Dayton house fire yields suspected grow operation

Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 @ 9:52 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 14, 2013 @ 1:30 AM

Police said a woman could face drug charges Wednesday night after her house caught fire, likely from overheated electrical wiring for lights being used to grow marijuana.

The woman, Julia Staggs, 42, escaped the fire at a house in the 500 block of Maryland Avenue, where fire crews responded at approximately 9:45 p.m.

Dayton police said 180 plants were found in the home.

Crews arriving at the single-family residence encountered flames coming from the eaves, Dayton District Chief Lester Flohr said.

Crews were able to help Staggs out of the house. Staggs was not injured, Flohr said.

“When we made entry we found an illegal operation going on. We called police to handle that part of the situation,” Flohr said. “It was a quick fire, rapidly extinguished.”

Fire officials said the fire was limited to the attic, where it appears wiring connected to the lamps being used to grow the plants malfunctioned.

Police said the plants were in various stages of growth in another room separate from the attic.

Flohr estimated the monetary damage at $10,000 to the structure, $2,000 to the contents.

Staggs was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of illegally manufacturing drugs and possession of drugs, according to jail records.

Dayton fire inspector hurt in crash

Published: Monday, September 16, 2013 @ 6:26 PM
Updated: Monday, September 16, 2013 @ 6:34 PM

A Dayton fire inspector was taken to a hospital Monday afternoon after the department vehicle he was driving was rear-ended.

The inspector, whose name was not released, was taken to Miami Valley Hospital - South following the accident on Shroyer Road at Isaac Prugh Way, police said.

The driver of the Cadillac sedan DeVille, which hit the fire department car, was not injured in the accident reported just before 5:30 p.m.

According to police at the scene, the driver of the sedan will be cited for failure to maintain assured clear distance.

Suspect goes in YMCA after parking lot assault

Published: Wednesday, September 04, 2013 @ 11:01 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 04, 2013 @ 11:01 AM

Greenville police arrested a man this morning after he allegedly robbed and assaulted a woman in a YMCA parking lot.

The incident occurred just before 8 a.m. today. Police said the suspect ran into the Darke County YMCA after the alleged incident, where he was arrested by Greenville police.

The victim’s injuries were not serious, police said.

Vandalia police end search for burglary suspect

Published: Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 4:52 PM
Updated: Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 6:41 PM

Police have called off a search for a man they believe burglarized two homes in the area of West Stonequarry Road on Monday.

In the morning, a resident in one of the residences apparently surprised the violator, whose vehicle became stuck when he tried to flee, Vandalia Lt. Dan Swafford said.

A second burglary was believed to have been committed in the area by the same man, Swafford said.

Police, believing the man was still in the area, and set up a search using K-9 units from Huber Heights, troopers with the Ohio Highway Patrol and Miami County sheriff’s deputies along with a OSP airplane. Units tracked a scent to near a creek, said Swafford.

Police then moved the focus of their search to the area of the Stillwater Seventh-Day Adventist church on South Dixie Drive, but were not able to find the man. Police believe he eluded them in a vehicle he stole.

At the scene of the burglary, Swafford said, police did find an acquaintance of the man. An interview with her has led police to believe they know the man’s identify, Swafford said.

“We can get a hold of him,” the lieutenant said.


Missing Clark County man located

Published: Sunday, August 25, 2013 @ 6:52 PM
Updated: Sunday, August 25, 2013 @ 8:34 PM

A 71-year-old man has been located after he went missing from the Pleasant Street area in Springfield.

Authorities in Clark County issued a Missing Adult Alert at 6:23 p.m. Sunday evening. The alert asked to be on the lookout for Frank Troiano, missing since 10 a.m.

Troiano had last been seen leaving his Pleasant Street residence on foot. He suffers from Dementia.

Troiano, however, was found in the emergency room at a local hospital. His medical condition is unknown.