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Driver accused of running girl, 17, over with car identified

Published: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 4:46 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 01, 2017 @ 10:43 AM

Kimmel Lane 17-year-old struck by vehicle

UPDATE @ 3:14 p.m. (Nov. 2.):

Prosecutors approved multiple charges against the driver accused of running over a 17-year-old girl.

Khadijah Thompson is charged with felonious assault with a deadly weapon and felonious assault with the intent of serious harm, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

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Tara Dunbar, who was with Thompson, was charged with two counts abduction, improper handling of a firearm in a vehicle.

The prosecutor’s office identified Thompson as the driver in the case.

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UPDATE @ 3:55 p.m. (Nov. 1):

A woman who called 911 after a 17-year-old girl was run over multiple times by another vehicle said the incident was sparked by “jealousy” and deputies said it stemmed from ongoing romantic relationships.

Deputies responded to the hit-and-run pedestrian crash in the 1500 block of Kimmel Lane Tuesday afternoon.

“The girl got into the car, started it up and pressed on the gas,” said Seantel McGarick, who said she’s been in a relationship with the victim for about six months.  “[She] ran her over and then ran her over again.”

The 17-year-old was transported to a local hospital, where at last check she was listed in critical condition, deputies said.

McGarick said she and the victim were walking through the neighborhood when a group of girls pulled up and got into an altercation them.

“She was just trying to get away,” McGarick said, referring to the 17-year-old.

Before the teen was run over multiple times, McGarick said she tried to intervene and stop the incident from happening.

“I tried to do my best,” she said.

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McGarick said it’s been a tough 24 hours, as she spent the entire night at the hospital with the victim and today she said she was interviewed by detectives.

Deputies arrested two women in connection to the incident: Tara Dunbar, 34, is being detained on one count of abduction and Khadijah Thompson, 23, is jailed on two counts of felony assault

Now, McGarick hopes her friend can recover from the serious injuries, but is thankful the suspects in the case are in jail.

“I want they to stay in jail for quite a long time,” McGarick said.

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UPDATE @ 11:51 a.m. (Nov. 1):

Ongoing romantic relationships are being investigated as a possible motive for a driver intentionally running over a 17-year-old girl Tuesday afternoon, deputies said.

UPDATE @ 10:42 a.m. (Nov. 1):

The condition of the 17-year-old girl run over by a vehicle during an apparent domestic violence incident has worsened this morning, sheriff’s officials said.

The teen is now listed in critical condition.

Two people called 911 to report the hit-and-run crash.

“My girlfriend just got hit by a car,” one caller told emergency dispatchers, as screaming could be heard in the background.  “I know who they are,” she added referring to the suspects in the case.

The second person told dispatchers the 17-year-old was hit by a vehicle and was bleeding from her mouth.

INITIAL REPORT:

Two women are in jail after a 17-year-old girl was run over twice during an apparent domestic violence incident in Jefferson Twp. Tuesday afternoon.

Tara Dunbar, 34, is being detained on one count of abduction and Khadijah Thompson, 23, is jailed on two counts of felony assault after a hit-and-run left a young woman in serious condition at a local hospital.

Authorities were dispatched to the 1500 block of Kimmel Lane around 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday on a reported pedestrian strike, which they found began as a domestic violence incident.  

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According to the preliminary investigation, one of three women who were arguing behind a now closed firehouse on Kimmel Lane had a handgun.

A person who identified herself to deputies as a witness said someone involved in the altercation held a gun to her head when she tried to help the victim.

The victim took off running and made it as far as a driveway across the street before she was run over by what officials believe to be the car involved in the incident, a white Chevrolet Impala. After a search, Sheriff’s detectives located the vehicle in the 600 block of Mia Avenue late Tuesday night. The car was loaded onto a flatbed trailer for transport to the sheriff’s office impound lot.

  

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Latoya Davis, visiting with her grandmother who lives on Kimmel Lane, said she hated to hear that a child had been run over by a car in the neighborhood she described as peaceful.

“Our sympathy goes out to the family,” Davis said. 

“It makes me feel nervous to know that something like that is so close to home. I know it can happen anywhere, but that kind of sounds out of the ordinary for this neighborhood,” she said.

The incident still remains under investigation.   

Detectives will work with prosecutors to file formal charges.

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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.

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.

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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.

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

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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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Amber Alert canceled after 2 Urbana boys found safe; suspect still sought

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 11:15 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 12:08 PM

Suspect sought after Amber Alert issued

UPDATE @ 12:08 p.m.:

An Amber Alert has been canceled after two Urbana boys were found safe.

The suspect and vehicle still have not been found.

FIRST REPORT

An Amber Alert is active for two boys reported abducted from Urbana.

They were reported missing at 7 a.m. from Maplewood Circle after their grandparents awoke to find them gone, according to a release from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

The first boy is Justin Wallace Jr., 7, a biracial boy with black hair who stands 4 feet 5 inches and weighs 72 pounds. There was no further descriptive information available.

The second boy is Aaron Rollins, 9, a white boy with brown hair and hazel eyes who stands 4 feet, 11 inches and weighs 72 pounds. He was last seen wearing a maroon and white T-shirt and camo high-top tennis shoes.

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The suspect, Jamie Rollins, 39, is the non-custodial mother. She is believed to be driving a taupe Kia Optima with Ohio plates 347YSL. She is described as a white woman with red hair and blue eyes who stands 5 feet 3 inches and weighs 223 pounds.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts or who spots them is urged to call 911.

For more information visit the Ohio Amber Alert website.

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Fairfield police ID victims in officer-involved shooting

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 5:06 PM


            Nick Graham/Staff
Nick Graham/Staff

It wasn’t the first time officers had been called to a Fairfield apartment where police said Friday they confronted and killed a man as he stabbed a woman, records show.

And the same home in the 1500 block of Gelhot Drive was the site of an earlier complaint by the woman claiming the man — who is described in police records as her boyfriend — had tried to poison her.

That’s according to new information released to this media outlet Saturday by Fairfield Police in the aftermath of one of their officers shooting to death the male suspect, who has now been identified along with the female victim, who died from her stab wounds.

The Butler County Coroner’s office released a statement saying the stabbing victim was 37-year-old Michelle R. Henry. Logan A. Willliamson, 37, died at the scene after being shot by Fairfield Police as he was stabbing Henry. Henry later died at Mercy Hospital-Fairfield.

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The first Fairfield officer on the scene, identified as Officer Bryan Carnes, a three-year veteran, allegedly found Williamson stabbing Henry inside the townhouse.

In an attempt to stop the stabbing, Carnes fired two shots, striking Williamson. He was pronounced dead at the scene, said Fairfield Police Chief Steve Maynard.

Police records show officers had previously been called to respond to the couple’s address in September 2017 on a domestic violence report where Williamson was arrested for attacking Henry.

Henry told officers “her boyfriend tried to poison her by placing (sic) dissolvable sleeping pills in her mouth while she was sleeping.”

Police records also showed that in recent years Williamson had been arrested for fleeing police after speeding, carrying alcohol and a weapon in a car on another occasion.

And the woman’s family members had asked police to stop at the address last year to check on Henry, saying they had not heard from her for an extended time.

Dispatchers received the 911 call for the incident at 5:49 a.m. Friday at a townhouse located in a quiet neighborhood off Pleasant Avenue. A female caller blurted out the address then continues to scream for help during the three-minute, 20-second call.

“He’s stabbing me!” the woman screams once.

The dispatcher continues to ask the woman to repeat the address.

“Please yell your address to me so I can send help,” the dispatcher says. “Shout your address, your apartment number.”

One of the officers says: “I heard someone yell ‘help!’”

When Officer Bryan Carnes and Sgt. Aaron Meyer got to the residence, they forced entry and ran up the steps, Maynard said.

“(They) made their way to an upstairs bathroom where they encountered a male and a female. The male was stabbing the female. Officer Bryan Carnes, who was the first officer to make it to the bathroom, fired several rounds from his pistol striking the male and stopping the initial threat,” Maynard said during a press conference four hours after the incident.

Henry was transported to Mercy Fairfield Hospital where she died, according to police. Williamson died at the scene.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation has taken over the investigation, Maynard said. As is standard procedure, the two officers are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of that investigation.

The chief said there is body camera footage of the incident and once BCI and the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office “deems appropriate, we will release it.”

Carnes is a three-year veteran of the force. He previously worked for Englewood Police Department, north of Dayton, according to the chief. He received a good review in October, with the preparer stating, “Officer Carnes is a very well rounded officer who has taken on additional responsibilities within the organization. He is an asset to the department.”

Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said the incident will be presented to a grand jury of review when the investigation is completed. It is Gmoser’s policy that all officer involved shootings are presented to a grand jury.

(Staff writer Michael D. Clark contributed to this story)

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