Officer shooting case close to going to grand jury

Published: Thursday, July 23, 2015 @ 1:27 AM
Updated: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 @ 8:59 PM


            SCLC wants grand jury to hear officer shooting case 
SCLC wants grand jury to hear officer shooting case 

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is calling for a grand jury to hear a case involving the shooting death of Dontae Martin at the hands of two deputies.

KEY POINTS

  • Martin was shot July 23 on darkened Springbrook Boulevard
  • Local SCLC calling for grand jury to hear case
  • Deputies Gust Teague, Josh Haas had ordered him to drop pistol
  • Sheriff: Pistol, loaded with “cop-killer” ammo, was pointed at them

UPDATE @ 8:52 p.m. (Sept. 15): The deputy-involved fatal shooting of Dontae Martin is a step closer to being heard by a grand jury, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer said.

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The sheriff’s office recently received the county coroner’s report, which was needed in order to have the case presented to a grand jury, he said.

News of the report came the same day a group of about 40 that included Martin’s family members, friends and community leaders gathered at the county administration building on West Third Street to rally for justice in the aftermath of his death.

“We are here to let the county commission know that we don’t want them to continue to ignore the fact that the sheriff’s (deputies) allegedly killed Dontae Martin and we’re still angry about it,” said Bishop Richard Cox of the Dayton area SCLC.

He said the group was asking the commissioners to look into what the group feels is systemic racism occurring in the sheriff’s office.

“When this goes before a grand jury, we want an indictment on these (deputies) for allegedly killing (Martin),” Cox said.

UPDATE @1:45 p.m. (Aug. 26):

Bishop Richard Cox, president of the Dayton chapter of the SCLC, said today he plans to bring his concerns to the next county commission meeting.

UPDATE @ 7:45 p.m. (Aug. 5):

The mother of the man shot to death by two Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies last month has filed a complaint with the Dayton Unit NAACP, organization President Derrick Foward said.

Patricia Martin filed the complaint Tuesday, Aug. 4, relating to the death of Dontae Martin, Foward said in a prepared statement.

“We have been in contact with the family Attorney[sic] Michael Wright as well as [Montgomery County] Coroner Ken Betz and stand ready and have taken the appropriate steps to ensure that a thorough and complete investigation will be conducted,” Foward said in the statement.

“The bottom line is, ‘If It Ain’t Right, You Must Indict,’ ” Foward said in the statement.

UPDATE @ 8:30 p.m. July 29:

The attorney representing the family of Dontae Martin and a local civil rights leader Wednesday questioned the Montgomery County sheriff’s account of what led to the shooting death of the 34-year-old at the hands of two deputies.

“There are multiple questions this family needs to be answered. Was Dontae targeted? How many contacts did these two officers have with Dontae prior to this fatal shooting?” Michael Wright of Wright & Schulte asked at a news conference.

He was surrounded by Bishop Richard Cox, president of the Dayton chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and members of Martin’s family.

Wright also questioned why deputies did not turn on the overhead lights of their cruiser after responding on a 911 call and on a dark street during the early morning hours of July 23.

Wright’s questions came six days after Sheriff Phil Plummer said at his news conference that no audio or video existed because “it’s not protocol” to use lights and sirens in response to a one-vehicle crash. The use of lights and sirens activates audio and visual recording.

“Why did the officers respond to this call and not have their overhead lights on? We know that when the overhead lights are not on, the dash cam is not operating,” Wright said.

Plummer’s office, reached after the Martin family news conference, declined to respond to the questions.

Plummer has said deputies recovered a 20-round, FN Five-seveNCQ semiautomatic pistol after the shooting he said occurred when deputies Gus Teague and Joshua Haas ordered Martin several times to drop the weapon after they approached the vehicle he was driving.

Teague and Haas came in contact with Martin, who Plummer said might have been intoxicated, after responding to a 911 call that a woman had placed about a vehicle that had driven off the side of Springbrook Boulevard and into another car that was parked in a driveway.

“We’re approaching the vehicle thinking it’s a single-car crash, so we’re there to help the guy” Plummer said at his news conference. “As they approach the car and they look in closely with the flashlight, the gun is pointed at them, so immediately, it escalates into a deadly force situation.”

Martin, a fiancé and father of six children, was pronounced dead at 1:34 a.m. at Grandview Medical Center.

“Dontae Martin died from multiple gunshot wounds originating from opposite sides of his vehicle,” said Ken Betz, director of the county coroner’s office.

Teague and Haas are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

Plummer also said Martin was a felon.

“We believe that the sheriff has told us a lie. We believe that the sheriff deliberately said bad things about Dontae to cover up for the officers that murdered him,” Cox said.

Montgomery County Common Pleas records show that Martin received intervention in lieu of conviction for a 2007 felony case in which he was charged with possession of cocaine and heroin. This newspaper’s background search on Martin showed that most of Martin’s documented interaction with law enforcement had been traffic-related.

“This community and SCLC is upset because (the sheriff’s office) painted a bad picture of Dontae,” Cox said.

Wright said Martin was shot in the head and from behind. He added that none of the witnesses said they saw Martin with a gun.

“So why was he shot and killed?” he asked.

Chief Deputy Rob Streck declined to address those statements.

“We’re in the middle of the investigation now. We have the criminal part to go through, the internal part. We’re not going to make any statements right now other than what the sheriff’s already made,” Streck said.

Haas was involved in a shooting late last year. A Montgomery County grand jury returned a “no true bill,” meaning it found no probable cause to charge him for shooting James A. Wright, 21, on Dec. 27 during a standoff at the Speedway gas station on North Main Street in the township.

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Police nab Springfield bank robbery suspect after pursuit; bond $150,000

Published: Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 12:02 PM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 5:30 PM

The EB I-70 ramp to SB I-675 is closed following a police pursuit of a suspect who allegedly robbed the Security National Bank in Springfield at gunpoint Saturday.

UPDATE @ 5:30 p.m. (July 16):

Bond is $150,000 for a Dayton man accused of robbing a Springfield bank on Saturday and leading police on a chase.

Ricky Jenkins, 27, pleaded not guilty today to aggravated robbery and fleeing and eluding during his arraignment in Clark County Municipal Court.

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Ricky Jenkins(Clark County Jail)

Springfield police said Jenkins had a gun when he robbed Security National Bank, 1756 N. Limestone St. Police spotted the suspect’s car and pursued. Jenkins crashed his car at Interstate 675 and fled on foot. He was apprehended by a Clark County Sheriff’s deputy in the 11000 block of Lower Valley Pike in Medway, police said.

UPDATE @ 3 p.m. (July 14):

The suspect in connection with the Security National Bank robbery was arrested Saturday by deputies with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in the 11000 block of Lower Valley Pike in Medway, Springfield police Lt. Matthew Buynak said. 

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The suspect got away with a bag containing an unknown amount of money, the lieutenant said.

The suspect reportedly dropped the bag after he crashed his vehicle at Interstate 675 and fled the scene on foot.

All the money was recovered, Buynak said.

Police are not releasing the suspect’s name at this time.

UPDATE @ 1:25 p.m.:

The ramp from eastbound 70 to southbound 675 is back open after a police pursuit that turned into a foot-chase with a bank robbery suspect.

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UPDATE @ 1:15 p.m.:

Springfield police confirmed one person has been apprehended in connection to the Springfield bank robbery this afternoon.

The arrest was made in the area of Lower Valley Pike, according to police.

UPDATE @ 12:19 p.m.:

The ramp from eastbound Interstate 70 to southbound Interstate 675 is closed following the police pursuit with a bank robbery suspect.

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FIRST REPORT (July 14):

Multiple police agencies are now searching for a man who robbed the Security National Bank at gunpoint in Springfield.

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According to Springfield police, around 11:20 a.m. a man robbed the bank at 1756 N. Limestone St. and fled in a white Buick.

Police scanners reported the suspect was wearing a turban and mask during the robbery.

The suspect reportedly wrecked at the Interstate 675 entrance from Interstate 70 and left southwest on foot.

A gun was found in the suspect’s vehicle after he crashed, according to police scanners.

Police report the last place the man was seen was in a creek nearby.

A K9 unit was requested.

Police are attempting to shut down the ramp to I-675.

Multiple agencies helping this case include the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Huber Heights Police Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Office and the Springfield Police Department.

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OSP releases cruiser cam video in fatal crash following pursuit in Dayton

Published: Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 2:05 AM
Updated: Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 11:07 AM

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released cruiser cam video of a pursuit that started on Gettysburg Avenue and ended in a crash.

UPDATE @ 4:45 p.m. (July 16):

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released the cruiser camera video today from a fatal crash Saturday following a pursuit.

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UPDATE @ 10:54 a.m.:

The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Dayton Post has identified the driver involved in a fatal crash Saturday in Dayton following a pursuit.

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Thurston Melson, 37, was driving a 2007 Dodge Magnum on Gettysburg Avenue near Oakridge Drive when a trooper attempted to initiate a traffic stop, according to a release from the OSP.

Melson reportedly failed to stop and fled onto Oakridge Drive. According to OSP, the vehicle ran a stop sign and struck a utility pole.

Melson was taken to Miami Valley Hospital and was listed in serious condition. 

His passenger, Ebony Radford, 35, died at the scene, troopers said.

The crash remains under investigation.

UPDATE @ 9:57 a.m.:

Ebony Radford, 35, of Dayton was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash after a short police pursuit in Dayton Saturday, Montgomery County Coroner’s Office confirmed.

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Radford was as passenger of the vehicle that failed to stop at a traffic stop around 1:40 a.m. at Gettysburg Avenue and Oakridge Drive.

The identity of the driver has not been released, but he was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in stable condition, according to the highway patrol.

UPDATE @ 3:59 a.m.:

A female passenger involved in a car crash after a police pursuit was pronounced dead at the scene, Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Matt Robinson said.

The accident occurred shorty before 1:40 a.m. Saturday after a trooper initiated a traffic stop at Gettysburg Avenue and Oakridge Drive.

Robinson said the car failed to stop, turned right on Oakridge Drive then lost control and crashed into an RTA pole after a short, 20-second pursuit. The rear end of the vehicle split in half on impact.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as male, was transported to Miami Valley Hospital in stable condition.

Robinson said the trooper was not injured.

The victims’ identities have not been released.

Female passenger pronounced dead at scene of Dayton crash involving police pursuit

UPDATE @ 2:34 a.m.:

Dayton police have arrived to assist Ohio State Highway Patrol units in an accident near Oakridge Drive and Cleverly Road that occurred after a police pursuit.

An ambulance escorted by police has left the scene.

FIRST REPORT

Ohio State Highway Patrol units are on scene of a car crash near Oakridge Drive and Cleverly Road in Dayton that reportedly occurred after a short police pursuit.

OSP confirmed units were dispatched to the scene at 1:40 a.m. Saturday.

Scanner reports indicated the two people inside the vehicle have to be extracted because the doors will not open. One person is reportedly unconscious.

We are on our way to the scene and will update this story as more details become available.

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

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Department of Justice indicts 7 people for stealing $1.5M in online dating scam

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 4:43 PM

The U.S. Department of Justice indicted seven Nigerian nationals on charges of conducting an online dating scam that cost victims more than $1.5 million. (Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash)
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Seven Nigerian nationals have been indicted for conducting an online dating scam that cost lovelorn victims more than $1.5 million, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia said in a Friday news release.

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The seven defendants created fake profiles on dating sites, sometimes using images of government officials or models, the Justice Department said. The defendants would carry on relationships for months over online messaging, texts and phone calls, tricking “lonely individuals into giving them money,” U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak said in the release

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“Some victims lost hundreds of thousands of dollars from their retirement savings or inheritances,” Pak said. 

After gaining love and trust over multiple months, the defendants would create “elaborate false stories” in order to convince victims to send them money via wire or online transfers, according to the release. Between the seven, they are charged with 60 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, identity theft and use of false passports.

The defendants are:

  • Olu Victor Alonge, a.k.a Serge Damessi, a.k.a. Didier Baraze, a.k.a. Mobo Marcus Adeh, a.k.a. Ayo Baraze, a.k.a. Nicolas Soglo, 34, of Newnan
  • Ugochukwu Lazarus Onebunne, a.k.a. Policap Tizhe, a.k.a. Saheed Ademoha, 41, of Douglasville, Georgia.
  • Olajide Olalekan Adara, a.k.a. Kelvin Mensah, 33, of Loganville, Georgia.
  • Joshua Adedeji Ipoade, 28, of Atlanta.
  • Oladunni Temitope Oladipupo, 24, of Lynn, Massachusetts.
Two other defendants have not been apprehended, and their identities have not been made public. 

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Ex-political candidate indicted over actions during Springboro police stop

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 12:33 PM

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 ??€œroad rage incident between two vehicles.??€ It also indicates dispatch advised the patrolman that Ronan had a ??€œconcealed weapon license??€ and ...

A Warren County grand jury has indicted Samuel Ronan, the former political candidate arrested on June 9 after a struggle with Springboro police that he streamed for Facebook Live.

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Ronan, 28, of Springboro, is charged with obstructing official business, a fifth-degree felony; and failure to comply with an officer, and resisting arrest, first-degree misdemeanors.

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Ronan remains free, pending his arraignment in the common pleas court on Aug. 3.

Locally, Ronan ran against Congressman Steve Chabot in the May Republican primary in the 1st District which includes Warren and Hamilton counties, 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.

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