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Ex-Kettering sub teacher sentenced for sex crimes: ‘I cannot express how sorry I am’
 Madeline Marx, the former Kettering Fairmont substitute teacher who pleaded guilty to sex charges involving students, was sentenced to five years of community control sanctions for each of two convictions of sexual battery, but will avoid prison.  Marx was also labeled as a Tier III sex offender, requiring her to register her address...

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Madeline Marx, the former Kettering Fairmont substitute teacher who pleaded guilty to sex charges involving students, was sentenced to five years of community control sanctions for each of two convictions of sexual battery, but will avoid prison.  Marx was also labeled as a Tier III sex offender, requiring her to register her address...
WPAFB airman sentenced for selling night vision goggles on eBay
 The senior airman who stole night vision goggles and other equipment from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and sold them on eBay was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Zachary Sizemore was sentenced to three months in a Community Correctional Facility or Halfway House and is ordered to self surrender...

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The senior airman who stole night vision goggles and other equipment from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and sold them on eBay was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Zachary Sizemore was sentenced to three months in a Community Correctional Facility or Halfway House and is ordered to self surrender...
Police: Records from mishandled child abuse case ‘could not be located’
 Dayton police cannot find records related to the botched investigation of the alleged abuse of Brayden Ferguson by Ryan “Luke” St. John more than a year before St. John beat the 2-year-old to death. Go here to read the full story on what records are missing and how city leaders are reacting. A Dayton Daily News investigation into...

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Dayton police cannot find records related to the botched investigation of the alleged abuse of Brayden Ferguson by Ryan “Luke” St. John more than a year before St. John beat the 2-year-old to death. Go here to read the full story on what records are missing and how city leaders are reacting. A Dayton Daily News investigation into...
Police say records from mishandled child abuse case may be missing
 Dayton police cannot find records related to the botched investigation of the alleged abuse of Brayden Ferguson by Ryan “Luke” St. John more than a year before St. John beat the 2-year-old to death. St. John was convicted on April 6 of murder in connection with Brayden’s death and will be sentenced May 1. St. John, the boyfriend...

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Dayton police cannot find records related to the botched investigation of the alleged abuse of Brayden Ferguson by Ryan “Luke” St. John more than a year before St. John beat the 2-year-old to death. St. John was convicted on April 6 of murder in connection with Brayden’s death and will be sentenced May 1. St. John, the boyfriend...
Feds: Dayton man admits to 10 armed robberies, plan to kill drug dealer
 A Dayton man told investigators he committed 10 area armed robberies — including one at an Old North Dayton restaurant during which he got shot — and that he planned to kill a drug dealer, according to federal court documents. Jeremaine (also known as Jermaine) M. Green, 35, is accused of violations of the Hobbs Act — interference...

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A Dayton man told investigators he committed 10 area armed robberies — including one at an Old North Dayton restaurant during which he got shot — and that he planned to kill a drug dealer, according to federal court documents. Jeremaine (also known as Jermaine) M. Green, 35, is accused of violations of the Hobbs Act — interference...
Beaten and burned; 5 local toddler homicides
 Levi Tyrell “Little Bill” Barrett was beaten to death. So too was Takota Hasty, who was not breathing when he arrived at Dayton Children’s Hospital. The doctor who treated Rylee Sellers before her death testified her injuries were consistent with someone falling out of a second- or third-story window. Stanley Thomas III...

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Levi Tyrell “Little Bill” Barrett was beaten to death. So too was Takota Hasty, who was not breathing when he arrived at Dayton Children’s Hospital. The doctor who treated Rylee Sellers before her death testified her injuries were consistent with someone falling out of a second- or third-story window. Stanley Thomas III...
Timeline: Toddler’s death followed police, children services involvement
 A Dayton Daily News investigation found that 2-year-old Brayden Ferguson’s February 2017 death at the hands of his mother’s boyfriend, Ryan “Luke” St. John, followed a Dayton police and Children Services intervention when St. John was suspected of abusing Brayden in 2015.  Our investigation into Brayden&rsquo...

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A Dayton Daily News investigation found that 2-year-old Brayden Ferguson’s February 2017 death at the hands of his mother’s boyfriend, Ryan “Luke” St. John, followed a Dayton police and Children Services intervention when St. John was suspected of abusing Brayden in 2015.  Our investigation into Brayden&rsquo...
Critical mistakes led to two-year-old’s death from beating
 Dawn Patrick remembers Brayden Ferguson as a “happy-go-lucky kid. He was always smiling. He always wanted to play. He loved the water. Loved the pool. Loved the bath tub. He was a good kid.” Today the 2-year-old’s toys decorate his grave site, along with a hand-made wreath saying “I Got Justice 4-6-18” &mdash...

Posted: 5 days ago

Dawn Patrick remembers Brayden Ferguson as a “happy-go-lucky kid. He was always smiling. He always wanted to play. He loved the water. Loved the pool. Loved the bath tub. He was a good kid.” Today the 2-year-old’s toys decorate his grave site, along with a hand-made wreath saying “I Got Justice 4-6-18” &mdash...
Brayden Ferguson gravesite
Toys and a handmade wreath declaring "I Got Justice 4-6-18" adorn Brayden Ferguson's grave site at Dayton Memorial Park.

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Toys and a handmade wreath declaring "I Got Justice 4-6-18" adorn Brayden Ferguson's grave site at Dayton Memorial Park.
Ex-officer wants sex charges case heard by judge instead of jury
 The former Phillipsburg police officer accused by four women of sex crimes — including unwanted sex while two women were in custody — waived his right to a jury trial. Justin Sanderson, 32, is scheduled to go on trial April 23 in front of Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Steven Dankof. Sanderson waived a jury trial on...

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The former Phillipsburg police officer accused by four women of sex crimes — including unwanted sex while two women were in custody — waived his right to a jury trial. Justin Sanderson, 32, is scheduled to go on trial April 23 in front of Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Steven Dankof. Sanderson waived a jury trial on...
2 illegal immigrants sentenced in Dayton for fake ID scheme
 Two brothers who have illegally entered the United States several times were sentenced Wednesday for creating fake IDs, including some for other illegal immigrants. Blas Martinez-Roldan, 42, and Miguel Martinez-Roldan, 44, were sentenced in Dayton’s U.S. District Court for their roles in running a fake identification business catering...

Posted: 8 days ago

Two brothers who have illegally entered the United States several times were sentenced Wednesday for creating fake IDs, including some for other illegal immigrants. Blas Martinez-Roldan, 42, and Miguel Martinez-Roldan, 44, were sentenced in Dayton’s U.S. District Court for their roles in running a fake identification business catering...
Montgomery County to spend $100K to study jail operations after lawsuits
 Montgomery County commissioners on Tuesday approved money for a new study that will examine the county jail facilities as well as operations, policies and procedures with the goal of eliminating future lawsuits by inmates based on claims of mistreatment. CGL Companies will be paid $100,245 to perform the study for the Justice Advisory...

Posted: 9 days ago

Montgomery County commissioners on Tuesday approved money for a new study that will examine the county jail facilities as well as operations, policies and procedures with the goal of eliminating future lawsuits by inmates based on claims of mistreatment. CGL Companies will be paid $100,245 to perform the study for the Justice Advisory...
County jail commission member welcomes people ‘asking those hard questions’
 A committee looking into conditions at the Montgomery County Jail passed a “major hurdle” Tuesday when county commissioners approved money for a new study. But some – including the sheriff who runs the jail — say the Justice Advisory Committee has made little progress since it was formed last year in response to a...

Posted: 9 days ago

A committee looking into conditions at the Montgomery County Jail passed a “major hurdle” Tuesday when county commissioners approved money for a new study. But some – including the sheriff who runs the jail — say the Justice Advisory Committee has made little progress since it was formed last year in response to a...
Man guilty of murder in death of girlfriend’s 2-year-old son
 Ryan “Luke” St. John was found guilty of murder Friday in the death of 2-year-old Brayden Ferguson. He also was found guilty as charged on all other counts, including felonious assault, involuntary manslaughter and endangering children. The jury began deliberations just before 3 p.m. Friday and returned to the courtroom with a...

Posted: 13 days ago

Ryan “Luke” St. John was found guilty of murder Friday in the death of 2-year-old Brayden Ferguson. He also was found guilty as charged on all other counts, including felonious assault, involuntary manslaughter and endangering children. The jury began deliberations just before 3 p.m. Friday and returned to the courtroom with a...
3 booked into local jails face federal prosecution, deportation
 Regional federal agencies are continuing their push to prosecute and later deport illegal immigrants, according to federal court documents. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently added three more cases in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. All three men had been booked into area jails. Alejandro Bernal-Mendoza, 24, Vidal...

Posted: 14 days ago

Regional federal agencies are continuing their push to prosecute and later deport illegal immigrants, according to federal court documents. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently added three more cases in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. All three men had been booked into area jails. Alejandro Bernal-Mendoza, 24, Vidal...
Murder trial defense witnesses didn’t hear St. John talk of prison
 Relatives of Ryan “Luke” St. John testified Thursday that they didn’t hear any comments like, “I don’t want to go to prison” from the defendant on trial for the death of 2-year-old Brayden Ferguson. St. John, 23, is on trial facing murder and other counts for the February 2017 death of Ferguson, who died...

Posted: 14 days ago

Relatives of Ryan “Luke” St. John testified Thursday that they didn’t hear any comments like, “I don’t want to go to prison” from the defendant on trial for the death of 2-year-old Brayden Ferguson. St. John, 23, is on trial facing murder and other counts for the February 2017 death of Ferguson, who died...
Mother of 2-year-old: Boyfriend said he didn’t want to go to prison
 Kelsie Martin described her 2-year-old son Brayden Ferguson as a loving, funny little boy who “lit up the room” before the morning of Feb. 13, 2017. Martin gave emotional testimony about her 911 call Tuesday in the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court murder trial of her boyfriend, Ryan “Luke” St. John, 23, who is...

Posted: 15 days ago

Kelsie Martin described her 2-year-old son Brayden Ferguson as a loving, funny little boy who “lit up the room” before the morning of Feb. 13, 2017. Martin gave emotional testimony about her 911 call Tuesday in the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court murder trial of her boyfriend, Ryan “Luke” St. John, 23, who is...
Second person in ‘babysitter’ murder case sentenced to life in prison
 Calling her cousin Taylor Brandenburg a “beautiful soul,” Jennifer Hickman said the second of three defendants sentenced to life in prison for Brandenburg’s death deserves “every day” she earned in prison. Kara Parisi-King, who turns 28 in 10 days, was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years to life for her role in the...

Posted: 16 days ago

Calling her cousin Taylor Brandenburg a “beautiful soul,” Jennifer Hickman said the second of three defendants sentenced to life in prison for Brandenburg’s death deserves “every day” she earned in prison. Kara Parisi-King, who turns 28 in 10 days, was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years to life for her role in the...
Dayton police major on administrative leave; no reason given
 A high-ranking longtime Dayton police commander has been on administrative leave for more than two weeks with no explanation from the city. Maj. Brian Johns has been on administrative leave since March 14, according to Dayton city payroll time sheets obtained by this news organization. A city spokeswoman repeatedly has said the city does...

Posted: 17 days ago

A high-ranking longtime Dayton police commander has been on administrative leave for more than two weeks with no explanation from the city. Maj. Brian Johns has been on administrative leave since March 14, according to Dayton city payroll time sheets obtained by this news organization. A city spokeswoman repeatedly has said the city does...
Murder trial: 2-year-old boy’s injuries were ‘violent and horrific’
 UPDATE (6:18 p.m. Monday) Graphic autopsy photos of 2-year-old Brayden Ferguson shown to the jury in Monday’s first day of the murder trial against Ryan “Luke” St. John caused some members of the gallery to gasp, cry and leave the courtroom. “His injuries tell a violent and horrific story,” Montgomery County...

Posted: 17 days ago

UPDATE (6:18 p.m. Monday) Graphic autopsy photos of 2-year-old Brayden Ferguson shown to the jury in Monday’s first day of the murder trial against Ryan “Luke” St. John caused some members of the gallery to gasp, cry and leave the courtroom. “His injuries tell a violent and horrific story,” Montgomery County...
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