Federal judge has ties to Cincinnati abortion clinic

Published: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 @ 10:43 AM
Updated: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 @ 10:43 AM

The federal judge who could decide the fate of Cincinnati’s last remaining abortion clinic has ties to the Planned Parenthood facility.

Cincinnati’s only abortion clinic — operated by Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio — filed Monday a federal civil rights lawsuit against the state. The lawsuit asks the courts to strike down a new Ohio law that bans the facility, as well as all other abortion surgery centers, from partnering with public hospitals.

Federal Judge Timothy S. Black, a President Barack Obama appointee, was randomly selected to preside over the case. Black’s resume submitted for judicial positions shows he sat on the Planned Parenthood Association of Cincinnati’s board from 1986 to 1989.

The resume lists a series of boards Black sat on, including positions with a neighborhood investment program and a sailing association, for example.

Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio spokesman Rick Pender confirmed to this news organization that the judge served on the organization’s board. He said the position requires a group of roughly 15 to 20 people to meet once a month to go over operations for the agency, which has seven health centers that serve area women. Black held the unpaid, voluntary position more than 20 years ago, according to Pender.

Ohio Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati released a statement calling Black’s affiliation with the organization a “conflict of interest.”

Federal law prohibits Black from commenting on the case, his office said this morning.

A conference call between the judge and attorneys involved in the case is scheduled for this afternoon.

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Maryland police officer shot, killed in line of duty investigating ‘suspicious activity’

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 4:03 PM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 4:03 PM

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A police officer was shot and killed Monday while investigating a report of suspicious activity in Baltimore County, Maryland, according to Gov. Larry Hogan.

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“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a Baltimore County police officer after she was shot in the the line of duty,” Hogan said on Twitter.

“Our prayers got out to this brave officer’s family, Baltimore County police and fire and the Baltimore County community,” he said. 

Hogan said the suspect is still on the loose as a manhunt continues.

The officer has not yet been publicly identified.

She died after she was shot in the head while investigating a report of “suspicious activity,” according to WBAL-TV.

Baltimore County Councilman David Marks wrote in a Twitter post that the officer was shot in Perry Hall, near Belair and Lausmier roads.

Police warned residents to shelter in place as they continued to investigate Monday's shooting. 

Check back for updates to this developing story.

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Stray bullets that killed woman also struck neighbor’s home, friend says

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 3:43 PM

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

They’re asking anyone with information to call them at (937) 333-COPS.

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NEW DETAILS: Owner reveals plans for new Warren County sports bar

Published: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 1:13 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Image from Reid's Sports Bar & Grill Facebook page.
Image from Reid's Sports Bar & Grill Facebook page.

The founder of what will soon be the Miami Valley’s newest sports bar says he wasn’t necessarily looking to open a pub.

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But when a building became available around the corner from Andre Reid’s house in Lebanon, Reid’s son Dezmon urged him to take a look at it. He did, and now, he’s a month or so away from opening Reid’s Sports Bar & Grill at 549 E. Main St. in Lebanon. His son will be helping with the venture, Reid said.

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The space — which formerly held a barbecue restaurant — seats about 65, but after renovations and the addition of outdoor seating, it may offer seating for as many as 140, Reid said.

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“I’m working on a patio as we speak,” Reid told this news outlet Monday, May 21.

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Reid has applied for a liquor license for the space, and obtaining that license along with finishing up renovations are the final hurdles to clear before opening, he said. “We’re probably looking at late June,” he said.

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Reid’s Sports Bar & Grill will employ 15 to 20, the pub’s owner said. Plans call for being open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily.

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Dayton woman killed by stray bullet was quadriplegic son’s primary caregiver

Published: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 6:30 PM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 7:23 AM

Dayton Shooting on Euclid Ave.

Update@4:17 p.m.:

Jackie Allen, Sheatley’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.

Update@1:43 p.m.:

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.”

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Sherrell Wheatley

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.

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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. 

Update@12:13 p.m.:

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.  

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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. 

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First report:

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.

Police investigate a fatal shooting May 19, 2018, in the 860 block of North Euclid Avenue in Dayton.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

“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.

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“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.

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