Victim identified in city’s first homicide of 2013

Published: Tuesday, January 01, 2013 @ 1:34 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 1:26 PM

The city’s first homicide of 2013 likely occurred within the first few hours of New Year’s Day.

Police are investigating the death of Bradlee Thompson, 30, at 613 Hulbert St.

Thompson was shot at least once, according to police, but multiple shots were reportedly fired in the area about 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Police did not release any suspect information Tuesday, but officers took three people from the Days Inn on Miller Lane to the Dayton Safety Building downtown for questioning early Wednesday morning. Dayton Police homicide detective Sgt. Dan Mauch said those individuals are not suspects at this time.

Neighbors reported hearing shots shortly after 3 a.m. and police were called to the 600 block of Hulbert later in the morning to inspect a house that had been struck by bullets. While investigating, they found a door unsecured at 613 and found the victim dead inside the home.

Thompson, the father of a 7-year-old girl who worked at Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia, did not live at the Hulbert address. It is unknown why he was there. The individuals being questioned today are connected to that address, but it is unknown in what way.

Friends of his told WHIO-TV that they last saw him at a private club at about 2 a.m. Tuesday. They said he was drinking and celebrating the new year.

“We were all in a New Year’s party last night and he was in a good mood and everything,” said friend Tony Wilkins.

Thompson’s death is the first homicide of the year, but the third in the city in less than two weeks. There were 28 homicides reported in the city in 2012, the most recent occurring Dec. 21 and 24.

The 28 deaths in 2012 included one incident that was ruled self-defense and one incident in which an individual was killed by a law enforcement officer in what was determined to be a justified use of force. That number is down from 35 homicides in 2011.

Child stops man to get help for Dayton gunshot victim

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 4:57 PM
Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 5:20 PM

UPDATE @ 5:20 p.m.

A child alerted an adult that a man had been shot late this afternoon in Dayton. 

The 911 caller said the child told him the man was shot twice in the leg. 

Crews were dispatched just before 4 p.m. to the 3400 block of Valerie Arms Drive. 

The shooting victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital. His name, age and condition were not available. 

According to an incident call log, the suspect vehicle is described as a black 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix with temporary tags and a large scratch on the rear. Two men in their 20s were inside.


A shooting victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital this afternoon.

The incident was reported around 4 p.m. in the 3400 block of Valerie Arms Drive in Dayton.

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The victim’s name, age and condition were not available.

It’s not clear whether police have a shooting suspect.

Fugitive turns himself in, with doughnuts, after issuing challenge to police

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 4:53 PM

A police officer in Redford Township, Michigan, walks Michael Zaydel, 21, into jail on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.
Redford Township Police Department
A police officer in Redford Township, Michigan, walks Michael Zaydel, 21, into jail on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.(Redford Township Police Department)

A man made good on his promise to turn himself in to police in Michigan this week with a box of doughnuts in-hand after he challenged officers to get a Facebook post shared 1,000 times after taunting the department on social media.

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“You guys suck!” wrote 21-year-old Michael Zaydel, who goes by the name “Champagne Torino” on Facebook, in response to an Oct. 6 post from the Redford Township Police Department.

Zaydel was wanted on multiple misdemeanor warrants and taunted police on social media, writing that he was sure they didn’t know his last name and later messaging officers with a challenge.

“If (your) next post gets a thousand shares I’ll turn myself in along with a dozen doughnuts,” Zaydel wrote, according to a screenshot shared by police. “And that’s a promise. And I’ll pick up every piece of litter around all your public schools.”

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! Mr. Champagne Torino has issued the RTPD a challenge. As you can see below, if we can have this...

Posted by Redford Township Police Department on Friday, October 6, 2017

The post was subsequently shared more than 4,500 times. Police said they topped the 1,000 share mark in less than an hour.

Zaydel turned himself in to authorities 10 days later, according to authorities.

“He walked in on his own, and not only did he bring the donuts, he brought one bagel!” police said in a Facebook post. “We would again like to express our gratitude for the support of all who followed this, shared it and left us positive feedback.”

This evening at approximately 6:30 pm Michael Zaydel made good on his promise to turn himself in to RTPD for his...

Posted by Redford Township Police Department on Monday, October 16, 2017

Man accused of exposing himself to young girl behind bars

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 1:06 PM

Chad Ralston

UPDATE @ 4:10 p.m. (Oct. 19)

A Rockford man accused of exposing himself to a young girl is behind bars.

Chad A. Ralston, 39, was booked into the Mercer County Jail on suspicion of indecent exposure. He is being held on $100,000 bond, according to the Celina Police Department.

Felony charges are expected to be filed later today, police said.


A man believed to be in his 50s is accused of exposing himself to an elementary age girl on Echo Street Tuesday afternoon.

Officer said the young girl was walking after school in the 900 block when the incident took place.

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The suspect was described as a man possibly in his 50s, grey or white hair with a beard, wearing glasses and a red shirt, officer said.  The suspect is said to be driving a dark red car.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Celina Police at 419-586-2345.

Woman killed in single car accident in Preble County

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 2:13 PM

An Eaton woman was killed after the car she was riding in crashed on Engle Road in Twin Twp. on Wednesday afternoon, the Preble County Sheriff's Office announced in a press release Wednesday. 

Stephanie L. Stiver, 33, was pronounced dead at the scene. She was a passenger in the car driven by her husband, Todd B. Stiver, 34, who was flown to Kettering Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. 

The preliminary investigation found that the couple was traveling east on Engle Road, east of Jordan Road in Twin Twp., when Todd Stiver lost control of their 2016 Jeep Patriot and crashed, the release said. 

Investigators do not believe alcohol or speed were factors in the crash, and they are continuing their investigation.