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Controversial jail sign becomes part of lawsuit against county

Posted: 15 days ago

A sign reading “If you can talk, then you obviously can (expletive) breathe” briefly displayed in the NaphCare medical section of the Montgomery County Jail is a disputed part of a pending lawsuit against jail personnel. Attorneys representing Montgomery County argued in Dayton’s U.S. District Court documents that the sign...
Walmart: 911 caller 'intentionally lied to police' about man with toy gun fatally shot in Ohio store
 In a lawsuit over the 2014 shooting by police of a Beavercreek Walmart customer, attorneys for Walmart plan to claim that another customer who called 911 was the cause of the incident and the store should not be held responsible. >> Read more trending news  Walmart attorneys have filed motions in a wrongful death lawsuit stating...

2:10 PM Friday, Jun. 14, 2019

In a lawsuit over the 2014 shooting by police of a Beavercreek Walmart customer, attorneys for Walmart plan to claim that another customer who called 911 was the cause of the incident and the store should not be held responsible. >> Read more trending news  Walmart attorneys have filed motions in a wrongful death lawsuit stating...
Defendants in Jacob Caldwell missing child case sentenced, 2 get jail
 The three people accused of helping keep Jacob Caldwell away from his legal guardians after he witnessed his father’s death were sentenced Thursday in Miamisburg Municipal Court. Donald Bell and Jo Anne Henderson were sentenced to 180 days in jail with 170 suspended. Judge Robert Rettich III ruled both will spend 10 days in jail, must...

5:20 PM Thursday, Jun. 13, 2019

The three people accused of helping keep Jacob Caldwell away from his legal guardians after he witnessed his father’s death were sentenced Thursday in Miamisburg Municipal Court. Donald Bell and Jo Anne Henderson were sentenced to 180 days in jail with 170 suspended. Judge Robert Rettich III ruled both will spend 10 days in jail, must...
Walmart: 911 caller ‘intentionally lied to police’ in Crawford shooting
 In a lawsuit over the 2014 shooting by police of a Beavercreek Walmart customer, attorneys for Walmart plan to claim that another customer who called 911 was the cause of the incident and the store should not be held responsible. Walmart attorneys have filed motions in a wrongful death lawsuit stating that Ronald Ritchie, the man who first...

4:40 PM Thursday, Jun. 13, 2019

In a lawsuit over the 2014 shooting by police of a Beavercreek Walmart customer, attorneys for Walmart plan to claim that another customer who called 911 was the cause of the incident and the store should not be held responsible. Walmart attorneys have filed motions in a wrongful death lawsuit stating that Ronald Ritchie, the man who first...
Dayton man convicted of trying to join ISIS sentenced to 15 years
 The man convicted in the first terrorism-related trial in the Southern District of Ohio was sentenced to 15 years in prison, a judge ruled Thursday. Laith W. Alebbini, 28, was found guilty last year by U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice, who held a bench trial in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Alebbini had been indicted for conspiracy...

2:07 PM Thursday, Jun. 13, 2019

The man convicted in the first terrorism-related trial in the Southern District of Ohio was sentenced to 15 years in prison, a judge ruled Thursday. Laith W. Alebbini, 28, was found guilty last year by U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice, who held a bench trial in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Alebbini had been indicted for conspiracy...
Harrison Twp.’s deadly Sunday: 2 killed in separate shootings
 Two young men died in separate shootings Sunday in Harrison Twp., one man a passenger in a car that returned to someone’s 16th birthday party, according to Montgomery County Sheriff Rob Streck. The sheriff said there are leads in both homicide cases. Jonte S. Tinsley, 18, died early Sunday morning at Grandview Hospital, according to...

10:33 PM Monday, Jun. 10, 2019

Two young men died in separate shootings Sunday in Harrison Twp., one man a passenger in a car that returned to someone’s 16th birthday party, according to Montgomery County Sheriff Rob Streck. The sheriff said there are leads in both homicide cases. Jonte S. Tinsley, 18, died early Sunday morning at Grandview Hospital, according to...
Family sues area nursing home, worker for alleged abuse
 The family of an 82-year-old Wood Glen Alzheimer’s Community resident allegedly beaten two months before his death has sued a former aide and her employer in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. Vanesha A. Rice, 24, of Dayton, was indicted by a grand jury for a Jan. 25, 2019, incident of fourth-degree felony patient abuse against John...

12:00 AM Saturday, Jun. 08, 2019

The family of an 82-year-old Wood Glen Alzheimer’s Community resident allegedly beaten two months before his death has sued a former aide and her employer in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. Vanesha A. Rice, 24, of Dayton, was indicted by a grand jury for a Jan. 25, 2019, incident of fourth-degree felony patient abuse against John...
Governor: Ohio must step up state oversight of county jails
 In the wake of high-profile lawsuits and inmate deaths in Cleveland, Dayton and around Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine announced plans to beef up state inspections and oversight of county jails. DeWine wants the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to hire nine more employees, boosting the force to 15, to conduct annual inspections. ODRC&rsquo...

9:25 PM Friday, Jun. 07, 2019

In the wake of high-profile lawsuits and inmate deaths in Cleveland, Dayton and around Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine announced plans to beef up state inspections and oversight of county jails. DeWine wants the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to hire nine more employees, boosting the force to 15, to conduct annual inspections. ODRC&rsquo...
County settles jail suit from homeless vet needing $5.3M for care
 Montgomery County and its insurers have settled a lawsuit brought by a homeless veteran who alleged his head was slammed into a concrete wall by a Montgomery County Jail sergeant who allegedly told co-workers he wanted to “beat” Joseph Guglielmo for banging on a cell door. A Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman...

7:00 AM Friday, Jun. 07, 2019

Montgomery County and its insurers have settled a lawsuit brought by a homeless veteran who alleged his head was slammed into a concrete wall by a Montgomery County Jail sergeant who allegedly told co-workers he wanted to “beat” Joseph Guglielmo for banging on a cell door. A Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman...
Woman missing just before storm may be county’s first tornado fatality
 A 71-year-old Harrison Twp. woman with severe dementia may have been the first Montgomery County fatality from the Memorial Day tornadoes. Catherine “Cathy” Clayburn’s remains were found Tuesday night under stacked trees in a muddy creek near the Stillwater River, 75 to 85 feet below residences. But Montgomery County Sheriff...

5:00 AM Thursday, Jun. 06, 2019

A 71-year-old Harrison Twp. woman with severe dementia may have been the first Montgomery County fatality from the Memorial Day tornadoes. Catherine “Cathy” Clayburn’s remains were found Tuesday night under stacked trees in a muddy creek near the Stillwater River, 75 to 85 feet below residences. But Montgomery County Sheriff...
Winburn’s federal public corruption trial delayed until October
 A federal judge on Tuesday granted a continuance for the trial of RoShawn Winburn, a Dayton city employee facing federal public corruption charges. Winburn and Clayton Luckie will go to trial in Dayton’s U.S. District Court on Oct. 15, the same day prosecutors expect for co-defendants Joey Williams and Brian Higgins. RELATED: Luckie&rsquo...

3:57 PM Tuesday, Jun. 04, 2019

A federal judge on Tuesday granted a continuance for the trial of RoShawn Winburn, a Dayton city employee facing federal public corruption charges. Winburn and Clayton Luckie will go to trial in Dayton’s U.S. District Court on Oct. 15, the same day prosecutors expect for co-defendants Joey Williams and Brian Higgins. RELATED: Luckie&rsquo...
Former state lawmaker Clayton Luckie’s federal trial delayed until October
 Citing the case’s voluminous audio and video evidence, a federal judge on Monday continued the trial of ex-lawmaker Clayton Luckie from June 24 until Oct. 15. Luckie, along with three other men, face corruption and fraud charges in Dayton’s U.S. District Court, according to a federal indictment unsealed May 1. Luckie, a former...

2:51 PM Tuesday, Jun. 04, 2019

Citing the case’s voluminous audio and video evidence, a federal judge on Monday continued the trial of ex-lawmaker Clayton Luckie from June 24 until Oct. 15. Luckie, along with three other men, face corruption and fraud charges in Dayton’s U.S. District Court, according to a federal indictment unsealed May 1. Luckie, a former...
Dayton church bus driver from Franklin pleads guilty to sex crimes against children
 A former Dayton volunteer church bus driver pleaded guilty in federal court this morning to sexually abusing a minor younger than 12. Jory Leedy, 49, of Franklin was scheduled to go to trial in Cincinnati’s U.S. District Court. He had been indicted in April 2016 for sex crimes against two boys, ages 7 and 8, according to court documents...

3:03 PM Monday, Jun. 03, 2019

A former Dayton volunteer church bus driver pleaded guilty in federal court this morning to sexually abusing a minor younger than 12. Jory Leedy, 49, of Franklin was scheduled to go to trial in Cincinnati’s U.S. District Court. He had been indicted in April 2016 for sex crimes against two boys, ages 7 and 8, according to court documents...
Donating O postive blood after the tornadoes: ‘We need to do this’
 Renee Culbertson got a midday Tuesday text from the Community Blood Center asking for O positive blood because its supplies were depleted ahead of Monday night’s tornadoes. That motivated the Miamisburg resident to get to the mobile blood drive at Our Lady of Good Hope church. “I come anyway normally but I forgot to sign up and...

8:00 AM Wednesday, May. 29, 2019

Renee Culbertson got a midday Tuesday text from the Community Blood Center asking for O positive blood because its supplies were depleted ahead of Monday night’s tornadoes. That motivated the Miamisburg resident to get to the mobile blood drive at Our Lady of Good Hope church. “I come anyway normally but I forgot to sign up and...
Sister of man ‘buried alive’ want lawsuit restarted
 The attorney for the sister of a man “buried alive” in a 2016 trench collapse filed a motion to reactivate the lawsuit in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. James B. Rogers, 33, of Winchester, died June 15, 2016, when he was covered by dirt after a nearly 11-foot trench collapsed while he was trying to install a sewer pipe...

6:09 PM Tuesday, May. 28, 2019

The attorney for the sister of a man “buried alive” in a 2016 trench collapse filed a motion to reactivate the lawsuit in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. James B. Rogers, 33, of Winchester, died June 15, 2016, when he was covered by dirt after a nearly 11-foot trench collapsed while he was trying to install a sewer pipe...
911 caller issue leads Beavercreek to again seek Crawford trial split
 Beavercreek has renewed its motion to have the John Crawford III lawsuit trial held in two parts — one against Walmart and the other against the city, its police and officers. U.S. District Judge Walter Rice ruled earlier this year that one trial would be held, but after Rice decided that 911 caller Ronald Ritchie’s “legal...

9:00 AM Friday, May. 24, 2019

Beavercreek has renewed its motion to have the John Crawford III lawsuit trial held in two parts — one against Walmart and the other against the city, its police and officers. U.S. District Judge Walter Rice ruled earlier this year that one trial would be held, but after Rice decided that 911 caller Ronald Ritchie’s “legal...
Alzheimer’s Center aide indicted for abuse of elderly patient who later died
 A former worker in the Wood Glen Alzheimer’s Community in Miami Twp. was indicted Thursday for beating an elderly patient who died two months later. Vanesha A. Rice, 24, was indicted by a grand jury for a Jan. 25, 2019, incident of patient abuse, a fourth-degree felony. Rice, of Dayton, has been issued a summons to appear June 6. No...

8:36 PM Thursday, May. 23, 2019

A former worker in the Wood Glen Alzheimer’s Community in Miami Twp. was indicted Thursday for beating an elderly patient who died two months later. Vanesha A. Rice, 24, was indicted by a grand jury for a Jan. 25, 2019, incident of patient abuse, a fourth-degree felony. Rice, of Dayton, has been issued a summons to appear June 6. No...
County seeks delay in case of homeless vet allegedly beaten in jail
 Attorneys representing Montgomery County want to delay the trial of a homeless military veteran allegedly beaten into a coma by a Montgomery County Jail sergeant, a motion to which Joseph Guglielmo’s attorneys object. Guglielmo, 61, was allegedly beaten so severely in 2015 that he was in a coma for two months and is cognitively disabled...

2:39 AM Thursday, May. 23, 2019

Attorneys representing Montgomery County want to delay the trial of a homeless military veteran allegedly beaten into a coma by a Montgomery County Jail sergeant, a motion to which Joseph Guglielmo’s attorneys object. Guglielmo, 61, was allegedly beaten so severely in 2015 that he was in a coma for two months and is cognitively disabled...
Psychologist explains ‘hebephilia’ before sentencing in child porn case
 A psychologist who examined a New Carlisle man facing more than a decade in prison for filming an 11-year-old girl in the shower testified Wednesday that hebephilia is “distinctly different” than pedophilia. Hebephilia — which Dr. Scott A. Bresler said is not an official diagnosis for somewhat political reasons — is...

5:21 PM Wednesday, May. 22, 2019

A psychologist who examined a New Carlisle man facing more than a decade in prison for filming an 11-year-old girl in the shower testified Wednesday that hebephilia is “distinctly different” than pedophilia. Hebephilia — which Dr. Scott A. Bresler said is not an official diagnosis for somewhat political reasons — is...
Prosecutor on child porn case: ‘Single worst video that we’ve ever had’
 Three Warren County men were indicted Monday on child pornography charges, including one featuring the “single worst video that we’ve ever had in this office.” Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said the investigation of Dalton Moorhead included video of a 12- to 18-month-old girl. “This is probably the most...

1:09 PM Tuesday, May. 21, 2019

Three Warren County men were indicted Monday on child pornography charges, including one featuring the “single worst video that we’ve ever had in this office.” Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said the investigation of Dalton Moorhead included video of a 12- to 18-month-old girl. “This is probably the most...
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