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Published: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 4:26 PM
SEFFNER, Fla. — Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Florida man Sunday on suspicion of beating his 7-year-old stepson to death and threatening his three siblings until one of them struck the boy, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Jack Junior Montgomery, 31, called investigators to a Masters Inn hotel room Saturday morning after he said he was unable to wake his stepson, Brice Russell. He told investigators that Brice hit his head after Montgomery threw him onto a bed when he tried to sneak out to get a cookie, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by WFTS.
“Montgomery said that Brice hit his head on the headboard when he threw him onto the bed, but said that he was fine after that,” WFTS reported.
A medical examiner, however, determined that Brice suffered a number of injuries that “require a greater amount of force than those that would be sustained during a fist fight regardless of whether or not the assailant was a juvenile or adult,” according to an arrest report obtained by the Miami Herald.
Montgomery was caring for Brice and his siblings while their mother, Donya Shenita Russell, was at work, according to deputies. Brice’s siblings told authorities they woke to hear their brother crying as he was being thrown around the room.
“Detectives determined that Montgomery had punched the child in the face, mouth and stomach with a closed fist, threw the victim around the hotel room and shoved his face into the carpet,” deputies said in a news release.
Authorities said Montgomery threatened to beat Brice’s siblings if they did not join the attack. In fear of Montgomery, one child hit Brice, according to deputies.
“Ultimately, the children saw Montgomery pick Brice up by the leg and (throw) him against a shelf along the wall,” deputies said. “The children told detectives they saw blood coming from his nose and mouth and that their brother never woke up after that.”
Medics with Hillsborough Fire Rescue said Brice was cold to the touch when they found him and starting to show signs of rigor mortis, the Herald reported. He was pronounced dead at the hotel room about 10 minutes after Montgomery called authorities.
It was the second time in less than 24 hours that deputies were called to Montgomery’s hotel room, according to the Herald. An employee at Masters Inn called police just after midnight Saturday after a guest reported hearing a man yell “beat the kid,” and “push the kid over here,” among other things, the newspaper reported.
A deputy showed up at Montgomery’s room, but the 31-year-old claimed the shouts were nothing more than loud music he had been playing. He pushed open the hotel room door wide enough to show the children sleeping on a bed, the Herald reported, and the deputy left.
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 10:59 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:30 PM
DAYTON — A man who was shot in the head Tuesday night drove to a Speedway gas station for help.
The victim was shot through his vehicle’s window in the 100 block of Huffman Avenue near Jersey Street. The shooting was reported just before 10 p.m. after the victim drove himself to Speedway, 1556 Huffman Ave., to get help, police said.
According to a 911 call from the store, the victim went into the store and said he was shot while inside his car by another man driving a maroon vehicle.
The victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening, Dayton police said. His name, age and condition were not immediately available.
Huffman Avenue at South Smithville Road is blocked as police investigate.
Police have not released any suspect information or whether anyone is in custody.
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 8:20 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 10:15 PM
SPRINGFIELD — UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m.
Everyone knows the 79-year-old man who was stabbed Tuesday night inside his Gerald Drive home, neighbors said.
They described him as a nice man who is quick to help out his neighbors.
He was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where his condition is unknown.
According to his neighbors, he was alert and talking to medics following the incident, and he said he was stabbed by a relative.
Springfield police Lt. Jeff Williams said detectives were at the scene and that no further information would be released until Wednesday.
Police and medics were called Tuesday night to a report of a stabbing involving a man in his 70s.
The incident was reported around 8 p.m. in the 2100 block of Gerald Drive.
A CareFlight ground crew is responding for the victim, Springfield police Lt. Jeff Williams said.
According to initial reports, the victim suffered wounds to the chest and leg.
The incident remains under investigation and no one is in custody, Williams said.
We have a crew on the way and will update this report as we learn information.
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 3:21 PM
LEBANON — A Warren County grand jury will review the case against Samuel Ronan, the former political candidate arrested earlier this month after a struggle with Springboro police.
Judge Gary Loxley bound over the case against Ronan, 28, of Springboro, after ruling there was probable cause to indicate he obstructed justice on June 9.
Loxley ruled immediately after a hearing on Tuesday in Warren County Court.
During the hearing, Assistant County Prosecutor Amy Gill and defense lawyer James Calhoun questioned Springboro Sgt. Randy Peagler, the officer who reportedly pulled over Ronan after observing him in a road-rage incident.
Peagler told Gill he followed Ronan for about 0.3 miles after turning on his lights and sirens and that Ronan went back to his car and began walking toward him with a blue bag and his cellphone, flash on and recording for Facebook Live.
Peagler said he hurt his foot and suffered road rash wrestling with Ronan, who recently contested the re-election of Congressman Steve Chabot in the May primary.
Calhoun established that Ronan, a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserves, never put his hands on Peagler during the altercation and that Ronan, although permitted to carry a concealed weapon, was apparently unarmed.
Calhoun also emphasized that Ronan said he didn’t see Peagler’s police cruiser until he pulled into the parking lot of his apartment complex and said there was no “overt act” that supported the felony charge.
Calhoun said Ronan was within his rights to ask why he was being arrested before getting on the ground as ordered repeatedly by Peagler, with his gun and then a stun gun drawn.
But Loxley agreed with Gill, who argued Ronan “absolutely” obstructed justice by resisting being taken into custody by Peagler and another officer who assisted in handcuffing him.
Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 1:23 PM
SPRINGBORO — A former political candidate was released from the Warren County jail today on his own recognizance in a case also prompting a press release from Springboro police.
A police report released today shows the incident resulting in the arrest of Samuel Ronan, 28, of Springboro began after a patrolman observed as a “road rage incident between two vehicles.” It also indicates dispatch advised the patrolman that Ronan had a “concealed weapon license” and that Ronan began recording with his cellphone as he exited his car also carrying “a medium-size blue bag in his left hand.”
The report indicates Ronan was arrested after a struggle with police in a parking lot near his home.
Court records indicate that during today’s arraignment, Judge Gary Loxley set a trial for for June 19 on charges Ronan resisted arrest and failed to comply with the order of a Springboro police officer early Saturday.
Loxley also scheduled at the same time on June 19 a preliminary hearing on a charge of obstructing official business, a fifth-degree felony.
Ronan’s case was referred to the public defender, although he is employed and a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserves, according to a docket entry in Warren County Court.
However, Ronan might not be able to afford a lawyer, prompting the court to assign it to the public defender, according to the entry filed after his appearance via video link between the jail and court in Lebanon.
Also today, Springboro police issued a press release concerning the case.
“Mr. Ronan was observed, by a Springboro police officer, operating his vehicle in an unsafe manner. The Springboro police officer attempted to stop Mr. Ronan, for the traffic violation, by activating his overhead lights. Mr. Ronan ignored this signal to stop and continued to drive. The Springboro officer then activated his siren. Mr. Ronan ignored this attempt to stop him and continued to drive. Mr. Ronan then led the Springboro police officer on a brief pursuit, turning into an apartment complex.
“Mr. Ronan stops his vehicle and immediately exits. Mr. Ronan refuses to comply with verbal commands and is reaching into his pocket. Mr. Ronan then points an object at the Springboro officer, which is in his right hand. Mr. Ronan continues to ignore verbal commands and begins walking toward the officer. Mr. Ronan is taken into custody and charged with failure to comply with order or signal of police officer, obstructing official business and resisting arrest.
“The Springboro Division of Police is aware a small portion of this encounter has received significant exposure on social media. While some of the exposure has been negative, we would like to convey our appreciation to many of our residents and those who have expressed their support of the division until ALL facts are reviewed and decided in a court hearing to be held at a later time,” a press release issued by Lt. Dan Bentley said.
Locally, Ronan ran against Congressman Steve Chabot in the May Republican primary, and two years ago as a Democrat, he contested the election of State Rep. Scott Lipps.
Ronan also ran for Democratic National Committee chairman in 2017 and gained attention in appearances on CNN.