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Family of 2-year-old accidentally shot to death by brother says life cut too short

Published: Monday, June 04, 2018 @ 4:34 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 05, 2018 @ 7:10 PM

Update on child shooting in Harrison Twp.

Two-year-old Jvontae Johnston was fatally shot by his 13-year-old brother who was playing with a gun when it accidentally discharged, according to Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer. 

  • 13-year-old facing reckless homicide charges in juvenile court
  • Sheriff: Father appeared to be running drug operation out of the house
  • Father, Jamahl Evans, facing several federal charges 

UPDATE @ 7:10 p.m. (June 5):

The 12-year-old sister of Jvontae (Jay-vee-On-tay) Johnston said the 2-year-old was always having fun.

“He was playful, he loved ... balloons, SpongeBob and Barney,” said Krislanae Johnston, who said she thought he really would have liked school once he was old enough.

Known by nicknames including JV, motorman and biscuit, the 2-year-old also was strong and maybe could have become a star athlete, a wrestler or football player, his sister said.

Left, a memorial is set up outside the Wheeler Avenue home in Harrison Twp. where 2-year-old Jvontae Johnston was accidentally shot to death. Right, Jvontae Johnston and his sister, Krislanae Johnston, make silly faces for the camera.

UPDATE @ 2:55 p.m. (June 5): 

Two-year-old Jvontae Johnston died from a gunshot wound after a gun his 13-year-old brother was playing with accidentally discharged, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer said in a press conference Tuesday. 

Jvontae Johnston (Courtesy/Family)

The 13-year-old is facing a reckless homicide charge in Montgomery County Juvenile Court, according to officials. 

The teen appeared before a magistrate in juvenile court Tuesday afternoon and had a plea of denial entered on his behalf. He will be appointed an attorney and has been ordered to stay in juvenile detention.

His next court date is June 12 in front of Judge Anthony Capizzi.

Plummer said Johnston’s father Jamahl Evans, 34, was operating a drug operation out of the house in the 2500 block of Wheeler Avenue. Investigators recovered two handguns, marijuana ready for distribution, and other items used in drug distribution, Plummer said. 

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“It’s unfortunate because (Evans) is a convicted felon and shouldn’t have a gun at all,” Plummer said. “But if you’re in the drug trade and you’re dealing with drugs and cash, unfortunately they all have guns to protect themselves.” 

Plummer said investigators first believed Johnston was playing with the gun and shot himself, but the investigation later found the 13-year-old was the one with the gun. 

Plummer said Evans appeared to only be a marijuana dealer, and often marijuana dealers fly under their radar due to resources tied up fighting opioid dealers. 

“Everyone says (marijuana dealing) a victim-less crime, well it’s not. We’ve had several people die selling marijuana,” Plummer said. 

Jamahl N. Evans (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)

UPDATE @ 2:35 p.m.:

Jamahl Evans, father of Jvontae Johnston, made an initial appearance Tuesday in Dayton’s federal court on one charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice – filling in for a magistrate judge – advised Evans of the charge and the range of penalties. After a long sidebar following the hearing, Rice said that the complaint and affidavit was sealed and would remain so.

Wearing Montgomery County Jail blues, Evans hunched over the podium and told Rice it was because of bad sciatica when the judge asked Evans if could stand up straight.

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Rice said the government is seeking pretrial detention and scheduled a hearing for Friday and a pretrial hearing for June 19. Evans said he understood the charge against him and would not be hiring his own attorney.
Rice informed Evans that being a felon in possession of a firearm has no minimum prison sentence but does have maximums of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, post-release supervision and forfeiture of weapons.
Montgomery County Common Pleas Court records indicate Evans has felony convictions for having weapons under disability, complicity to attempted felonious assault and assault on a police officer. Federal prosecutors could not say if those met the standards for felony crimes of violence.
Asked why Evans was being charged in district court, assistant U.S. attorney Amy Smith said it was because he violated federal law. Smith would not elaborate.
Evans was shackled before U.S. Marshals led him out of the courtroom. 

UPDATE @ 10:40 a.m. (June 5):

A man was arrested on Wheeler Avenue in Harrison Twp. hours after a 2-year-old was fatally shot, according to jail records. 

Jamahl N. Evans, 34, was arrested around 8:15 p.m. in the 2500 block of Wheeler Avenue on a preliminary charge of having weapons while under disability, jail records show. 

Around 4 p.m., Jvontae Johnston, 2, was found suffering from a gunshot wound at the Wheeler Avenue home and later died from the injury. 

While deputies were investigating, an incident occurred inside the crime scene around 7:30 p.m. that ended with two people detained at the scene. 

A car pulled out from one of several driveways inside the marked scene, when Montgomery County deputies approached them and drew guns on at least two people.

One person fled the car and a second person was wrestled to the ground as he got out of the vehicle. Both were seen in handcuffs.

Deputies said the two who were detained were not related to the initial shooting. 

It was not immediately known what event Evans was arrested in connection to. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 


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Medics and police responded to the 2500 block of Wheeler Avenue around 4 p.m. on the reports of a child with a gunshot wound to the chest. A 911 caller who reported the shooting described the child as a 5-year-old boy, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center. Initial reports indicated that the child may have shot himself, however, officials have not confirmed that information.

News Center 7's Sean Cudahy said he saw someone trying to drive away in a car inside an area blocked off for investigation.

The coroner’s office said they were not releasing any further information about the child’s cause and manner of death. The child has been identified as two-year-old Jvontae Johnston.

A neighbor in the 2500 block of Wheeler Avenue said he was sitting inside his home Monday afternoon at the time of a shooting.

“I just heard a pop. I know it was a gunshot that went off but I didn’t know where it came from,” Robert Ferguson said. “Then when I looked out the window, I saw police and the ambulance coming down the street.”

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It was an emotional scene, where family and friends could be heard crying, seen hugging and trying to comfort each other.

Two people were taken into custody at the scene after a shots fired incident.


News Center 7’s Sean Cudahy said he saw the two try to drive away in a car inside an area surrounded by yellow police tape during an active investigation.

The car pulled out from one of several driveways inside the marked scene, when Montgomery County deputies approached them and drew guns on at least two people.

One person fled the car and a second person was wrestled to the ground as he got out of the vehicle. Both were seen in handcuffs.

A Dayton police K-9 was requested to the scene to search for the car.

According to dispatch, a deputy reported shots fired and two people running.

The two people who were taken into custody when they attempted to leave the scene are not related to the 2-year-old’s shooting, deputies confirmed, declining to release details.

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Motorcycle rider transported by medical helicopter after Middletown crash

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 5:42 PM


A wreck in Middletown on Sunday afternoon sent a motorcyclist to the hospital via helicopter.

Officials were not immediately able to provide many details about the crash, which happened at Grand Avenue and Burton Road, according to an Ohio State Highway Patrol dispatcher. The patrol was assisting Middletown police at the scene.

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Officials believe it involved a collision with a vehicle, and the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet, a dispatcher said.

The man was flown by CareFlight at 4:05 p.m. to Miami Valley Hospital. No information was available about his condition.

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Police ID man in fatal Springfield bar shooting

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 4:05 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Fatal shooting at the wagon wheel in Springfield

UPDATE @ 12 p.m.:

Jahream Beard, 35, died at the scene of the shooting outside of the Wagon Wheel in Springfield Sunday morning, according to Springfield police.

UPDATE @ 8:31 a.m.: 

The two male victims injured in the shooting at Wagon Wheel were taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center with apparent non-life threatening injuries, according to Springfield police.

One man in his 30’s died at the scene, according to officials.

Police confirmed an altercation occurred outside the Wagon Wheel when someone pulled a gun at one point.

It’s not known who fired the gun or how many shots were fired at this time.

The deceased victim’s body was transported to Clark County Coroner’s Office.

South Burnett Road was reopened as vehicles are being towed.

The incident is still under investigation, police said.

UPDATE @ 5:12 a.m.:

Bureau of Criminal Investigation units arrived on scene at Wagon Wheel bar on 1005 S. Burnett Rd. after a fatal shooting left a male dead and two injured. 

The injured victims were transported to an area hospital for unknown injuries. Police confirmed they are both male.

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Police have not released the victims’ identities.

At this time, S. Burnett Rd. has been closed off. 

UPDATE @4:30 a.m.: 

Police have confirmed crime units and an investigator are on scene of a fatal shooting at Wagon Wheel bar in the 1000 block of S. Burnett Road. 

The shooting took place early Sunday around 2:30 a.m. leaving one person, confirmed as a male, dead and two others injured.

Yellow crime scene tape has been placed around the deceased victim’s body that was found laying in the parking lot next to a vehicle.

Police have not released any information on the victims’ identities or if any suspects have been named.

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A Springfield police officer tries to console an emotional female outside of Wagon Wheel bar after fatal shooting.(MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF)


A fatal shooting at Wagon Wheel bar located in the 1000 block of S. Burnett Rd. has left one dead and two others injured.

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Conditions of the injured victims are unknown. 

The shooting may have occurred some time early Sunday around 2:30 a.m. but is unconfirmed by police at this time. Police have also not confirmed if there are any suspects. 

We are on scene and will update this story as more details become available. 

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5 big Dayton-area drug busts that have seized large amounts of heroin, pot and cash

Published: Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ 3:37 PM

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A major drug bust last week resulted in a seizure of $3.6 million worth of fentanyl in Clark County, which officials said continues the important work of the task force that was involved.

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Following the surveillance of a Butler Twp. hotel, four men were arrested and face conspiracy to posses with intent to distribute more than 400 grams of fentanyl, a count that carries with it a minimum 10-year sentence with conviction.

Observations made by the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force of activities on and near the hotel led to a consented search and retrieval of 50 pounds of marijuana in the garage, nine bricks of fentanyl and U.S. currency in “bands” or “stacks” in a closet. 

A federal prosecutor said additional charges could be added to the 10-year minimum that all four men face. Detention hearings are scheduled for Monday. 

This bust, which was reportedly linked to Mexican cartel activity, is the latest in the Miami Valley.

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Drug crackdown sting on Main Street 

March 2018 — A major crackdown was carried out with connections to drug deals along North Main Street in Dayton and into other parts of the county. 

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One of the goals of the operation is to cut down on the drug-dealing that affects both sides of Main Street, officials said. Locations that were raided included a home off Gettysburg Avenue near Hoover Avenue, an apartment in the 4300 block of Old Riverside Drive and a home on Old Riverside Drive.

Montgomery County cocaine and heroin bust

February 2018 — Officials seized more than 50 pounds of cocaine and 1,100 grams of heroin. An undisclosed amount of cash and guns were also confiscated. 

The seizures and arrests were the culmination of an 11-month investigation into a drug trafficking operation in and around Dayton, said Montgomery County Sheriff, Phil Plummer during a news conference. 

The bust involved two operations carried out on two separate days— one resulting in the arrest of two men who had been selling large amounts of meth, heroin, cocaine and marijuana throughout the Miami Valley and another with the arrest of four people in possession of 20 pounds of cocaine. 

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Major carfentanil raid following investigation

August 2017 — A sting that occurred in August 2017 was significant due to the potential harm that could have come from a large quantity of carfentanil seized from a home in the 4500 block of Queens Avenue in Dayton, officials said. Detectives found approximately nine ounces of carfentanil, two handguns and about $20,000 cash, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Carfentanil is a synthetic narcotic produced from morphine. It is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and had led to hospitalizations for police and paramedics who had come into contact with it while responding to overdose patients.

“A seizure of this quantity of carfentanil has the potential of saving hundreds of lives,” Plummer in a news release. 

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Dayton police arrest five in Dayton home raid

July 2017 — Five people were arrested in Dayton when neighbors complained about drug use and sales occurring at the suspected residence. 

Sgt. John Sillivan from the Dayton Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit said the tips allowed police to get the search warrant that led to the seizure of a large amount of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine. 

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Man indicted on CCW charges in Montgomery Co.

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 10:45 PM
Updated: Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ 2:43 PM

Kenneth Wilson

A Harrison Twp. man arrested after a shooting last month was indicted Friday on a weapons charge unrelated to the shooting.

Kenneth Wilson, 33, is charged with carrying concealed weapons, according to a Montgomery County grand jury report.

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He is accused of carrying a concealed weapon May 7 when Montgomery County deputies were investigating the shooting of a woman in the 5200 block of Embassy Place in the Creekside Townhomes in Harrison Twp. The woman’s injuries were not life-threatening, deputies said.

Wilson is ordered to appear for arraignment June 28 in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

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