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Naked postal worker accused of killing bosses faces federal murder charges

Published: Saturday, December 23, 2017 @ 9:10 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 5:55 PM

UPDATE @ 5:55 p.m. (Dec. 27)

A federal murder complaint filed today accused 24-year-old Deshaune Stewart of killing two U.S. government employees for performing their official duties.

Stewart, an apparently disgruntled postal worker, is accused of fatally shooting his supervisor Dec. 23 at the Dublin post office, and then slaying the Dublin postmaster at a Columbus apartment complex, our media partner WBNS-TV in Columbus reported.

Authorities said Stewart was naked during both attacks.

Deshaune K. Stewart

Stewart allegedly killed Lance Dempsey, 52, at the post office, and then three hours later Postmaster Ginger Ballard, 53, was found dead between two vehicles with blunt-force trauma to her head, WBNS reported.

Authorities said Stewart had been under investigation at the time of the attacks.

UPDATE @ 6 p.m. (Dec. 23)

A U.S. Postal employee is accused killing the Dublin Postmaster and his supervisor in separate shootings today at the Dublin post office and a Columbus apartment complex.

Deshaune K. Stewart is charged with aggravated murder for the pair of killings.

According to court documents, three witnesses said they saw Stewart, who was naked, shoot 52-year-old Lance Herrera-Dempsey in the Dublin post office shortly before 5 a.m. Herrera-Dempsey was Stewart’s direct supervisor, and Stewart was under investigation by the U.S Postal Service, police told our media partner, WBNS-TV in Columbus.

Stewart then is accused of fatally shooting 53-year-old Ginger E. Ballard, the Dublin Postmaster, at the Bowland Place apartments in north Columbus. A 3-year-old child was involved in the incident but was safe inside a vehicle, police said.

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UPDATE @ noon

Columbus police arrested a suspect in two deadly shootings today at a Dublin post office and an apartment complex in Columbus.

The suspect’s name has not been released.

Dublin police were called around 5 a.m. to the post office on Emerald Parkway, after 52-year-old Lance Dempsey was killed inside. Dempsey was the suspect’s supervisor, and the suspect was under investigation by the U.S. Postal Service, according to police, our media partner WBNS-TV in Columbus reported.

After the post office shooting, police said the suspect fatally shot a woman at an apartment complex on Bowland Place in north Columbus. A 3-year-old child was involved in the situation and was safe inside a vehicle, police told WBNS.

The woman killed also has not been identified.

FIRST REPORT

One person is dead and a suspect is in custody after a shooting at a post office in Dublin early Saturday morning.

Dublin police responded to the scene at 6400 Emerald Parkway about 5 a.m., according to our partners at WBNS TV in Columbus. 

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A short time later a second shooting was reported at another location at Bowland Place North in Columbus, according to WBNS. It’s not clear if both shootings are related. 

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Police, medics called for stabbing victim in his late 70s

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 8:20 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 3:46 AM

Police, medics called for stabbing victim in his 70s

Springfield police are investigating after a 79-year-old man was stabbed Tuesday evening.

The incident was reported around 8 p.m. in the 2100 block of Gerald Drive. The victim, who has not been identified, was transported to Miami Valley Hospital.

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According to his neighbors, he was alert and talking to medics following the incident, and he said he was stabbed by a relative.

Everyone knows the victim, neighbors said. They described him as a nice man who is quick to help out his neighbors.

According to initial reports, the victim suffered wounds to the chest and leg.

Springfield police Lt. Jeff Williams said detectives were at the scene and that no further information would be released until Wednesday.

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The incident remains under investigation and no one is in custody, Williams said.

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Arrest made after man shot in head in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 10:59 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 5:46 AM

Man shot in Dayton

UPDATE @5:43 a.m.

An arrest has been made after a man was shot in the head Tuesday evening.

Marcus Antonio White, 21, was arrested in the 200 block of Cherrywood Avenue at 2:37 a.m., according to a Dayton police report and Montgomery County Jail records.

He was booked into jail on a charge of felonious assault.

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FIRST REPORT

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.

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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.

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Grand jury next for Springboro arrest streamed live on Facebook

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 3:21 PM

Springboro Sgt. Randy Peagler was questioned about a police stop streamed on Facebook Live.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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In addition to the felony, misdemeanor charges of resisting arresting and failure to comply with an officer were also bound over for presentation to the grand jury by county prosecutors.

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Ex-political candidate free after alleged Springboro road rage

Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 1:23 PM

Springboro Sgt. Randy Peagler was questioned about a police stop streamed on Facebook Live.

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.

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.”

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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.

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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.

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“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.

He was booked into the county jail at 2:46 a.m. Saturday by Springboro police.

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