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Published: Saturday, April 08, 2017 @ 7:33 PM
A Dayton police officer shot and injured a pit bull that charged at him Friday after also charging at a letter carrier.
Police were called around 12:40 p.m. to an animal complaint in the 1000 block of Dennison Avenue in Dayton.
A U.S. Post Office employee said she was charged by the gray and white pit bull, and that it was not the first time it happened, according to a Dayton police report.
The dog had a metal chain attached to an anchor, but it was not in the ground and the dog was not restrained. The dog was behind the home when officers arrived and began to bark at them. Police contacted the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center, but no animal control officers were immediately available, the report stated.
The two Dayton police officers used a loudspeaker to try to contact the dog’s owner in the house. Then, one kept an eye on the dog while the other attempted to knock on the door. While the officer approached the door, the dog trotted from behind the house, and then began to growl and started running at the officer, according to the report.
“I fired three shots at the dog as I was back peddling away from the pit bull. The pit bull was still charging towards me. I fired one more shot at the pit bull. The pit bull turned around and ran to the rear of the house,” the officer stated.
The dog’s owner, identified as Frances Daniel, had been away from home and returned shortly after the shooting. She and her two sons took the dog to get veterinary care for a gunshot on its back, according to the report.
An ARC van also responded, and the officer said there were several complaints against the owner and that the gray and white pit bull was deemed a nuisance, the report stated.
Daniel was cited for failure to control dogs, according to the police report.
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Published: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 6:30 PM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 7:23 AM
DAYTON — Update@4:17 p.m.:
Jackie Allen, Wheatley’s niece, flew to Dayton from Atlanta as soon as she heard about her aunt’s death.
“It’s disgusting, this violence, taking innocent people away from their families and stuff,” she said. “You took a lady from our family but you also took a grandmother who took care of 10 and 11-year-old boys.
Antwand Warren, Wheatley’s son, said Monday that he can’t fathom why anyone would shoot his mother. She was a wholesome person who helped everyone and had no enemies or no flaws, he said.
“That was my mom, I loved her,” said Warren, who is a quadriplegic. “She was my angel, she was my everything, and somebody snatched that away from me.”
Warren said one of the t hings he will miss most about his mother is her cooking. She cooked everything Southern style, he said she he choked up.
“ I want justice. That’s all, I want justice,” he said.
Wheatley had previously been the victim of violence. Four years ago was stabbed multiple times in her neck and other parts of her body. She told police then that she and Warren were attacked by her husband Stanley Wheatley, 48, because she wouldn’t give him money to buy crack.
Stanley Wheatley was sentenced to prison for the attacks.
Wheatley, a grandmother, had just fed some neighborhood dogs and was walking back to her home when she was shot, neighbors said Monday. She died about a half block from home, neighbors said.
There’s a makeshift memorial where Wheatley died, and it continues to grow.
Meanwhile, a man called 911 after hearing shots fired and seeing Wheatley lying on the ground, according to the 911 recording.
“Someone just got shot on Euclid... a lady is lying on the sidewalk,” the unidentified man said, later adding that he heard 12-15 shots.
An innocent bystander was fatally shot Saturday evening when she was walking near a house targeted by a drive-by shooting, police said.
Sherrell Wheatley, 62, of Dayton was the woman shot and killed, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
Wheatley was an innocent bystander who suffered at least one gunshot wound as she was walking in the 800 block of North Euclid Avenue around 6:10 p.m. She was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries, Dayton police Sgt. Creigee Coleman said.
“A vehicle driven by a male had another male inside the vehicle, and that male fired several rounds towards an unknown house in an attempt to probably cause damage to that house,” Coleman said.
The passenger fired five or six rounds, he said.
Aaron Taylor said the woman was his great aunt.
“I just happened to pull up, see my auntie in the grass dead,” he said.
He described his aunt as a sweet lady and matriarch of his family and the community.
“Definitely innocent bystander walking up the street,” Taylor said.
Police are searching for a silver Ford Taurus or similar four-door car, and also are asking for the public’s help to come forward with any information.
“Now this is a situation where a person was indiscriminately firing a weapon, a large-caliber weapon from what I’ve been told, at a house and a person who was innocent just happened to be walking by and got hit by a bullet that has no eyes,” Coleman said.
Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 12:00 AM
OXFORD — A man is facing charges after an Oxford fire captain called police to report a possible hit and run.
A police officer responded to Kelly Drive at 3:10 a.m. May 5 on a report of a possible vehicle crash in which a driver left the scene.
The report was made by a fire department captain who told the officer he heard a loud noise and saw the vehicle heading north on North Poplar Street.
He said he followed the vehicle, which had sparks going out from the right rear tire that was angled out after striking a parked vehicle.
The officer reported smelling the odor of an alcoholic beverage on the driver. The man performed poorly on the field sobriety tests that were administered, according to the police report. He was placed under arrest and taken to the police station while his car was towed.
A breath test produced a .193 reading and he was informed his license was being immediately suspended.
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 3:43 PM
DAYTON — A woman who lives across the street from the 62-year-old victim of a drive-by shooting said Monday that her home was struck by bullets that may have also killed Sherrell Wheatley on Saturday.
Kenya Schumpert said she’d just left her Superior Avenue home to run an errand when she received a call to return home quickly.
She arrived home and found bullet holes in her upstairs window and walls of several rooms in her home.
“I’m like wow, it was a powerful gun to get holes this big in your house,” Schumpert said. “If we had been going up and down the stairs, we would be gone too.”
Schumpert said neighbors told her that they heard between 12 and 15 shots, so many some kids thought it was fireworks.
She says when she realized her friend Wheatley had been killed by one of the bullets fired in the drive-by attack, she couldn’t believe it.
“My feelings was hurt so bad when I found out about that because she didn’t have a chance to duck, just trying to get home when this happened.”
Schumpert and others in the neighborhood say Wheatley had just finished feeding a friend’s dogs and was walking back about a half block to her own home.
“This is sad right now, she’s going to be missed dearly,” a neighbor said.
Dayton police say they are looking for a silver Ford Taurus or similar car, reported leaving the area after the fatal gunfire.
Published: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 8:44 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 2:43 p.m.:
Two men are facing felony charges after a 28-year-old woman was pulled into a Dayton house, where she was sexually attacked and held against her will, according to court records.
The victim was reportedly walking her bicycle in the 700 block of Xenia Avenue Friday, when a man, later identified as Carlos Martin, was smoking a cigarette on his porch, court records read.
“(The victim) asked Martin for a cigarette and he invited her up onto the porch,” an affidavit filed in municipal court read. “Martin went inside and while (the victim) was waiting on the porch she was dragged into the residence by Martin.”
Martin is charged with attempted rape, kidnapping, abduction and gross sexual imposition. He remained in jail Monday on a $250,000 bond.
The victim told police Martin dragged her upstairs and allegedly had sexual contact with her, the documents read.
Martin also was accused of locking the door refusing to let her leave.
Later, another man identified as Reginald Gardner Sr., 49, showed up at the house and watched the victim to make sure she didn’t leave the house, court records showed.
Gardner is charged with kidnapping and abduction and is being held on a $250,000 bond.
A short time later an unidentified woman came to the house and left a door open, where the victim was able to escape and call 911.
Both men made initial appearances in Dayton Municipal Court Monday.
INITIAL REPORT (May 19):
Two men were arrested Friday night on sex-related charges at a Xenia Avenue duplex.
Carlos Rico Martin, 49, was arrested just after 10 p.m. Friday at his residence in the 1500 block of Xenia Avenue. Reginald B. Gardner Sr. also 49, was arrested at 11 p.m. at the same residence, according to a Dayton police report.
They were booked early Saturday into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping and gross sexual imposition and are due Monday in Dayton Municipal Court, online jail records show.