Suspect ID’d in Liberty Twp. standoff 

Published: Saturday, January 13, 2018 @ 9:55 AM
Updated: Sunday, January 14, 2018 @ 1:00 AM

Standoff involving 10-year-old hostage in Butler Co. continues
Standoff involving 10-year-old hostage in Butler Co. continues

UPDATE @ 11:34 a.m: The suspect in the Liberty Twp. standoff where a 10-year-old boy was held hostage for nearly 30 hours has been identified as 31-year-old Donald Tobias Gazaway, according to Butler County law enforcement.

According to our partners at WCPO, Gazaway was booked in Butler County Jail on charges of kidnapping, felenious assault, and inducing panic, per the online county records. 

Gazaway surrendered to police early Sunday morning. 

UPDATE @ 7:15 a.m (Jan. 14): A standoff where a 10-year-old boy was held hostage for nearly 30 hours is reportedly over.

According to our partners at WCPO, SWAT and other officials began to clear the scene at the Liberty Twp. townhomes around 6:30 a.m.

The 10-year-old boy is safe, and the suspect is in custody.

More information on the situation is expected from an official on scene shortly.

We will continue to update this story with additional details. 


A standoff involving a man who fired more than 20 rounds at law enforcement while holding a 10-year-old boy hostage in Liberty Twp. has entered its second day.

  • 10-year-old boy believed OK, not related to man
  • Boy lives at townhome where he’s held captive
  • Suspect fired more than 20 rounds in separate instances; law enforcement did not return fire
  • Sheriff to media: “It's a good sign when he's not shooting at us.”

UPDATE @ 1 a.m. (Jan. 14):

The standoff began about 1 a.m. at a townhome in the Springs at Liberty Township complex off Hamilton Mason Road in Butler County. Deputies with the agency’s SWAT team were still communicating with the suspect.

Sheriff Richard K. Jones said the situation is one of the longest in which he’s been involved.

“When we get called out to stuff like this usually we don’t expect it to be 24 hours … something like this we just do the best we can, take our time and make it happen,” Jones told our news partner WCPO-TV in Cincinnati.

The sheriff earlier said when the suspect fired shots at two separate times that law enforcement did not return fire. He said the suspect keeps the boy close at all times, but that deputies have been able to talk to the suspect and boy.

UPDATE @ 7:45 p.m.:

Managers of the Springs at Liberty Township apartments are helping residents at the portion of the complex that was evacuated find accommodations at local hotels.

They also opened the hospitality area of the front office and are offering food and drinks for the residents displaced by an ongoing standoff situation involving a 10-year-old boy held hostage.

UPDATE @ 6:50 p.m.:

There has been no change in the hostage/standoff situation in Liberty Twp.

A man is holding a 10-year-old boy who is not related to him at a Springs at Liberty Township townhome.

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The incident began around 1 a.m. following an argument. The suspect has fired rounds at law enforcement twice but no one was hit. The child is reported to be “OK,” and inside a car with the standoff suspect in the garage.

Our reporter on scene said Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones expressed hope it could end by dark.

Sheriff Richard K. Jones says that negotiations with a man holding a child hostage in a West Chester apartment complex are going well and he’s encouraged that there will be a peaceful resolution.

UPDATE @ 3:45 p.m.:

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones recently spoke with media and our reporter who has been on the scene since this morning. Some of his quotes:

• “It's a good sign when he's not shooting at us.”

• "The little boy is OK at this point."

UPDATE @ 3:21 p.m.:

An armored vehicle has parked against the apartment where a man is holding a 10-year-old boy hostage at Springs at Liberty Twp.

It has been a little more than two hours since shots last came from the apartment, but no one was injured and there was no damage done.

Officials from multiple law enforcement agencies throughout the region are on the scene.

UPDATE @ 2:11 p.m.:

More law enforcement have arrived at the active standoff scene at which a man is holding a 10-year-old boy hostage inside an apartment at Springs at Liberty Township.

Butler County sheriff’s deputies are on scene, along with units from other area law enforcement agencies.

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UPDATE @ 1:10 p.m.:

Multiple gunshots were fired out of the apartment where a man is holding a 10-year-old boy hostage in Liberty Twp.

Nothing was struck by the shots, according to our reporter at the scene.

A view of the standoff at Springs at Liberty Township apartments as of 1:50 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. WAYNE BAKER / STAFF


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UPDATE @ 12:10 p.m.: 

A 10-year-old boy has been taken hostage following a disagreement Friday night at a Liberty Twp. apartment, according to officials.

The man has held the child hostage for several hours and fired rounds at officers and the department’s robot.

He has not made any demands and officials have been in contact with the child, who seems in good spirits, said Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones.

“The boy seems fine at this time,” Jones said.

The man apparently is not related to the child.

It is still an active situation and several residents have been evacuated. 


Police are on the scene of a standoff in the 7100 block of Liberty West Drive early Saturday morning, according to a report confirmed by the Butler County Sheriff’s dispatch.

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The incident is at the Springs at Liberty Township apartment and complex and began shortly after 3 a.m. Law enforcement officials at the scene said there is a child involved in the situation, but no further information on the child was immediately available.

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According to dispatchers, no further details are being released at this time.

We will update this story when more information becomes available.

Gunshot victim, suspect argue before shooting in Xenia, police say

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 8:31 PM
Updated: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 10:35 PM


UPDATE @ 10:35 p.m.

A male was shot tonight at the intersection of Pocahontas and South Detroit streets after a report of an altercation between the suspect and victim, police said.

A Xenia detective at the crime scene did not say whether the victim was an adult or juvenile, and said his condition was not available.

Police also did not release information about the suspect, but no arrest has been made.


Police are investigating a shooting that happened tonight in the area of Pocahontas and South Detroit streets in Xenia.

The shooting was reported around 8:15 p.m.

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According to initial reports, the victim was headed to Greene Memorial Hospital. The victim’s name, age and condition were not available.

The suspect is possibly a juvenile, according to reports.

We are on the way and will update this report as we learn details.

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Hostage report leads to Fairfield Twp. SWAT call

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 6:05 PM
Updated: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 9:15 PM


SWAT officers busted into a house Sunday night amid concerns a hostage could be inside.

The breach around 7:15 p.m., which involved a type of concussion grenade, ended the hourslong law enforcement activity in the 1800 block of Pater Avenue with no one found inside the home.

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Fairfield Twp. police were called around 2 p.m. to a report of a “domestic incident.” Officers were not able get a response from anyone inside, Fairfield Twp. police Capt. Doug Lanier said.

Originally, there were two people in the house but they apparently fled before officers arrived.

“The information we received was that there was a possible hostage inside the residence being held against their will,” Butler County Sheriff’s Maj. Mike Craft said.

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Officers used a bullhorn multiple times to order a suspect out with hands up at the house north of the intersection of Pater and Imlay avenues.

A crowd of people who live in the area gathered to watch. One woman said the family involved in the standoff has only lived in the house for a couple months. 


A SWAT standoff is underway tonight in Fairfield Twp.

The special weapons and tactics team was called at 4 p.m. to the 1800 block of Pater Avenue for a “domestic” incident, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

There is no information about what led to the incident. However, dispatch said it is not connected to a shooting on Saturday afternoon in the Walmart parking lot, 3201 Princeton Road, in Fairfield Twp.

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In that case, a 17-year-old boy was shot in the leg during what police said was an attempted drug transaction that involved another male between the ages of 16 and 19. The suspect remains at large.

Trotwood police investigate assault that shuts down road

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 4:46 PM

Trotwood police activity Video

Trotwood police are investigating an assault Sunday near Meadowdale Elementary School.

Crews were dispatched at 2:40 p.m. to Goldenrod Court in Trotwood on a report of a suspicious circumstance involving a vehicle. 

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The investigation shut down Goldenrod Court at Thompson Drive.

Police on scene said it was an assault, but did not discuss the nature of the assault or whether anyone was taken to the hospital. 

We are working to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available.

Dogs found in perfect condition in home where 13 siblings held captive

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 1:52 AM

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A pair of well-kept dogs were taken from the Perris, California, house where 13 children were found shackled and severely malnourished last week.

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David Turpin, 57, and Louise Turpin, 49, are facing a minimum of 94 years for charges including child neglect and torture after police said their children, ranging from ages 2 to 29, were discovered in their home severely malnourished.

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In a statement on Wednesday, city spokesman Joe Vargo said authorities recovered two Maltese terrier dogs in far better condition than the Turpins’ children. The 1-year-old female puppies were reportedly healthy and were taught skills, People reported.

“The animals, one white and one black, appear healthy and friendly and are leash-trained, according to Christina Avila, a senior animal control officer,” a press release from the city of Perris said.

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The dogs — one was named Fluffy — were featured in photos from the city appearing well-groomed and in sweaters. An adoption raffle for the pups is being held through Jan. 26 to find them new homes.

Investigators said the children were only allowed showers a few times per year and were fed only once per day. In a press conference with reporters Thursday, District Attorney Mike Hestrin alleged that the last time any of the children had seen a doctor was four years ago and they had never been to a dentist. Police said the parents allegedly kept themselves well-fed and regularly ate pies in front of their children to taunt them, ABC News reported.

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The 17-year-old who reportedly escaped the home through a bedroom window to alert authorities was initially believed to be just 10 years old due to the severity of her malnourishment, while the oldest victim, a 29-year-old woman, weighed only 82 pounds when the children were found. According to Hestrin, the children “lack a basic knowledge of life,” although they were allegedly homeschooled, KTLA reported.

According to the Daily Mail, the parents face a combined total of 75 charges, and each was being held on $12 million bond.