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Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 5:13 AM
— The lawyer for a South Florida family that took in accused Parkland mass shooter Nikolas Cruz provided The Palm Beach Post on Wednesday with chilling details about texts between Cruz and the family’s teenage son in the minutes before Cruz opened fire.
Attorney Jim Lewis’ comments came on the day a grand jury formally indicted Cruz on 34 counts, including 17 counts of premeditated first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder in the injuries to 17 others.
Cruz’s lawyers said he confessed to the shootings at the school.
Cruz was living with the Snead family in Parkland when he killed the 14 students and three adults at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14.
Snead family attorney Jim Lewis told The Palm Beach Post on Wednesday:
• Cruz texted the Sneads' teenage son, who was in class at Douglas, around 2 p.m., about 20 minutes before the shooting began. Cruz asked what class the son was in and who the teacher was. The son said the teacher was one of the coaches. Cruz texted the son to ask the coach if he remembered Cruz. The coach was not one of the people Cruz shot.
• Minutes later, Cruz texted to say he was going to a movie. Lewis said he then "made some kind of comment that, 'I've got something big to tell you.'" When the son pressed him, Cruz texted, "no big deal. Nothing bad."
• Lewis said the texting stopped at 2:18 p.m. The last text was a single word: "Yo." The Snead teen texted back several times without a response. Then, the shooting started.
Lewis said in the days before the shooting, "There was nothing to give any clue that this was about to happen.
“No bad feelings about anybody's school. No bad feelings about Douglas in general."
Authorities have said that, after the November pneumonia death of Cruz’s mother left Cruz and his younger brother, Zachary, orphaned, the two moved to the suburban Lantana home of family friend Roxanne Deschamps.
When Deschamps told Cruz he could stay only if he got rid of his guns, Cruz moved in with the Sneads in late November.
Six weeks before the shooting, Lewis said, James Snead had asked Douglas officials if Cruz, who had been expelled, could re-enroll. They said no.
It was James Snead who got a text minutes into the rampage from his son, saying there'd been a shooting at the school. The father was on the way to school to pick up the teen. The son "called back and said people were saying it was Nik. That's when the father freaked out," Lewis said.
Around that time, Lewis said, a Broward County Sheriff's Office commander called James Snead to ask if he had a son named Nik.
Snead explained Cruz wasn't related, but was living at the house.
A short time later, Snead called the commander back to say he was worried because his wife, who's a night nurse, was asleep at the home on Loxahatchee Road. Soon deputies were swarming the home. Snead’s wife was unharmed.
Lewis said Cruz had no contact with the family after that last text message, "Yo," until the family saw him later that night. They'd come down to make a statement to Broward County sheriff’s investigators and saw Cruz through a window.
"That's when Nik mouthed the words to them; 'I'm sorry.'"
Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 1:50 AM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 2:53 AM
TROTWOOD — Crews responded to the 1500 block of Guenther Road on a reported stabbing that occurred early Monday morning.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: One man in jail after domestic violence stabbing
The incident was dispatched around 1:45 a.m., per initial reports.
In a 6-minute call to dispatchers, the caller stated her mother reportedly stabbed her father and that he was losing a lot of blood.
“I don’t want my dad to die”, said the caller.
The victim was reportedly conscious, breathing, and talking, although the caller told the 911 dispatcher that he was on the floor.
The stabbing reportedly occurred as a result of a fight between the mother and father.
It is not clear where the victim was stabbed.
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 9:21 PM
DAYTON — A man was charged with felonious assault and domestic violence Sunday against Harry McBride, 27, according to a Dayton Police report.
Emanuel Porter, also 27, was arrested and booked into Montgomery County Jail.
Initial reports say there was a possible stabbing at 1906 Elsmere Avenue.
When crews arrived, neighbors were being combative and told them it wasn’t anything serious.
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 10:23 AM
Police and medics were on scene of a crash that involved a motorcycle and a black Pontiac Grand Prix in Dayton Sunday morning.
The accident occurred at South Smithville Road and Oakdale Avenue around 9:55 a.m., according to dispatchers.
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 4:17 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 6:07 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 6:10 p.m.:
The victim of the shooting that occurred at Oxford and Windsor Avenues is currently at an unknown hospital being treated for non-life threatening injuries, said Sgt. Creigee S. Coleman.
The victim was walking down the street on a sidewalk when another man came up to him, pulled out a handgun, and shot him for some unknown reason. Witnesses say they heard a gunshot, but didn’t see anyone run away or drive off.
Crews found shell cases in the street, and Crime Scene Investigators were on scene recovering those shell casings. They hope to tie the casings to a handgun, and with that information, hopefully detectives can determine who the handgun belongs to.
“We are hoping anyone who knows anything or saw this incident can call the Dayton Police Department (937-333-2677) or the regional dispatch center (937-225-4357) and please give us some information so we can bring this crime to a closure,” said Sgt. Coleman.
A man said he was shot in the leg, but he didn’t see anyone around him in Dayton Sunday.
The man called police while in the 700 block of Oxford Avenue around 3:30 p.m. but said the incident occurred on Lexington Avenue at Windsor Avenue, said regional dispatchers.
Police do have a suspect that is described as a male in his early 20s, weighs about 140 pounds, and was wearing a black t-shirt and shorts, according to regional dispatchers.
Medics are on scene.