Wright-Patt employees can't bring handguns to work 

Published: Thursday, March 09, 2017 @ 3:00 PM
Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 7:14 PM

A man who drove onto Wright-Patterson without proper identification was stopped on base after a security agent activated an alarm that temporarily closed all gates in Area A on Thursday afternoon, according to a spokeswoman.
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Workers at the states’s largest single-site employer, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, won’t be allowed to bring their handguns to work even though a new state law says employees with concealed-carry permits can keep their guns in locked cars on company property.

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“Wright-Patterson AFB is an exclusive federal jurisdiction and therefore CCW holders are not authorized to carry privately owned weapons on base,” said Daryl Mayer, media operations sections chief at the base, which employs about 27,000 people.

Other federal employers, such as the U.S. Postal Service, also are exempt from a state law that drew deep objections from business leaders.

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In the legislation, the Ohio General Assembly in December expanded the CCW law to overrule private employer’s “no-guns” policies. The law, which takes effect Tuesday, March 21, does not require businesses to let employees bring guns inside their buildings.

Federal employers don’t have to follow the law, however.

“This law does not apply to buildings or parking lots owned or controlled by the Postal Service, where possession or storage of firearms is not permitted,” said David Van Allen, spokesman for the Postal Service’s northern Ohio and Ohio Valley districts.

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“The Postal Service regulation was held to be constitutional by a federal appeals court, which found that the prohibition did not violate the Second Amendment,” Van Allen said.

In 2015 the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver overturned a lower court ruling that would have allowed guns in private cars on postal service property.

Employees and others also cannot bring their guns to the federal court building in Dayton, said U.S. District Court Judge Walter H. Rice.

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“Federal installations are not bound by the state law except in certain situations which I don’t think are relevant,” Rice said. “My opinion is that it is not applicable to federal facilities unless the federal installation decides to adopt that portion of the law. What I said applies to the parking lot as well.”

Rice said Ohio’s expansion of open carry and concealed-carry laws concern him.

“I think open carry (and concealed-carry) laws, with all due deference to the Second Amendment, which I support…are dangerous to any community because of the epidemic of mental health issues throughout this country,” he said. “Putting guns in the hands of mentally incompetent people is a recipe for disaster.”

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Surveillance photo released in Kettering home invasion

Published: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 @ 12:59 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 15, 2016 @ 3:45 PM

UPDATE @ 3:45 p.m. (Dec. 15)

Kettering police released surveillance photos of home invasion suspects and a suspect vehicle used.

Two male suspects entered the home at 2645 South Blvd. and held a family at gunpoint before removing items from the home.

The suspects were wearing masks and had handguns, backpacks and carry bags. The suspects arrived in the neighborhood in a light-colored Dodge Challenger with five-spoke wheels.

Anyone with information call Detective Mason at 937-296-2583.


A Kettering home invasion victim is now the focus of a narcotics investigation, according to police.

  • Kettering police were called to a home on South Boulevard shortly after midnight on Tuesday.
  • The victims told police two armed men forced their way inside house and searched for money.
  • Investigators say they realized something wasn’t right, and something else was going on inside the house.
  • Police found a marijuana grow operation inside the victim’s house.

Bobby Napier, 35, has been charged with with cultivation and child endangering.

Kettering police initially said they were unsure if the occupants were the intended targets, after two armed men forced their way inside the home in the 2600 block of South Boulevard around 12:20 a.m. Tuesday.

Officer John Jung says the questioning took a turn. Police said their investigation found that narcotics were involved and are the suspected reason for the targeted home invasion.

“Our officers got some indication that something else was going on in the house,” he said. “A narcotics investigation was opened up at that victim’s house. Through the detective work, we were able to locate a grow operation inside that house.”

Neighbors said they were not surprised police found drugs in the home, however they are surprised those being charged with having the drugs called police.

Officer Jung agreed.

“It’s kind of backwards thinking to have the police be called to a scene because you’re a victim of a crime and at the same time you have a grow operation going on inside your house,” he said.

No one was harmed and nothing was taken during the home invasion.

Kettering police said a neighbor’s security cameras captured images of two suspects fleeing from the home invasion. The suspects were observed by the cameras leaving the area in a white, newer model Dodge Challenger.

Officers described the suspects as two men standing between 5 feet, 7 inches and 5 feet, 10 inches, both wearing scarves over their faces.

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Deputies: Mother locks 11-year-old in car, sets it on fire

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 9:44 AM

Authorities arrested a 48-year-old woman on Tuesday after she was accused of binding her 11-year-old son’s wrists, locking him in a car and setting it on fire at a Michigan cemetery, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

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Deputies and firefighters were called around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday by the suspect’s 50-year-old husband, who was worried that his wife might have harmed their son. Officials learned the couple’s car was on fire at Roselawn Memorial Park in LaSalle Township.

Deputies found a smoking 2014 Ford Focus at the cemetery, but neither the woman nor her son were nearby. Authorities found the pair talking to staff in a different part of the cemetery and arrested the woman on charges of attempted murder and arson.

She was taken to ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital for evaluation. Her son was also taken to the hospital and later released.

Authorities said a preliminary investigation found the mother bound her son’s wrists and locked him inside the Focus. She set fire to the trunk of the car as the boy struggled to get out, deputies said.

“The mother later attempted to ignite a fire using gasoline inside the passenger compartment where the boy sat,” deputies said in a news release. “This fire did not ignite.”

When the fire failed to catch, the woman let her son out of the car and walked away. The pair found a cemetery employee, who freed the boy from his bindings, according to authorities.

Deputies continue to investigate the case.


Woman accused of pinning man with vehicle at Rally’s

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 5:33 PM

Ashea Smith, Montgomery County Jail

A woman is jailed and a man hospitalized after a fight early today outside a Dayton Rally’s restaurant. 

Dayton police were called about 1 a.m. Wednesday to Rally's at 1111 S. Smithville Road.

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A 25-year-old man suffered a leg injury after a woman allegedly hit him with her car and caused him to be pinned up against the wall.

The man told police he had confronted a woman for parking too close to his BMW SUV. He was taken to Miami Valley Hospital. 

A worker told police he heard arguing and came outside to see the man pinned and the woman, later identified as Ashea Smith, 29, continuing to yell at him. 

Smith remains in Montgomery County Jail on a felonious assault charge. She told police she felt scared after the man reportedly cussed, spit and threw mulch in her direction.

Florida woman accused of choking, killing Chihuahua for biting her hand

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 3:53 PM

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

Deputies arrested a Florida woman Tuesday on suspicion of killing her 12-year-old Chihuahua after the dog bit her hand.

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Monroe County sheriff’s deputies were called Saturday by the Florida Keys SPCA after the animal welfare group learned that a woman told staff at a Marathon hospital that she killed her dog.

Alice Evans, 61, told authorities that her dog, Big John Evans, had been becoming more aggressive in recent weeks. He bit her on the hand Friday night, the third time he had bit her this year.

“She said she went to bed that night, woke at 5 a.m. and choked him to death with his collar,” deputies said in a news release.

She buried the dog in her backyard. Deputies noted that she had a “small wound” on her hand.

“When asked why she didn’t call the animal shelter for help with the dog, she had no answer,” deputies said.

Officers dug up the dog’s body and took it to a veterinary hospital for a necropsy.

“The cause of death was determined to indeed be strangulation, a death which would have, according to reports, resulted in ‘the infliction of pain, suffering and injury,’” deputies said.

Authorities arrested Evans on one count of aggravated cruelty to animals, a third-degree felony. She was jailed on a $25,000 bond and released before Wednesday afternoon, jail records showed.