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Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 10:40 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 2:06 PM
BUTLER COUNTY — A Trenton man has been sent to prison for the death of his son after toxic levels of drugs were found in the 1-year-old’s system.
Dorrico Dawaun Brown, 34, pleaded guilty to corrupting another with drugs and reckless homicide last month. Butler County Common Pleas Judge Greg Howard sentenced him Wednesday to three years in prison.
Brown will receive credit for time served in the Butler County Jail. He has been in jail since his arrest in August 2017 following the death of Dorrico Brown Jr. in May 2017 at a Hamilton home.
A toxicology report on Brown Jr. from the coroner’s office indicated the child tested positive for opiates, benzodiazepines and antihistamines at the time of his death.
Both defense attorney Lawrence Hawkins III and Assistant Butler County Prosecutor Kelly Heile said it is not clear when the child ingested the drugs.
Howard noted that Brown has a previous criminal record and that drugs were left around the house that could be accessed by the child.
The judge said that he hopes Brown will talk to people in prison and when he is released about what has happened to his family.
“It just goes to show you there continues to be innocent victims of the drug trade and drug trafficking. I wish you the best of luck,” Howard said to Brown.
Hawkins said Brown is very remorseful and said this was not an intentional act.
“This is a tragic loss … there is a hole in his heart that cannot be filled,” Hawkins said. “The reality is Dorrico has already suffered the worst punishment that anyone can have.”
Brown stood with his head down and was crying as he was sentenced.
Brown was a good father who loved to spend time with his son, Hawkins said, noting the mother of the boy, Charmaine Burns, wrote a letter telling the judge as much.
Burns was in the courtroom, but declined to speak and declined comment after the hearing.
Before sentencing, Brown told the judge he takes responsibility for what happened.
“It is just a lot,” Brown said, turning to his son’s mother and saying, “we will get through this.”
In a 911 call to dispatchers, Brown said, “My son is just freezing cold and I don’t think he’s even breathing. He was taking a nap and I came in here and he’s just cold.”
Hawkins said Brown performed CPR on the boy but he was never revived.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 11:59 AM
SPRINGFIELD — Update@2:23 p.m.:
During a press conference Wednesday afternoon to discuss Holt’s killing, Springfield Police Chief Lee Graf officially ruled Holt’s death a homicide.
Graf also reached out to the public for help in the investigation. Holt was last seen alive about 11 p.m. Monday, so anyone who may have seen him after that time or came in contact with him should contact Springfield police investigators with any information they have, Graf said.
Graf also said investigators still have not made a direct connection with Holt’s killing and the home invasion in Huber Heights where two boys, including one of Holt’s sons, was tied up. Until such connection is made, the cases will investigated separately, he said.
There are no suspects or persons of interests in either case, officials in Springfield and Huber Heights said.
Springfield police are continuing their investigation after a body was found at a Springfield park Tuesday morning.
Huber Heights police are also continuing an investigation into an incident hours before at the man’s home in that city.
Cedric Holt Jr. was found dead at Virgil Mabra Park in Springfield.
He is the father of one of two teenage boys who were tied up in a home invasion in Huber Heights on Tuesday morning. Other than the relationship between Holt and one of the boys, there’s no connection between the home invasion and Holt’s death, said Sgt. Charles Taylor of the of the Huber Heights Police Department.
“We’re still ... just over 24 hours involved in this. So we’re still looking into everything,” he said. All stones will be looked under. And we’re going to continue to canvas the neighborhood, ask questions to anybody and anyone that’s willing to talk.”
Both police departments are releasing limited information. Springfield police plan on hold a press conference today at 2 p.m.
Here is what we know now:
Initial phone call
Springfield police were called to the 1400 block of Oakleaf Avenue on Tuesday morning, according to a Springfield police report.
There they met a man mowing the park’s grass who said he found a body, the report says.
“The victim was found face up with his head to the north and feet to the south,” the police report says. A park employee who called 9-1-1 said the body was in a car.
Springfield Fire Division personnel told police the man, later identified as Cedric Holt Jr., was dead.
The death is considered suspicious, the Clark County Coroner’s Office said. The cause and manner of death were not yet determined.
A Springfield police report describes the death as unspecified.
A news release from the city of Springfield on Tuesday evening says no arrests have been made in the incident, and anyone with information is asked to call 937-324-7685.
Taylor said Wednesday that detectives are still working the case.
“As far as our home invasion we are still looking into everything,” he said.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 3:14 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 3:53 AM
MASON — UPDATE @ 4:20 p.m.
A $2,500 reward is offered after 15 firearms were stolen during an early morning break-in at Firepower Arms & Supply.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association for the firearms industry, announced the reward up to $2,500 Wednesday afternoon for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary at the gun shop, 723 Reading Road.
The ATF is working with the Mason Police Department to investigate the incident.
Anyone with information about this burglary is urged to contact ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800-283-4867). Individuals also may email ATFTips@atf.gov, or contact ATF through its website at www.atf.gov/contact/atf-tips. Tips also may be submitted to ATF using the ReportIt® app, available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store, or by visiting www.reportit.com. Tipsters may remain anonymous.
Several guns were stolen when a firearms store was broken into early Wednesday morning.
The break-in happened just after 2 a.m. at Firepower Arms & Supply in the 700 block of Reading Road. Mason police responded after an alarm activated and found a front window broken out.
Three males were able to remove an unknown number of firearms, police said. Detectives are on scene working to determine the type and number of firearms stolen.
Police are looking for one male suspect wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, grey sweatpants, another wearing blue and white basketball shorts with a navy blue hooded sweatshirt, and a third suspect wearing tight black jeans with a grey hooded sweatshirt with black on the sleeves. One of the suspects had neon green gloves.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 3:58 PM
WARREN COUNTY — Young alleged victims and their family members filled a Warren County courtroom Wednesday for the arraignment of a 68-year-old man accused of having sexual contact with three young girls.
The courtroom was filled on one side with alleged victims and their family members as Ronald Rowland, who was initially charged in March after an investigation by Carlisle police, walked in alone.
Rowland, of Judy Drive in Carlisle, was indicted by a grand jury May 14 on 12 counts of rape and six counts of gross sexual imposition involving crimes that began when the children were 5, 9 and 12 years old, according to prosecutors.
The crimes are alleged to have occurred between 2009 and 2017 in both Carlisle and Franklin.
Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said the crimes occurred at Rowland’s home, an alleged victim’s home, in a shed behind the Rowland’s home and in a swimming pool.
One alleged victim accused Rowland and others were found after interviews at the county’s child advocacy center, Fornshell said.
Carlisle police officers received a call from Dayton Children’s Hospital on March 19 about a “possible sexual assault,” according to a police report.
During his arraignment Wednesday, Rowland told Warren County Common Pleas Judge Donald Oda II that he did not have money to hire the attorney who originally represented him.
Oda appointed attorney Tamara Sack as Rowland’s attorney and said a new court date would be set for next week.
Oda continued Rowland’s bond of $50,000, which was set in Franklin Municipal Court. He is free on bond.
In order to re-address bond, Oda said he needed more information after Rowland had met with his new attorney.
“Because if there was some agreement on your bail and what that bail should be set that was made at the lower court, I need to know a little bit more about it,” Oda said.
If convicted, Rowland “would spend the rest of his life in prison,” Fornshell said.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 1:40 PM
— The May 19 fatal drive-by shooting of a 62-year-old grandmother — which has Dayton police asking for help before the trail goes cold — is similar to a 2006 incident that also happened on North Euclid Avenue.
The story is all too familiar to one area man’s memories of his aunt’s death.
Sherrell V. Wheatley died last Saturday at an area hospital after she was shot in the head while walking home after feeding a neighbor’s dogs. Police called Wheatley an innocent victim of an apparent drive-by shooting at 866 N. Euclid Ave.
Three doors down and 11.5 years ago, an 89-year-old woman was shot in both legs while watching television at 856 N. Euclid Ave.
Louise T. Brooks was hit at about 10 p.m. on Nov. 29, 2006 by stray bullets in what police said at the time was a drive-by shooting that struck several homes and vehicles.
When Brooks’ nephew, Michael Lark, heard about Wheatley’s death last weekend, his mind raced back to 2006 and his “Aunt Lou.”
“My blood pressure went up, and I started steaming, and I’m like, ‘No, not this again,’” said Lark, 58, of Dayton. “What happened? And then they say she was an innocent bystander, just like my aunt, and it was hard to take again. It was like reliving my aunt’s (shooting) all over again.”
Dayton officers said at the time that they found Brooks after no one answered her door. They said they forced their way in and found her with two gunshot wounds.
Brooks was taken to a hospital in critical condition and was later upgraded to stable condition. She died on Feb. 27, 2007 — on Lark’s mother’s birthday — at age 90, according to an online obituary.
Lark said his aunt virtually died from the shooting because she couldn’t fully recover. He said police detectives weren’t able to solve the crime.
“I’m a God-fearing person, and they say turn the other cheek,” Lark said. “But it’s kind of hard to turn the (other) cheek when nobody says anything and they kill somebody — elderly and babies. Uh-uh, something needs to be done with them.
“If I had my way … because I’ll never forgive them. They better hope God forgives them. Family, to this day, we have no answers.”
Efforts to get information on the 2006 case from Dayton police and the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office have not yet been successful. In Dayton police’s computer system, the case is listed as closed.
Police are looking for a silver sedan in the Wheatley case, and the public has been asked to call (937) 222-STOP (7867) or Melissa Schloss, the case detective, at (937) 333-1078.
Police said they have no suspects and few solid leads in Wheatley’s death, which they termed a “heinous” and “sad” crime.
“What we are asking is anyone in the neighborhood that saw any of this or has any information on this, please contact the Dayton Police Department,” said Lt. Gregg Gaby.
Lark said he knows what Wheatley’s family is going through.
“That just kept bringing it all up,” Lark said of Dayton’s most recent drive-by shooting.
“It’s heart-breaking. It keeps the family upset. … We believe that, before it’s all over with, somebody’s going to talk.”