Facebook Live shooting: Suspect in custody after killing caught on video

Published: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 8:39 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 11:04 AM

Man Broadcasting on Facebook Live Shot to Death

Police in North Carolina said a suspect turned himself in Tuesday, one day after a man was shot to death while broadcasting a video on Facebook Live.

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The shooting happened around 10 a.m. Monday on Jerome Street in Wingate, just a few streets from the Wingate Police Department, officials with Union County Emergency Medical Services said.

Authorities identified the victim as Prentis Robinson, 55, and the suspected shooter as Douglas Colson, 65.

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Colson was on the run Monday, wanted on a murder charge, but police said he turned himself in Tuesday morning.

Robinson, an Atlanta musician, was seen on Facebook Live on Monday, complaining about a family member stealing one of his three cellphones. Viewers of his Facebook Live could see him stopping at the Police Department to report the theft. After he left the police station, he walked up a hill toward his home on Booker Street.

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Another man appeared a short time later, and Robinson exchanged a few words with him. There was then gunfire.

Wingate Police Chief Donnie Gay was at a loss for words after the shooting, noting that it happened moments after Robinson left the police station.

"I'd just spoke to him, it was, I just ... it's hard to say anything about that,” Gay said. “I just got through talking to him."

Robinson was found facedown in the street and was pronounced dead at the scene.

WSOCTV spoke to Charles Baker, who knew Robinson for more than 30 years.

"That’s just unreal -- for somebody to have that kind of heart, to just walk out in the open like that and kill a man,” Baker said. “That's just -- it's nonsense."

The shooting prompted a lockdown at Wingate University, which is less than a mile from the scene. Wingate Elementary School was also placed on lockdown.

No shots were fired on campus, but the attack left students, teachers and staff members on edge.

Celestia Randolph told WSOCTV that she and other students huddled in a teacher's office during the lockdown.

Victoria Shoaf saw police in bulletproof gear with rifles outside her dorm window.

"I just prayed (because) that's the only thing I could do," Shoaf said.

Officials with Wingate University wrote on Twitter that police said Colson was armed with a long gun. 

Wingate police said the Union County Sheriff's Office and the State Bureau of Investigations are assisting with the investigation.

University officials set up counselors for students who needed to talk about the lockdown and the fear they experienced when they believed there was an imminent threat.

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East Dayton, Oregon District OVI checkpoint results released

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:13 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:16 AM

OVI checkpoint on Keowee Street

UPDATE June 23 @ 3:16 a.m.:

Dayton police made four arrests during an OVI checkpoint and a saturation patrol Friday night.

In a release, police said 167 vehicles passed through the checkpoint from E. Third St. and Terry St., and N. Keowee and E. Fifth St. between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. One OVI arrest was made. 

Dayton police also conducted a saturation patrol in the area making one OVI arrest, one drug arrest and one felony arrest. 

According to the release, 284 vehicles passed through the checkpoint at S. Keowee St. and E. Fifth St. At this location, police made no arrests during the OVI or saturation patrol.

FIRST REPORT June 22 @ 10:21 a.m.:

A sobriety checkpoint will be set up tonight between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. at two locations in Dayton.

The first will be around East Third and Terry streets, near Taqueria Mixteca restaurant. After that, the checkpoint will move to South Keowee Street near East Fifth Street in the Oregon District.

The checkpoint will be operated by the Dayton Police Department, along with members of the Combined Agency OVI Task Force of Montgomery County.

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Ohio law requires police agencies to publicly announce the times and locations of checkpoints ahead of time.

The OVI Task Force seeks to reduce the number of crashes involving drunken and intoxicated drivers.

“Driving while impaired is illegal and endangers the lives of everyone on the roadway,” police said.

In 2017, there were 594 crashes involving alcohol in Montgomery County.

Twelve people died in those crashes and 234 were injured. In 348 crashes, property was damaged crashes.

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Statewide alert issued for missing endangered Cincinnati man canceled

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 8:21 PM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 2:14 AM

Cecil Harry
Cecil Harry

UPDATE June 23 @ 2:14 a.m.:

The Cincinnati Police Department has canceled the endangered missing adult alert for 67-year-old Cecil Harry.

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FIRST REPORT June 22 @ 8:21 p.m.:

A 67-year-old Cincinnati man is the subject of an endangered missing adult alert.

Cecil Harry left his residence around 7:30 a.m. and failed to return. He is in need of medication and law enforcement is concerned for his safety, according to the alert.

Harry stands 6 feet, weighs 210 pounds and has gray hair and blue eyes. 

He drives a red 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser with Ohio plates EF74BA.

Anyone who knows Harry’s whereabouts or who spots him is urged to call 911 or 1-866-693-9171.

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Gunman demands drugs from Rite Aid in Harrison Twp.

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 7:17 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 11:40 PM

Robbery

An armed suspect demanded drugs and threatened employees Friday night during a robbery at a Rite Aid pharmacy.

The robbery was reported around 7 p.m. at the business, 4328 N. Main St. in Harrison Twp.

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“Somebody walked in with a note and asked for prescription drugs and said that he was going to kills us in that note if we didn’t give him what we have,” according to a 911 caller who identified himself as a pharmacy manager.

The suspect was described as a young man who stands 5 feet 7 or five feet 8 inches who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies, including a K-9, responded to a robbery June 22, 2018, at the Rite Aid pharmacy at 4328 N. Main St. in Harrison Twp.(JIM NOELKER / STAFF)

Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies, including a K-9 unit, were dispatched to the robbery. However, deputies on scene did not comment on the investigation.

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Retired Troy firefighter accused of rape posts $200K bond, is released from jail

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7:08 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:45 PM

Retired Troy firefighter arrested for rape, son arrested hours later

UPDATE @ 10:45 p.m. (June 22): A retired Troy firefighter accused of rape posted bond and was released from the Miami County Jail.

Jeffrey Paul Covault’s bond was $200,000 cash for the single rape count, which was set during his arraignment this morning.

Covault’s co-defendant Thomas Perkins Jr., 54 — also charged with rape — and his son, 24-year-old Aaron Jacob Covault, charged on an unrelated weapons violation, remain in jail.

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

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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 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.

Thomas Perkins Jr.(MIAMI COUNTY JAIL)

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.

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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.

There were no reports of injuries.

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