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Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 3:32 PM
BUTLER COUNTY — Multiple police agencies with hours of training came to the aid of a 10-year-old boy held hostage in his Liberty Twp. home.
The 30-hour standoff began late Friday night. Donald Tobias Gazaway is accused of pulling a gun at a residence in the 700 block of East Hamilton Place, demanding thousands of dollars from the female resident and then using the boy as a human shield before surrendering Sunday morning.
Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said that halfway through the standoff it became apparent the department was not equipped for such a lengthy incident. With SWAT officers tired from standing in frigid conditions, the reinforcements came in the form of Hamilton and West Chester Police.
“We knew we needed help. We asked for relief and, actually, they were calling us,” Jones said. He added that officers from those departments took the place of deputies so they could get some sleep and return Sunday morning.
Several trained deputies and police officers negotiated with Gazaway for hours through a speaker on a cell phone tossed to him, a bullhorn and Gazaway yelling to authorities.
“We did not at times think we were going to get a good result …. we thought he wanted us to shoot him,” Jones said.
While the sheriff will not say if that was actually a plan, he did say, “He never gave us a chance. We could not move in, we could not do anything without jeopardizing the child.”
Negotiators did provide food and water to Gazaway and the boy, who were in a vehicle in the garage most of the time.
At times, they could hear the boy cry and saying, “Why are you doing this to me?”
Chief Deputy Anthony Dwyer said the negotiation process was not good, due to the location and Gazaway’s refusal to actually use the cell phone officials provided.
“At times, he said he was going to give up, then didn’t,” Dwyer said. “That happened several times. Then he would turn the radio on and sit there.”
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 8:40 PM
OAKWOOD — UPDATE @ 8:40 p.m.
Police are seeking the public’s help to find the bank robber who held up LCNB.
The suspect entered Lebanon Citizens National Bank, 2705 Far Hills Ave., around 5:30 p.m., demanded money and left with an undisclosed amount of cash, Oakwood police Lt. Chuck Balaj said.
No weapon was seen, and the suspect left in a black Pontiac G6.
Anyone with information is urged to call Oakwood police at 937-298-2122 or Crime Stoppers at 937-222-STOP(7867).
Police were called this evening to a report of a bank robbery at LCNB.
The alarm was sounded around 5:40 p.m. at Lebanon Citizens National Bank, 2705 Far Hills Ave., according to police scanner traffic.
Oakwood police said the matter was under investigation and would not release any details.
According to initial reports, a dye pack exploded on the suspect, described as a man in his 50s who stands between 5 feet 6 and 5 feet 7 inches and was wearing a black ball cap and black sweater. He reportedly fled in a black Pontiac G6 south on Far Hills Avenue.
The suspect did not show a weapon but kept his hand inside his pocket, according to initial reports.
We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this report.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:04 PM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 8:19 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 4:30 p.m. (Feb. 23): A 17-year-old boy has been arrested and booked into the Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Center on a preliminary charge of murder in the Feb. 16 shooting of Keyona Murray, Dayton police said.
The teenager has a criminal history, according to investigators.
Court officials said he has been in trouble before on charges that include delinquency by reason of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, delinquency by reason of breaking and entering and delinquency by reason of burglary.
Officials said he had recently completed probation.
Police said the boy was taken into custody today at a residence on Gard Avenue in Dayton.
A detention hearing is scheduled for Saturday morning.
A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of anyone involved in the shooting death of a woman shot in front of two children on Feb. 16.
Keyona Murray, 22, died at Miami Valley Hospital after medics took her from a home in the 100 block of Lorenz Avenue in Dayton where she had been shot in the head, according to police.
Murray was sitting in a bedroom with her 2-year-old child, 2-year-old nephew and another adult when someone fired numerous times into the house.
Miami Valley Crime Stoppers is offering the reward and said anyone providing tips can remain anonymous.
“We also know that in all likelihood, someone in the community knows who committed this heinous crime, so Miami Valley Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest or arrests of anyone involved,” the organization said in a prepared statement.
“Keyona succumbed to her injuries later that night, leaving many to mourn her loss after this senseless act of violence.”
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Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 1:44 PM
FAIRBORN — One of the two students arrested Thursday at Fairborn Baker Junior High is accused of standing up in class and naming off people he wanted to kill, according to a police report obtained by this news organization.
The incident with the 12-year-old boy happened, police said, at the same time an 11-year-old girl was separately placed into custody on suspicion of spreading a message on Snapchat indicating “Fairborn schools next” in the “shoot SHS” threat that spread across the region and into other parts of the country Thursday.
Police documents show a third threat — a Snapchat video of a man holding a gun “for Baker Junior High in 7th period” — could not be traced and no subjects could be identified.
The 12-year-old boy is charged with inducing panic and aggravated menacing, both misdemeanors. He has not yet appeared in court.
The 11-year-old girl is charged with misdemeanor inducing panic and making terroristic threats, a felony. A judge entered a plea of denial for her on Friday. She is ordered to stay in juvenile detention custody.
This news organization is not naming either individual at this time because they are not charged as adults.
The incidents Thursday set off an emotional and chaotic morning across Fairborn City Schools. While the “Fairborn schools next” Snapchat originated at the junior high, another student, who is not charged, allegedly forwarded the arrested student’s threatening message to students at the high school in an effort to warn her friends there, police said.
The high school then went on “level 2” lockdown at the request of the school’s principal, meaning all exterior doors were secured and all students were sheltered-in-place with doors locked, according to the police report. Police interviewed the uncharged female student, who identified the 11-year-old charged with originating the Fairborn-based threat.
According to the police report, the charged 11-year-old female “did not think it was a ‘big deal’” and “became upset and did not want to speak after she was placed in custody.”
The police report said the 12-year-old boy — accused of standing up in class and saying “I’m not saying I am the shooter, but I am not saying I’m not” before rattling off student names — “admitted to the allegations, and added that the people he named ‘frustrate’ him.”
At least five students — one from Springfield, one from Piqua, two from Fairborn and another from New Lebanon — were arrested Thursday, police said.
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Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:09 AM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 5:15 p.m. (Feb. 23)
A 23-year-old man remains jailed in connection to a fire set Thursday at his family’s Terry Street home in Dayton.
James Dennis was booked Thursday into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of three counts of aggravated arson. He will be arraigned Monday in Dayton Municipal Court, online jail records show.
Dayton police arrested a man Thursday afternoon in connection with a fire just hours after city firefighters rescued people from the second floor and roof of the burning house.
Two people, a man and a woman, were taken to the hospital — with one of them reportedly suffering from life-threatening injuries.
James Dennis, 23, of Dayton was arrested on suspicion of aggravated arson after the fire at 29 S. Terry St., according to a police report.
The victims and the suspect are relatives, firefighters said.
The investigation is now a joint effort by Dayton fire and police departments, said Sgt. Michael Godsey of the Dayton police homicide squad, which was later called to the address following the fire first reported about 11 a.m.
The man and woman rescued were transported to a local hospital, but authorities have not released their names.
The 20-year-old man was in serious condition Thursday afternoon. No condition was available for the woman.
Multiple people called 911 to report the fire, including one of the residents, who said they couldn’t get out of the house.
“It’s hard to breathe,” the caller told dispatchers. “I can’t get out. I can’t see.”
A person who made it to the roof also called 911, firefighters said.
“We couldn’t see him. He was in so much smoke,” said Dayton District Chief Rennes Bowers.
The person on the roof was brought down with ladders and treated for smoke inhalation.
Bowers said the fire appeared to start from the first floor and spread.
“We actually had crews making their way to the second floor as we were fighting the fire on the first floor,” he said.
Medics also treated two dogs for smoke inhalation, Bowers said.