight, there were six calls between Grevious and Harris, Burress said.

“Zach wanted to tell this defendant it was handled so he could get the rest of his money,” Burress said.

Defense attorney David Washington told the jury the prosecution had told a good story, but “this is not a novel.”

Washington pointed to holes and inconsistencies in the witnesses’ testimony, noting Gibby had a reason to cooperate because she got a deal avoiding the death penalty.

Evidence against Gibby was overwhelming, so she had to do something, so she became a witness, Washington told the jury.

Washington also told the jury there is reasonable doubt because the only witness to see Grevious allegedly shoot a gun inside the bar is an 18-year-old who was drinking alcohol and smoking “weed.” There is also no evidence in any of the messages that money was paid by Grevious to kill anyone, he said.

Because this is a capital case, the jury is required to be sequestered until a verdict is reached. While sequestered, the jurors will not have access to telephones or television.

Eleven deputies and the court bailiff will keep watch over the jury and three alternates at a local hotel to assure the rules are followed.

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Stealing car ‘faster than walking’ woman tells Dayton police

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 12:08 AM

Brittany Grandberry
MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL
Brittany Grandberry(MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL)

A woman accused of grand theft auto said she drove off in a stolen car “because it was faster than walking,” according to a Dayton police report.

Police were called around 9:45 p.m. Friday to Church’s Chicken, 2443 N. Gettysburg Ave., after a woman said her white 2018 Chevrolet Equinox rental was stolen from the parking lot after she went inside to get food.

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The rented vehicle was tracked using OnStar, and a Dayton officer was able to find it a little more than three miles away in the 100 block of North Plaza Avenue, according to a police report.

Police identified the alleged driver as 36-year-old Brittany Grandberry.

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When asked why she drove the vehicle: “she stated that she walked past it and saw it was running and walked back to it. She stated that she drove the vehicle away from Church’s Chicken because it was faster than walking.”

Grandberry is due Monday in Dayton Municipal Court.

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Coroner ID’s woman shot, killed in drive-by shooting in Dayton

Published: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 6:30 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 11:33 AM

Dayton Shooting on Euclid Ave.

UPDATE @ 11:26 a.m.

Montgomery County Coroner’s Office confirmed Sherrell Wheatley, 62, of Dayton was the woman shot and killed Saturday while walking near a house targeted by a drive-by shooting in Dayton.

UPDATE @ 9 p.m.

A woman in her 60s was gunned down this evening when she was walking near a house targeted by a drive-by shooting, police said.

The woman, whose name was not released, was an innocent bystander who suffered at least one gunshot wound; she was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries, Dayton police Sgt. Creigee Coleman said.

Police investigate a fatal shooting May 19, 2018, in the 860 block of North Euclid Avenue in Dayton.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

“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.

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“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.

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“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.

FIRST REPORT

Police and medics were called this evening to a shooting.

The shooting was reported at 6:10 p.m. in the 800 block of North Euclid Avenue.

At least one person was shot, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

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According to initial reports, a caller heard 12 to 15 gunshots and saw a woman on the ground.

We are on the way and will update this report as we learn details.

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2 men escape Community Corrections Center in Warren County

Published: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 11:14 PM

Daniel Hatfield Jr., left, and Jeremy Mink
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction
Daniel Hatfield Jr., left, and Jeremy Mink(Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction)

Law enforcement is asking for the public’s help to find two prisoners who escaped Saturday night from the Community Correctional Center.

Deputies from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office responded around 8:30 p.m. to the area of 5234 state Route 63, the CCC, for a report of two men running through a field. They jumped into an older model silver minivan and fled the area.

The men are identified as Daniel Hatfield Jr. and Jeremy Mink, and were confirmed to have escaped from the facility run by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction, according to the sheriff’s office.

Hatfield, 27, stands 5 feet 6 inches, weighs 186 pounds, has blue eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing tan pants and a white shirt. He is sentenced to CCC after being convicted of a probation violation for drug offenses out of Butler County.

Mink 28, stands 6 feet, 1 inch, weighs 195 pounds has blue eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing tan pants and no shirt. He was sentenced to CCC after being convicted of drug offenses out of Clermont County.

Anyone with information on either man’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at 513-695-1280.

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Sobriety checkpoint: Related patrols net 2 OVI arrests in Trotwood

Published: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 7:45 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 10:15 PM



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(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m.

Patrols near a sobriety checkpoint Friday night in Trotwood netted two OVI arrests, the Montgomery County Combined Agency Task Force announced tonight.

More than 225 vehicles passed through the checkpoint at 4825 Salem Ave., which resulted in five citations: one for no seat belt; two for driving under suspension and two for no operator's license. 

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In nearby patrols, there were nine traffic stops with two OVI arrests; three citations for no seat belt; one citation for fictitious registration; and one misdemeanor summons for marijuana possession, according to the task force. 

The goals of the sobriety checkpoints are to provide public awareness to the consequences of driving under the influence, reduce the number of impaired drivers on the roadways, reduce the number of alcohol-related traffic crashes, and make the roadways a safer place to travel, the task force said.

FIRST REPORT

An OVI checkpoint is planned for tonight in Trotwood.

The Montgomery County Combined Agency OVI Task Force’s sobriety checkpoint starts at 8 p.m. in the 4800 block of Salem Avenue.

Ohio law requires OVI checkpoints to be publicized ahead of time.

There also will be patrols in the area of the checkpoint in addition to patrols for the “Click It or Ticket” campaign through May and June, according to the task force.

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