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Police: Missing Eaton teen found alive in Florida

Updated: Friday, January 13, 2017 @ 5:26 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

UPDATE@11:30 a.m. (Jan. 13)

The teen was found in Panama City, Florida, Friday morning, said Chief Chad Depew of the Eaton Police Department. Jami Hounshell was found alive and well around 8:30 a.m., the chief said, adding that her parents are flying down the Florida to get her.

UPDATE @ 3:55 p.m. (Jan. 12)

An endangered missing alert is still in effect for 16-year-old Jami Hounshell of Eaton. She was last seen Jan. 8, police said.

FIRST REPORT

The Eaton Police Division has issued an endangered missing alert for a 16-year-old girl who may be suicidal. 

The alert is for Jami Hounshell, a student at the county alternative school, who was last seen at her home on Jan. 8, police Sgt. Steve Hurd said. She left a note, which was found at the house, and the family's Chrysler Town & Country minivan (Ohio license tag GOY 6855) was taken, he said. 

Jami is 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 140 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. She has a tattoo of an outline of a heart on her upper left arm that reads "lil sister." She also answers to the name "Alex." 

Jami is believed to be in the company of Dalton Knisley, 19. 

Hurd said police have alerted law enforcement agencies in Washington state, where Knisley has relatives, and law enforcement in Florida, where Jami has connections. 

If you know of Jami's whereabouts or have any information about her or Knisley, you are urged to contact Eaton police at 937-456-5531. 

You may also call in information anonymously at 1-888-456-2980. 

You also may submission information to a confidential website: eatonpolice.org/anonymous-tips.  

Dayton police-community relations is leading scorer in this game

Updated: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 3:57 PM
By: J. Frazier Smith

Dayton police-community relations is leading scorer in this game
A team of Dayton police officers suited up Thursday evening, Jan. 19, 2017, to take on a team of Dayton Job Corps Center students to put the cap on MLK Week activities. (Todd Jackson/Staff)

The game was just for fun, but the leading scorer was the continued building of police-community relations. 

All lives mattered on this night. No handcuffs. No bullets. No protest march. 

Just hands clapping and cheers for the Dayton police officers who took to the basketball court against a team of Dayton Job Corps Center students. 

Thursday night's tilt was Round Two of what has become an annual face-off involving the two groups as a way to  celebrate MLK Week. 

"With so many things going on in the world today, I think it's a positive thing to create just a positive relationship between the community and the police officers, to get a different light on what they do and what they do for the community," said Terry Cooper, DJCC business community liaison. "I think it's a great relationship." 

"For the students and community to see the DPD as normal every day people out of the uniform is huge," Cooper said. 

The DJCC provides training in education and vocational skills in areas that include carpentry, clinical medical assistant, computer technician, culinary arts, building construction and more. The center offers four dorms, a dining hall, recreation as well as health and dental care to prepare students for stable, long-term careers. 

The game, played at the DJCC recreation center on Germantown Pike, was the culmination of a week of activities involving DJCC students as a way to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Cooper said: 

* Monday, 38 to 45 participated in the MLK Jr. march 

* Tuesday, students volunteered at the St. Vincent De Paul Center 

* Wednesday, students participated in a meet-and-greet with Dayton police officers 

* Today (Thursday), students served breakfast at the House of Bread. Oh, and then there was the basketball game. 

Cooper said the students had been looking forward to the game. "We've been really advertising it all week. They're here to cheer everybody on. Not just our center, but also the police officers."

5 Middletown High School students injured in crash

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 3:48 PM
Updated: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 3:48 PM
By: Rick McCrabb - Staff Writer


            5 Middletown High School students injured in crash
This car reportedly was involved in a crash this afternoon on University Boulevard in Middletown. CONTRIBUTED

UPDATE @ 3:46 p.m.: Police have re-opened all lanes of University Boulevard.

UPDATE @ 3:40 p.m.:

Five Middletown High School students were injured this afternoon in a one-vehicle crash.

The incident occurred around 2:45 p.m. in the westbound lanes of University Boulevard near John XXIII Elementary School.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, officials said all five students were taken with non life-threatening injuries to an area hospital.

Officials said the vehicle appeared to be traveling “way, way, way faster” than the marked 45 MPH speed limit.

The trooper said the vehicle lost control on the curb, hit a utility pole and a guard rail, then rolled a couple of times and landed on its tires.

Right now, University Boulevard remains closed as the car is being towed away and the utility pole is being repaired.

INITIAL REPORT:

Middletown paramedics and police officers are responding to a serious car crash this afternoon on University Boulevard near John XXIII Elementary School.

Witnesses said it appeared the accident involved young drivers and at least one female was transported with unknown injuries.

We will continue to bring you more information.

Parents pick up West Liberty students after shooting

Updated: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 12:29 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

Parents of West Liberty-Salem High School students have been picking up their children on East Baird Street just east of town.  

Students were taken out of the front of the school around 9:13 a.m. this morning after a shooter was reported to be in the building earlier.

One student was injured in the shooting.   


Jennifer Kirkham, of West Liberty, said her daughter called her hysterically shortly before 8 a.m. Kirkham said she didn't believe what her told her when told there was a shooting.


"I made her repeat it three times," Kirkham said. "It didn’t process." 

 

Ben Smith first heard from his daughter as she got off a bus at lions park where dozens of families picked up the students. He was confident she was safe because the incident took place on the other side of the school but said he was still concerned for her safety.

"That helped me early on having a feeling they were safe but still not knowing for sure," he said. 

 

Emily Thornburg hugged her daughter tightly as her daughter exited a bus at Lions Park. Thornton was at work when her co-workers told her of the shooting.

"West Liberty is such a tight knit community," she said. "Everyone knows everybody. This kind of stuff doesn't happen here."

Thornburg said the family would spend more time together this weekend as they processed the days events.

RELATED: School security expert: Rural areas not more prone to shootings

A student said he was sitting in class during first period when he heard a loud bang.

“It sounded like a board dropping,” he said. “I didn’t really think much about it, and then a kid ran in and said ‘there’s a shooter.’”
The student said he and his classmates realized they had to leave so they removed the screen and left through the window. 


Kristie Herlong, a parent who has a son in second grade, said when she dropped him off for school he didn’t want to go in because he had a spelling test. 

“I thought he didn’t know how to spell the word scissors. I made him go in today,” Herlong said, breaking up. 

When she later heard the noise about a shooting at the school, “Crazy thoughts that go in a mom’s mind, what could happen,” Herlong said. “My imagination went nuts. I called the school, no answer. I have a friend that works there, texted her, no answer.” 

Herlong said the staff was great at communicating that children were safe. 

RELATED: 7 lessons learned from another local school shooting

 “I just want to hurry up and squeeze him and have a good day off, and I feel bad for yelling at him this morning to go to school,” Herlong said. 

Lori Jeffers, of West Kanagy Road near the school, said when she woke up to take her dog outside she “saw commotion” at the school. She said groups of students were meeting in the grass across from her home where school buses picked them up. Families were also gathering in the area outside Jeffers’ home. 

She said as of 10 a.m., the scene outside her home was “quiet now.” She could still see police vehicles outside the school.

Fultz family of Sidney visits UD Arena to encourage organ donation

Updated: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 12:45 AM
By: Breaking News Staff

Pam and Kevin Fultz were featured at center court at UD Arena on Thursday night in their continuing efforts to encourage people throughout the Miami Valley to sign up to become organ, eye and tissue donors. 

Michael Keith Fultz -- her husband and his father -- died last April from injuries suffered when a motorist struck him while he was riding his bike. He was 54. 

The family followed through on the former police officer's wish to donate his organs. He had indicated that election on his driver's license, said Pam, noting that she has made the same choice on her license. 

Thursday night, at the Flyers men's basketball game, the mother and son from Sidney were part of the special on-court presentation coordinated by Life Connection of Ohio. 

Pam Fultz, who volunteers for the organization, said her family wants to bring special awareness to organ donation, noting that several people were helped through her husband: a woman received his kidneys, a man received his liver, several people were helped with their sight and still others received tissue. 

In August, Kevin threw out the first pitch at a Dayton Dragons game to honor his father as part of donor awareness night at the baseball game.