Family of Springfield homicide victim asks public to help investigation

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 9:48 PM

The family of Springfield's first homicide victim this year is in disbelief that their loved one is gone. 

Jeffery Rife, 36, was fatally shot early Saturday morning in the 500 block of South Clairmont Avenue. 

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Another man, Ronald McElroy, 43, was also shot on South Clairmont Avenue. He suffered a single gunshot wound to the leg, according to Springfield police. 

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An argument escalated into the shooting that killed Rife and injured McElroy, Springfield Police Division Lt. Jeffery Meyer said. 

Investigators have interviewed several witnesses, he said, but they haven't made an arrest. 

"What they did, they took somebody special. I can't live with this, I feel like I'm in a terrible nightmare," said Patricia Rife, the mother of Jeffery Rife. 

Jeffery Rife's teenage daughter and older brother agreed. They all said Jeffery Rife was a well-loved man who valued life and family. 

Both the family and police have asked anyone who has information to come forward. The Springfield Police Division can be reached at 937-324-7680 or 937-324-7716.

Xenia shooting suspect has bond set in court

Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 6:49 AM

UPDATE @ 8:49 a.m. (April 28):

A judge set the bond for a man accused in a February shooting in Xenia at $500,000.

Andrew Lott’s bond was set by a judge in Xenia Municipal Court.

UPDATE @ 2:16 p.m. 4-27-17:

Xenia police have arrested a suspect in the Feb. 22 shooting of man who was in his home on Vermont Drive Andrew R. Lott, 32, was taken into custody Thursday, April 27, for attempted murder. Police say additional arrests are possible. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jeff Moore at 937-376-7207.

FIRST REPORT 2-22-2017

XENIA — A Vermont Drive man was shot Wednesday morning after hearing a sound outside his home, according to city police. 

  • The victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital where he is in stable condition.
  • The victim was shot at least once, according to police. 
  • The victim’s wife and her baby were home at the time of the shooting. 

It’s unclear how many shots were fired.

Xenia Police Capt. Alonzo Wilson said the victim heard a noise outside the home and went to investigate. The victim was inside the home and was shot by an intruder outside, according to Wilson.

"There's nothing that we have right now to believe that there's someone walking around the neighborhood just randomly shooting people,” Wilson said. “That's not what we have here."

Police and emergency crews were dispatched to the 1900 block of Vermont Drive a little before 6:28 a.m. Wednesday. 

The victim’s wife called 9-1-1 after hearing a single gunshot. She witnessed blood on her husband before locking herself and her baby inside another room in the house, according to initial reports. 

Barn fire reported in Darke County

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 6:07 AM

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UNION CITY — A barn fire has been reported in the 5200 block of Palestine-Union City Road early Friday. 

Multiple fire departments are responding to the scene.

We are working to learn more about this fire. 

Wife in custody, accused of stabbing husband in Greenville fight

Published: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 9:28 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 2:00 PM

UPDATE @ 2 p.m.:

Greenville police have identified the woman arrested for allegedly stabbing her husband as Angela Danielle Bergman, 31. She is in jail charged with felony assault. There is no update available on her husband’s condition.

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UPDATE @ 11:41 a.m.:

A wife is in custody being questioned by police after they said she stabbed her husband multiple times in front of McMiller’s Carryout on Martin Street.

The wife’s husband was transported to Miami Valley Hospital, where police said he was in critical condition.  

Police said they do expect charges to be pursued against the woman.

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UPDATE @ 10:05 a.m.:

A wife is accused of stabbing her husband multiple times in front of McMiller’s Carryout on Martin Street in Greenville this morning, officials said.

According to investigators, the wife was believed to have at least five kitchen knives at the time of the incident around 8:45 a.m.

The husband was taken to Wayne Health in Greenville, but was transferred to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries, authorities said.

The wife was taken to the hospital for treatment, but police don’t believe she was stabbed as initially reported.

There is crime scene tape up where the stabbing is believed to have taken place, and police have put up crime tape around the couple’s home, which is located across the street from McMiller’s.

INITIAL REPORT:

Two people were reportedly stabbed in the 600 block of Martin Street Thursday morning. 

Emergency crews were dispatched around 8:42 a.m. to McMiller’s Carryout. 

We are working to bring you more information about this incident and will update this page as additional details become available. 

United passenger dragged from plane reaches settlement with airline

Published: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 3:19 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 4:36 PM

A Kentucky doctor who made headlines earlier this month when he was dragged off a United Airlines flight in Chicago has settled with the airline, attorneys said Thursday in a news release.

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Dr. David Dao suffered numerous injuries when he was dragged off a flight bound for Kentucky on April 9 after refusing to give up his seat.

The confrontation between Dao, 69, and three Chicago Department of Aviation officers was caught on video by passengers on the flight. The footage quickly spread on social media.

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Attorneys for Dao declined to share details of the settlement, citing a confidentiality provision in the agreement. Attorney Thomas Demetrio praised Oscar Munoz, CEO of United's parent company, in a statement.

"Mr. Munoz said he was going to do the right thing, and he has," Demetrio said. "In addition, United has taken full responsibility for what happened on Flight 3411, without attempting to blame others, including the city of Chicago. For this acceptance of corporate accountability, United is to be applauded."

Dao was hospitalized for days after the incident on Flight 3411 with injuries that included a severe concussion, a broken nose and an unspecified injury to his sinuses. He lost two front teeth in the scuffle, Demetrio said.

"Dr. Dao has become the unintended champion for the adoption of changes which will certainly help improve the lives of literally millions of travelers," Demetrio said.

The settlement was reached on the same day United announced policy changes aimed at preventing a similar situation from happening to other passengers. Among the changes was the announcement that the airline will offer travelers as much as $10,000 to give up their seats on overbooked flights.

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Previously, the airline would offer up to $1,350, according to Bloomberg.

A number of other airlines also announced policy changes aimed at offering passengers more incentive to delay flights in cases of overbooking and to ensure that they are not taken off planes after boarding.

United's response in the immediate aftermath of the confrontation was widely criticized. Munoz first defended the airline and described Dao as "belligerent" before publicly apologizing days later and vowing to do better.

The officers who pulled Dao from the United flight were placed on leave after the incident.

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The agency released a report on Monday in which the officer who pulled Dao from his seat, James Long, gave his version of events. Long said Dao was verbally and physically abusive and was flailing his arms before he lost his balance and struck his mouth on an armrest.

The department's roughly 300 officers guard the city's two main airports but are not part of the regular Chicago police force. They receive less training than police officers do and cannot carry guns inside the terminals.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.