Springfield Twp. firefighter indicted on sexual abuse charges

Published: Wednesday, May 03, 2017 @ 7:45 AM

He is facing rape, gross sexual imposition and other charges.

A former Springfield Twp. firefighter instructor accused of sexually abusing multiple teen boys over several years has been indicted.

Jonathan Scott Monroe of Springfield has been indicted on charges of rape, gross sexual imposition, three counts of sexual battery, three counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and compelling prostitution.

RELATED: Springfield Twp. firefighter accused of assaulting cadets for years

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He showed up to the Springfield Police Division in April and allegedly confessed to assaulting multiple teenage boys he met through the cadet program at the fire department, according to court records.

The charges involve four victims — who now are 15 years to 17 years old — under whom he had authority as their training instructor.

Monroe resigned from his position at the fire department by sending an email to the fire chief on April 6, Springfield Twp. Trustee Tim Foley said.

EARLIER COVERAGE: Police: Springfield Twp. firefighter ‘tearful’ during alleged confession

A Clark County Grand Jury also returned the following indictments:

Marshall A. Hall, 34, 2740 Conastoga St.: Two counts of domestic violence.

Cody Johnathan Hatfield, 24, at large: Robbery.

Daniel Lee Crim, 29, at large: Receiving stolen property.

Virginia May Hennis, 31, 1726 Tarimore Drive: Endangering children.

Antone Maurice Youngblood III, 22, 913 Drexel: Two counts of aggravated robbery.

Calvin V. Mitchell, 46, 415 E. Liberty St.: Failure to comply with order or signal of police officer.

Robert Jeffrey Hartman, 52, 825 E. High St.: Robbery.

Joe Kelly Frederick Gohl, 21, 1730 Rutland Avenue: Discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises, improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle.

Dennis Baisden Jr., 66, 2034 N. Hadley Road: Two counts of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


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Miami Twp. police shooting suspect’s case heading to adult court

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 11:37 AM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 2:05 PM

Surveillance footage shows an armed robbery at a Miamisburg Shell Station.
Surveillance footage shows an armed robbery at a Miamisburg Shell Station.

UPDATE @ 2:02 p.m. (June 25):

The case of a 17-year-old involved in a police shooting at Ohio 725 and I-75 earlier this year is heading to adult court following a judge’s ruling Monday, court officials said.

RELATED: More charges filed in officer-involved shooting case

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Judge Anthony Capizzi ruled probable cause in the case, which was apart of a daylong hearing with testimony from several witnesses in the case.

The case carried an automatic bind over to adult court if Capizzi ruled that there was probable cause, officials said.


Armed robbery victims testified in juvenile court Friday about a Dayton teen alleged to have taken money from a Miamisburg Shell Station, attempting to carjack a motorist and being shot by an off-duty police officer.

The 17-year-old juvenile was accused of carjacking a man Feb. 4 and then pointing a weapon at cashiers at the Shell at Ohio 725 and Byers Road before trying to commandeer another person’s car and getting shot on Feb. 5.

“I hear tapping on my passenger-side window,” testified a man who was allegedly carjacked on Feb. 4. “I look to my right and there’s a gun tapping on my window.”

RELATED: More charges filed in officer-involved shooting case

The man testifying in front of Montgomery County Juvenile Court Judge Anthony Capizzi said a black male wearing a black hoodie with white trim said, “Just get out” and then, “I’m doing this for my mother” before the man took the witness’ car and drove away.

The boy’s mother was in the courtroom Friday to hear testimony from an estimated 10 to 14 witnesses during a probable cause hearing that could take most of the day. The boy could be bound over to adult court, but no decision was expected today.

RELATED: Teen, 17, is suspect in police-involved shooting on Ohio 725 near I-75

Two female cashiers at the Shell described how a man with a red ski mask entered their store on Feb. 5 and pointed a weapon.

“He showed us a gun and told us it was for real,” said the cashier who hit a panic button before emptying her cash drawer.”

Surveillance video showed a man in a red ski mask take money from both tills, put it into a bag and then exit the store.

Police have said that after robbing the store, the 17-year-old attempted to take another person’s vehicle at gunpoint and was shot by an off-duty Miami Twp. police officer.

The boy was shot and taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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Man shot by Kettering police while fleeing from traffic stop in jail

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:00 PM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 12:52 PM

Kettering police officer-involved shooting in Dayton wounds 1

One man was shot and injured in a police officer-involved shooting Thursday night in Dayton:

  • The passenger ran from a traffic stop at Smithville Road and Ewalt Avenue
  • A Kettering police officer chased the armed passenger; the driver was released
  • The officer shot and wounded the passenger when he would not drop the gun 
  • Wayne Morgan, who police shot, released from Miami Valley Hospital Saturday

UPDATE @ 12:21 p.m. (June 25):

The passenger who ran from police during a traffic stop and was shot by a Kettering police officer has been released from the hospital, officials said.

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Wayne Morgan was discharged from Miami Valley Hospital Saturday, a spokesperson said.

>> DASH CAM: Man shot, injured by Dayton officer ID’d

Wayne Morgan

Morgan is now in the Montgomery County Jail awaiting arraignment on several charges including resisting arrest and several weapons related charges, according to court records.

UPDATE @ 3:30 p.m. (June 21): 

The passenger, identified as 31-year-old Wayne Morgan, was shot when he refused the Kettering police officer’s order to drop a handgun he was holding, Kettering Police Chief Christopher “Skip” Protsman said at a news conference held at Kettering Fire Department Headquarters.

>> No criminal charges for Miami Twp. officer in 2017 fatal shooting

Morgan had run from the stopped vehicle, and then broke away from the officer during a confrontation with the officer a short distance from the stopped vehicle.

Protsman said the officer, while giving chase on foot, saw that Morgan had a handgun and ordered him to drop it. Morgan ran into an alley and turned quickly toward the officer, who fired at least once when he thought he was forced to defend himself. 

Morgan, hit in the arm and side, remains in a hospital. His injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.

The driver of the car police stopped was not charged and has been released, the chief said.

The officer’s name is not being released, the chief said.

The city of Dayton will handle the criminal investigation. Kettering police are doing an administrative review of this case. The Kettering officer who shot Morgan is on paid administrative leave.

UPDATE 11:30 a.m.: 

Kettering police Lt. Michael Gabrielson said he’s working on downloading the cameras and radio traffic from the shooting and there might be video and audio available of what happened available later today.

The Dayton Police Department is conducting a separate investigation into the incident, he said.

A Kettering police officer tried to pull over a vehicle at Smithville Road and Ewalt Avenue on Thursday night. Within one minute, at 8:45 p.m., the officer reported shots fired. A call for officer needs assistance was issued to surrounding agencies, according to information from the Kettering Police Department.

>> DASH CAM: Man shot, injured by Dayton officer ID’d

“We can confirm a Kettering officer was involved in an officer-involved shooting as a result of this traffic stop. No further details are being released at this time,” Lt. Gabrielson stated in the release.

The traffic stop was initiated in Kettering, but the shooting happened in Dayton.

“A passenger fled. There was an altercation about a block down the street and a Kettering officer fired at the suspect, wounding him,” said Mark Ecton, Dayton assistant police chief and deputy director.

The driver is in custody, he said.

It’s not clear how many shots were fired or whether the suspect fired at the officer but a weapon was recovered, Ecton said.

>> WATCH: Police shocked during scuffle in Dayton, officers injured


The man was taken to a hospital. We’re working to learn more on his condition. The officer was not injured.

>> No criminal charges for Miami Twp. officer in 2017 fatal shooting

The investigation has not mentioned whether the incident was connected to a hit-and-run crash nearby.

Nick Kauffman of Kettering said he was on his way to a motorcycle ride when his path was blocked by all the police activity.

“It’s pretty wild. You don’t expect to see this stuff outside your back door,” he said.

There were officers from at least three police departments.

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Trial delay likely for man at center of 30-hour Liberty Twp. standoff

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 6:00 PM

A July trial is scheduled for Donald Gazaway, a Cincinnati man facing multiple charges in connection with a 30-hour standoff in Liberty Twp. in which he allegedly held a 10-year-old hostage.

A trial is scheduled next month for a Cincinnati man facing multiple charges in connection with a 30-hour standoff in which he allegedly held a 10-year-old hostage may not happen.

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Donald T. Gazaway, 31, was charged with kidnapping, felonious assault and inducing panic after the incident that started Jan. 12 at a Liberty Twp. apartment in the Springs at Liberty Township complex located off Hamilton Mason Road.

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A Butler County grand jury handed down an indictment with additional charges of aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and two counts of having weapons under disability.

Gazaway, who is being held in jail on a $1,001,000 bond, was in Butler County Common Pleas Court last week for a final hearing before his July 7 trial.

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Defense attorney David Albrecht told Judge Charles Pater that at this point here is no reason to set another hearing before the four-day trial.

But on Wednesday, defense attorney Lawrence Hawkins III filed a motion for a trial continuance stating that he had been retained to represent Gazaway “and there is need for time to review the evidence.”

Gazaway will be back Judge Charles Pater’s courtroom on Tuesday for a hearing on a motion to continue the trial.

Detectives say Gazaway was let into the apartment and there was an altercation. The adults, including the alleged hostage’s mother, fled. But Gazaway took the child hostage before surrendering hours later, according to police.

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Detective Joe Nerlinger said during a previous court hearing that about 25 bullet casings were removed from the scene and that Gazaway fired the majority of the shots from the apartment before moving to the garage with the child.

When taken into custody, three guns were found with Gazaway, Nerlinger testified. Live rounds were also found.

The child was not physically injured, according to the sheriff’s office, though officers said they saw Gazaway use the boy as a shield. That, they said, prevented them from making any movement toward the residence.

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Police: Man shot in Dayton, 1 suspect in custody

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 1:30 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 11:54 AM

Police have one man in custody after a man was shot in Dayton Sunday.

>>Officer-involved shooting is Kettering’s third within a year

Multiple crews arrived to the scene where a victim was found with at least one gunshot wound in the 1500 block of Meriline Avenue around 12:50 a.m., according to Sgt. Kyle B. Thomas of the Dayton Police Department.

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Police had several witnesses that lead them to two male suspects after investigating. One suspect is in custody, said Thomas.

>>WATCH: Police shocked during scuffle in Dayton, officers injured

The victim was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by medics with non-life threatening injuries. 

He was later released but has not been cooperative with investigators, according to Thomas.

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