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Details emerge about suspects accused in ramming of sheriff’s cruiser

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 12:04 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 7:20 PM

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More details came to light Tuesday stemming from the ramming of a Montgomery County Sheriff’s cruiser on Monday at a gas station at Siebenthaler Avenue and Philadelphia Drive:

  • A 15- and 16-year-old accused in the case are due in court again May 3 
  • Suspect Nikeas Jones, 20, was released from prison in February on stolen vehicles convictions 
  • Suspect Sha’ King Jones, 19, has 21 misdemeanor or felony cases as a juvenile

UPDATE @ 6:30 p.m. (April 24): The 15- and 16-year-olds were in Montgomery County Juvenile Court on Tuesday, where Judge Anthony Capizzi told them additional charges are likely, especially if investigators determine that one of them was driving a stolen Toyota Carolla involved in the incident.

A stolen car was used to ram a Montgomery County Sheriff’s cruiser in the parking lot of a Valero gas station at Siebenthaler Avenue and Philadelphia Drive. 

As deputies approached the stolen vehicle, parked in the lot of the Valero, the driver noticed the deputies, got back in the vehicle and sped off, striking the patrol vehicle, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

Sha'King Jones

There were no injuries reported. 

Capizzi entered denials on their behalf and announced their appointed defense attorneys. 

Family members were in court for the 15-year-old. Capizzi said that teenager already was in treatment court and has a record. 

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No one was there for the 16-year-old, whom Capizzi told, "Your record is only 13 pages long. Congratulations." 

The judge said, "This was a very serious case. It's not just stealing a car. … Someone stole a car, tried to escape, drove in to a police cruiser to escape and then hit a bunch of over cars. 

“You know that's going to mean a lot more charges against somebody,” he said. “I don't know who the driver was."

Five arrests have been made, including Sha’King Jones, 19, and Nikeas Jones, 20. Both remain in the Montgomery County Jail. Sha’King Jones is being detained on suspicion of felonious assault. Nikeas Jones is being detained on suspicion of obstructing official business.


Sha’ King Jones had just been released from Pickaway Correctional Institution on Feb. 13, according to Montgomery County court records. He had been sentenced to 18 months for robbery, grand theft and receiving stolen property, all involving stolen vehicles including a 2009 Volvo XC90, a 2003 Buick Century and a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier. 

He has no felony criminal record in Montgomery County as an adult, but 21 misdemeanor or felony cases as a juvenile.

Nikeas Jones, in a January 2017 pro se motion for judicial release, wrote, "I understand and I'm truly sorry for the mistakes that I have made. I acted out of immaturity and was lead[sic] down the wrong path by engaging in activities with the wrong crowd." 

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He said in the letter he was in a drug/alcohol program, that he planned to get his G.E.D and seek gainful employment to become self-supportive. 

"I have challenged myself to use the tools that I have acquired, the knowledge and experience I have obtained to improve on the nature of my character and become a productive citizen of society." 

Judge Mary Katherine Huffman denied Nikeas Jones’s motion. It was "untimely filed," she said.

There is no information about the fifth person arrested.

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Police find man with gunshot wound to the head in Dayton home

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 6:13 AM
Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 7:15 AM

UPDATE @ 7:15 a.m.:

A 38-year-old man was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries after police found him with a gunshot wound to the head in a home in Dayton, according to Sgt. Thomas Schloss of Dayton Police Department.

The man was found lying on the floor in the home on Brooklyn Avenue, Schloss said.

Homicide detectives were called out to the scene and are investigating, said Schloss.

It’s not known how the man was shot and his identity was not released.


Emergency crews are on scene of a shooting in Dayton.

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The shooting occurred in the 200 block of Brooklyn Avenue around 5:50 a.m. Sunday, according to initial reports.

Police have the road between West Second Street and Edison Street blocked off with crime tape.

We are working to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available.

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More showers and storms likely to start the week

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 4:50 AM

More showers and storms are likely through the weekend in the Dayton area.

The first part of your Sunday should be dry, but there is a slight chance for an isolated shower, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. The better chances for more showers and storms returns for the second half of the day. Some of the storms towards evening could be strong to severe with the biggest concerns being strong winds and some hail. Highs today will be in the lower 80s.

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  • Few P.M. showers and storms today
  • Some could be strong with gusty winds, hail and heavy downpours
  • Dry time returns by Wednesday


5-Day Forecast

Monday: More showers and a few storms are likely to start the work-week. Highs will be in the upper 70s.

Tuesday: A few lingering showers, maybe a few storms are likely for the first part of your day. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

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Wednesday: It looks like we finally dry things out on Wednesday under partly cloudy skies. Highs again will be in the lower 80s.

Thursday: A little bit more sunshine returns for your day with highs in the lower 80s.

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Two people ejected from motorcycle in Shelby Co. crash

Published: Sunday, May 06, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 4:25 AM

UPDATE @ 4:25 a.m. (May 20):

Michelle S. McNamara, 28, was listed in serious condition at Miami Valley Hospital after being ejected from a motorcycle in Loramie Twp. May 6.

The driver of the motorcycle, Stephen J. Vennemeyer, 52, was no longer listed as a patient at Wilson Memorial Hospital. His condition was not known.


Shelby County deputies and the Russia Fire Department responded to a single-vehicle motorcycle crash at the intersection of Russia Houston Road and Russia Rd. early Sunday morning. 

Stephen J. Vennemeyer, 52, and Michelle S. McNamara, 28, were ejected from a black 2016 Kawasaki motorcycle traveling eastbound in the 1000 block of Russia Houston around 12:18 a.m. 

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Vennemeyer over corrected when traveling off the right side of the roadway and then crashed. 

McNamara was transported by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital and is in critical condition. 

Vennemeyer was transported by rescue squad to Wilson Memorial Hospital 

The extent of Vennemeyer's injuries is unknown.

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Abandoned car fire under investigation in Montgomery Co.

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 2:32 AM
Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 4:00 AM

UPDATE @ 4 a.m.:

An abandoned vehicle found fully engulfed in a gravel lot near the Great Miami River Recreational Trail is under investigation, according to Lt. Nick Carpenter of Bethel Twp. Fire Department.

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A call from a passerby came in around 2:10 a.m. that a Hyundai Veloster was on fire at Old Springfield Road at Old Canal Road.

Bethel Twp. fire along with Vandalia fire and Metro Park Police handled the incident.

Flames were able to be extinguished quickly and the vehicle was towed, according to Carpenter. 


Emergency crews are responding to a report of a vehicle fire in Vandalia Sunday morning.

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Initial reports state the vehicle is fully engulfed at Old Springfield Road and Old Canal Road.

It’s unknown if the vehicle is occupied at this time.

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