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Troy man shot by officer found not guilty by reason of insanity

Published: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 4:38 PM

Kenneth Coleman Jr. (Contributed Photo/Miami County Jail)
Kenneth Coleman Jr. (Contributed Photo/Miami County Jail)

A Miami County judge Tuesday found a Troy man charged with felonious assault for threatening a Troy police officer with a knife in January 2015 not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Kenneth Coleman Jr., 33, was shot by a responding police officer during the Jan. 20, 2015, incident outside an apartment on Mayfield Drive. Police said they were asked to check on Coleman after a neighbor reported hearing screaming and loud noises.

In an affidavit, a police detective said Coleman refused to drop a knife while walking toward Officer Jim Short yelling "shoot me."

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Coleman was shot in the legs and hospitalized. He was found incompetent to stand trial in March 2015 and sent to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services in Toledo for competency restoration.

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A county grand jury cleared the police officer in the shooting in February 2015.

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Coleman subsequently was indicted on the felonious assault charge in August 2016 after being released from the Toledo facility and living in a group home.

In court Tuesday, Coleman waived a jury trial and agreed to have the case heard by Common Pleas Judge Christopher Gee. 

Gee said Coleman signed a stipulated listing of facts agreed to by prosecutors and defense lawyer Jay Lopez. The judge said in reaching his verdict he considered those facts and a recent forensic evaluation of Coleman in which an examiner found Coleman "suffered from a serious mental illness ... he did not know the wrongfulness of his actions and at the time of the offense was not sane."

Gee ruled Coleman met legal criteria of being legally insane at the time of the offense. 

An assessment of Coleman to determine whether or not he is now mentally ill will be conducted before another hearing. At that hearing, Gee will determine the next steps to be taken with Coleman, including whether he should be hospitalized for mental treatment.

Coleman will remain in jail until that hearing is held.

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Child inside vehicle involved in St. Marys pursuit, arrest made

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 4:08 PM

A man was arrested following a pursuit across two counties Thursday night that ended with his vehicle in a field.

Christopher Thornton, 38, of Phillipsburg, was arrested on suspicion of failure to comply, child endangering, theft of a motor vehicle and resisting arrest, according to St. Marys police.

St. Marys police were responding to the report of a stolen vehicle spotted in the Auglaize County city near a gas station on the corner of Main and South streets around 10 p.m., according to police.

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That triggered the pursuit that continued into southern Auglaize and ended, after stop sticks were used to deflate tires, in a Mercer County field in the 1100 block of Goettmoeller Road. 

A child related to Thornton, whose age was not released, was in the stolen vehicle, police said.  The child’s condition was not released.

Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Auglaize County and Mercer County deputies and New Bremen Police were involved in the pursuit.

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Police: Extra enforcement decreases some gun crimes 

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 3:01 PM

A new report from the Dayton police department hails the department’s success after assigning two patrol officers to focus their efforts on the North Main Street corridor.

“The officers work closely with other bureaus within the police department, along with neighborhood leaders and residents, to pursue crime reduction and improved public safety,” according to a release from the city.

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The city said homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults were down five percent, when comparing December 2016 through the first week of April 2017 to December 2017 through the first week of April 2018.

The two patrol officers were assigned to focus on the corridor on Dec. 4 last year, the city said.

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Veterinarian ID’d in death investigation at business near Yellow Springs

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 12:46 PM

Yellow Springs veterinary clinic shooting investigated as self-inflicted fatality.

The death of Veterinarian Dr. Charles Scott Hosket has impacted the Greene County community he served for several years.

The Greene County Coroner’s Office released a statement today identifying Hosket as the victim of what the sheriff’s office is calling a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His body was found Thursday in his office at Hosket Veterinary Service, 4450 U.S. 68 North, near Yellow Springs, according to the release.

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The news came as a shock to many who for many years brought their animals to Hosket for care.

Hosket was known to be generous in caring for animals even when customers couldn’t pay, according to friends and family who have contacted the Dayton Daily News.

“I mean, this is so devastating. It’s hard to even talk about it,” said Pamela Davis, who was among the people who arrived at Hosket’s business for an appointment Thursday, only to find deputies engaged in their investigation. 

“My sympathy is to the family. All we can do is lean on each other and be supportive of them,” said Kathy McConehea, of Yellow Springs.

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The Greene County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the death.

Greene County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Mike Brown said on Thursday the death appears to be from a self-inflicted gunshot. 

Deputies were dispatched Thursday at 11:12 a.m. to the business, 4450 U.S. 68 North, and found Hosket’s body after the shooting incident was reported to the emergency dispatch center. 

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Troy takes next toward steering $1.4M loan to shopping center developers

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 3:03 PM

            Developers for Sherwood Shopping Center are expected to receive a $1.4 million loan from the city of Troy through city’s Community Improvement Corporation to redevelop the site on the city’s north sied. STEVE BAKER/STAFF
Developers for Sherwood Shopping Center are expected to receive a $1.4 million loan from the city of Troy through city’s Community Improvement Corporation to redevelop the site on the city’s north sied. STEVE BAKER/STAFF

Troy’s Community Improvement Corporation agreed Thursday, April 19, to accept $1.4 million in loans from the city and then loan that money to a partnership looking to redevelop the nearly vacant Sherwood Shopping Center on the city’s north side.

The bulk of the work agreed to by the CIC would be contingent on approval of the loan by Troy City Council. The request is expected to be submitted to council’s finance committee, which would make a recommendation to the full council. The CIC is an organization formed in the 1970s to assist in economic development projects. It is made up of business and government leaders.

A council vote on the loans to Sherwood of Troy LLC – a partnership of developer Frank Harlow along with Mark Earhart and Scott Earhart, all area residents – could come as early as May 7.

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Plans by the partnership to buy the center from its current owners in New York were announced in March when a city loan committee reviewed and supported the proposed loans contingent on approval by auditors/legal advisers. The CIC was asked to become involved when advisers had several concerns and the city law director suggested using the CIC, said Patrick Titterington, city service and safety director.

Harlow said at an earlier meeting that the partners planned a $2.3 million project with $1.7 million for purchase and $600,000 for building stabilization work including a roof. In addition to $600,000 for the stabilization, the investors proposed $300,000 in private equity toward the purchase. The city money, if approved, would be for a $900,000 two-year loan with interest only payments at 3 percent and a $500,000 loan for 20 years at 4.5 percent.

Collateral would be mortgages on the center and the partners’ personal guarantees.

Harlow said Thursday he has a restaurant looking at 10,000 square feet of center and has had other inquiries about leasing in an updated center. “I think it’s going to be a great thing for the northeast section of Troy,” he said.

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CIC member Mark Douglas, a local banking executive, told Harlow, “We appreciate your willingness to take on this project.”

The CIC approved 11 motions, most contingent on council’s approval. Three agreements were approved without that condition. They are for legal services such as title search/closing transactions; an environmental site assessment of the shopping center; and a property mortgage survey.

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