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2 indicted in fatal fentanyl OD death in Miami County

Published: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 11:51 PM

Derek Gardner, left, and Quincy Mattison
MIAMI COUNTY JAIL
Derek Gardner, left, and Quincy Mattison(MIAMI COUNTY JAIL)

Two men face manslaughter and drug charges in the February overdose death of a Concord Twp. man.

A Miami County grand jury today indicted Derek T. Gardner, 32, formerly of West Milton and most recently of Sidney, and Quincy Mattison, 28, of Dayton. They are charged with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated trafficking in drugs. The men are accused of causing the death of 33-year-old James Lennon as a result of the sale of fentanyl.

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Bail of $55,000 was set last week for Gardner, and the same amount was set today for Mattison in county Common Pleas Court.

Sheriff Dave Duchak said today deputies and medics responded to Lennon's residence, finding him not breathing. A female at the residence also overdosed, but survived. 

"These cases are not easy to bring to resolution," Duchak said.

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Police: Texas deputy repeatedly sexually assaulted 4-year-old, threatened mother with deportation

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 3:14 PM

Texas Deputy Accused of Sexually Assaulting 4-Year-Old, Threatens Mother with Deportation if she Speaks Out

A Bexar County Sheriff's Department deputy was arrested on a felony charge of super aggravated sexual assault Sunday after a 4-year-old girl’s mother was blackmailed to stay silent about the abuse, according to police. The victim’s mother is an undocumented immigrant and was threatened with deportation if she spoke out.

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KENS reported that department officials arrested detention Deputy Jose Nunez, 47, after the victim told her mother about the abuse Saturday night in San Antonio, Texas.

Sheriff Javier Salazar said at a news conference Sunday that the mother went to a local fire station and Nunez was arrested. 

"The details of the case are quite frankly heartbreaking, disturbing, disgusting and infuriating all at the same time," Salazar said, adding that Nunez had physical contact with the victim and there was "at least some indication of minor injury."

"We have reason to believe that this goes back at least several months, possibly a couple of  several years," Salazar said.

Nunez, a 10-year veteran of the department, is on administrative leave pending an investigation.

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Harrison Twp. man accused of seriously injuring newborn son

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 5:01 PM

Hopeton M. Taylor
MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL
Hopeton M. Taylor(MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL)

A 22-year-old Harrison Twp. man is accused of seriously injuring his newborn son earlier this month.

Hopeton M. Taylor was indicted today for felonious assault and two counts of endangering children, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

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Taylor’s 8-month-old son was brought to Dayton Children’s Hospital June 6, when he was unresponsive and suffering from multiple skull fractures and other serious injuries.

Prosecutors said Taylor was home alone with the newborn when he was injured; when the baby’s mother returned home, she found him unresponsive and took him to the hospital.

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Taylor has been in the Montgomery County Jail since his June 8 arrest. He is being held on a $250,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

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Springfield police seek public’s help in deadly shooting outside Wagon Wheel bar

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 4:05 AM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 3:33 PM

Fatal shooting at the Wagon Wheel in Springfield

UPDATE @ 3:35 p.m. (June 18): Police are asking the public for help to track down a suspect or suspects in Sunday’s deadly shooting outside the Wagon Wheel.

Police so far have confirmed that someone pulled out a gun during an altercation outside the business, 1005 S. Burnett Road, that left one person dead and two people wounded. Police were dispatched sometime after 2 a.m. on a report of shots fired.

Jahream Daemond Beard, 35, of Springfield, died at the scene. Police said they arrived to find a woman, identified as a registered nurse, administering CPR. 

A witness told police she saw a vehicle speed out of the parking lot and head south on South Burnett Road.

One of the other victims, identified as Demetrius Clay, 29, also of Springfield, told police he was shot in one of his legs as he ran to his car when he heard multiple gunshots from the parking lot.

He was able to get into the car of a friend, who took Clay to Springfield Regional Medical Center, police said. 

Clay told police he did not see who was shooting or where the shots came from.

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The third victim, identified as Deric Hunt, 20, also of Springfield, told police he was leaving the bar when he saw a large group of females arguing and getting physical with each other.

Hunt said he then heard multiple gunshots, grabbed his mother and sister, and they all ran to a vehicle. He said one of the slugs hit him in his leg as he was running. His mother drove them to the hospital.

Hunt also told police he did not see who was shooting or where the shots came from.

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A Springfield police officer tries to console an emotional female outside of Wagon Wheel bar after fatal shooting.(MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF)

Clay and Hunt’s injuries were non-life threatening, police said.

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Police division homicide investigators said they are aware there were several individuals at the business during the shooting. Those witnesses, along with anyone who may have information about the shooting, are asked to contact police at 937-324-7685. 

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com.

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HOT CAR WARNING: How quickly heat can kill your child or pet

Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 11:37 AM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 6:35 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about how to keep your pet safe in the heat.

A Heat Advisory has been issued for the Miami Valley Monday from noon until 8 p.m.

Temperatures will be in the low 90s with heat index values reaching 100 degrees, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

The heat index is a “feels like” temperature.

High heat, humidity and sunshine can allow your car to rapidly heat up. At 93 degrees, in about 15 minutes, the inside of your car can get to about 110 degrees.

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Heat inside cars can be deadly to both pets and children within a matter of minutes. 

In 2016, Governor Kasich signed a law protecting good samaritans who need to smash a car window to rescue a child or pet in a hot car. 

A child dies in a hot car every 9 days according to kidsandcars.org, and organization aimed at raising awareness to prevent more tragedies. 

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Ways to help you prevent hot car incidents: 

 

  • Put something in the back seat so you have to open the back door when leaving the vehicle - cellphone, employee badge, handbag, left shoe, etc.  
  • Every time you park your vehicle open the back door to make sure no one has been left behind. "Look Before You Lock."  
  • Ask your childcare provider or babysitter to call you within 10 minutes if your child hasn't arrived on time.  
  • Keep a stuffed animal in your child's car seat and move it to the front seat to remind you when your baby is in the back seat.  
  • Focus on driving and avoid cellphone calls and any other distractions while driving. 

If you discover a pet or child trapped inside a hot car, call 9-1-1. If a child is in imminent danger, break a window.

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