What police are saying about local monkey sightings

Published: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 8:57 AM


            This Facebook page shows an image of what reports say are monkeys in trees in Lebanon.
This Facebook page shows an image of what reports say are monkeys in trees in Lebanon.

Local police said they were not investigating reports of monkeys in trees in Lebanon.

“We never got a call for service,” Capt. Dave Gehringer said Monday as the story was reported by The London Daily Mail.

Police learned of the story from a report on WLWT-TV in Cincinnati, displaying cellphone pictures of monkeys in a tree and an interview with a woman named Amber, posted on the Let’s Talk Lebanon Facebook page on Friday, according to Gehringer.

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Officers did check the area, but found nothing, Gehringer said.

On Monday, The Associated Press picked up the story, citing the WLWT report.

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“Lebanon police say they’re aware of the reported monkey sightings and are investigating. Residents suspect the monkeys were pets at some point,” the story said. “Residents say the monkeys haven’t been spotted since being photographed several weeks ago but can still be heard.”

However Gehringer said, “We’ve not verified that they even exist.”

OSP cruiser hit in Dayton after I-75N pursuit from Middletown

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 12:01 AM

Pursuit ends on Keowee St in Dayton

A trooper’s cruiser was struck tonight in Dayton during a pursuit that began in Middletown.

The chase involved a white Chevrolet Camaro, which began on northbound Interstate 75 south of exit 32 (Ohio 122).

Three people are in custody, and the trooper is not hurt, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Hamilton Post.

Keowee Street is closed just north of Third Street, and police have the area taped off.

We are working to find out what led to the pursuit.

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Video shows the white Camaro involved in the pursuit.

Fire in vacant Dayton dwelling ‘suspicious in nature,’ district chief says

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 6:52 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 9:21 PM

An investigator has been called to a fire in the 2800 block of Salem Avenue, at Parkhill Drive, in a dwelling believed to be vacant.

UPDATE @ 9:15 p.m.: The fire in a vacant dwelling in the 2800 block of Salem Avenue is being investigated as “suspicious in nature,” Dayton Fire District Chief Tim Rose said. 

The building, at Parkhill Drive, was boarded up and 30 firefighters successfully prevented flames from damaging two adjacent properties, Rose said. 

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An investigator was called because witnesses told fire crews that people were seen in the area of the dwelling. 

There were no injuries, Rose said. "We sent nobody in the building." 

He estimated damage to the structure at $40,000.

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An investigator has been called to a fire in the 2800 block of Salem Avenue, at Parkhill Drive, in a dwelling believed to be vacant.

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Dayton crews were dispatched just before 6 p.m. on a report that flames were said to be showing from a two-story dwelling. 

We're hearing that crews went to a defensive posture, allowing the structure to burn, because it was vacant. 

We will update this report as information becomes available. 

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Report: thousands in jewelry stolen from Rogers Jewelers in Middletown

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8:30 PM

Thousands of dollars worth of jewelry was stolen tonight from Rogers Jewelers at the Towne Mall.

The incident was reported just before 8 p.m. at the store, 3461 Towne Blvd., according to Middletown police dispatch.

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According to initial reports, about $20,000 in jewelry was taken; however, police could not confirm the amount.

Police: 9-year-old boy brings loaded handgun to Middletown school

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 6:14 PM

A 9-year-old boy who said he was being picked on brought a loaded handgun to school.

A teacher at Rosa Parks Elementary School on Monday morning noticed a bulge in the boy’s pants pocket. When she reached for it, the boy grabbed her arm, Middletown police Lt. David Birk said. The teacher had to get assistance from another teacher to get the loaded Luger from the student.

The incident happened at 10:40 a.m. inside a classroom at the school, 2210 Verity Parkway, Middletown.

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The boy was taken to the Butler County Juvenile Justice Center, where he is being held on suspicion of felonious assault, conveyance of a weapon into the school and carrying a concealed weapon, Birk said.

The boyfriend of the boy's mother also was arrested on suspicion of child endangering, according to a Middletown police report. Jerron Dean, 29, had his arraignment continued to Nov. 1, according to online Middletown Municipal Court records.