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Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 3:46 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 5:23 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 4:02 p.m. (March 9):
The Dayton man accused of stealing an unmarked detective vehicle from the rear lot of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office downtown headquarters was captured at Wright-Patterson Air Force base after a Five Rivers Metroparks Park Ranger spotted the vehicle, court documents show.
Gerald M. Davis, 51, is charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle, after police said he allegedly stole the vehicle from the lot at 345 W. Second Street around 3 p.m. Thursday.
The vehicle contained a shotgun and ballistic vest, according to court documents.
A Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office sergeant confronted Davis before he exited the parking lot, but Davis got away, records show.
Davis was eventually arrested at Gate 12-A at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Davis’ bond was set at $2,500 in court Friday.
UPDATE @ 10:35 p.m. (March 8):
A 51-year-old Dayton man who was released from jail this afternoon is back behind bars tonight, accused of swiping a sheriff’s vehicle and driving it to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Gerald M. Davis was returned to the Montgomery County Jail and booked at 4:58 p.m. on suspicion of theft, just three hours after he was released at 1:49 p.m., according to jail records.
He was released when an aggravated arson case against him was dismissed in Dayton Municipal Court. He had been accused of setting small fires the evening of Feb. 26 inside the hallway and lobby of his apartment building at 475 W. Grand Ave., in Dayton.
Shortly after 3 p.m. today, the sheriff’s office issued a BOLO (be on the look-out) for a silver Ford Taurus after the unmarked Montgomery County Sheriff’s vehicle was stolen from the sheriff’s lot. The suspect was described as a white man with gray hair and beard who was wearing a green shirt and red plaid bottoms.
The suspect drove to Gate 12-A at WPAFB, where he was detained and the vehicle recovered by sheriff’s officials.
“My understanding is the individual approached the gate and the guards just delayed him until the civil authorities arrived and arrested him,” said Wright-Patt spokesman Daryl Mayer. “It was very quick.”
At no point was the base locked down. It is not known why the suspect drove there, nor whether he had a connection to the base.
A man who reportedly was just released from jail this afternoon stole an unmarked sheriff’s vehicle.
Law enforcement issued a BOLO (be on the look-out) around 3 p.m. for the vehicle, a silver Ford Taurus, that had been swiped from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office lot. The suspect was described as a white man with gray hair and beard who was wearing a green shirt and red plaid bottoms.
The vehicle later was found, and the suspect detained, at Gate 12-A at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the sheriff’s office confirmed.
The suspect’s name has not been released, nor what charges he faces.
We will update this report as we learn more details.
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 10:59 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:15 PM
DAYTON — A man who was shot in the head tonight drove to a Speedway gas station for help.
The victim was shot through his vehicle’s windshield 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.
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 tonight inside his Gerald Drive home, neighbors said.
They said he is a nice man who often helps 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 tonight 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.