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Springfield church hosting death penalty discussion

A Springfield church is one of three stops in a statewide lecture series for a group seeking to stop executions. Ohioans to Stop Executions will present An Evening with Shane Claiborne: Voices of Experience on the Death Penalty at Central Christian Church, 1504 Villa Road beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, May 1. The event will examine the arguments for and against capital punishment under a Christian faith...


Police: Springfield Twp. firefighter ‘tearful’ during alleged confession

Police: Springfield Twp. firefighter ‘tearful’ during alleged confession

A former Springfield Twp. firefighter pleaded not guilty Friday in Clark County Common Pleas Court to several charges after he was accused of sexually assaulting teens in the fire department’s cadet program. Jonathan Scott Monroe, 23, of 141 The Post Road, Apt. G, Springfield, faces charges that include three counts each of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and sexual battery, as well as...
Clark County sheriff’s dispatcher accused of misusing police property

Clark County sheriff’s dispatcher accused of misusing police property

(UPDATED @ 6:25 p.m.) A Springfield man is free on bond, accused of a felony on a charge accusing him of misusing a database used by law enforcement for investigative purposes while he was a Clark County sheriff's dispatcher.  Troy Orndorff, 45, was arrested Wednesday and released on a signature bond (no cash) Friday morning after his arraignment in Clark County Municipal Court on the charge...
West Liberty school shooting victim gets back brace off

West Liberty school shooting victim gets back brace off

The West-Liberty Salem school shooting victim has recovered enough that he took off his back brace Thursday, his parents said on Facebook. Logan Cole, 17, was shot twice Jan. 20 in a bathroom at West-Liberty Salem High School, according to police. Logan required heart surgery and had to wear the brace for the past few months. His family said he has kept a positive altitude throughout the ordeal and...
Springfield woman charged in alleged fanny pack, beer can assault

Springfield woman charged in alleged fanny pack, beer can assault

A woman has been charged with striking another woman in the face with what might have been a fanny pack full of beer cans. Donna Furman, 54, has been charged with assault in Clark County Municipal Court. CRIME: Man acquitted on rape charge appears to kill himself days later “(The victim) stated that the two had been drinking and for a totally unknown reason while in the kitchen … Ms....
Springfield Twp. firefighter accused of assaulting cadets for years

Springfield Twp. firefighter accused of assaulting cadets for years

A recently resigned Springfield Twp. firefighter has been accused of sexually assaulting four teens he met through the cadet program at the fire department. Jonathan Monroe, 23, showed up at the Springfield Police Division earlier this month and allegedly confessed to assaulting the teens over the last several years, with the latest incident occurring just last month. A warrant has been issued for...
Springfield man pleads guilty to killing his 3-month-old daughter

Springfield man pleads guilty to killing his 3-month-old daughter

The Springfield man accused of shaking his 3-month-old daughter to death has pleaded guilty to murder and tampering with evidence, according to Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson. Brian Hayslip, 22, was charged in December with murder, involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence in connection with the death of Lilly Hayslip. He will be sentenced on May 11. PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Clark County...
Clark County grand jury issues drug, theft indictments

Clark County grand jury issues drug, theft indictments

Clark County Prosecutor Andrew Wilson reports that the Grand Jury met and the following indictments were returned: Derrick Mallory Jr., 23, Dayton: carrying concealed weapon, improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle. Shannon Wiles, 40, 1948 Myers Road, New Carlisle: theft. READ MORE: Springfield man pleads guilty to shooting his mother on Thanksgiving Michael Tyler Sibole, 25, 1619 East St...
Man acquitted on rape charge appears to kill himself days later

Man acquitted on rape charge appears to kill himself days later

A Champaign County man who was acquitted of raping a woman with developmental disabilities appears to have killed himself Sunday night, according to deputies. Fred Markel, 59, was found dead Sunday evening, Champaign County Coroner Josh Richards said. He said the death remains under investigation, but it appears the man committed suicide. Champaign County Sheriff Matt Melvin confirmed it was the same...
Clark County Common Pleas Court

Clark County Common Pleas Court

17-DR-0333 — Cynthia Schlueter, 600 Bischoff Road, New Carlisle v. Kevin Schlueter, 600 Bischoff Road, New Carlisle; complaint for divorce. 17-DR-0332 — Tarra Waker, 727 Sherman Ave. v. Jamaal Fleming, 1967 Elmsford St.; petition for civil stalking protection order. 17-DS-0331 — Pamela Gayle Fulton, 8281 Jones Road, South Vienna and Douglas Floyd Fulton, 8281 Jones Road, South Vienna...
Suspects in Ridgewood break-ins appear in Clark County court

Suspects in Ridgewood break-ins appear in Clark County court

Two men arrested in connection with a string of break-ins in Springfield’s Ridgewood neighborhood appeared today in Clark County Municipal Court. Jeffery Allen Jenkins, 38, and Ronald Lee Moore, 48, were arrested last week on outstanding warrants, according to information from the Springfield Police Division. Both men were scheduled to face an arraignment hearing in court this morning. RELATED...
Clark County Municipal Court

Clark County Municipal Court

Donald E. Boldman, 61, of 1531 Broadway Ave., assault, dismissed. Justin L. Loggins, 34, of 722 N. Belmont Ave., assault, innocent. Jose Valente Sanchez, 25, of 345 W. Euclid Ave, domestic violence, guilty, 180 days jail, credit for time served, 150 days suspended; obstructing official business, dismissed. Colin J. Cahill, 20, of 641 N. Wittenberg Ave., offenses/underage persons, dismissed. Donald...
Springfield man pleads guilty to shooting his mother on Thanksgiving

Springfield man pleads guilty to shooting his mother on Thanksgiving

A Springfield man charged with shooting his mother in the head on Thanksgiving pleaded guilty to felonious assault. Sie’e Littleton, 26, will serve five years in prison, according to a judgment entry filed in Clark County Common Pleas Court. Littleton was charged with attempted murder and felonious assault in December. The attempted murder charge was dismissed in the case at the same time Littleton...
Safe houses for Springfield overdose patients might save lives

Safe houses for Springfield overdose patients might save lives

The opioid crisis has worsened in Clark County and local leaders say the community needs more ways to reach addicts who overdose in hopes of getting them in to treatment much sooner. Clark County has seen more than 480 overdoses this year, according to the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office, including 19 in 24 hours last week. After a record 79 drug deaths last year, this year has already seen...
VIDEO: Springfield street fight caught on tape; victim speaks out

VIDEO: Springfield street fight caught on tape; victim speaks out

Six juveniles who were involved in a street fight on Friday afternoon in Springfield were arrested and charged with assault and robbery, police said. Police say the youths attacked two young adult men around 1:10 p.m. on Morgan Street. One victim spoke out Sunday evening, and said he believes the act was planned. It all started when Kyle Jacks was trying to leave in his car with a friend when...
Retired pilot donates time, plane to Clark County investigators

Retired pilot donates time, plane to Clark County investigators

A retired Air Force pilot is donating his time, experience and use of his plane to Clark County authorities to help them when needed. Rick Kincade owns a Cessna 172. He’s in the air often and might as well as use some of that time to help others, he said. “Mainly just whatever they need, just eyes in the sky so to speak,” said Kincade. Clark County Commissioner Richard Lohnes flew...
Springfield drug epidemic spreads, overdoses surpass all of last year

Springfield drug epidemic spreads, overdoses surpass all of last year

Springfield police responded to 19 overdoses in 25 hours between Thursday and Friday mornings and officers have already responded to more overdoses this year than it did all of last year. And that’s just overdoses in the city. Community Mercy Health Partners Spokesman Dave Lamb said Springfield Regional Medical Center has had 483 drug-related cases this year so far. No one has reportedly died...
Two men arrested, suspects in Ridgewood break-ins

Two men arrested, suspects in Ridgewood break-ins

Two men have been arrested this week and police believe they are connected with a string of break-ins in the Ridgewood neighborhood, according to the Springfield Police Division. Jeffery Allen Jenkins, 38, and Ronald Lee Moore, 48, were arrested on Tuesday evening on outstanding warrants, Springfield Police Capt. Brad Moos said. Jenkins was charged with drug paraphernalia offenses, possessing drug...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

COMMON PLEAS COURT NEW SUITS 17-CV-0201 - Parminder Gill, Lancaster, Calif., v. Mark George, Richmond, and United Dairy Farmers Transit, Inc., c/o KMK Service Corp., Statutory Agent, Cincinnati, complaint in excess of $25,000 for damages and injuries suffered in an auto accident on Nov. 10, 2015. 17-CV-0202 - David S. Hodges, Dayton, v. Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Columbus, and Tilson...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

CASES CALLED WEDNESDAY INCLUDED: Lawrence B. Harris, 48, of 421 Chestnut Ave., criminal damaging, dismissed. Christopher Hatcher, 34, of 202 N. Limestone St., obstructing official business, driving under suspension, failure to signal left turn and misuse of horn, dismissed. Anthony E. Hottenstein, 25, of 318 S. Clairmont Ave., OVI and head lights, dismissed. Patrick Allen Jones, 29, of 640 Cedar St...
Man accused of overdosing 8 times charged with child endangering

Man accused of overdosing 8 times charged with child endangering

A Springfield man accused of overdosing eight times on heroin — at least once with a child present — is scheduled to appear in Clark County Municipal Court today. Douglas LeValley, 59, is charged with endangering children stemming from an early March incident where authorities were called to his Lexington Avenue home because he allegedly overdosed. A police affidavit says it took two doses...
South Charleston man accused of snapping Chihuahua’s neck

South Charleston man accused of snapping Chihuahua’s neck

A man accused of snapping the neck of a 3-year-old Chihuahua named Roxie was scheduled to appear in Clark County Municipal Court today. Christopher Matthews, 29, has been charged with cruelty to a companion animal stemming from a 2015 incident where a dog warden alleged he killed Roxie because it bit him. MORE CRIME NEWS: Man breaks into Springfield bar by roof, steals 2 Crown Royal bottles A deputy...
Clark County Grand Jury returns indictments for kidnapping, burglary

Clark County Grand Jury returns indictments for kidnapping, burglary

A Clark County Grand Jury met on Monday and returned the following indictments: Keein James Anthony Brown-Ford, 21, Cleveland: Theft, receiving stolen property, and improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle. Deron A. Barnes, 41, 1349 Rutland Avenue: Possession of cocaine. READ MORE: Body found near Buck Creek that of missing Tennessee woman Daniel Allen Bussard, 34, 2310 W. Possum Road: Breaking...
Body found near Buck Creek that of missing Tennessee woman

Body found near Buck Creek that of missing Tennessee woman

The Springfield Police Division confirmed Wednesday that the body found this week near Buck Creek is a missing woman from Tennessee. Cassandra R. Fox, 32, of Sevierville, Tenn., was last seen Tuesday, April 4, near the 1700 block of Winding Trail in Springfield. RELATED: Reward offered for missing woman last seen in Springfield Her sister Erin Laywell said she and another family member identified...
Man breaks into Springfield bar by roof, steals 2 Crown Royal bottles

Man breaks into Springfield bar by roof, steals 2 Crown Royal bottles

Police say a man broke into a local bar through its roof and stole two bottles of Crown Royal. Authorities responded to the Wagon Wheel, 1005 S. Burnett Road, on Tuesday morning due to an alarm going off at the business. A police report says officers saw a vent on the roof was pulled off when they arrived. CRIME: Springfield man charged with trafficking 5 kinds of drugs “After checking through...
Springfield man allegedly ODs with 9-year-old child at home

Springfield man allegedly ODs with 9-year-old child at home

A Springfield man was arrested Monday night after he was allegedly found to have overdosed on heroin with a 9-year-old child in his home. Dale Cyphers, 40, of Springfield, was charged with one count of endangering children. RELATED: Clark County sees another big spike of at least 40 overdoses in 5 days A friend was trying to reach Cyphers but was unsuccessful, according to court records. He allegedly...
Police: Speed not a factor in fatal Springfield motorcycle crash

Police: Speed not a factor in fatal Springfield motorcycle crash

A motorcyclist who was killed during a crash Monday afternoon in Springfield was identified by police Tuesday. James Carmen, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said Carmen was driving a Harley Davidson motorcycle on Foster Street when he stopped at a stop sign but then attempted to turn and pulled out onto Columbia Street. He was then hit by a Chevy Impala, Sgt. Brett Bauer with the Springfield...
8th grade murder suspect’s revealing 9-1-1 call: Read full transcript

8th grade murder suspect’s revealing 9-1-1 call: Read full transcript

A Champaign County eighth grader accused of killing his dad’s girlfriend details how she died in a revealing 9-1-1 call obtained by the Springfield News-Sun. Donovan A. Nicholas, 14, has been charged with murder and aggravated murder in connection with the death of 40-year-old Heidi Fay Taylor, according to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office. He remains in a juvenile detention...
Cause of Clark County Jail inmate’s death still unclear

Cause of Clark County Jail inmate’s death still unclear

The death of a man at the Clark County Jail last week remains under investigation. TyJuan Chike Young, 34, died at the jail last week, but the cause of death is unclear at this point, Clark County Coroner Richard Marsh said. “It’s going to take awhile,” Marsh said. “It’s not immediately obvious what’s going on.” DETAILS: Inmate dies at Clark County Jail Young...
Reward offered for missing Tennessee woman last seen in Springfield

Reward offered for missing Tennessee woman last seen in Springfield

The family of a missing Tennessee woman has offered a reward for information that leads to her return. Cassandra R. Fox, 32, of Sevierville, Tenn., was last seen Tuesday, April 4, near the 1700 block of Winding Trail in Springfield, according to Sgt. Joe Tedeschi of the Springfield Police Division. Her family has offered a $500 reward for information, said her sister, Erin Laywell. EARLIER COVERAGE...
Accused trigger man in Thanksgiving Day robbery-slaying pleads guilty

Accused trigger man in Thanksgiving Day robbery-slaying pleads guilty

A 21-year-old man is to be sentenced in May for his role in a Thanksgiving Day robbery-slaying. Marquevous Watkins pleaded guilty Monday to murder with a gun specification, according to Logan County Prosecutor Eric Stewart.   The sentence for Watkins is a mandatory 18 years to life in prison for killing Jeff Brentlinger. Watkins had been accused of breaking into Brentlinger’s home with...
Shawnee cancels more baseball games amid investigation

Shawnee cancels more baseball games amid investigation

Another Shawnee High School baseball game was cancelled Monday as an investigation into the baseball program continues. The district has opened an internal investigation of the school’s baseball team after allegations involving student athletes, Clark-Shawnee Superintendent Gregg Morris has said. While Morris has declined to say what the allegations are, he said they reportedly took place during...
911 call: Champaign 8th-grader claims other personality killed woman

911 call: Champaign 8th-grader claims other personality killed woman

A 14-year-old Champaign County boy accused of killing his dad’s girlfriend last week told emergency dispatchers a separate personality within him forced him to commit the murder. Donovan A. Nicholas, 14, has been charged with murder and aggravated murder in connection with the death of 40-year-old Heidi Fay Taylor, according to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office. He remains in a juvenile...
Springfield troopers find 35 stolen credit cards, fake IDs during stop

Springfield troopers find 35 stolen credit cards, fake IDs during stop

Two New York men were arrested in Moorefield Twp. on Sunday afternoon after state troopers allegedly found 35 stolen credit cards and several fake IDs in their possession. Michael Wright, 27, of Brooklyn, N.Y., has been charged with four counts of forgery and one count of receiving stolen property, as well as additional traffic charges. DETAILS: Ridgewood neighbors on high alert after weekend break-ins...
Ridgewood neighbors on high alert after weekend break-ins

Ridgewood neighbors on high alert after weekend break-ins

Residents in one of Springfield’s neighborhoods are on high alert after multiple break-ins were reported last weekend. The Springfield Police Division recorded three incidents last week where a man attempted to break into a home in Ridgewood, Sgt. Brian Peabody said. In one instance, he said, the man was able to get into the home and ran into a resident. The man was scared away and wasn&rsquo...
Springfield mom fights for bill to toughen prison sentences

Springfield mom fights for bill to toughen prison sentences

The Ohio Senate has passed a bill that would toughen the sentences for offenders who disable their victims, a measure long-fought for by a Springfield mom who’s young daughter was critically injured by her then-boyfriend. Senators approved the bill last week with a vote of 30 to three and it now moves to the Ohio House. Senate Bill 20, also known as Destiny’s Law, would require mandatory...
Clark County sees another big spike of at least 40 overdoses in 5 days

Clark County sees another big spike of at least 40 overdoses in 5 days

Clark County has once again seen a rash of drug overdoses, prompting alerts from the Ohio Department of Health. The Springfield Regional Medical Center treated at least 40 overdose patients at its emergency department between April 3 and today, including 12 on Tuesday and 13 on Thursday, according to data from the hospital. Health leaders suspect a stronger, different batch of illicit fentanyl has...
West Liberty victim attends court hearing for accused school shooter

West Liberty victim attends court hearing for accused school shooter

A decision on whether the alleged West Liberty-Salem High School shooter is fit to stand trial has been delayed until next month. Ely Serna, 17, appeared in Campaign County Juvenile Court on Friday morning for a competency hearing. His attorney previously requested that he be evaluated to make sure he can assist in his own defense, and understand court proceedings and the consequences involved. DETAILS...
Inmate dies at Clark County Jail

Inmate dies at Clark County Jail

An inmate who died at the Clark County Jail on Thursday was identified as a Springfield man arrested earlier this week for allegedly holding a family hostage briefly, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. The man was identified as 34-year-old TyJuan Chike Young, Clark County Coroner Dr. Richard Marsh said. The cause of death is unclear at this point, he said. “We’re still...
Clark County leaders pledge to fight addiction stigma, OD crisis

Clark County leaders pledge to fight addiction stigma, OD crisis

The number of opioid overdoses and deaths continue to climb, prompting Clark County health and law enforcement leaders to examine what more can be done and to pledge to fight the stigma around addiction. About 70 community leaders from across all areas — including judges, law enforcement, mental health, businesses and more — attended a community Forum on Wednesday put on by the Clark County...
Springfield man arrested after briefly holding family hostage

Springfield man arrested after briefly holding family hostage

A Springfield man faces multiple charges after police alleged he briefly held a family hostage after running from officers. TyJuan Chike Young, 34, of Springfield was charged with four counts of kidnapping, one count of burglary, and one count of obstructing official business, according to a police report. READ MORE: Clark-Shawnee investigating baseball team allegations An officer spotted Young in...
Clark County Sheriff’s Office researching drones as state debates rules

Clark County Sheriff’s Office researching drones as state debates rules

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is looking into possibly using drones in rescue situations at the same time a state group is creating regulations for the technology. The sheriff’s office recently began researching unmanned aircraft systems, commonly called drones, and how the devices can be used as a tool to find missing people and protect deputies, Maj. Christopher Clark said. &ldquo...
Clark County grand jury issues assault, other indictments

Clark County grand jury issues assault, other indictments

Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson reports that the grand jury met this week and the following indictments were returned. Lavelle Renaldo Roe, 30, 427 N. Yellow Springs St.: breaking and entering. John James Rommel, 35: assault, obstructing official business. Tylee Thompson, 18, 626 W. Pleasant St.: receiving stolen property. Police: Clark County woman stole dad’s guns to pay for drugs Aaron...
Police: Clark County woman stole dad’s guns to pay for drugs

Police: Clark County woman stole dad’s guns to pay for drugs

A Clark County woman has been accused of stealing and selling several of her father’s guns to pay for an alleged drug habit. Christina E. Cornell, 39, has been charged with nine counts of felony theft and will be arraigned in Clark County Municipal Court today. READ MORE: Train uses emergency brakes to avoid hitting Springfield man South Vienna Police alleged more than 30 guns were stolen from...
Train uses emergency brakes to avoid hitting Springfield man on tracks

Train uses emergency brakes to avoid hitting Springfield man on tracks

A Springfield man was arrested earlier this week after police alleged he was found intoxicated, and swinging on the railroad crossing signs and lying on the train tracks downtown. Paul Francis Johnson, 34, of Springfield, was arrested on charges of interference with the operation of a train and criminal trespass on the land or premises of a railroad company, according to court records. READ MORE:...
Teen charged in Bellfontaine school threat

Teen charged in Bellfontaine school threat

A Bellfontaine High School student was arrested Thursday night and alleged to have made threats against the high school. The Bellfontaine Police Department announced on their Facebook page they arrested a 16-year-old and said that the community is safe. The student is alleged to have uploaded a video onto Facebook Thursday threatening to harm other students and caused many to fear he was going to...
Dayton man 5th Ohioan charged for involvement with ISIS

Dayton man 5th Ohioan charged for involvement with ISIS

The Dayton man arrested Wednesday on charges accusing him of planning to join ISIS was the fifth Ohioan and 122nd person charged in the U.S. with similar offenses, according to data collected by a Washington D.C.-based group studying homegrown terrorism. However, Laith Waleed Alebbini, 26, of Dayton, bucked recent trends when he tried to board an airplane at Cincinnati/Kentucky International Airport...
Nationwide search on for escaped Tri-County Jail inmate

Nationwide search on for escaped Tri-County Jail inmate

A nationwide search has begun for an inmate who remains on the loose after escaping from the Tri-County Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg on Thursday evening. The inmate who escaped is Staling Santos-Reyes, who was in jail on a $300,000 bond from a Madison County case. MORE: Springfield woman charged in fight over ATVs, alleged beating threat Santos-Reyes was on trash duty at the time he fled the jail...
Counties struggle to keep drugs out of their jails

Counties struggle to keep drugs out of their jails

A local sheriff says Ohio should buy enough full body scanners — expensive machines that cost more than $100,000 apiece — so that every county can stop the flow of drugs into their jails. “We in Miami County, and I know several other sheriffs, are exploring getting body scanners to have inmates pre-screened to ensure that they’re not bringing narcotics into the facility,&rdquo...
Deputies: Boy dies after drunken driver strikes 5 children walking home from bus stop

Deputies: Boy dies after drunken driver strikes 5 children walking home from bus stop

A 13-year-boy died Friday after he and four other children were struck by a drunken driver while they walked home from a bus stop Thursday in Florida, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said. John Camfield, 48, of Davenport, was driving his Kia Rio on Allegheny Road near Athabasca Drive at about 5 p.m. Thursday when witnesses said he leaned forward and left the road, hitting five Dundee Ridge Middle...
Boy accused of selling marijuana gummy bears at middle school

Boy accused of selling marijuana gummy bears at middle school

Police in California arrested an eighth-grade student Wednesday on suspicion of selling marijuana-laced gummy bears to his classmates, according to multiple reports. The boy, who was not identified because of his age, is accused of selling the candy to his classmates at Bonita Vista Middle School in Chula Vista, KGTV reported. School district spokesman Manny Rubio told the San Diego Union-Tribune...
Ex-officers charged in traffic stop brutality case surrender

Ex-officers charged in traffic stop brutality case surrender

  Two former Gwinnett County, Georgia, police officers, who were fired after a traffic stop caught on camera that showed them kicking and hitting a man, have turned themselves in to police. Former Gwinnett County police Sgt. Mike Bongiovanni turned himself in on criminal charges just before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Former officer Robert McDonald turned himself in late Tuesday evening after his legal...
Local community leader: ‘This has gone on too many times’ 

Local community leader: ‘This has gone on too many times’ 

DAYTON —Laith Waleed Alebbini, a 26-year-old Dayton resident accused of trying to provide material support for the terrorist group ISIS was arrested this week.  FBI agents took Alebbini into custody on Wednesday at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport before he could travel to Syria to join ISIS fighters there, according to authorities.  "My first reaction is...
Bellefontaine student charged with inducing panic

Bellefontaine student charged with inducing panic

BELLEFONTAINE — A 16-year-old student was recently charged with inducting panic, according to the Bellefontaine Police Department Facebook page Friday morning.  The social media post states the charges are related to online video threats.  The Facebook post states: “Both he and his family were cooperative with police investigators. No real firearms were involved in this...
Body found on New Carlisle bike path being investigated

Body found on New Carlisle bike path being investigated

Authorities are investigating the death of a man who was found on a bike path in New Carlisle on Wednesday afternoon. Lt. Kris Schultz said the Clark County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene near Zimmerman Street at around 3:30 p.m. He said they are still looking into the death and awaiting a coroner’s report. “There is no indication that there is any danger to the public,&rdquo...
11-year-old saves mom after man attacks her with knife

11-year-old saves mom after man attacks her with knife

An 11-year-old boy stopped a man who attacked his mother with a knife after the man burst into the family’s apartment Tuesday in New York, according to multiple reports. Police told WABC that Brian Febus, 22, knocked on the family’s apartment door around 5 p.m. Tuesday and asked to use the bathroom. Police said a woman answered the door and refused his request, and Febus kicked his way...
UD’s terrorism expert: Be vigilant for signs of radicalization

UD’s terrorism expert: Be vigilant for signs of radicalization

Southwest Ohio residents should feel relieved about the outcome of the case resulting in the arrest of a man living in Dayton on charges accusing him of trying to join ISIS, one expert said Thursday. “We were lucky,” said Mark Ensalaco, a professor and terrorism expert at the University of Dayton. RELATED: Dayton man accused of trying to join ISIS in Syria “ISIS has been urging potential...
Ohio man accused of trying to join ISIS in Syria

Ohio man accused of trying to join ISIS in Syria

An Ohio man is in federal custody, facing charges related to attempting to provide material support to terrorist group ISIS. FBI agents on the Joint Terrorism Task Force on Wednesday arrested Laith Waleed Alebbini, 26, at Cincinnati/Kentucky International Airport. Alebbini was on his way to Syria to join ISIS fighters, the FBI said. Authorities said in a news release that Alebbini is accused of attempting...
Smugglers caught with $380K worth of cocaine in pants, Customs officials say

Smugglers caught with $380K worth of cocaine in pants, Customs officials say

 Two men face smuggling charges after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers said they found pounds of cocaine hidden under the men’s pants during an inspection in New York. Officers found the men last week while checking passengers arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport on a flight from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The passengers had a combined total of about 23 pounds...
Man accused of chopping down utility pole

Man accused of chopping down utility pole

A Kentucky man is facing charges after deputies said he chopped down a utility pole near his Graves County home with plans to sell the pole’s transformer back to the power company, according to multiple reports. Authorities arrested Jared Hayes, 40, Tuesday on charges of first-degree criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking, according to Graves County Jail records. His arrest came after...
Icons lost in one of Dayton’s most gut-wrenching murders 18 years ago 

Icons lost in one of Dayton’s most gut-wrenching murders 18 years ago 

This week marks nearly 20 years since the shocking death of one of the most dynamic and famous musicians in Dayton history.  Larry Troutman shot his brother and bandmate, talkbox pioneer Roger Troutman outside of Roger Troutman's Dayton music studio as part of a murder-suicide on April 25, 1999. Larry Troutman was later found dead in his car from a self-inflicted gunshot wound...
Drugged car deaths on the rise, report says

Drugged car deaths on the rise, report says

DAYTON — A new Governor’s Highway Safety Association report shows drugged driving has now surpassed drunken driving as a factor in fatal crashes. Statistics show drugs were present in 43 percent of drivers in crash fatalities.  The majority of Ohio motorists now view people driving after using illegal drugs as a bigger threat to their personal safety than those driving after using...
Missing woman found in well hole in neighbor’s shed; man charged with kidnapping

Missing woman found in well hole in neighbor’s shed; man charged with kidnapping

Police arrested a man Wednesday morning after authorities found a missing woman trapped inside his shed. Jennifer Elliot was reported missing just after midnight Wednesday and was found around 4 a.m. after residents heard her cries coming from a shed on Central Avenue in Blanchester.  Police went to the 100 block of Central Avenue after a neighbor reported hearing screams coming from the property...
Brother shoots, kills 13-year-old sister while playing with gun, police say

Brother shoots, kills 13-year-old sister while playing with gun, police say

Police arrested a 17-year-old on Tuesday night after authorities said he shot and killed his 13-year-old sister in an apparently accidental shooting. Authorities responded to the family’s home in Florida City, Florida, around 6 p.m. after 17-year-old Martaevious Santiago called 911, Miami-Dade police said. Medics with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue found Santiago’s sister, 13-year-old Tedra King...
Women, children injured after fleeing teens crash stolen SUV at St. Louis airport

Women, children injured after fleeing teens crash stolen SUV at St. Louis airport

Two women and a pair of children were injured Tuesday when the teenage driver of a stolen SUV collided with the car they were in as the SUV fled police near Terminal 2 at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. The car’s driver, a 30-year-old woman, suffered possible broken bones, according to police. She was in critical but stable condition Tuesday. A second woman, 28, suffered abrasions and...
Deputies: Florida man used neighbor's Wi-Fi to make bomb threats

Deputies: Florida man used neighbor's Wi-Fi to make bomb threats

Authorities have arrested a Florida man accused of using a neighbor’s Wi-Fi to send bomb threats on Twitter, investigators said. Terrance Upham, 43, parked outside of his neighbor’s house Sunday and connected to the man’s Wi-Fi, WFTS reported. The network was not password protected, the news station reported. Deputies told WFTS that Upham then tweeted bomb threats that targeted...
Man runs into burning building twice to save beer, police say

Man runs into burning building twice to save beer, police say

A man faces obstruction charges after police in South Dakota said he ignored orders from firefighters and ran twice into a burning building to “save” his beer. Sioux Falls police spokesman Officer Sam Clemens told KELO that Michael Casteel, 56, ignored a police officer who tried to stop him on Sunday from running into a burning apartment building. He ran into the building a second...
23 men arrested in underage sex sting ‘Operation Spring Cleaning’

23 men arrested in underage sex sting ‘Operation Spring Cleaning’

Police arrested nearly two dozen people in an underage sex sting in Gwinnett County, Georgia. >> Read more trending news  Officers pretended to be teenagers online to lure the predators from all over metro Atlanta to meet and pay for sex, authorities said. The joint “Operation Spring Cleaning” between the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Gwinnett County Police Department...
Pike County plea: ‘End this nightmare,’ Rhoden family survivors say

Pike County plea: ‘End this nightmare,’ Rhoden family survivors say

Geneva Rhoden spent a year waking up, losing sleep and shedding more tears than she cares to count. “I would like to say from a mother’s heart, that I hurt so bad inside from the day that I found out,” Rhoden said about the methodical executions of her sons Christopher Sr. and Kenneth, her grandchildren and grandson’s fiancee. “I think about it day and night.” Rhoden...
Trial rescheduled for Middletown woman charged in murder of ex-husband

Trial rescheduled for Middletown woman charged in murder of ex-husband

A trial scheduled to begin Monday for a Middletown woman accused of killing her ex-husband has been continued until June. Dawn Shearer, 48, of Ellis Way, is charged with murder and felonious assault for allegedly fatally shooting Anthony “Tony” Shearer on Feb. 6. ‘SHE GOT TO THE GUN FIRST’: Lawyer claims struggle before fatal shooting Last week, defense attorney Jason Phillabaum...
Man accused of lighting 69-year-old on fire at Denny's restaurant

Man accused of lighting 69-year-old on fire at Denny's restaurant

Deputies arrested a 24-year-old man Thursday night after authorities said he set a 69-year-old man on fire at an Oregon Denny’s restaurant. Deshaun James Swanger, of Milwaukie, Oregon, was charged with attempted murder after the attack Wednesday at a Denny’s in Happy Valley. He was apprehended at a transitional house after a neighbor and former roommate called to report his whereabouts...
Springfield woman jailed after toddlers found alone blocks from home

Springfield woman jailed after toddlers found alone blocks from home

Springfield police arrested a woman for child endangering after reportedly leaving her nephews home alone. The children were located by witnesses and police three blocks from their home in the area of South Center Street and West Southern Avenue around 10:30 a.m. April 20. The victims are a 1-year-old boy and 2-year-old boy, according to a Springfield police report. Ty'eisha Moore, 25, is facing...
DeWine: Pike County murders ‘very hot’ case

DeWine: Pike County murders ‘very hot’ case

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said the Pike County murders are a “very hot” case, though it remains unclear how close investigators are to making an arrest. DeWine said he believes “some decent progress” has been made in the year since the murders in Pike County. His comments were made during a radio interview with WHIO’s Larry Hansgen on Miami Valley’s Morning...
PIKE COUNTY SHERIFF: ‘We are getting closer. We will find you.’

PIKE COUNTY SHERIFF: ‘We are getting closer. We will find you.’

PIKE COUNTY — One year after eight members of the Rhoden family were murdered in their beds as they slept, the Ohio Attorney General and local law enforcement officers continue to search for answers.  Pike County residents wonder if the killers will be caught. "Yes I do think it is going to be a lot harder to find them,” said Annie Wilburn, a Piketon resident. &ldquo...
Two police officers shot, 1 grazed in downtown Seattle robbery

Two police officers shot, 1 grazed in downtown Seattle robbery

Two Seattle police officers were shot during an armed robbery in downtown Seattle. A third officer was grazed by a bullet and a fourth officer was hit in the head. There were two suspects involved, a man and a woman. The man is dead. There was initially believed to be a third suspect, but detectives determined that person was not involved. The shooting happened in downtown Seattle at about 1...
Springfield Twp. trustees make no comment on ex-fire cadet instructor’s sex crime case

Springfield Twp. trustees make no comment on ex-fire cadet instructor’s sex crime case

SPRINGFIELD TWP. — (UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m. April 25): Township trustees, after meeting in executive session, said they were told not to discuss the sex crimes case involving former Springfield Twp. fire cadet instructor Jonathan Scott Monroe. A fire department deputy chief also declined comment about the allegations. Township trustees are meeting tonight for the first time since Jonathan Scott...
Suspect arrested in 2015 bomb threats against Atlanta flights

Suspect arrested in 2015 bomb threats against Atlanta flights

More than two years after bomb threats sent via Twitter led the military to scramble fighter jets to escort planes to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, a suspect has been arrested in the United Kingdom. The FBI in Atlanta released a statement Thursday saying an individual was arrested April 13 for making the threats in January 2015. As a result of the threats, a Delta flight from Portland...
Man, armed with box cutter, robs Springfield hotel

Man, armed with box cutter, robs Springfield hotel

Police said a man, armed with a box cutter, robbed the Fairfield Inn in Springfield early Thursday morning. Officers were dispatched to the hotel at 1870 West First Street around 12:45 a.m. Thursday after an employee reported the robbery.  Dispatchers said the man displayed a box cutter during the robbery, demanded cash, and fled the area on foot. The suspect was “covered from head...
Springfield couple had ‘mounds of dog feces’ in child’s home, police say

Springfield couple had ‘mounds of dog feces’ in child’s home, police say

A Springfield man was arrested on a charge of robbery on Monday, while his wife was arrested for child endangering after police said deplorable conditions were found at their Harmony Twp. home. Samuel H. Douglas, 33, was charged with one count of robbery for an incident that happened at Walmart earlier this month. He also faces a charge of child endangering. He pleaded not guilty in Clark County court...
Boy escapes men who tried to lure him into vehicle, police say

Boy escapes men who tried to lure him into vehicle, police say

Police in Florida are searching for two men who tried to lure a 12-year-old boy into a vehicle, investigators in Holly Hill said. The boy told police he was near Granada Street and Ridge Boulevard on Tuesday when two men in a red vehicle drove up to him and offered him money or candy. The boy told police he rode his bicycle into a nearby driveway and acted as though he lived there. The men drove away...
Jury convicts pastor of murder in 2-year-old foster son’s death

Jury convicts pastor of murder in 2-year-old foster son’s death

A Dayton pastor accused of killing his 2-year-old foster son was found guilty tonight as charged by a Montgomery County jury. Torace Weaver, 38, was indicted on counts of murder, reckless homicide, involuntary manslaughter, felonious assault, endangering children and obstructing official business. His wife, Shureka, 40, was indicted on one count of endangering children, a third-degree felony. She...
Pike County murders: ‘There will always be a scar on this town’

Pike County murders: ‘There will always be a scar on this town’

Gone are the hazmat suits, police cars, helicopters and mobile home crime scenes. Now, silence surrounds the sites of the Pike County murders — until the crows call overhead. It’s noon and nearly a year after the eight-person massacre. Occasionally, a pickup truck catches gravel and spits it to the side of Union Hill Road, where seven of the deceased were found in three homes. A metal...
Heart rate could be key to why more criminals are men

Heart rate could be key to why more criminals are men

A new study found a connection between lower heart rates and the crime rate, linking men’s lower resting heart rate with the fact that they commit crimes in far greater numbers than women. More than 93 percent of federal prisoners are men, according to March statistics from the Federal Bureau of Prisons. In Ohio 91.5 percent of 50,362 of state prisoners are men and 8.5 percent are women, according...
$2M fentanyl bust began at hotel, ended at ‘notorious’ drug house

$2M fentanyl bust began at hotel, ended at ‘notorious’ drug house

Last week’s $2 million fentanyl task force bust began with surveillance of a Miamisburg hotel and ended two days later at three Dayton and Harrison Twp. houses, including one in an area “notorious for drug trafficking,” according to documents filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer said during a press conference last week that the four...
Champaign Co. prosecutors want 8th-grade murder suspect tried as adult

Champaign Co. prosecutors want 8th-grade murder suspect tried as adult

UPDATE @ 2:40 p.m.: Champaign County prosecutors have requested to try the eighth-grader accused of killing his dad’s fiancee as an adult. Prosecutors considered the seriousness of the alleged crimes of Donovan Nicholas, 14, as well as “the deliberate and premeditated nature of the offenses alleged and the available sanctions and penalties available in the juvenile system,” according...
Mother of 13-year-old Dayton OD victim indicted on heroin charge

Mother of 13-year-old Dayton OD victim indicted on heroin charge

The mother of the 13-year-old who reportedly overdosed on his father’s drugs and died April 1 was indicted for a felony drug charge. Denica M. Stone, 38, was indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury for possession of heroin stemming from an incident about three weeks before her son, Nathan Wylie, died of an overdose. Stone is scheduled to be arraigned May 2. RELATED: 13-year-old overdose victim...
Pike County murders: 1 year later

Pike County murders: 1 year later

The one-year anniversary of the Pike County murders in which eight members of the Rhoden family were brutally killed is Saturday. In the year since the killings, 10-12 investigators were in the county any given week tracking down more than 800 tips, taking 400 interviews — including multiple interviews of the same individuals — and executing 38 search warrants.  For the next...
Girl’s quick thinking saves her, 7-year-old sister from carjacker

Girl’s quick thinking saves her, 7-year-old sister from carjacker

“Just fight them.”  That is the advice of a Virginia 12-year-old who was hailed a hero after her quick thinking over the weekend saved her and her 7-year-old sister from being carjacked.  Maddie Weiler, of Williamsburg, was on her way to Busch Gardens with her mother, Brandie Weiler, and younger sister, Mollie, when they witnessed a traffic accident a few cars ahead of them, ...
Butler County lawmaker no longer faces career-ending felony charge

Butler County lawmaker no longer faces career-ending felony charge

State Rep. Wes Retherford no longer faces a felony charge that could have seen him automatically ousted from office if convicted. Retherford, R-Hamilton, was arrested March 12 after he was found allegedly passed out drunk in a McDonald’s drive-thru. Police initially charged him with a felony of improper handling of firearms in a vehicle after finding a loaded handgun in his truck&rsquo...
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