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Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:14 AM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 4:37 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 4:39 p.m. (April 25):
The man arrested at a Moraine apartment complex for his alleged role in a deadly double shooting outside Rick’s Jazz Club in Dayton has been formally charged.
James Davison, 24, faces charges of aggravated murder, felonious assault, tampering with evidence and two gun related charges, according to court records.
Davison was taken into custody Monday in the 5400 block of Dovetree Blvd. and is suspected in the killings of Darion Harris and Ashley James, according to police.
According to court records, Davison allegedly shot Harris and James from the driver’s seat of his Dodge Durango, while Harris and James were in a pickup truck. Davison did not hit two other people sitting in back of the pickup, records showed.
Davison was identified by surveillance video from the club, the court record read.
Davison is said to have fired off more than 20 shots before fleeing the scene.
According to court documents, Davison drove to his father’s house in Sandusky and left the Durango there before returning back to the Dayton.
The handgun used in the shooting has not been recovered, records showed.
UPDATE @8:44 p.m.: The man arrested in connection to a shooting that occurred outside Rick’s Jazz Club has been identified.
James A. Davison, 24, was booked in Montgomery County Jail on two preliminary counts of murder Monday afternoon.
He is due in court Tuesday, according to the jail’s website.
Davison has a third charge, a misdemeanor for failure to appear and is due in court Wednesday.
UPDATE @ 6:23 p.m. (April 23): A 24-year-old male has been arrested on a preliminary charge of murder in the weekend shooting at a Dayton jazz club.
The man was taken into custody at an apartment complex in the 5400 block of Dovetree Boulevard in Moraine, a Dayton police spokeswoman confirmed Monday afternoon.
He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on one count of murder, according to Sgt. Mike Godsey.
Dayton Police Detectives and the Montgomery County Prosecutors Office will meet to present the case and discuss formal charges, Godsey said.
The suspect’s name has not been released.
According to some Web directories, the business where the shooting occurred is listed as Rick Jazz Lab.
Godsey said the public, the F.B.I. and the U.S. Marshals Service helped make the arrest possible.
We’ll update this report as we learn more.
FIRST REPORT (April 21):
Two people killed in a shooting outside a Dayton nightclub early Saturday have been identified.
Darion Harris, 29, of Dayton died at the scene and Ashley James, 28, of Dayton died of her injuries at Miami Valley Hospital, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
The shooting happened outside Rick’s Jazz Club located in the 1800 block of Lakeview Avenue around 3:40 a.m.
The victims were a couple and had just welcomed a baby boy two months ago, family said at a vigil held Sunday evening.
The victims were found shot inside a blue Ford pickup truck outside the club, said Sgt. Thomas Schloss of the Dayton Police Department.
Police are not releasing if they have any suspects at this time
Anyone with information is urged to call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP(7867.)
Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 12:08 AM
DAYTON — A woman accused of grand theft auto said she drove off in a stolen car “because it was faster than walking,” according to a Dayton police report.
Police were called around 9:45 p.m. Friday to Church’s Chicken, 2443 N. Gettysburg Ave., after a woman said her white 2018 Chevrolet Equinox rental was stolen from the parking lot after she went inside to get food.
The rented vehicle was tracked using OnStar, and a Dayton officer was able to find it a little more than three miles away in the 100 block of North Plaza Avenue, according to a police report.
Police identified the alleged driver as 36-year-old Brittany Grandberry.
When asked why she drove the vehicle: “she stated that she walked past it and saw it was running and walked back to it. She stated that she drove the vehicle away from Church’s Chicken because it was faster than walking.”
Grandberry is due Monday in Dayton Municipal Court.
Published: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 6:30 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 11:33 AM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 11:26 a.m.
Montgomery County Coroner’s Office confirmed Sherrell Wheatley, 62, of Dayton was the woman shot and killed Saturday while walking near a house targeted by a drive-by shooting in Dayton.
UPDATE @ 9 p.m.
A woman in her 60s was gunned down this evening when she was walking near a house targeted by a drive-by shooting, police said.
The woman, whose name was not released, was an innocent bystander who suffered at least one gunshot wound; she was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries, Dayton police Sgt. Creigee Coleman said.
“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.
“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.
Police and medics were called this evening to a shooting.
The shooting was reported at 6:10 p.m. in the 800 block of North Euclid Avenue.
At least one person was shot, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.
According to initial reports, a caller heard 12 to 15 gunshots and saw a woman on the ground.
We are on the way and will update this report as we learn details.
Published: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 11:14 PM
TURTLECREEK TWP. — Law enforcement is asking for the public’s help to find two prisoners who escaped Saturday night from the Community Correctional Center.
Deputies from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office responded around 8:30 p.m. to the area of 5234 state Route 63, the CCC, for a report of two men running through a field. They jumped into an older model silver minivan and fled the area.
The men are identified as Daniel Hatfield Jr. and Jeremy Mink, and were confirmed to have escaped from the facility run by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction, according to the sheriff’s office.
Hatfield, 27, stands 5 feet 6 inches, weighs 186 pounds, has blue eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing tan pants and a white shirt. He is sentenced to CCC after being convicted of a probation violation for drug offenses out of Butler County.
Mink 28, stands 6 feet, 1 inch, weighs 195 pounds has blue eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing tan pants and no shirt. He was sentenced to CCC after being convicted of drug offenses out of Clermont County.
Anyone with information on either man’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at 513-695-1280.
Published: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 7:45 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 10:15 PM
TROTWOOD — UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m.
Patrols near a sobriety checkpoint Friday night in Trotwood netted two OVI arrests, the Montgomery County Combined Agency Task Force announced tonight.
More than 225 vehicles passed through the checkpoint at 4825 Salem Ave., which resulted in five citations: one for no seat belt; two for driving under suspension and two for no operator's license.
In nearby patrols, there were nine traffic stops with two OVI arrests; three citations for no seat belt; one citation for fictitious registration; and one misdemeanor summons for marijuana possession, according to the task force.
The goals of the sobriety checkpoints are to provide public awareness to the consequences of driving under the influence, reduce the number of impaired drivers on the roadways, reduce the number of alcohol-related traffic crashes, and make the roadways a safer place to travel, the task force said.
An OVI checkpoint is planned for tonight in Trotwood.
The Montgomery County Combined Agency OVI Task Force’s sobriety checkpoint starts at 8 p.m. in the 4800 block of Salem Avenue.
Ohio law requires OVI checkpoints to be publicized ahead of time.
There also will be patrols in the area of the checkpoint in addition to patrols for the “Click It or Ticket” campaign through May and June, according to the task force.