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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine say he is appointing a grand jury to investigate the killing of 22 year-old John Crawford inside a Beavercreek Walmart earlier this month. 

Family Of Man Fatally Shot At Wal-Mart Seeks Video

Aug 11, 2014

Family members of a man fatally shot by police at a southwestern Ohio Wal-Mart believe store video will provide answers about what happened that day and vindicate him.
 
The family's attorney and the father of 22-year-old John Crawford III said Monday that they have requested surveillance video and communications between police and store security from Aug. 5.
 
Crawford was shot that day at the store in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek. Police say he did not drop an air rifle when officers told him to do so.
 

Beavercreek police say the state will investigate Tuesday night’s shooting of a man brandishing a gun inside a Wal-Mart store.   Police shot 22-year-old John Crawford, of Fairfield, after he failed to comply with verbal orders. He died later at Miami Valley Hospital.

Chief of Police Dennis Evers says he thinks Beavercreek police reacted appropriately.

"The quick response of officers was instrumental in containing the situation and minimizing the risk to customers," he said.

A teen accused of fatally shooting a 75-year-old woman at a Dayton bus stop has been convicted of aggravated murder.
 

Dayton police have closed the case of RTA bus driver Rickey Wagoner who claimed he was attacked on the job earlier this year, saying the evidence doesn’t support Wagoner’s story.

Wagoner, who is white, told police in February he stepped off his bus in the 1900 block of Lakeview Avenue in Dayton to investigate a loss of power and was attacked by three black men. Claiming he was shot and stabbed while fighting back, Wagoner said his attackers used racial language. The incident was being investigated as a hate crime.

 

The Dayton Police Department has released more information about the death of 45-year-old Terry Darnell Heath, who was killed during a confrontation with police on Monday night.

Around 10pm Monday, police responded to a report of an argument and stabbing in the 2300 block of Wyoming Street. They found one of the men involved in that altercation, John Hagen, who was taken to Miami Valley Hospital where he was reported to be in stable condition.

Ohio Prison Guards Union Seeks Additional Officers

Mar 27, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The union representing Ohio prison guards wants an extra 400 officers to combat what it calls a sharp increase in the number of serious assaults by inmates on staff.

The union says an upcoming state budget proposal of 89 officers at three individual prisons is not enough and will lead to more injuries and added workers' comp and overtime costs.

The Ohio Civil Service Employees Association said Thursday the major assault rate has hit a 7-year high even as nearly 850 guard positions have been cut.

Most violent crimes in Ohio are committed by people who have at least two felony convictions. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports on a bill coming this week that seeks to cut down on gun-related crimes by locking up those people.

A woman who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 14-year-old daughter who had cerebral palsy and weighed 28 pounds when she died will be sentenced in southwest Ohio. 

Forty-two-year-old Angela Norman will be sentenced Thursday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court in Dayton.

Norman pleaded guilty April 6 to a first-degree felony count of involuntary manslaughter and to single misdemeanor and felony counts of endangering children.

A trial is set to begin today for a nurse charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 14-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who weighed 28 pounds when she died last year.

Mollie Parsons of Dayton also is charged with failing to provide for a functionally impaired person and tampering with records.

Authorities say Makayla Norman had bed sores and showed other signs of neglect when she died on March 1, 2011. They say 42-year-old Parsons and the girl's mother were supposed to care for the girl at the Normans' home.

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