3 juveniles sent to diversion program in Dollar Tree arson fire

Published: Saturday, December 24, 2016 @ 6:57 PM

FROM SCENE: Flames shoot from Dayton Dollar Tree

Three juveniles will undergo a diversion program in connection to the Dollar Tree fire on Wayne Avenue on Christmas Eve.

UPDATE @ 5:08 p.m. (Jan. 24)

The suspects in this case, an 11-year-old boy and two 10-year-old boys, appeared in front of Juvenile Judge Nick Kuntz earlier this month, said Montgomery County Juvenile Court Administrator Jim Cole.

The males were referred to the court diversion program, called the "10 and Under Program." Cole said this is for very young offenders and if they successfully complete the program they will not have a juvenile record following them. 

The program can last from three months to a year, depending on how well they do in program. 

If they fail to comply with the "10 and Under Program," including a fire-starter program, then they appear back in front of the judge. 

All three males remain on electronic home monitoring but are still attending school. 

UPDATE @ 11:13 a.m. (Dec. 27)

Jim Cole, Montgomery County juvenile court administrator, said three males, age 10, 10 and 11, are facing second-degree felony counts of aggravated arson in connection to a Dollar Tree fire. 

The three males, due to their young ages, were released on 24-hour electronic home monitor, Cole said. They were arrested Dec. 25 and released home that day.

They will face a hearing Jan. 18 in front of a magistrate. 

All the suspects are from Dayton and have no prior history with juvenile court.

A Dayton police report lists a fourth juvenile suspect, but that person is not in juvenile court. We’re working to find out more.

EARLIER REPORT

We’re working to find out the juveniles’ ages and genders.

No injuries were reported when the fire broke out with customers and employees inside. 

Flames rapidly spread, but witnesses said the workers were the last to get out after making sure all shoppers were safe.

“This fire is suspicious in nature,” said District Chief James Rose of the Dayton Fire Department. “We have shoppers, or patrons, that reported some suspicious activity.”

Rose declined to elaborate further or confirm reports that youths were seen running from the store just before the fire broke out. 

“We have solid leads on who may have started the fire,” he said.

A woman standing in line to buy wrapping paper said she was startled when she heard someone yell, “what’s on fire?” She walked over to the corner and saw “flames going up and up. 

“I screamed to the worker: ‘it’s on fire, it’s on fire, the store’s on fire!’”

The flames quickly reached upper shelves in the back, she said, and moved toward the middle of the store as employees yelled for everyone to get out.

“As soon as the door opened, the flames got bigger,” she said.

The employees were last to leave, and made sure all customers got out safely, she said.

Dayton firefighters quickly arrived, but the fire already was well involved and spreading rapidly, Rose said.

He had to pull firefighters out of the burning building to fight the flames from the outside due to the danger. 

“What we’re confronted with now is the roof is compromised so it’s just going to be a long and drawn out process,” he said.

Water will have to be moved into the building to put out hot spots, Rose added. Crews will likely have to remain on scene for hours.

The fire caused more than an estimated $250,000 in damages to the store and its contents. 

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A Dollar Tree store caught fire Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2016, at 1905 Wayne Ave., in Dayton. DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF

2-month-old boy found dead at Dayton home

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 2:03 PM

Dayton 2-month-old found dead in home

UPDATE @ 2:25 p.m.

The child found dead this morning was 2 months old, according to a Montgomery County Coroner’s investigator.

The investigator also said the Dayton child’s name is spelled Silas Snyder. An autopsy has not yet been performed, he said, and a preliminary cause of death is not available.

FIRST REPORT

A 3-month-old boy was found dead this morning on a love seat inside his home.

Police and medics were dispatched around 8:30 a.m. to the 600 block of Bowen Street after a woman said she found the baby unresponsive.

The baby, identified as Sylas P. Snyder, was pronounced dead at 8:37 a.m. and was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

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According to a Dayton police report, the mother told police when she got home from work at midnight Sylas was asleep on a love seat so she lay down on a couch to sleep. At 3 a.m. when she checked on him, she said he was fine.

The baby’s grandmother said she checked on Sylas around 8:30 a.m., and found him on his belly. She rolled him over, noticed he was cold to the touch and immediately called 911, according to the report.

The infant’s death remains under investigation.

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Trenton police search for Fifth Third Bank robber

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 1:40 PM
Updated: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 2:08 PM


            Bank security camera photos of the man who robbed the Fifth Third Bank Saturday morning, Dec. 16, 2017, in Trenton. CONTRIBUTED/TRENTON POLICE
Bank security camera photos of the man who robbed the Fifth Third Bank Saturday morning, Dec. 16, 2017, in Trenton. CONTRIBUTED/TRENTON POLICE

Trenton police are searching for a man who robbed the Fifth Third Bank on Saturday morning.

Police said the suspect in the robbery reported just after 10:20 a.m. is a white man with a gray jacket, sunglasses and an orange Titleist ball hat. The bank is located at 805 State St.

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The man was reported to have fled on foot westbound behind the Lee’s Famous Recipe and possibly got into a vehicle near Hathaway Drive.

Police are continuing their investigation. Anyone with information about the robbery is urged to call the Trenton Police Department at 513-988-6341 or call Detective Sean Gill at 513-428-0129.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Police: Florida man drives through bedroom with 3 children inside

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 1:50 PM

The wreckage is seen after a Florida man allegedly plowed through a bedroom with three children inside early Saturday, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
WFTV
The wreckage is seen after a Florida man allegedly plowed through a bedroom with three children inside early Saturday, the Florida Highway Patrol said.(WFTV)

A Florida man is facing a charge of reckless driving after plowing through a bedroom with three children inside early Saturday, the Florida Highway Patrol said. 

Johnny Woodberry, 44, was driving a 2005 Cadillac in Cocoa around 2 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle and drove into the house, troopers told WFTV
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The three children were asleep inside the bedroom when the car drove through it, but troopers said they only sustained minor injuries.

Troopers said the children were transported to Wuestoff Hospital and later released, WFTV reported. 

OVI check: Passenger zooms off in car, crashes as driver takes sobriety tests

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 10:47 PM

Dayton OVI crash

A passenger in a car detained at an OVI checkpoint Friday night hopped in the driver’s seat, took off and crashed into a pole while the driver was taking a sobriety test.

The driver was held for testing around 10 p.m. at a Montgomery County OVI Task Force check in the area of Salem and Hillcrest avenues in Dayton.

That’s when one of his two passengers got in the driver’s seat and drove off, Sgt. Matt Robinson of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Dayton Post said.

The four-door sedan then crashed into a pole in the 3300 block of North Main Street. The car glanced off the pole into the middle of the street, blocking the southbound lanes of North Main Street, which was covered in debris.

The two occupants bailed and evaded capture. However, the detained driver provided police with their names.

Law enforcement that responded to the scene included the highway patrol, Dayton police and Montgomery County deputies.

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