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This donation in honor of a Hamilton giant will help families throughout the community

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 3:15 PM

Angel Lombert of the Latino organization Sounds of Quisqueya donated food from Kroger in memory of community activist Butch Hubble that will go to needy families.

Angel Lombert and his Latino organization Sounds of Quisqueya joined Hamilton Mayor Pat Moeller and Samy Broyles of the Booker T. Washington Center to make a large food donation Thursday to go to needy families in memory of community philanthropist Butch Hubble, who passed away in 2014.

Hubble was also the director of BTW and served on many boards in the city. He founded the Hamilton Community Council in 2004.

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Lombert said it was an honor to do something to help those in need and also to be able to do it in honor of such an upstanding citizen as Hubble. The donation was provided to BTW, which will distribute the food to needy families.

“It is an honor to help families and be here to make a donation in memorial of our friend Butch Hubble,” Lombert said. “Butch was a good friend of the whole city of Hamilton and as an activist helping families. This is Black History Month and we want to commemorate the good things that he has done.”

Moeller said he was honored to be a part of the presentation and noted that it represented many of the positive acts of giving that go on in the city.

“I am a friend of Angel’s and I knew Butch Hubble and he celebrated diversity and brought different people and cultures together,” Moeller said. “He was such a leader in our area.”

Moeller said that he received a call from Lombert stating that he wanted to put together the food donation in Hubble’s memory and felt it was a great idea.

“Angel gave me a call and said he put this together,” Moeller said. “He volunteered hours at Kroger in order to come up with these food items, and he’s helping 25 families.”

Broyles said the food donation means a lot because it helps benefit families that the BTW serves.

“The first thing on my list when I come to the center is what can help the kids and the families we serve,” Broyles said. “This donation is huge because it honors Butch - a mentor of mine growing up - and helps the families in the communities we serve.”

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Dayton woman killed by stray bullet had just fed neighborhood dogs, neighbors say

Published: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 6:30 PM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 7:23 AM

Dayton Shooting on Euclid Ave.

Update@12:13 p.m.:

Wheatley, a grandmother, had just fed some neighborhood dogs and was walking back to her home when she was shot, neighbors said Monday. She died about a half block from home, neighbors said. 

There’s a makeshift memorial where Wheatley died, and it continues to grow.  

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Meanwhile, a man called 911 after hearing shots fired and seeing Wheatley lying on the ground, according to the 911 recording.

“Someone just got shot on EclIud... a lady is lying on the sidewalk,” the unidentified man said, later adding that he heard 12-15 shots. 

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First report:

An innocent bystander was fatally shot Saturday evening when she was walking near a house targeted by a drive-by shooting, police said.

Sherrell Wheatley, 62, of Dayton was the woman shot and killed, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. 

Wheatley was an innocent bystander who suffered at least one gunshot wound as she was walking in the 800 block of North Euclid Avenue around 6:10 p.m. She was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries, Dayton police Sgt. Creigee Coleman said.

Police investigate a fatal shooting May 19, 2018, in the 860 block of North Euclid Avenue in Dayton.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

“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.

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“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.

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Man intentionally drove through restaurant, killed 2, including deputy daughter

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 7:01 PM

Man Accused of Intentionally Driving Through Restaurant, Killing 2

Families were sitting down for a comfortable Sunday lunch when chaos ensued at a Gaston County restaurant.

Two people died and others were injured when a man drove his car into a Gaston County restaurant just after noon.

Police said the driver of the car, Roger Self, was taken into custody.

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Police said after their initial investigation, they believe Self, of Dallas, drove the car through the Surf and Turf Lodge in Bessemer City intentionally. 

Wait staff told our partners at the Gaston Gazette that Self took his family into the restaurant and had them seated. He then went back out to his vehicle and drove at a high rate of speed into the area where they were sitting.

Officers said one of the victims was identified as Self’s daughter, Katelyn Self, 26, who worked with the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office.

Other family members were also injured, according to police.

"Tragic, tragic loss of life,” Gaston County Sheriff Alan Cloninger said. “I'm asking people just to keep the family in your prayers, and the Sheriff's Office, because we're suffering right now."

Caleb Martin, who is just 14 years old and buses tables at the restaurant, witnessed the car crash through the building.

"I walked over to my station and I heard a loud boom,” he said. “It went straight through. There's a doorway. There is a wall and he drove in another room."

Caleb was dazed by the carnage he saw.

He said that momentarily he didn't know what to do but then sprang into action.

"The one guy I could help in back, he was pretty hurt,” Martin said, “I helped paramedics move tables off this dude and I moved debris out of the way so they could get to him."

Officials said Roger Self is a private investigator who used to work for the Gastonia Police Department years ago.

Police said all of the victims, and Roger Self, are known to the employees.

"He was a regular and we haven't seen him in a while, so when he came back, it was kind of sad,” Martin said.

This is a developing story. Check back with for updates.

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Wright State trustee: University’s next budget is a ‘recipe for disaster’

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 10:43 AM

Bruce Langos criticized Wright State's 2019 budget proposal.

Wright State University will aim to add $3 million to its reserve fund next school year in its ongoing attempt to rebuild its finances.

To do this, the university will have to make more cuts or increase revenue in the fiscal year 2019 budget.

The university released some of the details of its fiscal year 2019 budget today, which trustees will consider at a June 8 meeting. The 2019 fiscal year starts on July 1.

“Next year is going to be a very, very tough year for the university,” said chief business officer Walt Branson.

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The $3-million goal is part of Wright State’s ongoing attempts to rebound from a budget crisis that forced trustees to slash more than $30.8 million from the school’s FY 2018 budget. Wright State has spent more money than it brought in every year since 2012, draining its reserve fund from $162 million six years ago to an estimated $31 million as of June 2017.

WSU president Cheryl Schrader listens to a finance committee meeting on Monday.(Staff Writer)

The $3 million surplus for next year is about half of what the university has been trying to add to reserves this fiscal year. WSU administrators are trying to add $6 million to reserves by June 30 this year in order to avoid being placed on state fiscal watch.

Administrators and trustees have expressed a wide range of opinions in recent weeks about whether the university will meet that goal, with Branson saying today that he believed it would be achieved. A 2018 budget re-forecast presented to trustees today states that Wright State may add $7.2 million to reserves by the end of FY 2018.

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Even if Wright State meets its budget goal this year, doing so next year will again be challenging. WSU is expecting revenue to decline by $12.65 million next year, which will mostly be fueled by another drop in enrollment, according to the university.

Overall enrollment at Wright State’s main campus is expected to decline 6.5 percent, according to a preliminary budget proposal. Out-of-state enrollment, which includes residents of other states and international students who attend WSU, is expected to decline by 32.4 percent, according to the university.

Trustee Bruce Langos voiced concerns about enrollment and the budget proposal today, calling it “a recipe for disaster” among other things. Boosting enrollment and therefore tuition revenue is a much better way to solve Wright State’s financial woes than having to implement budget cuts every year, trustees have long said.

The proposal presented to trustees today would likely result in more budget cuts, something both Langos and finance committee chairman Sean Fitzpatrick said is not a long-term sustainable solution for the university’s financial problems.

“This is a recipe to die… the university can’t survive this way,” said Langos.


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Suspect’s wig may connect 2 area bank robberies, police say

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 12:04 PM

Franklin police said the person they believe robbed a Franklin bank May 18 (pictured here) may have also robbed a bank in Troy the day before. CONTRIBUTED
Franklin police said the person they believe robbed a Franklin bank May 18 (pictured here) may have also robbed a bank in Troy the day before. CONTRIBUTED

The person that Franklin police believe robbed a bank there May 18 may have also robbed a bank in Troy the day before, officials said.

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Franklin and Troy police detectives believe the same man may be responsible for both robberies because of their similar descriptions, including a possible wig, Franklin Police Chief Russell Whitman said.

At 3:04 p.m. Friday, the Union Savings Bank at Second and Millard streets in Franklin was robbed by a man, according to police.

The suspect was described as a tall, white man with long hair and a mustache wearing a blue shirt, green pants with tennis shoes.

According to dispatch traffic, he may have been wearing a wig.

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On Thursday evening, a man possibly wearing a wig and a fake mustache robbed Unity National Bank.

The suspect in that robbery is described as a tall, slender man wearing glasses and carrying a red duffle bag.

He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

No weapon was seen during the Troy robbery reported just before 5 p.m. at the bank, 1314 W. Main St., and there were no injuries.

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Anyone with information about the Franklin bank robbery is is asked to contact the Franklin Police Department at 937-746-2882 or to call its 1TIP hotline at 937-743-1TIP (1847)

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