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Published: Monday, April 17, 2017 @ 3:02 PM
Updated: Monday, April 17, 2017 @ 4:08 PM
— The largest criminal investigation in Ohio history has generated 800 tips, half as many police interviews and 38 search warrants. But nearly a year after the mass killings of eight family members in Pike County, no one has been arrested for the murders.
April 22 marks the one-year anniversary of the execution-style shootings, and our news crews have interviewed Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader, neighbors and friends of the victims. They all say the case has taken a toll on the community and themselves.
MORE ON PIKE COUNTY
» APRIL 23, 2016: After murders, a rural town on edge
» APRIL 29, 2016: 'Cold-blooded calculated massacre': One week later in Pike County
» AUG. 8, 2016: Arrests needed in ‘tragically evil’ Pike Co. shootings, pastor says
» AUG. 24, 2016: Pike County shootings show “similarities” to Kentucky murders
“I think about this every morning, and it’s the last thing I think about every night,” Reader said.
“I see the look of disappointment when I speak with the family, and I look into their eyes and see the grieving they still have,” he said.
Reader said the anniversary could bring renewed attention to the case, meaning the potential for new tips and information for investigators.
DeWine said that marijuana grow operations found at two of the four crime scenes might have hampered the investigation.
“This is a homicide investigation,” DeWine said. “It’s not that we don’t care what you’ve done with drugs — we care, but our focus is on the homicide, and so people should not be concerned about coming forward and disclosing information that may be helpful in the investigation that also incriminates themselves.”
MORE ON PIKE COUNTY
» DEC. 5, 2016: Pike County killings captured the nation's attention
» PHOTOS: Scenes from Pike County six months after a massacre
» APRIL 11, 2017: Ohio covers funeral costs for Pike County murder victims
A look at the southern Ohio case, by the numbers:
10-12 investigators working on the case in any given week.
800 tips received by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Pike County Sheriff’s Office.
400 interviews conducted by investigators, including multiple interviews of some individuals.
38 search warrants have been executed.
4 different homes were crime scenes at which eight Rhoden family members were found shot to death, including wives, husbands, sons, daughters and fiancees.
3 children were spared by the killer or killers, one 3 years old, and two infants, one 6 months and a 4-day-old baby snuggled in bed next to a mother shot execution style.
3 marijuana grow sites were found at the homes of Kenneth Rhoden and Chris Rhoden Sr., both of whom were killed.
Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 5:18 PM
BEAVERCREEK — Beavercreek police took to social media to help identify two theft suspects who make off with more than $4,000 in merchandise from an AT&T store.
The two men entered the store at approximately 6:15 p.m. March 21 and stole iPhones and notepads, according to a Facebook post.
Both suspects are described as men in their early 20s wearing black hooded sweatshirts. One was wearing black jeans as well, and the second man had a hoodie with the letters “LB” on the back who also was wearing red Jordan shoes and khakis, police said.
Anyone with information is urged to contact detective John Bondy at 937-427-5520.
Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 6:23 PM
CENTERVILLE — More than 100 faith leaders gathered Saturday at the Normandy United Methodist Church for a safety and security seminar.
The Ohio Crime Prevention Association led the program focusing on the proactive steps houses of worship can take for their protection.
“It’s kind of an all hazards program, to give them a view of things we can consider, what can we improve upon. Then we give them the knowledge and resources for these plans to be better secure and make it safer,” said John Davis, a Centerville police officer who also serves as vice president of the Ohio Crime Prevention Association.
The seminar focused on all kinds of crimes, from an active-shooter situation to burglaries and break-ins.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:53 PM
JEFFERSON TWP. — Deputies are searching for a suspect who stabbed a man Friday night as he was was walking on Maeder Avenue.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched around 9:35 p.m. to the 20 block of Maeder Avenue, just off West Third Street.
The victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital. The stab wound is not life-threatening, deputies said.
The incident remains under investigation.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:12 PM
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 12:10 AM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 12:10 a.m. (March 24)
Flames consumed a vacant house Friday night on Lorain Avenue.
The two-story house had not been lived in for some time, and the source of the fire is under investigation because the dwelling had no utilities connected, Dayton fire officials said.
No injuries were reported, and no arrests have been made.
Crews were called late Friday night to a fire at a vacant house.
Flames were shooting from the two-story house when crews were called around 11 p.m. to 917 Lorain Ave.
We are on the way and will update this report as we learn details.
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