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Police: Man, 18 shot another in chest; charges dropped against juvenile

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 9:30 AM
Updated: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 6:00 PM

CLARK COUNTY JAIL
CLARK COUNTY JAIL

UPDATE @ 6 p.m.

Charges have been dropped against a juvenile, but an 18-year-old Springfield resident remains accused of shooting a man in the chest last week.

Elrashawn T. Dover, pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Sunday in Clark County Municipal Court. His bond was set at $250,000 and a public defender was appointed. He also was ordered to have no contact with the victim, should he post bail.

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The victim was stepping out of his car shortly after 2 p.m. Jan. 8 in the 300 block of West Grand Avenue in Springfield. He told police he heard gunfire and then felt a gunshot to his chest, according to court documents. 

"He said he grabbed his chest and could see blood on his hand," police say in court records. 

The victim's brother then drove him to the Springfield Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the right side of his chest and was expected to recover, police said. 

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Court records showed the victim identified Dover as the shooter after reviewing a photo lineup.

Dover already was in the Clark County Jail on several unrelated charges.

Springfield police also arrested last week a male juvenile who a witness identified as involved in the shooting and booked him into juvenile detention on an attempted murder charge, according to court records. 

Clark County prosecutors requested to dismiss the charges against the teen, which the juvenile judge granted. 

"Right now everything is looking and pointing toward (Dover) and we dismissed at this point to give us more time to make sure whether the juvenile is involved or not," Clark County Assistant Prosecutor Bill Merrell said. "We don't know that yet."

FIRST REPORT

Two people, including a juvenile, were arrested and charged with attempted murder in connection to a Jan. 8 shooting on West Grand Avenue in Springfield.

The victim was stepping out of his car in the 300 block of West Grand and heard gunshots and then felt a gunshot to his chest, court documents read.

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Last Friday, the victim identified Elrashawn T. Dover, 18, as the person who shot him after reviewing a photo lineup, court records showed.

Police arrested the juvenile the day after the shooting and booked him into juvenile detention.

Dover already was in the Clark County Jail on unrelated charges.

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Dayton woman killed by stray bullet had just fed neighborhood dogs, neighbors say

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

Dayton Shooting on Euclid Ave.

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 EclIud... 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.

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“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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Suspect’s wig may connect 2 area bank robberies, police say

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 12:04 PM

Franklin police said the person they believe robbed a Franklin bank May 18 (pictured here) may have also robbed a bank in Troy the day before. CONTRIBUTED
Franklin police said the person they believe robbed a Franklin bank May 18 (pictured here) may have also robbed a bank in Troy the day before. CONTRIBUTED

The person that Franklin police believe robbed a bank there May 18 may have also robbed a bank in Troy the day before, officials said.

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Franklin and Troy police detectives believe the same man may be responsible for both robberies because of their similar descriptions, including a possible wig, Franklin Police Chief Russell Whitman said.

At 3:04 p.m. Friday, the Union Savings Bank at Second and Millard streets in Franklin was robbed by a man, according to police.

The suspect was described as a tall, white man with long hair and a mustache wearing a blue shirt, green pants with tennis shoes.

According to dispatch traffic, he may have been wearing a wig.

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On Thursday evening, a man possibly wearing a wig and a fake mustache robbed Unity National Bank.

The suspect in that robbery is described as a tall, slender man wearing glasses and carrying a red duffle bag.

He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

No weapon was seen during the Troy robbery reported just before 5 p.m. at the bank, 1314 W. Main St., and there were no injuries.

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Anyone with information about the Franklin bank robbery is is asked to contact the Franklin Police Department at 937-746-2882 or to call its 1TIP hotline at 937-743-1TIP (1847)

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‘Self-identified sovereign citizen’ pleads no contest to charges, avoids trial

Published: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 @ 1:25 PM

Lenvil Persinger (Contributed Photo, Miami County Jail)
Lenvil Persinger (Contributed Photo, Miami County Jail)

UPDATE @ 11:14 a.m. (May 21):
Lenvil Persinger, 43, who police described as a “self-identified soverign citizen” pleaded no contest to felony charges in a plea deal that has the Piqua man avoiding trial.

Persinger pleaded no contest to attempted felonious assault and tampering with evidence charges in Miami County court Monday.

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He is set for sentencing on July 2.

INITIAL REPORT (May 8):

A Miami County judge Monday found a Piqua man competent to stand trial in an alleged attack on a neighbor and standoff with police in January. 

Lenvil Persinger, 43, faces charges of felony aggravated burglary, felonious assault and tampering with evidence. 

Persinger was described by Piqua police as “a self-identified sovereign citizen." 

He told Judge Christopher Gee at a previous hearing, "Clearly I’m sane," after his defense lawyer requested the competency evaluation. 

Gee said Monday a clinical psychologist found Persinger did not suffer from mental illness or defect and was competent to stand trial 

Persinger is accused of breaking into his neighbor’s apartment and assaulting a man after hearing a boyfriend and girlfriend arguing. Police said Persinger used nunchucks in the assault. 

A trial is set to begin May 23, but public defender Steve King told Gee he might need more time to prepare the case. 

Persinger is being held on $50,000 bail.

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Happening Now: Springfield Police investigating robbery at Family Dollar

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 10:37 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 10:41 AM

Police are investigating Monday morningy armed robbery at Springfield Family Dollar. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Police are investigating Monday morningy armed robbery at Springfield Family Dollar. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Springfield police are investigating an armed robbery at a local Family Dollar.

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Police were dispatched to the Family Dollar on the corner of Selma Avenue and East Street. Police said a man entered the store around 9:30 a.m., displayed a gun, and demanded cash. 

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The man fled the scene on foot, investigators said. 

The Springfield News-Sun has a reporter at the scene.

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